New England | Massachusetts


Where in the world might you find soft sand beaches, rugged rocky coastlines and quaint fishing villages sitting alongside rolling green hills, grape laden vineyards, and an energetic city? Where can you tour a battleship in the morning, walk in the steps of the early pilgrims in the afternoon and catch the excitement of a ball game in the evening? Find yourself watching whales breach in the gentle waters one moment and admiring spectacular pieces of priceless art the next? If this combination of attractions beckons you to visit, why not spend your holiday in Massachusetts Ė itís all here!

Known as The Bay State, Massachusetts sits on the eastern seaboard of the USA, sandwiched by the New England states of New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont to the north and Connecticut and Rhode Island to the south. To the east the land rolls down to the sea, embracing the state capital of Boston, the rocky North Shore and the beaches of Cape Cod. To the west and past the broad Connecticut River are the rolling Berkshire Hills which cut across the states western corner.

A is forÖ Attitude

If there is a city with attitude itís Boston! And why not when it has so much to be proud of? Bostonís great attitude for life is evident in its outdoor lifestyle. It is a walking city, filled with green areas and parks, its most iconic being Boston Common in the heart of downtown. It is a welcoming city, with a friendly attitude towards all who visit this modern metropolis. Rich in history and culture and home to some of the best restaurants, hotels, nightlife and attractions in New England itís no surprise that Boston is one of the most loved cities in the USA.

Downtown, youíll find historic sites around almost every corner, many linked by The Freedom Trail. Explore the thriving harbour; discover the wealthy Beacon Hill area and walk in the footsteps of famous scholars at Harvard University. Sports are a major part of Bostonís culture, with famous teams like the Boston Red Sox (baseball); Boston Celtics (basketball); Boston Bruins (ice hockey) and the New England Patriots (American football) all calling it home.

Shopping is a fun and varied experience in Boston, with locally-owned treasures and nationally recognized retailers trading side-by-side across the city. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, The Prudential Center and Copley Place Mall are everyday favourites whilst Newbury Street provides a more chic experience, teeming with arts and craft galleries, jewellery outlets and designer boutiques.

B is forÖ Beauty

Nestled within the rolling Appalachian Mountains is an area of unimaginable elegance and beauty. The Berkshires breathe a calm yet vibrant energy amid an illuminated landscape steeped in culture, history and outdoor adventure. Whether your idea of paradise is sipping fresh cider at a romantic New England Inn or travelling scenic country roads through the Berkshire Mountains, Berkshire County is a perfect year round destination.

The stars come out in summer, and not just those in the sky. Tanglewood hosts stirring Boston Symphony Orchestra performances; the Williamstown Theatre Festival presents inspiring plays and local museums unveil captivating exhibits. A visit to MASS MoCA, Clark Art Institute or the Norman Rockwell Museum offers the best in classic and modern art. Autumn is the perfect time to take a picturesque foliage tour along the historic Mohawk Trail or visit fascinating Hancock Shaker Village. During winter and early spring, enjoy the best of New England skiing followed by lazy afternoons exploring the charming small towns of Williamstown, Lee and Lenox filled with quaint New England antique shops and one-of-a-kind Berkshires art galleries. Whether you choose a cosy inn or bed and breakfast or a larger ski or spa hotel resort with additional recreational amenities, your trip to this beautiful part of the state is sure to leave a lasting impression.

C is for Ö Captivating

What is it about Cape Cod that keeps visitors coming back? Thatís not a tricky question once youíve visited for yourself. Cape Cod is captivating. The big draw, of course, are the beaches, some of the best in the world. Choose from the northern waters of Cape Cod Bay or the majestic Atlantic where surfing, fishing, swimming and boating are just a few of the summer pastimes. Visit the Cape Cod National Seashore for dramatic sand dunes, towering cliffs and almost infinite stretches of beaches. If your preference is for fresh water, you are also in luck. Harwich, for example, has some of the nicest fresh water ponds which are safe for swimming and fishing. This Eastern Seaboard state has been named by the WWF as one of the worldís top 10 whale-watching spots, with a variety of species found within 25 miles of its coast. Whale-watching cruises operate from April to October and are unsurprisingly the top attraction on the Cape.

Another reason for Cape Codís popularity may be attributed to the unique character of each town. Quilted together to make this special peninsula, each town has something different to offer and the ability to appeal to people of many interests. To get a feel for Cape Cod's geography, drive along Route 6A to the tip of Provincetown and see for yourself the distinct differences in the Upper, Mid, Lower and Outer Cape. When visiting the Cape, whether for a day or a month, it is important to get beyond the main roads and do a little digging. Discover the nooks and crannies that you can call your own, whether it's a pond, beach, bike trail, gallery or restaurant, there are plenty to choose from.

The Best of New England

15 Days/14 Nights

Begins and ends in Boston.


Year round


• Round trip scheduled flights
• Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation.
• Accommodations as stated


Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Boston. Upon arrival proceed to your hotel, The Fairmont Copley Plaza, an iconic hotel in a central location.
Hotel: The Fairmont Copley Plaza


The cosmopolitan city of Boston is a delight to visit. Great food, wonderful shopping and a wide array of attractions will keep you entertained. Explore the Freedom Trail, shop at Quincy Market or try a Boston 'Duck Tour' and get to see the city from land and water.
Hotel: The Fairmont Copley Plaza


Driving distance:86Mi/138Km
After collecting your rental car, this mornings drive takes you north into the coastal state of Maine. En-route, visit Salem, known best as the home of witchcraft. Your drive takes you along the beautiful Massachusetts and Maine coast lines, scattered with small towns and villages to the pretty town of Kennebunkport.
Hotel: White Barn Inn


Driving distance:102Mi/164Km
We suggest you take time today to journey further along the Maine coastline before heading inland and perhaps stopping in North Conway for fabulous outlet shopping or to travel the North Conway Railroad. Explore the White Mountain National Forest and take the Mount Washington toll road to the summit of New Hampshire's highest mountain. On your second day, why not make the journey south to Meredith? Perched on Lake Winnipesaukee, Meredith has an idyllic setting and offers a wide assortment of recreational activities.
Hotel: Omni Mount Washington Hotel


Driving distance:91Mi/146Km
Crossing the state line into Vermont today takes you into Green Mountain country. No matter what time of year you visit there's a lot to keep you entertained, from hiking and skiing to browsing the quaint village shops.
Hotel: Topnotch Resort


Driving distance:229Mi/369Km
Today visit Shelbourne Museum's collection of Americana, scenic gardens and the side-wheeler SS Ticonderoga. Perhaps take a detour to Woodstock, a quintessential New England village with traditional shops and covered bridges. Tonight, you'll stay in the beautiful Berkshire in a town which is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Hotel: Cranwell Resort, Spa & Golf Club


Driving distance:61Mi/98Km
This morning visit the Francine Clarke Art Institute or the Hancock Shaker Village, a restored 19th century settlement before journeying south into Connecticut.
Hotel: The Mayflower Grace


Driving distance:134Mi/216Km
Enjoy a relaxing morning in Washington, Connecticut before continuing your journey into New England's smallest state Rhode Island. Newport was the summer resort of the first millionaires. Spend a day by the beach or tour the Cliff Walk and Ten Mile Drive with its extravagant mansions.
Hotel: Vanderbilt Grace


Driving distance: 77Mi/124Km
Journeying east today you leave Rhode Island and return once again into Massachusetts, and on to ever popular Cape Cod. We've allowed three nights so you get the opportunity to explore this wonderful area. Take a trip to Provincetown and enjoy a whale-watching cruise, take a ferry across to Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket Islands and a day strolling the historic town of Chatham.
Hotel: Chatham Bars Inn


Driving distance:72Mi/116Km
Make the final journey back to Boston Airport. En route, visit Sandwich and Plimoth Plantation, a living museum depicting life in 1627. Return your car and check-in for your flight to the UK.


From £1965 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

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