New England

New England's Spectacular Fall Foliage (Summer 2018)

Duration: 8 days Visiting: United States

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

  1. Day 1

    Arrive Boston.

    Welcome to Boston, affectionately known as 'Beantown'. On arrival at Boston Logan International Airport, a transfer will take you to your 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 Dinner with wine and an opportunity to mingle with fellow guests.

  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. 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. Visit the Rockefellers' renowned Billings Farm and Museum, a working dairy and farm life museum, before a stop in the quintessential Vermont village of Woodstock with its picturesque covered bridge. Arrive in Stowe, Vermont, the breathtaking alpine setting that attracted the real Von Trapp family of ‘The Sound of Music’ fame when they travelled from Austria in the late 1940s. 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 - Relaxed Start

    A Taste of Vermont.

    (Relaxed Start) Today, enjoy beautiful scenery ablaze with fall colours. 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 yours 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 - Relaxed Start

    Sightseeing in The White Mountains.

    (Relaxed Start) This morning, enjoy an insightful 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. In 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. There will be time to browse the many galleries and shops, or walk along the waterfront before continuing to historic Portland. In the evening, enjoy a Celebration Dinner with your fellow travellers.

  8. Day 8

    Back to Boston.

    Continue south to the charming Nubble Lighthouse before driving 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 14:30.

Highlights

 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • North Conway: With an expert naturalist, learn about the wildlife and ecology of the North Woods.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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.
  • Woodstock: Explore one of the finest operating dairy farms in America and also a museum of Vermont’s rural past at the Billings Farm and Museum.
  • Franconia Notch: Enjoy superb panoramic views on-board the aerial tramway.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Quechee Gorge: Stop for fall foliage picture-taking. Stop for photos at the Silver Cascade Waterfall and Bretton Woods.
  • Woodstock: See the famous covered bridge.
  • White Mountains: Travel through Crawford Notch. 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

  • Bennington: Taste fresh cider at the Apple Barn and Country Bake Shop.
  • Stowe: At your Highlight Dinner, taste the product of artisan brewers during a three-course meal.
  • Montpelier: Visit Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks and taste a Vermont tradition: ‘sugar on snow’.
  • Portland: Toast to your fond travel memories over a Celebration Dinner at one of Portland's renowned restaurants.
  • Waterbury: Learn the secrets behind the most famous ice cream in America and sample delicious flavours of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory.
  • Included Quality Dining: 7 Full Breakfasts (FB), 5 Dinners (D) with wine (DW).

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Boston: Located in the heart of downtown, the Hyatt Regency Boston is just steps away from some of the city's most famous sites.
  • Williamstown: The Orchards Hotel is an oasis of quiet charm and set against the backdrop of the magnificent Berkshire Mountains.
  • Stowe: Enjoy a stay at the European-style Trapp Family Lodge, owned by the family who inspired 'The Sound of Music'.
  • North Conway: The White Mountain Hotel and Resort is a warm and comfortable retreat with a breathtakingly beautiful setting and scenic mountain views.
  • Portland: The Westin Portland Harborview brings the best of downtown Portland to your doorstep.

ADDITIONAL 5 STAR SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Insight Tour Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend in a foreign land.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat touring coach, with extended Business Class legroom and on-board restroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are 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 (where available).
  • From time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish - a local tidbit representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Complimentary transfers from and to Boston Logan International Airport are available only on arrival and departure days. Should your flights not coincide with these transfers, or additional accommodation has been booked through Insight Vacations, charged transfers are available. Alternatively, please make your own way from/to the airport.

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 (Traditional) - USA

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.

The Orchards Hotel

Williamstown (Traditional) - USA

Uncover an oasis of quiet charm, set against the backdrop of the magnificent Berkshire mountains. The Orchards Hotel, nestled within the picturesque town of Williamstown, Massachusetts, expertly blends old-fashioned New England elegance with modern convenience, creating an atmosphere that is as delightfully esthetic as the area itself.

Trapp Family Lodge

Stowe (Heritage) - USA

Situated on 2,500 acres in beautiful Stowe, Vermont, the Trapp Family Lodge is a mountain resort in the European tradition by the von Trapp family that inspired “The Sound of Music”. This unique luxury mountain resort features Austrian-inspired architecture and European-style accommodations. Open year-round, the Trapp Family Lodge offers superb mountain views, old world comforts and impeccable service, along with activities for every season.

White Mountain Hotel & Resort

North Conway (Traditional) - USA

Featuring 80 Standard, Deluxe and Superior guest rooms and suites with spectacular mountain and cliff views, this full-service hotel and resort offers all of the modern amenities that discerning travelers have come to expect. Our Victorian architecture and traditional décor create a warm and comfortable retreat while award-winning dining, championship golf and exhilarating outdoor recreation set the stage for an unforgettable experience. Head out and explore the New England countryside or just sink into an Adirondack chair, breathe in the fresh mountain air and let the stress of the day melt away.

The Westin Portland Haborview

Portland, Maine (Central) - USA

This hotel features an ideal location in the heart of the vibrant Arts District in downtown Portland. Step outside and discover the many things to do in Portland, Maine  This 289 room hotel offers the uplifting, revitalizing amenities you have come to expect from Westin. Treat yourself to panoramic views of Portland and Casco Bay from the iconic rooftop lounge, Top of the East offering delicious and healthful local fare & signature cocktails.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
11289 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 15 October, 2018

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    Trip: Excellent itinerary. Lots of places of interest visited and excellent surprises along the way. The views were amazing with lots of Autumnal colours. The tour was everything we hoped for, and more.

    Service: The whole trip was excellent. Our tour guide Jason, was extremely knowledgeable and always eager to help with any queries. A brilliant tour guide with a great sense of humour! The Rockwell Art museum, the maple syrup farm, gondola ride and Ben and Jerry's ice cream factory were all wonderful surprises,so pleased they were included on the tour. Loved the whole experience and would definitely recommend this trip to friends and family.

  • 15 October, 2018

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    Trip: Well planned itinerary with the right number of stops throughout each full day. I would have preferred more photo opportunities but realistically it would be difficult to squeeze any more into each day. Great variety of hotels; well-paced travel on a clean, comfortable coach with plenty of room; food was excellent (especially at the While Mountain Hotel); and we were well entertained on the coach with apt music, interactivity with other travellers and snacks.

    Service: Customer service was excellent from the contact prior to travel to the last farewell at the airport. The Travel Director (Manuel Marquez) and driver (Andre Rosenberg) were excellent, they were experienced, very well informed, a good blend of humour and they worked together very well. They, along with the other travellers, helped to make it a very memorable experience.

  • 15 October, 2018

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    Trip: Everything was wonderful like I said before

    Service: Everything was wonderful, the comfortable coach bus, the hotels and food, the tour guide and bus driver, the fall colors and the new friends. Bucket list trip!!

  • 15 October, 2018

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    Trip: Great itinerary that hit the high spots of the northeast.

    Service: We really enjoyed the combination of Manuel (our tour guide) and Andre (our bus driver.) Manuel was knowledgeable and pointed out attractions on the tour as well as keeping us amused with his anecdotes. The accommodations on the tour were fantastic and we enjoyed the food at each stop. We will definitely recommend this tour to our friends!

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    Trip: Saw lots of Fall foliage which was the purpose of the trip. Personally, I would prefer a few more nature walks instead of say Ben & Jerry's but maybe the majority wouldn't. Including Acadia Nat Park & Bar Harbour would be a good idea. We went there on a small tour just before the Fall tour. Also, the vintage train at Conway looked interesting and even the cog train up to Mount Washington.

    Service: Guide, Jason, was well organised and informative and helpful. Bus was roomy and comfortable and hotels excellent. Meals were excellent too

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    Trip: Didn’t like 2 nights in hotels away from towns which restricted options on free nights

    Service: Delivered trip exceeding expectations

  • 14 October, 2018

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    Trip: Exceeded our expectations- just the right pace and full of fun insights.

    Service: The tour director, Jason, did an exceptional job of making our tour interesting, relaxing, and full of fun insights - I see why your name is Insight Vacations. Would definitely go again and recommend to our friends - a lovely adventure at just the right pace!

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    Trip: The attractions we saw seemed to appeal to all of us.

    Service: Robyn O'Malley was an excellent guide, did a great job of making us feel welcome and important. The agenda was well planned and she was knowledgeable about all the locations and the general area. It was nice to have all the details taken care of so that we could enjoy ourselves. This was our first tour and we plan to do more.

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    Trip: This was my first trip and my expectations were met.

    Service: The customer service was excellent.

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    Trip: We went for the fall colors and even though we were early for tour we did see some beautiful colors.

    Service: Itinerary was great. They used high class hotels. Jason, tour guide, was very knowledgeable about area and had quite a bit of side knowledge. Dennis, bus driver, was very kind and considerate. This was our first bus tour. One thing could have been improved on, the drop off at airport at end of tour. The bus stopped at middle of drive between 2 air lines and we had to walk back to our airline with our luggage. It would have only taken a few minutes to stop at each airline.

  • 14 October, 2018

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    Trip: All of the right places at the right time. History, color and fun.

    Service: This was a fabulous trip. Well planned, well thought out, with an excellent day by day presentation by Jason, our Tour Director. Very First class. We stayed in the best hotels, best service and enjoyed the sights and sounds of New England. We highly recommend this trip and highly recommend Insight. If you want a vacation of a lifetime, always travel with Insight!

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