Boston, Cape Cod & the Islands

Martha's Vineyard
8 Days from $2,723 per person

You're constantly reminded of the sea in this fish-hook shaped corner of New England. From ‘Ocean State' Rhode Island, steeped in sailing history, to the chic waterfront resorts of Martha's Vineyard and summer playgrounds of the Cape.

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  1. Welcome to Boston. Upon arrival at Boston Logan International Airport, transfer to your downtown hotel. At 18:00, gather with your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and the opportunity to mingle during a pleasant evening of drinks and a light meal.
    hotel:The Langham Boston (2 nights).
  2. Your Tour Director will provide you with a fascinating insight into 'Beantown' during a historical sightseeing tour. At several stops along Boston's famed Freedom Trail, hear about the struggle and courage of the American colonists during revolutionary times. Then view the colourful neighbourhoods of Back Bay and Bunker Hill, site of the noted revolutionary battle. The afternoon is free to pursue your own interests. Perhaps take a stroll through the Boston Common or browse the shops and restaurants at historic Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
    hotel:The Langham Boston.
  3. South of Boston is Rhode Island, America's smallest state packed with big league attractions. Its star player is the elegant town of Newport, 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 preeminence during the late 19th century. Newport was home to the America's Cup for more than 50 years and is widely known as the Sailing Capital of the World. Embark on a nautical discovery on-board an 80-foot schooner for a scenic cruise around the coastline, seeing the harbour and famous landmarks. Your luxurious award-winning hotel is full of New England warmth and charm, situated atop Newport's Historic Hill neighbourhood.
    meal(s):FB, D
    hotel:Hotel Viking, Newport.
  4. In the morning, travel back in time to visit the stunning New Bedford Whaling Museum where a Local Expert enlightens you on the extensive impact whaling had on the region. Become acquainted with the biology and ecology involved in whaling as well as its social and economic impact on the region. See the largest ship model in the world, a beautiful scrimshaw collection and the many exhibits, including the material that inspired Herman Melville to pen his classic work, ‘Moby Dick.' Travel on to the town of Sandwich, the oldest town on Cape Cod. Continue to the Heritage Museums and Gardens, where in one beautiful location, you'll find sweeping lawns, stunning gardens, a windmill, art gallery, museum of Americana and an amazing collection of antique cars. Visit the Sandwich Glass Museum to experience the techniques of the English and Irish glassmakers that founder Deming Jarvis developed during the early 19th century.
    hotel:Dan'l Webster Inn and Spa, Sandwich.
  5. Board your morning ferry to Martha's Vineyard, the delightful island tucked against the New England coast, home to pristine sandy beaches, diverse outdoor attractions and historical and cultural draws. No stranger to presidential visits, the island has hosted Ulysses S. Grant, Bill Clinton and the Obamas, while the former U.S. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis maintained a home here until her death. After disembarking, make your way to Oak Bluffs, known for its rainbow-coloured gingerbread cottages with storybook decorations, high-peaked roofs and dainty verandahs. Get acquainted with the island on a tour, before reaching your hotel overlooking Edgartown's beautiful harbour, lighthouse and Chappaquiddick Island.
    meal(s):FB, D
    hotel:Harbor View Hotel and Resort, Martha's Vineyard.
  6. Take the ferry back to Woods Hole before an excursion to the Cape Cod National Seashore, a National Park that encompasses much of the Outer Cape. Next, travel to the extreme tip of Cape Cod, to Provincetown, a small coastal resort town known for its beaches, cool boutiques, restaurants and art galleries giving this town a fun and funky vibe. Then, it's on to the cottage-lined streets of North Falmouth and your beachside hotel. Step outside to feel the sun on your face and the sand between your toes and be lulled to sleep tonight by the rise and fall of the tide.
    hotel:Sea Crest Beach Hotel, Ocean View Rooms, North Falmouth (2 nights).
  7. Depart Hyannis in style on the hi-speed catamaran for the quaint island of Nantucket. Not only has it retained the charm of a bygone era it is one of the more exclusive coastal communities in the US. During a guided tour with your Local Expert, take in the beauty of the quaint cobblestone streets, simple Quaker-style homes and handsome houses dating back to the whaling days. Return to the mainland in the late afternoon to relax at your beachfront hotel before meeting in the evening for a Celebration Dinner with wine.
    meal(s):FB, CD
    hotel:Sea Crest Beach Hotel.
  8. As one of the few fruits native to North America, it is said that the cranberry is more American than apple pie. Meet a Local Expert, and cranberry bog farmer, with generations of knowledge behind him, sharing with you the lifecycle and cultural impact of this truly American berry. Learn about the cultivation and harvesting of one of Massachusetts' most important crops. Return to Boston where there are complimentary transfers to Boston Logan International Airport or the Boston tour hotel for guests wishing to extend their stay.

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Meal Summary

1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 7 Full Breakfasts (FB), 2 Dinners (D) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD)

Included Highlights

Signature Experiences

  • Boston: Follow part of Boston's red-brick Freedom Trail which brings to life the story of the American Revolution.
  • Newport: The Breakers, the most grandiose of Newport's mansions, is an Italian Renaissance palace that is nothing short of sumptuous. View the priceless tapestries, fine mosaic work, irreplaceable paintings, and ornate furniture that testify to the wealth of one of America's most affluent families.
  • Newport: In case you've ever wanted to know what it feels like to star in your own Ralph Lauren ad, set out on an 80-foot schooner for a scenic cruise around the Newport coastline.
  • New Bedford: In a city that built its wealth on blubber, journey back to the great age of Moby Dick and castaway crews from around the globe at the engaging Whaling Museum.
  • Sandwich: There's something for everyone at the Heritage Museums and Gardens–a fascinating complex of Americana museums located within a 100-acre garden setting.
  • Nantucket: Take an excursion to the idyllic island characterised by cobblestone streets, antique stores, lighthouses and acres of conservation land.
  • Cape Cod: Taste the goodness of an all-American fruit and Massachusetts' main cash crop at a working cranberry bog.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Boston: View the neighbourhoods of Back Bay and Bunker Hill.
  • Martha's Vineyard: Visit Oak Bluffs with its 'gingerbread cottages' and tour the island.
  • Cape Cod: Tour the Cape Cod National Seashore and the town of Chatham. Taste the goodness of Massachusetts' number one agricultural commodity crop at a cranberry bog.
  • Scenic Drives: Travel along Ocean Drive in Newport, Rhode Island. Enjoy the natural beauty of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.
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19 May 17 26 May 17 $3,025$2,723pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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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.


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