Colours of New England Tour

Flame reds and fiery russets, rich gold's and deep ochres blend into a breathtaking backdrop on this colourful New England journey. Add in the bustle of historic Boston, the beautiful mountains of New Hampshire and the stunning Maine coastline and you have a kaleidoscope tour in every sense.

2019 Departure Dates

22, 29 August

5, 12, 19, 21, 26, 28 September

3, 10 October

Duration
10 days

Guide Price

£1,999 pp
Options
Group basis, Escorted
Start your journey

Trip highlights

  • Tour opulent mansions in Newport
  • City sights tour of Boston
  • Visit a coast lighthouse
  • Drive the picturesque White Mountains
  • Explore Cape Cod
  • Sample Vermont cheese and maple syrup

Arrive in Boston, the cradle of American Liberty and transfer independently to your hotel, where you will meet your Tour Director. Spend the rest of your day exploring Boston at leisure.

Suggested Accommodation

  • The Midtown Hotel or similar

Along the route north of Boston lies almost four centuries of history as well as some of the East Coast’s finest beaches and seascapes. Your first stop today is Salem, the site of the infamous 17th Century witch trials and birthplace of American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne. Continue along the coast you’ll stop to gaze at Cape Neddick “Nubble” Lighthouse, the most photographed lighthouse in America. Passing through Portsmouth, the oldest community in New Hampshire know for its historic buildings, your next stop will be Kennebunkport, home to the palatial summer estates of prominent politicians, including 41st U.S President George Bush. From Kennebunkport its on to Portland, Maine's largest city and home to the state's oldest lighthouse and one of its most beloved.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Best Western Merry Manor Inn or similar

The drive northeast on Route 1 from Portland to Bar Harbor is nothing short of enjoyable. Out the window you'll see the state's jagged coastline and rocky beaches lapped by rhythmic waves of the Atlantic. You'll pass through quaint villages where local fishermen mark their grounds with colourful buoys prior to arriving in the small town of Bar Harbor. Known for its stunning coastal beauty, Bar Harbor has a renowned ambience that blends seashore community, Down east character, and the famous Maine Lobster. This evening, join the group for an optional traditional lobster dinner.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Wonderview Inn or Acadia Inn or similar

Your journey today takes you inland 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, and historic sites. En route experience breath-taking mountain vistas, pristine forestry and world renowned foliage.

Suggested Accommodation

  • The Lodge at Bretton Woods or similar

Today, traverse the White Mountains that divide the states of New Hampshire and Vermont to Stowe, a classic 200-year-old village nestled beside Vermont’s highest peak, majestic Mt. Mansfield. Continue through Burlington on Lake Champlain and stunning views of open meadows, farmlands and forests to Vermont’s Green Mountains. With their dense forests, the Green Mountains are home to bears, moose, wild turkey, and deer.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Best Western Rutland or similar

Leaving Vermont, you’ll enter the smallest state in the Union, Rhode Island. Home to spectacular coastal scenery and awe-inspiring architecture, Newport is considered by many a shining gem in the coastal crown of New England. And nowhere is Newport’s natural beauty more on display than on its 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. Visit one of these opulent mansions for a glimpse into the lavish lifestyle of the privileged from a bygone era.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Wyndham Newport Hotel & Conference Center or similar

From the opulence of Newport you’ll continue to the unspoiled natural beauty of Cape Cod where picturesque beaches with high sand dunes, never-ending sea, lighthouses rising along the coast, and gorgeous sunsets await. A short 45 minute ferry ride from Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard is the jewel of New England. 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, five majestic lighthouses and the nation’s oldest operating carousel. While exploring miles of pristine beaches, dramatic clay cliffs, rural landscapes and picturesque waterways you’ll find Martha’s Vineyard is more than just lobsters and clams.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Cape Codder Resort & Spa or similar

Today begins with a visit to Plymouth, the town where English colonists first made a home in New England. See Plymouth Rock, where according to tradition, the passengers of the Mayflower first set foot in the “New World,” views of Plymouth Harbor and the Mayflower II, a replica of the original Mayflower (on board admission not included). Returning to Boston, 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 (not included). Afterwards, explore Boston’s first marketplace from the 1800’s, Quincy Market, which today is home to boutiques, cafes and shops.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Four Points by Sheraton Boston Logan Airport

Transfer independently to Logan International Airport for your departure flight or extend your stay in Boston.

Included

  • International flights
  • 9 nights hotel accommodation
  • Services of a professional Tour Director
  • Guided walking tour of Boston's Freedom Trail
  • Full day on Cape Cod
  • Newport mansions tour
  • Aerial tramway to Cannon Mountain
  • Hancock Shaker Village
  • Deluxe air-conditioned coach
  • Baggage porterage

Not included

  • Optional excursions
  • Tips for the guide and driver