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  • Connecticut

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    The Constitution State, Connecticut is comfortably wedged between New York City and Boston. Although it’s one of the smallest states in the union, it still delivers on variety with a great choice of inns, restaurants, museums, galleries, shopping and spas.

    • Washington, Connecticut

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    • Mystic Harbour

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    • Connecticut State Capitol

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    • Fairfield, Connecticut

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    • Mystic, Connecticut

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    • New London Ledge Lighthouse

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    As a result of its close proximity to New York City, Connecticut assumes some of the ‘Big Apple’ cosmopolitan chic while being able to still retain its distinctive New England character. The seashore is a delight - dotted with colonial villages set amidst beautiful beaches and coves; while inland, the countryside is easy on the eye with a landscape that is almost like England in places.

    There are vibrant cities and major attractions for couples as well as families throughout the state – explore Mystic, rich in culture and history, with its Aquarium and Seaport. Just along the coast to the west is New London, the home of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy where you can explore America’s tall ship and the Coast Guard Museum.

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    • Top Tip 1

      Catch the Boston Red Sox in a game of baseball at their famous Fenway Park, which celebrated its millennium in 2012. Soak up the friendly but electric atmosphere as you try to work out the rules of the game!

    • Top Tip 2

      Shopaholics should head to Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace for big-name as well as eclectic stores or to Newbury Street, the most exclusive shopping street in New England. Here you’ll find unique art and craft galleries, jewellery outlets and boutiques.

    • Top Tip 3

      Cape Cod is one of the best places for a whale-watching boat trip (the season is from May to October). You may see dolphins as well as Humpback, Minke and Finback whales.

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      Escape the crowds on the more remote beaches of the Cape Cod National Seashore coastline. Or, take the foot passenger ferry from Hyannis to Oak Bluffs on the boutique island of Martha's Vineyard. Hire bicycles and ride to the south shore for the beautiful beaches.

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      So much of New England is about food! Try clam chowder in famous Quincy Market Food Hall, fresh lobster anywhere in Maine and, of course, a tub of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream made in Vermont.

    • Top Tip 6

      Visit the Berkshires, Massachusetts in summer time and catch one of the many summer festivals. It’s the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the theatre festival in Stockbridge and the music festival in Tanglewood.

    • Top Tip 6

      Ride the Cog Railway to the peak of Mount Washington in New Hampshire. You'll travel above the clouds and see some spectacular scenery along the way.

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      Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts is a living history museum which recreates an 1830’s New England rural village. Costumed staff perform the routines of everyday life of the 19th century.

    • Top Tip 9

      Visit the breathtaking millionaires’ mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, built over 100 years ago by America's wealthiest families - the Vanderbilt’s, Astor’s and Belmont’s to name but a few.

    • Top Tip 10

      Enjoy a summer boat ride aboard The Spirit of Ethan Allen or a lunch cruise on the Northern Lights cruise ship on the 125-mile long Lake Champlain.

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  • The Best of New England

    Begins in and ends in Boston, Massachusetts

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    Your fly drive includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation.
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Coastal Maine

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    • Pretty Lighthouses

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    • Fall Colours

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    • Boston

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    • Kennebunkport

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    • Bretton Woods

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    • Vermont Church

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    • Bar Harbor

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    Day 01

    Arrive Boston

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Boston. Upon arrival proceed to your hotel, the Fairmont Copley Plaza, an iconic hotel in a location central to many attractions.

    Hotel: Fairmont Copley Plaza

    Day 02

    Boston

    The cosmopolitan city of Boston is a delight to visit. Great food, wonderful shopping and a wide array of attractions will keep you entertained. Explore the Freedom Trail, shop at Quincy Market or try a Boston 'Duck Tour' and get to see the city from land and water.

    Hotel: Fairmont Copley Plaza

    86Mi/138Km

    Day 03

    Kennebunkport

    After collecting your rental car, this mornings drive takes you north into the coastal state of Maine. En route, visit Salem, known best as the home of witchcraft. Your drive takes you along the beautiful Massachusetts and Maine coastlines, scattered with small towns and villages to the pretty town of Kennebunkport.

    Hotel: White Barn Inn

    102Mi/164Km

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    The White Mountains

    We suggest you take time today to journey further along the Maine coastline before heading inland and perhaps stopping in North Conway for fabulous outlet shopping or to travel the North Conway Railroad. Explore the White Mountain National Forest and take the Mount Washington toll road to the summit of New Hampshire's highest mountain. On your second day, why not make the journey south to Meredith? Perched on Lake Winnipesaukee, Meredith has an idyllic setting and a warm personality.

    Hotel: Omni Mount Washington Resort

    91Mi/146Km

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    Stowe & The Green Mountains

    Crossing the state line into Vermont today takes you into Green Mountain country. No matter what time of year you visit there's a lot to keep you entertained, from hiking and skiing to browsing the quaint village shops.

    Hotel: Green Mountain Inn

    229Mi/369Km

    Day 08

    Lenox & The Berkshires

    Today visit Shelbourne Museum's collection of Americana, scenic gardens and the side-wheeler SS Ticonderoga. Perhaps take a detour to Woodstock, a quintessential New England village with traditional shops and covered bridges. Tonight, you'll stay in the beautiful Berkshire in a town which is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

    Hotel: Cranwell Resort, Spa & Golf Club

    61Mi/98Km

    Day 09

    Washington

    This morning visit the Francine Clarke Art Institute or the Hancock Shaker Village, a restored 19th century settlement before journeying south into Connecticut. As a result of its close proximity to New York City, Connecticut assumes some of the Big Apple cosmopolitan chic whilst retaining its distinctive New England character.

    Hotel: The Mayflower Grace

    134Mi/216Km

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    Newport

    Enjoy a relaxing morning in Washington, Connecticut before continuing your journey into New England's smallest state Rhode Island. Newport was the summer resort of the first millionaires. Spend a day by the beach or tour the Cliff Walk and Ten Mile Drive with its extravagant mansions.

    Hotel: Vanderbilt Grace

    77Mi/124Km

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    Cape Cod

    Journeying east today you leave Rhode Island and return once again into Massachusetts, and on to ever popular Cape Cod. We've allowed three nights so you get the opportunity to explore this wonderful area. Take a trip to Provincetown and enjoy a whale-watching cruise, take a ferry across to Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket Islands and a day strolling the historic town of Chatham.

    Hotel: Chatham Bars Inn

    72Mi/116Km

    Day 15

    Chatham Bars Inn

    Make the final journey back to Boston Airport. En route, visit Sandwich and Plimoth Plantation, a living museum depicting life in 1627. Return your car and check-in for your flight to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2399 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

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  • Grand New England

    Begins and ends in Boston, Massachusetts

    12 Days / 11 Nights

    Departures: June, September and October

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    Your Escorted Tour includes:

    • Round Trip Scheduled Flights
    • Accommodation for 11 nights as specified
    • 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 9 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
    • Edgartown Lighthouse

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    • Boston

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    • Bar Harbor

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    • Ogunquit

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    Day 01

    Arrive Boston

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Boston. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel, The Langham, Boston. Relax and enjoy the remainder of your day familiarising yourself with this wonderful walking city. This evening join your travelling companions for a welcome reception and dinner.

    Hotel: The Langham, Boston (Dinner included)

    Day 02

    Boston

    There’s so much to see this morning as you embark on an orientation tour of Boston, visiting Boston Common, Beacon Hill and the USS Constitution Museum. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Walk the Freedom Trail, shop at famous Quincy Market or join a ‘Duck Tour’ to see the city from both land and water.

    Hotel: The Langham, Boston (Breakfast included)

    Day 03

    Concord & Williamstown

    You’ll learn about the American Revolution today as you visit the battle sites of Lexington Green and Concord, before enjoying a traditional New England lunch in a restored 1705 colonial home. There’s time for a stop in historic Deerfield this afternoon before arriving at your hotel in Williamstown.

    Hotel: Orchards Hotel (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 04

    Stockbridge & Williamstown

    Following breakfast you’ll enjoy a visit to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, and Edith Wharton’s mansion in Lenox, best known as the author of The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence. Continuing on to Williamstown you’ll tour the Clark Art Institute then have some free time to explore this historic area.

    Hotel: Orchards Hotel (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 05

    Stowe

    Leaving Massachusetts, it is on to New England state. In Vermont, you’ll visit the Shelburne Museum of Art and Americana, spreading over 45 acres, before arriving in the picture postcard town of Stowe in the Green Mountains. Spend the afternoon exploring this classic New England town with its quaint shops and restaurants. 

    Hotel: Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 06

    Montpelier & Bretton Woods

    Following breakfast, this morning you’ll visit Vermont’s state capital; Montpelier, before learning how maple syrup is made at Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks. Continuing out of Vermont and into the White Mountains of New Hampshire, you’ll arrive at Bretton Woods, where you’ll spend the next two nights at the historic Omni Mount Washington Resort. 

    Hotel: Omni Mount Washington Resort (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 07

    White Mountains

    Get your camera ready today for magnificent views of Mount Washington. Next you embark on a fall foliage tour, winding down New England’s back roads seeing the fabulous crimson reds and orange leaves. Arriving back at your hotel you’ll enjoy a presentation on the local ecology and wildlife, before enjoying a sumptuous dinner. 

    Hotel: Omni Mount Washington Resort (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 08

    Portland & Brunswick

    Arriving in Portland, Maine, this morning you’ll have a hands-on experience in the lobster trade as a local lobsterman takes you into the harbour on his working boat. Back on land a guided tour will introduce you to the historic Old Port area of Portland, then, the afternoon is yours to explore and settle into your hotel before a fabulous dinner in a local lobster house.

    Hotel: The Inn at Brunswick Station (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 09

    Bar Harbor

    Travelling up the rugged Maine coastline you’ll arrive at the historic town of Bar Harbor, where you’ll spend the next two nights in a luxury cliff-side inn. After lunch you’ll cruise the harbour aboard a traditional wooden schooner, experiencing the picturesque coves, islands, lighthouses and seaside cottages. The rest of the day is yours at leisure. 

    Hotel: Bar Harbor Inn & Spa (Breakfast and lunch included)

    Day 10

    Acadia National Park

    Today is all about scenery! You’ll visit Acadia National Park, where autumn colours cover the pristine forests, beaches, plunging cliffs and rock islands. A highlight is a horse-drawn carriage ride through the historic roadways within the park. Spend the remainder of the day relaxing in your hotel’s spa, or explore Bar Harbor’s charming shops, galleries and restaurants.

    Hotel: Bar Harbor Inn & Spa (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 11

    Camden & Ogunquit

    Following lunch in Camden, it’s on to your final destination of Ogunquit, whose name translates to beautiful place by the sea. This evening you’ll share a farewell reception and dinner with your new-found friends. 

    Hotel: The Cliff House Resort & Spa (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 12

    Journey Home

    After breakfast, it’s just a short journey to Boston Airport, where you check in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £3999 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.