CANADA in the WILD
Itinerary for September 17, 2016
New York City for First Responders
Thank you for your interest in this trip. Please note that this is a generic itinerary for the trip. The exact meeting places and times, routes used in the Orientation Group Walks and other details will be found in your trip booklet.
Meet us at our Departure Meeting Point. For this trip we will most likely use the Aviation Museum parking lot.
The bus departs early in the morning. Make sure you are at the departure location on time, we will not be able to wait for you and we do not want you to miss this awesome trip.
This trip involves crossing the American Border. For a smooth transition you must have with you the appropriate travel document(s): passport (Visa or $6 US dollars cash -if needed. If you are not a Canadian citizen you might be required to have a visa. If you are from a country that does not require a visa to enter the USA you might be asked to pay $6 USD cash)
You should expect to get off the bus and go through the border crossing process where the authorities will review your travel documents and personal belongings. Please check the US Customs and Border Protection website for a list of prohibited or restricted items you should avoid bringing with you.
After being admitted to the US, get back on the bus, relax and continue the journey. We will do a couple of stops along the way to stretch our legs and have some food.
In the afternoon we'll arrive to one of New York's most famous landmarks: Times Square. Take some time to wander freely around this part of town. We will make recommendations as to where to eat and what to do. You have 2 to 3 hours before our next meeting point.
Meet back with the group and head to our hotel for a well deserved rest.
This morning we will head towards Manhattan's lower town to visit the "9/11 Memorial and Museum". This is a time to feel proud of calling yourself a First Responder. We will honor those who either lost their lives or were injured while answering the call of what's believed to be the largest mobilization of emergency personnel in American history. The Museum tells the story of 9/11 through interactive technology, archives, narratives and a collection of artifacts.
After the visit to the museum we'll board the bus and head to Brooklyn. We will be dropped off near the Brooklyn Promenade where we'll enjoy beautiful views of Manhattan. Our Orientation Group Walk starts here.
We will meander our way to the corner of Adams St and Tillary St. This is where the pedestrian entry to the Brooklyn Bridge begins. We will cross this world wide famous bridge and head towards downtown Manhattan (also called lower town or financial district).
In this section of NYC we will discover: Wall Street, NY Exchange Center, the Charging Bull, Trinity Church, Battery Park among others. After our Orientation Group Walk ends you will have free time to explore on your own.
We suggest you visit Pier 17, go shopping at Century 21, take the subway and explore little Italy and Chinatown. We also recommend taking the FREE ferry ride to Staten Island for stunning skyline views of Manhattan.
Meet up in the evening at the pre-arranged time and place to go back to the hotel.
Attractions in lower-town
Today we will visit Manhattan's mid-town.
We will arrive at Times Square once again. We will take an awesome group photo and start our activities. Our Orientation Group Walk starts here.
Times Square is located in Mid-Town Manhattan and it is the perfect place to buy tickets for Broadway shows, or to many great attractions. There is lots to see in this section of NYC: Empire State building, flat iron building, iconic Chrysler building, Madam Tussauds museum, Rockefeller centre, 5th avenue, Grenwich Village and so much more. Join our walk or set out on your own. Either way you will have tons of free time to discover this amazing part of NYC.
We meet will meet again at Times Square in the late afternoon to go back to our hotel for a well deserved rest. You do not need to wait for the bus if you want to get back to the hotel earlier than the arranged time. You are welcome to get back on your own, just inform your guide ahead of time.
For a night out in Manhattan meet again at the hotel lobby. This is a night on your own. We will provide the bus for your convenience but there will be no guide accompanying you. Experience a Broadway show, go to a roof top patio or simply wander around town. Bus pick up will be at midnight to return to the hotel.