New England

New England's Spectacular Fall Foliage (Summer 2017)

Duration: 8 days Visiting: United States

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Embark on the quintessential autumn holiday in this truly picturesque corner of North America, brimming with Americana and alive with the spectacular colours of an Indian Summer.

This tour allows you to fully enjoy New England's unique fall foliage at a moderate pace. Relax with two-night stays in Stowe and North Conway, explore historic attractions, discover quaint towns filled with Americana appeal and sample delectable local specialities.

  1. Day 1

    Arrive Boston

    Welcome to Boston. On arrival at Boston Logan International Airport where you will be met and taken to your centrally located hotel. Perhaps take a stroll to Downtown Crossing or historic Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. At 18:00, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to mingle over drinks and a light meal.

  2. Day 2

    Beantown to Williamstown

    Discover some of Boston's most famous sights as your Tour Director takes you along a section of the Freedom Trail. Then, enjoy the colourful scenery as you travel west to Stockbridge for a visit to the Norman Rockwell Museum, the largest and most significant collection of original Rockwell art. Next, travel through the stunning rolling hills of the Berkshires to your hotel in the beautiful college town of Williamstown.

  3. Day 3

    The Legends of the Fall and Stowe

    Leave Massachusetts to journey through the legendary fall foliage of Vermont. Visit The Apple Barn Country Bake Shop and taste fresh cider in the making. After a photo stop at Quechee Gorge, visit the Rockefeller's renowned Billings Farm and Museum, a working dairy and farm life museum. Next is the quintessential Vermont village of Woodstock with its picturesque covered bridge. There is time to stroll the quaint streets before heading to Stowe, Vermont. It was the breathtaking alpine setting that attracted the Von Trapp family of ‘The Sound of Music' fame when they arrived from Austria in the late 1940s and built this wonderful hideaway. At tonight's Highlight Dinner, each of the three inspired courses are perfectly paired with a lager tasting from your resort's on-site microbrewery.

  4. Day 4

    Tastes of Vermont

    Today, enjoy beautiful scenery ablaze with fall colours and views of Vermont's tallest peak, Mount Mansfield. Then sample flavours of a different kind on a guided tour of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory. Return to the charming town of Stowe where the rest of the day is free to wander the quaint streets, hike in the woods, or enjoy your lodge's amenities.

  5. Day 5

    North Conway and the White Mountains

    Near Montpelier, visit Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks and taste a Vermont tradition: ‘sugar on snow'–maple syrup served with a doughnut and pickle. Then head for New Hampshire's White Mountains and enter Franconia Notch. Get your cameras ready for a ride on the aerial tramway offering superb panoramic views. Later, journey through the dazzling crimson and orange hues of the famed Kancamagus Scenic Byway to North Conway.

  6. Day 6

    Sightseeing in the White Mountains

    This morning, enjoy an interpretive presentation by a naturalist on the North Woods' wildlife and ecology. Then, more spectacular fall foliage awaits as you journey through Crawford Notch. Stop for pictures at the Silver Cascade Waterfall and Bretton Woods, offering stunning views of Mount Washington, the tallest peak in the northeast at 6,288 feet (1,917 metres). Return to your hotel where the evening is at leisure.

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    The rugged Maine Coast to Portland

    (Relaxed Start) Leaving New Hampshire's glorious fall foliage, enter the deep green pine forests of western Maine. At charming Kennebunkport, travel along Ocean Drive with stunning views of the Maine coastline and the homes of Kennebunkport's rich and famous, including the summer retreat of former President George H.W. Bush. Browse the many galleries and shops, or walk along the waterfront before continuing to charming and historic Portland. In the evening, enjoy a Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant collaborating with local farms and fisheries to provide a farm-to-table experience.

  8. Day 8

    Back to Boston

    Continue south to the charming seaside village of Rockport on Cape Ann. Stroll down flower-filled lanes lined with wooden fishing shacks, whimsical stores and art galleries before heading back to Boston. Stops will be made at Boston Logan International Airport and the Boston tour hotel for guests wishing to extend their stay. Airport arrival will be 14:30pm.

Highlights

 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • North Conway: From black bears to bobcats and beavers, learn about the wildlife of the North Woods from an expert naturalist.
  • Franconia Notch: Enjoy superb panoramic views on-board the aerial tramway.
  • Boston: Follow part of the red-brick Freedom Trail that brings to life the story of the American Revolution.
  • Stockbridge: Visit the Norman Rockwell Museum, a wonderful snapshot of Americana, built to showcase the amazing artwork produced during his long career.
  • Billings Farm and Museum: Explore one of the finest operating dairy farms in America and also a museum of Vermont's rural past.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Quechee Gorge: Stop for fall foliage picture-taking.
  • Woodstock: See the famous covered bridge.
  • White Mountains: Travel through Crawford Notch. Stop for photos at the Silver Cascade Waterfall and Bretton Woods. Enjoy views of Mount Washington.
  • Kennebunkport: Drive along Ocean Drive. See the homes of the rich and famous, including the summer retreat of former President George H.W. Bush. Browse in the galleries and shops.
  • Rockport: Stroll down flower-filled lanes of this charming seaside town. See the wooden fishing shacks, quaint stores and art galleries.
  • Scenic Drives: Berkshire Hills, the Kancamagus Scenic Byway and the rugged scenery of the Maine coast.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Stowe: Taste the produce of artisan brewers during a three-course meal with tastings of Austrian inspired lagers.
  • Vermont: Visit the Apple Barn and Country Bake Shop and taste fresh cider in the making.
  • Vermont: Sample flavours of a different kind on a guided tour of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory.
  • Montpelier: Visit Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks and taste a Vermont tradition: ‘sugar on snow' - maple syrup served with a doughnut and pickle.
  • Portland: Enjoy a Celebration Dinner with wine at a farm-to-table experience in one of Portland's renowned restaurants.
  • 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 7 Full Breakfasts (FB), 1 Highlight Dinner (HD), 2 Dinners (D) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD)

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Stowe: Enjoy a stay at the European-style Trapp Family Lodge, owned by the family who inspired the classic musical, 'The Sound of Music'.

ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES

  • An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Included airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 8.

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trips. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Accommodation

 

Hyatt Regency Boston

Boston (Central) - USA

Complimentary Wifi

Discover the city’s newly renovated, downtown destination, Hyatt Regency Boston, where luxury and convenience collide. Steps from Boston’s most desirable area-attractions such as the Boston Common, Faneuil Hall, and Boston’s famous shopping destination, Newbury Street, the hotel sits at the edge of the city’s excitement. Tour the Freedom Trail, visit the Museum of Fine Arts, or catch a game at historic Fenway Park, all just minutes from Hyatt Regency Boston. Hyatt Regency Boston is the premier hotel for business and leisure travelers. Expect the best at Hyatt Regency Boston, where we make for easy, productive and stylish travels.

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  • 5 out of 5

    New England Reflections

    10/30/2016 Erica Lyttle, BELFAST, United Kingdom

    We returned several weeks ago from our New England trip and have gained perspective on the experience. Overall, we feel we visited – alas only briefly - very many of the ‘main sights’ of the area, scenery and places of interest as well as learning a lot about the political, social and economic history and current situation of the various states we visited. The itinerary was well planned and covered so much. We enjoyed meeting our fellow travellers from many different places and getting to know them. Our tour director (Howie) was amazing, pacing his information about each state and each place we visited, and incidentally joining the dots on our fragmented knowledge of American history. He was constantly ensuring everyone’s comfort and enjoyment. Our group worked well together not least because of his management of the trip. Our driver (Joseph) displayed excellent driving skills in some very tight places. This was our first Insight Vacations tour but it will not be our last – thank you to everyone who made this such a memorable holiday for us.

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  • 5 out of 5

    New England Fall Foliage

    10/10/2016 Peggy Hults, North Plains, United States

    I rate this tour five although it was my first experience on a coach tour so I have no other to compare it to. I very much enjoyed the tour. The tour director and the bus driver were EXCEPTIONAL. The hotels were great. Especially the Trapp Family Lodge, that was a highlight. The only thing I wish different and you might consider this for future, is that staying the last night in Portland , Maine could be changed to two nights somewhere closer to the coast whereby we could have some time on a beach. How-ever I have never been to these states so have no idea what is available. The tour seemed well planned. I would recommend the company. Thanks.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Another item off my Bucket List

    10/9/2016 Kerry Hamilton, Knowles, United States

    Oh, my! It was soo much fun: the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Cold Hollow Apple Cider Mill, the Morse Farm Maple Sugar Works, the foliage, the unexpected stops like Salem, Massachusetts.  My, it was a whirlwind of excitement. Our tour guide, Cyndi, was outstanding, as was the hotel accommodations, food, and fellowship. Meeting people and stepping outside my comfortable "box" was fantastic. I would do the trip all over again if I could tomorrow!

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  • 5 out of 5

    Fabulous Trip

    10/7/2016 Anne Andrews, New Braunfels, United States

    If 5 Stars is the best, that is how I would rate our tour. I can't think of anything that wasn't above our expectations. Every little detail was thought of to make us comfortable and happy. I loved the variety of stops and hotels. And our tour director, Sheri, was such a total delight. Sheri was very knowledgable about every thing on our trip from basic information about the state, the different sites in each state even the the ones we did not visit. She gave us accurate guidance about what to look for at our stops to maximize or experience, when the best time would be to buy items, Restaurants which provide different foods and services, etc, She was able to turn any traveler's negative comments into a positive feeling and she never lost her beautiful smile or attitude. She made our trip very positively memorable.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Fall Colorado

    10/5/2015 Diana Bealer, Upland (CA), United States

    Had a wonderful trip/tour. Enjoyed the great food and accommodations. Our tour director, Roger was very informative; really knows about all the New England states. He was able to organize the tour so that we had many different places to visit. There was something/somewhere for everyone on the tour to enjoy.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Great fall leaves tour

    10/7/2014 Marilyn Beuershausen, Refugio, United States

    The fall leaves tour with our Tour Director Jordan Allen was so much more beautiful and full of surprises than we ever expected. Jordan found so many "off the beaten path" places to go that were so awesome!

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  • 5 out of 5

    Beautiful Autumn Colours

    10/27/2013 Denise Paterson, Belmont, Australia

    This is a wonderful trip for those wanting to see the Autumn colours and experience the New England area. The tour is well paced, stopping for two nights in two of the destinations. Staying at the Von Trapp Lodge was wonderful. Many of the evening meals were included and the "lobsta bake" on the final night was a real treat that everyone enjoyed. The coaches used by Insight are spacious and with only 40 people, movement on and off the the coach is time efficient. Loved the Norman Rockwell Museum, the visit to the maple syrup farm & the gondola ride.

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  • 5 out of 5

    First insight tour for the Grays

    10/20/2013 Ellen Gray, Banksia Beach, Australia

    Had a fabulous time on our first Insight Tour, with our fabulous tour guide Sherie and superb bus driver Don, was thrilled with the accommodation, dinners, and great travelling companions. Would recommend Insight to everyone. Thanks.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Spectacular Fall Foliage Tour!

    10/9/2013 Crystal Ragland, Rockwall, United States

    Thanks so much to Insight and our Tour Director, Rob, for making this such a wonderful trip! We had excellent meals and spectacular views on our stops. Our tour director made each stop special by sharing information we wouldn't have received if we had traveled on our own and we never had to deal with our luggage once! The bags "magically" showed up on the bus and in our rooms when we got to the hotels. :) As much as my husband and I enjoyed the beautiful scenery and food, the friendships we made on the bus were our favorite part. We met people from all over the US, England, Australia and New Zealand. It was fun getting to know the other passengers and learning how their cultures differ from ours. We would recommend Insight to anyone considering a New England Fall Foliage Tour!

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  • 5 out of 5

    Spectacular xxxxx

    10/1/2013 Ann Munns, Eye, United Kingdom

    The whole tour far exceeded my expectations in nearly every way.I found the organisation exceptional and the icing on the cake was our superb tour director, Howie, who was efficient, knowledgeable, on many subjects concerning the various places we travelled to, and executed the whole tour with kindness and humour. Very well done Howie!

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