11 nights self-drive tour
Price from: £1799pp
Boston 2 nights
Kennebunkport 1 night
Bar Harbor 2 nights
White Mountains 1 night
Stowe 1 night
Williamstown 1 night
Newport 1 night
Cape Cod 2 nights
Day 1 Fly to Boston. On arrival collect your car and proceed to your hotel.
Day 2 Boston: Day at leisure to explore one of the oldest cities in the USA. We recommend a walk along the Freedom Trail which starts at Boston Common and passes 16 of the city’s historic landmarks; alternatively visit Quincy Market to browse the stalls or perhaps visit the Tea Party Ships and Museum where you can re-enact throwing tea overboard.
Day 3 Boston/Kennebunkport: Head out of the city and north towards Salem, the site of the infamous witch trials. Continue along the coast to the charming harbour towns of Gloucester, Rockport and Portsmouth before crossing into Maine and to the popular resort of Kennebunkport, a haven for writers and artists (90 miles).
Day 4 Kennebunkport/Bar Harbor: Enjoy a leisurely drive along the beautiful Maine coast to Bar Harbor. During the journey, you’ll pass through numerous small towns and quaint fishing villages where you can stop and soak up the scenery, or feast on some lobster or try a cup of clam chowder (210 miles).
Day 5 Bar Harbor: A full day to explore Arcadia National Park, one of the USA’s oldest and most beautiful national parks. Admire soaring peaks, dramatic glacier-carved valleys, clear lakes and the rugged shoreline with the only true fjord on the US Atlantic coast. Witness the area’s natural wonders from Park Loop Road or drive to the summit of Cadillac Mountain, at 1,530 feet, the highest point on the US Atlantic seaboard.
Day 6 Bar Harbor/White Mountains: During your drive today you’ll see spectacular mountain ranges, pristine forests, historic villages and enchanting covered bridges as you travel inland towards the White Mountains, the “rooftop of New England” (230 miles).
Day 7 White Mountains/Stowe: Traverse the White Mountains that divide the New England states of New Hampshire and Vermont. The route takes you through some of New England’s most beautiful scenery. Drive by Lyndonville and see Willey’s General Store in Greensboro before continuing through Craftsbury to Stowe (120 miles).
Day 8 Stowe/Williamstown: Continue south along Route 100 where you will see some of the most spectacular scenery in Vermont’s Green Mountains. With their dense forests, the mountains are home to bears, moose, wild turkey and deer. See picture-perfect villages and some of Vermont’s famous covered bridges before crossing into Massachusetts’ Berkshires, known for their rural beauty and cultural assets. Your overnight destination is the college town of Williamstown (160 miles).
Day 9 Williamstown/Newport: Drive south and pass through a series of wonderful little towns, including Lenox, summer home for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. See Hancock Shaker Village near Pittsfield before continuing to the storied little city of Newport, Rhode Island, once a prosperous colonial seaport (180 miles).
Day 10 Newport/Cape Cod: America’s most prominent families - from the Astors to the Vanderbilts - have summered in Newport. Some of their magnificent vacation homes are open for viewing, so allow time to see these before driving along the coast to Cape Cod (100 miles).
Day 11 Cape Cod: A full day to explore magnificent Cape Cod with its high cliffs, rolling dunes, broad beaches, miles of walking trails, picturesque villages and delicious seafood. Perhaps make time to visit Plymouth, a living panorama of Pilgrim and Colonial times and see the Mayflower II.
Day 12 Cape Cod/Boston: Bid farewell to Cape Cod and drive to Boston (80 miles). Return your car at the airport where your tour concludes.
Departures: Daily between Apr-Oct 20.
Accommodation: In 3* hotels. Higher grade hotels are available at a supplement.
Meals: Room only.
Tour price: The price shown for this tour is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes international flights to and from Boston, 12 days compact 4 door car with fully inclusive insurance and 11nights accommodation.
Best of New England is also available with a motorhome rather than a car. The price shown includes return international flights to and from Boston, one pre-night at the Boston Park Plaza and a C19 motorhome for 11 days.
11 night self-drive motorhome tour from £1799pp