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Duration: 8 days Visiting: United States
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Williamstown (Traditional) - USA
The Orchards Hotel is an oasis of quiet charm and set against the backdrop of the magnificent Berkshire Mountains.
Stowe (Heritage) - USA
Enjoy a stay at the European-style Trapp Family Lodge, owned by the family who inspired 'The Sound of Music'.
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.
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.