NEW ENGLAND EXPLORER

SELF DRIVE

13 DAYS / 12 NIGHTS

Boston | Lighthouses | Kennebunkport | Coastal Maine | Acadia NP | White Mountains

Green Mountains | The Berkshires | Newport Mansions | Cape Cod

Hike through some of New England’s most beautiful parks, enjoy the coast and explore charming towns. Follow Boston’s historic Freedom Trail, wander the beaches in Maine, hike in the White Mountains and Franconia Notch, and discover the beauty of the Green Mountains of Vermont. Hike the Berkshires and explore Mystic Seaport then on to Cape Cod.

 

INCLUSIONS

  • 12-night accommodation

 

Not included

International and domestic airfare · Car rental · Tolls · Parking fees · National Park admission · Meals · Gratuities to hotel personnel, guides · Beverages · Optional excursions

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DAY 1 BOSTON

Arrive at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and proceed to the hotel. Today you can visit the Boston harbor where you can enjoy The Boston Harbor Walk. This walk is designed to connect the public to a clean and restored Boston Harbor. The Harbor Walk links the water’s edge to the city’s open space system. Another option is visiting Faneuil Hall Marketplace comprised of a collection of boutiques, eateries and pushcart vendors housed in converted 18th century warehouses. Enjoy the street entertainers that frequently perform just outside.

Accommodation: Boston for 2 nights

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DAY 2 BOSTON

Today it’s your time to explore this historic town. Walk the Freedom Trail, one of Americas’ first historic walking tours. This is the perfect introduction to Colonial and Revolutionary Boston. The walking tour takes visitors to 16 historical sites covering two and a half centuries of America’s most significant past. Visit Paul Revere’s House, the oldest building in downtown Boston. It served as the home of Paul Revere and his family from 1770 to 1800. Revere left here for his famous midnight ride. Walk through history as you visit each of Boston’s sites. Visit the dock where it all began, the Boston Tea Party, the revolution that changed the world.

Today’s Suggested Optional Experience ( at an additional cost)

OLD TOWN TROLLEY TOUR SILVER PASS – BOSTON (BOS-TROL):

Hop aboard one of these trolleys and you’ll experience Transportainment, a delightful combination of transportation and entertainment. Turn back the pages of history and relive colonial Boston. Coming from various backgrounds, each conductor narrates the sightseeing tour with his or her own blend of trivia, colorful anecdotes, and humorous stories to ensure that your experience is both enjoyable and informative.

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DAY 3 BOSTON · SALEM · GLOUCESTER · KENNEBUNKPORT

Today, you have the option to enjoy a sea excursion for a different point of view of the region you already explored by land. Did you know that Boothbay Harbor, Maine, is known as the “boating capital of New England”? This charming coastal town is a boater’s paradise where inlets, harbors, and passages attract yachtsmen from far and wide. Go and get out onto the water. You can explore nearby islands, admire wildlife, and enjoy the spectacular scenery that has made Midcoastal Maine so famous. There are numerous options for those sea excursions such as cruises, sailing trips, whale watching cruises, etc.

Accommodation: Kennebunkport for 1 night

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DAY 4 KENNEBUNKPORT · BAR HARBOR

This morning get to know Kennebunkport and all its natural wonders like Spouting Rock and Blowing Cave, which lie on the popular shore walk, Parson’s Way. This port river also separates Kennebunkport’s Dock Square from Kennebunk’s Lower Village, both of which are filled with stores, restaurants, and historic sites. Don’t forget to look at Walker’s Point as well; it is located on a peninsula extending from Kennebunkport’s Ocean Avenue into the Atlantic Ocean and is best known as the summer home of the Bush Presidential family. No access is available on the grounds, but it can be viewed from Ocean Avenue. In the afternoon continue to Bar Harbor. Located in Downeast, Bar Harbor was once considered a small fishing and ship-building community. Today, it is a favorite destination for people throughout the world. A visit to Bar Harbor affords the comforts and luxury of a classic retreat, but also offers spectacular beauty and natural wonder for those who would prefer to spend their time outdoors.

Accommodation: Bar Harbor for 2 nights

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DAY 5 BAR HARBOR

Today you can explore Bar Harbor and its surroundings at your leisure. Visit Mount Desert Oceanarium which includes a lobster museum, a marsh tour, and a lobster hatchery. For a touch of nature, visit Acadia National Park, New England’s only national park; it offers 6000 acres of mountains, rugged coastline, islands, forests, and lakes where you can hike, bike, canoe, fish, and explore this Park’s trails. For an alternative, rent a bicycle and explore the area as the locals do. Peddle alongside crystal-water lakes and rose-colored mountains. For a different view, take a bus or trolley tour and hear about the local history from well-versed local guides. Or take an insightful and entertaining walking tour of downtown. If you rather explore Maine from the water side, paddle a canoe or kayak either on your own or in the company of a well-experienced guide.

Today’s Suggested Optional Experience (at an additional cost)

MISS SAMANTHA LOBSTER / SEAL CRUISE (BHB-LOBS):

Join us aboard the Miss Samantha, Bar Harbor, Maine’s newest and biggest lobster passenger boat. During the first part of the trip, you’ll watch us haul lobster traps from the ocean floor as the captain explains how the trap works. In addition to lobster and crab, you’ll see and be able to touch sea urchins, starfish, and sea cucumbers. The kids will love it and so will you. About halfway through our cruise, we’ll stow all the lobster gear and then head off to a small island to look at harbor seals basking on the rocks or swimming in the nearby water. Because of the Miss Samantha’s size, we sometimes get so close that you can count their whiskers. Our sighting average is over 95 percent, so don’t forget to bring your camera! And all the while, we’ll be cruising in Frenchman Bay, where beautiful cottages line the shore and granite mountains rise majestically from the sea.

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DAY 6 BAR HARBOR · WHITE MOUNTAINS

Leave Bar Harbor behind and continue your journey through coastal Maine to Jackson. Today take a drive to the White Mountains National Forest. Better known as the Whites, in central New Hampshire, this is one of America’s most popular public lands. The White Mountains rise in dramatic relief to the north of New Hampshire’s central plateau. Take a train ride through this scenic area; choose one of the Valley routes to Conway or Bartlett, or the legendary Crawford Notch excursion. Experience the excitement of rail travel in the comfort of open or enclosed restored passenger cars.

Accommodation: White Mountains for 1 night

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DAY 7 WHITE MOUNTAINS · FRANCONIA NOTCH SP · STOWE

As you leave the Jackson this morning, through the White Mountains, visit Franconia Notch State Park located in the heart of the White Mountain Region. A passenger cable car brings you to the top of Cannon Mountain in less than ten minutes. On a clear day you can see as far as the mountains of Canada. At the arrival point you   will find spectacularly scenic walking paths and a 360-degree observation deck. You can also visit Mount Washington, the highest Mountain peak in the Northeast, during this day. Continue to the Stowe area in Vermont for an overnight stay.

Accommodation: Stowe for 1 night

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DAY 8 STOWE · MOSS GLEN FALLS · GREEN MOUNTAINS

Leave the Stowe area and drive toward the Green Mountains. On your way, you will pass ‘Moss Glen Falls’. The Moss Glen Falls of Granville is a roadside attraction featured in just about every photographic portrait of Vermont ever published. You can enjoy a horseback ride through a gorgeous trail with thin streams of water that choose their own paths. The best viewpoint is along the boardwalk. You can also visit the Smugglers’ Notch State Park in the Green Mountains. This State Park is great for hiking and offers several short, medium and long trails throughout the park varying in grades fo difficulty from easy to challenging. An overnight stay has been arranged in the Green Mountains area.

Accommodation: Green Mountains for 1 night

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DAY 9 GREEN MOUNTAINS · THE BERKSHIRES

Today the tour continues toward The Berkshires in Massachusetts. The Berkshires are a beautiful place to visit any time of year. The Berkshires is known widely as a cultural hub of museums, historic sites, music, dance and art venues. In addition to arts and cultural venues, the region also offers outstanding opportunities for golfing, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, fishing, whitewater rafting, canoeing, and kayaking. All these activities take place amid spectacularly scenic rural hills, dotted with mountain streams and lakes.

Accommodation: The Berkshires for 1 night

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DAY 10 THE BERKSHIRES · NEWPORT

Leave the Berkshires and drive to Newport known for its numerous Gilded Age Mansions. Home to spectacular coastal scenery, awe-inspiring architecture, a thriving waterfront downtown, and welcoming hospitality, Newport is considered by many to be a shining gem in the coastal crown of New England. Take a walk-through tennis history and explore six acres of historic grounds at the Tennis Hall of Fame. This world-class museum showcases the sport’s pioneers and champions. Enjoy the peaceful waters of Narragansett Bay aboard the Newport Dinner Train. This classic red train’s 22-mile journey will send you back in time when dining aboard a luxury train was a statement of elegance and privilege. Dine by candlelight on these restored vintage rail cars with red velvet curtains, white tablecloths, crystal, and fine china and silver. Or visit Bannister’s Wharf, what used to be the center of Newport’s commercial seaport in the colonial days, is now the hub of Newport’s harbor-side shopping and dining. Here you can find eclectic boutiques and numerous restaurants from sophisticated and casual.

Accommodation: Newport for 1 night

Today’s Suggested Optional Experience (at an additional cost)

BREAKERS PLUS TICKET (NPT-BRKP):

Visit two of the famed Gilded Age mansions that once were the summer playground for socialite families. With names like Breakers, Astor, and Vanderbilt, they are by far the most popular attraction in Newport. Built near the turn of the century, these magnificent structures are each a museum onto themselves. Here you will find a world of exceptional elegance and inspiration in architecture, art, interior design, and landscapes.

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DAY 11 NEWPORT · HYANNIS · CAPE COD/MARTHA’S VINEYARD

Depart Newport and drive toward Cape Cod. People come to Cape Cod to feel inspired, to walk the pristine beaches, to revel in the arts and culture, to reclaim childhood memories of seashells, sandcastles, and saltwater taffy, to indulge in the freshest fried clams, play 18 holes on the lush fairways, and savor the breathtaking scenic beauty. Famous in Cape Cod is the great Outer Beach described by Thoreau in the 1800s. It is comprised of forty miles of pristine sandy beach, marshes, ponds, and uplands that support diverse species. Lighthouses, cultural landscapes, and wild cranberry bogs offer a glimpse of Cape Cod’s past and continuing ways of life. Swimming in the beaches, walking and biking trails are possible activities here. Hyannis Harbor is also bustling with activity, fishing, and sailing charters, and the Kennedy Monument are found here. Main Street is home to shops, restaurants, and a few nightclubs. There is also Hyannis Port, home to the Kennedy Compound, a quiet & residential part of Hyannis. Deluxe category accommodations are in Pleasant Bay, Chatham which is approximately 38 miles from Falmouth.

Accommodation: Falmouth for 1 night

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DAY 12 CAPE COD

Today you can decide between visiting Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket Island, both islands are next to Cape Cod and reachable by Ferry from Falmouth. Both islands are full of charm and typical New England atmosphere. The best way to see the prettiest spots on the islands are on foot, bicycle, or a combination of the two. Go horseback riding on the beach at sunset. Look for sunken ships and lost schooners on a scuba excursion or ride the surf on a boogie board. Whether you want to cast your line for a feisty bluefish or soar above the Island in a biplane, you will find an activity that suits you within these islands.

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DAY 13 CAPE COD · PLYMOUTH · BOSTON

On your last day of the tour, you may want to visit historical Plymouth Rock on your way to the airport in Boston. Pilgrim Memorial State Park is at once the smallest and the most visited parks in the Massachusetts park system. Housed at this park are Plymouth Rock, symbolizing the location where the Pilgrims disembarked from the Mayflower when they first landed on what was to become American soil; and the Mayflower II, a replica of the ship that first brought settlers to New England. Continue at your leisure to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS).

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