Sightseeing:In Boston; orientation tours in Saratoga Springs and Albany; The Breakers mansion, Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth Rock, Mayflower II, Beacon Hill, the Old North Church, Freedom Trail, Boston Common, cruise on the MS Mount Washington, maple syrup farm, and scenic ferry crossing into the state of New York. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Scenic Highlights:Newport, Village of Ogunquit, Lake Winnipesaukee, North Conway, Lake Champlain, Adirondack Mountains, and Lake Placid village.
Local Guide for sightseeing in Boston; services of a professional Tour Director.
NOTE:Enjoy the spectacular colors of New York and New England on this vacation (if Mother Nature permits).
Day 1New York City
Welcome to the “Big Apple!” Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
Day 2New York City–Newport–Plymouth
Depart Manhattan this morning and follow the Connecticut shore via New Haven, of Yale University fame. Enter the tiny state of Rhode Island and see the sights in Newport, the Great Gatsby resort of spendthrift tycoons. Visit THE BREAKERS, Cornelius Vanderbilt’s magnificent 70-room Italian palazzo, then head north into Massachusetts. Spend the next two nights in the historic seaside port of Plymouth, where the Pilgrim Fathers landed aboard the Mayflower in 1620. (CB)
Begin the day with a visit to PLIMOTH PLANTATION, a living history museum of 17th-century Plymouth, where costumed interpreters portray residents of the colony. This afternoon, why not join the optional whale-watching expedition? Board a cruise boat and head out to sea for an exciting adventure with commentary by a local marine biologist. Keep your eyes peeled because these Atlantic waters are prime feeding ground for finback and humpback whales, as well as dolphins. Afterward, time to visit the historic town of Plymouth and Plymouth Rock, the spot where the Pilgrims landed. The evening is yours to relax or explore more of Plymouth.
This morning, visit the MAYFLOWER II and explore a reproduction of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to the New World. Afterward, head for Boston, the “Cradle of American Liberty,” where your afternoon and evening are open for independent activities. Your Tour Director will have plenty of suggestions for things to do and see.
This morning, included sightseeing with a Local Guide shows off many of the major highlights—Beacon Hill, the Old North Church (where Paul Revere was signaled of the departure of British troops to Lexington), the Freedom Trail, Boston Common, and the Public Gardens. Afterward, time to explore Faneuil Hall before traveling for an overnight to the picture-perfect oceanfront village of Ogunquit, a haven for writers and artists. In the evening, sample the delicious local fare on an optional lobster bake excursion that includes steamed clams, Maine lobster, and delicious corn-on-the-cob.
Day 6Ogunquit–Lake Winnipesaukee–North Conway
Marvel at New England’s autumn splendor as we head northwest to Lake Winnipesaukee, one of the region’s largest and most beautiful stretches of water. Cruise across this island-dotted lake aboard the historic MS MOUNT WASHINGTON to the lake resort of Wolfeboro. Your overnight is in North Conway, with a backdrop of over 700,000 acres of protected White Mountain National Forest,which boasts the tallest peak in the East—Mount Washington at 6,288 feet. Your evening is free. (CB)
Day 7North Conway–Montpelier–Burlington
Travel through colorful autumnal forests and continue across New Hampshire. Next stop: Vermont, where birch, oak, and maple leaves form a kaleidoscope of brilliant yellows, oranges, and reds. After a stop in Montpelier, Vermont’s capital city, we visit a nearby MAPLE SYRUP FARM. Next up: Burlington on the shores of Lake Champlain. (CB)
Day 8Burlington–Lake Champlain–Lake Placid
Drive to the shores of Lake Champlain and board the ferry for the SCENIC CROSSING into the state of New York. Travel through the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains to the village of Lake Placid, site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics.
Day 9Lake Placid–Saratoga Springs
This morning, continue your exploration of the village to shop for souvenirs on Main Street, enjoy a leisurely stroll along Mirror Lake, or visit the Olympic Skating Center, where you can watch future Olympic athletes train. A late arrival in historic Saratoga in upstate New York. An orientation tour shows off the beautiful Victorian estates, downtown with its tree-lined streets, one-of-a-kind boutiques, and gorgeous floral plantings. Balance of the day and evening at leisure. (CB)
Day 10Saratoga Springs–Albany–New York City
The final leg of your journey takes you south into New York City. A stop at Newark International Airport for those with homebound flights. Please schedule flights after 4 pm. For guests with flights out of Kennedy or LaGuardia International Airports, transfers are not included (but passengers can purchase a shuttle transfer from Newark Airport on their own), and it is suggested to book flights after 7 pm. The trip ends in Manhattan for those guests with extra nights. (CB)
Transportation:Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
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