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Coastal New England

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 14 day(s)
Group Size: 6 - 16 people
Destination(s): Massachusetts   New Hampshire   Rhode Island  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Sightseeing  
Season: July
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 5399 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 5399 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Dates:
July 8 - 21, 2015
July 20 - 23, 2016

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1
Our tour begins on Boston’s beautiful North Shore, with our base for four days in the unique and historic city of Salem. This colorful seaport put itself on the map as the home of the witch trials at the end of the 17th century. These days, Salem is a thriving hub of culture and cuisine, which we learn all about from a walking tour with a resident historian. Next door to Salem is the charming historic village of Marblehead, known for having more sailboats in its quaint harbor than any other Massachusetts port. Dinner tonight is on the wharf.
Overnight: Salem | Meals: D

Day 2
After a scrumptious New England breakfast, we drive around Cape Ann through Gloucester, New England’s oldest seaport. We wind our way into the picturesque fishing village of Rockport, jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean on the tip of Cape Ann. Rockport simply has to be one of the prettiest places in the entire country. Explore the beautiful harbor, the shops, art galleries, cafés, restaurants, and lovely walks with incredible ocean views off the rocky shores. The beauty of this area captured the eyes of the first American Impressionist painters, such as Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, and Mary Cassatt, all of whom lived here. We spend the afternoon exploring Cape Ann, and tonight we enjoy a delicious fresh seafood dinner.
Overnight: Salem | Meals: B, D

Day 3
You are sure to fall for the charming coastal town of Ipswich that boasts more 17th century houses than anywhere in America, as well as the title Birthplace of American Independence. In addition to history, we have spectacular ocean and salt marsh scenery and the sweetest, freshest clams in the world! We enjoy private tours of three of Ipswich’s historic houses: the 17th century Whipple House, probably the best example of First Period architecture in the U.S.; the Heard House mansion, home of a wealthy 18th century sea captain; and the magnificent turn-of-the-century 59-room Great House Crane family mansion, on a hill overlooking the ocean. We then take a scenic drive along the coast to Newburyport, which offers a seemingly endless selection of great places for lunch. In the afternoon we get our feet wet trying our luck at clamming with a NOVA television consultant who happens to be a friend and an expert on anything that crawls on the beach. Tonight enjoy a cooking class with fresh steamers and local lobster in a friend’s home.
Overnight: Salem | Meals: B, D

Day 4
This morning we take a fun fast ferry ride (say that fast five times) to Boston for a day in this Revolutionary era city. Walk in the footsteps of our forefathers on a portion of the iconic Freedom Trail. Get in some retail therapy at old Quincy Market before enjoying lunch where everyone knows your name — Cheers! There’s nothing quite like summer day in Beantown. We’ll ride with the locals on the train back to Salem, where you’ll have a free evening to dine at any one of the Witch City’s fine establishments.
Overnight: Salem | Meals: B, L

Day 5
This morning we drive up the coast to Portsmouth, a working port on New Hampshire’s waterfront. Visit an outdoor museum where you’ll see how people lived and worked for four centuries. Enjoy lunch with a view before continuing north, following the Maine coast, to Boothbay Harbor, our home for the next three days. Our charming inn overlooks the picturesque harbor and is right in the center of this wonderful village. You will love our hosts, who cannot do enough to make our stay memorable.
Overnight: Boothbay Harbor, ME | Meals: B, D

Day 6
Today we explore the coast between Boothbay Harbor and West Penobscot Bay. We have lunch in the seacoast town of Camden, called the Jewel of the Maine Coast. You will love this gorgeous section of Maine—rocky inlets, quaint streets and houses, lighthouses, ocean vistas, and endless opportunities for scenic walks along the ocean. Chances are we’ll spot a few seals sunning themselves on harbor islands. We stop in the charming harbor villages of Rockland and Rockport, known for its most famous resident, André the Seal, who returned here every summer in the 1970s and ‘80s to perform for delighted tourists. This evening we take a boat to an island where we have an old fashioned Down East Maine lobster bake.
Overnight: Boothbay Harbor, ME | Meals: B, D

Day 7
Today we take a boat ride to Monhegan Island, known for its serene beauty and its attraction to artists, who flock there to paint. We take a leisurely walk around the tiny island, and if the weather is right, we can go for a swim. We enjoy a picnic lunch together before returning home to Boothbay Harbor for a free evening.
Overnight: Boothbay Harbor, ME | Meals: B, L

Day 8
We turn southward for Maine’s capital city of Portland. Its “Old Port” neighborhood is charming and has a wonderful art museum. We continue south to Kennebunkport, where we check into our quaint 1804 sea captain’s home tucked away within the heart of the historic residential district of town. We enjoy a gourmet dinner together tonight.
Overnight: Kennebunkport, ME | Meals: B, D

Day 9
Rich in both beauty and culture, the southern coast of Maine is a delight to explore. We wander through Kennebunkport and Ogunquit, and stop in York Beach to see the often painted Nubble Lighthouse. We can take a scenic walk along Ogunquit’s Marginal Way or visit one of the best art museums in the region. The rest of the evening is free for you to explore.
Overnight: Kennebunkport, ME | Meals: B

Day 10
We say goodbye to our friendly hosts and head south, returning to Massachusetts. We’ll be in Boston again in time for lunch, before continuing to our next destination, the beautiful coastal village of Chatham on Cape Cod. You’ll love our charming bed and breakfast, located in the heart of this picturesque town and within walking distance of three different beaches. We enjoy a delicious dinner in town.
Overnight: Chatham | Meals: B, D

Day 11
Today is an exciting adventure! We take a short drive to Hyannis and hop on a ferryboat, which takes us to the historic island of Nantucket. This beautiful island has a remarkable history from its days as theWhaling Capital of the World from 1800 to the 1840s. At that time a severe recession, caused mainly by the dwindling demand for whale oil, suddenly put Nantucket’s entire population out of work. In just a few years the island was deserted when most families moved to the mainland in search of employment. Nantucket was virtually unoccupied for over one hundred years, until tourism slowly revived the economy. Today, with its cobblestone streets and gas lanterns, you see the village exactly as it looked when it was abandoned 160 years ago. Nantucket is truly a dream!
Overnight: Chatham | Meals: B

Day 12
Today we are guaranteeing perfect weather as we have a whole day to explore Cape Cod. We’ll drive from village to village, stopping as we please, to the tip of Provincetown, We take a tour of the dunes, a tour of the town’s three lighthouses, and enjoy the quaint shops in the picturesque downtown. We’ll be back in Chatham in time for cocktails and a wonderful dinner.
Overnight: Chatham | Meals: B, D

Day 13
On our last day we drive along the coast to the lively seaport of Newport, Rhode Island. We take a mansion tour to see how the very, very rich lived in this yachting resort at the turn of the century, and we stroll the “cliff walk” with its majestic ocean views. We then complete our New England circle by returning to Boston, where we enjoy a delicious farewell dinner and spend the night in a downtown hotel.
Overnight: Boston | Meals: B, D

Day 14
After breakfast we drive to Boston Logan Airport for the return flight home.
Meals: B

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:

- 13 nights accommodations in charming, historic inns and seaside resorts
- All (13) breakfasts, 2 lunches, 9 dinners
- Fully escorted
- Transportation by comfortable, air-conditioned minivan
- In Massachusetts visit Boston, Cape Ann, Gloucester, Ipswich, Marblehead, Newburyport, Rockport, Salem, and Cape Cod, including Chatham and Nantucket
- In Maine, visit Kennebunkport, Ogunquit, York, Portland, Boothbay Harbor, Camden, Rockland, and Monhegan Island
- In New Hampshire visit historic Portsmouth
- In Rhode Island visit quaint, elegant Newport
- Fun clamming lesson with local expert
- Lobster bake cooking class in a friend’s kitchen
- All museums and site entrance fees, guides, tips, and taxes.

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