Day 1 & 2 Boston, MA
Famous for everything from the Red Sox and Paul Revere to Cheers and clam “chowdah,” Boston is a popular destination for so many reasons. Part history lesson, part modern metropolis, the Hub offers attractions to suit every taste and interest. Hop on the Freedom Trail, a well-preserved pedestrian path that weaves in and out of historic neighborhoods. Between landmarks, you can shop the fabulous stores on Newbury Street, have a delicious authentic Italian meal in the North End or browse the antique shops and distinctive red-brick buildings of Beacon Hill. The more culturally inclined will not want to miss the city’s world-class museums, theater and music venues. Family friendly to the core, Boston also boasts a renowned aquarium, children’s museum and science museum, making it a great getaway for all.
2 nights Boston
Standard Hotel: Midtown Hotel
Select Hotel: Colonnade Hotel
Day 3 To Mid Coast Maine (112 miles)
Travel to the coast, stopping in Kittery for great factory outlet shopping! In historicPortland, enjoy the charming Old Port Exchange and, of course, lobster!
1 night Mid Coast Maine
Standard Hotel: Best Western Merry Manor
Select Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Freeport
Day 4 & 5 To Bar Harbor Area, ME (162 miles)
Spectacular scenery awaits, as you head for Bar Harbor situated on Mount Desert Island, known as the home of Acadia National Park with its lakes, forest, coastline and more than 300 species of birds. Either hike or drive to the top of Cadillac Mountain -- the highest point on the eastern seaboard -- and you’ll be the first in the country to welcome the sun. Above you the early morning sky; below, Maine’s rugged coastline. When your trek ends, head over to Bar Harbor, the island’s hub, where you’ll find more than 100 restaurants. Explore its sidewalk cafes and shops, or wander the waterfront and gaze at the 19th-century mansions that tower over the water, stately reminders of the days when this small town on Frenchman’s Bay was a grand summer resort for society families.
2 nights Bar Harbor Area
Standard Hotel: Wonder View Inn
Select Hotel: Bluenose Inn
Day 6 & 7 To White Mountains, NH (250 miles)
Drive through gorgeous scenery – from forests to fields, all interspersed with sparkling lakes and rivers to the White Mountains. In the White Mountains, drive to the summit of Mt. Washington, shop, or take the Conway Scenic Railroad, or head
to the Lakes Region.
2 nights White Mountains
Standard Hotel: Lodge at Lincoln Station
Select Hotel: Merrill Farm Resort
Day 8 & 9 To Northern Vermont (130 miles)
If you spent the night in Jackson or North Conway, travel the Kancamagus Highway to Lincoln. In Vermont, treat yourself to a tour of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory before heading to Burlington, on the banks of Lake Champlain. Head for Woodstock, a quintessential New England village with
traditional shops and covered bridges. Visit Shelburne Museum’s collections of Americana, gardens and the side- wheeler, SS Ticonderoga.
2 nights Northern Vermont, VT
Standard Hotel: Commodores Inn
Select Hotel: Golden Eagle Resort
Day 10 To Connecticut River Valley, MA (174 miles)
Travel to Rutland, once centre of the Vermont marble industry. Manchester Village is a lovely stop on your way to the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts. Visit the Francine Clarke Art Institute or the
Hancock Shaker Village, a restored 19th century settlement. Continue to Lenox,
summer home of the Boston Symphony and Stockbridge, once home to Norman
Rockwell, one of America’s greatest artists. The Norman Rockwell Museum houses
many of his works.
1 night Connecticut River Valley, MA
Standard Hotel: Hampton Inn West Springfield
Select Hotel: Comfort Inn & Suites Berkshires
Day 11 & 12 To Newport, RI (127 miles)
Before heading to Newport, you may visit Old Sturbridge Village, a living 19th century museum, or Mystic, Connecticut, and Mystic Seaport Museum, America’s largest maritime museum. Continue to Newport, summer resort of America’s first millionaires. Spend the day on a spectacular
beach; tour the Cliff Walk and Ten Mile Drive with its extravagant summer
mansions. Newport’s restored waterfront features many shops and restaurants.
2 nights Newport
Standard Hotel: Howard Johnson Newport
Select Hotel: Hotel Viking
Day 13 & 14 To Cape Cod, MA (75 miles)
Travel to Cape Cod, a fabulous summer resort with white sandy beaches and abundant attractions. Plan a whale watch cruise; visit historic Chatham or colorful, artistic Provincetown. Take a day trip to Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket.
2 nights Cape Cod
Standard Hotel: Holiday Inn Hyannis
Select Hotel: Resort & Conference Centre
Day 15 To Boston (75 miles)
Boston’s Logan Airport is approximately 1.5 hours drive from Cape Cod and enroute you’ll have time to visit picturesque Sandwich, the Cape’s oldest town and at Plymouth the Plimoth Plantation, a living museum of 1627 life. Time for lunch before driving to the airport.
Day 16 Arrive home
- Return transatlantic flight
- Hotel accommodation for 14 nights as shown or of a similar standard
- Car hire for the duration of the trip including fully inclusive insurance
- Flydrive guide book with vouchers delivered to your first hotel