Classic New England


  • 9 days

  • New England

  • Active pace

tour : 8100

From

£1,462pp

Prices shown exclude flights and transfers

Overview

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Known for its historic sites and stunning fall foliage, New England in the fall delights all of the senses. On this fall foliage tour, experience the spectacular beauty of autumn displays in Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, and New Hampshire.

Your colorful tour of New England begins in the historic city of Boston. You’ll head north into Maine, for a visit to the cobblestones of the maritime city of Portland—complete with lighthouses and lobster fisherman. Head to Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island—gateway to the woodlands and rocky sea shores of Acadia National Park. Keep an eye out for local residents, including moose, beaver, whales, and seabirds on your drive through the park. Your guided tour of New England continues inland through the Longfellow Mountains to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Step back in time through classic covered bridges, quaint towns, and forests bursting with seasonal colors. Next, you’ll drive along New Hampshire’s Kancamagus Scenic Byway through the fragrant pine and colorful deciduous forests of Franconia Notch and White Mountain National Forest. You’ll be enthralled with the kaleidoscope of fall colors presented by birch, beech, and maple trees on your way to Vermont’s oldest sugarhouse. From Stowe—popular ski resort and summer favorite—you’ll visit Woodstock, Billings Farm & Museum, and Quechee Gorge State Park. Enjoy an overnight stay in Brattleboro on the shores of the Connecticut River.

Venture on to Rhode Island—the ‘Ocean State’—for a sightseeing tour of the Newport harbor town to hear about its fascinating history. You’ll return to Boston for a sightseeing adventure to trace the steps of Paul Revere near the Old North Church; see the Boston Common; the old State House; and other locations that are significant to U.S. history along Boston’s Freedom Trail. From colorful American history to colorful fall scenes beyond compare, your escorted vacation in New England is a trip to create memories for all seasons!

Highlights

PORTLAND
Sightseeing
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing
FRANCONIA NOTCH
Kancamagus Scenic Byway
MONTPELIER
Visit the oldest Sugarhouse
BILLINGS FARM & MUSEUM
Visit Vermont’s rural dairy farm
QUECHEE GORGE STATE PARK
Photo opportunity
NEWPORT
Sightseeing
PLYMOUTH
Mayflower 400th Anniversary, visit Plimoth Plantation; Mayflower II
BOSTONSightseeing with Local Guide

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2020 Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 5 breakfasts

BOSTON

Day
1

Welcome to Boston! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

BOSTON–PORTLAND–BAR HARBOR

Day
2

Head north into Maine, with a stop in the historic Maritime city of Portland. An included city sightseeing tour upon arrival shows the beautiful coastal region, including lighthouses and the local lobster fishermen. Time to stroll the cobblestone streets of Portland’s famous Old Port waterfront, lined with working fishing wharves and converted warehouses with restaurants and shops. Continue northeast via Bangor, to Bar Harbor, a popular seaside resort and gateway to Acadia National Park. This evening feast on steamed mussels, Maine lobster, and delicious corn on the cob at an optional lobster bake.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

BAR HARBOR. EXCURSION TO ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

Day
3

Bar Harbor is situated on Mount Desert Island, one of the most beautiful Atlantic Islands and site of ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, a landscape marked by woodland, rocky beaches, and glacier-scoured granite peaks such as Cadillac Mountain. Among the wildlife are moose, beaver, whales, and seabirds. Drive through the park, passing Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the Atlantic Coast, to see some of New England’s most spectacular scenery. Your afternoon is free to explore the quaint village of Bar Harbor on your own. You may decide to go whale watching or take a nature cruise. Gift shops, galleries, and boutiques line the village of Bar Harbor, if you prefer some souvenir shopping. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing and dining.

Meals included:

  • Continental Breakfast

BAR HARBOR–WHITE MOUNTAINS–SUNDAY RIVER

Day
4

Travel inland through the Longfellow Mountains and head for the fabulous White Mountains of New Hampshire. Admire the land of covered bridges, quaint towns, and forests noted for their vibrant colors during fall foliage. Overnight at the Sunday River Resort located in classic New England.

Meals included:

  • Continental Breakfast

SUNDAY RIVER–MONTPELIER–STOWE.

Day
5

Today you are greeted with the deep forest smells of the pines and changing leaves. A beautiful drive through Franconia Notch, along New Hampshire’s Kancamagus Scenic Byway, and the White Mountain National Forest, is renowned for its fall leaf viewing. The “Kanc,” as the locals call it, remains unspoiled by homes or service stations, allowing you to watch the maple, beech, and birch trees burst into a brilliant kaleidoscope of yellows, browns, oranges, and reds. In Montpelier, visit Vermont’s oldest SUGARHOUSE before ending the day in Stowe, one of America’s most popular ski resorts as well as a favorite summer destination.

STOWE–WOODSTOCK–BRATTLEBORO

Day
6

This morning visit Woodstock, its village green reminiscent of 19th-century England. Next, visit BILLINGS FARM & MUSEUM, a living museum of Vermont’s rural past and working dairy farm. At QUECHEE GORGE STATE PARK, Vermont’s little Grand Canyon see fabulous views of the gorge and, in Rockingham, visit the charming Vermont Country Store. This afternoon enjoy some time in downtown Brattleboro, named one of the top-10 small art towns in the country.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

BRATTLEBORO–NEWPORT AREA

Day
7

On to Rhode Island, the “Ocean State.” Upon arrival, a city sightseeing tour that takes in the first state house, the nation’s oldest synagogue, and the bustling harbor once frequented by rum runners and slave traders. Afterward, join an optional to explore the Breakers Mansion on an audio tour, or choose to explore the small town of Newport with shops, galleries, and restaurants.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

NEWPORT AREA–PLYMOUTH

Day
8

This morning, venture to the historic seaside port of Plymouth. Visit the 17th-Century English Village, PLIMOTH PLANTATION to enjoy live demos of historic blacksmithing, farming, and cooking. Then, visit the Wampanoag Homesite and encounter the Native People of Wampanoag or other Native Nations. Step inside a wetu (house) and experience the traditions, stories, music, and dance of the people who have lived in this region for more than 10,000 years. Afterward, head to the waterfront to see the Mayflower II—a full-scale reproduction of the tall ship that brought the Pilgrims to Plymouth Harbor in 1620—some 400 years ago! Reflect on your own family’s immigration story on one of the world’s oldest wooden vessels that still sails today.

PLYMOUTH–BOSTON

Day
9

Depart this morning for Boston. Your guided tour focuses on the city’s most prominent landmarks. See Boston Common; Old State House; Old North Church, from where Paul Revere got the signal to start his famous ride; historic sights of the Freedom Trail; and Faneuil Hall, with the chance to browse in Quincy Market. A stop at Boston Logan International Airport for those with homebound flights. Please schedule flights after 3:30 pm.

Things to note

Enjoy the fall colors of New York and New England on this vacation (if Mother Nature permits).

Single share option available

Single share option is available on this tour: share a twin room with another traveller of the same gender to get a great deal on a holiday. No one else up for it? You'll enjoy a room to yourself at no extra cost!

Single share option available

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