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Overview

Highlights of this tour include Boston, Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. See whales on an exciting day trip, tour Nantucket Island and Martha's Vineyard whilst staying in some wonderful hotels.

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Day 1 Fly to Boston

Famous for everything from the Red Sox and Paul Revere to Cheers and clam chowder, 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.

2 nights Boston at the Onyx Hotel

Day 2 Boston

Day at leisure in Boston.

Day 3 Chatham (89 mi/143 km)

Explore Boston this morning, take a "Hop on Hop Off" trolley tour or walk the Freedom Trail, a well preserved pedestrian path that weaves in and out of historic neighbourhoods. Between landmarks, you can shop the fabulous stores on Newbury Street, or browse the antique shops and distinctive red-brick buildings of Beacon Hill. Perhaps lunch in lively Quincy Market or a delicious authentic Italian meal in the North End.  Pick up your car hire this afternoon from downtown and drive a short distance to beautiful Chatham where you’ll have the opportunity to explore this lovely town famous for  hilly wooded uplands, extensive barrier beaches, harbours, numerous small estuaries, and salt and freshwater ponds.

4 nights Chatham at the Chatham Bars Inn

Day 4 Chatham

A leisurely day to explore Cape Cod with its pretty villages and abundant attractions or enjoy the many attractions of your hotel. Chatham center, just a few minutes from the hotel, is the quintessential New England village by the sea. This is probably Cape Cod at its picturesque best with smart shops, inns, small restaurants, some typically colonial-style white churches, a fishing harbour and a lighthouse with dramatic ocean views the Cape Cod National Seashore has 40 miles of pristine sandy beach, marshes, ponds and diverse birdlife.

Day 5 Excursion to Provincetown (Whale Watching Cruise)

Drive to Provincetown at the very end of Cape Cod. This colourful and fascinating little town has attracted a wide spectrum of people. Artists live side by side with traditional fisherman and during the summer Commercial Street is filled with the most cosmopolitan mix of people, exploring the art galleries, tiny seafood restaurants, shops, narrow streets and pretty gardens. A morning to explore the town and this afternoon enjoy a whale watch cruise (weather permitting), an exciting adventure to view these majestic marine mammals, guided by an expert naturalist. Humpback whales are normally seen and you’ll never forget your first sighting of a whale blowing after a deep sea dive. This evening enjoy dinner in town or perhaps try a New England Clambake Dune Tour, an exciting trip that combines the beauty of a sunset dune tour with a traditional New England Clam Bake dinner served picnic style.

Day 6 Nantucket Island Excursion

An early start this morning for the drive to Hyannis (car parking fee) and the 09:10 am high speed ferry to pretty Nantucket Island. With its cobblestone Main Street shaded by giant elm trees; its magnificent homes of merchants and ship captains it is one of the best preserved towns in New England. A fully narrated tour offers a truly interesting view of America's most scenic little island. In just over an hour, become acquainted with the "Little Grey Lady," famous as the world's foremost whaling port in the 18th century. Included are The Old Mill, "Sconset" Village with its rose-covered cottages, Low Beach, Sankaty Head Lighthouse, Cranberry bogs and Nantucket moors. After lunch take the late afternoon high speed ferry to Hyannis, return to your car for the short drive back to the Chatham Bars Inn.

Day 7 Martha's Vineyard (65 mi/104 km)

Time to explore Sandwich, the Cape’s oldest village, or the pretty town of Falmouth this morning before driving to Woods Hole for the short ferry ride to the lovely island of Martha’s Vineyard (round-trip ferry tickets for you and your car are included).

3 nights Martha's Vineyard at the Harbor View Hotel

Day 8 Martha's Vineyard

Two days to relax on the island, a Mecca for summer visitors, that has played host to the rich and famous, including film stars and American Presidents. Tour the Vineyard to see the gingerbread cottages of Oak Bluffs and Gay Head cliffs in scenic Aquinnah.

Day 9 Martha's Vineyard

Day at leisure in Martha's Vineyard

Day 10 Boston (90 mi/144 km)

A last leisurely morning on the island and then drive to the ferry and on to Logan Airport, and your flight home.

Day 11 Arrive back home

 

What's Included

  • Return transatlantic flight
  • Hotel accommodation for 9 nights as shown or of a similar standard
  • Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch Cruise from Provincetown (weather permitting)
  • Round trip ferry to Nantucket
  • Nantucket Island Tour
  • Round trip ferry to Martha's Vineyard
  • Economy Car hire from day 3 including fully inclusive insurance (Car upgrades available at additional cost)
  • Fly-drive guide book with vouchers delivered to your first hotel

What's Not Included

  • Hotel car parking charges

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