New England is famous for picturesque towns that showcase the spectacular colours of fall, a striking background for you to enjoy a state steeped in rich US history on this Fall Colours of New England Escorted Tour.
Your escorted tour holiday begins in Boston where you will head out along the Freedom Trail to see some of Boston’s most historic and iconic sites. Then set out for Cape Cod, an area of both natural beauty and quaint colonial villages including Hyannis, made famous by the Kennedy’s. Leave Cape Cod behind and travel on through the rich colours of Vermont through the Green Mountain National Forest to Burlington, set on the shores of glittering Lake Champlain and ranked by Forbes as one of the prettiest towns in America. You’ll stop in more picturesque towns along the way and sample the local fare such as freshly picked apples, apple cider and Vermont cheddar.
Continue on to Stowe, a famous New England town found tucked away in the Green Mountains before making a stop at Morse Farm Maple Sugar works in Montpelier for a sugar house visit and tasting of “sugar on snow,” maple sugar served on ice with a pickle. From here you will continue on to New Hampshire and enter the White Mountains where you will take the quintessential fall colour excursion to the White Mountains past Mount Washington-the tallest peak in the northeast at 6,288 feet (1,917 metres)-through Crawford Notch State Park. Continue on to Maine and enjoy the breath-taking views of it’s coastline before returning to Boston from where you can either fly home or extend your American holiday with a stay in another city.
Direct flights from Dublin to Boston with Aer Lingus
1 checked bag per person roundtrip
2 NIGHTS Hyannis
1 NIGHT Providence
2 NIGHTS Killington
2 NIGHTS North Conway
1 NIGHT Portsmouth
See the city sitting near the mouth of the Piscataqua River, a short, wide river that divides New Hampshire and Maine.
Discover this quintessential New England town full of historic buildings, quaint antique shops, bookstores and bakeries
Based on 2 adults sharing
Departure dates available in September & October
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Boston - Plymouth - Hyannis (2 nights)
Cape Cod and Provincetown Excursion
Hyannis - Providence
Providence to Killington (2 nights)
Vermont Green Mountain
Killington - North Conway (2 nights)
North Conway Sightseeing and Free Time
North Conway - Portsmouth
Portsmouth - Depart Boston
Day 1 Arrival Boston
Welcome to the affectionately named ‘Beantown’, America’s oldest city. A key player in America’s battle for independence and the abolition movement, Boston’s historical significance can only be matched with its enthusiasm for sport; baseballs legends the Red Sox hail from here, as do the Celtics basketball team.
After settling in to your hotel, you might want to head on down to the Seaport District to discover just how seriously Boston takes its reputation as a seafood capital. Local specialties include ‘sacred cod’, fresh lobster and creamy chowder, each cooked
Day 2 Boston - Plymouth - Hyannis (2 nights)
This morning, enjoy a city tour of Boston's historic sites. Head out along the Freedom Trail to see Old North Church, Quincy Market and the site of the Boston Massacre.
Drive by historic buildings including the Massachusetts State House and the impressive State Capitol near the top of Beacon Hill. From Boston, travel to Plymouth and Plymouth Plantation, a recreated 17th century village where costumed reenactors bring to life the history of the Plymouth Colon.
Then set out for Cape Cod, an area of both natural beauty and quaint colonial villages. Arrive in Hyannis, made famous by the Kennedys.
Day 3 Cape Cod and Provincetown Excursion
This morning, travel along historic Old King's Highway, a scenic byway winding through centuries of Cape Cod history. Visit Cape Cod National Seashore, with massive sand dunes and long sandy beaches.
Visit Provincetown at the tip of the Cape. Enjoy some leisure time to browse through the galleries and arts and crafts shops or perhaps take an optional whale watching excursion.
Day 4 Hyannis - Providence
Crossing the Cape Cod Canal, travel “off Cape” as we head to Rhode Island. Visit Newport, where you can spend time on the historic waterfront or in the Antiques District.
Perhaps visit Newport Casino, the birthplace of tennis in the US. Highlight your visit with our Optional Experiences of The Breakers, a summer “cottage” of the Vanderbilt’s or sail on a Schooner. Continue this afternoon to Providence, home of Brown University.
Day 5 Providence to Killington (2 nights)
First, drive along the Historic Mohawk Trail on the way to Bridge of Flowers. The Bridge of Flowers Committee was initiated by the Shelburne Falls Area Women's Club in 1929. It is nonprofit and its gardeners and volunteer members work hard to keep the Bridge's many flowers, plants, trees, shrubs and vines growing beautifully throughout the season.
Next on your journey, you will visit Saxton's Distillery. Saxton's produces Sapling Vermont Maple Rye, Maple Bourbon and Maple Liqueur,
Perc Coffee Liqueur and Snowdrop Gin. The multiple award winning Sapling line uses locally produced maple, Perc Coffee Liqueur features rich organic coffee, and Snowdrop Gin is a uniquely complex gin that is vacuum distilled to preserve and enhance the delicate flavors of the 18 botanicals used in distillation.
Snowdrop has experienced tremendous growth since its introduction in 2016. It was recently awarded 93 points and a Top 100 Spirit in the World by Wine Enthusiast in 2017,
making it their highest rated gin from New England. The distillery is an
independently owned business operating since 2006.
Day 6 Vermont Green Mountain
This morning we visit the famous resort town of Stowe before you travel past the appropriately named Green Mountains to Vermont's capital city of Montpelier. Visit the Morse Farm Maple Sugar works for a tasting of the unique “sugar on snow”.
Before ending today's journey back in Killington, visit the state’s capital building.
Day 7 Killington - North Conway (2 nights)
This morning, cross from the Green Mountains to the White Mountains as we leave Vermont and head to New Hampshire. Travel along the dramatic Franconia Notch mountain pass before entering the scenic byway known locally as “The Kanc”, a historic National scenic byway (34 miles).
Emerging from the Kancamagus, North Conway will be your home for the next 2 evenings.
Day 8 North Conway Sightseeing and Free Time
Blazing red, burnt orange and vibrant yellow fall foliage will stretch out in every direction as you head into the White Mountains this morning. Few places in the world offer such a stunning display of autumn colours, with people travelling from all over to enjoy and photograph this sublime landscape.
You’ll pass by the tallest peak in the Northeast, Mount Washington, as you journey through Crawford Notch State Park and stop off at Silver Cascade Falls, which twists, turns and cascades 4000
feet (1219 metres) down the side of Mount Jackson.
Once back in North Conway later today, take a stroll around the restored buildings, antique shops and treasure trove bookshops that make up the historic downtown.
Day 9 North Conway - Portsmouth
Cross the state border into Maine today, taking in the vast forests, pretty seaside villages and cliff lined shores of this affluent adventure playground. Stopping off in chic, preppy Kennebunkport, enjoy a glimpse of a coastal town as you explore the upscale boutiques and flashy art galleries.
Allow yourself one final daydreaming moment before travelling on to Portsmouth, which sits perched on the Piscataqua River and is one of the most elegant towns in all of New Hampshire. Take in the beautiful 18th century buildings and historical centre.
Day 10 Portsmouth - Depart Boston
Taking one last morning stroll around Portsmouth, you’ll head back to Boston today. Make the most of the drive and the bursts of colour that will accompany you along the way before your trip will come to an end at Boston Logan International Airport.
Airport arrival will be at approximately 12:00 pm, please be aware when booking your flights. If you feel like Boston still has more you’d like to discover, you’ve also got the option of extending your stay a few more days.