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 – it’s 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 for… Attitude

If there is a city with attitude it’s Boston! And why not when it has so much to be proud of? Boston’s 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 it’s no surprise that Boston is one of the most loved cities in the USA.

Downtown, you’ll 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 Boston’s 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 for… 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 … Captivating

What is it about Cape Cod that keeps visitors coming back? That’s not a tricky question once you’ve 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 world’s 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 Cod’s 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.

Hidden Gems of New England


Begins and ends in Boston.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Cape Cod Central Railroad

You’ll feel as though you’ve travelled back in time from the moment you step on-board this classic train and begin your discovery of some of Cape Cod’s hidden beauty, much of which can only be viewed from the tracks. The Narrated Scenic Train, a classic sightseeing tour, boasts a route which weaves amongst spectacular woodlands, sand dunes, cranberry bogs and salt marshes. What’s more, it is accompanied by informative and fun narration. In addition, there’s a choice of Sunday brunch, lunch and elegant dinner journeys following the same route, so you can still enjoy the scenery. The brunch journey invites you to relax and have a lazy Sunday morning with a meal of light yet hearty fare. The lunch journey is a real treat during which you enjoy three courses served on white linens. For the ultimate experience and a real culinary feast, take the dinner journey where gourmet cuisine is accompanied by romantic music and soft candlelight.


From £15 Narrated Scenic Train
From £30 Gourmet Lunch Train
From £35 Sunday Brunch Train
From £55 Elegant Dinner Train

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