8 Day Small Group Tour Itinerary

Brew England: Beaches, Bluffs and Beer Tour

Taste your way through New England

A tour like no other - take a unique opportunity to take in New England's fascinating history and breath-taking scenery as you sample it's world-famous breweries on this eight day small group tour itinerary.

Begin in historic Boston, before journeying through the glittering coast of the USA's Eastern Seaboard, taking in Maine before viewing the mountains and rolling hills of New Hampshire and Vermont - all the while experiencing the very best in the craft beer scene and learning all about the incredible process of making    from your tour's very own expert 'Beerologist'

Quench your thirst and whet your appetite as you explore the region's progressive brewing scenes. New England will make you fall in love with its rich history, food culture, soaring mountains and gorgeous coastline. 

You can even tailor your trip to your own interests with a choice of included experiences. Along with the many opportunities to sample local brews on included brewery tours and tastings you will also have the choice between a relaxed guided hike through the scenic landscape of Mount Mansfield or explore the remote back roads and trails of Vermont on a bicycle tour around Stowe. You can also choose between a whale watching cruise from Boston harbour or a visit to the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum.

Select departure dates between May and October, please contact our Destination Specialists for more details.

A special Thanksgiving itinerary is available departing on 18th November 2018, please contact our Destination Specialists for more details.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Enjoy craft brewery tours and tastings
  • Stroll along picturesque Marginal Way Walk
  • Take a cruise on a New England lobster boat
  • Explore the IPA Highway

Sample Itinerary Summary

We can tailor any part of this itinerary or create a new one just for you.

Duration
8 days
Guide Price
£2,289 per person
Price based on
Based on 01 June 19 departure from London Heathrow flying with British Airways, meal basis as per itinerary (2 adults sharing).
Our guide price gives you an idea of pricing which will vary depending on exchange rates, accommodation, duration, dates, airline and cabin class.
Destination Breakdown
Options
Group basis, Escorted
Included
  • International flights
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Group welcome reception
  • Coach transportation
  • Professional tour guide/'Beerologis'
  • Scheduled brewery tours/tastings
  • Experiences to include: Craft Brewery tours & tastings, Marginal Way Walk, Lobster boat experience, Mount Washington Cog Railway, Hiking Mt. Mansfield OR Cycle Stowe scenic trails, IPA Highway and Whale watching cruise OR JFK Library
  • Sightseeing to include: Boston, Faneuil Hall Market Place, Portsmouth's Historic Centre, Portland Headlight & Old Port, New Hampshire White Mountains, Kancamagus Scenic Highway, Woodstock and Stowe
  • Baggage handling

Itinerary Breakdown

Arrive in Boston and transfer independantly to your first hotel. In the evening, you'll have a chance to mingle with other group members at a meet and greet reception hosted by your guide, a beer aficionado and destination specialist. You'll be given an introduction to the eight day exploration of New England. From the historic streets of Boston, to the breathtaking beauty of Maine’s rocky coastline and the awe-inspiring mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont, you'll have the chance to taste the holy grails of craft beer in each region.

Points of Interest

  • Freedom Trail
  • Faneuil Hall Market Place
  • Boston Harbour

Overnight Accommodation

  • Boston Aloft Boston Seaport or similar

This morning,  you'll  take an orientation tour of Boston’s historic Freedom Trail, architecturally significant Back Bay, and bustling waterfront. Boston continues to be an important center of commerce, technology and the arts for both the region and the country – as well as craft beer, but the tastings will be saved for the last day.

In the afternoon, you'll head north to Portsmouth, a port city with cobblestoned streets, a downtown filled with charming shops and restaurants, significant examples of Colonial, Georgian, and Federal style houses, and brewers who continue New England’s rich beer-making history. And, like a true New Englander, the beers brewed here are approachable, dependable and impervious to trends. After a tour and tastings, you'll continue along the coast to Ogunquit, a popular beach resort whose name means “beautiful place by the sea”.

Points of Interest

  • North of Boston Coastline
  • Portsmouth's Historic Center
  • Marginal Way Walk

Overnight Accommodation

  • Ogunquit Meadowmere Resort or similar

Start the day with a walk on the Marginal Way, a mile-long, paved foot path along the rocky coast with picture-perfect views worthy of any photography book. Upon arrival at Perkins Cove, board a lobster boat for a one-hour cruise and see traps hauled and lobsters caught by authentic Maine lobstermen. Your tour guide will provide a detailed explanation of the lobster fishery and the many scenic points of interest along the way.

This afternoon, you'' travel to Portland, ranked #1 craft beer city in the world by Matador Network. With a population of 200,000, this old port city with a young vibe is home to 19 craft brewing companies and an additional 15 craft brew pubs that interpret historic styles with unique twists. On return to Ogunquit, your evening is free to explore the village's shops and restaurants.

Points of Interest

  • Portland Headlight
  • Lobster Boat
  • Portland's Old Port

Overnight Accommodation

  • Ogunquit Meadowmere Resort or similar

This morning you’ll travel through the lakes region and into the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Spend time in North Conway for shopping at its famous tax-free outlets before travelling to Mt. Washington for a ride the Cog Railway to the summit of the eastern seaboard’s tallest peak. 'The Cog' is the world’s first mountain-climbing railway and a National Historic Engineering Landmark. Once at the top, you can visit the Observatory Museum and the historic Tiptop House before the trip down. On a clear day, the view extends all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.

Points of Interest

  • White Mountains of New Hampshire
  • Mt. Washington Cog Rail
  • Kancamagus Scenic Byway

Overnight Accommodation

  • Jackson Christmas Farm Inn or similar

Today you'll travel along the Kancamagus Highway, a 55 km long two-lane road, considered one of the most scenic drives in the region - so much so, it has been designated a National Scenic Byway by the US Department of Transportation.  Cross over the border into Vermont, regularly ranked near the top of the list as having the most number of breweries per capita in the country. This afternoon you'll visit some breweries as you taste your way to Stowe, a charming resort town at the base of Mt. Mansfield. 

Points of Interest

  • Bicycling Scenic Trails
  • Woodstock
  • Hiking Mt. Mansfield.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Stowe Topnotch Resort or similar

The choice of activity is yours this morning. You can enjoy a guided, relaxed hike through the serene woodlands with spectacular views of Mount Mansfield and Smugglers Notch, or see firsthand what makes Vermont such a special place by cycling the amazing remote back roads and low traffic paved roads. After an included lunch, you'll follow Vermont's famous IPA Highway to experience some of the state's most sought-after breweries. 

Points of Interest

  • Guided hike of Smugglers Notch
  • IPA Highway
  • Green Mountains

Overnight Accommodation

  • Stowe Topnotch Resort or similar

Today you'll make your way back to Boston, but not before making a short stop in Woodstock, named “the prettiest small town in America” by Yankee Magazine. Upon arrival, you’ll visit the Grand-daddy of the craft brew movement in America—the Boston Beer Co, makers of Sam Adams. While some may argue it’s no longer a craft brewery, the tour and tastings of some of their more unique brews are definitely worth the visit.

Points of Interest

  • Woodstock
  • Boston Beer Co
  • Whale Watching

Overnight Accommodation

  • Boston Aloft Boston Seaport or similar

This morning the choice is yours once again, perhaps you'll choose to board a half-day whale watching cruise. Naturalists narrate as you cruise Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary, a feeding ground for whales, dolphins, sea birds, and more. Another fascinating attraction is the John F. Kennedy Library & Museum, the repository of personal and political memorabilia of the iconic 35th president.

After returning to port in the late afternoon, you'll transfer independently back to Boston's Logan Airport for your flight home, or perhaps you'll choose to extend your stay to soak up more of the incredible history and culture available in Boston, or even hire a car and travel down to Cape Cod's famous beaches.

  • Boston

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Stroll around Boston's picturesque common
    • Visit the USS Constitution and Museum
    • Learn the history behind the Boston Tea Party
    • Walk the city's Freedom Trail
    • Dine at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace
  • Maine

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Explore Acadia National Park
    • Walk Marginal Way - a mile-long footpath along the rocky coast
    • Take a scenic boat cruise from Kennebunkport
    • Visit Portland - ranked #1 craft beer city in the world
    • Stroll along Ogunquit beach
  • New Hampshire

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Journey to the top of Mount Washington on its historic Cog Railway
    • Take a guided hike through New Hampshire's White Mountains
    • Enjoy some tax-free shopping in the state's outlet malls
    • Drive along the Kancamagus Highway, one of the most scenic in New England
    • Sample incredible local, farm-to-table cuisine
  • Vermont

    Itinerary Highlights

    • See some of New England's most picturesque covered bridges
    • Try some of Vermont's finest Maple Syrup
    • Visit the famous Ben & Jerry's Factory
    • Hike or bike through the scenery
    • Visit Vermont's most sought-after breweries on the IPA Trail