Chicago, IL

Sep 24, 2019 - Oct 2, 2019

Join us on our journey to the "Windy City" of Chicago, IL.

9 Day(s) | 14 Meals


  • Deluxe Motorcoach
  • 8 nights hotel including 3 nights in Chicago
  • Architectural River Cruise
  • Skydeck at the Willis Tower
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Navy Pier
  • Millennium Park
  • Lucille Ball Tour
  • 14 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 8 dinners
  • Friendship Tours Escort
  • A Valid Passport is Required


Day 1

We board our deluxe motorcoach as we begin our journey to “the windy city” of Chicago, IL. We begin with 2 nights at the COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT NIAGARA FALLS. This hotel boasts spacious guestrooms, indoor pool and is located in the heart of Niagara on the Canadian side. Welcome dinner tonight.

Day 2

A GUIDED TOUR OF NIAGARA FALLS highlights include: the Floral Clock, the Whirlpool, Queenstown Heights, & more. Afternoon at leisure, take a ride on the new Niagara Skywheel to see a breathtaking view of the Falls, Journey Behind the Falls, or relax at the pool. Try your hand at lady luck this evening at the FALLSVIEW CASINO.

Day 3

Today we travel through Canada on our way to Michigan. Visit the MOTOWN MUSEUM to learn the story of how Motown Records got its start and how now famous singers rose from obscurity to international fame. Overnight accommodations at the GREENFIELD INN DEARBORN. Dinner at leisure in the hotel.

Day 4

We’re off to the windy city of Chicago, located on Lake Michigan. 3 nights at the HAMPTON INN & SUITES CHICAGO DOWNTOWN featuring an indoor pool, fitness center and located a few blocks from the famous Magnificent Mile. Enjoy Chicago’s famous deep dish pizza for dinner tonight.

Day 5

Join our local guide as we take in the sights on our CITY TOUR including a stop at MILLENNIUM PARK to view the famous “Bean” sculpture and a visit to the iconic NAVY PIER. This afternoon relax aboard our ARCHITECTURAL RIVER CRUISE and learn about the architectural styles of the buildings and the stories of the people who built the city. Evening at leisure to enjoy dinner on own at one of the many great restaurants and stroll the Magnificent Mile with its great shopping.

Day 6

This morning we explore the ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, one of the oldest museums in the United States with the largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art outside of the Louvre in Paris. Dare to stand out on the 103rd floor with never before seen views on the ledge at SKYDECK CHICAGO in the Willis Tower. The Skydeck provides 360 degree views of the city spanning up to 50 miles and 4 states. Dinner tonight at a local restaurant.

Day 7

Today we say good-bye to Chicago and head back east. 2 nights at the brand new CHAUTAUQUA HARBOR HOTEL, located in a beautiful and quaint lakefront community on the shores of historic Lake Chautauqua. Dinner in our hotel tonight.

Day 8

Experience the legacy of Lucille Ball in her hometown of Jamestown, NY. See the home she was born in and the cemetery where she and her family rests on our LUCY TOWN TOUR. Explore the LUCILLE BALL DESI ARNAZ MUSEUM AND DESILU STUDIOS where you get an inside look at the couples personal life and see the sets and costumes worn in the show. Dinner tonight in the TROPICANA ROOM, a recreated nightclub that Ricky Ricardo owned on I Love Lucy.

Day 9

We head for home today with memories of our great journey.

Departure Locations

West Hartford/New Britain

Depart: 7:00 AM

Return: 7:30 PM

Commuter Lot across from Target, Village Square Rd & Hartford Rd., New Britain / West Hartford
Please park on the left side of the lot as you enter the driveway.


Depart: 7:30 AM

Return: 7:00 PM

Manchester, Park & Ride Commuter Lot, Buckland Street & Pleasant Valley Road









Payment Policy

DEPOSIT: $600 pp due with reservations; FINAL PAYMENT: August 13, 2019

Cancellation Policy

If a passenger cancels from deposit to August 13, 2019 fee of $300.00 pp; August 14, 2019 to September 10, 2019 fee of $800.00 pp; no refunds if canceled on September 11, 2019 or later unless a substitute is provided.

Trip Protection Policy

Trip Protection Coverage strongly recommended. Aon Affinity administers the NTA Travel Protection plan designed specifically for members of the National Tour Association. The Pre-existing medical condition exclusion can be waived by purchasing the Enhanced Plan within 14 days of your deposit or initial payment. Purchase of the plan within this time period also provides eligibility for the Financial Insolvency benefit. Traveling companions / roommates are required to take the same plan (Basic or Enhanced) in order to be properly covered.Premium is non-refundable once paid. Three ways to enroll:
1. Website: Tour Operator Location #076068. You can also view plan details on this site.
2. Call Aon-800-388-1470. Tour Operator Location #076068. Customer service agents can also answer questions about each plan.
3. Call Friendship Tours / The Ship Shop 860-243-1630 or 800-243-1630

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