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Fall Colors of New England

10 Day Tour to Boston, Vermont & Cape Cod

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10 Days
1 Country

United States

14 Cities

Boston, Plymouth, Hyannis, South Yarmouth, Cape Cod, Provincetown, Newport, Providence, Killington, Stowe, Montpelier, North Conway, Kennebunkport, Portsmouth

5 Meals

5 Breakfasts

Active

Faster paced with mix of 1 and 2-night stays in each destination. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 48-52
Tour brand Costsaver

Costsaver

Costsaver trips are great if you are looking for a budget friendly, semi-independent vacation that is designed with just the basics in mind. Unlike classic tours, Costsaver includes just the essentials including 3-star accommodation (not always centrally located, but close to public transportation for easy access to the center of town), airconditioned motorcoach transportation, an expert Travel Director and Driver. With a basic orientation included in major cities, enjoy the freedom and flexibility to explore the destination at your own pace, or tailor your days on trip with Choice Optional Experiences unique to each itinerary and arranged by your Travel Director. 

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If the idea of New England brings images of picture perfect villages, sleepy fishing towns, vast swathes of golden beaches and presidential summer homes into your mind’s eye, this trip will not disappoint. Starting in historic Boston you’ll visit lovely Cape Cod, stunning Stowe and sea swept Maine, all adorned in vibrant fall foliage.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Boston

The Red Sox and Celtics, the Freedom Trail and cream pie, America’s oldest city, ‘Beantown’ extends a warm welcome. Meet your Travel Director this afternoon; you could head on down to the Seaport District to discover just how seriously Boston takes its reputation as a seafood capital. Local specialties include ‘sacred cod’, fresh lobster and creamy chowder, each cooked fresh, steaming and delicious.

Paul Revere Statue in Boston, USA
Accommodation Doubletree by Hilton Boston Bayside

Day 2

Boston – Plymouth – Hyannis

Follow the cobblestones of the Freedom Trail, ticking off historical sites like Quincy Market, the State Capitol and Boston Harbor. Leave Boston behind on your New England value tour traveling to ‘America’s Hometown’ of Plymouth. Later choose to wind back the clock with a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER ® Experience visiting the Plimoth Patuxet Museum, a meticulously recreated version of the original 17th century Plymouth Colony. Next up: Hyannis, via the quaint fishing villages and wealthy towns of Cape Cod.

Freedom Trail Marker in Boston, USA
Accommodation Riviera Beach Resort, South Yarmouth
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER
Visit Plimoth Patuxet Museum, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER ® Experience

Feel like you’ve stepped into the original 17th century Plymouth Colony at Plimoth Patuxet Museum. Perfect for history lovers, you’ll leave with an...

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Day 3

Cape Cod and Provincetown Excursion

Hello, foodies! Fuel up with American classics at Hearth 'n Kettle, a traditional New England Diner. Then wind your way through some of the oldest villages in America via Old King’s Highway past beaches, sand dunes, salt marshes and nature trails. Keen for a thrill? Choose Art’s Dune Tours off-road experience as you learn the history and ecology of the dunes. At the very tip of the Cape sits artsy Provincetown, a place of pilgrimage for writers and artists packed with galleries, craft shops and cafes. Cap off the day with a Choice Experience Hyannis Harbor Cruise.

Jeeps on beach in Hyannis, USA
Accommodation Riviera Beach Resort, South Yarmouth
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Take in the views on a scenic harbor cruise around Hyannis in Cape Cod, USA
Hyannis Harbor Cruise

Best way to see the sights of Hyannis? Cruising its landmark-lined harbor, of course. You’ll love this scenic and informative tour that takes you t...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Travel through Cape Cod National Seashore Park on Art's Sand Dune Tours, USA
Art's Sand Dune Tours

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Day 4

Hyannis - Providence

This morning we visit the world's largest cranberry grower, A.D. Makepeace Comany, and explore its 160-year history in the cranberry industry. Then cross the Cape Cod Canal traveling to Rhode Island on your New England value tour. In Newport, take in the dazzling mansions dotted along the coastline dubbed Newport's 10-Mile Ocean Scenic Drive. You'll have the chance to see the collection of mansions built by New York's wealthiest families on our Choice Experience visiting the Breakers Mansion, a summer “cottage” of the Vanderbilt’s before continuing to Providence, home of Brown University.

The Breakers Mansion in Newport, USA
Accommodation Graduate Providence
Optional Experiences See the magnificent Newport Mansions on Bellevue Avenue built by the wealthiest New York families in the 19th Century, USA
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Day 5

Providence - Killington

Love a good dose of history and nature? You’ll love your drive on the Historic Mohawk Trail to Bridge of Flowers, you’ll see how green fingered volunteers and gardeners keep the Bridge's foliage and flowers flourishing throughout the season. Thirsty yet? Wet your whistle at Putney Mountain Winery, a 100% solar powered winery specializing in the production of fruit wines. Learn about its history, the wine-making process, and their efforts to be a sustainable wine maker before indulging in a guided tasting. You'll even have the opportunity to watch the wine-making process through two large observation windows. Bottom’s up!

Bridge of Flowers in Provincetown, USA
Accommodation Killington Mountain Lodge

Day 6

Vermont's Green Mountains

Green peaks and green valleys, travel past the appropriately named Green Mountains to Vermont's capital, Montpelier. Meander through the charming streets and past state’s gold-domed capital building before pulling up at Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks. Go local tasting “sugar on snow" where maple treats are made using freshly fallen snow. Grab your camera for a quick stop in Stowe, before pulling into Killington to round out the day of your New England value tour.

View of Killington, USA
Accommodation Killington Mountain Lodge
Included Meals Breakfast

Day 7

Killington – North Conway

New Englanders know a thing or two about incredible scenery, and you’ll be right there with them today crossing from Vermont’s Green Mountains to New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Keep your camera handy as you travel along the Franconia Notch Mountain pass and “The Kanc”, a historic National Scenic Byway, leading the way to home for the next two nights, North Conway.

View of Vermont, USA
Accommodation Fox Ridge Resort
Included Meals Breakfast

Day 8

North Conway Sightseeing and Free Time

Red, burnt orange and yellow leaves stretch out in every direction as you head into the White Mountains. Tick off the tallest peak in the Northeast and Mount Washington on your way through Crawford Notch State Park and pull up at Silver Cascade Falls, which twists, turns and cascades 4000 feet down the side of Mount Jackson. Your time in North Conway isn’t over yet, so get local and stroll past the restored buildings, antique shops and treasure trove bookshops of the historic downtown.

Silver Cascade Waterfall in North Conway, USA
Accommodation Fox Ridge Resort
Included Meals Breakfast

Day 9

North Conway - Boston

It’s the last day on your New England value tour but the fun isn’t over yet! Vast forests, pretty seaside villages and cliff lined shores . . . Maine’s adventure playground calls. Make a stop in Kennebunkport, packed with boutiques and flashy art galleries and take a trip back in time with Portsmouth’s 18th century buildings, and seaside vibes. End the day back where it all began, Boston.

Lake in North Conway, USA
Accommodation Doubletree by Hilton Boston Bayside
Included Meals Breakfast

Day 10

Depart Boston

Your adventure through New England's Fall Foliage comes to an end this morning. Make your own way to Boston Logan International Airport. Or, if Boston still has more you’d like to discover, you have the choice of extending your stay a few more days.

View of Boston, USA

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER
Visit Plimoth Patuxet Museum, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER ® Experience

Feel like you’ve stepped into the original 17th century Plymouth Colony at Plimoth Patuxet Museum. Perfect for history lovers, you’ll leave with an...

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About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Many meals included
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries
City orientation tours
Extensive variety of Choice Experiences
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Hyannis Harbor Cruise

Best way to see the sights of Hyannis? Cruising its landmark-lined harbor, of course. You’ll love this scenic and informative tour that takes you t...

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Optional Experience
Art's Sand Dune Tours

Best way to see the dunes? 4x4 SUVs of course! Feel like a celebrity with special access to the incredible sweeping sand dunes that stretch along C...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Newport Mansions - The Gilded Age

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USA

  • 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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Brian Harris
Review date: Friday, October 13, 2023
Service
From a customer service standpoint GET was great. The booking was smooth and we received constant communication. This was a trip we had postponed due to Covid. The rebooking was very easy and seamless. We would use them again.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you! We appreciate that very much and look forward to seeing you again very soon
Friday, October 20, 2023
Vacation
Overall, the trip was very nice and what we had hoped for. The tour director and driver were on top of everything. The sites were fantastic as we had never been to New England. I would have rated it five stars but one of the hotels was not up to standard of the others. While it was fine it just was so far removed from a city that there literally was no where to eat dinner and we had to use a grocery store. But, overall the trip was very good.
Marcia Leibson
Review date: Friday, October 15, 2021
Service
We had no idea it was a Cost Saver trip until we checked in with our tour guide. Weren’t happy with all the hotels & lack of meals.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear that you were not aware this trip was operated by CostSaver. We do try to clearly mark the operating company on on our website, brochures, payment invoices and tour documents. We apologize if this was not communicated to you at the time of your booking.
Friday, October 15, 2021
Vacation
Didn’t know it was a Cost Saver trip until we checked in with our guide. Some of the accommodations were less than desirable & the lack of meals was not acceptable. The tour guide & driver were fine but for most of the trip we had no WiFi on the bus & the mic didn’t work well at all. Happy with Covid protocols! Will not do another Cost Saver trip. This isn’t the trip we originally signed up for but we understand things had to change due to Covid. Our othe trips with Trafalgar were A plus.
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