This relaxing self drive along New England’s beautiful coastline to Cape Cod and on to Martha’s Vineyard is magical. Enjoy pristine sandy beaches, brightly painted gingerbread cottages, sailboats and the lighthouse at sunset. Stop in at Plymouth and see the Mayflower II and end in Rhode Island, New England’s smallest state and the lovely town of Newport.
• 6 nights’ accommodation
• Car hire (Intermediate car, fully inclusive package)
• Return ferry to Martha’s Vineyard
• A personalised Roadbook containing essential travel information, hotel vouchers and customised day-by-day route maps
Day 1 - Boston to Falmouth (119km)
Arrive at Boston’s Logan International Airport and travel south to Falmouth on Cape Cod for the first night. This evening stroll Falmouth’s main street and enjoy some of the local fare. Overnight in Falmouth.
Day 2 - Falmouth to Martha’s Vineyard (8km – to Woods Hole)
This morning, take the short drive to Woods Hole and drive aboard the Steamship Authority’s ferry for the 45 minute journey to Martha’s Vineyard. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Take the remainder of the afternoon to relax and familiarise yourself with the area. Overnight in Martha’s Vineyard.
Day 3 - Martha’s Vineyard
Today, take a tour of the Vineyard to see a variety of landscapes in the six independent towns whose separate histories form a composite tale of the island’s past. “Down-island” is the busy, fashionable, eastern-half of the Vineyard where Oak Bluffs, Edgartown and Vineyard Haven lure the rich and famous. By contrast, “Up-island” comprises the sparsely populated and sleepy towns to the west. Overnight in Martha’s Vineyard.
Day 4 - Martha’s Vineyard
There’s a variety of recreational activities available on the island. Go horseback riding on the beach at sunset; look for sunken ships and lost schooners on a scuba excursion; play golf, tennis or just relax. Or you may choose to take the ferry to neighbouring Nantucket and stroll along its cobblestone streets lined with quaint boutiques. Overnight in Martha’s Vineyard.
Day 5 - Martha’s Vineyard to Newport, RI (153km)
Embark on the ferry this morning for the return to the mainland. From Woods Hole, travel to Newport via Plymouth, “America’s Hometown”. See the Mayflower II, a full size replica of the original ship that carried Pilgrims to the New World, and Plymouth Rock, upon which the Pilgrims first alighted. Continue to the legendary resort town of Newport, filled with the opulence of an earlier period. Enjoy dinner along the harbour this evening. Overnight in Newport.
Day 6 - Newport
Tour along Ocean Drive and “Millionaire’s Row” to view the summer cottages of the Gilded Age. Visit the Breakers or the Marble House, both owned by the Vanderbilt family. Newport’s charming Brick Marketplace and waterfront area are filled with shops and restaurants. Overnight in Newport.
Day 7 - Newport to Boston (114km)
Depart Newport for Boston. Stretch your legs along the Freedom Trail to see the important sites from colonial and revolutionary periods. Visit Paul Revere’s House, the Old North Church and tour the USS Constitution, America’s oldest commissioned ship. Then head back to Logan Airport, only 1 mile from the city centre for your departure flight.Want to alter anything?
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