Step into life in the seaside towns of yesterday and today along coast of southern New England. Sea spray and salt air surround you in the old whaling center of New Bedford to the cliff-top mansions of Newport and historic Plymouth Rock. Get to know Cape Cod from charming Nantucket Island to colorful Provincetown on the tip. En route, meet hardworking fishermen, orchardists, cooks and craftspeople who will make your New England experience come vibrantly alive. A moving visit to the JFK Presidential Library & Museum, scenic rail trip, and ferry ride cap off an unforgettable New England adventure.
- Experience coastal highlights of 3 New England states
- Visit Nantucket Island, an 18th century whaling port
- Narrated tour of Cape Cod, including the National Seashore
- Tour the Vanderbilt estate, The Breakers
- Ride the Essex Steam Train
- Enjoy delicious, authentic meals--a lobster bake, johnnycake demo, and Portuguese dinner
- Two nights at a Cape Cod's Blue Water oceanfront resort
- Meet working locals--a cranberry farmer, a fisherman and apple growers
- Tour the JFK Library & Museum
- Experience the Submarine Force Museum
DAY 1—WELCOME TO BOSTON
This evening, meet your fellow travelers and Discoveries Director for a “Boston Tea Party” and welcome reception, and learn more about the week ahead.
DAY 2—PLYMOUTH ROCK/GLASSBLOWING/CAPE COD RESORT
Start today in one of the country's first settlements, historic Plymouth. Visit the Forefather's Monument—the largest, solid granite monument in the U.S.—and the Pilgrim Hall Museum, housing items donated by descendants of the original Plimoth Colony. See Plymouth Rock, where the Pilgrims disembarked in 1620, and enjoy free time for lunch and shopping on your own by the waterfront. Next, travel onto “the Cape”, with our first stop at the Cape Cod Canal Visitors Center. Then, in Sandwich, at one of America's largest glass factories, watch glass blowers create wonderful pieces of art at Pairpoint Glass. Tonight, savor a tasty lobster dinner at our oceanfront resort in Yarmouth. B, D
Step off the boat and back in time after a high-speed ferry cruise from Hyannis to charming Nantucket. You’ll delight in a fully narrated historic tour of America’s most scenic little island. In just over an hour, become acquainted with the “Little Grey Lady,” the world’s foremost whaling port in the 18th century. You’ll range across some 65% of the island, from the Old Mill and rose-covered cottages of “Sconset” Village to Sankaty Head Lighthouse and more. After a delicious lunch, take free time to stroll the quaint streets and alleyways before sailing back to the mainland. B, L
DAY 4—CRANBERRIES/NATIONAL SEASHORE/“P-TOWN”/HYANNIS
Today, visit Leo and Andrea Cakounes during the harvest season at the largest organic cranberry bog on Cape Cod. Continuing towards the Cape’s northernmost tip, view the Eastham Windmill, a lighthouse, and the Cape Cod National Seashore. Sand dunes and ocean surround you as you approach “Land’s End”—famous Provincetown—for some free time in the charming downtown. We’ll return along portions of the Old King’s Highway to Hyannis to see the John F. Kennedy Memorial, Korean War Memorial, and St. Francis Xavier Church, the summer parish of the Kennedy family. The seas and shores of Hyannis Port inspired out 35th President like no other place on earth. It was here that he contemplated and accepted his run for office. Unpack for our next two nights in New Bedford, where tonight’s delicious Portuguese dinner awaits. B, D
DAY 5—FISHING & WHALING HISTORY/NEW BEDFORD
This morning, learn why New Bedford is America’s fishing capital. You’ll meet men and women who fish the Atlantic, see a working fishing boat, and tour the docks along the waterfront. You may even see a vessel return from the sea. After lunch, explore the underwater world of whales, the dramatic story of whaling and its impact, and the maritime history of Southcoast Massachusetts—right in the heart of New Bedford. At the Whaling National Historical Park and Museum, marvel at massive whale skeletons, the world’s largest ship model, and America’s longest painting. Also learn about whale science and conservation, and how Yankee whalers sailed the seven seas. B, L
DAY 6—THE BREAKERS/JOHNNY CAKES
Our travels today take us to Newport, Rhode Island, we explore The Breakers—the magnificent, 70-room, Italian-style palazzo built as a “summer cottage” by the Vanderbilts. Stroll Newport’s Cliff Walk for breathtaking views of the ocean and other palatial summer homes from a bygone era. After lunch, continue through our smallest state for a visit with Paul Drumm at his grist mill. Try traditional johnny cakes and, if you’d like, buy some corn meal to make them at home. Our overnight is in New London, CT. B, L
DAY 7—SUBMARINES/ESSEX STEAM TRAIN/POMFRET
Submerge yourself in nautical history at the Submarine Force Museum this morning. Then it’s “All Aboard!” for a ride through portions of the lower Connecticut River Valley. We embark from the charming seaport village of Essex, filled with unique shops, galleries and beautifully restored sea captains’ homes. We’ll enjoy a delicious lunch at historic Griswold Inn, which dates to 1776 and is said to be the oldest, continuously run tavern in the U.S. Next we travel through the Quiet Corner of northeastern Connecticut on our way back to Massachusetts. B, L
DAY 8—JFK PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY/HOME
We’ll conclude with a moving visit to the JFK Library and Museum, which portrays the life and legacy of our 35th President. Return home with lasting memories of southern New England. B
Sep 23-30 SOLD OUT
Sep 29-Oct 6 NEW DATE
Depart/Return: Boston, MA
Price Per Person: Double: $1,897; Single: $2,395
Pre-Tour Hotel: $218/night
Highs- Low-70s; Lows- High-50s
Schedule to arrive at our starting hotel by 5:00 p.m. on Day 1.
Schedule your flight home to depart after 2:00 p.m. on Day 8.
Hotel offers complimentary shuttle to/from Boston Logan International Airport.
Free parking is available during the tour at our starting hotel.
Moderate walking is required to fully enjoy this tour.
Hair Dryers, iron & ironing board, TV/Cable and coffee makers. Exercise room & swimming pool at most hotels.
Lobster Bake Day 2 - You can request Chicken as an alternative for Lobster.
Further information is mailed upon receipt of your reservation. A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour…Get Ready, Get Set and Go! Our “Get Ready” packet is sent confirming your reservation. Our “Get Set” packet provides further details approximately 90 days prior to departure with important details regarding making your travel arrangements. Finally, our “Go” packet arrives 2-3 weeks before departure containing all your final documents.
Updates to this document are available from our Discovery Reservations Team, and will be posted online at CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/SNE.
Travel Protection Available?
Terms & Conditions
Tour reservations are subject to the terms and conditions on our website at CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/terms.
Have a group? We can make your group's vacation cost-effective and easy, with discounts for groups as small as five and other benefits. Learn more at CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/groups.