A feast of contrasts, from bustling New York to the refinement and history of Boston, and then on to the lakes and mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont.
From New York, travel to Newport to begin your magnificent adventure, brimming with activity. From cultural delights including Boston's Beacon Hill, to scenic splendour such as North Conway; home to over 700,000 acres of protected White Mountain National Forest and memorable whale watching at Plymouth Rock.
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Fly to New York where you will transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Take the New England Thruway via New Haven, home of Yale University and New London, then into the tiny state of Rhode Island to Newport, home of the world famous jazz festival and millionaire mansions. Here visit The Breakers, Cornelius Vanderbilt's magnificent Italian palazzo, before heading north into Massachusetts, and the historic seaside port of Plymouth, where the Pilgrim Fathers landed in the Mayflower in 1620.
Begin the day with a visit to Plimoth Plantation, a living history museum of 17th century Plymouth where costumed interpreters portray past residents of the colony. This afternoon you board a cruise boat for an exciting whale-watching expedition with commentary by a local marine biologist. These Atlantic waters are a prime feeding ground for finback and humpback whales, as well as dolphins. Afterwards, you will visit the historic town of Plymouth and Plymouth Rock, the spot where the Pilgrims landed. The evening is yours to relax or explore further.
This morning you visit the Mayflower II and explore a reproduction of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to the New World. Later head for Boston, the 'Cradle of American Liberty', where the rest of the day is free.
Boston has numerous impressive landmarks which reflect the role the city has played in the history of the United States. Your included sightseeing tour will take you to many of the major sights, including Beacon Hill, the Old North Church, Boston Common, and the Public Gardens. Afterwards there is time to explore Faneuil Hall before travelling to the picture perfect ocean front village of Ogunquit, a haven for writers and artists. In the evening, there's a chance to sample the delicious local fare on our optional lobster bake excursion.
Today marvel at New England's autumn splendour as we head through forests ablaze with colour to Lake Winnipesaukee, one of the region's largest and most beautiful stretches of water. Enjoy a cruise across this island-studded lake aboard the historic MS Mount Washington to the resort of Wolfeboro. Your overnight is in North Conway, with a backdrop of over 700,000 acres of protected White Mountain National Forest.
This morning, travel to Wildcat Mountain, where there is time for an optional chairlift ride to the summit (subject to availability), with sweeping views of the surrounding mountains and as far north as Quebec. Travelling through glorious rolling countryside, we continue across New Hampshire. Next it's on to Vermont, where the birch, oak and maple leaves form a brilliant kaleidoscope of colours. After a stop in Montpelier, we visit a nearby maple syrup farm. Next we visit Cold Hollow Cider Mill which is one of the top producers of Fresh Apple Cider in all of New England.
This morning we drive to the shores of Lake Champlain and board the ferry for the scenic crossing into the state of New York. Driving through the rugged foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, we reach the village of Lake Placid, where you can enjoy a leisurely stroll along Mirror Lake, or visit the Olympic Skating Centre.
This morning you can explore on your own, so why not indulge in some souvenir shopping on Main Street? An orientation tour shows off the Saratoga's charming downtown with its Victorian buildings and one-of-a-kind boutiques. Overnight near the historic capital of New York State, Albany.
The final leg of the journey takes you to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in New York.
Note: Chosen departure dates are historically the best dates to see the autumn foliage - weather permitting.Maximum elevation on this tour is 4,400 ft.
Enjoy an included cruise from Plymouth in search of the world's largest mammals. Humpback and finback whales are found in the area, along with porpoises and many other marine mammals and birds.
Stay a little longer in the 'Big Apple' and discover the sights this amazing city has to offer - from the Statue of Liberty to Broadway and the Empire State Building to Macy's, this is a city never to be forgotten. On day 10 transfer to your hotel for 2 extra nights. On day 12 transfer to the airport for your return to the UK.View Details
Stay a little longer in the 'Big Apple' and discover the sights this amazing city has to offer - from the Statue of Liberty to Broadway and the Empire State Building to Macy's, this is a city never to be forgotten. On day 10 transfer to your hotel for 4 extra nights. On day 14 transfer to the airport for your return to the UK.View Details
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