Welcome to Boston and welcome aboard the Autumn Colours tour!
Get settled at your hotel, then set out on your own to spot some of Boston’s historic sites or enjoy a stroll along the waterfront before gathering at the hotel at 6 p.m. with your tour manager and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.
Boston – Lexington and Concord – Williamstown
Begin the day with a city tour of Boston’s historic sites including several along the famous Freedom Trail. Continue your journey into history with stops at Lexington and Concord, where the first battles of the American Revolution were fought and made famous with “the shot heard round the world.” The afternoon’s drive takes you along the Mohawk Trail, an early Native American and colonial trade route, and the first designated scenic drive in New England. Enjoy the stunning vistas before arriving in the quaint university town of Williamstown nestled in the western Massachusetts mountains known as the Berkshires.
Williamstown – Quechee – Woodstock – Burlington
Head for the Green Mountain State of Vermont, driving through small towns and villages en route to the historic woollen mill in Quechee that now houses the Simon Pearce glassblowing workshop. Relish a Regional Meal lunch featuring local ingredients arranged on Simon Pearce’s beautiful stem and flatware before delving into the art and science of glassblowing. After a stop in the quaint and picturesque town of Woodstock, continue to your hotel located at a mountain resort where you will have dinner.
Burlington – Stowe – White Mountains – North Conway (2 nights)
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. Pass into New Hampshire, the Presidential Range of the White Mountains and Bretton Woods for a stunning glimpse of Mount Washington, the tallest peak in the northeast, before descending into the pretty town of North Conway on the edge of White Mountain National Forest. Later, get acquainted with the local flora and fauna during an engaging talk by a Local Specialist followed by dinner at your hotel.
Spend the 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. Your afternoon is free to spend as you wish. Perhaps enjoy a stroll through town or stop and take in the natural beauty of the area.
North Conway – Bar Harbor (2 nights)
Bid farewell to the White Mountains as you head into the pine forests of the Maine interior. The mountains and forests of Maine soon give way to the “Downeast” coast and the Atlantic swells of Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island. This evening, join your travelling companions for a traditional lobster dinner and learn about lobster fishing from a fisherman, your local specialist.
Acadia National Park Excursion
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. You won’t be getting up that early, but you’ll still have plenty of time to admire the view from the top of the peak before descending to discover the natural riches of New England’s only National Park. Marvel at granite cliffs overlooking dramatic, windswept beaches, graceful stone bridges arching over rushing streams and stands of ancient maples, their leaves glowing fiery red, burnt orange and mustard yellow in the crisp autumn air. Back in Bar Harbor, enjoy an afternoon on your own. Sip a coffee by the sea, stroll scenic Main Street or take an optional nature cruise on Frenchman Bay.
*Bar Harbor Nature Cruise (Seasonal)
Bar Harbor was once the playground of the industrial moguls of the 19th century. This cruise highlights the history and ecology of this enchanting old harbor. Keep your eyes peeled for seals, porpoises, whales and eagles along with the picturesque mansions and lighthouses that dot the phenomenally scenic coastline of ‘Down East’ Maine! Adults must show ID to board. Tour duration: 2.5 hours. (Minimum: 15 passengers). Subject to weather conditions. *May require guest wavier
Adult Price: US$34.00
Bar Harbor – Maine Coast – Portsmouth
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. Head down the coastal highway past lighthouses, fisheries and seaside dwellings that are home to everyone from local lobstermen to holidaying presidents. Travel south to Portsmouth which sits near the mouth of the Piscataqua River that divides New Hampshire and Maine. The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Portsmouth to its list of Dozen Distinctive Destinations. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant and toast your fellow travellers as you end your fall foliage experience.
Portsmouth – Depart Boston
Today it’s back to Boston where you are transferred to Boston Logan International Airport or to the hotel in Boston if you’d like to extend your stay.