CANADA in the WILD
Itinerary for September 17, 2016
New York City
Your February 15, 2020 Itinerary
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PREPARING FOR THE TRIP.
What to do before you come to NYC:
Exchange Money. You are going to need US dollars.
Health insurance. Check if your current health insurance covers trips to the US, if not we recommend you purchase some. Visit Guard.me for more details.
NOT CANADIAN? You will need an I-94 entry permit in order to be admitted into the US. You could get your I-94 entry permit online. By doing this you will speed up the border crossing process and it will be less stressful for you. Use the following link: US Border and Customs I-94 Website
American Visa if your passport is not from a Visa Waiver Country
Student or Work permit if you are residing temporarily in Canada.
Are you a student staying in Canada less than 6 months? You might be asked by Canadian border authorities (on the way back) to prove your status in Canada. Bring copies of the following documents: Letter of acceptance of the University, Student Card, details of the return flight to your home country.
Bring a photocopy of your passport, as this will speed the check in process at the hotel
1- Keep connected and informed
We have created a What's app group for all members attending the trip. Please download the app if you don't have it and join this group:
It is important to stay in touch while traveling; especially if there are any last minute changes to be announced by your guides (like bus pickup addresses), you become separated from the group or are going to be late for a rendezvous.
This what's app group will also be good for anyone in the trip to share photos, let others know of cool spots you've come across while exploring, restaurants recommendations and pretty much anything we want.
2- Hotel Details
Holiday Inn Manhattan Lower East Side . 150 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002
Phone: +1 (212) 475-2500
In North America is customary to give a little something to the driver and Guides for their good service as a token of appreciation. This is totally optional. We propose to give $5 at the end of the trip. If you think you got good service please make your contribution to any of your Guides at the end of the trip.
4-What to bring
Other documents to prove status in Canada if not Canadian (See previous section)
Good walking shoes
Warm clothes (check the weather forecast and pack accordingly)
Snacks for the bus ride
Rain jacket just in case it rains
Your adventurous spirit and extra money for food and souvenirs!
5- Trip Contest
During your trip to NYC, Round Tours will challenge you to capture unforgettable moments. But wait, these aren’t your typical scenic shots of the sunset overlooking the NYC skyline, we’re asking you take funny, unpredictable, one-of-a-kind pictures that will make this trip all the more memorable…and we’re turning it into a contest!
Join us on Facebook to learn more about it!
6.45 am Meet us at 90 University Private, Ottawa, K1N 6N5. This is a residence building on the University of Ottawa campus [See our map below]. The Ottawa Residences Building is right in front of a big parking lot where our bus will pick us up. Here you will have a chance to gather and get to know your fellow travellers before we set out.
7.00 am The bus departs at 7.00 am. 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.
We will cross the American Border. For a smooth transition you must have with you the appropriate travel document(s): Valid passport, Visas (if required) and $6 US dollars cash -if needed. For those travelling under the Visa Waiver Program you will get the I-94 W non migrant form to be filled out. This form will be given to the US immigration officers together with your passport.
You should expect to get off the bus and go through the border crossing process where the authorities will review your travel documents. After being admitted to the US, we'll get back on the bus and continue the journey.
We will make one more stop after customs to get food, stretch our legs and use the restrooms.
4 pm Arrive to our hotel, check in and get ready to start the adventure in Manhattan!
All activities proposed throughout the trip are OPTIONAL and it is up to you to join them or do something different.
Freshen up and meet at the lobby of the hotel if you want to join the group and explore iconic Times Square!
Did you know that this is the place to buy reduced Broadway tickets?
Wondering where to eat? Hell's kitchen is very close to Times Square and laden with good restaurants.
Come back to the hotel the Newyorker way by taking the subway or a yellow cab!
Foodies Tips- Authentic NYC pizza slices experiences
99c Fresh Pizza
561 7th Ave, New York
Authentic NYC experience. You can't expect to eat cheap in a place like NYC, but a place like this proves you wrong. Always great pizza. Hot and ready to go.
557 8th Ave, New York
Pizza for a dollar. You will have a hard time finding a better deal at this quality anywhere else, whether in NYC or outside of it. Buttery crust, savory meat toppings, good cheese & sauce.
1435 Broadway, New York
Modern outpost of a longtime counter-serve pizza joint prepping New York–style slices & pies. Good place to get the famous New York Pizza slices.
Today we will visit Manhattan's mid-town.
9.30 am Meet your Tour leader by the lobby and get ready to board the bus.
We will be dropped off at Madison Square park and make our way towards Central Park. There is lots to see in this section of NYC: Empire State building, flat iron building, iconic Chrysler building, Rockefeller Center, 5th avenue, Grand Central Station, New York Public Library, Bryant Park and so much more.
We will be leading a group walk that will take you through the major landmarks previously mentioned. Feel free to join us for the whole length of the walk (approx 4 km and 2h long) or just part of it. Our discovery walk ends by Central Park.
Do you like museums? MET, Guggenheim and the Natural History Museums are all within walking distances in Upper town Manhattan.
Your guides will have recommendations of what to do and where to go from here.
They will also unveil their plans for tonight!
Attractions in mid-town
Attractions in upper-town
Night out Tips- Night Clubs, Broadway Productions or Comedy shows?
230 5th Ave
230 5th Ave, New York
230 FIFTH is New York's largest outdoor Rooftop Garden and Fully enclosed Penthouse Lounge. One floor is fully enclosed. And our rooftop garden is open to the sky. The rooftop is partially heated on colder nights.
TKTS Discount Booths are the perfect way for everyone to experience the arts in New York City at affordable prices. Broadway and Off Broadway productions on sale every day at 20% to 50% off regular prices
208 W 23rd St, New York
Hailed by USA Today as "One of the Top 10 Places in the Country to See Stand-up". The club has been featured on NBC's 'Last Comic Standing,' and 'The Celebrity Apprentice'.
Today is an exciting day. We will visit Brooklyn and Manhattan's lower-town (or downtown).
9.30 am Meet us by the lobby and board the bus. We start the day by going to Pier 1 playground in Brooklyn where you can enjoy some of the most beautiful views of Manhattan. After some great, Instagram worthy pictures we will board the bus and head to the entrance of the Brooklyn bridge.
This is where the pedestrian entry to the Brooklyn Bridge begins. We will start our discovery walk by crossing this world 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, 9/11 memorial and World Trade Center among others.
After our group walk ends you will have free time to explore on your own.
Ask our guides for suggestions if you have no plans!
We suggest you take the free Ferry to Staten Island at sunset and get wonderful views of Manhattan's skyline.
No trip to NYC is complete without eating in Little Italy or Chinatown! We highly recommend exploring these amazing neighborhoods.
Attractions in lower-town
Foodies Tips- Brunch, British or German fare?
A Salt & Battery
112 Greenwich Ave, New York
You’ve possibly never said, “Let’s have British food tonight,” but a trip to this chippy—one of the few in Manhattan—might change that. freshly fried, vinegar-doused whiting, haddock and sole with sides of better-than-french-fries “chips.”
Black Seed Bagels
170 Elizabeth St, new York
Black Seed was conceived by two friends from two cities. United by a love of traditional bagel baking and artisan ingredients. Wood fired oven baked bagels, perfect thickness, perfectly baked and toasted.
848 Washington St, New York
They have foosball and ping pong tables, a very wide open space and people from all over. Great ambiance, quiet enough to have a conversation with close friends, but atmospheric enough to feel like a get-together setting.
Today is our last day in NYC and you have free time to choose your destination.
Checkout time is 11 AM. The hotel will provide a room where we can keep our luggage safe until departure time.
1.45 pm Meet at the hotel, collect your bags and let's go back to Ottawa after a fantastic holiday! Bus departs at 2 PM