Sample Itinerary for New England Coastal Tour
7 NIGHTS / 8 DAYS
Saturday Day One: Few sights on earth can match the splendor and beauty of summer in New England USA. Your summer in New England USA Coastal Tour begins when you leave your home city today and fly to Manchester, New Hampshire. Here a tour representative of New England Vacation Tours Inc. will greet you in the luggage area, where you will be transferred to downtown Manchester to the Holiday Inn, where we shall spend the night. This evening you will join us for your Welcome to New England USA dinner at the Holiday Inn.
Sunday Day Two: Breakfast is on your own this morning as we check out of the Holiday Inn and board our deluxe motorcoach and head southeast to the Mystic, Connecticut area. At our first stop today, we shall visit and explore Olde Sturbridge Village; the entire village is typical of the 1800’s with more than 40 houses, shops and public buildings that vividly recreate the early American era. Lunch is on your own today, and can be purchased right at Lodge at Sturbridge Village. This afternoon we shall visit Groton, Connecticut the submarine base, and home of the USS Nautilus Submarine. This afternoon we shall have time to explore and tour the USS Nautilus Submarine. Our lodging this evening is the Ramada Inn, in Norwich, Connecticut. This evening we shall visit the world’s largest casino, FOXWOODS CASINO, FOXWOODS CASINO is located in Ledyard, Connecticut, on the Mashantucket Indian Reservation, with over 4,500 slots machines, and over 350 table games, from Black Jack to Poker, Craps, Roulette, and Baccarat. A dinner buffet is included this evening, and will be served at your own convenience right at Foxwoods Casino.
Monday Day Three: Breakfast is on your own today, as we check out of our hotel and head southeast to the beautiful port city of Newport, Rhode Island. Newport, Rhode Island is better known, as the America’s Cup City and home of millionaire row. Lunch is on your own today and can be purchased right in downtown Newport, Rhode Island. Early this afternoon we shall visit and tour Hammersmith Farms built in 1887 by John W. Auchincloss. In 1953 John F. Kennedy was married at Hammersmith Farms; this was the official summer White House from 1961 to 1963 while John Fitzgerald Kennedy was President of the United States of America. (Property may be closed to the public for the summer & fall 2009) Later on this afternoon, we shall visit and tour “The Breakers” a beautiful mansion located on Ochre Point Avenue, over looking the bay. The Breakers was built in 1895 for Cornelius Vanderbilt, it was designed by Richard Morris Hunt and resembles 16th century Northern Italian palaces and the grounds overlook the Atlantic Ocean and Cliff Walk. Our lodging for the next two nights will be in Cape Cod and our dinner is included once again this evening.
Tuesday Day Four: Breakfast is on your own this morning, before we check out of our hotel. This morning we shall sail away to the storybook island of Martha’s Vineyard, aboard the Island Queen…relax with sea and sky and wind on a delightful 40-mintue cruise across the sparking waters of Vineyard Sound. Once we arrive in Martha’s Vineyard at Oak Bluffs, we will have a 1 ½ hour bus tour of this beautiful and spectacular island. You will discover a gentler civilization when you visit the fabled island of Martha’s Vineyard. Oak Bluffs, where we land with its Victorian gingerbread cottages colony…Edgartown, once the whaling capital of the world, preserved as it was then. Lunch is on your own today and may be purchased in either Edgartown or in Oak Bluffs. Late this afternoon we shall sail back to the mainland aboard the Island Queen.
Wednesday Day Five: Breakfast is on your own this morning, as we check out of our hotel and head northeast to Boston, Massachusetts…the birthplace of America. This morning we shall visit America’s hometown, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Today we shall see Plymouth Rock, where the pilgrims first stepped onto the New World (America). Then you will have time to visit and tour the Mayflower II docked at State Pier in Plymouth Harbor. The Mayflower II was built full size and recreates a typical 17th century merchant vessel. The Mayflower II was built in 1955 and sailed across the Atlantic in 1957. Lunch is on your own today, and can be purchased at Quincy Hall Marketplace in downtown Boston. This afternoon we shall have a city tour of Boston, and travel along the freedom trail and see such sites as; The First Church of Christ Scientist “Mother Church’, Old North Church, Fenway Park, Cheers, and so much more. We will end our tour of historical downtown Boston with a visit and tour of the USS Constitution which is more affectionately know as, “Old Ironsides” the oldest commissionable ship in the U.S. Navy fleet today. Our lodging this evening is at The King’s Grant Inn and dinner is included once again this evening.
Thursday Day Six: A continental breakfast is included this morning, before we check out of our hotel. This morning we shall visit Craggy Cape Ann, Gloucester, Massachusetts, a world recognized fishing port on the waterfront. We shall see the famous Gloucester Fisherman Statue, a memorial to the thousands who have lost their lives at sea. It was here that Gloucester resident and fisherman; Clarence Birdseye invented quick-freezing food in 1925 changing the eating habits of our entire nation. Join us this morning for an exciting day out on the sea observing nature’s gentle giants, Whale Watching Tour. This morning we shall sail off to Stellwagen Bank and Jeffrey’s Ledge. Two great feeding grounds and plentiful feeding grounds for the gentle giants. Lunch is on your own today. Time permitting this afternoon, we shall visit and tour the romantic artist colony of Rockport, Massachusetts. You will find craft shops, eateries and art galleries tucked along Bearskin Neck in recycled fishermen’s’ sheds at the end of the pier. Motif # 1 is perennially popular subject for painters and photographers. Our lodging this evening will at The Village by the Sea Inn in Wells Beach, Maine. This evening we will be treated to a downeast lobster clambake dinner with all the trimmings.
Friday Day Seven: Breakfast is on your own this morning once again before we check out of our hotel. This morning, we shall visit and tour the beautiful rocky coast of Maine. One of our first stops this morning will be the beautiful port town of Kennebunkport, Maine (The summer home of Ex-president George W. Bush). Today we will work our way down the coast of Maine along scenic route one and visit a variety of Maine’s townships. Lunch is included this afternoon. This afternoon we shall visit Kittery, Maine the outlet store capital of Maine. Late this afternoon we shall visit Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Here we shall visit Strawbery Banke Museum, which traces over 300 years of history in one of America’s oldest continuously occupied neighborhood. The 10 acre-site with its more than 40 preserved and interpreted buildings, presents the full span of an important seaport history. This evening our lodging will be back at the Holiday Inn, in Manchester, New Hampshire. We cap off our tour of coastal New England USA this evening with a refreshing and relaxing farewell dinner at our hotel.
Saturday Day Eight: Breakfast is on your own this morning. This morning at your convenience you may check out of the hotel and take one of the hotel courtesy vans back to the airport to make your return home. With many fond memories of Coastal New England USA, and of your newfound friends in New England USA.