Autumn Colours

United States
As autumn arrives, admire the fiery foliage flames of New England on your fall tour from Beantown to the rocky headlands of Maine. Scenic drives along Kancamagus Highway, ice-cream tastings and insight into the nature of this beautiful corner of the U.S. is the best way to spend this season.

Departure dates

From 15/09/2024 to 25/10/2024

What's included

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver.
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted.
All porterage and restaurant gratuities.
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes.
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals.
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras.
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing.
All transport and transfers shown.
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys).
Optional Experiences and free time.
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised.

Itinerary / more information

  • Day 1 Welcome to Boston Boston, known as the 'Cradle of Liberty', was once home to famous sons such as Samuel Adams, Paul Revere and Benjamin Franklin. Immerse yourself in its revolutionary history or stroll along the waterfront. This evening, meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception to kick-start your New England tour.
  • Day 2 Take a Historical Drive Through New England Dive Into Culture Unlock the best of Boston walking along parts of the Freedom Trail. Stroll through Boston Common, Massachusetts State House, Granary Burying Ground established in 1660 by some of America's most notable citizens, Old State House -- the site of the Boston Massacre and the oldest surviving public house in Boston and Faneuil Hall -- America's first Town Meeting and vital location in revolutionary politics). You'll love following the brick and cobblestone streets to historic sites that reveal the history of the American Revolution. Stop at Lexington and Concord, the site where "the shot heard round the world" was fired, marking the beginning of the American Revolutionary War. In the afternoon make your way to Vermont, driving past picturesque New England farmlands and old-world towns.
  • Day 3 Uncover the Craftmanship of Vermont Connect with Locals Get a taste of delectable East Coast cuisine among some of the country's most beautiful landscapes on your New England tour. In Northfield, Vermont, try local products over a Be My Guest Experience including lunch at Green Mountain Girls Farm. Learn about regenerative and sustainable farming and how they raise healthy and free-range animals including pigs, chicken, turkey and goat as well as vegetables in Central Vermont before a farmhouse lunch. Bellies full and ready for more exploration, take in the Burlington waterfront with a scenic cruise around Lake Champlain. Aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen, enjoy your host's storytelling as you enjoy the tranquil scenery from the indoor and outdoor decks surrounded by beautiful foliage.
  • Day 4 Discover Charming Stowe and Northern Vermont Get ready for more local flavours and tempting treats as you make a stop at Lake Champlain Chocolates for local artisan ice cream and chocolates including sea salt caramels, dark chocolate truffles and peanut butter cups. Then head to Stowe, Vermont, a popular ski destination, that is equally vibrant in the fall decorated in the quintessential red and orange hues. Learn from your Travel Director how the von Trapp family, made famous in "The Sound of Music" settled here after fleeing Austria. Take a stroll through the charming and walkable downtown, popping into the shops, before a memorable evening. Through Raven Wildlife Program's MAKE TRAVEL MATTER(R) Experience, a Local Specialist gives you all the fascinating intel into the local ecology, wildlife, and even the science behind the famous colours of the fall foliage found here.
  • Day 5 Embrace Autumn Hues in North Conway See how the foliage of New England is in a league of its own journeying along "The Kanc", an American Scenic Byway that cuts through the White Mountain National Forest. Admire the glowing fall colours on this untouched stretch of road and snap postcard-worthy pics at the many overlooks to remember your New England tour. This afternoon, join a gentle guided hike to Diana's Baths, a series of small waterfalls within the White Mountain National Forest. It's the perfect escape to nature, finding peace in many picturesque spots along the rocks, ledges, falls and pools in the brook. Or, explore the shops and restaurants of the ski town of North Conway on your own.
  • Day 6 Savour the Flavours of Bar Harbor From the mountains of New Hampshire to the pine forests, highlands and river valleys of Maine, New England is a classic. Descending "Downeast", the looming Atlantic swells of Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island are our destination for the day. Join a Local Specialist and naturalist for insights into the lobster fishing industry, marine ecology and local ecosystems. Further your lobster "education" with a classic lobster dinner complete with traditional sides.
  • Day 7 Trek Through Colourful Acadia National Park Dive Into Culture Acadia National Park promises sweeping coastal vistas. Visit the park's Cadillac Mountain, the highest point along the Atlantic Seaboard and the first spot in the United States where the sun rises. Take in a 360-degree panoramic view of the park and the surrounding coastal landscapes. Admire the magnificent pink granite cliffs and ancient maple forests - their leaves glowing fiery red, burnt orange and mustard yellow in the crisp autumn air. Return to Bar Harbor for a free afternoon or consider joining an optional nature cruise on Frenchman Bay. This afternoon on your New England tour, visit the Bar Harbor Historical Society's charming waterfront building to meet a local Wabanaki storyteller for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER(R) Experience of Indigenous oral traditional music.
  • Day 8 Take a Panoramic Drive Along the Marine Coast Dive Into Culture Maine. A state where rocky beaches and cliffs make up a coastline like nowhere else. The intense hues of New England's forests and mountains linger as you journey south to make a stop at the iconic Nubble Lighthouse. Snap a photo of this classic lighthouse built in 1879 before journeying past fisheries and seaside dwellings that have sheltered everyone from local lobstermen to holidaying presidents. In historic Rockport, a seaside town full of charm, try local food, enjoy shopping and admire talented artists. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a memorable Farewell Dinner reminiscing over your fall foliage experience.
  • Day 9 Back to Boston and Beyond We'll return to Boston and transfer to Boston Logan International Airport at 11:00 AM or to the hotel in Boston if you'd like to extend your stay. Dining Summary
  • 1 - Welcome Reception
  • 8 - Breakfast
  • 1 - Lunch
  • 3 - Dinner Be My Guest Burlington: Dive into the local products over a farm tour at Green Mountain Girls Farm. After a warm welcome from owners Mari Omland and Laura Olsen - who returned to Vermont after careers in conservation and smart-growth non-profits, tour the farm and see regenerative farming in action and how they utilize ecologically designed methods to provide excellent products and experiences. Then sit down to a tasty, farm-to-table lunch with all local, organic food from the farm and climate conscious farming partners, you'll love supporting local farmers while having a climate conscious experience. Dive Into Culture Boston: Boston's colonial past comes to life as you walk portions of the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile-long path that encompasses significant locations to the history of the United States. Your Travel Director leads you on this mostly brick path that winds from Boston Common downtown through the North End to the Bunker Hill Monument passing through Paul Revere's House and the Old North Church, enriching your visit with all of their insights into the local history. You'll love this walk through history visiting sites dating back to the 1600s as well as those like Faneuil Hall which has now become a gathering spot for locals. Bar Harbor: Join a Local Specialist and naturalist for a one-of-a-kind look into lobster fishing, marine ecology and local ecosystems. After you've gotten an understanding of this fascinating industry, savour a traditional New England lobster dinner. It's a fascinating window into the Maine Lobster fishery, one of the oldest continually operated industries in North America, with the first documented catch dating back to the 1600s. Maine is the largest lobster-producing state in the nation harvesting over 100 million pounds of lobster each year. Iconic Experience Burlington: Sit back and relax on a relaxing cruise on Lake Champlain as you gaze out at the shore and the changing colours of the leaves. Lake Champlain is an important international waterway between New York City's harbour and the lower St. Lawrence with ports in Burlington, Vermont, and Rouses Point, Plattsburgh, and Port Henry, New York. You'll be in the heart of it all, seeing the colours in the valley between the Adirondack and Green mountains. North Conway: From brilliant foliage to tumbling waterfalls, New Hampshire is an endless playground. Join an easy paced guided hike to Diana's Baths - a series of small waterfalls located in the south-eastern corner of the town of Bartlett, within the White Mountain National Forest. You'll love embracing the natural scenic beauty walking through this serene setting of rocks, ledges, falls and pools in the brook led by your knowledgeable guide. North Conway: The fall colours of New England spring to life on the Kancamagus Highway, a 34.5-mile scenic drive along Rt. 112 in Northern New Hampshire known as one of the best fall foliage viewing areas in the country. Designated an American Scenic Byway, the Kancamagus Scenic Byway cuts through the White Mountain National Forest treating you with views of the White Mountains, the Swift River, Sabbaday Falls, Lower Falls and Rocky Gorge -- reaching an elevation of just under 3,000 feet at its highest point at Kancamagus Pass. Acadia National Park: Acadia National Park, the first National Park established East of the Mississippi and home to Cadillac Mountain, the highest point along the Atlantic Seaboard. Stop at Hulls Cove Visitor Center before traveling along the Cadillac Summit Loop Trail to the top of Cadillac Mountain. You'll beat the crowds, admiring the colors of the leaves as your Travel Director circles back to what you've learning during the Wabanaki Storytelling. Reflect on how this area is the homeland of the Wabanaki people. Bar Harbor: There's no better way to experience Maine than on a scenic drive. On your coastal drive to Nubble Lighthouse, embrace the power of the Atlantic and the salty breeze. Stop in Kennebunkport, a charming coastal gem known for its picturesque beaches, historic architecture and relaxed seaside ambiance that invites you to savour fresh seafood, explore quaint shops and unwind by the ocean. When you arrive, feel like you're standing at the edge of the Earth as the waves roll in. Snap a picture of this quintessential Maine lighthouse, built in 1879 on a tiny, off-shore island, or 'nubble,' in York. Admire the Victorian keeper's house with gingerbread trim and a lantern with miniature cast-iron lighthouses on its railing. MAKE TRAVEL MATTER(R) North Conway: Unlock the secrets of the local flora and fauna at Raven Wildlife Program. A Local Specialist provides a historical and ecological look at the diverse environments in autumn in the North Woods North Conway, giving you all their insights into the local ecology, wildlife and even the science behind the famous colors of the fall foliage. You'll love gaining a new awareness of the natural beauty of this environment and insight into the mysteries of nature. This experience directly supports United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 15: Life on Land. Bar Harbor: Unlock indigenous history and make a positive impact on the local community meeting a local Wabanaki storyteller. Set within the Bar Harbor Historical Society's charming waterfront building, discover Indigenous oral traditions and music. You'll love this storytelling experience about the Wabanaki people's homeland from this family operated and woman-owned business. This experience directly supports United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. Must-see Highlights : Explore Waterbury, Naturalist Guide North Conway, Lobster Presentation and Wabanaki Storyteller in Bar Harbor : Visit Nubble Lighthouse, Kennebunkport, Acadia National Park and Lexington Battle Green Park, Boston Commons and Stowe : View The Green Mountains, Mount Washington, White Mountains National Forest and Cadillac Mountain : Scenic Drive along the Kancamagus Highway, Route 100, a classic Vermont drive that stretches from Canada to Massachusetts : Scenic Cruise along Lake Champlain Stays With Stories Boston: Unlock quintessential Boston over your Stays with Stories experience at Boston Marriott Copley Place. Set in the Back Bay, your accommodations are surrounded by historic brick-lined sidewalks, classic brownstones and the Charles River. You'll find yourself in the heart of it all, moments from Boston's icons including Newbury Street, Fenway Park, numerous restaurants and shops at the Prudential Center and Copley Place Mall. Make the most of your stay using the 24-hour fitness centre or relax in the indoor pool. Your room's sleek decor and spa-like bathrooms invite you to relax and recharge before another big day in Beantown. Whats Included : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver : Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted : All porterage and restaurant gratuities : All hotel tips, charges and local taxes : Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals : Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras : Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing : All transport and transfers shown : Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys) : Optional Experiences and free time : On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised.
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