Home of history and high culture, high peaks and ocean breezes, enjoy a quintessential and enchanting journey across New England
Braintree - 2 nights
Ogunquit - 2 nights
Bethel - 2 nights
Pittsfield- 1 night
Plymouth - 3 nights
Flight - 1 night
Every year the early frost of Autumn performs a miracle in the woods and forests of New England, with maple, cedar and aspen turning a vibrant blaze of scarlet, gold and vermillion. Whole hillsides are electric with stunning, glorious colours contrasting vividly with the white clapboard houses and churches, the green meadows and the russet-red barns. For a few short weeks this ‘natural show’ creates an enchanting landscape that delights the heart.
The colours start to change in the north and this infusion travels southward until the hillsides are in full glory. The combination of the blue lakes and waterways of New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine set against the golden aspen and green of the fir trees, offset by crimson maples is truly a sight to behold.
With its central role in American culture, Boston is the perfect place to start this visit of North America, a vibrant city with some of America’s best preserved historic buildings and neighbourhoods. This area is not only imbued with an old world charm but also a profound sense of history, with strong literally and scholarly traditions, where historic buildings abut modern structures. You will be captivated by the seafaring heritage, the charming coastal towns of the region and the natural beauty of the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the Green Mountains of Vermont.
Culture & Natural Wonders
10 Breakfasts and 4 Dinners
UK Tour Manager
Included Gratuities for:
Group Size: 15 – 30
Day 1 Depart from London to Boston. On arrival transfer to the Hyatt Place, Braintree for a two night stay. Welcome Dinner. (D)
Day 2 At Boston enjoy a tour of Back Bay, Copley Square and Beacon Hill. Travel along the Freedom Trail, see Paul Revere’s House and the Old North Church. Cross the Charles River to Cambridge to walk through Harvard Square. Explore the waterfront district and finish at Quincy Market. Afternoon free for independent exploration. Return to Braintree or remain in Boston under own arrangements. (B)
Day 3 Travel to the historic towns of Lexington and Concord where you’ll follow the “Battle Trail”. Stand on the Lexington Green and relive the battle of April 19th, 1775. In Concord, visit the North Bridge and listen to the historic echo of ”the shot heard around the world.” Stop at the charming coastal town of Rockport, continue across the state border through New Hampshire to Maine and the town of Ogunquit for two nights at Meadowmere Resort. (B)
Day 4 Walk the magnificent Marginal Way, a mile-long paved footpath along Maine’s scenic coastline, finishing at Perkins Cove, home to seafood restaurants, lobster shacks and quaint shops. Enjoy a lobster cruise which combines the scenic beauty of Ogunquit’s shoreline with a first hand lobstering experience, see traps hauled and lobsters caught by Maine lobster-men. Later visit the quintessential New England coastal town of Kennebunkport, summer home of former President George Bush. See the often photographed Wedding Cake House. This evening provides a real treat with a traditional New England Lobster bake. (B, D)
Day 5 A leisurely drive along the Maine coastline to see Portland Head Light, the best known lighthouse on the Eastern Seaboard. Spend time at the historic waterfront, then travel inland through Maine’s hill region to Bethel for a two-night stay at the Bethel Inn. (B)
Day 6 Enjoy a full day touring the White Mountains. First stop is Flume Gorge, a stunning, natural granite gorge extending 800 feet at the base of Mount Liberty in Franconia Notch State Park. Travel along the Kancamagus Highway, one of the most scenic byways in New England. Free time in North Conway to explore the fine galleries, bookstores and local eateries. Return to Bethel for overnight. (B)
Day 7 Journey into the heart of the Berkshires through Vermont’s Green Mountains and the region’s quaint villages, stopping en route in Manchester for coffee and a visit to a country store. See Williamstown, a classic New England village, home to ivy-league Williams College and the Summer Stock festival. Overnight at the Holiday Inn & Suites. (B)
Day 8 Visit the Hancock Shaker Village, an evocative museum which illustrates the lives of the Shakers who founded the village in 1783. Twenty of the original buildings, most famously the Round Stone Barn, have been restored and are open to view on a selfguided tour. Stop in Stockbridge with free time for lunch before continuing to Plymouth, “America’s Home Town”, and the Hotel 1620 for a three night stay. Dinner at the hotel. (D)
Day 9 Travel to Newport, Rhode Island along Ocean Drive and Millionaire’s Row. See the opulent “summer cottages” of the Gilded Age and visit the Breakers, home of the Vanderbilt family. Free time along Newport’s waterfront and historic Brick marketplace. Tour the historic center with a local guide, visit the Viking Old Grist Mill and St. Mary’s Church, where John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier were married. (B)
Day 10 A Cape Experience Tour along the Cape Cod National Seashore visiting the charming village of Chatham and the artistic seaside town of Provincetown. Farewell dinner at a Plymouth restaurant. (B, D)
Day 11 Visit Plimoth Plantation’s 1627 village and Wampanoag Indian Campsite, a living history museum, where “interpreters” help make history come alive. Continue to Boston Logan Airport for the overnight flight to London. (B)
Day 12 Arrive London Heathrow.
The new 3-star Hyatt Place Boston/Braintree is an upscale, modern hotel in the heart of the south shore, located only 20 minutes from downtown Boston. Features include a bar/lounge, gym, indoor and outdoor pool. 204 rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-fridge, TV, single server coffee maker and free WiFi.
3-star family owned Meadowmere Resort is set on Maine’s Southern Coast just a short walk from the beach. Features include a bar/lounge, gym, spa, indoor and outdoor pool. 144 rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-fridge, TV, single server coffee maker and free WiFi.
3-star nestled in the sprawling countryside of Bethel, Maine, just steps from the National Historic District. All rooms boast a fireplace. Features include a restaurant, bar/lounge, fitness centre, spa and pool. 49 rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, TV and free WiFi.
A 3-star close to the Berkshire Museum, this traditional hotel is also 6 minutes' walk from the Colonial Theatre and 4 miles from Bousquet Ski Area. Features include a restaurant, bar/lounge, fitness centre, spa and pool. 179 rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, TV and free WiFi.
Situated across the street from the bay, 3-star hotel 1620 Plymouth Harbour offers convenient location near all the top waterfront attractions. Enjoy close proximity to the Mayflower II, Plymouth Plantation, Cape Cod and the famous Plymouth Rock at Pilgrim Memorial Park. 175 rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-fridge, TV, tea/coffee making facilities and free WiFi.
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from London Heathrow
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from London Heathrow
Supplements per person
Single supplement £725
World Traveller Plus from £585
Business Class from £1950
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 10 nights’ accommodation in three star hotels, breakfast daily, 4 dinners, gratuities for drivers and local guides, porterage in hotels, itinerary as described, services of UK Tour Manager, local expert guides and representative. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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