Brew England Escorted Tour- Beaches, Bluffs & Beer

Boston • Portsmouth • Portland • Ogunquit • Stowe • Woodstock

New Englanders don’t just learn their ABC’s. They learn their IPA’s too! There’s more than 250 craft breweries in New England alone and it’s no wonder, New England is home to some of the craft brew movement’s most successful pioneers, like Sam Adams.
Today New England’s small, lesser-known breweries are producing delicious, innovative and inspired brews, known among beer aficionados as some of the finest craft beer in the country. From Boston’s historic streets, to the breathtaking beauty of Maine’s rocky coastline and the awe-inspiring mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont, you’ll taste the holy grails of craft beer in each region.

Your escorted tour holiday begins in Boston with a tour of the Freedom Trail, the Back Bay area and Boston Waterfront and from here travel north to Portsmouth, a port city with cobblestoned streets and significant examples of Colonial, Georgian, and Federal style houses, and brewers who continue New England’s rich beer-making history. Here you will enjoy your first brewery tour and tasting of the trip.

Continue along the coast to Ogunquit, a popular beach resort whose name means “beautiful place by the sea”. You’ll spend some time in this picturesque part of the world that features picture-perfect coastal views. At Perkins Cove board a lobster boat for a one-hour cruise. You tour guide will provide a detailed explanation of the lobster fishery and the many scenic points of interest along the way. From here travel to Portland, ranked #1 craft beer city in the world by Matador Network. With a population of 200,000, this old port city with a young vibe is home to 19 craft brewing companies and an additional 15 craft brew pubs.

Travel on through New Hampshire and into Vermont, along some of the most scenic drives in the region. Take some time to yourself to hike through the serene woodlands with spectacular views of Mount Mansfield and Smugglers Notch. Woodstock, will be the last stop before returning to Boston. Upon arrival, you’ll visit the Grand-daddy of the craft brew movement in America—the Boston Beer Co, makers of Sam Adams. While some may argue it’s no longer a craft brewery, the tour and tastings of some of their more unique brews are worth the visit.

From £2399pp

What's Included

  • Return flights from Dublin to Boston
  • 7 NIGHTS hotel accommodation in tour hotels (more details below)
  • Service of professional tour guides & beerologists
  • Scheduled brewery tours & tastings
  • Quote Ref 51350494

Staff Tips

Boston - For under $3, the Swan Boats driver paddles passengers around the Public Garden Lagoon for a 15 minute peaceful cruise.

Linda Collins

Travel Expert

Boston - The South Street Diner is open all night every night - from 5 pm till 5 am. The diner features a regular dinner menu along with burgers, sandwiches, subs, wraps and some great breakfasts served all night long. Beer and wine are available and one of the specialties of the house is a "Desserts of the 50's" menu featuring sweets that might conjure up memories of Arnold's Drive-In on “Happy Days”.

Terry Sheehan

Reservations Manager

Your Adventure...

Arrival in Boston
Boston - Portsmouth - Ogunquit
Ogunquit - Portland - Ogunquit
Ogunquit - Mount Washington - Bethel
Jackson - Stowe
Stowe - Northern Vermont - Stowe
Stowe - Woodstock - Boston
Boston
  • Day 1 Arrival in Boston

    Check-in to hotel and this evening mingle with other group members at a meet and greet reception hosted by our guide, a beer aficionado and destination specialist. We’ll be given an introduction to our 7-day exploration of New England. From the historic streets of Boston, to the breath taking beauty of Maine’s rocky coastline and the awe-inspiring mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont, we’ll taste the holy grails of craft beer in each region.
    Hotel: Aloft Boston Seaport or similar

  • Day 2 Boston - Portsmouth - Ogunquit

    This morning we’ll take an orientation tour of Boston’s historic Freedom Trail, architecturally significant Back Bay, and bustling waterfront. Boston continues to be an important centre of commerce, technology and the arts for both the region and the country—as well as craft beer, but we’ll save the tastings for the last day. In the afternoon we head north to Portsmouth, a port city with cobblestoned streets, a downtown filled with charming shops and restaurants, significant examples of Colonial, Georgian, and Federal style houses, and brewers who continue New England’s rich beer-making history. And, like a true New Englander, the beers brewed here are approachable, dependable and impervious to trends. After a tour and tastings we’ll continue along the coast to Ogunquit, a popular beach resort whose name means “beautiful place by the sea”.
    Hotel: Ogunquit Meadowsmere Resort or similar for 2 nights

  • Day 3 Ogunquit - Portland - Ogunquit

    Start the day with a walk on the Marginal Way, a mile-long, paved foot path along the rocky coast with picture-perfect views worthy of any photography book. Upon arrival at Perkins Cove, board a lobster boat for a one-hour cruise. See traps hauled and lobsters caught by authentic Maine lobstermen. The tour guide will provide a detailed explanation of the lobster fishery and the many scenic points of interest along the way.
    This afternoon we’ll travel to Portland, ranked #1 craft beer city in the world by Matador Network. With a population of 200,000, this old port city with a young vibe is home to 19 craft brewing companies and an additional 15 craft brew pubs. We’ll tour that interpret historic styles with unique twists. We’ll return to Ogunquit. Evening is free to explore the village shops and restaurants.

  • Day 4 Ogunquit - Mount Washington - Bethel

    This morning we’ll travel through the lakes region and into the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Spend time in North Conway for shopping at its famous tax-free outlets. Travel to Mt. Washington and ride the Cog Railway to the summit of the eastern seaboard’s tallest peak. The Cog is the world’s first mountain-climbing railway and a National Historic Engineering Landmark. Once at the top, one can visit the Observatory Museum and the historic Tiptop House before the trip down. On a clear day, the view extends all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Transfer to Bethel for the overnight.
    Hotel: Bethel Inn or similar

  • Day 5 Jackson - Stowe

    Today we drive along the Kancamagus Highway, a 55 km long two-lane road, considered one of the most scenic drives in the region. It has been designated a National Scenic Byway by the US Department of Transportation. Cross over the border into Vermont, regularly ranked near the top of the list as having the most number of breweries per capita in the country. We taste our way to Stowe, a charming resort town at the base of Mt. Mansfield.

  • Day 6 Stowe - Northern Vermont - Stowe

    The choice of activity is yours this morning. You can enjoy a guided, relaxed hike through the serene woodlands with spectacular views of Mount Mansfield and Smugglers Notch. Or see first-hand what makes Vermont such a special place by cycling the amazing remote back roads and low traffic paved roads. After an included lunch, we'll follow Vermont’s IPA Highway to some of the state's most sought-after breweries.
    Hotel: The Stowehof or similar

  • Day 7 Stowe - Woodstock - Boston

    We’ll make a short stop in Woodstock, named “the prettiest small town in America” by Yankee Magazine, while en route to Boston. Upon arrival, we’ll visit the Grand-daddy of the craft brew movement in America—the Boston Beer Co, makers of Sam Adams. While some may argue it’s no longer a craft brewery, the tour and tastings of some of their more unique brews are worth the visit.
    Hotel: Aloft Boston Seaport or similar

  • Day 8 Boston

    This morning the choice is yours once again. You may board a half-day whale watching cruise. Naturalists narrate as you cruise Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary, a feeding ground for whales, dolphins, sea birds, and more. Or visit the John F. Kennedy Library & Museum, the repository of personal and political memorabilia of the 35th president. After return to port late afternoon, transfer to your hotel or Boston's airport.

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