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Autumn Colors

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Tour Pace: Active
Fall in Vermont
Tour Style: First Class
9 Days from $2,595 per person

The sights of the East Coast are set to its dazzling fall foliage on this trip around New England, featuring classics from Acadia National Park to North Conway and Woodstock.

 

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... smelling the crisp fall air, spending time in picture-postcard cities almost too beautiful to be true. Wind your way along the Kancamangus highway and over charming wood-covered bridges, and soak up the sunshine peeking through fall leaves of the most vibrant yellows, oranges and reds imaginable.

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  1. Welcome to Boston. Get settled at your hotel then set out on your own to spot some of Boston's historic sites or enjoy a stroll along the waterfront before gathering at the hotel at 6 p.m. with your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception.
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    hotel:Boston Marriott Copley Place
  2. Begin the day with a city tour of Boston's historic sites including several along the famous Freedom Trail. Continue your journey into history with stops at Lexington and Concord, where the first battles of the American Revolution were fought and made famous with "the shot heard round the world." The afternoon's drive takes you along the Mohawk Trail, an early Native American and colonial trade route, and the first designated scenic drive in New England. Enjoy the stunning vistas before arriving in the quaint university town of Williamstown nestled in the western Massachusetts mountains known as the Berkshires.
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    hotel:Williams Inn
  3. Head for the Green Mountain State of Vermont, driving through small towns and villages en route to the historic woollen mill in Quechee that now houses the Simon Pearce glassblowing workshop. Relish a Regional Meal lunch featuring local ingredients arranged on Simon Pearce's beautiful stem and flatware before delving into the art and science of glassblowing. After a stop in the quaint and picturesque town of Woodstock, continue to your hotel located at a mountain resort in Burlington.
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    hotel:Essex Resort and Spa
  4. Continue up into the forests of Vermont as you travel to Stowe, home of the famous Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory where you'll savor some of their famous and uniquely named flavours. Pass into New Hampshire, the Presidential Range of the White Mountains and Bretton Woods for a stunning glimpse of Mount Washington, the tallest peak in the northeast, before descending into the pretty town of North Conway on the edge of White Mountain National Forest. After dinner, get acquainted with the local flora and fauna during an engaging talk by a Local Specialist.
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    hotel:Red Jacket Mountain View Resort
  5. Spend the morning along the most famous and picturesque foliage destination in New England: the Kancamagus Highway. This American Scenic Byway, affectionately called "The Kanc", has scenic vistas and prime foliage viewing abound, and the morning is dedicated to finding the best spots for viewing the vibrant fall colors. Your afternoon is free to spend as you wish. Perhaps enjoy a stroll through town or stop and take in the natural beauty of the area.
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  6. Bid farewell to the White Mountains as you head into the pine forests of the Maine interior. The mountains and forests of Maine soon give way to the "Downeast" coast and the Atlantic swells of Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island. This evening, join your traveling companions for a traditional lobster dinner and learn about lobster fishing from a local fisherman, your Local Specialist.
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    hotel:Bar Harbor Regency
  7. At 1,523 feet (464 meters), Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park is the first spot in the United States where you can see the sunrise. You won't be getting up that early, but you'll still have plenty of time to admire the view from the top of the peak before descending to discover the natural riches of New England's only National Park. Marvel at granite cliffs overlooking dramatic, windswept beaches, graceful stone bridges arching over rushing streams and stands of ancient maples, their leaves glowing fiery red, burnt orange and mustard yellow in the crisp fall air. Back in Bar Harbor, enjoy an afternoon on your own. Sip a coffee by the sea, stroll quaint Main Street or take an optional nature cruise on Frenchman Bay.
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  8. After experiencing the majestic colors of New England's forests and mountains in the fall, it's time to embark on a rambling journey down the rocky beaches and cliffs of Maine's coast. Head down the coastal Highway 1 passed lighthouses, fisheries and seaside dwellings that are home to everyone from local lobstermen to vacationing presidents. Travel south to Portsmouth which sits near the mouth of the Piscataqua River that divides New Hampshire and Maine. The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Portsmouth to its list of Dozen Distinctive Destinations. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant and toast your fellow travelers as you end your fall foliage experience.
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    hotel:Sheraton Portsmouth
  9. Today's last route passes through Cape Ann and Rockport, a lovely seaside village on the Massachusetts coast with quaint homes and charming art galleries. Then it's back to Boston where you are transferred to Boston Logan International Airport or to the hotel in Boston if you'd like to extend your stay.
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Always included in your GET vacation

  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips

Meal Summary

8 nights' accommodations, 8 full breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners.

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Local Specialist

  • Learn about North Conway flora and fauna and spend time with a lobster fisherman in Bar Harbor.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Visit Woodstock, Acadia National Park, the top of Cadillac Mountain and Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory
  • View Lexington and Concord where the first shots of the American Revolution were fired
  • Scenic drives along the Kancamagus Highway and Mohawk Trail
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16 Sep 17 24 Sep 17 $2,595pp Request Quote Book Now
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27 Sep 17 5 Oct 17 checkmark $2,595pp Request Quote
1 Oct 17 9 Oct 17 checkmark $2,625pp Request Quote Book Now
2 Oct 17 10 Oct 17 checkmark $2,625pp Request Quote
3 Oct 17 11 Oct 17 checkmark $2,625pp Request Quote Book Now
4 Oct 17 12 Oct 17 checkmark $2,675pp Request Quote Book Now
5 Oct 17 13 Oct 17 $2,675pp Request Quote Book Now
6 Oct 17 14 Oct 17 checkmark $2,625pp Request Quote Book Now
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10 Oct 17 18 Oct 17 checkmark $2,625pp Request Quote

These departures will operate per the 2016 brochure

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $950.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $95 per person.

Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine with a more in-depth guided vacation.

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  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

Reviews

Thursday, October 27, 2016
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : I like the itineraries and the way things are handled. It is a first-class operation.
Vacation : I do not like the fact that we have 54 people on a very cramped bus (the most cramped ever, worse than the airlines). I do not like to be forced to sit with a person I have nothing in common with and I cannot even sit by the window. Getting on and off the bus is a major ordeal and when we get to the hotel in the evening it takes more than an hour to get our luggage. The tour director and driver were excellent and I enjoyed all the places visited.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Great accommodations and sights.
Vacation : Outstanding tour guide!
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Each stop on the tour was perfect.
Vacation : We fortunately hit peak season . The leaves, trees and mountains were an absolutely eye opening experience. Loved it.
Monday, October 17, 2016
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Good communication and prompt answers to questions. Efficient handling of payments, useful, timely travel documents, sales person was professional and helpful.
Vacation : to be excellent there would have been less time in gift shops and more attention to local items of interest and history. More sensitivity to travelers who have a 2-3 hour time difference. Bag pull at 7:00AM each day was 4:00AM for many. With time to pack and get ready for the day, that is getting up in the middle of the night every day. Time is needed for travel, however an occasional later start could be offset by time in gift shops being cut shorter.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
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Vacation:
Service rating : The bus broke in Acadia, but the director did everything to resolve the problem. Other than that there were no issues with the service.
Vacation : I would give "excellent" if not the pointless stop in Portland, and breaking of the bus in Acadia, so we did not see a lot of Acadia.
Friday, October 14, 2016
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Tour company should change policy of number of travelers. In my opinion the number is too high.
Vacation : Traveler number is too high
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Was happy with the GET Rep that set us up for the tour (Rob). Happy with all the information GET provided for the tour: agenda, packing suggestions, etc.
Vacation : Traveled with Trafalgar and was very happy with the Tour Director (Dave Sienkiewicz). The trip was wonderful and the colors were spectacular! Very well done!

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.

Bar Harbor

Bar Harbor Nature Cruise

Adult Price: $34.00 | Child Price: $22.00

Bar Harbor was once the playground of the industrial moguls of the 19th century. This cruise highlights the history and ecology of this enchanting old harbor. Keep your eyes peeled for seals, porpoises, whales and eagles along with the picturesque mansions and lighthouses that dot the phenomenally scenic coastline of ‘Down East’ Maine! Adults must show ID to board. Tour duration: 2.5 hours. (Minimum: 15 passengers). Subject to weather conditions.

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