For travellers with limited time this 7 night ‘taster’ tour allows them to sample the major sights and culture of New England. From Boston to the rugged coast of Maine, the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont and the dune-fringed beaches of lovely Cape Cod, this tour has it all. Just America will be pleased to assist if you would like to extend the tour in any of the featured locations, or ride the rails to New York and possibly Washington and see more of the east coast. Our Taste of New England tour operates daily between 01 April and 31 October.
Days 1 & 2. Greater Boston, MA. Day 3. To Mid Coast Maine (Freeport) (approx. 125 miles) Day 4. To White Mountains, NH (approx. 112 miles) Day 5. To Green Mountains, VT (approx. 140 miles). Day 6. To Connecticut River Valley (approx. 282 miles) Day 7. To Cape Cod, MA (approx. 165 miles) Day 8. To Boston, MA (approx. 72 miles)
Days 1 & 2. Arrive Boston The “Athens of America” is yours to discover. Explore the Freedom Trail, ride the Swanboats in the Public Gardens, shop at Quincy Market, take a dinner cruise on Boston Harbor. Take the “T” to Cambridge, or a whale watch cruise. Museums, shops, art galleries and the friendly people of Boston complete your visit. Visit our Welcome Meeting for sightseeing and attractions at special rates. Your hotel for the next two nights is located in the heart Boston. Overnight: Colonnade, Boston.
Day 3. To Mid Coast Maine Freeport (approx. 125 miles). Collect your rental car this morning and travel north along the coast, stopping at Salem, famous for it’s witch trials in the 17th century. Pause in Kittery for great factory outlet shopping! In historic Portland, enjoy the charming Old Port Exchange and, of course, lobster! before heading to your base for tonight, the charming town of Freeport. Freeport is located approx. 20 minutes north of Portland along the shores of upper Casco Bay. The town is best known for its upscale outlet shopping and as home to the world-famous L.L.Bean outdoor store. Overnight: Hilton Garden Freeport.
Day 4. To Jackson, White Mountains, (approx. 112 miles). Journey through the Maine Lakes Region on your way to the White Mountains. Drive to North Conway, a shoppers’ paradise with countless factory outlet stores offering top quality at rock bottom prices. Also in North Conway: the Conway Scenic Railroad; Storyland children’s theme park and Heritage New Hampshire museum. The nearby Mt. Washington Toll Road takes you to the summit of one of the east’s highest mountains. If you’re traveling on to Lincoln, journey along the picturesque Kancamagus Highway, an old Indian trail following the Swift River through the mountains. Overnight: Eagle Mountain House.
Day 5. To Stowe, Green Mountains (approx. 140 miles). If you spent the night in Jackson or North Conway, head along the Kancamagus Highway to Lincoln. Entering Vermont on your way to the Green Mountains, stop at Queechee Gorge, Vermont’s mini Grand Canyon, for breathtaking vistas. Stop at the Ben & Jerry’s Icecream factory for a tour and sampling before continuing to Stowe. Overnight: Topnotch Resort & Spa.
Day 6. To Sturbridge, Connecticut River Valley (approx. 282 miles). Travel to Rutland, once center to the Vermont marble industry; stop in quaint Manchester Village on your way to the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts. Visit the Francine Clarke Art Institute in Williamstown, or head for Hancock and the Hancock Shaker Village, one of the last Shaker settlements. Continue to Lenox, summer home of the Boston Symphony and to Stockbridge, once home to Norman Rockwell, one of America’s greatest artists. The Norman Rockwell Museum houses many of his original works. Overnight: Sturbridge Host Hotel.
Day 7. To Hyannis, Cape Cod (approx. 165 miles). The choice is yours: spend time exploring Old Sturbridge Village, a living museum depicting life in the 19th century, then travel directly to Cape Cod; or head into America’s smallest state, Rhode Island, and visit Newport, the summer resort of America’s first millionaires. Tour the Ten Mile Drive, with its extravagant summer mansions. Explore Newport’s restored waterfront, which is home to many shops and restaurants. Then it’s off to Cape Cod, with its white sandy beaches, historic villages, great shopping and excellent seafood. Overnight: Doubletree Hotel, Hyannis.
Day 8. To Boston (approx. 72 miles). En route to Logan Airport, visit Sandwich, the Cape’s oldest town. Head for Plymouth, where the Pilgrims landed in 1620 and spend some time exploring Plimoth Plantation, a living museum depicting Pilgrim life in 1627. Travel to Boston to drop your car and catch your flight home.
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Children under 12 yrs are free when sharing a room with 2 adults and using existing bedding. (Max. 2 children per room).
* 7 nights hotel accommodation including local taxes.
* Maps, guides and itinerary.
Not included: Flights, car rental, travel insurance, optional excursions, meals and personal expenses.
Location No. nights Hotel Boston 2 Colonnade Freeport 1 Hilton Garden Inn Jackson 1 Eagle Mountain House Stowe 1 Topnotch Resort & Spa Sturbridge 1 Sturbridge Host Hotel Hyannis 1 Doubletree Hotel
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 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 transatlantic flights, car rental and variations of the itinerary. If you would like to extend the number of nights in any location, change the hotels or add onward travel to other North American destinations please let us know at the time of booking.