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Step into life in the seaside towns of yesterday and today along the coast of southern New England. Sea spray and salt air surround you from 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
- Experience the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower
- Visit Nantucket Island, an 18th century whaling port
- Narrated tour of Cape Cod, including the National Seashore
- Meet a cranberry farmer, and a working fisherman
- Tour the Vanderbilt estate, The Breakers
- Ride the Essex Steam Train
- Enjoy an authentic lobster bake and Portuguese dinner
- Two nights at a Cape Cod oceanfront resort
- Bag handling (1 per person) at hotels
- Fees/tips for included attractions/meals
- Free airport shuttle or hotel parking
- Welcome reception, 24-hour emergency call service, free bottled water on coach
DAY 1—WELCOME TO BOSTON
This evening, meet your fellow travelers and Discovery Director for a “Boston Tea Party” and welcome reception, and learn more about the week ahead.
DAY 2—PLYMOUTH ROCK/MAYFLOWER/ CAPE COD RESORT
Start today in one of the country's first settlements, historic Plymouth. During our time in Plymouth you will celebrate the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower. Next, travel onto "The Cape". Tonight we savor a tasty lobster dinner at our oceanfront resort in Yarmouth. B, L, D
We’ll return to our hotel 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 our 35th President like no other place on earth. It was here that he contemplated and accepted his run for office. 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. Enjoy lunch on your own and take free time to stroll the quaint streets and alleyways before sailing back to the mainland. B, D
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. 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 South coast Massachusetts—right in the heart of New Bedford. At the Whaling 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/CLIFF WALK/NEWPORT
Our travels today take us to Newport, Rhode Island, we explore Newport including the popular Ten-Mile Ocean Drive and Bellevue Avenue mansion area. Afterwards, a delicious lunch at the harbor awaits. Then, 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. See the yachts cruise in and out of this historic harbor and enjoy free time wandering amongst the shops. B, L
DAY 7—ESSEX STEAM TRAIN/POMFRET
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
Night 1: Courtyard Marriott Boston Logan Airport, Boston, MA
Nights 2 & 3: Blue Water Resort,Yarmouth, MA
Nights 4 & 5: Fairfield Inn & Suites,New Bedford, MA
Night 6: Hampton Inn & Suites, Newport, RI
Night 7: DoubleTree Hotel,Westborough, MA
Jun 21-28, 2020
Aug 30-Sep 6, 2020
Sep 27-Oct 4, 2020
Price Per Person:
Pre-/Post-Tour Hotel: $228/night
Highs – low 70’s; Lows- upper 50’s
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.
Our starting hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to/from the Boston Logan International Airport.
Our starting hotel offers complimentary parking for the duration of the tour.
Moderate walking at a leisurely pace is required to fully enjoy this tour.
Hair dryers, irons, ironing boards & coffee makers throughout tour. Refrigerators, WiFi, exercise room and swimming pool available at most hotels.
Lobster Bake Day 2 – You can request Chicken and Ribs combo as an alternative for Lobster
Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, visors and comfortable walking shoes will add to your enjoyment of this tour.
Dress on tour is casual.
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 information 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 your final documents.
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