London - Boston - Hyannis
Fly from London Heathrow Airport on a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to Boston. Upon arrival, we transfer to Hyannis, the former holiday destination for the Kennedy family, where we spend three nights at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis (3T).
The Cape Cod peninsula forms a natural bay which harbours popular towns and protected wilderness. This morning, we travel along the Cape Cod National Seashore, where 40 miles of fine beaches, marshes, dunes and woodland support diverse wildlife. We stop in the historic town of Chatham, with its numerous family-run shops and restaurants, and a beach that stretches out before an old lighthouse. You may be able to spot some seals from here! We continue to Provincetown, where the Pilgrims first landed in November 1620, after 66 days aboard the Mayflower. We stop at a beautiful spot at the tip of Cape Cod, to purchase lunch and take time to explore the town’s many shops and art galleries.
Enjoy a day at leisure in Hyannis, relaxing on the sandy beach or visiting the Maritime Museum; or take an optional tour to the city of Newport, located in Rhode Island, America’s smallest state. After an orientation tour of the city, we tour The Breakers, one of the impressive mansions for which the city is known. Some free time after lunch will give you a chance to explore the city at your leisure before returning to Hyannis for our final night.
Hyannis - Boston - North Conway
Depart Hyannis for Boston, a city rich in history and a legacy of arts, culture and education. Enjoy a guided tour to discover the sights and sounds of this very diverse city, including historic sites and architecturally important areas such as Back Bay, Copley Square and Beacon Hill. We travel along the revolutionary Freedom Trail, see Paul Revere’s House, now a museum to the man who played several roles in the uprising, and visit the Old North Church, where Robert Newman hung two lanterns in the 58m steeple (the tallest in Boston) after receiving message from Paul Revere that Britain was advancing. After seeing the waterfront district, the tour ends at Quincy Market where there will be time at leisure. This afternoon, we head into the state of New Hampshire and to the town of North Conway, where the Residence Inn by Marriott North Conway (3T) plays host for a three-night stay.
Enjoy a full day touring the majestic White Mountains, a vast area of mountains and forest that is home to black bears and peregrine falcons, amongst others, and we travel along the Kancamagus Highway, regarded as one of the most scenic byways in New England, particularly in the Fall. Then continue to Cannon Mountain, where an optional excursion will be available to take the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway to the summit, some 1,250m up, for spectacular views of the surrounding scenery. Then wind through mountain roads back to North Conway, where there will be plenty of time to take advantage of numerous stores - almost 100 of them - fine art galleries and factory outlets.
Enjoy a day at leisure in North Conway, find an adventure into the mountains, or take an optional excursion to Mount Washington, the highest peak in New England at 1,917m. Board the Cog Railroad for a three-hour round trip to the summit for a dramatic ascent to the top of Mount Washington taking in the spectacular panoramic views, spanning the White Mountains of New Hampshire and all of the North-eastern United States.
North Conway - Kennebunkport - Ogunquit
This morning we head for Maine with a stop at Kennebunkport. Settled in the 1620s, it became a shipbuilding town where wealthy sea captains built mansions, many of which are preserved and line the streets of Kennebunk today. The most photographed of these is the beautiful Wedding Cake House, storied to be built by a ship builder for his bride. Enjoy a guided tour of both Kennebunk and Kennebunkport before we end at the town of Ogunquit, where the Meadowmere Resort (3T) will be our home for the first of three nights. Just a 10-minute walk away is one of the best beaches in America - a three-and-a-half-mile peninsula of soft pale sand and grassy dunes. The town also has a vibrant art scene and holds historic memorabilia in local museums, recalling the days of fishing, farming and ship building.
Ogunquit - Portland - Ogunquit
The Marginal Way is a mile-long, paved footpath from Ogunquit, which takes you along Maine’s scenic coastline, with windswept fauna and tide pools along the rocky coast. The walk heads to Perkins Cove, a safe harbour for the town’s fishing boats and home to a variety of seafood restaurants, lobster shacks and quaint shops, and we continue to Cape Elizabeth to see Portland Head Light, the most photographed and well known lighthouse on the Eastern Seaboard. It has protected Portland and the surrounding area since the mid-1700s. We spend some time along the historic waterfront before returning to our hotel.
Spend the day at leisure in Ogunquit, appropriately named by the Abenaki tribe as ‘beautiful place by the sea’. Maybe enjoy 3.5 miles of beaches, take a whale watching cruise or follow a hiking trail. Alternatively, take a full-day optional excursion which starts with a one-hour Lobster Cruise from Perkins Cove, where you will learn about lobstering and see lobsters caught on board. Enjoy tastings and lunch at a multi-award winning local brewery; then spend time in Portsmouth, an historic port city with a charming downtown filled with quaint shops and cafés overlooking the harbour. Your return journey along the shoreline takes in spectacular views of the Atlantic coast.
Ogunquit - Boston - In flight
A final morning for souvenir shopping, before we transfer to Boston Airport for a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to London.
Day 11 London
Arrive at London Heathrow Airport.