New England Tour Snapshot
A New England tour featuring picturesque coastal towns and villages, a sail and a harbor cruise, the rugged Maine coast, lobster feast on Monhegan Island, Beantown and the Cape, Nantucket Island and the mansions of Newport. Plenty of fresh seafood.
Tour price includes:
13 nights accommodations in charming, historic inns and seaside resorts
All (13) breakfasts, 3 lunches, 10 dinners
Full-time tour leader
Transportation by comfortable, air-conditioned minivan or mini-coach
Highlights in Massachusetts: Boston, Cape Ann, Gloucester, Ipswich, Marblehead, Newburyport, Rockport, Salem, and Cape Cod, including Chatham, Barnstable and Nantucket
Round trip ferry to Nantucket
Highlights in Maine: Kennebunkport, Ogunquit, York, Portland, Boothbay Harbor, Camden, and Monhegan Island
In New Hampshire visit historic Portsmouth
In Rhode Island visit quaint, elegant Newport
- Fun clamming lesson with local expert
- Seafood cooking class
All museums and site entrance fees, guides, tips, and taxes
Our New England tour begins with a transfer from Boston Logan Airport to our base on Boston’s beautiful North Shore, the unique and historic town of Salem. This colorful seaport put itself on the map as the home of the witch trials at the end of the 17th century. These days, Salem is a thriving hub of culture and cuisine, which we learn all about from a resident historian. Next door to Salem is the charming historic village of Marblehead, known for having more sailboats in its quaint harbor than any other Massachusetts port. Dinner tonight is on the wharf.
Overnight: Salem | Meals: D
Salem, Gloucester, Rockport
After a scrumptious New England breakfast, we drive around Cape Ann through Gloucester, New England’s oldest seaport. We wind our way into the picturesque fishing village of Rockport, jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean on the tip of Cape Ann. Rockport simply has to be one of the prettiest places in the entire country. Explore the beautiful harbor, the shops, art galleries, cafés, restaurants, and lovely walks with incredible ocean views off the rocky shores. The beauty of this area captured the eyes of the first American Impressionist painters, such as Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, and Mary Cassatt, all of whom lived here. We spend the afternoon exploring Cape Ann, and tonight we enjoy a delicious fresh seafood dinner.
Overnight: Salem | Meals: B, D
You are sure to fall for the charming coastal town of Ipswich that boasts more 17th century houses than anywhere in America, as well as the title Birthplace of American Independence. In addition to history, we have spectacular ocean and salt marsh scenery and the sweetest, freshest clams in the world! We enjoy private tours of three of Ipswich’s historic houses: the 17th century Whipple House, probably the best example of First Period architecture in the U.S.; the Heard House mansion, home of a wealthy 18th century sea captain; and the magnificent turn-of-the-century 59-room Great House Crane family mansion, on a hill overlooking the ocean. We then take a scenic drive along the coast to Newburyport, which offers a seemingly endless selection of great places for lunch. Tonight, enjoy a cooking class with fresh Ipswich steamers and local lobster.
Overnight: Salem | Meals: B, D
This morning we take a scenic ferry ride to Boston for a day in this Revolutionary era city. Walk in the footsteps of our forefathers on the iconic Freedom Trail. There’s nothing quite like summer day in Beantown. After the boat ride back to Salem, we have a free evening to dine at any one of the Witch City’s fine establishments.
Overnight: Salem | Meals: B
Salem, Portsmouth, Boothbay Harbor
This morning we drive north along the coast to Portsmouth, a working port on New Hampshire’s waterfront. We visit an outdoor museum-village where we see how people lived and worked for four centuries. After lunch we continue north, following the Maine coast, to Boothbay Harbor, our home for the next three days. Our charming inn overlooks the picturesque harbor and is right in the center of this wonderful village. You will love our hosts, who cannot do enough to make our stay memorable.
Overnight: Boothbay Harbor, ME | Meals: B, D
Boothbay Harbor, Camden
Today we explore the coast between Boothbay Harbor and West Penobscot Bay. We have lunch in the seacoast town of Camden, called the Jewel of the Maine Coast. This section of Maine offers rocky inlets, quaint streets and houses, lighthouses, ocean vistas, and endless opportunities for scenic walks along the ocean. Chances are we’ll spot a few seals sunning themselves on harbor islands. On our way back to Boothbay Harbor we visit the gorgeous Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. This evening we enjoy an old fashioned Down East Maine lobster bake.
Overnight: Boothbay Harbor, ME | Meals: B, D
Boothbay Harbor, Monhegan Island
Today we take a boat ride to Monhegan Island, known for its serene beauty and its attraction to artists, who flock there to paint. We take a leisurely walk around the tiny island, stopping for pictures at many scenic coves. We return home to Boothbay Harbor for a free evening.
Overnight: Boothbay Harbor, ME | Meals: B, L
Boothbay Harbor, Kennebunkport
Departing Boothbay Harbor, we head southward to Maine’s capital city of Portland. Its “Old Port” neighborhood is charming and has a wonderful art museum. In Kennebunkport we get a glimpse of President George Bush Sr.’s summer “cottage” on Walker’s Point. This evening we enjoy a gourmet dinner together in this quaint village.
Overnight: Kennebunkport, ME | Meals: B, D
Kennebunkport, Ogunquit, York Beach
Rich in both beauty and culture, the southern coast of Maine is a delight to explore. We can take a scenic walk along Ogunquit’s Marginal Way, one of the most beautiful walks in the U.S. We also have the option of visiting one of the best art museums in the region. In the afternoon, we drive to York Beach to see the often painted Nubble Lighthouse. The evening is free to choose a tempting restaurant or attend a performance at the Ogunquit Playhouse.
Overnight: Kennebunkport, ME | Meals: B
Kennebunkport, Plymouth, Sandwich
This morning we head south, returning to Massachusetts. We stop in Plymouth to see where the Pilgrims landed in 1620. Our next destination is the famous summer vacation peninsula of Old Cape Cod. We cross the Cape Cod canal to the quaint and historic town of Sandwich, our home for the next three nights. Tonight we enjoy dinner.
Overnight: Sandwich, Cape Cod | Meals: B, L, D
Today is an exciting adventure! We take a short drive to the harbor and hop on a ferryboat, which takes us to the historic island of Nantucket. This beautiful island has a remarkable history from its days as the Whaling Capital of the World from 1800 to the 1840s. At that time a severe recession, caused mainly by the dwindling demand for whale oil, suddenly put Nantucket’s entire population out of work. In just a few years the island was deserted when most families moved to the mainland in search of employment. Nantucket was virtually unoccupied for over one hundred years, until tourism slowly revived the economy. Today, with its cobblestone streets and gas lanterns, we see the village exactly as it looked when it was abandoned 170 years ago. We return to the mainland for a free evening.
Overnight: Sandwich, Cape Cod | Meals: B
Sandwich, Chatham, National Seashore
This is a beautiful time of year to explore Cape Cod! Explore the Cape Cod coastline and visit the Heritage Museum and Gardens, Chatham, and the Marconi Museum. We’ll drive from village to village, stopping as we please, to see the lighthouses, the quaint shops, and the beautiful beaches.
Overnight: Sandwich, Cape Cod | Meals: B, D
This morning we depart the Cape and drive southward along the coast to the lively seaport of Newport, Rhode Island. We take a mansion tour to see how the very, very rich lived during The Gilded Age, and enjoy a stroll along the “cliff walk” with its majestic ocean views. We have time at leisure to explore Newport’s boardwalk before checking into our last hotel near Newport and enjoying our farewell gourmet dinner.
Overnight: Newport Area | Meals: B, D
After breakfast we drive to Boston for the conclusion of our tour.