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The Public Garden in Boston, USAFall in Vermont, USA
The Public Garden in Boston, USA
Fall in Vermont, USA
  • Duration: 8 Days
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  • Brochure: America and Canada 2014
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  • Style: Regional
  • Description: Cameras will be flashing on this picturesque tour as you journey through the pretty town of Woodstock, reach the top of the Cadillac Mountain peak in Acadia National Park and stroll through quaint New England. This guided trip will take you to see the birthplace of the American Revolution and visit the childhood home of President Calvin Coolidge.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE BOSTON

    Welcome to Boston! Get settled at your hotel and then set out on your own to spot some of Boston's historical sites or enjoy a stroll along the waterfront before gathering at the hotel at 6 p.m. with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Omni Parker House (MD)

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  • Day 2

    BOSTON ‒ MAINE COAST ‒ BAR HARBOR (2 NIGHTS)

    Begin your journey through the vibrant colours of a New England autumn with a trip up the coast to Maine. Pass by old whaling villages dotted with lighthouses and widows' walks, the playgrounds of New England's rich and famous, and rocky beaches pounded by the great Atlantic swells on your way to Bar Harbor on Maine's Mount Desert Island. Once home to the largest hotel in North America, Bar Harbor also played host to the grand summer homes of the American aristocracy, including the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts and Astors. This evening, join your travelling companions for a traditional Maine lobster dinner and learn about lobster fishing from a fisherman, your Local Expert.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Bar Harbor Regency (F)

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  • Day 3

    ACADIA NATIONAL PARK EXCURSION & BAR HARBOR FREE TIME

    At 1,523 feet (464 metres), Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park is the first spot in the United States where you can see the sunrise. You won't be getting up that early, but you still have plenty of time to admire the view from the top of the peak and then descend to discover the natural riches of New England's only National Park. Marvel at granite cliffs overlooking dramatic, windswept beaches, graceful stone bridges arching over rushing streams and stands of ancient maples, their leaves glowing fiery red, burnt orange and mustard yellow in the crisp autumn air. Back in Bar Harbor enjoy an afternoon on your own. Sip a coffee by the sea, stroll the quaint Main Street or take an optional nature cruise on Frenchman Bay.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 4

    BAR HARBOR ‒ PINKHAM NOTCH ‒ NORTH CONWAY

    Bid farewell to the coast and travel over rolling hills ablaze with colour on your way to the wooded valley of Pinkham Notch, formed during the last ice age as glaciers scoured the earth. Late this afternoon, arrive in the pretty town of North Conway on the edge of the White Mountain National Forest. After dinner, get acquainted with the local flora and fauna during an engaging talk by a Local Expert.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: North Conway Grand Hotel (F)

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  • Day 5

    NORTH CONWAY ‒ LUDLOW (2 NIGHTS)

    Visit the Castle in the Clouds this morning for a tour of this breathtaking stone mansion with views to rival any. Crossing into Vermont, spot the traditional wooden covered bridges, thick forests and rolling fields of the Green Mountain State. This afternoon arrive at the picturesque village of Ludlow and your mountain retreat.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Jackson Gore Inn (F)

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  • Day 6

    WOODSTOCK EXCURSION

    Enjoy a morning on the back roads of Vermont. Get a glimpse of agricultural life at the Billings Farm & Museum, a lovely estate that's home to one of Vermont's finest dairy producers. Woodstock has been called "the prettiest small town in America." Stop at a historic woolen mill in Quechee that now houses the Simon Pearce glassblowing workshop. Relish a Be My Guest lunch featuring local ingredients delicately arranged on Simon Pearce's beautiful stem and flatware and delve into the art and science of glassblowing. Later, enjoy the rest of the afternoon on your own in Ludlow.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

  • Day 7

    LUDLOW ‒ SPRINGFIELD

    From the Green Mountains, cross back into Massachusetts and the gorgeous Berkshires, alight in autumn with the fall colours that have made New England famous. Stop in Stockbridge to visit the Norman Rockwell Museum and learn about this beloved artist and his iconic paintings of small-town Americana. Continue on to Springfield, nestled on the banks of the Connecticut River. This evening, join your Travel Director and newfound friends for a festive Farewell Dinner.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

    Hotel: Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel (F)

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  • Day 8

    SPRINGFIELD ‒ LEXINGTON & CONCORD ‒ DEPART BOSTON

    Travel east to see the birthplace of the American Revolution and the "shot heard round the world" as made famous in Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Concord Hymn." The battles of Lexington and Concord were the first skirmishes in the American war for independence and these small towns are still rich in history. See the famous statue of the Minute Man, adjacent to Concord's historic North Bridge. Stop at Lexington Green, which saw the first drops of blood spilled in what George Washington laconically called "the dispute with the British." Then it's back to Boston where you are transferred to Boston Logan International Airport or to the hotel in Boston if you'd like to extend your stay. Please do not schedule any flights before 4 p.m.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Delight in a special lunch at Simon Pearce's glassblowing workshop in a historic woolen mill in Quechee.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Expert Learn about Bar Harbor's lobster fishing and its history from a local fisherman.
  • Local Expert Hear about local wildlife during a presentation from an expert in the scenic town of North Conway.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Bar HarborVisit Acadia National Park and drive up to the top of Cadillac Mountain.
  • Acadia National ParkAdmire the view from the first place in the U.S. where you can see the sunrise.
  • Pinkham NotchSee the wooded valley formed during the last ice age.
  • Castle in the CloudsVisit the mountaintop setting with views of Lake Winnipesaukee.
  • QuecheeStop at an historic woolen mill.
  • WoodstockExperience Vermont's great agricultural heritage at Billings Farm & Museum.
  • StockbridgeExplore the Norman Rockwell Museum.
  • Lexington and ConcordVisit the towns where the first shots of the American Revolution were fired.

Dining

  • 7 full breakfasts
  • 1 lunch:
    • Be My Guest lunch in Quechee
  • 5 evening meals:
    • Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Boston
    • 3 three-course dinners
    • Farewell Dinner with wine in Springfield

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided trip
  • 7 nights First Class accommodation

Airport Transfers

  • For full details on transfers, please click here.
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Notes
  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
  • ^Twin-share option not available for trips to South America., Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey.

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