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Welcome to the affectionately named ‘Beantown’, America’s oldest city. A key player in America’s battle for independence and the abolition movement, Boston’s historical significance can only be matched with its enthusiasm for sport; baseballs legends the Red Sox hail from here, as do the Celtics basketball team. After settling in to your hotel, you might want to head on down to the Seaport District to discover just how seriously Boston takes its reputation as a seafood capital. Local specialities include ‘sacred cod’, fresh lobster and creamy chowder, each cooked fresh, steaming and delicious.
This morning’s city tour will follow the Freedom Trail, that winds its way through the city connecting several historically significant sites including Quincy Market, State Capitol and Boston Harbour. Leaving Boston behind you’ll then travel to ‘America’s Home Town’ of Plymouth, where you’ll MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® and visit the fascinating Plimoth Patuxet Museum. A meticulously recreated version of the original 17th century Plymouth Colony, the plantation tells the story of the first Pilgrim settlers who arrived in Plymouth in 1620, brought to life through costumed interpreters, original recipes and olde world language. From here head on to the pretty fishing villages and wealthy towns of Cape Cod, where you’ll arrive in Hyannis to spend the evening.
Start your day with an Iconic Breakfast at Persy's Place. Then wind your way through some of the oldest villages in America via Old King’s Highway, you’ll make your way to the 40 glorious miles that make up the Cape Cod National Seashore, a pristine collection of beaches, sand dunes, salt marshes and nature trails. At the very tip of the Cape sits lively, artsy Provincetown, a place of pilgrimage for writers and artists who have been visiting here for the past century. Boasting a plethora of galleries, craft shops and charming cafes, you can happily wander away an afternoon here.
This morning, crossing the Cape Cod Canal, travel “off Cape” as we head to Rhode Island. Visit Newport, where you can spend time on the historic waterfront or in the Antiques District. Perhaps visit Newport Casino, the birthplace of tennis in the US. Highlight your visit with our Optional Experience, The Breakers, a summer “cottage” of the Vanderbilt’s. Continue this afternoon to Providence, home of Brown University.
First, drive along the Historic Mohawk Trail on the way to Bridge of Flowers. The Bridge of Flowers Committee was initiated by the Shelburne Falls Area Women's Club in 1929. It is nonprofit and its gardeners and volunteer members work hard to keep the Bridge's many flowers, plants, trees, shrubs and vines growing beautifully throughout the season. Next on your journey, you will visit Saxton's Distillery. Saxton's produces Sapling Vermont Maple Rye, Maple Bourbon and Maple Liqueur, Perc Coffee Liqueur and Snowdrop Gin. The multiple-award winning Sapling line uses locally-produced maple, and their Snowdrop Gin is a uniquely complex gin that is the highest rated in New England.
This morning we travel past the appropriately named Green Mountains to Vermont's capital city of Montpelier. See the state’s impressive capital building before visiting the Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks for a tasting of the unique “sugar on snow." Then make a stop in Stowe before heading to Killington to visit the state's capital building to round out the day.
This morning, cross from the Green Mountains to the White Mountains as we leave Vermont for New Hampshire. Travel along the dramatic Franconia Notch mountain pass before entering the scenic byway known locally as “The Kanc”, a historic National Scenic Byway. Emerging from the Kancamagus Highway, North Conway will be your home for the next 2 evenings.
Blazing red, burnt orange and vibrant yellow fall foliage will stretch out in every direction as you head into the White Mountains this morning. Few places in the world offer such a stunning display of autumn colours, with people travelling from all over to enjoy and photograph this sublime landscape. You’ll pass by the tallest peak in the Northeast, Mount Washington, as you journey through Crawford Notch State Park and stop off at Silver Cascade Falls, which twists, turns and cascades 4000 feet (1219 metres) down the side of Mount Jackson. Once back in North Conway later today, take a stroll around the restored buildings, antique shops and treasure trove bookshops that make up the historic downtown.
Cross the state border into Maine today, taking in the vast forests, pretty seaside villages and cliff lined shores of this affluent adventure playground. Stopping in chic, preppy Kennebunkport, enjoy a glimpse of a coastal town as you explore the upscale boutiques and flashy art galleries. Next, stop in Portsmouth and take in the beautiful 18th century buildings and historical centre. End your day back in Boston.
Today, your trip will come to an end at Boston Logan International Airport at your leisure. If Boston still has more you’d like to discover, you’ve also got the option of extending your stay a few more days.
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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 3
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
Available on Day 3
Learn about the history of Hyannis and local area landmarks including Great Island, the Kennedy Memorial, St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, Squaw Island, Point Gammon Light, and the historic Kennedy Compound in Hyannisport. Live commentary.
Adult Price: $18
Available on Day 4
No visit to Newport is complete without seeing the city’s magnificent collection of mansions, built on Bellevue Avenue by the wealthiest New York families with names like Astor and Vanderbilt, who in the late 19th century chose Newport as their summer resort. These “cottages,” as they were called, were built with no expense spared, commissioning designers to create innovative architectural showcases with lavish interiors filled with imported gold and marble and appointed with hand-painted murals. The grounds themselves are equally impressive in their design and execution, with beautiful terraces and stunning gardens. Visit The Breakers, the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages" and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family's social and financial preeminence in turn of the century America.
Adult Price: $26
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