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Autumn Colors

Operated by: Trafalgar

9 Days from $3,495 per person
SEP - OCT 2024
Autumn Colors

Countries Visited

United States ...more United States

Locations Visited

Boston, Manchester, Burlington (VT), North Conway, Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, Portsmouth ...more Boston, Manchester, Burlington (VT), North Conway, Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, Portsmouth
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Boston

    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 color-filled journey through New England landscapes.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Boston Park Plaza
  2. Day 2 Take A Historical Drive Through New England Dive Into Culture

    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 New England, driving past picturesque farmlands and old-world towns.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel DoubleTree by Hilton Burlington Vermont
  3. Day 3 Uncover The Craftmanship Of Vermont Connect with Locals

    Today we will experience Yankee ingenuity with a visit to the Vermont Country Store opened in 1946 by Vrest and Ellen Orton, in the quaint village of Weston, Vermont. Get a taste of all that Burlington has to offer both in the form of nature and delectable East Coast cuisine. Enjoy a lunch and take in the serene surroundings that look out of a postcard.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel DoubleTree by Hilton Burlington Vermont
  4. Day 4 Discover Charming Stowe and Northern Vermont

    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 a Local Specialist will give fascinating insight into the local ecology, wildlife, and even the science behind the famous colours of  the fall foliage found here.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Red Jacket Mountain View Resort
  5. Day 5 Embrace Autumn Hues In North Conway

    Journey along "The Kanc", an American Scenic Byway that cuts through the White Mountain National Forest, admiring the glowing fall colors. 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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Red Jacket Mountain View Resort
  6. Day 6 Savour The Flavours Of Bar Harbor

    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.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Bar Harbor Regency
  7. Day 7 Trek Through Colourful Acadia National Park Dive Into Culture

    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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Bar Harbor Regency
  8. Day 8 Take A Panoramic Drive Along the Marine Coast Dive Into Culture

    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.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel
  9. Day 9 Back To Boston And Beyond

    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.

    meals Breakfast
Autumn Colors Guided Tour Map
Price Includes

Whats Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • All transport and transfers shown
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Optional Experiences and free time

Dining Summary

  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)
  • 8 Breakfast (B)
  • 1 Lunch (L)
  • 1 Dinner (D)
  • 1 Farewell Dinner (FD)

Dive Into Culture

  • Boston: Boston's colonial past comes to life as you uncover portions of the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile-long path that encompasses locations significant to the history of the United States. Largely marked with brick, it winds from Boston Common in downtown through the North End to the Bunker Hill Monument. Later stops at Lexington and Concord introduce you to the site where the opening shot of the Revolutionary War was fired.
  • Quechee: Watch craftsmen create the delicate glassware that has made Simon Pearce glass factory famous, delving into the art and science of glassblowing.
  • North Conway: Join a guided hike to Diana's Baths - a series of small waterfalls located in the southeastern corner of the town of Bartlett, New Hampshire, near the village of North Conway in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, United States. This historic site is within the White Mountain National Forest.
  • Acadia National Park: Visit Acadia National Park, the first National Park established East of the Mississippi.

Must-see Highlights

  • : Explore Boston with a Local Specialist
  • : Visit Woodstock, Acadia National Park and Lexington Green and Concord Minute Man National Historical Park North Bridge
  • : View Mount Washington
  • : Scenic Drive along the Mohawk Trail, Kancamagus Highway

Trafalgar Difference

  • North Conway: Head to North Conway, where you'll learn about the local flora and fauna with a Local Specialist for an ecological look at autumn in the North Woods.
  • Bar Harbor: Join a Local Specialist for insights into lobster fishing and tonight, we'll savour a traditional New England lobster dinner.

Whats Included

  • : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • : Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • : All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • : All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • : Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • : Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • : Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • : All transport and transfers shown
  • : Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • : Optional Experiences and free time

Dates & Prices

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

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Optional Add-Ons

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

Available on Day 7

Bar Harbor Nature Cruise

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

Acadian Boat Tours

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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Trusted Customer
Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Service
Had a few issues but GET came through for me.
Vacation
Would have liked a little more of the history of New England as well. A lot of time for shopping where I would have enjoyed more time for experiencing New England.
Margit Evensta
Monday, October 31, 2022
Service
Easy to deal with, took care of everything.
Vacation
Excellent overall, with amazing tour guide, bus driver and wellness director. So knowledgeable and such great people. Beautiful scenery and loved the stops that portrayed history and nature so well. Several of us had trouble the night after the tour ended with the Boston Park Plaza not having our reservations in their system. Also the Park Plaza was not the best hotel - fire alarms three times, twice in the middle of the night, issues with outlets, TV, clock and phone not working. It was not worth $460/night and I would recommend choosing a different hotel. Good location, though.
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Service
Booking experience was easy. GET staff were always available to assist. Helped with changes right up to departure. When I left tour early because of a COVID test, GET checked on my health numerous times.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear you came down with Covid on your tour but happy to hear you enjoyed the Autumn Colors during the part of the tour you were able to participate in. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your feedback. Take care!
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Vacation
Perfect timing to see brilliant fall color. Tour Director was "six stars"! Coach nice and driver very safe.
Judith McGee
Saturday, October 15, 2022
Service
While I appreciate Grand European's desire to eliminate paper and do everything electronically, not all of us are entirely a part of the 21st century. A few of your folks need to have the patience to explain how travel currently works as the "rules" and technology seem to change every year (or more often).
Vacation
Trafalgar's travel director, driver, and local people were informed, informative, humorous, patient, and very pleasant. Loved everywhere we went and everything we did. We had a good group.
Sandra Hahn
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Service
The customer service before the trip was very helpful. They answered all my questions. Their help making the airline reservations was great.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like you had a fun experiencing the Autumn Colors of the northeast. We are so glad we were able to help you plan and book this beautiful trip. Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. We appreciate your comments.
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Vacation
The trip was good. The weather didn't cooperate with all of the events. But there isn't anything that can be done about that. The tour director and the bus driver were wonderful. The only thing I think would be better is if the tour director with give more information as we are driving. Names of rivers & etc.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, October 31, 2021
Service
We had an excellent guide (Jack Larson) . Variety of stops. Good hotel rooms.
Vacation
Overall the trip offered enough activities to keep my interest and not tire me out.
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Service
No problem with GET customer service. Trafalgar tour guides are not very well trained. Had problems with flight reservations, as well as not seeing all points in our tour. Delta is a terrible airline!!!!! Changed our reservation on four different occasions, which led to a 12 hour delay, getting us into Boston at 1:30am! Truly pathetic!!!!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear about your issues with your flights and the delays. We do hope that despite your late arrival you were able to enjoy the beautiful sites and the tour itself provided some happy memories.
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Vacation
Beautiful country! Very little time on our own.
Rodney Wolverton
Sunday, October 24, 2021
Service
Whenever we call with a question or with the booking process your representatives have been efficient and courteous
Vacation
Because of Covid there were a couple of kinks in the sight Seeing plan. But that is no reflection on our tour guide or your company. We still had a very enjoyable experience and would book again.
Norman Williams Sr
Sunday, October 24, 2021
Service
They are very helpful and knowledgeable about the tours. This is our fifth with GET. Plan on doing more.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate your business and look forward to helping you plan that next trip. Thank you!
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Vacation
We were very fortunate to have perfect weather so great autumn color. Our tour director was great as well as our well being director and driver.
Emma Pagan
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Service
We had an excellent travel director who went above and beyond to make our experience fantastic and unique. Our driver was also very safety conscious and studied his routes to make sure he knew where to go the next day.
Response from Grand European Travel:
That's fantastic to hear! Thank you for sharing your experiences and we hope to be able to plan another trip for you very soon.
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Vacation
Although there were inconveniences due to COVID, our trsvel director was able to find situations and options to get arpund it.
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