Vermont in the Autumn
Vermont in the Autumn

Colours of New England

9 Nights from £1,469 Including Flights

Overview

This escorted tour highlights the best of New England, not just the spectacular autumn colours, but also the stunning coastline of Maine, the beauty of the Cape Cod peninsula, the opulent mansions of Newport Rhode Island, and the quaint villages of Vermont. Starting and ending in the historic and hospitable city of Boston, you will visit the town of Salem infamous for its 17 century witch trials, marvel at the beauty of the New Hampshire Mountains and enjoy the delicious seafood of Bar Harbor.

Highlights

  • Experience that natural wonder of Acadia National Park and traverse to the top of Cadillac Mountain
  • Witness the changing colours of the autumn foliage as you drive through Vermont and the White Mountains
  • Ride the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway for spectacular views (weather permitting)
  • Savour the flavours of famed Vermont cheese and sweet maple syrup
  • Take in the culture of America’s Quakers with a tour of the Hancock Shaker Village
  • Relive the splendour and opulence of America’s Gilded Age with a Mansion tour in Newport
  • Go back to the beginning of the American colonies with a photo opportunity at Plymouth Rock, landing spot of the Mayflower
  • Retrace the start of the American Revolution by experiencing Boston’s historic Freedom Trail

Itinerary Overview

Fly to Boston MA 1 night – Portland Maine 1 night – Bar Harbor Maine 1 night – White Mountains NH 1 night – Green Mountains Vermont 1 night – Middletown Rhode Island 1 night – Hyannis Cape Cod MA 2 nights – Boston MA 1 night


 

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Day 1

Fly to Boston

Arrive at Logan International Airport and transfer independently to your hotel where you will meet your Tour Manager. You will have an afternoon and evening to explore Boston at the end of the tour, but if you would like a little more time in this historic and hospitable city, then we can book you an extra night before your tour starts.

Overnight: The Midtown Hotel, Boston

Day 2

Boston – Salem – Kennebunkport – Portland

This morning you will leave Boston and travel north to discover the beautiful coastline and fascinating history of this region. Your first stop is Salem, the site of the infamous 17th century witch trials. Then continuing along the coast you will see 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 President George Bush. From Kennebunkport, you’ll continue Portland, Maine's largest city. This evening, you can choose to join the tour manager and group for a traditional lobster dinner (optional – extra charge).

Overnight: Best Western Merry Manor Inn, South Portland

Day 3

Portland – Bar Harbour

It’s a really enjoyable drive northeast on Route 1 from Portland to Bar, from the window you'll see the jagged coastline and rocky beaches of the Atlantic. Pass through quaint villages where local fishermen mark their grounds with colourful buoys, then arrive in the small town of Bar Harbor. Known for its stunning coastal beauty, Bar Harbor is famous for it’s charming ambience and the famous Maine Lobster. This evening, a classic New England Clam Bake brings the shore to straight to your table (optional – extra charge).

Overnight: Wonderview Inn or Acadia Inn, Bar Harbor

Day 4

Bar Harbour – White Mountains

Journey inland today 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. En route experience the breathtaking mountain vistas, pristine forests and renowned foliage.

Overnight: The Lodge at Bretton Woods New Hampshire

Day 5

White Mountains – Stowe – Green Mountains

Traverse the White Mountains that divide the states of New Hampshire and Vermont to Stowe, a classic 200-year-old village nestled beside Mount Mansfield – Vermonts highest peak. Continue through Burlington on Lake Champlain and stunning views of meadows, farmlands and forests to Vermont's Green Mountains. The dense forests of the Green Mountains are home to bears, moose, wild turkey, and deer.

Overnight: Best Western Inn & Suites Rutland-Killington or Holiday Inn Rutland Vermont

Day 6

Green Mountains – Newport

Leaving Vermont, you'll enter the smallest state of America - Rhode Island. Home to spectacular coastal scenery and awe-inspiring architecture. This natural beauty and array of spectacular mansions is best displayed on Newport's 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. You will pay a visit one of these opulent mansions for a glimpse into the lavish lifestyle of the privileged from a bygone era.

Overnight: Wyndham Newport Hotel, Middletown

Day 7

Newport – Cape Cod

From the opulence of Newport you'll continue to the unspoiled natural beauty of Cape Cod where you will find picturesque beaches with rolling sand dunes, beautiful seascapes, and gorgeous sunsets.

Overnight: Cape Codder Resort & Spa, Hyannis

Day 8

Cape Cod

Today you can choose to take a well-recommended optional excursion to Martha’s Vineyard (extra charge). A short 45 minute ferry ride from Cape Cod is the island of Martha's Vineyard , 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 and five majestic lighthouses.

Overnight: Cape Codder Resort & Spa, Hyannis

Day 9

Cape Cod – Pymouth - Boston

Today begins with a visit to Plymouth, the town where English colonists first made a home in New England. See Plymouth Rock, where the passengers of the Mayflower first set foot in the New World. Enjoy views of Plymouth Harbor and the Mayflower II, a replica of the original Mayflower (onboard admission not included). You’ll then return to Boston, where 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. Enjoy lunch at one of Boston's many restaurants where you may wish to try a steaming hot cup of traditional New England Clam Chowder (optional – extra charge). Afterwards, explore Quincy Market, Boston's first marketplace from the 1800's, now home to boutiques, cafes and shops.

Overnight: Four Points by Sheraton Boston Logan Airport

Day 10

Fly home

It's the end of your tour, time to transfer independently to the airport and fly home

 

  • Return scheduled transatlantic flights
  • Tour Director
  • Deluxe air-conditioned coach transportation throughout the tour
  • Hotel accommodation as listed above (or similar) on a room only basis, breakfast included on day 3
  • Tour as described above

What’s not included:

  • Airport transfers
  • Optional excursions:
  • Lobster dinner in Maine
  • Traditional New England Clambake
  • Day excursion by ferry to Martha’s Vineyard
  •  Lunch at the famous Von Trapp Lodge (of the real life Sound of Music family), a unique mountain resort surrounded by beautiful fall foliage
  • Hop aboard one of New England’s First and Finest Whale Watch vessels and enjoy Marine Life Adventures
  • Visit the grounds of renowned Harvard University followed by a farewell dinner in Boston

Optional Additional Extras:

  • Newport Harbor Cruise (Seasonal) - $22pp
  • Dinner at Spanky's - $47pp
  • Martha's Vineyard - $52pp
  • Provincetown Day Trip - $42pp
  • Boston Dinner at Legal Seafood - $69pp
  • Plimoth Plantation - $26pp
  • Boston 45 Min Harbor Cruise - $22pp

Rates are approximate prices and can be subject to change and availability

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