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Massachusetts | Boston

Boston is America’s ‘’walking city’’ and that, combined with the fact that it has an excellent public transport system means it’s easy to get around so you don’t need to hire a car whilst you’re staying here.

It’s a modern, vibrant city which is rich in culture and history so you’ll need around three days to see just about everything there is to see. Enjoy walking the famous Freedom Trail, which is 2.5 miles in length, with 12 of its 16 sites located within a mile of one another. Another good walking route is the Black Heritage Trail, although there are a few hills to climb in the Beacon Hill area. The subway system in the city is clean and easy to use and a great way to travel around to get to places like Harvard University, Fenway Park, Sam Adams Brewery and the John F Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum. Other popular ways of getting around Boston include water taxi, pedicab, trolley tour and bicycle, the latter of which are available to rent using the Boston New Balance Hubway bike share service between March and November.

The city of Boston is served by Logan International Airport which, unlike many airports, is very close to downtown Boston so the journey to your hotel, once you’ve landed is just a short ride away…and it’s available for FREE! The Silver Line coach service picks-up and drops off at all terminals in Logan and takes just 15 minutes to get to Boston’s South Station which is a major transportation hub in the city giving you access to the subway and train services beyond Boston.

We all love to shop, and in Massachusetts there’s no tax on clothing purchase of $150 and under. If you spend over that amount, you only pay tax on the difference so a $200 purchase would mean you only pay tax on the $50 difference.

In this beautiful city there are many things to see and do that cost nothing at all. Here’s a few:

  • Walk along Commonwealth Avenue Mall and see some of the most magnificent homes in the city.
  • Find a bench in the city to sit on in Boston Common, just like in the movie Good Will Hunting.
  • Run, bike, stroll or sit along the Charles River Esplanade.
  • Sign up for a free tour of Faneuil Hall, or a 60 minute ranger led walking tour of the Freedom Trail or Black Heritage Trail by visiting the National Park Service Visitor Information Centre at Faneuil Hall.
  • Climb the steps of the Bunker Hill Monument.
  • Visit the USS Constitution in Charlestown Navy Yard.
  • Take a free public tour of the Boston Public Library, one of the most impressive buildings in the city.

Experience New England & Cape Cod

Boston


15 DAYS/14 NIGHTS

Begins and ends in Boston.

DEPARTURES

Daily, year round.

YOUR FLY DRIVE INCLUDE:

• Round trip scheduled flights
• Fully inclusive Intermediate 4 door car hire
• Accommodations as stated
• Route maps and detailed itinerary

DAY 1 ARRIVE BOSTON

Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Boston. Upon arrival collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.
Hotel: Nine Zero 

DAY 2 BOSTON

We've allowed a full day for you to explore the many faces of this vibrant city. Be sure to try some of the attractions here, including a Boston Duck Tour, a ride on the Swan Boats, shopping at Quicy Market and exploring the Freedom Trail. An array of dining options offers every culinary delight imaginable.
Hotel: Nine Zero 

DAYS 3  & 4 MEREDITH 

Driving distance: 108Mi/174Km
A short drive today takes you north into the beautiful state of New Hampshire. Meredith, sitting on Lake Winnipesaukee has a stunning setthing and offers an array of water and land activities. Journey into the White Mountains and visit Mount Washington, New Hampshire's tallest mountain, You should also make a stop at North Conway and ride the Conway Scenic Railroad.
Hotel: Chase House at Mill Falls

DAY 5 & 6 MANCHESTER

Driving distance: 132Mi/212Km
As you cross the state line into Vermont be sure to make a stop at Quechee Gorge, Vermont’s own mini Grand Canyon. Another recommended stop is at Woodstock where you can view scenic covered bridges and experience a traditional New England village. Manchester is tucked in the heart of the Green Mountains offering an array of recreational activities and splendid landscapes, as well as a multitude of outlet shopping opportunities. On your second day, why not take a short drive to the south of the state and perhaps cross the border into the Berkshire Hills of Massachusettes. Take a gentle stroll around the charming village of Williamstown or the quaint town of Hancock which boasts a historical connection to the signing of the Declaration of Independance.
Hotel: The Equinox

DAY 7 STOCKBRIDGE

Driving distance: 74Mi/120Km
Visit Lenox, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Hancock Shaker Village and Stockbridge once home to Norman Rockwell and now featuring a museum dedicated to his life. Your journey takes you across Massachusetts to Sturbridge, and Old Sturbridge Village, a living 19th century museum.
Hotel: Red Lion Inn

DAYS 8 & 9 NEWPORT

Driving distance: 157Mi/253Km
Spend the morning exploring Sturbridge before continuing south on the journey to Newport, Rhode Island. The coastal town of Newport was once home to America’s first millionaires and now visitors flock to Cliff Walk and Ten Mile Drive to see the magnificent mansions. Don’t forget to try some of the wonderful seafood at the marina during your stay.
Hotel: Hotel Viking

DAYS 10 & 11 CHATHAM

Driving distance: 94Mi/151Km
Travel on to Cape Cod, a fabulous summer resort with white sandy beaches and abundant attractions. Chatham, sitting half way along the peninsula, allows easy access to Provincetown for a whale watching experience and the port town of Hyannis.
Hotel: Chatham Bars Inn

DAYS 12 & 13 MARTHA’S VINEYARD

Driving distance: 65Mi/104Km (inc. ferry)
Today you will take the passenger ferry from Hyannis to the island of Martha’s Vineyard and the coastal town of Edgartown where you will spend the next 2 nights. Built in 1891, your historic hotel is located in the heart of town providing the perfect base for your stay.
Hotel: Harbour View Resort 

DAY 14 SANDWICH

Driving distance: 39Mi/62Km (inc. ferry)
Take the ferry back to Cape Cod and collect your car rental. You may wish to explore the fishing town of Yarmouth before crossing to Sandwich on the north coast where you will spend this evening. If time allows we suggest a visit to Plymouth where Plimoth Plantation depicts life in 1627, a real treat.
Hotel: Dan’l Webster

DAY 15 JOURNEY HOME

Driving distance: 57Mi/92Km
Make the final journey back to Boston Airport, where you return your car and check in for your flight to the UK.

PRICES

From £1645 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. Price includes fights, airport taxes, accommodation and fully inclusive car rental. Ferry cost is not included and payable locally.

Hidden Gems of New England


8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS

Begins and ends in Boston.

Departures

July, September & October

Your Tauck Itinerary includes:

• Round trip scheduled flights
• Accommodation for 7 nights as specified
• 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 6 dinners
• Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
• Services of a Tauck Tour Director

DAY 1 ARRIVE BOSTON

Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Boston. Upon arrival, transfer to The Westin Copley Place. Relax and enjoy the remainder of your day before joining your travelling companions for a welcome reception and dinner.
Hotel: The Westin Copley Place
Dinner included

DAY 2 BOSTON

Experience some of Boston's most historical sights and attractions this morning before you embark on a relaxed walking and tasting tour of the city. A food expert will guide you along Charles Street in the Beacon Hill neighbourhood, visiting the most exciting eateries and pointing out the sights along the way. This evening is yours to discover why Boston is renowned as one of the prettiest cities in America.
Hotel: The Westin Copley Place
Breakfast included

DAY 3 HARTFORD

Following a tour of Fenway Park, America’s oldest ballpark and home to baseball’s infamous Boston Red Sox, you depart Boston for visits to two additional Massachusetts towns; Lexington and Concord, where you enjoy lunch in a historic inn. This afternoon's drive takes you to Connecticut’s capital city, Hartford, with dinner at leisure at your downtown hotel.
Hotel: Hartford Marriott Downtown
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 4 PLYMOUTH

Start the day with a visit to the magnificent Connecticut house that Mark Twain, author of 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn@, called home. Travelling into central Massachusetts, you take lunch in Deerfield before continuing to Plymouth, Vermont, where your hotel is set against the breathtaking Green Mountains.
Hotel: Hawk Inn & Mountain Resort
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 5 WALPOLE & PLYMOUTH

Visit Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site this morning, the home, studios and gardens of one of America’s greatest sculptors; Augustus Saint-Gaudens. After lunch, take a trip back in time at The Vermont Country Store in Rockingham, an emporium harkening back to the general stores of bygone days. Next, it’s on to Walpole, New Hampshire, to the Ken Burns Studio for a visit to Florentine Films, which has produced some of the most honoured documentaries ever made in America.
Hotel: Hawk Inn & Mountain Resort
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 6 WHITE MOUNTAINS

Following breakfast, you will explore Billings Farm and Museum in Woodstock, one of the finest operating dairy farms in America which incorporates a museum depicting Vermont’s rural past. Have lunch on your own in Hanover before travelling on the Franconia Notch, a place of dramatic waterfalls and rock formations. Your drive this afternoon takes you into New Hampshire’s majestic White Mountains.
Hotel: Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa
Breakfast included

DAY 7 CANTERBURY & OGUNQUIT

Before departing for another exciting day, there’s time for a quick presentation on the unique wildlife and geology of the White Mountains. Then, grab your camera for a very scenic drive to the town of Canterbury, where you will enjoy a guided tour and some free time to explore the fabulous shops and restaurants. This afternoon, it’s on to the beautiful town of Ogunquit, meaning ‘beautiful place by the sea’.
Hotel: The Cliff House Resort & Spa
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 8 JOURNEY HOME

There’s time for some last minute sightseeing before you transfer back to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

PRICES

From £2865 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

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