Enjoy the tranquil backroads of Vermont, the monumental mansions of Rhode Island, gingerbread cottages of Martha’s Vineyard and the history of Boston while taking in the best autumn colors New England has to offer.
1 Arrive in Boston
Arrive in Boston, Massachusetts with an included transfer to your hotel. Meet your Tour Manager in the hotel lobby at 6:00 p.m. for a welcome dinner. Meal: D
2 Boston City Tour and Plymouth Rock
Over 350 years of history await you on a sightseeing tour of Boston’s historic Freedom Trail, from the Public Garden to the Old North Church. Enjoy free time for lunch at Faneuil Hall before heading to the historic town of Plymouth, site of the “Rock,” and where our forefathers first landed on American soil.
Later, make your way onto Cape Cod. As the sun sets this evening, prepare for a delicious lobster bake - a New England tradition and the perfect close to this unforgettable day. Meals: B, D
3 Martha’s Vineyard
This morning, ferry to the resort island of Martha’s Vineyard, a playground for many rich and famous, including former President Clinton. The island’s coast has astounding cliffs at Gay’s Head with spectacular shoreline views. Visit the village of Edgartown with its quaint gingerbread cottages and narrow streets. Meals: B, D
4 Newport and Breakers Mansion
Entering the smallest New England state, arrive in Newport, Rhode Island. This fascinating seaport is famous not only for its maritime history, but also for the fabulous summer homes built there during America’s glamorous “Gilded Age.” Visit Vanderbilt’s Breakers Mansion and get a glimpse of how America’s most elite families lived at the turn of the century. After free time in Newport, continue to Vermont, your home for the night. Meal: B
5 The Back Roads of Vermont
This morning, set out along the scenic back roads of Vermont, which take you through such beautiful mountain villages as Newfane and Grafton. Weston is home to the Vermont Country Store, “Purveyors of the Practical and Hard-To-Find,” and Woodstock has been called the “prettiest small town in America.” While Vermont’s maple syrup season takes place in the spring, maple syrup products are readily available. Also enjoy a stop at Quechee Gorge State Park. This impressive river chasm is often referred to as Vermont’s “Little Grand Canyon” and offers spectacular views. Later, continue on to Lincoln, New Hampshire, your home for the next two nights.
Meals: B, D
6 Kancamagus Scenic Byway and Conway Scenic Railroad
This morning, follow the Kancamagus Scenic Byway through the White Mountains. Considered one of the world’s most spectacular fall-foliage trips, the road meanders through vast forests, old logging roads, and Indian hunting paths. In North Conway, board the Conway Scenic Railroad for a leisurely ride through the White Mountains aboard vintage rail cars. After an included lunch in North Conway and a little time for outlet shopping, head back to Lincoln through Franconia Notch to see where the Old Man of the Mountain used to be and view the picturesque Mount Washington Hotel. Meals: B, L
7 Lake Winnipesaukee Cruise and Kennebunkport
Today, set sail for a journey across Lake Winnipesaukee on what has been called the “most beautiful cruise in New England.” Sail from the home port of Weirs Beach aboard the MS Mount Washington
to Wolfeboro, known as the oldest resort town in New Hampshire. Continue to Kennebunkport, one of Maine’s coastal jewels and the summer home to many of America's rich and famous. Adorned with stately homes, Kennebunkport seems to wait breathlessly for its captains to return from sea. Tonight, gather for a farewell dinner to share memories with our traveling companions. Meals: B, D
8 Travel Home
After breakfast, your group transfer brings you to Boston’s Logan Airport for flights out after 1:00 p.m. Meal: B