Air & Land
9 Day Classic New England Fall Foliage
Escorted Package Includes
- Round trip flights Chicago-Boston
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- Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
- 8 nights accommodations
- 1 night Boston
- 2 nights Hyannis
- 2 nights Pittsfield
- 1 night Stowe
- 2 nights North Conway
- Hotel Porterage
- All transfers
- 11 meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
- Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
- Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
- Entrance fees per itinerary
- Boston's Old North Church
- Plymouth Rock at Pilgrim Memorial State Park
- Old Sturbridge Village
- Arrowhead, home of Herman Melville
- Norman Rockwell Museum
- Quechee Gorge
- Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream factory
DAY 1 - Arrive in Boston
Welcome to Boston, a city infused with its own unique culture and remarkable history. A complimentary shuttle is available to the hotel. This evening, enjoy a welcome drink and briefing with your tour manager on the journey through New England that lies ahead. The rest of the evening is at leisure to discover Boston’s restaurants and nightlife on your own
DAY 2 - Boston City Tour
The tour of historic Boston begins at the Charlestown Navy Yard, the first in the U.S.; view the USS Constitution, the famed undefeated war ship from the War of 1812. Drive to the Old North Church (Christ Church) built in 1723, the city’s oldest church building and still an active Episcopal Church. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow memorialized Old North's role at the start of the Revolutionary War in his poem, "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere." The church, a beautiful example of Georgian architecture, houses America's oldest maiden peal of bells and the first bust of George Washington. Then, drive by the Massachusetts State House, the State Capitol and house of government. Built in 1798 the "new" State House is located across from the Boston Common on the top of Beacon Hill. On to Boston Commons, the starting point of the “Freedom Trail,” and the oldest park in the country. The "Common" has been used for many different purposes throughout its long history - from cattle grazing, to public hangings and campsite of British troops prior to the Revolution. Free time for Lunch in Faneuil Hall, a marketplace and meeting hall since 1742. Then, drive to Plymouth Rock at Pilgrim Memorial State Park, the traditional site of disembarkation of the Mayflower Pilgrims who founded Plymouth Colony in 1620 – symbolic in American history. Afterwards, a scenic drive to Cape Cod and the seaside city of Hyannis for overnight. A Welcome Dinner, with fresh-from-the-sea New England lobster, celebrates your arrival
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 3 - Full Day in Hyannis, Cape Cod
Day at leisure in Hyannis. Considered by New Englanders to be the hub and heart of Cape Cod, Hyannis in Barnstable, is known internationally as the “All-American City”. Here in the mid-Cape area you’ll find the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum, delectable fish shacks, award-winning restaurants, world-class beaches, the island ferries, countless outdoor activities and Cape Cod’s unique shopping. The Hyannis area is indeed surrounded by beauty and filled with fun! Don’t miss the optional tour today to Martha’s Vineyard, the picturesque old whaling village steeped in history, now one of the most elegant and trendy seaside resorts in the Northeast
Optional: Martha’s Vineyard
DAY 4 - Old Sturbridge Village, Travel to the Berkshires
From Cape Cod we travel to the Berkshires, a crossroads of culture, renowned for its beautiful landscapes and the finest recreational attractions in the area. Stop at a working cranberry farm, the number one crop in Massachusetts. Taste the fresh goodness and watch the harvest operation up close (seasonal). On to charming Sturbridge, with leisure time for lunch. Visit Old Sturbridge Village, a living history museum which re-creates life in rural New England from the 1790s through 1830s. Meet historians in costume, tour the antique buildings including a country store, school and water-powered mills. Hands-on fun is at the heart of everything. You can ride a stagecoach, learn to plow, make crafts, dip candles and help the potter and blacksmith at work. At the 19th century farm, there are demonstrations on planting, milking cows, churning butter and cooking over the hearth. Tonight is at leisure in lively Pittsfield
DAY 5 - Arrowhead, Norman Rockwell Museum
Morning walking tour of Pittsfield, a vibrant hub of the Berkshires. Its walkable and compact downtown area has been designated by the state an “Upstreet Cultural District” with events and celebrations often filling the streets with vendors and artists. Then, on to Arrowhead, home of Herman Melville, where he moved to seek a reprieve from city life and a quiet place to write. He purchased this 18th century farmhouse and completed here his most famous novel, Moby Dick. Explore the beautiful 44-acre grounds before continuing to the Norman Rockwell Museum near Stockbridge; home to the world's largest and most significant collection of Rockwell’s works, where he lived for the last 25 years of his life. Spend some time to visit the museum and his original studio and enjoy a picnic lunch on the spectacular grounds. Before returning to Pittsfield, spend some leisure time in the town of Stockbridge to see Rockwell’s original home and some historical buildings seen in his drawings. Many of his images were drawn from the surrounding community and its residents
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 6 - Travel to Stowe
A scenic drive this morning to rural Vermont, pass Brattleboro, a town in Windham County. On to Rockingham to visit the Vermont Country Store, stocked to the rafters with award-winning Vermont cheeses, rows of penny candy, gadgets and thousands of hard-to-find items from the past. It’s fun browsing in the shop, stroll through the Kissing Bridge or visit the Grist Mill Museum. Then, stop at Quechee Gorge, for breathtaking views of Vermont’s deepest gorge, formed by glacial activity over 13,000 years ago. Arrive in Woodstock, one of the prettiest towns in America, famous for the architecture of many of its houses and churches. This is the only town in America with four Paul Revere church bells and the Middle Covered Bridge built over the Ottauquechee River, which flows through the center of the Village. Stroll along the lovely Village Green, with leisure time for lunch. Continue to Stowe, a wonderful eclectic village, home to a thriving arts community and many cultural events. Its 4,395 feet Mt. Mansfield forms the centerpiece of a region that is world famous for its outdoor activities
DAY 7 - Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Ben & Jerry's Factory Tour
Begin the day at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill, one of the top producers of fresh apple cider in all of New England. You’ll see how the cider is made the old-fashioned way, as it was done in the 1920s. Then, on to the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream factory in Waterbury. What a treat! The guided factory tour offers guests the opportunity to learn about the production process and hear how the company was started by two childhood friends. Go from the “Cow over the Moon” theatre to a glassed-in mezzanine to see the production room and then to the “Flavoroom” to indulge in the sample flavor of the day. Continue through Montpelier, the nation’s smallest capital city, to Littleton, New Hampshire, a vibrant community located in the White Mountains on the Vermont border. Lunch and leisure time in Littleton before driving on the scenic 34 mile Kancamagus Highway to North Conway. This area, with a backdrop of over 700,000 acres of protected White Mountain National Forest boats the tallest peak in the East, Mount Washington. Tonight is at leisure to discover the delights of North Conway on your own
Overnight: North Conway
DAY 8 - Full Day in North Conway
Day at leisure. Or, join the group on an optional morning cruise on Lake Winnipesakee, the largest lake in New Hampshire, almost 21 miles long. The Winnipesaukee Indians once lived and fished here at the river’s outlet. Embark on the M/S Mount Washington for a scenic cruise from Weirs Beach to Wolfeboro, America’s oldest resort town, established in 1759. Lunch on your own. After leisure time in town, return to North Conway. This evening, a farewell dinner “New- England- Style” with your new-found friends. Share wonderful memories of this beautiful part of the USA
Optional: Lake Winnipesakee Cruise
Overnight: North Conway
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 9 - Return Home
Drive to Boston Airport for your departure flight back to your home town city
Gate 1 itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.
Embassy Suites Boston - Logan Airport, Boston, MA
This superior tourist class hotel is situated in East Boston.
Holiday Inn Hyannis, Hyannis, MA
This tourist class hotel is located in the village of Hyannis.
Crowne Plaza Pittsfield, Pittsfield, MA
This superior tourist class hotel is located nearby the Berkshire Museum.
Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, VT
This superior tourist class hotel is located in the mountains above the village of Stowe.
Residence Inn North Conway, North Conway, NH
This tourist class hotel is situated in the village of North Conway.
Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.
01 Sep 2014 - 31 Oct 2014 $99|
|Depart Hyannis to Martha’s Vineyard. Ferry to Oak’s Bluff and begin with a visit to the Gingerbread Houses. Traverse the island to see some of the beautiful homes and magnificent beaches. Lunch on your own in trendy Edgartown before returning to the ferry which takes you back to Hyannis for the rest of the day at leisure. Transfer to and from the hotel are included.|
Approximate tour duration is 10 hours.
Lake Winnipesaukee Cruise
01 Sep 2014 - 31 Oct 2014 $49|
|Travel South from North Conway to the beautiful Lakes Region in the foothills of the White Mountains. Arrive in Weirs Beach on the west side of the lake to board the M/S Mount Washington. Cruise across Lake Winnipesaukee, the largest and most beautiful lake in New Hampshire. This spring fed lake contains more than 240 habitable islands and covers more than 44,000 acres of crystal clear water. Arrive in Wolfeboro on the east side of the lake where you will have time to explore “ the Oldest Summer Resort in America” and enjoy lunch at your leisure in the picturesque downtown.|
Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.
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Optional tours and gratuities.
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Passengers returning from Boston on Day 9 should select flights that depart no earlier than 12:00 pm. North Conway is approximately a 2 hour drive from the Boston Logan airport.
Triple rooms consist of two double/queen beds for three persons; where available, a fee may be charged by the hotel for the addition of a cot/rollaway.
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