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New England's Fall Foliage

8 Day U.S. Tour to Maine, Vermont & New Hampshire

Usa New England Fall Foliage Autumn Creek
8 Days
1 Country

United States

11 Cities

Boston, Saratoga Springs, Weston, Billings, Stowe, Waterbury, Montpelier, Franconia Notch State Park, North Conway, Kennebunkport, Portland

12 Meals

5 Dinner with Wines, 7 Breakfasts

Comfortable

Mainly 2–3-night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires 1-3 miles of walking per day that might involve some uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones and stairs.

Average group size average 33
Tour brand Insight Vacations
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If you typically fly business with extra legroom and appreciate 4 and 5-star hotels and one-of-a-kind experiences, Insight Vacations is a great fit for you. Get all the sights and insights, up close and personal on these premium guided tours and enjoy business class seating on luxury motorcoaches designed just for Insight Vacations, with double the legroom and personal space of a regular touring coach. Engage your curiosity with hand-selected experiences, immerse yourself in local culture with superior dining and stay in style at highly rated hotels. Every tour includes at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. These immersive impact experiences are not only a positive force for change in the destinations you visit, by advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also offer you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community.

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Embrace the beauty of New England during this 8-Day guided tour. Behold Boston, one of the oldest cities in the U.S. and where much of the country was formed; here, you will traverse part of the red-brick Freedom Trail, where you will see the hall that housed the country’s first-ever town meeting and many more historic sites. Admire the bronzing leaves of Vermont’s lush trees as you travel to Stowe, where the real Von Trapp family of ‘The Sound of Music’ chose to live — and where you will stay. In Montpelier, visit a maple syrup farm where you can taste the sweet golden liquid tapped straight from the trees. Ride a gondola at Loon Mountain Resort into New Hampshire’s White Mountains and see as far as Canada. See Maine’s oldest lighthouse in Portland, then celebrate your trip with a decadent fresh lobster dinner.

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Day 1

Welcome to Boston

Affectionately known as Beantown, this revolutionary city is one of the oldest in the United States.  After settling in, perhaps take a stroll to Downtown Crossing or historic Faneuil Hall. For those looking to shop, Quincy Market offers big brands and local products, set indoors and surrounding the columns of a regal 19th century building. At 18:00, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner with wine and an opportunity to mingle with fellow guests at your hotel.

Sailboats on the Charles River, Boston, USA
Hyatt Regency Boston View Hotel Details
Included Meals Dinner with Wine

Hyatt Regency Boston

About the Hotel

Boston, United States

Discover the city's downtown destination, Hyatt Regency Boston, where luxury and convenience collide. Steps from Boston's most desirable area-attractions such as the Boston Common, Faneuil Hall, and Boston's famous shopping destination, Newbury Street, the hotel sits at the edge of the city's excitement.

 

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool

Style

  • Contemporary
Authentic Dining Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers
Welcome Dinner in Boston

At 18:00, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner with wine and an opportunity to mingle with fellow guests at your hotel.

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Authentic Dining

Day 2

Beantown to Saratoga Springs

Today you’ll discover some of Boston’s most famous sights as you delve into 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 Beacon Hill, Newbury Street, Faneuil Hall Marketplace and the Old South Meeting House. This afternoon, explore Stockbridge with an Insight Choice. Choose to visit the Norman Rockwell Museum, home to the largest and most significant collection of original Rockwell art. Alternatively, choose to take a guided tour of Chesterwood, the former summer home and studio of renowned 20th century sculptor Daniel Chester French. Travel on through the rolling hills of the Berkshires and onto your upstate New York hotel, situated within the Saratoga Spa State Park.

Newbury Street, Boston, USA
The Gideon Putnam View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

The Gideon Putnam

About the Hotel

Saratoga Springs, United States

Classic hospitality meets the serenity of Saratoga Springs at the Gideon Putnam. This classic boutique hotel features modern amenities while retaining its distinct charm.  Walk the grounds and experience nature in all its glory, and just minutes away is the excitement of Saratoga Springs.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Boston City Tour, Boston, USA
Historic Boston Freedom Trail

Explore the great city of Boston, with your Travel Director and learn about its transformative past. You’ll follow part of the red-brick Freedom Tr...

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Top Rated Highlights

Insight Choice Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, USA
Visit the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge

Enjoy the warm, colorful scenery as you travel west to Stockbridge for a visit to the Norman Rockwell Museum, home to the largest and most signific...

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Insight Choice

Insight Choice Tour Chesterwood, Stockbridge, Massachusetts
Tour Chesterwood in Stockbridge

Guided tour of Chesterwood, the former summer home, studio and gardens of America’s foremost 20th century public sculptor. Daniel Chester French is...

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Insight Choice

Day 3

The Legends of the Fall and Stowe

Journey through the bronze fall foliage of Vermont. Visit the Vermont Country Store for a unique shopping experience - you'll step back into history with their nostalgic assortment of products. Explore the Rockefellers' renowned Billings Farm and Museum, a captivating working dairy and farm life museum, followed by a stop in the quintessential Vermont village of Woodstock with its picturesque, covered bridge. End your day in the northern Vermont town of Stowe, home to the breathtaking alpine setting that attracted the real Von Trapp family of "The Sound of Music." Enjoy Austrian-style lagers during your Highlight Dinner at Bierhall Restaurant.

Country barn, Stowe, Vermont, USA
Trapp Family Lodge View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Trapp Family Lodge

About the Hotel

Waterbury Center, United States

Harmony. A simple word that captures the essence of what makes Trapp Family Lodge and resort such a special place. The lodge was owned by the family who inspired "The Sound of Music" and is also conveniently located in Stowe where you'll discover many different experiences, activities and opportunities to enjoy your mountain escape.

 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Spa
  • Pool

Style

  • Heritage
Top Rated Highlights Visit The Country Store In Weston, Vermont
Visit the Vermont Country Store in Weston

Step back into history with a visit to the Vermont Country Store where you'll find a nostalgic assortment of products ranging from local cheeses to whiskey pecan pie. 

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Woodstock and Billing Farm, Woodstock, USA
Visit the Billings Farm and Museum in Woodstock

Visit the quintessential Vermont village of Woodstock. Then explore the Rockefeller's renowned Billings Farm and Museum, a captivating working dair...

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Day 4

A Taste of Vermont

Enjoy Vermont’s beautiful scenery ablaze with fall’s golden red colors. Stop by Lake Champlain Chocolates for a taste of their award-winning ice cream. Like their chocolates, their ice cream is crafted with only the best local ingredients — including fresh cream, maple syrup, and honey. Next, you'll travel to Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks, where maple syrup is "tapped" from the trees. Taste a Vermont tradition, the unusually named ‘sugar on snow’, a combination of maple syrup and packed snow. This tasty treat is traditionally served with a doughnut and pickle. Return to the enchanting town of Stowe where the rest of the day is yours. From wandering its quaint streets to hiking in the woods or relaxing back at your lodge, make the most of your last evening at this mountain resort.

View of Vermont, USA
Trapp Family Lodge View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Trapp Family Lodge

About the Hotel

Waterbury Center, United States

Harmony. A simple word that captures the essence of what makes Trapp Family Lodge and resort such a special place. The lodge was owned by the family who inspired "The Sound of Music" and is also conveniently located in Stowe where you'll discover many different experiences, activities and opportunities to enjoy your mountain escape.

 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Spa
  • Pool

Style

  • Heritage
Top Rated Highlights Visit Ben & Jerry's Factory in Vermont, USA
Visit Lake Champlain Chocolates

Stop by Lake Champlain Chocolates to satisfy your sweet tooth with a taste of their award-winning ice cream. Like their decadent chocolates, their ...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks, Montpelier, USA
Visit Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks in Montpelier

Travel to Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks, where maple syrup is "tapped" from the trees. Taste a Vermont tradition, the unusually named "sugar on snow’...

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Top Rated Highlights

Day 5

North Conway and the White Mountains

Move on to Vermont’s pretty capital, Montpelier. Journey to New Hampshire’s White Mountains and enter striking Franconia Notch. Take a scenic ride on the Gondola SkyRide at Loon Mountain Resort. On a clear day, you'll have superb panoramic views of New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, New York and Canada. Later, journey through the dazzling crimson and orange hues of the famed Kancamagus Scenic Byway to North Conway. This spectacular section of Route 112 is unspoiled by industry and boasts 34.5 miles of untouched natural beauty.

Montpelier town in autumn, Vermont, USA
North Conway Grand Hotel, North Conway View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

North Conway Grand Hotel, North Conway

About the Hotel

North Conway, United States

The North Conway Grand Hotel is the quintessential New England resort in the heart of the White Mountains. With amenities such as pools, hot tubs, activities and dining, you are sure to have a comfortable stay at this welcoming property. The scenery here is unforgettable any time of year, so weather it is a warm summer day, or crisp autumn morning, you'll be experiencing New Hampshire at its finest.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Gym
  • Spa

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Gondola Skyride Transport, Franconia Notch, New Hampshire
Gondola SkyRide Transport in Franconia Notch

Take a scenic ride on the Gondola SkyRide at Loon Mountain Resort (weather permitting). On a clear day, you'll have superb panoramic views of New H...

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Top Rated Highlights

Day 6

Sightseeing in the White Mountains

In the morning, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you enjoy an insightful talk by a naturalist expert on the North Woods' wildlife and ecology. Then, more spectacular fall foliage awaits as you journey through Crawford Notch, an arresting pass through the White Mountains. Stop for pictures at the Silver Cascade Waterfall and Bretton Woods, which offers stunning views of Mount Washington, the tallest peak in the northeast at 6,288 feet (1,917 meters). Your Travel Director will guide you on a scenic hike to Diana's Baths, which features a series of small cascading waterfalls. Return to your hotel where you can enjoy an evening at leisure.

Hike Diana's Baths, New Hampshire, USA
North Conway Grand Hotel, North Conway View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

North Conway Grand Hotel, North Conway

About the Hotel

North Conway, United States

The North Conway Grand Hotel is the quintessential New England resort in the heart of the White Mountains. With amenities such as pools, hot tubs, activities and dining, you are sure to have a comfortable stay at this welcoming property. The scenery here is unforgettable any time of year, so weather it is a warm summer day, or crisp autumn morning, you'll be experiencing New Hampshire at its finest.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Gym
  • Spa

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Silver Cascade Waterfall, New Hampshire
See Mount Washington in Bretton Woods

More spectacular fall foliage awaits as you journey through Crawford Notch, a scenic pass through the White Mountains. Stop for pictures at the Sil...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Hike Diana's Baths, New Hampshire, USA
See Diana's Baths in North Conway

Enjoy a scenic hike to Diana's Baths, which features a small series of captivating cascading waterfalls. This historic site is within the White Mou...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Make Travel Matter
Raven Wildlife Program

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.

Included in Trip

Make Travel Matter

Day 7

The Rugged Maine Coast

Cross from New Hampshire into Maine this morning as you travel along the jagged coastline. Head to Fort Williams Park which is home to the iconic Portland Head Lighthouse that has been in operation since 1791. Then spend the rest of your afternoon at leisure. In the evening, enjoy a delicious Celebration Dinner featuring Maine lobster with your fellow travelers.

Portland Head Light at sunset, Maine, Portland, USA
Westin Portland Harborview View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Westin Portland Harborview

About the Hotel

Portland, United States

The Westin Portland Harborview is centrally located in the heart of downtown's vibrant Arts District. Formerly the Eastland Park Hotel, the historic hotel's 289 room hotel offers the uplifting, revitalizing amenities you have come to expect from Westin.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Authentic Dining Boone's Fish House and Oyster Bar, Portland, USA
Celebration Dinner in Portland

Enjoy an authentic Maine lobster dinner as you feast on the fresh and local delicacy known for its tender and rich flavor. Raise a glass as you min...

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Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 8

Back to Boston

Known for its sandy beaches, Kennebunkport is a year-round coastal destination that houses the rich and famous, even serving as the summer retreat of former President George H.W. Bush. Travel along Ocean Drive with more stunning views of the Maine coastline, before driving back to Boston. Guests departing Boston will arrive at Boston Logan International Airport at 12:30 pm. Those extending their stay will return to the Hyatt Regency Boston hotel.

Beach House Kennebunkport, Maine
Included Meals Breakfast

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Top rated highlights

Learn more about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

Top Rated Highlights
Historic Boston Freedom Trail

Explore the great city of Boston, with your Travel Director and learn about its transformative past. You’ll follow part of the red-brick Freedom Tr...

See More
Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Visit the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge

Enjoy the warm, colorful scenery as you travel west to Stockbridge for a visit to the Norman Rockwell Museum, home to the largest and most signific...

See More
Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Tour Chesterwood in Stockbridge

Guided tour of Chesterwood, the former summer home, studio and gardens of America’s foremost 20th century public sculptor. Daniel Chester French is...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit the Vermont Country Store in Weston

Step back into history with a visit to the Vermont Country Store where you'll find a nostalgic assortment of products ranging from local cheeses to whiskey pecan pie. 

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit the Billings Farm and Museum in Woodstock

Visit the quintessential Vermont village of Woodstock. Then explore the Rockefeller's renowned Billings Farm and Museum, a captivating working dair...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit Lake Champlain Chocolates

Stop by Lake Champlain Chocolates to satisfy your sweet tooth with a taste of their award-winning ice cream. Like their decadent chocolates, their ...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks in Montpelier

Travel to Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks, where maple syrup is "tapped" from the trees. Taste a Vermont tradition, the unusually named "sugar on snow’...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Gondola SkyRide Transport in Franconia Notch

Take a scenic ride on the Gondola SkyRide at Loon Mountain Resort (weather permitting). On a clear day, you'll have superb panoramic views of New H...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
See Mount Washington in Bretton Woods

More spectacular fall foliage awaits as you journey through Crawford Notch, a scenic pass through the White Mountains. Stop for pictures at the Sil...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
See Diana's Baths in North Conway

Enjoy a scenic hike to Diana's Baths, which features a small series of captivating cascading waterfalls. This historic site is within the White Mou...

See More
Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Raven Wildlife Program

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.

Included in Trip

About this trip

From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas. 
Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

Authentic Dining

5 Dinner with Wines, 7 Breakfasts

Great food is at the heart of every journey with us. Here is a selection of the incredible dining experiences you'll enjoy on this tour.

Welcome Dinner in Boston

At 18:00, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner with wine and an opportunity to mingle with fellow guests at your hotel.

Celebration Dinner in Portland

Enjoy an authentic Maine lobster dinner as you feast on the fresh and local delicacy known for its tender and rich flavor. Raise a glass as you mingle with new friends over this delectable Celebration Dinner.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Hyatt Regency Boston
Trapp Family Lodge
Westin Portland Harborview

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Languages across USA: English the official language of USA.
  • Currency used in USA: The currency of USA is the American Dollar ($).
  • Capital:: The capital of USA is Washington, DC.
  • Time Zone(s) in USA: Several time zones are used across different regions of the USAs to establish standard time: Eastern Standard Time (EST), Central Standard Time (CST), Mountain Standard Time (MST), Pacific Standard Time (PST), Alaska Standard Time (AKST), Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST). It's important to note that some regions within each time zone may observe daylight saving time, which would result in a one-hour shift during the daylight saving time period.

 

The climate and weather in the United States vary greatly due to its large size and diverse geography. The country experiences a wide range of climate types, including temperate, Mediterranean, subtropical, arid, and alpine climates. In general, the eastern and central parts of the United States have a humid continental climate, characterized by hot and humid summers, and cold winters. The western coastal regions, such as California and the Pacific Northwest, have a more Mediterranean climate with mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. The southern states have a subtropical climate, with hot and humid summers and mild winters. The southwestern and western regions, including states like Arizona and Nevada, have a desert or arid climate, characterized by hot, dry summers and mild winters. The northernmost parts of the country, particularly Alaska, have a subarctic and alpine climate, with extremely cold winters and cool summers.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Comfortable walking shoes. North and Central America, along with Canada, offer a vast range of terrains. To make the most of your trip, it is vital to pack shoes that can cater to all your activities, from strolling on Hawaii's beaches to dining at a sophisticated restaurant in Toronto.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: From the snowy peaks of the Rockies to the steamy jungles of Costa Rica, you’ll encounter a myriad of climates. To ensure you're ready for any situation, it's wise to pack adaptable, layered clothing. We advise you to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall. 
  • Modest attire: In some religious sites, modest clothing is required, so we suggest carrying a shawl or scarf to cover your shoulders or legs when necessary.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

As an American traveler going on a guided tour within the USA, there are a few essential things to know about electricity and adaptors to ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience. Since you are traveling within the USA, you won't need to worry about voltage and plug type differences. Just pack your electronic devices as you would for any domestic trip, and you'll be all set to enjoy your guided tour in the United States!

  • Voltage and Plug Type: As an American traveler, you won't need a voltage converter or plug adapter for your electronic devices within the country.
  • Compatibility: Since you are traveling within the USA, your electronic devices, such as smartphones, laptops, and camera chargers, should be compatible with the standard voltage and plug type used in the country. You can use your regular chargers and power cords without any issues.
  • Hotels and Accommodations: Most hotels and accommodations in the USA provide electrical outlets compatible with American plugs. You won't need to worry about adaptors or converters within the country.
  • Airports and Public Places: Airports, train stations, and other public places in the USA will have outlets that match the American standard, so you can quickly charge your devices while on the go.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are standard accessories in hotels. Since you don't have to worry about converting the voltage, you can bring a travel dryer or pack one from home. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in most hotels, restaurants, and public spaces in the USA, especially in major cities and tourist areas.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. 

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are not included or available on tours that operate in the United States and Canada. Guests will be provided local transfer options after booking so they can make their travel arrangements from the airport to the hotel and vice versa. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while traveling.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include COVID, measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity of $1.00-$2.00 USD per person/half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/day is listed in your travel documents.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Marilyn Sandbeck
Review date: Monday, October 9, 2023
Service
My overall review is 4 stars. It was posted incorrectly the first time as a 5 and after i corrected that, it was incorrectly posted again, this time as a 3.
Vacation
Overall, this was a great vacation. The tour guide and driver were both experienced professionals who showed great concern for us and did their best to ensure we had a safe and enjoyable holiday . The trip included some very interesting stops and speakers, such as the very knowledeable maple syrup expert and the sugar on snow experience. Most of the hotels and meals were excellent, especially the Trapp Family Lodge, which was a highlight for everyone.. The last hotel, however, left something to be desired in terms of location and breakfast, which was little more than what is offered at an airport express motel. The main problem was that the whole trip was too rushed. They tried to pack in too much iand didnt always spend time wisely.. For example, we'd have to get up at the crack of dawn, but would sometimes get back to our rooms with empty time to spare and nothing to do. This was a real disappointment on our last day, when we were rushed off from Cape Elizabeth light house, then given only a brief time at Portland Harbor for lunch and then, although there were countless shopping opportunities and the harbor itself to enjoy, we were rushed back at 3pm to our dismal hotel in a seedy part of town, where many guests didn't even feel safe to venture out. The final ride back to Biston was nothing more than a bus ride.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your feedback which we will share with the Tour Operator in hopes they can improve upon these shortcomings for future trips.
Tuesday, October 10, 2023
Timothy Hata
Review date: Saturday, October 7, 2023
Service
The booking experience was very smooth and problem free. It was easy to book our trip, all my questions were answered fully. Pre-trip email information arrived as stated.
Vacation
We thoroughly enjoyed our Fall Foliage trip to New England. We especially were impressed with Insight Vacations and their guide and driver who took care of us.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, October 7, 2023
Service
It was so nice not having to deal with luggage. A nice variety of selected sites plus opportunities to explore.
Vacation
We missed the color, but still enjoyed seeing the countryside, the historic sites, and the different ambiance of a different section of the country.
Beverly R Johnson
Review date: Monday, October 31, 2022
Service
Very helpful thru entire process. Initial trip was to Ireland/Scotland & due to COVID rescheduled several times. Opted for a domestic trip.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so glad you enjoyed viewing New England's Fall Foliage! Autumn is such an incredible time to see the colors of nature. Thank you for leaving a review. We appreciate your feedback. Take care!
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Vacation
It was everything as advertised and more. Tour Director &staff went out of their way to make it so.
Cheryl Werth
Review date: Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Service
Excellent service from our tour guide, Robin, and driver, Joseph. Every part of the trip was well organized. We knew what time we were arriving and leaving each day and had great descriptions of the up coming events. Robin and Joseph were very friendly and personable. The scenery was beautiful.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We love that you were able to enjoy your experience in New England. You just can't beat that part of the country when it comes to colorful fall foliage. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate your business and your feedback.
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Vacation
great trip great scenery
Trusted Customer
Review date: Thursday, October 7, 2021
Service
I will definitely use GET in booking future travel. Every Travel Specialist I dealt with was friendly and courteous and responded to my concerns in a timely fashion.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you! We look forward to helping you plan that next trip!
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Vacation
Overall, the trip was very enjoyable. Fellow travelers were great and the food was fantastic. The hotels were really nice. My favorite was the VonTrapp Family Lodge.The trees, unfortunately, had just started turning so we didn't see much color. Boston was great!! My favorite! We were taken on a walking tour and learned a lot about its history. But we were also for the most part just dropped off in these quaint little towns and told to browse. I am not a shopper so I didn't much enjoy this. I would rather have had more historica/town history walking tours.. Two main things that bothered me were: 1) Water was not provided on the bus for the travelers and 2) We were told to use the onboard restroom only if it was an emergency. Another thing I was bothered about was that we weren't given daily itineraries even though the Travel Director said he would get them to us. He made an announcement before we got off the bus each day as to what we were doing the next day. I would have much preferred to have a printed copy. And then we went on "adventures" twice when the driver made a wrong turn and we spent an hour total driving in the wrong direction and turning back to get on the route we were supposed to be on. That's very tiring when in a bus! Plus it threw the whole day's schedule off. What impressed me the most was that their COVID protocols were excellent. It was required that travelers be vaccinated and that masks be worn at all times while traveling on the bus.. We had a Wellness Director who advised us what the local protocol was as far a wearing masks, etc., whenever we stopped. We were given a squirt of hand santizer each time we boarded and the bus was wiped down each time we exited.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Service
Service was fine.
Vacation
The fall colors were brilliant.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Service
Lots of interesting places to see despite the lack of color in the hills. Howie was excellent, knowledgable, personable. Hotels were first rate. Coach was top of the line. "Extras" were delicious, & surprising. We'd go again with Insight.
Vacation
Comprehensive look at the NE.
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