NEW ENGLAND AND CAPE COD AUTUMN FOLIAGE

Featuring the Back Roads of Vermont & New Hampshire

September 26 – October 5, 2016

There is nothing quite like autumn in New England, with its kaleidoscope of glorious colors, continually changing in a blaze of glory. Witness the beauty and charm of five New England states and quaint Cape Cod.

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Days 1 & 2: Mostly traveling days from Missouri heading East

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Day 3: Arrive Boston

Welcome to Boston. On arrival at Boston Logan International Airport, there is a transfer to your downtown hotel. Why not take a stroll to Downtown Crossing or historic Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market? At 6.00 pm, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over drinks and a light meal.
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Day 4: Boston to Williamstown

Discover some of Boston’s most famous sights as your Tour Director takes you along a section of the Freedom Trail. Then enjoy the colorful scenery as you travel west to Stockbridge for a visit to the Norman Rockwell Museum, the largest and most significant collection of original Rockwell art. Next, travel through the stunning rolling hills of the Berkshires to your hotel in the beautiful college town of Williamstown.
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Day 5: The Legends of the Fall and Stowe

Leave Massachusetts to journey through the legendary fall foliage of Vermont. After a photo stop at Quechee Gorge, visit the Rockefellers’ renowned Billings Farm and Museum, a working dairy and farm life museum. Next is the quintessential Vermont village of Woodstock with its picturesque covered bridge. There is time to stroll the quaint streets before heading to Stowe, Vermont. It was the breathtaking alpine setting that attracted the Von Trapp family of ‘The Sound of Music’ fame when they arrived from Austria in the late 1940s and built their wonderful hideaway. At tonight’s Highlight Dinner, each of the three inspired courses are perfectly paired with a lager tasting from your resort’s on-site microbrewery.
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Day 6: Tastes of Vermont

Today, enjoy beautiful scenery ablaze with fall colors and views of Vermont’s tallest peak, Mount Mansfield. Visit Cold Hollow Apple Cider Mill and taste fresh cider in the making, then sample flavors of a different kind on a guided tour of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory. Return to the charming town of Stowe where the rest of the day is free to wander the quaint streets, hike in the woods, or enjoy the lodge’s amenities.
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Day 7: North Conway and the White Mountains

Near Montpelier, visit Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks and taste a Vermont tradition: ‘sugar on snow’ – maple syrup served with a doughnut and pickle. Then head for New Hampshire’s White Mountains and enter Franconia Notch. Get your cameras ready for a ride on the aerial tramway offering superb panoramic views. Later, journey through the dazzling crimson and orange hues of the famed Kancamagus Scenic Byway to North Conway.
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Day 8: Sightseeing in the White Mountains

This morning, enjoy an interpretive presentation by a naturalist on the North Woods’ wildlife and ecology. Then, more spectacular fall foliage awaits as you journey through Crawford Notch. Stop for pictures at the Silver Cascade Waterfall and Bretton Woods, offering stunning views of Mount Washington, the tallest peak in the northeast at 6,288 feet (1,917 metres). Return to your hotel where your evening is at leisure.
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Day 9: The rugged Maine Coast to Portland

Leaving New Hampshire’s glorious fall foliage, enter the deep green pine forests of western Maine. At charming Kennebunkport, travel along Ocean Drive with stunning views of the Maine coastline and the homes of Kennebunkport’s rich and famous, including the summer retreat of former President George H.W. Bush. Browse the many galleries and shops, or walk along the waterfront before continuing to charming and historic Portland. In the evening, enjoy a Celebration Dinner served at a local restaurant.
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Day 10: Back to Boston

Continue south to the charming seaside village of Rockport on Cape Ann. Stroll down flower-filled lanes lined with wooden fishing shacks, whimsical stores and art galleries before heading back to Boston. Stops will be made at Boston Logan International Airport and the Boston tour hotel for guests wishing to extend their stay. Please do not schedule flights before 5.00pm. Full Breakfast