Puerto Rico Trip

See JoAnn Falletta conduct in Puerto Rico!

 May 10-14, 2017

This spring, treat yourself to a musical island experience in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Tour highlights include:

  • Lodging in the five-star Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
  • Day excursions highlighting the beauty, culture and adventure of San Juan
  • Dining in San Juan’s most exclusive restaurants
  • The opportunity to spend time with JoAnn Falletta and fellow BPO supporters
  • Premier seating for JoAnn Falletta’s concert with the Puerto Rico Symphony
  • Reception with San Juan dignitaries

For pricing details and reservations, contact Ron Luczak at The Travel Team, Inc. Call (716) 862-7610 or email rluczak@thetravelteam.com.

The deadline to sign up is February 20, 2017. Space is limited. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Itinerary

Day One – Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Arrival Day

Today you will depart from your home airport and then take your flight to the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. Upon arrival, proceed to the Condado Vanderbilt in San Juan (You may coordinate airport transfers through The Travel Team). You will check in to your suite and enjoy the afternoon at your leisure.

Condado Vanderbilt

www.condadovanderbilt.com

Designed by the internationally acclaimed architect Whitney Warren in 1919, after a $200 million renovation, today its true grandeur and elegance are reclaimed as the ultra-luxury Condado Vanderbilt Hotel. From its inception, the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel was created for those who wish to experience a luxurious oceanfront getaway while having the city at their feet. Comprised of three interconnected buildings: the original Spanish Revival building dates back to 1919 and it has been meticulously renovated to its original shine. The original building is framed by two brand new Towers with plenty of options of ocean front rooms and suites.

7 PM

1919 Condado Vanderbilt

Enjoy dinner at 1919, the Condado Vanderbilt’s own restaurant. 1919 blends the experience of world-class dining with the flavor of locally-sourced ingredients. Savor artisanal delicacies served freshly and with a contemporary flair.

Day Two – Thursday, May 11, 2017

9 AM

Old San Juan Historical Driving and Shopping Tour with Private Guide

A definite “must do” while visiting Puerto Rico. Upon your arrival to the Old City, your first stop is at the San Cristobal Fort for a short tour and photo shoots. Driving through the Old City, some of the historical sites that will be seen are El Morro Fort, San Jose Church, El Convento, San Juan Cathedral and Capilla del Cristo. Your second stop is at Paseo la Princesa including a walk to see the entrance of the San Juan Bay Harbor. Then it’s off to Plaza de Armas for a shopping spree, visiting artisan shops as well as the outlet stores on Cristo Street.

11 AM

Lunch and Rum Tasting at Las Canas with a traditional Puerto Rican menu

4:30 PM

Depart Hotel

5 PM

Sunset Cruise

Set sail upon a sunset cruise. Amazing Grace is a topsail schooner representative of the traditional American sailing crafts. These were the small vessels that fought the British in the War of Independence and again in 1812, both as ships of the U.S. Navy and as privateers. Many privateer vessels fought the pirates and were even captured, eventually be used by the pirates themselves. This beautiful sailing vessel flies seven sails that can be used in different combinations to suit the wind conditions. Departing from Old San Juan cruise port, you will take in the beautiful views of our Historical City while sailing along the Bay, listening to an interacting narrated story of nearly 500 years. Or you can indulge in the Caribbean sunset with magical and romantic views of Old San Juan from the water in the early evening with music, appetizers and drinks.

Evening

Dinner on own.

Day Three – Friday, May 12, 2017

Morning

Camuy Caves and Arecibo Observatory Tour

Depart for Camuy Caves and Arecibo Observatory Tour. This tour takes you to the northwestern part of the island. Camuy Cave Park is known as one of the most massive cave networks in this hemisphere. Recently, two craterlike sinkholes and caves within this network have been beautifully developed. The caverns are easily visited with modern trolley cars taking you down the entrance of the caves. You will then enjoy a guided tour of the great cavern system seeing the Underground River as well as huge stalagmites and rocky ravines. You are then escorted back to the trolleys to the upper level where you can purchase refreshments and souvenirs before your return to San Juan. Departure is early in the morning, returning midafternoon.

After the caves, we will be on our way to the Arecibo Observatory, which features the world’s largest radar/radio telescope and is operated by Cornell University. The Observatory is conducting groundbreaking astronomy work, including the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) program. A 20-acre radar dish, with a 600-ton suspended platform hovering over it, sits in an impressive 565-foot deep sinkhole while it examines planets and monitors natural radio emissions from distant galaxies, pulsars and quasars….all from Arecibo!

Lunch

Enjoy lunch at a traditional Puerto Rican restaurant. Return to the hotel and enjoy the afternoon at your leisure.

7:30 PM

Marmalade Restaurant and Wine Bar

Dinner at Marmalade Restaurant and Wine Bar. A beautiful and elegant restaurant that is located in Old San Juan. Enjoy some of the best food in the Caribbean at this hot spot.

Day Four – Saturday, May 13, 2017

Morning

El Yunque Rainforest Tour Depart for El Yunque Rainforest tour. You will experience a drive through a typical native towns going to El Yunque Rainforest. There, you will see lush tropical vegetation, wild orchids, giant ferns, tropical hardwoods, and waterfalls. You will stop at La Coca Falls for photo shoots, then on to Yokahú Tower for a fantastic view of the north coastline. There also will be a twenty-minute guided walk on Caimitillo Trail through the forest to view  the flora and fauna in this natural wonder. After you visit the Rainforest, there will be a stop at local fruit stand to purchase fresh fruits and beverages then returning back to the hotel.

Lunch

Stop for lunch before returning to the hotel.

Evening Oceano Restaurant

Dinner at Oceano. Nestled on a stunning beachfront property that juts towards the ocean, Oceano combines the warmth of a Caribbean getaway with the vibrant energy of South Beach.

An Evening with JoAnn Falletta

After dinner, you will be transferred to the Puerto Rico Symphony for the concert conducted by Maestro JoAnn Falletta. Concert to include Barber: School for Scandal Overture; Barber: Cello Concerto; Elgar: Enigma Variations; Jay Campbell, cello.

Day Five – Sunday, May 14, 2017

Departure Day

The tour is limited to 26 people. Reservations accepted on a first reserved basis.

$3,250 per person–twin occupancy if received by November 15, 2016 ($3,400 after November 15)

$3,950 per person-single occupancy if received by November 15, 2016 ($4,100 after November 15)