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Self-Drive Best of New England

11 Nights Tour from €1,359 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

A picture perfect self-drive tour of New England. You will experience the majestic mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire, explore the beautiful coastal regions of Maine and Cape Cod and admire the glamorous mansions of Newport. This trip will be a feast for the senses with wonderful food from the farms of rural New England to the seafood of the coast and awe-inspiring sights along the way.

Highlights

  • Explore the stunning Acadia National Park on the north east coast
  • Enjoy time in historic Boston, where you can walk the Freedom Trail and see the old battleship the USS Constitution - the world's oldest commissioned naval vessel still afloat
  • Admire the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the Green Mountains of Vermont
  • Experience the picturesque villages and broad beaches of Cape Cod

 

Itinerary Overview

Start and end in Boston: 2 nights Boston; 1 night Kennebunkport; 2 nights Bar Harbor; 1 night White Mountains; 1 night Stowe, 1 night The Berkshires, 1 night Newport, 2 nights Cape Cod,

Details

Day 1

Fly to Boston

Arrive at Logan International Airport. Pick up your rental car and proceed to your hotel where you will be staying for the first two nights. Enjoy your evening at leisure, exploring the city.

Standard Hotel: The Midtown Hotel
Superior Hotel: Sheraton Boston Hotel

Day 2

Boston

The day is free to explore Boston, the cradle of American liberty. Steeped with history from the American Revolution, here you can explore any portion of the 4 mile Freedom Trail walking route which starts at Boston Common and passes 16 of the City's historic landmarks including Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere's home, the Old North Church and the USS Constitution in Boston Harbour, the oldest warship of the American navy.

Standard Hotel: The Midtown Hotel
Superior Hotel: Sheraton Boston Hotel

Day 3

Boston – Salem – Portsmouth – Kennebunkport (90 Miles)

Along the route north of Boston lies almost four centuries of history, as well as some of the coast’s finest beaches and seascapes. First stop is Salem, the location of the infamous witch trials. Then drive along the coast to the charming harbour towns of Gloucester and Rockport. Enjoy the old-time seaport atmosphere of Portsmouth, New Hampshire and its wealth of historic buildings before crossing into Maine. Your destination today is the popular resort of Kennebunkport/Portland area, a haven for writers and artists.

Standard Hotel: Best Western Merry Manor Inn
Superior Hotel: The Nonantum Resort

Day 4

Kennebunkport – Wiscasset – Bar Harbor (210 Miles)

Today continue along Maine’s fantastically varied coastline from Brunswick to Wiscasset, which claims to be the “prettiest village in Maine.” Stop in Rockland, where several schooners offer cruises from the harbor. Then drive along a jagged peninsula to Castine and learn about the history of the 200-year struggle between four countries to possess this strategic town. Your destination today is fashionable Bar Harbor, gateway to Acadia National Park on Mt. Desert Island, and you'll be staying here for two nights.

Standard Hotel: Colonia Inn Ellsworth
Superior Hotel: Best Western Acadia Park Inn

Day 5

Bar Harbor - Acadia National Park - Bar Harbour

A full day to explore one of the oldest and most beautiful national parks in America. Discover soaring peaks, dramatic glacier-carved valleys, clear lakes, and the rugged shoreline with the only true fjord on the US Atlantic coast. Witness the area’s natural wonders from Park Loop Road or drive to the summit of Cadillac Mountain, at 1,530 feet (466 meters), the highest point on the US Atlantic seaboard.

Standard Hotel: Colonia Inn Ellsworth
Superior Hotel: Best Western Acadia Park Inn

Day 6

Bar Harbor – White Mountains/New Hampshire (230 Miles)

Your drive today takes you inland towards the spectacular scenery of the White Mountains, the “rooftop of New England,” a landscape dotted with historic villages and enchanting covered bridges. En route, experience breathtaking views of mountain ranges and pristine forests.

Standard Hotel: Town & Country Inn
Superior Hotel: North Conway Grand Hotel

Day 7

White Mountains, New Hampshire – Stowe (120 Miles)

Today, traverse the White and Green Mountain ranges that divide the New England states of New Hampshire and Vermont. The route takes you through some of New England’s most beautiful scenery. Drive by Lyndonville and see Willey’s General Store in Greensboro before continuing through Craftsbury, a Grandma Moses kind of village, to Stowe.

Standard/Superior Hotel: Golden Eagle Resort
 

Day 8

Stowe – Green Mountains – The Berkshires / Massachusetts (160 Miles)

Continue south along Route 100, where you will take in some of the most spectacular scenery in Vermont’s Green Mountains. With their dense forests, the mountains are home to bears, moose, wild turkey, and deer. See picture-perfect villages and some of Vermont’s famous covered bridges before crossing into Massachusetts’ Berkshires, known for their rural beauty and cultural assets. Overnight in the college town of Williamstown.

Standard/Superior Hotel: The Williams Inn
 

Day 9

The Berkshires – Lenox – Newport/Rhode Island (180 Miles)

Drive south and pass through a series of wonderful little towns, including Lenox, summer home for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. See Hancock Shaker Village near Pittsfield before continuing to the storied little city of Newport Rhode Island, once a prosperous colonial seaport.

Standard/Superior Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Middletown Newport
 

Day 10

Newport – Cape Cod (100 Miles)

America’s most prominent families – from the Astors to the Vanderbilts – have summered in Newport. Some of their spectacular holiday homes are open for viewing. After sightseeing, continue along the coast on your way to Cape Cod. You'll be staying here for two nights, allowing you to explore this beautiful part of the world


Standard Hotel: Hyannis Harbour Hotel
Superior Hotel: Holiday Inn Cape Cod - Hyannis

Day 11

Cape Cod

A full day to explore magnificent Cape Cod with its high cliffs, rolling dunes, broad beaches, miles of walking trails, picturesque villages and delicious seafood. This peninsula is a beloved holiday spot for visitors and natives alike. Stop in Plymouth, a living panorama of Pilgrim and Colonial times and see the Mayflower II.

Standard Hotel: Hyannis Harbour Hotel
Superior Hotel: Holiday Inn Cape Cod - Hyannis

Day 12

Cape Cod – Boston Departure (80 Miles)

Today, leave Cape Cod and drive back to Boston. Return your car at the airport before your departure flight.

  • Return transatlantic flights
  • Economy size car rental with fully comprehensive insurance
  • Hotel accommodation as specified or similar
  • Welcome kit with comprehensive maps and day-to-day itinerary

What's not included:

  • Car parking fees
  • Attraction and sightseeing charges

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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