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Fall Colors of New England

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Vermont
Tour Style: Value
10 Days from $1,595 per person

From historic Boston to quintessential Cape Cod and deep into rural New England explore picture postcard small towns steeped in rich fall colors with their quaint homes, curiosity shops and towering white church steeples, this great value trip covers essential fall foliage with a few surprises along the way.

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  1. Welcome to Boston, also known as Beantown. Get settled in at your hotel before meeting your Travel Director this afternoon.
    hotel:Vacation Inn Express, Saugus
  2. This morning enjoy a city tour of Boston's historic sites. Head out along the Freedom Trail to see Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market and the site of the Boston Massacre. Drive by historical buildings including Old North Church, the Massachusetts State House and the impressive State Capitol near the top of Beacon Hill. From Boston, travel to Plymouth and Plimoth Plantation, a recreated 17th century village where costumed reenactors bring to life the history of the Plimoth Colony, one of the earliest English settlements in North America. On to Cape Cod, an area of both natural beauty and quaint colonial villages. Spend two nights in Hyannis, made famous by the Kennedys.
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    hotel:Riviera Beach Resort
  3. This morning, travel along historic Old King's Highway, a scenic byway winding through centuries of Cape Cod history. Visit Cape Cod National Seashore, with massive sand dunes and long sandy beaches; view Marconi Beach, named after the famous Italian inventor Marconi. Visit Provincetown at the tip of the Cape. Once a whaling town, it has become famous as an artist colony and a popular summer resort. Enjoy some leisure time to browse through the galleries and arts and crafts stores or perhaps take an optional whale watching excursion.
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  4. Leave the Cape and head west to the towns and villages of Southeastern Massachusetts—the home of over 14,000 acres of working cranberry bogs. Visit one of them and learn all about Massachusetts' number one agricultural commodity crop. Continue along the Mohawk Trail, the first scenic road in New England, which officially opened in 1914. Continue through the rolling hills of the Berkshire Mountains.
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    hotel:Crowne Plaza, Berkshires
  5. Drive on through the rich colors of Vermont and stop at the Apple Barn in Bennington for an Iconic Breakfast including fresh picked apples, apple cider and Vermont Cheddar. Then it's on to Rockingham to visit the family-owned and operated Vermont Country Store, a general store of yesteryear with practical and hard-to-find products from around the block and around the world. Next stop is at Quechee Gorge for breathtaking views of Vermont's deepest gorge, formed by glacial activity over 13,000 years ago. Then it's onto Woodstock, a charming town with quaint houses, churches and a picturesque covered bridge. Then drive through the Green Mountain National Forest to Burlington, set on the shores of glittering Lake Champlain.
    meal(s):Iconic Breakfast
    hotel:Vacation Inn Burlington
  6. Enjoy a free day in Burlington, ranked by Forbes magazine as one of the prettiest towns in America. The city's location on Lake Champlain provides a scenic backdrop to a lively and charming downtown, Church Street Marketplace, full of shops, restaurants, bars and culture. As an option, join a luncheon cruise aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen.
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  7. Travel through Jeffersonville, the ultimate New England town with beautiful old colonial homes, antique shops and art galleries. Stop at Stowe, a wonderfully eclectic New England town tucked away in the Green Mountains at the base of Mount Mansfield. Continue on to Montpelier, the nation's smallest capital city with its elegant gold-domed state house. Stop at Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks for a sugar house visit and tasting of Sugar on Snow—maple sugar served on ice with a pickle. Cross the state border into New Hampshire and enter the White Mountains, traveling through Franconia Notch State Park. Drive along the Kancamagus Highway, called “The Kanc,” New England's most scenic byway. Arrive in North Conway for a two-night stay.
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    hotel:Fox Ridge Resort
  8. This morning, take the quintessential fall color excursion to the White Mountains past Mount Washington—the tallest peak in the northeast at 6,288 feet (1,917 metres)—through Crawford Notch State Park. Stop for picture taking at Silver Cascade Waterfall and Bretton Woods, offering stunning views of Mount Washington. Stop at the Rocks Estate; tour the farm and learn about the history and importance of maple sugaring in the region, including a visit to a virtual tap room. Back in North Conway, the rest of the day is yours to do as you please.
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  9. Continue through New Hampshire and stop at the Castle in the Clouds for a visit of this superb Arts and Craft building and enjoy the superb views over Lake Winnipesaukee. Cross the state border into Maine and arrive at charming Kennebunkport; travel along Ocean Drive with stunning views of the Maine coastline and the homes of the rich and famous, including the summer retreat of former President George H.W. Bush. Take a walk along the waterfront before continuing to charming Portsmouth.
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    hotel:Best Western Plus Wynwood Hotel and Suites
  10. Continue south to Boston Logan International Airport or the Boston hotel for guests wishing to extend their stay.
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Sightseeing Highlights

  • Set out along the Freedom Trail to see the historic sites
  • Visit the seashore with its massive sand dunes and long sandy beaches
  • Iconic Breakfast at the Apple Barn to taste freshly made cider donuts, Vermont Cheddar and fresh picked apples
  • Visit the town considered part of the "Quiet Corner," known for its "tranquility, history and pastoral good looks"
  • Arrive in this picturesque town set on the shores of Lake Champlain
  • See the city sitting near the mouth of the Piscataqua River, a short, wide river that divides New Hampshire and Maine
  • Visit the quintessential New England town full of historic buildings, quaint antique shops, bookstores and bakeries
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23 Sep 17 2 Oct 17 $1,595pp Request Quote Book Now
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29 Sep 17 8 Oct 17 $1,695pp Request Quote Book Now
30 Sep 17 9 Oct 17 checkmark $1,695pp Request Quote Book Now
1 Oct 17 10 Oct 17 $1,695pp Request Quote Book Now
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8 Oct 17 17 Oct 17 $1,595pp Request Quote Book Now

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 $775 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $107 p.p.

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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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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.

Burlington

Spirit of Ethan Allen

Adult Price: $59.00 | Child Price: $59.00

The horn blows, the deck-hand casts the lines from the ship and the Spirit backs out of its slip headed out for an adventure on the clear and refreshing waters of Lake Champlain. Hear the Captain speak of history, geography, and what makes Lake Champlain so special.

Provincetown

Provincetown Whale Watches

Adult Price: $47.00 | Child Price: $36.00

Unlike many other whale watches, our trips offers a wide spectrum of educational tools that go beyond the “average whale watch”. All trips are designed to enhance our awareness of whales, other marine life and the marine habitat that surrounds us. Our goal is to have each passenger depart our vessels with a greater understanding and appreciation of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and the wealth of life it supports

Stockbridge

Norman Rockwell Museum

Adult Price: $18.00 | Child Price: $5.00

Norman Rockwell Museum presents the world’s largest collection of original Norman Rockwell art, including beloved paintings from The Saturday Evening Post and the Four Freedoms, and the best in the field of American illustration. Experience Rockwell’s art, life and legacy in the artist’s picturesque New England hometown of Stockbridge, Massachusetts nestled in the culturally rich Berkshires.

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