Explore all six New England states on this 16-day/15-night self-drive tour which includes all of the major highlights of the region. From Boston, north along the coast of Maine to New Hampshire’s White Mountains, across the rolling hills of Vermont to the pretty town of Stowe in the Green Mountains, through the Berkshires of western Massachusetts to the coast of Connecticut and Rhode Island, before a beachside finale on Cape Cod. A true classic of a tour and one full of unforgettable images with memories you will cherish forever.
Day 1. Arrive Boston, MA. Day 2. Boston. Day 3. Boston to Ongunquit (approx. 75 miles). Day 4. Ongunquit. Day 5. Ongunquit to Jackson (approx. 87 miles). Day 6. Jackson, explore White Mountains region. Day 7. Jackson to Stowe (approx. 115 miles) Day 8. Stowe, explore Green Mountains region. Day 9. Stowe to Stockbridge (approx. 230 miles) Day 10. Stockbridge, explore the Berkshires. Day 11. Stockbridge to Mystic (approx. 126 miles). Day 12. Mystic to Newport (approx. 50 miles). Day 13. Newport. Day 14. Newport to Hyannis (approx. 93 miles). Day 15. Hyannis, explore Cape Cod. Day 16. Depart Boston ( approx. 70 miles)
DAY 1. Arrive Boston. This evening, enjoy one of Boston’s many restaurants, take in a show in Boston’s theater district or stroll through lively Quincy Marketplace.
DAY 2.Boston. Explore some of the Boston area’s noted sites, architectural wonders, bustling waterfront, and magnificent museums. You may choose to take a whale watch, walk around Harvard Yard in Cambridge or join a day tour to the historic battlefields in Lexington and Concord.
DAY 3. Boston – Ogunquit, ME (approx. 75 miles). Travel north to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, a working port since colonial days and a treasure trove of historical offerings. Visit Strawbery Banke, a collection of 42 buildings reflecting four centuries of architectural and social change in one of America’s oldest neighborhoods, or take advantage of the many shops and restaurants in this historic seaport community. Then continue up the coast to Maine. In Ogunquit, take a leisurely walk along the Marginal Way, a magnificent mile-long footpath which follows the edge of the Atlantic atop rugged cliffs, or stroll amidst the fine shops and galleries of Perkins Cove. Overnight in Ogunquit for the next 2 nights.
DAY 4. Ogunquit – Kennebunkport – Ogunquit. This morning visit neighboring Kennebunkport. Its reputation as a superb community comes from the numerous large seaside estates along Ocean Avenue and other coastal thoroughfares. The famous “Bush Compound” is located on Walker’s Point, a peninsula visible from Ocean Avenue. Visit the one-of-a-kind Wedding Cake House and quaint Dock Square.
DAY 5. Ogunquit – Portland – Jackson, NH (approx. 87 miles). Travel north to explore Portland’s historic buildings, Old Port Exchange and famous light houses. Travel through Maine’s picturesque lakes region and into Jackson, NH, The area’s landscape, complete with covered bridges, white steepled churches, high mountains and rolling farmland, has been deemed “sublime” by artists of international renown. Overnight in Jackson for 2 nights.
DAY 6. Jackson– Lincoln – Jackson (approx. 92 miles). Today, venture along Franconia Notch and see natural wonders such as Indian Head, the Flume Gorge, or take a tram to the summit of Cannon Mountain for breathtaking views of the surrounding area.
DAY 7. Jackson – Stowe, VT (approx. 115 miles). Scenic routes and covered bridges will take you into Vermont, the Green Mountain State. Visit Morse Farm to see how Maple Syrup is made and take the opportunity to buy some maple treats at its country store. Syrup isn’t the only sweet treat this day. Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory is open for touring and tasting. A short ride up the road is the charming village of Stowe, at the base of Mt. Mansfield. Overnight in Stowe for 2 nights.
DAY 8. Stowe – Burlington – Stowe. Today, take a ride into Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, on the shores of Lake Champlain. Board the Ethan Allen for a ride along the Lake and visit the Shelburne Museum. The Shelburne Museum is one of the nation’s finest, most diverse, and unconventional museums of art and Americana. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 39 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the Museum grounds.
DAY 9. Stowe – Manchester – Stockbridge, MA (approx. 230 miles). Head south to Manchester. Known as both Manchester Village and Manchester Center, they are as different as day and night. One is known for its mansions, art center, and the like…the other for its renowned outlet stores. In winter, Manchester is also closely identified with the Stratton and Bromley Mountain Ski areas. Visit Hildene, the former estate of Robert Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s son and do some shopping at some of the center’s famous designer outlet stores before winding along scenic Route 7 into Stockbridge for the next 2 nights.
DAY 10. Stockbridge – Hancock – Stockbridge. In Lenox, see Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony’s summer home. In neighboring Stockbridge visit the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, which houses his paintings of America past. Highlights include paintings from Rockwell’s Saturday Evening Post covers. Tour Hancock Shaker Village, This beautifully restored village, set on 1,200 acres of farm, woodland and pasture, is home to the premier collection of Shaker buildings and artifacts.
DAY 11. Stockbridge – Mystic, CT (approx. 126 miles). Wind through country roads to Connecticut’s Northwest corner, better known as “antique country”. Stop at quaint antique stores, museums and gardens en route to Mystic. This afternoon, visit Mystic Seaport, the museum of America and the Sea. Set on 17 acres, it depicts 19th-century seafaring life. This evening, visit Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun, the country’s two largest casinos under one roof. Try your luck at gambling or enjoy a show. Overnight in the Mystic area.
DAY 12. Mystic – Newport, RI (approx. 50 miles). Follow along the coast into Rhode Island. Newport is where you’ll find the opulent summer homes of the Vanderbilts and the Astors, the church where John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Bouvier, the waters where the Americas Cup Race has been held, Touro Synagogue, the first in the United States, and the Old Stone Mill, believed to be built by the Vikings around 1100AD. Spend 2 nights in this waterfront town with so much history… and gossip.
DAY 13. Newport. Tour along Ocean Drive and Millionaire’s row to see the magnificent mansions of the Gilded Age. Visit the Breakers, the largest of the Vanderbilt Family homes in Newport. Tour through the International Tennis Hall of Fame and enjoy lunch along the waterfront or at the historic Brick Marketplace.
DAY 14. Newport – Hyannis, MA (approx. 93 miles). Continue into Plymouth, “America’s hometown” to see Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower II, an exact replica of the ship that carried the Pilgrims to the New World. Then, cross the Cape Cod Canal to a world of charm and beauty. Overnight for the next 2 nights on Cape Cod.
DAY 15. Hyannis – Provincetown – Hyannis. Today drive along the Cape Cod National Seashore to explore lighthouses, quaint coastal communities, and natural scenic beauty. Visit the lively artist colony of Provincetown, take a whale watch, or just lay on one of the Cape’s many sandy beaches. Don’t leave New England without feasting on Lobster, steamers, corn-on-the-cob and all the trimmings!
DAY 16 Hyannis – Boston (approx. 70 miles). Morning to relax on the Cape, or return to Boston for some last minute shopping before departing.
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* 15 nights accommodation including local taxes.
* Maps & guides (provided at the first hotel).
Not included: Flights, car rental, travel insurance, meals (unless indicated), petrol and personal expenses.
Children under 12 years of age – prices available on request
Triple and Quad room prices available on request
Location No. nights Hotels/Inns Boston (city centre) 2 Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill Ongunquit ME 2 Colonial Inn Jackson NH 2 Eagle Mountain House Stowe VT 2 Golden Eagle Resort Stockbridge MA 2 Red Lion Inn Mystic CT 1 Inn At Mystic Newport RI 2 Newport Beach Hotel & Suites Hyannis MA (Cape Cod) 2 Hyannis Harbor 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 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.