Colors of New England

from 

AU$5,699

per person
 
Duration: 8 Days
Countries: United States
Tour Provider: Collette
Tour Code: 358-15234

 

 


Be charmed by the colors of New England from the heart of historic Boston to the farms, mountains, and coast of the North. Begin your journey in historic Boston. Explore Woodstock, Vermont, a quintessential New England village. Watch apples transform into cider before your eyes at Cold Hollow Cider Mill. Learn about the maple sugaring industry of New England on a farm tour of the Rocks Estate. Relax as you cruise along Lake Winnipesaukee and admire the splendid views. Dig in at a traditional New England lobster dinner. Travel up the winding Auto Road to see the stunning views from the summit of Mount Washington. Marvel at Maine’s dramatic coast and discover the seaside communities of Portland and Kennebunkport. This is New England at its finest.

Boston

As the site of the famous "tea party," Boston is known for its sense of independence. Founded in the 1630s as a city in one of the original 13 colonies, Boston has a long history from the War of Independence and America's struggle to freedom from British rule. Famed sites include the Old North Church made famous by Paul Revere, Faneuil Hall, the "Make Way for Ducklings" statues and the USS Constitution or Old Ironsides.

Quechee Gorge

Vermont's "Little Grand Canyon" and deepest gorge was formed from glacial activity approx. 13,000 years ago. During the 19th century the park land was part of a woolen mill which employed much of the town. Wool from the mill was made to make Major League Baseball uniforms and blankets for the U.S. Armed Forces. Today the gorge is a beautiful natural area from where visitors can camp, hike or see breathtaking fall foliage.

Stowe

Graced with a historic Main Street, white steepled church and surrounded with wonderful views, Stowe was settled in 1794. Essentially a farming community, Stowe became a tourist destination by the Civil War era. Though nicknamed the Ski Capital of the East, autumn allows visitors to enjoy local products such as apple cider and maple syrup in its many eateries.

Rocks Estate

Nestled in the heart of New Hampshire's famed White Mountains, the Rocks Estate is a reserve featuring a Christmas tree farm and Maple Sugar Museum. From mid February to the middle of spring, maple trees are tapped for the creation of maple syrup. With the help of a virtual tour and museum, visitors can learn of this centuries-old NH tradition.

North Conway

Located in the heart of the Mt. Washington Valley, North Conway is the commercial centerpiece of the area. Noted for its shops, North Conway is a place to purchase New England crafts or factory outlet goods.

Kancamagus Highway

Traverse the 34 mile long (54 km) famous highway for a meandering view of New Hamphire's scenery. The "KANC," as it is known, has no evidence of the modern world. Restaurants, hotels and gas stations are left behind providing visitors the chance to focus on nature's glory.

Lake Winnipesaukee Cruise

This largest lake in New Hampshire is distinguished by crystal clear water and dotted with over 200 islands. Nearby attractions include a Rhine River styled castle, a family fun beach and a scenic railway. The lake has been a tourist destination for over a century drawing visitors from nearby Boston and New York.

Portland

Once home to sea captains and known now as one of America’s Coolest Cities,” Portland is all about vibes: funky, historic, cultured and cultural. On its perch over Casco Bay, Maine’s largest urban area is bursting at the maritime seams with enough museums, boutiques, bars, and restaurants to rival any concrete metropolis. Among centuries-old brick buildings and cobblestone streets, find yourself in the middle of the action at the historic Old Port. In eyeshot of the Portland Head Light, Maine’s oldest, most photographed lighthouse, see the commercial fishing boats come and go out of Portland Harbor, and watch the crab traps being pulled out of Portland Harbor. Experience a world-class dining scene where a culinary boom has embraced seafood crudo and foie gras, but hasn’t abandoned the lobster roll. Discover Portland – a vibrant example of Maine’s singular motto: Vacationland.

Kennebunkport

Kennebunkport is a town in Maine located on the Kennebunk River, approximately 1 mile from the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean. Historically the town was known as a shipbuilding and fishing village. It has been a popular summer colony and seaside tourist destination for over a century, and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state of Maine. Former President George H. W. Bush is known for having a summer home here, located on Walker’s Point.

Lobster Dinner

When the first European settlers reached North America, lobsters would reportedly wash up on shore in piles up to two feet high. Routinely fed to prisoners, slaves, apprentices and children during the Colonial era and beyond, lobster became known as the poor man's protein. Considered a delicacy by WW II, American lobsters (or Maine lobsters) can grow up to 40 lbs (18 kg) and be 3 feet long (91 cm).

Day 1: Boston, Massachusetts - Tour Begins

Welcome to Massachusetts, where your journey through charming and vibrant New England begins. Start your tour in the heart of Boston.

Day 2: Boston - Woodstock, Vermont - Stowe

This morning, set out for Vermont where tree-covered mountainsides dot a charming landscape of quaint villages with traditional, white steeple churches. Visit Quechee Gorge — known as Vermont’s Little Grand Canyon. This afternoon, watch glassblowing artisans craft unique art at the Simon Pearce flagship store. Savor a lunch prepared with fresh, local ingredients served on Simon Pearce dinnerware. After lunch, arrive in Woodstock, “the quintessential New England village” with its beautifully restored Georgian homes, a covered bridge, and even a town green. This evening, settle into your resort in Stowe, nestled in the tranquil Green Mountains.

Day 3: Stowe

Start off your day by heading to the Cold Hollow Cider Mill. In this historic mill, watch – and learn – how fresh cider is produced the old-fashioned way, via rack and cloth press; a process that’s been passed down for generations. This afternoon, visit the Trapp Family Lodge where you'll get to see the stunning alpine architecture and mountain views that reminded the famous family of their home in Austria. Indulge in the charms of this spectacular Alpine inspired property and learn their family history as depicted in the film The Sound of Music.

Day 4: Stowe - North Conway, New Hampshire

Today you will be New Hampshire bound! Soak in the lovely New England countryside as you journey through the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Make a stop to explore the Rocks Estate, home to the North Country Conservation & Education Center. On a tour of the farm, learn about the history and importance of maple sugaring in the region and visit a virtual tap room. Later, continue to North Conway via the Kancamagus Highway, a scenic byway offering spectacular views of the White Mountains region.

Day 5: North Conway

After breakfast, make your way to Mount Washington* — the highest peak in the Northeastern United States. Break into smaller groups and enjoy a tour up the twisting Auto Road. Take in the sight of the peaks jutting into the sky alongside a local expert who will teach you about the unique history, plant, and animal life you may see along the way. Once you reach the summit, take time to appreciate the fantastic view and spend some time inside the museum to learn about the extreme, rapid changing weather conditions that impact the mountain’s peak. Later, it’s your choice! Spend some time appreciating the great outdoors alongside your Tour Manager during a nature walk -OR- sit down comfortable at your hotel for a lecture with a local naturalist to learn all about the ecology of the North Woods.

Day 6: North Conway - Lake Winnipesaukee - Portland, Maine

Journey to New Hampshire’s picturesque lakes region, a popular vacation spot for visitors year-round. Board the M/S Mount Washington and spend the next hour cruising stunning Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire's largest lake. Then, visit the charming town of Wolfeboro, the “oldest summer resort in America.” Later, travel to Maine’s seacoast. Arrive in Portland, once home to sea captains and now known as one of "America's coolest cities".

Day 7: Portland

This morning, a locally guided tour includes Fort Williams Park to view the Portland Head Light, the most photographed lighthouse in America and the oldest in Maine. As you take in the views of Portland Harbor and Casco Bay, four more lighthouses can be seen. Enjoy some free time this afternoon in beautiful Portland to stroll the historic Old Port neighborhood’s many shops and restaurants, or check out one of the city’s many museums or historical sites. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a very special farewell dinner featuring fresh native lobster, for which coastal Maine is renowned.

Day 8: Portland - Kennebunkport - Boston, Massachusetts - Tour Ends

Today, travel along spectacular Ocean Drive through the seaside community of Kennebunkport. See Walker’s Point, the home on a rocky promontory that’s a summer residence to the family of the late President George H.W. Bush. Return to the Boston airport with the many wonderful memories of your adventure.

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