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Colours of New England Tour

Discover a very special part of America during this New England luxury nine day tour. As we journey through the six states, we’ll take in the delights of the Maine coastline, stunning New Hampshire scenery, impressive White Mountains, Cape Cod and Newport.

A unique and diverse region, New England is one of the oldest parts of the U.S. and was so named by the English explorer, Captain John Smith, who came to the area looking for London merchants in the 17th century. In addition to its cosmopolitan and bustling cities, such as Boston and Newport, the area is also known for its colonial coast, beautiful autumn foliage and mountain landscapes.

Walk the two and a half mile Freedom Trail, which passes through 16 sites connected to the founding of the nation. The trail takes you from Boston Common to the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown, before passing on to the fishing communities of New Hampshire, landmark lighthouses and the east coast’s best beaches.

Carry on to Martha’s Vineyard, a very popular spot close to Cape Cod, before sampling Portland’s infamous lobster and discovering Vermont in the White Mountains. Walk the Green Mountains, abundant in deer, moose and bears, then visit Rhode Island’s Newport, which is famous for its beauty spots and Atlantic Ocean views. Look out over Cape Cod’s sand dunes before heading to Plymouth, the first town where English colonists settled. To end your trip, return to Boston for some signature clam chowder and a final day of sightseeing.

We’ve created a once in a lifetime tour of this enchanting region, showcasing the many highlights of New England.

Duration
10 days

Guide Price

 £2,099  pp
Best time to go
Late May to Early November
Options
Group basis, Escorted
Start your journey
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Trip highlights

  • Tour the lavish Gilded Age mansions of Rhode Island’s Newport
  • Discover the sights and history of Massachusetts’s capital, Boston
  • Visit charming island coastal lighthouses for stunning photo opportunities
  • Take a drive through the picturesque White Mountains – the ‘rooftop of New England’

Fly into Boston Logan International Airport before making your own way to your Boston hotel in the heart of the city known as the ‘Cradle of American Liberty’. Once at the hotel you will have the chance to meet with your Tour Director.

Take some time to explore Massachusetts’ capital and largest city, which dates back to the 1600s. Visit the fantastic museums and theatres, and take a stroll through Boston Common, the first city park. For a view to beat all views, head up to the top of The Prudential Centre.

Your adventure in New England has just begun.

Suggested Accommodation

  • The Midtown Hotel or similar
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Uncover four centuries of history as you journey along the north coast of Boston and take in the beautiful beach scenery. Stop off at Salem, where locals were reportedly executed for practising witchcraft in the 1600s. Here, you can see the Witch House and the Peabody Essex Museum. The author of novels such as The Scarlet Letter and Young Goodman Brown, Nathaniel Hawthorne, was also born in Salem.

From here, you’ll continue north to the photogenic Cape Neddick Lighthouse, built on a ‘nubble’, or tiny island, in York, Maine, and then travel on through Portsmouth. Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is a bustling fishing area and much loved for its historic buildings and picturesque maritime character.

On to Kennebunkport, south of Maine, you’ll stop by the residence of politicians’ summer homes, such as the past president George Herbert Walker Bush’s. Kennebunkport is an attractive coastal town, boasting sandy beaches with great ocean views.

Your last stop for the day is Maine’s biggest city, Portland, which is well known for its maritime, agricultural and craftsmanship history. Spot the Portland Head Light, the Old Port and stop by some quirky art galleries.

Retire to your Portland hotel overnight

Suggested Accommodation

  • Best Western Merry Manor Inn or similar
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Bid farewell to Portland and journey on north east, following the stunning Route 1 along the Atlantic. Travel through old world villages before reaching your next destination, Bar Harbor.

Bar Harbor is situated on Mount Desert Island, and is celebrated for its attractive seaside appeal. A hidden gem of Maine, this town offers sandy beaches, numerous sail boats and the star attraction - Maine Lobster.

Enjoy Bar Harbor’s hospitality tonight and the company of your fellow tour passengers and dine on a traditional New England Clam Bake (payable locally), before spending the night in this charming town.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Wonderview Inn or Acadia Inn or similar
The Flume Gorge

Leave Bar Harbor behind and set off inland towards the spectacular White Mountains. Embrace the pure, fresh air as you journey to the ‘rooftop of New England’ and spot pretty villages, stunning mountain views, large expanses of forest land and significant sites on your way.

The White Mountains are part of the Appalachian Mountains and cover approximately a quarter of New Hampshire and part of Maine. Perfect for those who love walking and fantastic outlooks from the top of summits, you’ll be spoilt for choice with places to escape and explore. We recommend a trip to the top of Cadillac Mountain and a ride on the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway for enviable panoramic views.

Tonight, you’ll stay in the White Mountains and discover the real beauty of America’s natural landscapes.

Suggested Accommodation

  • The Lodge at Bretton Woods or similar

Get your hiking boots on and tackle a trail along the White Mountains, stopping off at Vermont and Stowe, a 200 year old village. Overlooked by the tallest peak, Mount Mansfield, Stowe is popular for its ski slopes, resort destination feel and walking routes.

Your tour will continue on through the vibrant city of Burlington and the freshwater Lake Champlain, which is known for its ice fishing.

The Green Mountains in Vermont is your next stop and as you travel, you’ll enjoy some wonderful views of farmlands and forests. On arrival in Green Mountains, keep an eye out for some of the resident wildlife, including bears, moose and deer. At approximately 250 miles long, the Green Mountains range delivers on great hiking and mountain biking routes. It’s the ideal destination for those who love to be outdoors.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Best Western Rutland or similar
 Rhode Island Coast with Newport Mansions

This morning, you’ll depart Vermont and arrive at the state of Rhode Island, also known as ‘The Ocean State’. Stop at Newport and take a look around this eye catching coastal city.

Embark on the three mile Cliff Walk and watch the ocean waves crash below. Overlooking the Atlantic, you’ll pass some of the most lavish Gilded Age mansions you’ve seen. With perfectly manicured gardens, these homes were once home to some of the wealthiest families in the area. Famous names include the Astors and Vanderbilts. You can also join a guided tour for a closer look if you wish.

While you’re in Newport, there are plenty of other activities on offer. Pop by the Newport Art Museum, indulge in some wine tasting at one of the local vineyards and find a spot along one of the beaches where you can sit and read.

Tonight, you’ll sleep in this pretty town and, in the morning, set off towards the coast again.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Wyndham Newport Hotel & Conference Center or similar

Say goodbye to Newport and journey on towards the Atlantic coast, to the peninsula of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Gorgeous beaches and undulating sand dunes await you, along with some landmark lighthouses and seafood huts. It’s easy to see why this is a popular holiday spot, with its laid back nature and village feel.

Cape Cod Bay on the north side is ideal for families and Provincetown is a great spot for culture lovers. You might even be lucky and see a whale or two during your stay.

Enjoy the first of two nights in your Cape Cod hotel and watch the sun set before heading to your comfortable bed.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Cape Codder Resort & Spa or similar
MA Martha s Vineyard

With a full day in Cape Cod, it will be worth speaking with your ATI tour director about the optional excursion to Martha’s Vineyard, which is only a short ferry ride away.

An island in Massachusetts, the prosperous and celebrated Martha’s Vineyard is located to the south of Cape Cod and consists of six towns, which are spread over 100 square miles. Get to know the personality of each of these areas and explore the pretty cottages, fishing villages and lighthouses along the way. Only accessible by boat or air, stop by the pretty port towns of Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, for an authentic feel of the island. You’ll also get to know the region as you pass along the unspoilt beaches, taking in the awesome clay cliffs and waterfronts.

When it’s time to put your feet up and refuel, you’ll be inundated with dining choices, from locally sourced seafood – including the much loved lobster and clam – to delicious seasonal dishes.

Tonight will be your last night in Cape Cod before your begin heading back to the start of your tour, Boston.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Cape Codder Resort & Spa or similar
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On the penultimate day of your Colours of New England Escorted Tour, you’ll depart Cape Cod and head to Plymouth, the place in New England where English colonists first settled.

Legend has it that those on board the ship, The Mayflower, in the 1600s were the first to arrive in the ‘New World’, mooring at Plymouth Harbor. Here, you’ll have an opportunity to take a tour of the replica of The Mayflower II and find out what life was like at sea. Take a photo of Plymouth Rock, the spot where the ship originally landed.

From here, you’ll continue on to Boston, where your tour will come to a close. While you’re back in this bustling city, why not take in some final sights? Our top suggestions include the two and a half mile Freedom Trail, King’s Chapel and the Boston Massacre site. You can also toast freedom in honour of America’s Founding Fathers at one of the fine drinking establishments.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Four Points by Sheraton Boston Logan Airport

Bid farewell to Boston and New England and depart the hotel for your flight home.

Included

  • International flights and airfare taxes
  • Cost of accommodation (double room based on two people sharing) for a total of 9 nights (alternative but similar accommodation may be used at certain times of the year)
  • Board basis: One complimentary breakfast
  • Transportation by modern motorcoach with an experienced tour driver
  • Local guides for all guided excursions as illustrated in the itinerary
  • Taxes

Not included

  • Visa arrangements and fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses, such as beverages, telephone calls, laundry, camera fees, spa and business facilities in the hotel
  • Gratuities for drivers, tour directors, local guides and hotel staff
  • Meals (unless specified)
  • Optional attractions and excursions (unless specified)