New England Vacation Tour
Step back in time on this memorable New England vacation, exploring centuries of history on Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod and in Newport. Relive 17th-century life at Plimoth Plantation and visit the largest whaling museum in America. Special experiences include a scenic flight from Martha's Vineyard to Nantucket. A whale-watching cruise off the shores of Provincetown, a sightseeing cruise of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay and a tour of The Breakers, one of Newport’s most extravagant Gilded Age mansions.
Day 1: Welcome to New England
Your New England vacation begins at 5:30 PM at The Lenox Hotel. A transfer is included from Logan International Airport to The Lenox Hotel, perfectly situated in the heart of Boston's picturesque Back Bay neighbourhood. A welcome reception at your hotel this evening, followed by a welcome dinner at a local restaurant, gets your New England vacation off to a wonderful start!
Day 2: Plymouth Plantation and Martha's Vineyard
From Boston, travel to Plymouth to step back in time at Plimoth Plantation, a re-created 17th-century village with costumed role players who bring the history of the Plimoth Colony, one of the earliest English settlements in North America, to life; see Plymouth Rock, marking the Pilgrims' 1620 landing site. After some free time in Falmouth, a ferry ride from the mainland takes you to the island of Martha's Vineyard. Whether you call it chic, fashionable, posh, quaint, charming, or trendy, it is one of the hottest New England vacation destinations of the 21st century – and where you'll spend the next two nights in the former whaling centre of Edgartown.
Day 3: Explore Martha's Vineyard
You'll bridge the centuries by exploring the Vineyard today. Start your sightseeing by admiring the historic stately homes in Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven. Take in the salt marshes, long beaches, and picturesque yacht harbors, and the towns of West Tisbury and Aquinnah (once known as Gay Head). During an afternoon and evening spent as you please, you might want to bird watch at the bluffs, watch the lobstermen pull up their traps offshore, hang out at the fishing pier, or seek out what interests you most in this idyllic New England vacation spot.
Days 4: Fly to Nantucket and on to Cape Cod
Explore a different New England vacation island today when you take a flight from Martha's Vineyard to Nantucket Island, site of one of the country’s most important whaling towns two centuries ago. Admire the Colonial architecture, winding cobbled streets, and historic taverns in the quaint harbourside town of Nantucket, a National Historic Landmark District. See the coastal heathlands and long barrier beaches; approximately 40 percent of Nantucket is preserved as conservation land. Hop a fast ferry to Hyannis, then travel to seaside Chatham on southern Cape Cod for a two-night stay; enjoy a traditional lobster and clambake dinner tonight.
Day 5: Cape seashore and Provincetown
Journey up along the outer Atlantic side of the Cape to visit Cape Cod National Seashore, with its massive sand dunes towering above crested seas. Arrive in Provincetown on the tip of the Cape; once a key whaling town, it has become world-renowned over the last century as an arts colony and a major summer resort. "P-Town" is set near the summering grounds for a number of whale species; weather permitting, take a guided whale-watching cruise to see these amazing aquatic mammals roll, flip their tails, and blow through their blowholes – a true highlight of your New England vacation. Have dinner back at your resort in Chatham this evening.
DAY 6: Maritime lore in New Bedford and Newport
Leave the Cape and head west to New Bedford, a historic seaport on the Atlantic coast, for a guided visit to the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the nation's largest museum devoted to the history of whaling. Continue on to Newport, Rhode Island, a long-time haven for yachting enthusiasts, former home of the America's Cup, and one of the great playgrounds of the rich in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Drive past some of the ostentatious mansions that served as summer "cottages" for affluent socialites during the Gilded Age, and explore the celebrated Ten-Mile Drive; your home for the next two nights of your New England vacation is set right on Newport Harbor.
DAY 7: Narragansett Bay Cruise & more in Newport
Your Tauck Director begins the day with a guided stroll along Newport's Cliff Walk, set between the sea and the mansions. See the opulence of the 19th century's Gilded Age first-hand on a guided tour through "The Breakers," a 70-room Italian Renaissance mansion inspired by the 16th-century palaces of Genoa and Turin. This palatial "summer cottage" built by Cornelius Vanderbilt is now a National Historic Landmark. Following an afternoon spent exploring more of Newport on your own, enjoy a delightful cruise through Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. Your cruise ends with your arrival by boat at Forty 1° North Marina Resort, the city's newest luxury waterfront venue, to cap your New England vacation at our exclusive farewell cocktail reception and dinner overlooking Newport Harbor.
DAY 8: Back to Boston for your journey home
Drive back to Boston after a leisurely breakfast this morning. Tauck's memorable New England vacation ends at Boston’s Logan International Airport at 12:30 PM, or The Lenox Hotel at 1:30 PM, traffic permitting. Airport transfers are included; allow two hours for flight check-in.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
As this Private Journey can be personalised to your specific requirements, it is not available for online booking. Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing will vary from low season to peak season travel.
Inclusions and itineraries are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our consultants for the most up to date itinerary, prices and availability.