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Welcome to Boston, described by many as the most European city in the U.S., you can expect a thriving art scene, delicious variety of seafood delicacies and plenty of charm. Arrive to the Hyatt Regency Boston, just steps from Boston's most desirable area-attractions such as the Boston Common, Faneuil Hall, and Boston's famous shopping destination, Newbury Street. A 10-to-15 minute walk will bring you to the South End, Back Bay or the Charles River Esplanade. At 18:00, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner with wine and an opportunity to mingle with fellow guests.
Explore the city with your Travel Director and learn about the city's transformative past. You’ll follow part of the red-brick Freedom Trail that brings the story of the American Revolution to life. Sights include Boston Common, the Old Corner Bookstore and the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown. View the colourful neighbourhoods of Back Bay and historic North End, otherwise known as Boston’s Little Italy. Make sure you try the neighbourhood's famous cannoli and grab yourself some of the best espresso in town. Later, choose to visit Fenway Park, America's oldest baseball stadium and home of the Boston red Sox or the Isabella Gardner Museum featuring a 2,500-piece collection, spanning European, Asian and Islamic art. The rest of the day is free to pursue your own interests.
This morning, discover Plymouth's history at the first pilgrim settlement. Visit Pilgrim Hall Museum, the oldest continuously operating public museum in the country and America’s museum of Pilgrim possessions. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you visit the Plimoth Patuxet museum. This living memorial is dedicated to preserving the histories of the Native and English inhabitants of this region and educating the public on early settlers and the Wampanoag People in an immersive and engaging environment.Later you'll get to know the Cape more intimately as you make your way to the coastal haven of Sandwich. Experience the techniques of the English and Irish glassmakers at the Sandwich Glass Museum. Relax at your charming inn tonight and indulge in a Dinner with wine.
Head out to Salt Pond on Cape Cod's National Seashore and learn about the natural wonder and human history represented on the Cape, from its First People and European settlement to modern lifestyles and communication technology. An optional experience on the Sand Dunes of the National Seashore may present itself later today. Roll through the Dune Shacks of Peaked Hill Bars Historic District, catching sight of Pilgrim Lake and the famed artists’ dune shacks while Local Experts share the history and ecology of these striking and inspiring dunes.
Board a ferry this morning to Martha's Vineyard. Home to pristine sandy beaches, outdoor attractions and heavenly harbour towns, this summer hangout is no stranger to presidential visits. The island has hosted the Clintons and the Obamas, while the former U.S. First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, maintained a home here. After disembarking, make your way to Oak Bluffs, known for its rainbow-coloured, gingerbread-like cottages with gothic storybook decorations, high-peaked roofs, and dainty verandas. You’ll also find the oldest operating platform carousel in America here. Get acquainted with the island, before reaching your hotel. Tonight's Sea-to-Table Highlight Dinner at Bettini Restaurant is sure to delight with the season’s freshest offerings from local farms, fishing boats, foragers and markets.
Depart Martha's Vineyard in style on a high-speed catamaran for the picturesque island of Nantucket. Not only has it retained the charm of a bygone era, it is one of the most exclusive coastal communities in the U.S. During your visit, take in the beauty of the antique cobblestone streets, lined with high- end boutiques and breathtaking architecture. The simple homes date back to its whaling days which also inﬂuenced much of the culture on the island. In the past, the style of home directly correlated to a whaler's ranking. Return to the mainland in the late afternoon to relax at your luxurious hotel.
The elegant town of Newport is lined with the Gilded Age mansions of America's wealthiest families. Visit the Breakers, the grandest of Newport's summer cottages and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family's social and ﬁnancial pre-eminence during the late 19th century. The seaside city is also famous for being the home of the America's Cup for more than 50 years and is known as the Sailing Capital of the World. Explore in nautical style onboard the Adirondack II, an 80-foot (24 metre) schooner, as you cruise around the coastline. You’ll sail out and pass some of the nearby islands, old historical buildings and homes of the rich and famous, as you learn about the region’s exciting history, including its pirate activity. In the evening, enjoy a Celebration Dinner at La Forge Casino restaurant, known for local fare, fresh seafood and many New England favourites. Afterwards you'll head back to your boutique hotel, registered with the Historic Hotels of America.
It's time to say goodbye to your fellow travelers as you return to Boston. For those heading home there will be complimentary transfers to Boston Logan International Airport, arriving at 12:00. Alternatively, you may return to the Hyatt Regency Boston if you wish to extend your stay. For those embarking on the Canada & New England Discovery cruise, you will stay in Boston and transfer to the port the following morning to board the MS Zanandam.
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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 2
Boston’s inner and outer harbors are awash in legend and lore. Not to mention beauty. On this fully narrated 90-minute tour, we’ll regale you with hero tales of the Revolutionary War, local legends of the sea, and stories of characters past and present. You’ll learn how the harbor was transformed into one of the cleanest in the country. Other highlights include the nation’s oldest continuously manned lighthouse, the Harbor Islands National Park Area, Boston’s working port and examples of extravagant waterfront living.
Adult Price: $37
Available on Day 4
Art’s Dune Tours provides an off-road tour experience to our family of visitors through the heart of the National Historic District of the Cape Cod National Seashore Park. The dune tours run from March through mid-November. Our knowledgeable tour guides will share the history and ecology of these beautiful and unique dunes that have inspired so many fine artists and writers.
Adult Price: $37
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