What better way of enjoying the wonderful scenery and culture of New England than to stay at some of the region’s finest inns and hotels? This leisurely 15-day/14-night tour captures the essence of the region with overnight stays in comfortable, unique accommodations where a warm welcome is guaranteed. Enjoy two nights in the heart of Boston, surrounded by the history, culture and sophistication for which Boston is justly famous. Take a leisurely drive north along the Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine coast to the beautiful seashore of Kennebunkport, before continuing on day four into the New England hinterland and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Day seven sees you continue your journey west and entering the fabulous state of Vermont, home of pretty villages, quintessential New England villages and the Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream factory – a ‘must do’ on anyone’s itinerary!
Head south through the length of Vermont and reenter Massachusetts and the lovely Berkshires and a two night stay in nearby Lee. Arrive in the Rhode Island town of Newport – home of the America’s Cup – and the sailing capital of the east coast. Explore the coastal ‘cottages’ of the some of America’s leading families of the 19th and 20th-centuries in Newport before arriving in your final destination – the coastal playground of Cape Cod. Take a whale-watching cruise, a bracing walk along the dune-fringed beaches, explore the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, and enjoy the small villages, shops and restaurants of the Cape before heading back to Boston.
Days 1 & 2. Boston. Days 3 & 4. To Kennebunkport, ME (approx. 85 miles). Day 5. To Jackson, White Mountains (approx. 80 miles). Day 6. At leisure in the White Mountains. Day 7 . To Stowe, Green Mountains (approx. 117 miles). Days 8. Green Mountains, VT. Day 9. To The Berkshires (approx. 200 miles). Day 10. The Berkshires. Day 11 To Newport, RI. (approx. 158 miles). Day 12. Newport, RI. Day 13. To Cape Cod, MA (approx. 62 miles). Day 14. Cape Cod. Day 15. To Boston, MA (approx. 57 miles).
Days 1 & 2. Boston. Commence your holiday with a two nights stay in the “Athens of America.” Your hotel is the historic and charming Hotel Onyx, in the heart of the city. Explore the Freedom Trail, shop at Quincy Market. Visit Cambridge and Harvard University, or take a whale watch cruise. The ideal way to see Boston is to take an Old Town Trolley tour for which we have arranged a discount price. Overnight: 2 nights Boston at the Colonnade Hotel.
Day 3 To Kennebunkport (approx. 85 miles). Travel along the North Shore of Massachusetts, through coastal New Hampshire and into Maine. (Stop in Kittery for outstanding factory outlet shopping!) Visit the summer communities of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport where you can view the seasonal home to former US President George Bush. Overnight: Kennebunkport at the Nonantum Resort & Inn.
Day 4. Kennebunkport. A full day to enjoy the beaches and quaint seaside towns of the Maine coast. Overnight: Kennebunkport at the Nonantum Resort & Inn
Day 5. To Jackson, White Mountains (approx. 80 miles). Head inland via the Maine Lakes District to New Hampshire and the White Mountains. More fabulous shopping at North Conway then through magnificent scenery to Jackson, which you will enter via a covered bridge! Overnight: 2 nights in the White Mountains at the Eagle Mountain House. This lovely hotel is one of New England’s finest and provides a romantic vacation retreat in the quintessential New Hampshire village of Jackson – complete with covered bridge. There is a variety of activities available at the hotel and in nearby Jackson, such as mountain biking, fishing, golf and hiking.
Day 6. At leisure in the White Mountains. A full day to explore the White Mountain Region. Take the cog railway at Mt. Washington, or explore the Outlet shopping at North Conway or enjoy the tranquility of the lakes and forests of the beautiful White Mountains. Overnight: Eagle Mountain House.Day 7 . To Stowe, Green Mountains (approx. 117 miles). Drive to the summit of Mt Washington; a chance en route to see the “Rock of Ages,” the world’s largest dimension granite quarries, and then cross the border into Vermont. Perhaps visit the quaint village of Stowe and take in an outdoor concert amd picnic with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, overlooked by Mt. Mansfield, the highest peak in Vermont, before arriving at your home for the next two nights in Stowe. Overnight: 2 nights at the Topnotch Resort & Spa.
Topnotch is a world-class mountainside resort on the edge of one of New England’s most picturesque villages – Stowe. With only 68 rooms, Topnotch manages to combine the intimacy of a medium size inn with the facilities of a luxury resort. Surrounded by 120 acres of wooded hillsides there are lots of wonderful hiking trails, horseback riding, biking and golf. There are also indoor and outdoor swimming pools, indoor and outdoor tennis courts and a first-class restaurant.
Days 8. Green Mountains, VT A leisure day for touring the Green Mountain State and the lovely town of Stowe. Tantalisingly close to the famous Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream factory – yes tastings are available – Stowe is an ideal location from which to explore the northern Green Mountains and perhaps visit the Shelburne Museum, Burlington and Lake Champlain. Overnight: Topnotch Resort & Spa.
Day 9. To The Berkshires (approx. 200 miles). Drive south to see the quintessential New England village of Woodstock with its traditional shops and covered bridge. Time also to see the scenic Quechee Gorge, New England’s mini Grand Canyon, before arriving in Massachusetts and the gentle Berkshire Hills. Perhaps visit the Hancock Shaker Village, a restored 19th century settlement and then Lenox, summer home of the Boston Symphony. Your final destination is Williamstown in the Berkshires. Overnight: 2 nights at the Devonfield Inn. Nestled in the beautiful hills of the Berkshires in the charming town of Lee, Devonfield is an exquisite English-style country inn that’s airy and comfortable, the hospitality warm and welcoming and the food delicious! Overlooking a pastoral meadow and set on 32 acres, it is only 1 mile from Lee’s Main Street. There’s a spacious living room, a cozy TV room, a formal dining room and porch. Accommodations are spacious and all have private bathroom, handmade quilts, complimentary cognac, hand-made chocolates, terry robes and many have wood-burning fireplaces. Full country breakfast is provided.
Days 11 & 12. To Newport, RI (approx.158 miles). Before heading to Newport, you may visit Old Sturbridge Village, a living 19th century museum, or Mystic, Connecticut, and Mystic Seaport Museum, America’s largest maritime museum. Continue to Newport, summer resort of America’s first millionaires. Tour the Cliff Walk and Ten Mile Drive with its extravagant summer mansions. Newport’s restored waterfront sports many shops and restaurants. Overnight: 2 nights at the Newport Beach Hotel
Day 13. To Cape Cod, MA (approx. 62 miles). It’s a short drive to Olde Cape Cod where white sandy beaches, quaint villages, antique shops, lakes, ponds and nature reserves contrast with the tang of the salt sea air and echoes of the Pilgrims who first landed here. Overnight: 2 nights at the Belfry Inne, Sandwich, Cape Cod. Set, like a jewel in the heart of historic Sandwich Village, The Belfry Inne beams its warming welcome. The Inne, one of Sandwich Village’s highlights, comprises of a pretty church, the Abbey and its former manse, Drew House – two elegant architectural masterpieces. Sumptuous decor, imaginative architectural interiors and outstanding service have established the Inne as a landmark in Cape Cod hospitality.
Day 14. Cape Cod. Plan a whale-watch cruise, visit colorful, artistic Provincetown and perhaps tonight a farewell New England Lobster Dinner. Why not extend your stay on Cape Cod and take a day excursion to nearby Martha’s Vineyard or the old whaling island of Nantucket? Overnight: Belfry Inne, Sandwich, Cape Cod.
Day 15. To Boston, MA (approx. 57 miles). Boston’s Logan Airport is 1.5 hours drive from Cape Cod and en-route you’ll have time to visit picturesque Sandwich, the Cape’s oldest town and at Plymouth the Plimoth Plantation, a living museum of 1627 life.
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Prices from On request On request NA NA NA Location No.nights Hotel Boston, Massachusetts 2 Colonnade Kennebunkport, Southern Maine 2 Nonantum Resort Jackson, New Hampshire (White Mountains) 2 Eagle Mountain House Stowe, Vermont (Green Mountains) 2 Topnotch Resort & Spa Lee, Massachusetts (Berkshires) 2 Devonfield Inn (AB) Newport (Middletown), Rhode Island 2 Newport Beach Hotel & Suites Sandwich, Massachusetts (Cape Cod) 2 Belfry Inne (AB) CB = Continental breakfast. AB = Full American breakfast.
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.
* 14 nights hotel accommodation including local taxes
* Maps, guides and itinerary (provided at the first hotel).
Not included: Flights, car rental, travel insurance, optional excursions, meals and personal expenses.
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 and will be pleased to quote for packages including transatlantic flights from the UK, car rental and optional excursions. We can adapt the itinerary, add or reduce the number of nights in each location and provide alternate hotels, please enquire at the time of booking.