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 trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations.

Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are 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
11427 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 29 November, 2018

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    Trip: Everything went as we anticipated and we enjoyed the activities included. Perhaps a few less picture stops.

    Service: Everything went well any and all concerns were answered,.

  • 19 November, 2018

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    Trip: Some days were too full of activites - prefer to have some relaxing time rather than be on the go constantly.

    Service: There were people upset that we did not stay at the Von Trapp hotel. (We were not ones who were complaining). Our tour guide, Gordon Schoen, went out of his way to explain what happened to the itinerary and that we actually getting an upgrade to a different hotel. Several people were so belligerent with Gordon that he arranged for our tour to have tea and cookies at the Von Trapp hotel. He also was accommodating to those of us who were Catholic and needed to go to church on Saturday (based on our schedule) by dropping us off at Mass. Excellent customer service!

  • 13 November, 2018

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    Trip: Loved the trip, scenery and Trapp Family Lodge everything I hoped for and more.

    Service: This was our 2nd trip with Insight and was concerned they wouldn't be able to make the experience as wonderful as our 1st trip, they did. Guide, blhotels and fellow travelers all made this a vacation to remember.

  • 13 November, 2018

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    Trip: 1st time in this part of the USA & loves the experience!

    Service: Excellent itinerary, locations & tour guide!!

  • 12 November, 2018

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    Trip: The locations, hotels and activities were well planed and we enjoyed them so much.

    Service: It was incredible. The staff were very professional and a joy to be with.

  • 11 November, 2018

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    Trip: Even though Insight had no control over weather conditions on some days at times scheduling could have been better. For instance. Who wants to do Ben and Jerry’s at 9:00 am.

    Service: Yes. Even our travel agent,Jane Barnett; gave top advice and help

  • 11 November, 2018

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    Trip: Well thought out itinerary seeing highlights of New England.

    Service: Everything was first class. My wife and I couldn’t find fault with any aspect of our trip.

  • 09 November, 2018

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    Trip: The leaves were near peak. We enjoyed the cooler weather.

    Service: Gary was great! We greatly enjoyed the trip and the folks on it.

  • 09 November, 2018

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    Trip: We were there peak foliage season.

    Service: Great trip.... great customer service. We made friends and lifetime memories.

  • 08 November, 2018

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    Trip: Well, I misread the first part and pretty well filled in all the pieces, so just read that.

    Service: I have wanted to visit New England for a very long time. Thanks to your service, that wish was fulfilled. I loved the scenery but wished we could have stopped longer at some of the places. Especially the Norman Rockwell Museum. That seemed to be the biggest gripe of my travelling companions as well. Overall, the hotels were great (the Orchard was not up to what was advertised) and places that I probably would not have stayed if I had gone on my own. The guide was knowledgeable and the driver was very courteous and helpful. Thanks to your excursion service, I would like to travel New England again on my own.

  • 06 November, 2018

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    Trip: Variety of stops and fantastic views!!!

    Service: This was my first Insight Vacations trip and it was outstanding.. The timing was fantastic to see New England's Fall Foliage. The bus driver Joseph and our tour director Colleen were awesome. I would definitely recommend Insight Vacations for group travel.

  • 05 November, 2018

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    Trip: The leaves hadn't quite turned to the Deep Reds Maroons crimson but we can't troll control Mother Nature all the time

    Service: The driver Andre and the coach tour director Jason Cohen were very conscientious and personable.my comment on the seats were that they didn't have leg extensions .I like to have my legs out like in a recliner chair and I was told that they had leg extensions and the footrest in the front was broken and kept falling down so it was uncomfortable for me also I'd recommend more leisurely walking around time we didn't get to stop for very long.

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