Day One: Boston (D)
We will arrive at Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts where our tour guide and motorcoach will greet us and take us to our accommodations north of Boston for tonight. Depending on our arrival time we will tour parts of downtown Boston.
Day Two: Boston, NH (B, D)
Today, we will enjoy a city tour of Boston, the capital and largest city in Massachusetts and one of the nation's oldest cities spanning a history of 350 years in a distance of less than three miles. We will see how the past intertwines with the present as we tour portions of the famous Freedom Trail winding its way through the downtown area around the many historic sites including the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, the Boston Commons and the Public Gardens. We will have some free time and lunch on our own in the 150 year-old restored buildings of the famous Quincy Market, which faces Faneuil Hall and houses a cheerful and colorful confusion of chic shops, specialty pushcart vendors, cafes, restaurants, and street performers. This afternoon, we will journey through Lexington and Concord where we will follow the ride of Paul Revere, and see sights of the American Revolution. Our guide will make the ride come alive, and as we are told the story of the Lexington Green, we can almost hear the shot that was "heard round the world." We will check into our New Hampshire hotel for two nights and enjoy Dinner.
Day Three: New Hampshire (B)
Today we will spend a leisurely day traveling through the lakes region. Our tour takes us along Lake Winnepesaukee, the largest lake in the state. Winnepesaukee translates from its Native American to "Beautiful Place in High Waters", which it truly is, as the waters are dotted with over 350 islands. We will enjoy a cruise on these waters and end up in Wolfeboro, often referred to as "America's Oldest Summer Resort." Here we will have lunch on our own. This afternoon, we will visit the magnificent Castle in the Clouds for a tour of the castle with it’s inspiring views of waterfalls and mountains, and get a peek at the natural source of Castle Springs water. We will then drive along the Kancamagus Highway, one of New England's most spectacular scenic highways. During fall foliage season, the mountains are ablaze with yellows, oranges, and reds. We will return to our hotel with time to relax before dinner on our own this evening.
Day Four: Vermont (B, D)
Our journey today begins with a drive to Vermont and to Quechee Gorge, Vermont's "little Grand Canyon" to take pictures. Then we will visit the village of Woodstock, noted for its well-preserved vintage homes, its village green and covered bridge in the middle of town. You will be mesmerized by the panorama as you wind past perfectly restored historic buildings and homes open to the sprawling Woodstock Village Green. Indulge yourself with a stroll around the Green, through the Covered Bridge, browse the mecca of quaint shops and galleries - let your senses be aroused in this quintessential New England village. After checking into our hotel for the next two nights we will enjoy a nice Vermont country dinner.
Day Five: Vermont (B)
We are off for a full day of touring in Northern Vermont today as we will travel to Montpelier, Vermont where we will see the gold-leafed dome of the Capitol Building and see how Maple Sugar is made at the Morse Farm Sugar Shack, where we will enjoy “Sugar on Snow.” We will take to the roads again stopping at Cold Hollow Cider Mill; New England’s most famous cider mill. We will observe apple cider being made and perhaps even have the chance to taste the final product! Of course, no trip is complete without stopping for some ice cream at the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream plant before heading back to our hotel and dinner on our own.
Day Six: Massachusetts (B, D)
This morning our destination is Sturbridge Village a post revolutionary living history village. A trip to Old Sturbridge Village, the largest outdoor history museum in the Northeast, is a journey through time to a rural New England town of the 1830s. Visitors are invited into more than 40 original buildings, each carefully researched, restored, and brought to the museum site from towns throughout New England. The period portrayed by Old Sturbridge Village, is of major significance because it was a time in which the everyday lives of New Englanders were transformed by the rise of commerce and manufacturing, improvements in agriculture and transportation. This evening for our farewell dinner we will enjoy an authentic New England dining experience.
Day Seven: Home (B)
Today we fly home from our New England Fall Foliage tour with many fine memories of a bygone era. Depending on our flight time, we may have time to enjoy a final stop in downtown Boston.