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  • Rhode Island

    Newport Providence

    Rhode Island – the Ocean State - is the smallest state in the United States, and small really is beautiful.

    • Newport Coastline


    • Providence


    • Sailing off Newport


    Only 37 miles east to west and 48 miles north to south “Little Rhody” has 400 miles of coastline, a great sailing tradition and Newport, situated at the entrance to Narragansett Bay, attracts some of the wealthiest yachtsmen in the world. This little state offers more than just water however, and more than 60 percent of its total area is covered in woodland, carefully preserved in 53 state parks, making it a perfect place to indulge in camping, hiking and cycling.

    Once reserved as the resort for the rich, Rhode Island is today a favourite east coast getaway, particularly for Bostonians and New Yorkers, being only 60 miles and 180 miles respectively from those major cities.

    The extravagant 19th-century mansions of America's wealthy families that grace Newport, Rhode Island's southern city on the Atlantic Ocean, are now reminders of a golden age that serve as tourist attractions to be marvelled at by visitors.

    The state capital is the city of Providence, lying at the northern point of narrow Narragansett Bay about 30 miles from the open ocean. Both Providence and the southerly city of Newport have a fascinating colonial history worthy of investigating via the local attractions, while the little resort island of Block, about an hour by ferry from the southern town of Point Judith is an unspoilt and well-preserved paradise for beachcombing and bird watching.

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    • Top Tip 1

      Catch the Boston Red Sox in a game of baseball at their famous Fenway Park, which celebrated its millennium in 2012. Soak up the friendly but electric atmosphere as you try to work out the rules of the game!

    • Top Tip 2

      Shopaholics should head to Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace for big-name as well as eclectic stores or to Newbury Street, the most exclusive shopping street in New England. Here you’ll find unique art and craft galleries, jewellery outlets and boutiques.

    • Top Tip 3

      Cape Cod is one of the best places for a whale-watching boat trip (the season is from May to October). You may see dolphins as well as Humpback, Minke and Finback whales.

    • Top Tip 4

      Escape the crowds on the more remote beaches of the Cape Cod National Seashore coastline. Or, take the foot passenger ferry from Hyannis to Oak Bluffs on the boutique island of Martha's Vineyard. Hire bicycles and ride to the south shore for the beautiful beaches.

    • Top Tip 5

      So much of New England is about food! Try clam chowder in famous Quincy Market Food Hall, fresh lobster anywhere in Maine and, of course, a tub of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream made in Vermont.

    • Top Tip 6

      Visit the Berkshires, Massachusetts in summer time and catch one of the many summer festivals. It’s the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the theatre festival in Stockbridge and the music festival in Tanglewood.

    • Top Tip 6

      Ride the Cog Railway to the peak of Mount Washington in New Hampshire. You'll travel above the clouds and see some spectacular scenery along the way.

    • Top Tip 8

      Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts is a living history museum which recreates an 1830’s New England rural village. Costumed staff perform the routines of everyday life of the 19th century.

    • Top Tip 9

      Visit the breathtaking millionaires’ mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, built over 100 years ago by America's wealthiest families - the Vanderbilt’s, Astor’s and Belmont’s to name but a few.

    • Top Tip 10

      Enjoy a summer boat ride aboard The Spirit of Ethan Allen or a lunch cruise on the Northern Lights cruise ship on the 125-mile long Lake Champlain.

  • The Best of New England

    Begins in and ends in Boston, Massachusetts

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    Your fly drive includes:

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


    • Pretty Lighthouses


    • Fall Colours


    • Boston


    • Kennebunkport


    • Bretton Woods


    • Vermont Church


    • Bar Harbor


    Day 01

    Arrive Boston

    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 location central to many attractions.

    Hotel: Fairmont Copley Plaza

    Day 02


    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: Fairmont Copley Plaza


    Day 03


    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 coastlines, scattered with small towns and villages to the pretty town of Kennebunkport.

    Hotel: White Barn Inn


    Day 04 Day 05

    The White Mountains

    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 a warm personality.

    Hotel: Omni Mount Washington Resort


    Day 06 Day 07

    Stowe & The Green Mountains

    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: Green Mountain Inn


    Day 08

    Lenox & The Berkshires

    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


    Day 09


    This morning visit the Francine Clarke Art Institute or the Hancock Shaker Village, a restored 19th century settlement before journeying south into Connecticut. As a result of its close proximity to New York City, Connecticut assumes some of the Big Apple cosmopolitan chic whilst retaining its distinctive New England character.

    Hotel: The Mayflower Grace


    Day 10 Day 11


    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


    Day 12 Day 13 Day 14

    Cape Cod

    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


    Day 15

    Chatham Bars Inn

    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 £2399 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

  • Cape Cod, The Islands & Newport

    Begins and ends in Boston, Massachusetts

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: June, July, August, September and October

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    Your Escorted Tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation as stated
    • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 5 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director 
    • Classic tour
    • Cape Cod


    • Nantucket


    • Newport


    Day 01

    Arrive Boston

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Boston. Upon arrival at Logan International Airport you will be transferred to your hotel for this evening. A welcome reception and dinner tonight allows you to become acquainted with your new travelling companions.

    Hotel: The Lenox Hotel (Dinner included)

    Day 02

    Martha's Vineyard

    Step back in time as you explore Plimoth Plantation, a re-created 17th century village filled with costumed actors who bring the locations history to life. You'll see Plymouth Rock, marking the Pilgrims' 1620 landing site, and enjoy some free time for lunch in Falmouth. In the afternoon you take the ferry to Martha's Vineyard, one of New England’s hottest vacation destinations. Here you spend the next two nights in the former whaling town of Edgartown.

    Hotel: Harbor View Hotel Resort (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 03

    Martha's Vineyard

    Your day starts admiring the stately homes in Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven whilst being surrounded by the islands salt marshes, long beaches and picturesque harbours. The remainder of the afternoon and evening are yours to discover more of the island or perhaps relax on the beach! 

    Hotel: Harbor View Hotel & Resort (Breakfast included)

    Day 04


    You’ll take a scenic 15 minute flight to the island of Nantucket this morning. Admire the colonial architecture, winding cobbled streets, and historic taverns in the quaint harbourside town before taking the ferry back to mainland. You’ll spend the next two nights in the quaint seaside village of Chatham, overlooking Cape Cod Bay. Tonight dinner is a traditional lobster and clam feast!

    Hotel: Chatham Wayside Inn (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 05


    Today starts with a quaint drive along the Cape's scenic and remote landscapes and includes a visit to Cape Cod National Seashore, where massive sand dunes tower above crested seas. Later you’ll visit Provincetown, which is situated on the northern tip of the Cape. Weather permitting you'll enjoy a whale-watching cruise, a true highlight of the itinerary. 

    Hotel: Chatham Wayside Inn (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 06


    Arriving in the historic seaport of New Bedford this morning, you’ll enjoy a guided visit to the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Continuing on to Newport, you'll see some of the ostentatious mansions that served as summer houses for the affluent socialites during the Gilded Age. Your hotel for the next two nights in set right on Newport Harbour. 

    Hotel: The Newport Marriott (Breakfast and lunch included)

    Day 07


    You may choose this morning to take a stroll with your Tour Director along the Cliff Walk, set between the sea and the mansions. Your morning also includes a guided tour through The Breakers, a 70 room Italian Renaissance mansion inspired by the 16th century palaces of Genoa and Turin. With so many boats on the shores, it's no wonder that today's highlight is a cruise through Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. This evening enjoy a cocktail reception and farewell dinner overlooking Cliff Walk and The Atlantic. 

    Hotel: The Newport Marriott (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 08

    Journey Home

    After breakfast it's just a short drive back to Boston. Your journey ends at Boston Airport, where you board your flight back to the UK. Alternatively, you may choose to extend your stay with a few additional nights in the wonderful city of Boston before returning home. 


    From £2559 per person based on twin occupancy of standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.