The rugged coast of Maine, the sandy beaches and dunes of Cape Cod’s National Seashore, the sailing tradition of Newport, Rhode Island and the sophistication of Boston are combined into this wonderful exploration of New England’s varied Atlantic shore. Enjoy the pretty villages, old whaling towns, Acadia National Park, stroll the beaches of Cape Cod, dine on local specialities – lobster, chowder, cranberries and maple syrup and enjoy a warm New England welcome from the locals.
Day 1. Arrive Boston. Days 2 & 3. Arrive Boston – Cape Cod (approx. 72 miles). Days 4 & 5. Newport, Rhode Island (approx. 75 miles). Days 6 & 7. Freeport (approx. 193 miles). Days 8, 9 & 10. Bar Harbor / Acadia National Park. (approx. 141 miles). Days 11 & 12. Southern Maine (approx. 190 miles). Days 13 & 14. Boston. (approx. 85 miles).
Day 1. Arrive Boston. Take the courtesy shuttle to your convenient Boston Airport hotel this evening and relax after your flight. Explore Boston tonight at your leisure. Overnight: Embassy Suites Boston Logan Airport (Standard & Superior).
Days 2 & 3. Boston to Cape Cod (approx. 72 miles). Welcome to New England! Collect your rental car and drive the short distance south to Cape Cod for a three-night stay. Separated from the Massachusetts mainland by the world’s widest sea-level canal, the Cape is likened in shape to an outstretched human arm bent at the elbow. At the Cape Cod National Seashore, you can walk for almost 30 miles along the Atlantic beach and rarely see a trace of human habitation, other than the lighthouses that stand watch over the Cape’s dangerous shoals. There’s lots of sightseeing opportunities to keep you busy during your stay. You can take the ferries from the Cape across to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard and explore these lovely islands. Take a whale-watch cruise, visit the Cape’s pretty small towns and villages with their art galleries and quaint shops. Overnight: Holiday Inn Hyannis (Standard) or Cape Codder Resort, Hyannis (Superior).
Days 4 & 5. Newport, Rhode Island (approx. 75 miles). Travel to lovely Newport, RI today. Newport is famous for its seaside beauty and for the magnificent mansions and gardens built there by the industrial barons of America’s Gilded Age. You don’t need a tiara or chauffeur to enjoy Newport’s treasures, from museums to mansion tours to walks or bicycle tours along rocky coves. Newport was host from 1930 to 1983 to the America’s Cup, the world’s premiere yacht regatta. Although the Australians wrested the Cup from the New York Yacht Club in 1983, yachting remains deeply ingrained at the city’s Museum of Yachting. Overnight: Hotel Viking (Standard & Superior).
Days 6 & 7. Freeport (approx. 193 miles). Discover the “North Shore” today. The 30 miles of rocky coastline north of Boston are punctuated with long sandy beaches, rugged fishing ports and sparkling sailing harbors. Nautical lore and the ghosts of witches past offer fascinating glimpses into the region’s rich history. While here, don’t miss Salem, home to the witch trials of the 1690’s and novelist Nathanial Hawthorne’s House of Seven Gables. The Peabody Essex Museum underwent a major expansion in 2003 and now focuses on the art and culture of New England and the world; Marblehead, one of the East Coast’s premier sailing centers. See Gloucester, a rugged fishing port, packed with work boats and seafood restaurants and a departure for four whale-watch operator; and Motif #1, a fishing shack in Rockport harbor that’s been the subject of countless paintings. Overnight: Hilton Garden Inn Freeport (Standard & Superior).
Days 8, 9 & 10. Bar Harbor / Acadia National Park. (approx. 141 miles). Spectacular scenery awaits, as you head north into Maine. Your destination is Mount Desert Island, home of Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. Hike or drive to the top of Cadillac Mountain – the highest point on the eastern seaboard – and you’ll be the first in the country to welcome the sun. Head over to Bar Harbor, the island’s hub, with more 100 restaurants. Wander the waterfront and gaze at the 19th-century mansions, stately reminders of the days when this small town on Frenchman’s Bay was a grand summer resort for society families. Acadia National Park attracts 2.5 million people each year. Travellers come for the lakes, forest, coastline, and more than 300 species of birds. They come for Cadillac Mountain, and see the only fjord on the East Coast. Overnight: Best Western Acadia Inn (Standard) or Bayview, Bar Harbor (Superior).
Days 11 & 12. Southern Maine approx. 190 miles. With over 30 miles of sandy beaches from Kittery to Old Orchard Beach, it’s no wonder the southern Maine coast is one of the top vacation destinations in the U.S. Spend your time exploring historic sites and museums, shopping the seemingly endless supply of boutiques and antique stores, visiting famous lighthouses and art galleries, or just relaxing on the beautiful beaches. Overnight: Nonantum Resort, nr. Kennebunkport (Standard) or Black Rock Inn (Superior).
Days 13 & 14. Boston. approx. 85 miles. End your holiday in “America’s Walking City”. We suggest that you return your car as soon as possible after arriving in Boston. Boston is part history lesson, part modern metropolis. Walk the Freedom Trail, a well-preserved pedestrian path that weaves its way through the city linking the sites of historic interest. Shop on Newbury Street, have an authentic Italian meal in the North End or browse the antique shops of Beacon Hill. Don’t miss the city’s world-class museums, theater and music venues. Family friendly to the core, Boston boasts a renowned aquarium, children’s museum and science museum. Overnight: Midtown Hotel (Standard) or Boston Marriott Copley Place (Superior).
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10 May-31 Oct Prices available on request 10 May-31 Oct Prices available on request Location No.nights Standard Hotels Superior Hotels Boston (Airport) 1 Embassy Suites Boston Logan Airport (bkfst) Embassy Suites Boston Logan Airport (bkfst) Hyannis (Cape Cod) 2 Holiday Inn Hyannis Cape Codder Resort Newport 2 Hotel Viking (Newport wing) Hotel Viking (Newport wing) Freeport 2 Hilton Garden Inn Hilton Garden Inn Bar Harbor 3 Holiday Inn Acadia Inn (Cont.bkfst) Bayview Bar Harbor(Cont.bkfst) Kennebunkport 2 Nonantum Resort Nonantum Resort Boston 2 Midtown Hotel Boston Marriott Copley Place
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 and guides.
Not included: Flights, car rental, travel insurance, meals, petrol & personal expenses.
Children 2-11 years are free when sharing a room 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 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.