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Autumn in New England's Villages

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 14 day(s)
Group Size: 6 - 16 people
Destination(s): Massachusetts   Maine   Vermont  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Food & Wine  
Season: October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 5899 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 5899 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Dates:
October 11 - 24, 2015
October 9 - 22, 2016

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1
Our tour begins at our hotel centrally located in downtown Boston. Walk the Freedom Trail with an entertaining Puritan guide who gives us a great introduction to Massachusetts history. Relax or explore the city a bit on your own before we all convene for a special welcome dinner at one of our favorite restaurants.
Overnight: Boston | Meals: D

Day 2
Today begins with a unique tour of Bean Town. We hop on a W.W. II style amphibious landing vehicle for a Boston Duck Tour and then walk through the lovely Public Garden to lunch at Boston’s most famous pub, Cheers! We leave the city in late afternoon for a scenic drive north along the Massachusetts coast to Ogunquit Maine. Check into a lovely inn in the heart of this charming coastal town, and tonight we get our first taste of fresh Maine seafood.
Overnight: Ogunquit, ME | Meals: B, L, D

Day 3
Today we explore the Southern Maine coast. From Kennebunkport to Ogunquit to York, this region is rich in both beauty and culture. In Kennebunkport we stroll its charming center. In York we see the famed Nubble Lighthouse. In Ogunquit we walk the Marginal Way along the cliff and see the renowned Ogunquit Museum of American Art.
Overnight: Ogunquit, ME | Meals: B

Day 4
This morning we visit Maine’s capital city, Portland. Its “Old Port” neighborhood is charming and has a wonderful art museum. After lunch we drive west into the White Mountain region to Jackson, New Hampshire. As we climb higher in elevation, the changing foliage becomes brighter and brighter. As we reach our beautiful inn in Jackson, the trees will not disappoint us with their red, gold and yellow colors almost on fire against the sky. After we settle into our rooms, we can have a drink by the fireplace and then enjoy a gastronomic dinner at the inn.
Overnight: Jackson, NH | Meals: B, D

Day 5
This morning we enjoy a scenic drive through New Hampshire’s White Mountains along the famous Kancamagus Highway, one of the most beautiful roads in the U.S. We take a walk along a trail to see the Flume Gorge in Franconia Notch State Park, where the brilliance of the trees is dazzling. We continue on to lunch at the gorgeous Mt. Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods with its spectacular views of Mount Washington. We return to North Conway and explore this charming town before another gourmet dinner.
Overnight: Jackson, NH | Meals: B, L, D

Day 6
Today we go leaf-peeping through New Hampshire, and head west into Vermont. We visit the lovely village of Woodstock, VT for lunch and shopping before traveling the most scenic road in Vermont, Route 100. This exquisite drive in foliage time takes us through one picturesque village after another: this is the real McCoy country back road Vermont. After a stop at the quintessential Vermont country store for some samples of local cheddar cheese and home-made maple syrup, we travel to West Dover, VT where we stop for dinner at our charming inn.
Overnight: West Dover, VT | Meals: B, D

Day 7
This morning we drive north to the town of Manchester where we visit the homestead of Robert Todd Lincoln, the only surviving child of Mary and Abraham Lincoln. The Lincoln descendants lived on this estate until 1905. The mansion is surrounded by lovely gardens and landscaped grounds. After lunch we stop in Bennington for some more leaf peeping, and then return to our beautiful inn. Tonight we enjoy another delicious dinner.
Overnight: West Dover, VT | Meals: B, D

Day 8
Today we explore the beautiful Berkshire Mountain region of western Massachusetts. We dine at the historic Red Lion Inn in the lovely town of Stockbridge and visit the Norman Rockwell Museum, where we see the largest collection of his work in existence. We take a leisurely drive back to Vermont and enjoy a casual dinner together.
Overnight: West Dover, VT | Meals: B, L, D

Day 9
This morning we say goodbye to our friends at our inn and venture back into Massachusetts to Historic Deerfield, an authentic 18th-century New England village in the Connecticut River Valley. And no trip to Deerfield is complete without a stop at the Yankee Candle Flagship Store before making our way to the Revolutionary town of Lexington. We will be treated to dinner at one of Lexington’s best new restaurants serving some of the best locally-sourced cuisine.
Overnight: Lexington, MA | Meals: B, D

Day 10
On a guided tour of the Old Manse you can look out over the Old North Bridge, where the “shot heard ‘round the world” was fired. Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne both called the Old Manse home for a time. Next we fly back in time to April 19, 1775 to retrace the route of the Minute Men and British Regulars as they fought the terrible fight that changed our history. In Lexington we explore the Minute Man National Historical Park before returning to our inn for dinner.
Overnight: Lexington, MA | Meals: B, D

Day 11
A short drive then takes us to where the Atlantic coast north of Boston meets the mighty Merrimack River, the lovely port city of Newburyport. We’ll explore the brick-paved streets of this maritime treasure before making our way down to the beautiful Cape Ann coast. The quaint towns of Rockport and Gloucester give you a true feel for old New England. We end the day in Cape Ann’s only historic grand hotel and our home for the next three nights.
Overnight: Rockport, MA | Meals: B, D

Day 12
A lovely scenic drive along the coast takes us to the home of Olde Ipswich Tours, Ipswich! Boasting more 17th century houses than any town in America, we also claim the title “Birthplace of American Independence”. In addition to spectacular ocean and salt marsh scenery, we are known for having the sweetest, freshest clams in the world! We enjoy a guided tour of the 17th century Whipple House, probably the best example of First Period architecture in the U.SA. After trying some of our famous fried clams for lunch, we get our feet wet trying our luck at clamming—possibly not for everyone but great fun. If the weather is good, we take a boat ride on the Essex River with an ecologist guide. This evening we indulge in a traditional New England lobster bake.
Overnight: Rockport, MA | Meals: B, L

Day 13
Today we head for Salem, known not only for its witches but for its stately sea captains’ mansions from the 18th and 19th centuries. Beyond the House of Seven Gables and the old Custom House are many little-known treasures of this marvelous maritime port. Its lesser known neighbor, Marblehead, is one of the most beautiful villages in New England, with a picturesque harbor crowded with sailboats. After some free time to explore, we return to Newburyport for a sumptuous farewell dinner.
Overnight: Rockport, MA | Meals: B, D

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

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:

- 13 nights accommodations in charming, historic inns of character
- All (13) breakfasts, 4 lunches, 11 dinners
- Full-time tour leader
- Transportation by comfortable, air conditioned minibus
- Peak foliage viewing in Mass., Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont
- Visits in Massachusetts to: Salem, Boston, Ipswich, Marblehead, Gloucester, Rockport, Newburyport, Berkshire Mountains, Stockbridge, Concord
- Visits in Maine to: Ogunquit, York Harbor, Kennebunkport, Portland
- Visits in New Hampshire to: White Mountains, Bretton Woods, Jackson, North Conway, Kancamagus Highway, “The Flume”
- Visits in Vermont to: Woodstock, Quechee, Manchester, Wilmington
- All tour guides, all museum and monument entrance fees, tips and taxes.