It was in these picture-perfect maple and cedar forests of New England that pilgrims, and later revolutionaries, sought sanctuary. And as autumn arrives, you too can admire the fiery red, orange and yellow flames of fall foliage on a scenic journey from Boston to the rocky Atlantic headlands of Maine.
This escorted tour begins in Boston with a city tour of Boston’s historic sites including several along the famous Freedom Trail. Then its time to enjoy the stunning vistas along the Mohawk Trail, an early Native American and colonial trade route, and the first designated scenic drive in New England.
Continue up into the forests of Vermont as you travel to Stowe, home of the famous Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory where you’ll savour some of their famous and uniquely named flavours. Spend a morning along the most famous and picturesque foliage destination in New England: the Kancamagus Highway. This American Scenic Byway, affectionately called “The Kanc”, has scenic vistas and prime foliage viewing abound, and the morning is dedicated to finding the best spots for viewing the vibrant fall colours.
At 1,523 feet (464 metres), Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park is the first spot in the United States where you can see the sunrise. Admire the view from the top of the peak before descending to discover the natural riches of New England’s only National Park. After experiencing the majestic colours of New England’s forests and mountains in the autumn, it’s time to embark on a journey down the rocky beaches and cliffs of Maine’s coast before returning to Boston to conclude the tour.
The Exciting Parts
- Guided walking tour of Boston's historic Freedom Trail
- Full day on Cape Cod
- Tour on of the opulent mansions in Newport
- Visit Hancock Shaker Village, home of the Quakers
- Drive the picturesque White Mountains
- Aerial tramway to Cannon Mountain for incredible views
- Full day excursion with ferry to Martha’s Vineyard (optional extra)
Arrive in Boston
Boston - Salem Kennebunkport - Portland
Portland - Bar Harbor
Bar Harbor - White Mountains
White Mountains Stowe - Green Mountains
Green Mountains - Newport
Newport - Cape Cod
Cape Cod - Martha's Vineyard - Cape Cod
Cape Cod - Plymouth - Boston
Day 1 Arrive in Boston
Welcome to Boston, the Cradle of American Liberty. Upon arrival at Logan International Airport, transfer independently to your hotel where will you will meet your ATI Tour Director.
Day 2 Boston - Salem Kennebunkport - Portland
Along the route north of Boston lies some of the East Coast’s finest beaches and seascapes. Your first stop is Salem, the site of the infamous 17th century witch trials. Continuing along the coast you’ll stop to gaze at Cape Neddick “Nubble” Lighthouse, the most photographed lighthouse in America. Passing through Portsmouth, the oldest community in New Hampshire known for its thriving fishing community and historic buildings, your next stop will be Kennebunkport home to the palatial summer estates of prominent politician. From Kennebunkport it’s on to Portland, Maine’s largest city and home to the state’s oldest lighthouse and one of its most beloved
Day 3 Portland - Bar Harbor
The drive northeast on Route 1 from Portland to Bar Harbor is nothing short of enjoyable. You’ll see the jagged coastline and rocky beaches. You’ll pass through quaint villages prior to arriving in the small town of Bar Harbor. Known for its stunning coastal beauty, Bar Harbor has a world renowned ambiance that blends seashore community. This evening, join us for a traditional lobster dinner (optional).
Day 4 Bar Harbor - White Mountains
Your journey takes you inland towards the spectacular scenery of the White Mountains, the “rooftop of New England,” whose landscape is dotted with enchanting covered bridges, picturesque towns and villages, and historic sites.
Day 5 White Mountains Stowe - Green Mountains
Today, traverse the White Mountains that divide the states of New Hampshire and Vermont to Stowe, a classic 200-year old village nestled beside Vermont’s highest peak, majestic Mt. Mansfild. Continue through Burlington on Lake Champlain to Vermont’s Green Mountains.
Day 6 Green Mountains - Newport
Leaving Vermont, you’ll enter the smallest state in the Union, Rhode Island. Home to spectacular coastal scenery and awe-inspiring architecture, Newport is considered by many a shining gem in the coastal crown of New England. And nowhere is Newport’s natural beauty more on display than on its Cliff Walk. Here, sits the famed Gilded Age mansions that once were the summer playgrounds for socialite families such as the Astor’s and Vanderbilt’s. Visit one of these opulent mansions for a glimpse into the lavish lifestyle of the privileged from a bygone era. This evening, a classic New England Clam Bake brings the shore to straight to your table (optional).
Day 7 Newport - Cape Cod
From the opulence of Newport you’ll continue to the unspoiled natural beauty of Cape Cod where picturesque beaches with high sand dunes, never-ending sea, lighthouses rising along the coast, and gorgeous sunsets await.
Day 8 Cape Cod - Martha's Vineyard - Cape Cod
A short 45 minute ferry ride from Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard. Spread over 100 square miles are six towns, each with its own proud history and unique character, historic sea captains’ homes, charming gingerbread cottages, a quaint fishing village. While exploring miles of pristine beaches, dramatic clay cliffs, rural landscapes and picturesque waterways you’ll find Martha’s Vineyard is more than just lobsters and clams.
Day 9 Cape Cod - Plymouth - Boston
Today we visit Plymouth, the town where English colonists fist made a home in New England. See Plymouth Rock, where Pilgrims first set foot in the “New World,” views of Plymouth Harbour and the Mayflower II (onboard admission not included). Returning to Boston, you’ll retrace the steps of the Freedom Trail which may include a stroll beside Boston Common, King’s Chapel, the Boston Massacre site, and numerous pubs and taverns where America’s Founding Fathers toasted freedom. Enjoy lunch at one of Boston’s many restaurants (optional). Afterwards, explore Quincy Market, Boston’s fist marketplace from the 1800’s, now home to boutiques, cafés and shops
Day 10 Boston Departure
Transfer independently to Logan International Airport for your departure flight home.