Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Boston. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel, The Langham, Boston. Relax and enjoy the remainder of your day familiarising yourself with this wonderful walking city. This evening join your travelling companions for a welcome reception and dinner.
Grand New England
- 12 Days / 11 Nights
- September to October
- Round Trip Scheduled Flights
- Accommodation for 11 nights as specified
- 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 9 dinners
- Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
- Services of a Tauck Tour Director
- Classic tour
From £4850 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.
There’s so much to see this morning as you embark on an orientation tour of Boston, visiting Boston Common and Beacon Hill, with its elegant townhouses and narrow cobblestone streets, North End and the USS Constitution Museum. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Walk the Freedom Trail, shop at famous Quincy Market or join a ‘Duck Tour’ to see the city from both land and water.
The Berkshires of western Massachusetts glow with autumn colours on a fall foliage tour that shows you why this area has long been a retreat for artists and writers. You’ll begin today’s discoveries in Lenox at The Mount, the hilltop Georgian mansion of Edith Wharton, which the celebrated author of The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence called her ‘first real home.’ The house and gardens were built to her own meticulous designs in 1902, and reflect the taste and personality of the author. Next, you continue on to Williamstown for a docent-led tour of the internationally renowned Clark Art Institute, an institution which combines a public art museum with research and academic programs. You’ll arrive late afternoon at your historic resort in Manchester, Vermont, for a two-night stay.
The classic New England town of Manchester, Vermont is tucked between the Green Mountains and the Taconic Range and is home to Equinox Mountain, the Taconics’ tallest peak. After a morning at leisure, followed by lunch, you’ll set off on a self-guided visit to Hildene. This is the former summer estate of Robert Todd Lincoln, US President Abraham Lincoln’s eldest son, who himself served as US Secretary of War and minister to Great Britain. The 1905 Georgian Revival-style mansion, today on the National Register of Historic Places, is furnished largely with Lincoln family furniture and artefacts. This evening, enjoy a cooking demonstration and locally sourced farm-to-table dinner at the Manchester Country Club.
Today you depart Manchester and stop at the iconic Vermont Country Store before heading out across Vermont’s classic New England landscapes. After lunch, arrive in Shelburne for a visit to the Shelburne Museum of Art and Americana. Spread over 45 acres, this unique museum holds a vast collection of prints, paintings, folk art and quilts reflecting 19th-century American life, in historic buildings which include barns, a meeting house, a jail, a lighthouse, and a railroad station. The village is set around the Ticonderoga, a 220-ft. steamboat that once ferried passengers and livestock on Lake Champlain. Today’s final destination is Stowe, an iconic Vermont ski resort town tucked away in the Green Mountains, for an overnight at a resort in the foothills of Mount Mansfield.
Head out from the Green Mountains of Vermont via the state capital, Montpelier, and the elegant gold-domed State House. Just outside the city, Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks offers you a taste of pure maple syrup and an education in how it’s made, from the tapping of trees to the distillation of sap and the subtle shades and grades that result from an art they’ve perfected over eight generations in the family business. Continue on out of Vermont and into the White Mountains of New Hampshire, arriving in Bretton Woods for a two-night stay at the historic Omni Mount Washington Resort, one of New England’s last grand resort hotels. Since its opening in 1902, this palatial hotel has been a magnet for presidents, robber barons and celebrities. Babe Ruth and Thomas Edison loved to golf here.Omni Mount Washington Resort (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
The harshest winter weather on the planet can be found at the summit of Mount Washington, where a wind speed of 231 mph was once recorded in 1932, and the stone houses are anchored to the ground with chains. But at this time of year, you’ll meet only temperate temperatures and magnificent views, as well as the scientists at the meteorological observatory who will brief you on their work in this unique environment. It’s a day for indulging in the colourful quintessence of a fall foliage tour as you wind down New England back roads to return to your luxury resort at Bretton Woods, where you’ll enjoy a presentation on the local ecology and wildlife and enjoy dinner.Omni Mount Washington Resort (Breakfast and dinner included)
This morning it is on to Portland, Maine where a local lobsterman takes you out into the harbour aboard his working boat for an authentic, hands-on experience in the lobstering trade. Back on land, enjoy time on your own along the waterfront, rich with restored 19th-century architecture and cobblestone streets, and settle in at your hotel before dinner, which is at a Bailey Island lobster house overlooking Casco Bay.
Today you make your way up to historic Bar Harbor, home to your luxury cliffside inn featuring lush gardens and panoramic waterfront views. This afternoon, you’ll cruise the harbor aboard a traditional wooden schooner, experiencing the picturesque coves, islands, lighthouses, and seaside cottages with the romance of a windjammer under sail. Spend the rest of the day and evening as you please in Bar Harbor.
Luminist painters like Thomas Cole and Fitz Hugh Lane were among the first to document the awesome beauty of Bar Harbor, attracting Gilded Age high society who created an exclusive summer resort community to rival Newport. Discover exquisite examples of Victorian architecture that adorn the area en route to exploring the natural wonders of nearby Acadia National Park, colour-drenched in autumn, the highlight of any fall foliage tour. Today is filled with coves, pristine forests, beaches, plunging cliffs and rocky islands. You’ll also enjoy the stunning view from the summit of Cadillac Mountain and a horse-drawn carriage ride along historic roadways within the park.
Your journeying southward this morning from Bar Harbor along the beautiful, rugged Maine coast. Following lunch and some free time in Camden, you’ll arrive in Cape Neddick, near the quaint coastal town of Ogunquit – whose name translates as ‘Beautiful place by the sea.’ Classically New England, the region boasts tranquil coves and beaches and was once a fishing and shipbuilding center. Settle in at The Cliff House, a legendary seaside resort hotel that opened in 1872. This evening you join your new found friends for a farewell reception and dinner.
After breakfast, it’s just a short journey to Boston Airport, where you check in for your flight back to the UK.
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