"America's birthplace," New England, is a genuine ‘four-season’ destination.
Autumn is world-famous for dazzling foliage, while winter favours skiing, boarding, and other fun winter sports.
Spring is perfect for quiet touring, and New England summers are renowned for sandy beaches, sailing trips and dockside lobster dinners.
Why so much choice? Because New England represents six American states: Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont. They jostle for space along the east coast, with its rich cultures, cities and landscapes.
Islands of New England is a delightful eight night escorted group tour visiting ‘America’s Renaissance City’ Providence, the capital of Massachusetts Boston and the yacht city of Newport. Excursions take you to explore picture perfect lighthouses on Nantucket Island, Martha’s Vineyard and much more.
This tour is led by expert local guides and accommodation includes 3-4* hotels.
Day 1: Providence After arriving in Boston, head to Providence to spend three nights exploring Rhode Island.
Day 2: Providence - Newport Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Providence before travelling to Newport on Ocean Drive. Arrive in Bellevue Avenue to see mansions built in the 1800s as summer cottages. This includes the Marble House, a Gilded Age mansion open to explore (Breakfast and dinner is included).
Day 3: Boston Travel back to Boston for a sightseeing tour stopping at Beacon Hill, the Old South Meeting House, Boston Public Gardens, the historic North End, Old North Church, the U.S.S Constitution and Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Walk the Freedom Trail during your free time, passing through the streets of Boston or visit the marketplace in Faneuil Hall.
Day 4: Plymouth - Hyannis Tour a classic New England cranberry bog, where you will learn about harvesting before moving on to Plymouth, where the Pilgrims reached in 1620. Visit the Plymouth Rock and a replica of the Mayflower ship, used to transport pilgrims from England on their 65-day route. Continue your journey back in time with a visit to the Plymouth Plantation, a remodelled 17th-century village. In the evening try the New England specialty: a lobster dinner.
Day 5: Martha's Vineyard Famous for being a summer home to many famous writers, celebrities and celebrated artists, enjoy a guided tour Martha’s Vineyard, including the small cottages and historic whaling port.
Day 6: Nantucket Hop on the ferry to Nantucket to tour the pretty Main Street and lighthouses overlooking the beaches. Use your free time to visit the island’s waterfront harbour or purchase a local souvenir- a Nantucket basket!
Day 7: Hyannis - Provincetown Your final day begins with a tour of Hyannis. Spot flashbacks of the Camelot era journeying through Hyannisport to arrive at the Kennedy Memorial. Visit Provincetown, known for its local crafts before climbing aboard the Cape Cod Dinner Train (between Hyannis and the Cape Cod Canal) to enjoy a delicious meal. The scenery rolling past your window may include woods, marshes and cranberry bogs.
Day 8: Boston - London Travel back to Boston for an overnight flight back to London.
This incredible 9-day tour costs from £1,765 per adult, including international flights with Virgin Atlantic flying in and out of Boston, seven nights accommodation, meals and excursions as specified in the itinerary.