10 day Itinerary

Lighthouses and Lobsters

The Northeastern Explorer

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Discover quaint seaside towns, picturesque scenery and colourful lighthouses all in one New England self drive tour. Begin in historic Boston and take a stroll along the famous Freedom Trail, before exploring the small fishing communities and lighthouses along the rugged shoreline stretching from Massachusetts, through New Hampshire and on up into Maine. Visit the scenic Acadia National Park in Maine before crossing the border to New Brunswick, Canada to experience incredible whale watching and the highest tides in the world in the Bay of Fundy. Journey back through the stunning New England countryside before arriving in Cape Cod, Massachusetts to enjoy its iconic beaches.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Seaside towns, colourful buoys, lobstering and fishing villages
  • World class uniquely styled lighthouses along the New England coastline
  • Hot steamed lobster, clam chowder, fresh blueberry jam and salt water taffy
  • Experience the Bay of Fundy with the highest known tides in the world

Sample Itinerary Summary

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Duration
10 days
Guide Price
£1,679 per person
Price based on
Based on 17 May 18 departure from London Heathrow flying with United Airlines, 9 nights accommodation room only (2 adults sharing).
Our guide price gives you an idea of how much to budget for an itinerary like this. The price will vary based on many elements including exchange rates, and your choice of accommodation, duration, departure date, airline and cabin class.
Destination Breakdown
  • 1 day
  • Kennebunkport
    1 day
  • Rockland
    1 day
  • Bar Harbor
    2 day
  • St Andrews
    1 day
  • Bangor
    1 day
  • Portsmouth
    1 day
  • 2 day
Options
Private basis
Included
  • International flights
  • 9 nights hotel accommodation
  • Car hire
  • Room only
  • Holiday prices are in £'s per person based on twin occupancy
Not included
  • Car insurance (including any applicable one way drop off fees or insurance)
  • Meals or excursions unless specified
  • Park entrance fees (if applicable)
  • Ferry charges (if applicable)
  • Boston

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Walk the city's Freedom Trail, leading you past landmarks like the Paul Revere House and Boston Common
    • Indulge in some tax-free shopping among the designer stores on Newbury Street
    • Catch a Baseball game at historic Fenway Park - home to the beloved Red Sox
    • Toast the beginning of your New England journey with a drink in 'Cheers' bar
    • Stroll the cobblestone streets and Victorian architecture in Beacon Street
  • Kennebunkport

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Drive along the beautifully scenic Ocean Avenue with stunning coastal views
    • Visit Goat Island Lighthouse in the harbor of quaint lobster-fishing village Cape Porpoise
    • Try a traditional Maine Lobster Roll at The Clam Shack
    • Stroll along Maine's incredible beaches - from long, sandy Goose Rocks Beach to unspoilt Arundel Beach
    • Learn what a real lobsterman does on a Lobster Boat Tour
  • Rockland

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Take in the quaint fishing communities and vibrant waterfronts
    • Visit in August to see the incredible Maine Lobster Festival
    • Enjoy a boat cruise in the St. George peninsula
    • Sample the fantastic seafood and farm-to-table cuisine
    • Visit the incredible beaches and quaint lighthouses along the rocky shore
  • Bar Harbor

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Located in the heart of Acadia National Park - New England's only park with granite cliffs side by side with sand and cobblestone beaches
    • Explore Bar Harbor’s fascinating history and get to know the lay of the land with a walking tour of Bar Harbor
    • Enjoy one of the many whale-watching trips from Bar Harbor from sunset cruises, an old-fashioned sail, or even a trip on a lobster boat
    • Bike along Acadia National Park's 55 miles of carriage trails with routes for beginners and experts
    • Discover Bar Habor's thriving arts scene with galleries, jazz bars and live music venues to be explored
  • St Andrews

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Explore the incredible Bay of Fundy with the highest tides in the world
    • Head to Hopewell Rocks where you can walk around the famous “flowerpot rocks” at low tide then watch them slowly disappear as the tide rises
    • Take a whale watching excursion out into the bay for a chance to view finbacks, humpbacks, minkes and even rare right whale
    • Spend time in St. Andrews by-the-sea - a National Historic District with beautiful architecture, unparalleled scenery and rich marine life
    • Take the 90-minute ferry trip to Grand Manan Island discover rugged cliffs and shorelines teeming with birds and marine life
  • Bangor

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Stroll among the locally-owned shops and restaurants of downtown
    • Learn about the city's incredible logging and milling history
    • Take a tour of locations that inspired Stephen King's most famous novels
    • Discover the fascinating culture of the Penobscot First Nations tribe
    • Enjoy a historic walking tour to soak up the charming community
  • Portsmouth

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Soak up the city's mix of modern and historic flair
    • Visit the Strawbery Banke historic waterfront Museum
    • Stroll along the nearby golden sandy beaches
    • Take a tour of the Music Hall of Portsmouth – the region’s leading concert venue.
    • Take advantage of the outlet malls for excellent shopping
  • Cape Cod

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Explore the spectacular Cape Cod National Seashore with 40 miles of pristine sandy beaches, marshes and ponds and lighthouses
    • Take the ferry over to quaint Martha's Vineyard & Nantucket Islands to experience their laid back vibe
    • Visit the Pilgrim Monument and museum in Provincetown, dedicated to landing of the Mayflower Pilgrims in 1620
    • Head out on the water for an incredible whale watching in the Atlantic Ocean
    • Bike along the Cape Cod Rail Trail and wind your way along the former railroad through several Cape Cod towns