Tour Overview

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Catch your breath at one of nature's greatest sights, journey through some stunning countryside, and visit two wonderful cities. There are few more memorable sights in the world than when the millions of trees that carpet the northeast corner of the United States signal the end of the summer and the imminent arrival of Fall with a blaze of red, purple and gold. Join a group of friendly solo travellers to experience one of America's greatest glories, discover endlessly energetic, mesmerising New York and elegant, blue-blood Boston, and savour the delights of the enchanting region known around the world as New England.

Highlights

Holiday Highlights

Explore New York, the world’s most exciting city
Follow Boston's world-famous Freedom Trail
A spectacular, full-day Fall Foliage tour
A drive along the glorious Kancamagus Highway
Visit North Conway, in the heart of the scenic White Mountains
The delights of coastal Maine, including Portland and exclusive Kennebunkport
Visit the Yankee Candle Factory, where it's Christmas every day
Discover historic Plymouth and fashionable Newport, Rhode Island

Itinerary

Day 1

Fly to New York, meet your tour manager and board our coach for the transfer to your overnight hotel in New Jersey.

Day 2

Make the short transfer across the Hudson River into the heart of New York – Midtown Manhattan – for a marvellous, memorable day in the incomparable Big Apple. Marvel at the famous sights on an included city tour that will reveal the Empire State and bustling Times Square, the green acres of Central Park, the southern tip of Wall Street and the waterfront district, before ending your tour with a ride to the top of the Rockefeller Center. This afternoon, perhaps take in Macy’s or Saks, two of the world’s most celebrated shopping meccas before we return to New Jersey at the end of the day.

Day 3

Board the coach for the journey north into the scenic highways and by-ways of Upstate New York. Break your journey at Yankee Candle's flagship store in Deerfield, where a huge range of candles, Christmas and Halloween novelties make for a fascinating diversion. You’ll then continue into the scenic Berkshire Hills for an overnight stay in Mount Snow in Vermont.

Day 4

Take a full-day tour through New England's spectacular scenery at a time when it's at its very best. Soak up the beauty of this region of rolling, forested hills and picture-book villages and towns like idyllic Woodstock. Travel through spectacular Quechee Gorge and along the Kancamagus Highway - often voted best spot for foliage viewing, or leaf peeping as it's sometimes known - enjoying the startling Fall Foliage displays, then make a short stop in North Conway, in the heart of New Hampshire. Here several renowned outlet malls vie for your custom, before we head into Maine and to the beautiful mountain village of Bethel for a two-night stay nestled at the foot of appropriately named Paradise Hill.

Day 5

Today offers opportunities to rest, relax and enjoy the delights of Bethel, but many will want to join our optional excursion to Mount Washington. Ride the mountain's historic Cog Railway – the only one east of the Rockies – to the summit of what is New England's highest peak, at the heart of the scenic White Mountains. (The summit station can be one of the worlds windiest places, so hang onto your hat!) Back in Bethel, this evening, you'll also enjoy a guided drive in search of moose.

Day 6

Journey south to the prosperous, seafarers city of Portland, with its waterfront wharves and fine seafood restaurants, today. Then continue - via the exclusive Bush Family retreat of Kennebunkport - towards America’s most European city, Boston, and to the resort of Nantasket Beach, south of Boston across Quincy Bay and your base for the last two nights of your tour.

Day 7

Spend an unforgettable day in Boston, one of America’s most welcoming, walkabout cities. Begin your visit with a fascinating included guided tour that will bring to life this Cradle of the American Revolution, as you follow the famous Freedom Trail through the heart of the compact city. Take in the green acres of Boston Common, and the gold-domed State House, then perhaps visit colourful Quincy Market and its speciality stalls. Boston's rejuvenated Waterfront area is also home to the wonderful New England Aquarium and to the replicas of the famous Tea Party ships. Stroll around the parks and gardens, check out Newbury Street’s stylish boutiques, or perhaps visit one of the city's many brew houses – Boston is one of North America’s craft beer capitals – and enjoy lunch in a vast choice of eateries. This afternoon, cross the Charles River to famous Cambridge, home to Harvard University, before returning to Nantasket at the end of the day, perhaps to dine on traditional clam chowder or New England lobster – a final holiday treat.

Day 8

Your final day sees you head to New York to board your overnight flight back to the UK. On your way, call in the Pilgrim city of Plymouth, where the historic streets of "America's Hometown" were once trodden by the first settlers, and fashionable Newport, Rhode Island, where "weekenders' cottages" are opulent mansions. This evening, round off a wonderful holiday with a special Farewell Dinner at the hotel. It's a great way to say goodbye to the USA and look back over your trip with your group of new-found friends.

Day 9

Arrive back in the UK at the end of a wonderful, colourful autumn holiday in New England.

What's Included

What's Included

Seven nights’ room-only hotel accommodation, plus one night on the aircraft
City tours of New York and Boston
A Farewell Dinner
Return flights to New York
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager

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