Colors of New England featuring Portland
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Day 1 Boston, Massachusetts - Tour Begins
Welcome to Massachusetts, where your journey through charming and vibrant New England begins. Relax during a 2-night stay in the heart of Boston.
Day 2 Boston
The choice is yours! Walk the Freedom Trail with a local guide following in the footsteps of those who shaped America during the Revolutionary War -OR- ride with your local guide to see Boston’s iconic treasures, including the Old South Meeting House, Public Gardens, and Beacon Hill. Either way, you’ll make a stop at the famed Faneuil Hall Marketplace, where colorful kiosks of local handiwork mix with bustling crowds and street performers. (B,D)
Day 3 Boston - Woodstock, Vermont - Stowe
Set out for Vermont, the “Green Mountain State,” where tree-covered mountainsides dot a charming landscape of quaint villages with traditional, white steeple churches. Arrive in Woodstock, “the quintessential New England village” with its beautifully restored Georgian homes, a covered bridge, and even a town green. Visit the impressive 165-foot deep, mile-long Quechee Gorge before continuing to your resort in Stowe, nestled in the tranquil Green Mountains. (B)
Day 4 Stowe
We’re off 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. A tour of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory fills you in on the process of making ice cream and ends with a sample of their world-famous scoops. This afternoon, enjoy some leisure time discovering Stowe. Or, take an optional tour of the Trapp Family Lodge, where you'll learn the fascinating history of this local treasure before heading to the von Trapp brewery for a traditional beer flight tasting followed by dinner. (B)
Day 5 Stowe - North Conway, New Hampshire
Today we are New Hampshire bound! Soak in the lovely New England countryside as you journey through the White Mountains of New Hampshire to North Conway. 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, return to North Conway via the Kancamagus Highway, a scenic byway offering spectacular views of the White Mountains region. (B,D)
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 southeast to Maine’s seacoast. Arrive in Portland, once home to sea captains and now known as one of “America’s coolest cities.” (B)
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. (B,D)
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 former President George H. W. Bush. Return to the Boston airport with the many wonderful memories of your adventure. (B)
All This Included
Be charmed by the colors of New England on this tour that brings you from the heart of historic Boston to the farms, coast and mountains of the north. Tour historic Boston during a 2-night stay in the heart of the city. Explore Woodstock, Vermont, a quintessential New England village. Tour Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory and sample some of its delicious creations. 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 your cruise along Lake Winnipesaukee, admiring the splendid views. Dig in at a traditional New England lobster dinner. Admire Maine’s dramatic coast and discover the seaside communities of Portland and Kennebunkport. This is New England at its finest.
Boston, MA: Boston Park Plaza
Stowe, VT: The Lodge at Spruce Peak
North Conway, NH: Red Jacket Mountain View Resort
Portland, ME: The Westin Portland Harborview
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