13-days/12-nights Self-drive tour of New England
This is a leisurely self-drive tour through the best of New England’s beautiful countryside and staying in some of the iconic country inns for which New England is justly famous. Start your tour with a night in Boston (more nights can be added if you wish) before collecting your car and heading north along the rugged coast of Maine to Scarborough, then head inland through New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, across Vermont and into western Massachusetts before arriving in the home of ocean sailing – Newport, Rhode Island. A relaxing stay at one of Cape Cod’s lovely Inns rounds off this wonderful journey through New England.
Day 1. Greater Boston, MA. Days 2 & 3 To Scarborough ME (approx. 114 miles) Days 4, 5 & 6 To New London (approx. 136 miles) Days 7 & 8. To Shrewsbury VT (Green Mountains) (approx. 75 miles) Days 9 & 10 To Stockbridge MA (approx. 104 miles) Days 11 & 12. To Sandwich MA (approx. 295 miles) Day 13. Depart Boston ( approx. 60 miles)
DAY 1. Boston/The Fairmont Copley Plaza. Arrive Boston. Transfer to your hotel in downtown Boston for the overnight. This evening, explore Boston’s many restaurants, enjoy a show in Boston’s theater district or stroll through lively Quincy Marketplace.
DAY 2. Boston – Ogunquit – Scarborough/Black Point Inn (approx. 114 miles). Pick up your rental car and depart for the Maine coast. Stop in Ogunquit. This quaint fishing hamlet is one of the most picturesque and enjoyed seaside resort villages in New England. Walk the mile-long Marginal Way over rocky ocean cliffs to Perkins Cove. Enjoy a mouth-watering lobster luncheon before continuing along the scenic coastal route through Kennebunkport dubbed “a magical place by the sea” into Scarborough. Located on a little peninsula and surrounded by water on three sides, this hotel boasts a stone fireplace and relaxed New England feel. Enjoy the Black Point for the next 2 nights.
DAY 3. Scarborough – Portland – Scarborough. This morning, take a short drive to Cape Elizabeth and visit the Portland Head Light & Museum, located along the spectacular shores of Fort Williams Park. The museum is located in the Keeper’s quarters. Then, it ’s on to Portland, an old seacoast town. Tour downtown’s Old Port historic district and some of the city’s historic homes. Portland is also a funky city filled with galleries, one-of-kind boutiques and shops, and incredible restaurants serving everything from New England clam chowder, lobster rolls and Maine seafood to nouveau cuisine.
DAY 4. Scarborough – New London, NH/Inn At Pleasant Lake (approx. 136 miles). Head west through the Sebago Lakes Region to
DAY 5. New London – Franconia Notch – Mt. Washington – New London. Today, travel through Franconia Notch, which offers magnificent views and unique sites. Visit The Flume Gorge resplendent with the offerings of each season or take the aerial tram to the summit of Cannon Mountain. Continue further and board the Cog Railway to the summit of Mt. Washington. A ride up Mount Washington on the world’s first mountain-climbing cog railway remains,as it has for well over a century, an exciting and unforgettable experience.
DAY 6. New London. Relax, enjoy the Inn’s facilities and explore the local area.
DAY 7. New London – Shrewsbury – Crisanver House (approx. 75 miles). Scenic routes and covered bridges take you into Vermont. See Quechee Gorge, Vermont’s “Little Grand Canyon” before winding into Woodstock. A national magazine named Woodstock “The Prettiest Small Town in America” A lot of effort (and Rockefeller money) has gone into making sure the village keeps its pristine historic image. For instance, no utility wires appear overhead on downtown streets and the road you take to enter Woodstock will either cross a covered bridge, pass a picturesque horse farm or country store, or wind along the Ottauquechee River. After enjoying lunch at one of its fine restaurants, head west across winding country roads, into Shrewsbury to enjoy 2 nights at the Crisanver House.
DAY 8. Shrewsbury– Shelburne – Stowe – Shrewsbury. Travel north along Vermont roads to visit the Shelburne Museum, one of the nation’s finest, most diverse, and unconventional museums of art and Americana. 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. Then, spend time in the charming village of Stowe, at the base of Mt. Mansfield. In Waterbury, visit Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory for a tour and tasting before returning to Shrewsbury.
DAY 9. Shrewsbury– Williamstown – Stockbridge/Red Lion Inn (approx. 104 miles). Depart Shrewsbury and travel along Vermont’s scenic Route 7 toward Williamstown, MA, a quintessential New England village known for the beauty of its surrounding mountains, for Williams College, and for the cultural attractions of its Theater Festival and the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Choose to visit this museum and you will find an extraordinary collection of French Impressionist paintings, which take their place within a wider ensemble of masterworks that date from the Renaissance to the late 19th century and include an extensive collection of British and American silver. Continue into Stockbridge for the next 2 nights at the Red Lion Inn. This traditional inn, opened as a tavern in 1773, was rebuilt in 1897 after a fire destroyed the original structure. The Red Lion’s quintessential New England charm was immortalized by Norman Rockwell in his painting Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas.
DAY 10. Stockbridge. Take a morning trip through the Berkshires to Stockbridge, MA. Stroll this charming Dickensian-style village and visit the Norman Rockwell Museum, housing the world’s largest and most significant collection of original Rockwell art. Highlights include enduring favorites from Rockwell’s Saturday Evening Post covers. Head back to Sturbridge and visit Old Sturbridge Village to relive 1830’s rural New England life at this living history museum.
DAY 11. Stockbridge – Newport – Sandwich, MA/(approx. 295 miles). Depart Stockbridge for the coast of Rhode Island. Tour Newport’s 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. Before continuing to Cape Cod for the next two nights.
DAY 12. Cape Cod (approx. 117 miles). 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 watch, 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!
DAY 13. Sandwich – Plymouth – Boston (approx. 60 miles). Depart Sandwich and head east to Plymouth, Massachusetts, “America’s hometown”. See Plymouth Rock, upon which the Pilgrims first stepped. Board a replica of the Mayflower, the ship which carried the Pilgrims to the New World and visit Plimoth Plantation, a recreated village of 1627, where “interpreters” bring history to life. After a leisurely lunch along the water, travel into Boston for your departure flight.
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* 12 nights accommodation including local taxes.
* Maps & guides (provided at the first hotel).
Not included: Flights, car rental, travel insurance, meals (unless indicated), petrol and personal expenses.
Children under 12 years of age – prices available on request
Location No. nights Hotels/Inns Boston (city centre) 1 Fairmont Copley Plaza Scarborough 2 Black Point Inn New London 3 Inn At Pleasant Lake Shrewsbury 2 Crisanver House Stockbridge 2 Red Lion Inn Sandwich (Cape Cod) 2 Belfry Inne
The hotels named may be substituted for alternatives of a similar standard and location.
The hotels will be confirmed at the time of booking the holiday.
Tour prices:The prices shown in the price panels are for the accommodation elements only, they do not include flights or car rental (unless indicated). This enables you to choose the airline and car of your choice and add them to the accommodation package to create your holiday. Our reservations staff will be pleased to help you with flight availability, to suggest which is the best airline for your itinerary and to advise you of any special offers the airlines may have introduced.
Hotels:Hotels featured in our flydrive and independent tours are chosen for their location, value for money and facilities. Whenever possible we offer a choice of Standard or Superior hotels. There is no recognised 'star' system throughout North America for classifying hotels, motels and resorts. The hotel ratings for our tours are subjective and are provided to give you an understanding as to the level of facility. They are either the hotel's official categorisation as per the Official Hotel & Resort Guide, or Just America's. Standards vary from location to location, therefore ratings in the remote areas can differ from those in the cities. Standard hotels would be those classified as Moderate, and Superior hotels would be First Class, in the Official Hotel and Resort Guide. National Park accommodations are more rustic and are chosen almost entirely because of their location. It should not be assumed that because an hotel is listed as Superior that it has certain amenities. Often a hotel is classified as Superior due to its position, views or room standard, it does not always follow that a superior hotel will have a swimming pool, hair-dryers, room service etc. We will try to provide information on individual hotels on request although the internet is usually the quickest and most accurate source of information. Hotel rooms in North America usually have one or two double beds. Triple and Quad rooms have two double beds. Very few hotels in North America have three or four beds. It is sometimes possible to have a rollaway bed which can be requested, but cannot be guaranteed. Occasionally hotels are chosen purely for their location - i.e. half-way between two points of interest - and may be included as a one night stop to break up an otherwise long journey. Such hotels may not have the full facilities normally associated with a Standard or Superior hotel, but sometimes we don't have any other choice. Where possible hotels providing free car parking have been included, however in some locations, such as city centres, the hotels may make a charge.
Note:Hotels are not usually ready to accept guests until after 3 or 4 pm, so please try not to check in before mid-afternoon. Check out time is usually before 11 am or 12 noon. It is sometimes possible to arrange late check out, or the storage of luggage, but this is at the discretion of the hotel.
Tour notes and itineraries:On several of our tours the tour notesand itineraries are provided at the first hotel. On other tours this information is forwarded with the travel documents approximately 14 days prior to departure. We will endeavour to provide the best information we can to help you, but it is not our policy to provide mile by mile detailed route guides, the frequent changes to local road conditions, layouts etc., makes this impossible. We do provide maps, guides to the major attractions en route, and directions to hotels whenever possible. These are independent self-drive holidays and you will be required to read a map and locate attractions and hotels. Sat.Nav. is available from the car rental companies - at a charge - and you may find this useful, however all technology is prone to failure so we always recommend that you keep the maps handy.
Tailor-made holidays:We will be pleased to discuss your own ideas and itineraries and help you plan your holiday. If you would like to email, fax or mail an outline of your tour with dates, number of people, ages of children etc., to us we will be happy to advise you. We request that you include your daytime telephone number on all correspondence. Where you have chosen the route and we have designed a tailor-made holiday for you, it may not be possible to provide you with a detailed tour itinerary. We recommend that you purchase a road atlas such as the excellent National Geographic Road Atlas to the USA and Canada (Just America can provide these - currently £15 plus P & P). We suggest that you read up about the area you are planning to visit well in advance, preferably before you book the holiday. Insight Guides cover almost every region of North America and are about the best on the market. Just America can also provide a some tourist information subject to availability, but we do not have detailed route information to cover every area of the Continent. You might find the internet to be the best source of free, up-to-date information.
National Park Passes:Both the US and Canada charge entrance fees for their national parks, and if you are visiting a number of parks, this cost can add up to a significant amount. We recommend that you purchase a Parks Pass at the first national park you visit. For the US the pass costs $80 for up to four adults (children under 16 are free). In Canada a family pass costs $136.40. Both passes provide unlimited visits to that country's parks for 12 months. The passes can only be used in the country of purchase. Full details available at www.nps.gov (for USA) and www.pc.gc.ca/index_e.asp
Just America provides a full tailor-made holiday service so if you would like a quote for a package including flights, car rental, optional excursions etc., please let us know at the time of booking. We can also adapt the itinerary to add or reduce nights in each location, offer alternate hotels and arrange onward travel to other North American destinations.
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