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NYC – Behind Broadway and The Bronx
We will take you behind-the-scenes on Broadway and show you how it all works. Two nights of Broadway theatre and a pops concert at Carnegie Hall. Another day finds you in Little Italy, the real Little Italy, not some Manhattan substitute. For the first time, we spend a day in the Greenwich Village/Chelsea neighborhood.
Depart the West Coast around 6am bound for New York City, arriving around 5pm (with a connection). A welcome to The Big Apple dinner is included tonight at Carmine’s, a New York tradition just two blocks from your hotel, which is located right on Times Square. Indeed, this is one of New York’s premier locations/accommodations. Marriott Marquis – 5 nights (D)
Your Behind Broadway experience will give you a feel for how the curtain goes up at dozens of theaters every night. Auditions, rehearsals, readings, financing, reviews; it’s hard to make a hit. We’ll take you behind-the-scenes to meet the performers and even a veteran Broadway reviewer, or “audience matchmaker,” as Peter Filichia likes to refer to his talents. We get back to midtown in time for a great dinner at the Capital Grill, then walk a few blocks to Carnegie Hall for a concert honoring Broadway legends by the New York Symphony Pops orchestra. (This is a memorable 90 minutes of music in a one of the world’s great music venues.) Premium Dress Circle seating for the concert. (L,D)
Off to The Bronx, and specifically Little Italy, part of New York’s most colorful neighborhood. We stop in at a fire and police station, to meet some first responders up close and get some unique souvenirs. On Arthur Avenue, we enjoy lunch and meet some of the shopkeepers on a unique six-block walking tour. Ah, cannoli made right before your eyes! Tonight, your first night of theater. Your Tour Directors will be available to direct/escort you. (L)
We are headed downtown this morning, to learn the story of Wall Street, visit the historic Trinity Church, see Federal Hall (where George Washington was inaugurated president), and enjoy a wonderful casual brunch in a historic restaurant. The afternoon is spent at Freedom Tower. Enjoy the view from the top, spend time in the 9/11 Museum, walk by the reflection ponds… there’s time for it all. Back to Broadway tonight, to see the show you selected. (L)
A day to choose your own itinerary. Many will want to go by subway with your Tour Director to Battery Park, then on to Liberty or Ellis Islands by ferry. Those folks will return to Times Square around noon. (Optional in-depth hard hat tour on Ellis Island. Please inquire at least 60 days prior to departure.) Depending on baseball schedules, an optional tour of Yankee Stadium may be available this afternoon. Visit The Met, shop at Macy’s; allow us to help you build your day. (D)
We depart on a non-stop flight to Sacramento in early evening from Newark. First, let’s visit Greenwich Village. From the National Park Site commemorating the beginning of the fight for LGBT rights at the Stonewall Inn; to Eataly, the popular Italian complex; the Chelsea Market, Squish Marshmallows and more. The different, the unique, that’s what makes the village so popular. Arrive in Sacramento about 10pm.
|B||Generally a limited buffet or menu|
|FB||Full buffet or choice of menu|
|BR||Brunch, often buffet-style|
|L||Lunch, often several menu options|
|HT or AT||High or Afternoon Tea|
|D||Dinner, often several menu options|