Our “Best of Cape Cod and the Islands” not only takes you to some of the area’s most beautiful locations of the Cape area, but combines this with some of the area’s finest boutique hotels and inns to truly capture the essence of New England’s maritime playground. With three nights and two full days to explore the history, shopping and attractions of Boston, three nights in the lovely village of Chatham, your base on central Cape Cod, ideally placed to allow easy access to the whole of the Cape, to your final three nights on the wonderful island of Martha’s Vineyard, this leisurely tour will capture your imagination and assault your senses with the wonderful seascapes, fresh sea air, history and culture of Cape Cod and the Islands.
Days 1 & 2: Boston. Day 3: Chatham Cape Cod, (approx. 89 miles). Day 4: Chatham, Cape Cod. Day 5: Excursion to Provincetown, Cape Cod, (Whale Watch Cruise). Day 6: Nantucket Island Excursion. Day 7. Chatham to Martha’s Vineyard (approx. 61 miles). Days 8 & 9: Martha’s Vineyard. Day 10: Boston (approx. 90 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.
3 nights Boston at Onyx Hotel, a beautiful Boston boutique hotel that brings together everything the discerning traveller seeks – an ideal location in downtown Boston. A short walk from Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall and the Little Italy district of the North End, the Onyx is an excellent choice for exploring historic Boston.
Day 4: Depart Boston – Chatham Cape Cod, (approx. 89 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 neighbourhoods. 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. Drive to charming Cape Cod with the possibility to visit Plymouth to see the Mayflower replica and Plimoth Plantation, a living history museum depicting life in a 1627 pilgrim village 3 nights Chatham (Chatham Bars Inn).
Named “One of the Top Resorts in the World” by Conde Nast Traveler – Gold List, Chatham Bars Inn has been an idyllic vacation retreat noted for its excellent service, fine cuisine and beautiful surroundings since 1914. The Inn is nestled near the heart of Chatham on 25 beautifully landscaped acres overlooking Pleasant Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. This world-famous turn-of-the-century landmark has a remarkable ambiance. The expansive lounge, front veranda and main dining room have been returned to their original grandeur, affording panoramic ocean views and gentle sea breezes. In addition to popular Cape activities such as golf, tennis, fishing, water sports, and bird watching, our guests also enjoy summer beachfront theme dinners, spa treatments: everything you need for a wonderful vacation. Most important, the grand tradition of relaxing in casual, unhurried comfort continues year-round at this historic resort.
Day 4: Chatham, Cape Cod. A leisurely day to explore Cape Cod with its pretty villages and abundant attractions or enjoy the many attractions of your hotel. Chatham center, just a few minutes from the hotel, is the quintessential New England village by the sea. This is probably Cape Cod at its picturesque best with smart shops, inns, small restaurants, some typically colonial-style white churches, a fishing harbour and a lighthouse with dramatic ocean views the Cape Cod National Seashore has 40 miles of pristine sandy beach, marshes, ponds and diverse birdlife.
Day 5: Excursion to Provincetown, Cape Cod, (Whale Watch Cruise). Drive to Provincetown at the very end of Cape Cod. This colourful 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. 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.
Day 6: Nantucket Island Excursion. 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. You have a full day to explore beautiful Nantucket. With its cobblestone Main Street shaded by giant elm trees; its magnificent homes of merchants and ship captains it is 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. Return to the mainland this afternoon for your final night at Chatham.
Day 7. Chatham to Martha’s Vineyard (approx. 61 miles). Take the short ferry ride this morning from Woods Hole to the lovely island of Martha’s Vineyard (round-trip ferry tickets for you and your car are included).
3 nights Martha’s Vineyard (Harbor View Hotel). The historic Harbor View Hotel & Resort on Martha’s Vineyard, located in the very heart of Edgartown, is the perfect Vineyard setting for a relaxing vacation. With stunning ocean views and refined Martha’s Vineyard décor the hotel is flanked by historic homes from 19th Century whaling captains and overlooks Edgartown Lighthouse, Edgartown Harbor and Chappaquiddick Island. With stately elm trees lining the streets, you can walk from the Harbor View Hotel & Resort to everything in Edgartown. Explore the quaint town on a bicycle or a short walk. With attentive personal service, fine dining, golf, sailing, outdoor heated pool and much more, you’re going to love Martha’s Vineyard.
Days 8 & 9: Martha’s Vineyard. Two days to relax on the island, a Mecca for summer visitors, that has played host to the rich and famous, including film stars and American Presidents. Tour the Vineyard to see the gingerbread cottages of Oak Bluffs and Gay Head cliffs in scenic Aquinnah.
Day 10: Boston (approx. 90 miles). A last leisurely morning on the island and then drive to the ferry and on to Boston’s Logan Airport, and your flight home. Or, Just America will be pleased to arrange onward travel to other north American destinations. Why not take the train from Boston to New York and fly home from New York? Please contact Just America for onward travel suggestions.
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* 9 nights hotel accommodation including local taxes.
* Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch – Provincetown.
* Round-trip ferry to Nantucket.
* Nantucket Island Tour.
* Round-trip ferry to Martha’s Vineyard (inc. car).
* Martha’s Vineyard Island Tour.
* Maps and guides
Not included: Flights, car rental, petrol, travel insurance, meals and personal expenses.
Children under 12 years of age are free when sharing with 2 adults and using existing bedding at hotels (max. 2 children per room).
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.