Gardens of Niagara & Toronto

Gardens of Niagara & Toronto

Highlighting Gardens of the Niagara and Toronto area

Trip includes: Transportation, 7 Nights lodging (downtown properties), 8 Breakfasts, 2, Lunched, 4 Dinners, Smug Creek Gardens, Greg Frewin Show, Niagara Tour Manager, Niagara Guided Tour, Floral Show House, Hornblower Cruise (formally the Maid of the Mist), Floral Clock, Niagara Botanical Gardens, Butterfly Conservatory, Niagara on the Lake, McFarland House, Skylon Tower, Royal Botanical Gardens, Hendrie Park Gardens, Dinner Cruise, Toronto Tour Manager, Toronto Guided Tour, Casa Loma Castle & Gardens, Toronto Botanical Gardens, Edward Gardens, Spadina Museum and Gardens , CN Tower, Rochester Lilac Festival, George Eastman Estate Museum and Gardens, Luggage Handling, Meal Taxes and Gratuities, George and Sue Weigel as Escorts.

Day 1

6:00 AM Depart Sam’s Club Mechanicsburg / 6:30 AM Depart Weis Linglestown RD, Hbg.
Welcome breakfast buffet is included at the Country Cupboard. Rest and lunch stops en route, on own. Visit  Smug Creek Gardens, which reside on rather a unique wooded property. A shallow slate creek, after which the gardens are named, flows in a wide gentle curve through the gardens and then directly under the house. It emerges from the front of the house and falls into a deep ravine. In all there are thirteen wooded acres upon which the Shadracks have created four different gardens surrounding the house. The gardens contain hundreds of hostas and daylilies as well as various irises, lilium, arisaema, specimen trees, spring ephemerals and many other bulbs and perennials. Check the Days Inn and Suites, freshen up before we depart The Greg Frewin Theatre for Dinner and “The Magic Show”. The show is breath-taking with a Vegas style format and features illusions that are both one of a kind and internationally renowned, performed by the International Grand Champion of Magic, Greg Frewin.

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Day 2

Breakfast buffet included at the hotel. Greet your local guide and depart for a scenic overview tour of Niagara Falls. Travel along the Niagara River Parkway and throughout the city, viewing scenic points of interest as well as stopping for a tour at the Niagara Floral Showhouse. Enjoy a walk through Oakes Garden Theatre, which gives nice views of the falls in a garden setting from the base of Cliffton Hill and then stroll through Queen Victoria Park. Lunch is served overlooking the falls at Queen Victoria Place. After lunch hop on the Hornbower Cruise to make your way to an experience no one ever forgets. Get up close and personal with the American Falls, Canadian Horseshoe Falls, and breathtaking Great Gorge – and the thundering roar, awesome power and amazing mist that come along with these natural wonders.  After the cruise return to the hotel to relax or freshen up. The evening is yours to explore at your leisure.

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Day 3

Breakfast buffet included at the hotel. Drive out Niagara Parkway to see the Niagara Parks Botanical Garden with its 99 acres of gardens, arboretum and the Butterfly Conservatory. Then make a quick stop to see the Floral Clock on the way to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Enjoy a tour of the McFarland House, billed as “Canada’s Best Tea Garden.” Enjoy the afternoon of free time
For lunch and shopping at Niagara-on-the-Lake. Niagara-on-the-Lake is a town in southern Ontario. It sits on the shores of Lake Ontario, at the mouth of the Niagara River. The flower-filled, tree-lined old town features 19th-century buildings, mainly along Queen Street.  Return to the hotel to freshen up. Dinner is included this evening at the Skylon Tower.

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Day 4

Breakfast buffet included at the hotel. Check out and head toward Toronto with a tour of the Royal Botanical Gardens. RBG Arboretum — year round Delight your senses with over 700 variety of lilac species and cultivars, one of the most diverse collections in the world. The Arboretum is also home to a variety of flowering trees and shrubs, with many links to our trail system. Hendrie Park—At the heart of Hendrie Park is a pair of calming reflecting pools and a relaxing teahouse surrounded by the newly rejuvenated Rose Garden. Hendrie Park also includes the Helen M. Kippax Garden, Medicinal Garden, Lily Collection, Veggie Village 100 Mile Produce Garden, as well as The Dan Lawrie International Sculpture Collection. Arboretum — year round Delight your senses with over 700 variety of lilac species and cultivars — one of the most diverse collections in the world. The Arboretum is also home to a variety of flowering trees and shrubs, with many links to our trail system. Lunch is included today at RBG. This afternoon check into your Toronto hotel and freshen up before our dinner cruise on Lake Ontario.

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Day 5

Breakfast included at the hotel. Greet your local guide for a Toronto highlights tour. Your guide will point out many of the sights along the way of the amazing city of Toronto over the next two days. Today enjoy a tour of the castle and gardens at Casa Loma. Casa Loma is a Gothic Revival style mansion and garden in midtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada, that is now a historic house museum and landmark. Lunch will be on your own at the Castle café. After lunch visit Toronto Botanical Garden and adjacent Edwards Gardens. Toronto Botanical Garden offers an array of award-winning themed gardens spanning nearly four acres. The botanical garden which contains 4,527 plants, representing 2,610 taxa (species and cultivars) from 116 plant families.   The Edward Gardens are a former Estate garden featuring perennials and roses on the uplands and wildflowers, rhododendrons and an extensive rockery in the valley. Among the formal gardens and brilliant floral displays, there are also rock gardens, a greenhouse, wooden arch bridges, a waterwheel, fountains, and many walking trails.  Dinner is included this evening.

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Day 6

Breakfast is included at the hotel. Great your local guide and depart for Oshawa, ON. Enjoy Spadina Museum which offers a glimpse of Toronto during the 1900-1930 period through the lens of the Austin family. The museum highlights the effects of transformative events on the Austins such as the First World War, the Great Depression and societal changes in Canada. The site includes six structures: a three-storey large house built in 1866 and enlarged several times up until 1912/1913; a two-storey garage and chauffeur’s residence built in 1909; a stable/ gardener’s cottage circa 1850; and a greenhouse built in 1913. Spadina Museum provides visitors an opportunity to go back in time to a very unique period in Toronto’s history. Lunch is included today at the Hot House Café. After lunch continue with our Toronto tour. During the two days with our local guide you will see Queen’s Park, CN Tower, Skydome, Harborfront, Fashion District, Yorkville, Financial District, Kennsington Market, Old and New City Hall plus much more. This evening dinner is at your leisure.

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Day 7

Enjoy Breakfast at your hotel. Depart for Rochester and the Lilac Festival. Enjoy the lilacs in Highland Park South, which also features a large pansy garden, a Poet’s Garden, a magnolia collection, and an AIDS Remembrance Garden. The northern section of Highland Park includes the Lamberton Conservatory, a collection of rhododendrons and azaleas, and a Pinetum (conifer arboretum). The day is your to explore, shop and dine. Take in all the festival has to offer in the great park setting. Check in to our hotel. The evening is your to relax.

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Day 8

Breakfast is included at the hotel. Check out and depart for the George Eastman Museum and Gardens. The historic mansion and gardens at the George Eastman Museum provide a glimpse into the life of one of the greatest American innovators and entertainers in the first decades of the twentieth century. Original furnishings and artifacts, careful reproductions, and beautifully restored landscape transport visitors to George Eastman’s time. In his time, George Eastman’s urban estate functioned as both a working farm and an elegant floral setting for entertaining. We will make a lunch stop on own in route home. Just when you thought the jouney was over we have one last stop right in our back yards…. We will take a short visit is Keithan’s Bluebird Gardens, a 1½-acre park at 1043 S. Front St., Sunbury, Pa., near the Susquehanna Riverfront. It features a lot of azaleas and rhododendrons, which should be in peak bloom around this time. The gardens were started by a Sunbury resident and avid gardener in the 1920s, and they’ve been renovated and turned into a city-run park in the 1980s.

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Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details Times
Harrisburg 4300 Linglestown Road Harrisburg PA 17112
Out from Weis Markets - Closest to Sheetz
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Mechanicsburg - Sams 6520 Carlisle Pike Mechanicsburg PA 17050
Sam Club Lot closest to Silver Spring Diner
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