Lighthouses and Lobsters, New England Self-drive Tour

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  • 9 nights Lighthouses & Lobsters Self-drive Tour, New England - in standard rooms
  • 10 days fully inclusive car hire
  • Flights to Boston with British Airways, accommodation in standard rooms, 10 days 4 door fully inclusive compact hire car and prepayable taxes.
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9 nt Lighthouses & Lobsters Self-drive Tour, New England

in standard rooms

1nt Boston ~ 1nt Kennebunkport ~ 1nt Rockland
2nts Bar Harbor ~ 1nt St Andrews ~ 1nt Bangor
1nt Portsmouth ~ 1nt Cape Cod

BOSTON - ARRIVAL Day 1: Explore Boston’s Seaport on foot and view the Boston Lighthouse which holds a head light visible for sixteen miles “as a reminder of the inextinguishable American spirit.” To take a closer look, there are several guided harbour tours (optional, fees apply) to get you there. Tonight, enjoy dinner at Boston’s world famous waterfront. Weather permitting, may we suggest a harbour side evening stroll to see the moonlight dancing on the water.

BOSTON - KENNEBUNKPORT Day 2: Today travel north to the rocky shores of Gloucester, originally settled shortly after Plymouth Colony, and made famous as the movie setting for the blockbuster “The Perfect Storm” starring George Clooney. Take a stroll on Rocky Neck’s Historic Art Trail, relive the legends of artists & authors of the 19th and 20th centuries. Next is Rockport where you may photograph the iconic red fishing shack: “Motif Number One,” symbolic of New England maritime life. Here, may we suggest a picnic lunch on Long Beach while gazing upon Thacher Island’s Twin Lighthouses made famous by artist Winslow Homer, the only surviving multiple lights of the U.S. Coast. After lunch, cross to York where you can see Maine’s southernmost light, Cape Neddick Lighthouse, & gaze at Boon Island Lighthouse just offshore. Your destination today is Kennebunkport, summer home for many U.S. Presidents.

KENNEBUNKPORT - ROCKLAND Day 3: Today your journey continues along mid-Coastal Maine. A short drive along Main Street brings you to the picturesque fishing village of Cape Porpoise Harbour and view of the Goat Island Lighthouse. Next, Old Orchard Beach awaits. Although its amusement park and famous pier have drawn visitors for over a century, it is best known for its long stretches of soft golden sand. Here, you may wish to pick up a box of locally made sweet salt-water taffy, dip your toes in the cool Atlantic waters, try your luck at a game of chance or take a walk along the boardwalk. Continue to Portland, Maine’s largest city, originally a colonial seaport. Stroll cobblestone streets, visit eclectic art galleries and perhaps enjoy a bowl of piping hot New England clam “chow-dah” alongside Casco Bay. Finish your exploration by visiting the Portland Head Lighthouse. To the north, pass through the town of Thomaston, once home to the aging penitentiary which inspired for the movie “Shawshank Redemption” starring Morgan Freeman. The Maine State Prison Store is still open in Thomaston, where you can purchase items crafted by prisoners. Your drive continues today to the “Lobster Capital of the World,” Rockland, Maine. Here you may view Maine landscape paintings made famous by Andrew Wyeth at the Farnsworth Art Museum (optional, fees apply). Enjoy a stroll at peaceful Rockland Harbour and walk along the breakwater path to see Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse.

ROCKLAND - BAR HARBOR Day 4: Just north of Rockland, the towns of Rockport and Camden offer some of the best views in the state. Camden, the backdrop for the film “Peyton Place,” is a quaint town by the sea. Here, you may wish to take a sightseeing cruise, go kayaking, or take a day sail around Camden Harbour (optional, fees apply) to see Curtis Island Lighthouse. Your destination today is Bar Harbour, on Mt. Desert Island, home to Acadia National Park. Dotting the island’s entrance, traditional lobster pounds with huge outdoor boiling cauldrons cook crustaceans to perfection. This evening, may we suggest a stroll along the quaint streets of Bar Harbour, gazing at the small island for which the city was named, Bar Island, accessible by foot, at low tide only, across Frenchman Bay.

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK ( ENTRANCE FEES MAY APPLY ) Day 5: Explore the oldest national park east of the Mississippi River. Locals say that in Acadia National Park you can “catch fish with one hand while picking wild blueberries with the other.” During select periods of the year, Acadia runs a free shuttle service through the park to see the vast attractions without the hassles of parking. Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the eastern seaboard north of Brazil, a perfect spot for sunrises, sunsets & star gazing. Also along Park Loop Road, you may stop at Sand Beach. Proximal Thunder Hole is a small inlet carved out of the rocks where waves rush in & clap like thunder. Additionally worth noting is the Jordan Pond House, located on an original carriage trail. This is a favourite spot to enjoy tea & a world renowned Jordan Pond Popover. Time permitting you may wish to explore the Bass Harbour Lighthouse.

BAR HARBOR - ST. ANDREWS, CANADA Day 6: Today travel to West Quoddy Head where a striking red-and-white striped lighthouse marks the easternmost point in the United States. Drive along the Sunrise Coast, where the first morning light hits the USA and the coastal rim’s stunning granite bedrock meets a restless sea. A short drive takes you across the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial International Bridge to Canada’s Campobello Island, a favourite destination for the U.S.’s 32nd President. Today Campobello Provincial Park holds his expansive residence, estate gardens, walking trails, and provides a refreshing stop. Return to the U.S. for a drive along the spectacular Bay of Fundy, currently in the running to be one of the earth’s new seven natural wonders. The Bay hosts the highest tides in the world as the 12-hour tidal period can see changes to the height of a four-story building. The Bay of Fundy is also home to many species of rare and endangered whales. Crossing the international border again, you’ll reach your final destination: St. Andrews-By-The Sea, Canada’s oldest seaside resort town.

ST ANDREWS, CANADA - BANGOR Day 7: Enjoy a leisurely morning in picturesque St. Andrews. You may wish to visit Kingsbrae Horticulture Garden (admission fee applies) or walk along the waterfront. Returning to the international border, you’ll pass through the “Chocolate Capital of Canada,” St. Stephen. Then, follow “the Airline” to Bangor. The route, formerly the fastest stagecoach trail from the Canadian border, passes through spruce forests and blueberry barrens. This route is one of the most scenic through Maine’s inland timberland country. Arriving in Bangor, once the Lumber Capital of the World, a 31-foot-tall statue of lumberjack Paul Bunyan greets you. This afternoon you may visit Cole Land Transportation Museum (optional, fees apply), explore the picturesque 660- acre campus of the University of Maine or walk in the footsteps of novelist and movie writer Stephen King, a long-time Bangor resident, whose Victorian mansion home with wrought iron ghouls graces a nearby neighbourhood. This evening you may wish to stroll the banks of the tranquil Kenduskeag.

BANGOR - PORTSMOUTH Day 8: Journey south through Maine’s capital, Augusta, to Kittery. The area is known for its many shopping outlet stores; and for its seaport. From historic Fort Foster, enjoy a photo stop on the battery’s grassy knoll overlooking Whaleback Lighthouse. Continue south to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the seacoast’s economic centre rich with maritime history. Tonight you may wish to enjoy a classic seafood favourite in historic downtown on the banks of Portsmouth’s Piscataqua River.

PORTSMOUTH - CAPE COD Day 9: Today, your journey takes you to Cape Cod to explore its rolling sand dunes, dramatic sea cliffs, and picturesque villages. You may also wish to take the ferry (optional, fee applies) to Martha’s Vineyard and step back in time while visiting this Victorian era summer resort island. Alternately, you may wish to visit one of the many of the Cape’s famous lighthouses such as the Sandy Neck Lighthouse or the Bass River Lighthouse.

CAPE COD - BOSTON – DEPARTURE Day 10: Today, drive back to Boston. You may wish to stop in Sandwich, formerly one of the largest U.S. producers of glass, and visit one of the numerous glass studios, art galleries, rare book stores and antique shops. Or en route you may visit Plymouth Plantation (admission fees apply), a living panorama of Pilgrim times and see the Mayflower II.


Flights to Boston with British Airways, accommodation in standard rooms, 10 days 4 door fully inclusive compact hire car and prepayable taxes.

Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing (unless stated otherwise). Subject to availability, terms and conditions apply.

The area surrounding Boston is known as New England and covers the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Maine and Vermont. Here you'll find glorious beaches, brilliant fall foliage, expansive lakes, scenic villages, covered bridges and soaring mountains along with distinctive food, such as clam chowder.

In Massachusetts, several historic towns are within easy reach of Boston including Salem, known for its witch trials of 1692; Concord and Lexington, which are richly imbued with Revolutionary War history; and Plymouth, the site of the Pilgrims' first settlement in 1620, while further insights to New England's history are on show at Old Sturbridge Village and at Historic Deerfield. Don't miss the dazzling 300-mile coastline of Cape Cod, where you'll find some of the best beaches in New England and the relatively unspoiled islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Western Massachusetts is best known for the beautiful Berkshires, which host the celebrated Tanglewood summer music festival.

Just 90 miles long by 55 miles, Connecticut is New England's southernmost state and the most influenced by New York City. The coast is studded with enticing small towns, from the colonial charms of Mystic where the Mystic Seaport alone can easily occupy most of the day - and tranquil Stonington, to hip New London and intellectual New Haven, home of Yale University.

New Hampshire's short Atlantic coastline is a stretch of mellow, sun-drenched beaches capped by Portsmouth, a colonial town with a crop of excellent restaurants and stylish inns. Inland, there are over 1,300 lakes, including the largest, Lake Winnipesaukee, while the magnificent White Mountains spread across northern New Hampshire, culminating in the highest peak in New England, Mount Washington.

The state of Maine is filled with lobster shacks, dense forests, scenic lakes and seaside enclaves, with ample opportunities to explore, or just lounge in Adirondack chairs as the scenery unfolds before you. Portland is the state's cosmopolitan city, bustling Bar Harbor is a wonderful summer retreat and Acadia National Park is the state's most popular outdoor escape.

Vermont probably fulfils the quintessential image of small-town America with its white churches, red barns, covered bridges, clapboard houses, snowy woods and maple syrup. The lively city of Burlington is worth a visit, Woodstock has a stunning village green and a whole range of 19th century homes, while in winter, the resorts of Killington and Stowe come to life.

A mere 48 miles long by 37 miles wide, Rhode Island is the smallest state in the USA. The colonial college town of Providence and the well-heeled yachting centre of Newport, home to extravagant mansions that once belonged to prominent American families, are the principal places to visit.

Premier Holidays offer a fabulous range of hotels for your tour across New England, see our brochure for further details.

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