Scattered with picturesque villages and elegant towns, commanding mountain ranges and glacial lakes, the scenery of this remarkable area provides an astonishing backdrop to the role it has carved out in America’s history. Pretty coves and bays punctuated with sandy beaches interrupt a dramatic and rugged coastline and this itinerary has been designed to ensure you get to see as much of it as you can. On our self drive, spend time in all of New England’s six states.
• 15 nights’ accommodation
• Car hire (Intermediate car, fully inclusive package)
• A personalised Roadbook containing essential travel information, hotel vouchers and customised day-by-day route maps
Day 1 - Boston
Arrive into Boston’s Logan International Airport and transfer independently to your hotel. This evening enjoy one of Boston’s many restaurants, take in a show in Boston’s theatre district or stroll through lively Quincy Marketplace. Overnight in Boston.
Day 2 - Boston
Explore some of the Boston area’s noted sites, architectural wonders, bustling waterfront and magnificent museums. You may choose to go whale watching, walk around Harvard Yard in Cambridge or join a day tour to the historic battlefields in Lexington and Concord. Overnight in Boston.
Day 3 - Boston to Ogunquit, ME (120km)
Pick up your car this morning and travel north to Portsmouth, New Hampshire – a working port since colonial days and a treasure trove of historical offerings. Visit Strawbery Banke, a collection of 42 buildings reflecting four centuries of architectural and social change in one of America’s oldest neighbourhoods, or take advantage of the many shops and restaurants in this historic seaport community. Continue up the coast to Maine. In Ogunquit, take a leisurely walk along the Marginal Way, a magnificent mile-long footpath which follows the edge of the Atlantic atop rugged cliffs, or stroll amidst the fine shops and galleries of Perkins Cove. Overnight in Ogunquit.
Day 4 - Ogunquit / Kennebunkport / Ogunquit (18km)
This morning visit neighbouring Kennebunkport. Its reputation as a superb community comes from the numerous large seaside estates along Ocean Avenue and other coastal thoroughfares. The famous “Bush Compound” is located on Walker’s Point, a peninsula visible from Ocean Avenue. Visit the one-of-a-kind Wedding Cake House and quaint Dock Square. Overnight in Ogunquit.
Day 5 - Ogunquit to North Conway, NH (144km)
Travel north to explore Portland’s historic buildings, Old Port Exchange and famous light houses. Travel through Maine’s picturesque lakes region and into North Conway, New Hampshire. The area’s landscape – complete with covered bridges, white steepled churches, high mountains and rolling farmland – has been deemed “sublime” by artists of international renown. Overnight in North Conway.
Day 6 - North Conway / Lincoln / North Conway (147km)
Today venture along Franconia Notch and see natural wonders such as Indian Head, the Flume Gorge or take a tram to the summit of Cannon Mountain for breathtaking views of the surrounding area. Overnight in North Conway.
Day 7 - North Conway to Stowe, VT (184km)
Scenic routes and covered bridges will take you into Vermont, the Green Mountain State. Visit Morse Farm to see how Maple Syrup is made and take the opportunity to buy some maple treats at its country store. Syrup isn’t the only sweet treat this day. Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory is open for touring and tasting. A short ride up the road is the charming village of Stowe at the base of Mt. Mansfield. Overnight in Stowe.
Day 8 - Stowe / Burlington / Stowe (59km)
Take a ride into Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, on the shores of Lake Champlain. Board the Ethan Allen for a ride along the lake and visit the Shelburne Museum, one of the nation’s finest, most diverse and unconventional museums of art and Americana. Here, over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 39 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the Museum grounds. Overnight in Stowe.
Day 9 - Stowe to Lenox, MA (296km)
Head south to Manchester. Known for both Manchester Village and Manchester Centre, they are as different as day and night. One is known for its mansions, art centre and the like, while the other is renowned for its outlet stores. In winter, Manchester is also closely identified with the Stratton and Bromley Mountain Ski areas. Visit Hildene, the former estate of Robert Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s son and do some shopping at some of the centre’s famous designer outlet stores. Wind along scenic Route 7 into Lenox for the next two nights.
Day 10 - Lenox / Stockbridge / Hancock / Lenox (70km)
In Lenox stop to see Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony’s summer home. In neighbouring Stockbridge visit the Norman Rockwell Museum which houses his paintings of America past. Highlights include paintings from Rockwell’s Saturday Evening Post covers. Tour Hancock Shaker Village. This beautifully restored village, set on 1,200 acres of farm, woodland and pasture, is home to the premier collection of Shaker buildings and artefacts. Overnight in Lenox.
Day 11 - Lenox to Mystic, CT (203km)
Wind through country roads to Connecticut’s Northwest corner, better known as “antique country”. Stop at quaint antique stores, museums and gardens en route to Mystic. This afternoon, visit Mystic Seaport - The Museum of America and the Sea. Set on 17 acres, it depicts 19th century seafaring life. This evening visit Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun, the country’s two largest casinos under one roof. Try your luck at gambling or enjoy a show. Overnight in the Mystic area.
Day 12 - Mystic to Newport, RI (80km)
Follow along the coast into Rhode Island. Newport is where you’ll find the opulent summer homes of the Vanderbilts and the Astors, the church where John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Bouvier, the waters where the Americas Cup Race has been held, Touro Synagogue - the first in the United States, and the Old Stone Mill, believed to be built by the Vikings around 1100AD. Spend two nights in this waterfront town with so much history... and gossip! Overnight in Newport.
Day 13 - Newport (16km)
Tour along Ocean Drive and Millionaire’s Row to see the magnificent mansions of the Gilded Age. Visit the Breakers, the largest of the Vanderbilt Family homes in Newport. Tour through the International Tennis Hall of Fame and enjoy lunch along the waterfront or at the historic Brick Marketplace. Overnight in Newport.
Day 14 - Newport to Hyannis, MA (149km)
Continue into Plymouth, “America’s Hometown” to see Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower II, an exact replica of the ship that carried the Pilgrims to the New World. Then, cross the Cape Cod Canal to a world of charm and beauty. Overnight in Hyannis.
Day 15 - Hyannis / Provincetown /Hyannis (224km)
Today drive along the Cape Cod National Seashore to explore lighthouses, quaint coastal communities and natural scenic beauty. Visit the lively artist colony of Provincetown, take a whale watching tour or just lay on one of the Cape’s many sandy beaches. Don’t leave New England without feasting on lobster, steamers, corn-on-the- cob and all the trimmings! Overnight in Hyannis.
Day 16 - Hyannis to Boston (112km) – end of tour
Morning to relax on the Cape, or return to Boston for some last minute shopping before departing.Want to alter anything?
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Daily departures from 6 May - 28 Oct 2016