1 Arrive In Boston.
Welcome to "Beantown!" At 6 pm, meet your travelling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.
2 Boston - Portland - Bar Harbor.
Head north via New Hampshire's short shoreline and along Maine's rocky coast to Portland, one of New England's most famous cities. Stroll down the cobblestone streets of Portland's famous Old Port Exchange, lined with its many boutiques, coffee houses, and art galleries. The next two nights are in Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island, Maine's oldest summer resort. Dinner tonight is a traditional LOBSTER BAKE, featuring Maine lobster, steamed mussels, and delicious corn-on-the-cob. (B/D)
3 Bar Harbor. Excursion To Acadia National Park.
This morning visit stunning ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, one of America's most visited national parks. During your visit, take the scenic park road for spectacular panoramas from the summit of Cadillac Mountain, the first place in the continental U.S. to see the sunrise each day. Then, travel to the historic Asticou Inn, overlooking the picturesque waters of Northeast Harbor for a local TREAT, a freshly made popover (pastry) and clam chowder. Later, return to Bar Harbor for a free evening. Perhaps a leisurely stroll around the waterfront with its many galleries and boutiques. (B)
4 Bar Harbor - North Conway.
Back to the mainland and west through Maine for vistas of sparkling lakes and forests. Then, on to New Hampshire and the scenic White Mountains, New England's greatest range and premier outdoor playground. Later, enjoy the RAVEN INTERPRETIVE PROGRAM, a National Audubon Society expert presents the unique environs of northern New England and local wildlife. (B
5 North Conway - Woodstock - Killington.
This morning, visit an iconic covered bridge and take photos of the classic New England fall colours. Then, enjoy a beautiful drive through Franconia Notch and along the renowned Kancamagus Highway. Hugging the Connecticut River, cross into Vermont and visit Woodstock, its village green reminiscent of 19th-century England. Next, visit BILLINGS FARM & MUSEUM, a living museum of Vermont's rural past and working dairy farm. Enjoy a delicious, locally-made ice cream cone during your visit. (B/D)
6 Killington - Stockbridge - Sturbridge.
Journey south to Stockbridge in the Berkshire Mountains for a visit to the NORMAN ROCKWELL STUDIO & MUSEUM, housing a large collection of works by one of America's favourite artists. This evening, enjoy a Colonial-style dinner at the historic SALEM CROSS INN, circa 1740. Be sure to save room for the freshly whipped cream-the perfect complement to New England's best apple pie. (B/D)
7 Sturbridge - Mystic Seaport - Newport.
This morning, visit MYSTIC SEAPORT, a living history museum showcasing the many activities that might have occurred in a New England coastal village in the 1800s. Enjoy a CRUISE of the historic Mystic River aboard the Sabino Steamboat, the oldest wooden, coal-fired steamboat operating since 1908. On to Rhode Island, the "Ocean State." (B)
Today, enjoy a Newport orientation tour and see the first state house, the nation's oldest synagogue, and the St. Mary's Church, the location of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier's wedding in 1953. Afterward, explore the extravagant lifestyle of a bygone era when visiting THE BREAKERS, shipping magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt's turn-of-the-century mansion. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner at a waterfront restaurant. (B/D)
9 Newport - Boston.
Depart this morning for Boston. Your guided walking tour of the city's landmarks focuses on the city's most prominent landmarks. See Boston Common; Old State House; Old North Church, from where Paul Revere got the signal to start his famous ride; Freedom Trail; and Faneuil Hall, with the chance to browse in Quincy Market. After a transfer to the airport for guests with homebound flights, the motorcoach continues downtown to the Sheraton Boston Hotel, where the tour ends. Please schedule flights from Boston's Logan International Airport after 3:30 pm. (B)