The beautiful dune-fringed beaches, pretty villages and wonderful cuisine of Cape Cod are yours to explore following a night in the lovely city of Boston! A leisurely self-drive tour where the longest daily drive is about 70 miles, allowing you plenty of time to explore along the route, stop in at folk museums, local shops and galleries and to soak up the atmosphere and culture of the Cape.
Excursions to the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard complete your tour of this beautiful area and will no doubt tempt you to return in the future.
Day 1: Arrive Boston. Day 2: Cape Cod (approx. 77 miles). Day 3: West Dennis. Day 4: Provincetown (approx. 43 miles). Day 5: Provincetown (Whale Watch Cruise). Day 6: Nantucket Island & Falmouth (approx. 70 miles). Day 7: Martha’s Vineyard. Day 8: Boston (approx. 80 miles).
Day 1: Arrive Boston. Famous for everything from the Red Sox and Paul Revere to Cheers and clam chowder, Boston is a popular destination for so many reasons. Part history lesson, part modern metropolis, the city offers attractions to suit every taste and interest. Upon arrival at Boston’s Logan International Airport make your own way to your hotel in the heart of the city. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy the city and its vibrant nightlife. Overnight: Midtown Hotel.
Day 2: Cape Cod (approx. 77 miles). Explore Boston this morning, take a “Hop on, Hop Off” trolley tour or walk the Freedom Trail, a well-preserved pedestrian path that weaves in and out of historic neighborhoods. Between landmarks, you can shop the fabulous stores on Newbury Street, or browse the antique shops and distinctive red-brick buildings of Beacon Hill. Perhaps lunch in lively Quincy Market or a delicious authentic Italian meal in the North End before collecting your rental car and leaving this afternoon for the drive to Cape Cod and your oceanfront home overlooking Nantucket Sound. Overnight: Lighthouse Inn, West Dennis.
Day 3: Cape Cod, West Dennis. The Lighthouse Inn will take you to a time gone by…secluded and relaxing, with refreshing ocean breezes to rejuvenate your spirit, it offers a private sandy beach, heated pool, tennis, children’s activity program and a full service restaurant with panoramic ocean views – this is Classic Cape Cod. A leisurely day to relax by the sea and see the mid-Cape area; visit nearby Chatham, the quintessential village by the sea, it is probably Cape Cod at its picturesque best with smart shops, inns, small restaurants, some typically colonial-style white churches, a fishing harbor and a lighthouse with dramatic ocean views. Overnight: Lighthouse Inn, West Dennis.
Day 4: Provincetown (approx. 43 miles). Explore the Cape Cod National Seashore, 40 miles of pristine sandy beach, marshes, ponds and diverse birdlife on your drive to Provincetown at the very end of Cape Cod. This colorful and fascinating little town has attracted a wide spectrum of people. Artists live side by side with traditional fisherman and during the summer Commercial Street is filled with the most cosmopolitan mix of people, exploring the art galleries, tiny seafood restaurants, shops, narrow streets and pretty gardens. Overnight: Harbor Hotel, Provincetown.
Day 5: Provincetown (Whale Watch Cruise). A morning to explore the town and this afternoon enjoy a whale watch cruise (weather permitting), an exciting adventure to view these majestic marine mammals, guided by an expert naturalist. Humpback whales are normally seen and you’ll never forget your first sighting of a whale blowing after a deep sea dive. This evening enjoy dinner in town or perhaps try a New England Clambake Dune Tour, an exciting trip that combines the beauty of a sunset dune tour with a traditional New England Clam Bake dinner served picnic style. Overnight: Harbor Hotel, Provincetown.
Day 6: Nantucket Island & Falmouth (approx. 70 miles). An early start this morning for the drive to Hyannis (car parking fee) and the 09:10 am high speed ferry to pretty Nantucket Island. Its cobblestone Main Street shaded by giant elm trees, the magnificent homes of merchants and ship captains make it one of the best preserved towns in New England. A fully narrated tour offers a truly interesting view of America’s most scenic little island. In just over an hour, become acquainted with the “Little Grey Lady,” famous as the world’s foremost whaling port in the 18th century. Included are The Old Mill, “Sconset” Village with its rose-covered cottages, Low Beach, Sankaty Head Lighthouse, Cranberry bogs and Nantucket moors. After lunch the late afternoon high speed ferry returns to Hyannis and the drive to Falmouth for a two night stay at the Seacrest Beach Hotel, overlooking lovely Old Silver Beach. Overnight: Seacrest Beach Hotel.
Day 7: Martha’s Vineyard. Drive to Woods Hole this morning, park your car (fee), and take the short ferry ride to the lovely island of Martha’s Vineyard. A Mecca for summer visitors the island is host to the rich and the famous, including film stars and American Presidents. An island tour provides a great overview of the Vineyard with the gingerbread cottages of Oak Bluffs, Gay Head cliffs in scenic Aquinnah and a beautiful pass through idyllic, historic Edgartown one of New England’s most elegant communities. Main Street is a picture book setting with its harbor and waterfront. See the stately white Greek revival houses built by the whaling captains and the old Lighthouse at the mouth of Edgartown Harbor. Return to Woods Hole and Falmouth with its wide choice of restaurants or perhaps enjoy a meal and the music at Liam Maguire’s famous Irish pub. Overnight: Seacrest Beach Hotel.
Day 8: Boston (approx. 80 miles). En route to Logan Airport, perhaps visit Plimoth Plantation, a living history museum depicting life in 1627 with time for lunch before driving to the airport and your flight home. Alternatively, Just America will be please to assist with extra nights in Boston or onward travel to other North American destinations. Why not take the train from Boston to New York and fly home from there?
2018 Prices per adult
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Prices from On request On request On request On request Location No.nights Hotel Boston 1 Midtown Hotel West Dennis (Cape Cod) 2 Lighthouse Inn Provincetown (Cape Cod) 2 Harbor Hotel Falmouth (Cape Cod) 2 Seacrest Beach Hotel
* 7 nights hotel accommodation including local taxes.
* Boston Old Town Trolley Tour.
* Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch cruise – Provincetown.
* Round-trip ferry to Nantucket.
* Nantucket Island Tour.
* Round-trip Ferry to Martha’s Vineyard.
* Martha’s Vineyard Island Tour.
* Maps and guides.
Not included: Flights, car rental, travel insurance, meals, petrol and personal expenses.
Children under 12 years of age are free when sharing with 2 adults and using existing bedding at hotels.
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 self-drive 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, golf course, 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 notes and 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 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 currently costs $80 for up to four adults (children under 16 are free). In Canada a family pass currently 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. ATOL & ABTA protected.