This aptly name tour truly is a ‘Classic’ and for the first time visitor who really wants to sample pretty much all the region has to offer, this is the tour to take. From the history and sophistication of Boston, to the rugged Maine coast, the stunning beauty of New Hampshire and Vermont and the the dune-fringed beaches of beautiful Cape Cod, this tour has it all. Operating with Saturday departures (prices for other departure days available on request) from May to October the Classic New England tour has become one of our best selling tours of all time.
Days 1 & 2. Greater Boston, MA. Day 3. To Freeport, Maine (approx. 125 miles) Days 4 & 5 To Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park (approx. 140 miles) Days 6 & 7. To Jackson & North Conway, NH (White Mountains) (approx. 250 miles) Days 8 & 9. To Stowe, VT (Green Mountains) (approx. 140 miles) Day 10. To Sturbridge (approx. 282 miles) Days 11 & 12. To Newport, RI (approx. 86 miles) Days 13 & 14. To Cape Cod (approx. 75 miles) Day 15. To Boston (72 miles)
Days 1 & 2. Arrive Boston. Arrive at the “Athens of America.” Explore the Freedom Trail, shop at Quincy Market, take a whale-watch cruise; visit the famous New England Aquarium, or enjoy Boston’s wonderful shopping. Overnight: Chandler Hotel (Standard) or Loews Back Bay Hotel (Superior).
Day 3. To Freeport, Maine (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 along the shores of upper Casco Bay, approx. 20 minutes north of Portland. It is best known for its upscale outlet shopping and as home to the world famous L.L. Bean outdoor store. Overnight: Hampton Inn Freeport (Standard & Superior).
Days 4 & 5 To Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park (approx. 140 miles). Arrive in Bar Harbor at the entrance to Acadia National Park on Mt. Desert Island. Plan a whale-watch cruise, or enjoy the striking scenery and mountain trails in the park. Overnight: Best Western Acadia Park Inn (Standard) or Bluenose Inn (Superior).
Days 6 & 7. To Jackson & North Conway, White Mountains (approx. 250 miles). Cross Maine heading southwest into New Hampshire and the town of Jackson and your base for the next two nights. During your stay in the White Mountains, drive to the summit of Mt. Washington, or take the famous Mount Washington Cog Railway. If railways are your thing, you might want to also take in the Conway Scenic Railroad. Explore the renowned outlet shopping at North Conway or take a picnic and enjoy a quiet day just relaxing in the beautiful countryside of the White Mountains. Overnight: Eagle Mountain House (Standard) or The White Mountain Hotel (Superior).
Days 8 & 9. To Stowe, Green Mountains (approx. 140 miles). Continue your drive west across New Hampshire and cross the White Mountains via the Kancamagus Highway – one of New England’s most scenic drives. En route, you may visit scenic North Woodstock, Loon Mountain, stop for an Ice Cream and tour at the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory before arriving at the lovely town of Stowe, your base for the next two nights. Overnight: Golden Eagle Resort (Standard) or Topnotch Resort & Spa (Superior).
Day 10. To Sturbridge (approx. 282 miles). Travel south through Vermont and make a stop at Rutland, once center of the Vermont marble industry. Manchester Village has great designer outlet shopping and is a lovely stop on your way to the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts. Continue to Lenox, summer home of the Boston Symphony and Stockbridge, once home to Norman Rockwell, one of America’s greatest artists. The Norman Rockwell Museum houses many of his works. Continue and your base for tonight in central Massachusetts. Overnight: Publick House Hotel (Standard) or Hampton Inn Sturbridge (Superior).
Days 11 & 12. To Newport, RI (approx. 86 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. Spend the day on a spectacular beach, tour the Cliff Walk and Ten Mile Drive with its extravagant summer mansions. Newport’s restored waterfront sports many shops and restaurants. Overnight: Mainstay Inn (Standard) or Jailhouse Inn (Superior).
Days 13 & 14. To Cape Cod (approx. 75 miles). Travel to Cape Cod, a fabulous summer resort with white sandy beaches, and abundant attractions. Plan a whale-watch cruise, visit historic Chatham or colorful, artistic Provincetown, or take a day trip to Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket. Overnight: Holiday Inn Hyannis (Standard) or Cape Codder Resort & Spa Hyannis (Superior).
Day 15. To Boston (approx. 72 miles). En route to Logan Airport, visit Sandwich, the Cape’s oldest town. In Plymouth, visit Plimoth Plantation, a living museum depicting life in 1627. Travel to Boston, drop your car and catch your flight home.
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* 14 nights hotel accommodation including local taxes.
* Maps & guides (provided at the first hotel).
* Boston City Centre hotels included in the itinerary.
Not included: Flights, car rental, travel insurance, meals (unless indicated), petrol and personal expenses.
Children under 12 years of age free when sharing a room with 2 adults using existing bedding at hotels (max. 2 children per room).
Location No. nights Standard Hotels Superior Hotels Boston (city centre) 2 Chandler Hotel Loews Back Bay Hotel Freeport 1 Hampton Inn (bkfst) Hampton Inn (bkfst) Bar Harbor 2 Best Western Acadia Park Inn (CB) Bluenose Inn Jackson/North Conway (White Mountains) 2 Eagle Mountain House White Mountain Hotel (CB) Stowe (Green Mountains) 2 Golden Eagle Resort Topnotch Resort & Spa Sturbridge 1 Publick House Hampton Inn (bkfst) Newport 2 Mainstay Inn Jailhouse Inn (CB) Hyannis (Cape Cod) 2 Holiday Inn Hyannis Cape Codder Resort & Spa CB = Continental breakfast included. Am.bkfst = Full American breakfast included.
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 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.