10D/9N - 2020 Colours of New England

    Colours of New England

    Boston-Salem-Kennebunkport-Bar Harbor- White Mountains-Stowe-Green Mountains-Newport-Cape Cod-Plymouth-Boston               

    10days/9nights, Boston/Boston

    2020 depart Thu: Aug 20, 27. Sep 03, 10, 17, 24. Oct 01, 08.

    *** 3 day New York extension available on request.

day 01 Boston

Welcome to Boston, the cradle of American Liberty! Arrive at Logan International Airport and transfer independently to your hotel where you will meet your tour director.

day 02 Boston-Salem-Kennebunkport-Portland

Along the route north of Boston lies almost four centuries of history as well as some of the East Coast’s finest beaches and seascapes. Your first stop today is Salem, the site of the infamous 17C witch trials and birthplace of American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne. Continuing along the coast you’ll stop to gaze at Cape Neddick “Nubble” Lighthouse, the most photographed lighthouse in America. Passing through Portsmouth, the oldest community in New Hampshire known for its thriving fishing community and historic buildings, your next stop will be Kennebunkport. Kennebunkport is home to the palatial summer estates of prominent politicians, including the 41st US President, George Herbert Walker Bush. From Kennebunkport it’s on to Portland, Maine’s largest city and home to the state’s oldest lighthouse and one of its most beloved.

Optional: traditional lobster dinner

day 03 Portland-Bar Harbour

The drive northeast on Route 1 from Portland to Bar Harbor is nothing short of enjoyable. Out the window you’ll see the state’s jagged coastline and rocky beaches lapped by rhythmic waves of the Atlantic. You’ll pass through quaint villages where local fishermen mark their grounds with colourful bouys prior to arriving in the small town of Bar Harbor. Known for its stunning coastal beauty, Bar Harbor has a world renowned ambiance that blends seashore community, Downeast character, and the famous Maine Lobster.

day 04 Bar Harbour-White Mountains

Your journey today takes you inland towards the spectacular scenery of the White Mountains, the “rooftop of New England,” whose landscape is dotted with enchanting covered bridges, picturesque towns and villages, and historic sites. En route experience breathtaking mountain vistas, pristine forestry and world renowned foliage.

day 05 White Mountains-Stowe-Green Mountains

Today, traverse the White Mountains that divide the states of New Hampshire and Vermont to Stowe, a classic 200-yearold village nestled beside Vermont’s highest peak, majestic Mt Mansfield. Continue through Burlington on Lake Champlain and stunning views of open meadows, farmlands and forests to Vermont’s Green Mountains. With their dense forests, the Green Mountains are home to bears, moose, wild turkey, and deer.

day 06 Green Mountains-Newport

Leaving Vermont, you’ll enter the smallest state in the Union, Rhode Island. Home to spectacular coastal scenery and awe-inspiring architecture, Newport is considered by many a shining gem in the coastal crown of New England. And nowhere is Newport’s natural beauty more on display than on its Cliff Walk. Here, between the pounding surf of the Atlantic Ocean and sprawling lawns, sit the famed Gilded Age mansions that once were the summer playgrounds for socialite families such as the Astor’s and Vanderbilt’s. Visit one of these opulent mansions for a glimpse into the lavish lifestyle of the privileged from a bygone era.

day 07 Newport-Cape Cod

From the opulence of Newport you’ll continue to the unspoiled natural beauty of Cape Cod where picturesque beaches with high sand dunes, never-ending sea, lighthouses rising along the coast, and gorgeous sunsets await.

day 08 Cape Cod

Day at leisure to explore independently.

Optional: a short 45 minute ferry ride from Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard is the jewel of New England. Spread over 100 square miles are six towns, each with its own proud history and unique character, historic sea captains' homes, charming gingerbread cottages, a quaint fishing village, five majestic lighthouses and the nation's oldest operating carousel. While exploring miles of pristine beaches, dramatic clay cliffs, rural landscapes and picturesque waterways you'll find Martha's Vineyard is more than just lobsters and clams.

day 09 Cape Cod-Plymouth-Boston

Today begins with a visit to Plymouth, the town where English colonists first made a home in New England. See Plymouth Rock, where according to tradition the passengers of the Mayflower first set foot in the “New World,” views of Plymouth Harbor and the Mayflower II, a replica of the original Mayflower (onboard admission not included). Returning to Boston, you’ll retrace the steps of the Freedom Trail which may include a stroll beside Boston Common, King’s Chapel, the Boston Massacre site, and numerous pubs and taverns where America’s Founding Fathers toasted freedom. Lunch indepently at one of Boston’s many restaurants. Afterwards, explore Quincy Market, Boston’s first marketplace from the 1800’s, now home to boutiques, cafés and shops.

day 10 Boston Departure

Independent onward arrangements

Inclusions: twin share, deluxe coach, tour director, porterage, service charges, taxes.
Sightseeing: Walking tour of Freedom Trail, Cape Cod, tour on of the opulent mansions in Newport, panoramic of the White Mountains, Coastal Lighthouse.

Hotels: Boston-The Midtown, Portland-BW Merry Manor Inn, Bar Harbour-Wonderview Inn/Acadia Inn, White Mountains-The Lodge at Bretton Woods, Green Mountains-BW Inn & Suites Rutland, Newport-Wyndaham Newport Hotel & Conference Centre, Cape Cod-Cape Codder Resort & Spa, Boston-Four Points by Sheraton Boston Logan Airport (or similar).

Notes: All bookings are made only on English spoken tour departures however some tours may be modified to bilingual at short notice. Tours are subject to change without notice pending climatic and local traffic conditions.

Optional excursions: lobster dinner, traditional New England Clambake. Please book the optional excursions with your tour director at the start of the tour.

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