A feast of contrasts; from bustling New York to the refinement and history of Boston, and then on to the lakes and mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont. Experience the beauty and explosion of Fall colours on this tour of New England.
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per person, for 2 people
Departing on 21/09/2016 from London Heathrow Apt
Fly to New York where you will transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Take the New England Thruway via New Haven, home of Yale University and New London, then into the tiny state of Rhode Island to Newport, home of the world famous jazz festival and millionaire mansions. Here visit The Breakers, Cornelius Vanderbilt's magnificent Italian palazzo, before heading north into Massachusetts to the historic seaside port of Plymouth, where the Pilgrim Fathers landed in the Mayflower in 1620.
Begin the day with a visit to Plimoth Plantation, a living history museum of 17th century Plymouth where costumed interpreters portray past residents of the colony. This afternoon why not join an optional excursion for an exciting whale watching expedition with commentary by a local marine biologist? Afterwards, visit the historic town of Plymouth and Plymouth Rock, the spot where the Pilgrims landed. The evening is at leisure.
This morning enjoy a visit to the Mayflower II to explore a reproduction of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to the New World. Later head for Boston, the 'Cradle of American Liberty', where the rest of the day is at leisure.
Boston has numerous impressive landmarks which reflect the role the city has played in the history of the United States. Enjoy an included guided sightseeing tour that takes in many of the major sights, including Beacon Hill, the Old North Church, Boston Common and the Public Gardens. Afterwards there is time to explore Faneuil Hall before travelling to the picture perfect ocean front village of Ogunquit, a haven for writers and artists. In the evening, why not sample the delicious local fare on an optional lobster bake excursion?
Today marvel at New England's autumn splendour as you head through forests ablaze with colour to Lake Winnipesaukee, one of the region's largest and most beautiful stretches of water. Enjoy a cruise across this island-studded lake aboard the historic MS Mount Washington to the resort of Wolfeboro. Overnight is in North Conway, with a backdrop of over 700,000 acres of protected White Mountain National Forest.
Travel through glorious rolling countryside and continue across New Hampshire into Vermont, where the birch, oak and maple leaves form a brilliant kaleidoscope of colour. After a stop in Montpelier, there is a visit to a nearby maple syrup farm. The rest of the evening is at leisure.
This morning drive to the shores of Lake Champlain and board the ferry for the scenic crossing into the state of New York. Driving through the rugged foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, reach the village of Lake Placid. The rest of the day is leisure so perhaps take a stroll along Mirror Lake, or visit the Olympic Skating Centre.
This morning is at leisure, so why not indulge in some souvenir shopping on Main Street? An orientation tour shows off Saratoga's charming downtown with its Victorian buildings and one-of-a-kind boutiques.
Enjoy a short stop in Albany, the State Capital of New York for an orientation tour. Later, continue to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in New York.
Note: Chosen departure dates are historically the best dates to see the autumn foliage - weather permitting.
Why not enjoy an optional whale watching cruise from Plymouth in search of the world's largest mammals. Humpback and finback whales are found in the area, along with porpoises and many other marine mammals and birds?
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Much better than Great Rail journeys
Execellent Driver and Tour Guide.
The places we visited and the hotels were lovely but unfortunately the tour director detracted from this as we felt we missed out on quite a lot of relavent information and places especially in Boston, we didn't even get to see the harbour where the ...
The places we visited and the hotels were lovely but unfortunately the tour director detracted from this as we felt we missed out on quite a lot of relavent information and places especially in Boston, we didn't even get to see the harbour where the tea party took place due to wasted time wandering the streets aimlessly lead by the tour director. This could have been an excellent holiday but I regret to say it wasn't.
well worth going to see
This was my holiday of a lifetime - so much to see and do - beautiful scenery, amazing experiences and lovely hotels - the whale watching experience was the most humbling thing I've ever experienced - totally incredible
Enjoyable holiday. Opportunity to see lots
Excellent, would suggest that with Boston, instead of dropping us mid-day to explore Boston until late afternoon, then taking us on a coach tour of Boston the next morning, would be more beneficial to everyone if this was done in reverse, i.e. arrive...
Excellent, would suggest that with Boston, instead of dropping us mid-day to explore Boston until late afternoon, then taking us on a coach tour of Boston the next morning, would be more beneficial to everyone if this was done in reverse, i.e. arrive in Boston then take passengers on a coach tour, then next morning drop everyone off for the morning to do what they want, that way we would have an idea where everything was, whereas the way it was done seemed backward. Also with the transport back to the airport, we were taken from Albany to Newark airport then a dhuttle took us to JFK, the driver wanted extra money for the bridge tolls. Ignored him, not our problem. Otherwise loved it. Whale watching was fantastic.
The service was second to none nothing was to much trouble and staff were friendly and helpful
Transfer from JFK to hotel was poor in comparison to other tour operators
The first week was excellent, but the locations visited during the second week were less impressive.
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