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Known as the 'Cradle of Liberty', Boston was once home to famous sons such as Samuel Adams, Paul Revere and Benjamin Franklin. Make your way around the city on your terms and immerse yourself in its revolutionary history, or enjoy a stroll along the waterfront. This evening, you'll meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception to kick-start a colour-filled journey through New England landscapes.
Weaving along parts of the Freedom Trail, Dive Into Culture at some of Boston's historic sites, revealing the rich history of the American Revolution. Stop at Lexington and Concord, the site where "the shot heard round the world" was fired, marking the beginning of the American Revolutionary War. In the afternoon we make our way to Vermont, driving past picturesque farmlands and old-world towns.
Get a taste of all that Burlington has to offer both in the form of nature and delectable East Coast cuisine. Enjoy a Be My Guest lunch at Green Mountain Girls Farm and learn all about regenerative and sustainable farming. Then, take in the Burlington waterfront with a scenic cruise around Lake Champlain.
Today you are in for a treat as we make our first stop at Lake Champlain Chocolates for local artisan ice-cream and chocolate. We then head to Stowe, Vermont, a popular winter ski destination, this charming New England town comes to life with the quintessential red and orange hues during the Fall months. Then we head to the Raven Wildlife Program, where you MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® and get fascinating insight into the local ecology, wildlife, and even the science behind the famous colours of the fall foliage found here.
Journey along "The Kanc", an American Scenic Byway that cuts through the White Mountain National Forest, admiring the glowing fall colours. Then this afternoon you'll have the option to enjoy free time exploring shops and restaurants of North Conway or join a led hike to Diana's Baths, a series of small waterfalls.
We continue through the lush pine forests, highlands and river valleys that define the rugged Maine landscape. Descending "Downeast", the looming Atlantic swells of Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island are our final destination for the day. Join a Local Specialist for insights into lobster fishing and tonight, we’ll savour a traditional lobster dinner.
Dive Into Culture during your visit to Acadia National Park, the first National Park established East of the Mississippi. Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park is the highest point along the Atlantic Seaboard and first spot in the United States where you’ll see the sunrise. Admire the magnificent view over the Schoodic Peninsula, pink granite cliffs and ancient maple forests – their leaves glowing fiery red, burnt orange and mustard yellow in the crisp autumn air. We’ll return to Bar Harbor for an afternoon at leisure or consider joining an optional nature cruise on Frenchman Bay.
The intense hues of New England’s forests and mountains linger as we journey south past the rocky beaches and cliffs of Maine’s rugged coast. Make a stop and Dive Into Culture at the iconic Nubble Lighthouse. We also journey past fisheries and seaside dwellings that have sheltered everyone from local lobstermen to holidaying Presidents. Travel south to the mouth of the Piscataqua River and the historic seaport city of Portsmouth, one of the oldest cities in the United States. This evening, we join our fellow travelers for a memorable Farewell Dinner reminiscing over our fall foliage experience.
We’ll return to Boston and transfer to Boston Logan International Airport at 11:00 AM or to the hotel in Boston if you'd like to extend your stay.
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Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.
Available on Day 7
Join us for a spectacular 2-hour nature cruise among the islands and shorelines of beautiful Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island. We’ll cruise past some of the most breathtaking scenery in New England. From the sheer granite cliffs of Great Head to smooth rock beaches, you’ll see a rugged maritime landscape etched by glaciers and battered by sea & wind. Here, the ocean teems with life; seals raise their pups on ledges, eagles build enormous nests and pods of porpoise chase schools of herring. We stay in the protected waters of Frenchman Bay, home to the Abanaki Indians for 1000’s of years, and first discovered by French explorers Champlain and Cadillac in the 1600s. Your guide will point out magnificent summer homes along millionaires’ row, built during the “summer cottage” era of Bar Harbor. Since 1875, Egg Rock Island Lighthouse has served as a sentinel to mariners; today, it is part of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge and is an important stop on our tour. Your cruise will feature a professional naturalist who is excited to share interesting stories of natural and human history, provide a running narrative, and answer your questions.
Adult Price: $41
Sightseeing and Nature Cruise - Our Nature Cruises leave daily from Bar Harbor, Maine, in search of eagles, porpoises, seals, and other interesting marine mammals and birds. We also feature views of timeless mansions, Egg Rock lighthouse and occasionally migrating birds that have ventured into Frenchman Bay. The Acadian has a snack bar, restrooms, and a heated cabin. However, dress warmly. Please bring a warm jacket with you on all our cruises. Handicap accessible and pet-friendly.
Adult Price: $39
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