Grand New England

11 night tour - starting in Boston, Massachusetts - ending in Boston, Massachusetts.

A Tauck World Discovery Tour.

Celebrating 90 years in the travel touring business, Tauck offer the ultimate in luxury touring. Throughout the years, ingenuity and innovation, plus a focus on customer servce and authentic experiences, have grown Tauck into one of the world's leading travel touring companies. On your tour you can expect an itinerary carefully designed to create an unforgetable experience, ensuring the finest hotels, luxury motorcoaches and highly experienced tour directors.

Autumn paints New England landscapes with bold, Impressionist colors that surprise, delight, energize and mesmerize, and awaken the visionary in you. But this excursion through Grand New England offers more than the visual excitement of a fall foliage tour. Enjoy exclusive filmed vignettes by filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan that share personal stories and take you behind-the-scenes of their films. See American history in a new light in places where it was made, then re-made by poets, painters and icon-makers... the Revolutionary heart of Concord, the Berkshire retreats of Norman Rockwell and Edith Wharton, and the Gilded Age mountain resort at Bretton Woods. Travel through lush forests and fertile fields sweet with fragrant air, rich in tradition and brimming with antique charm. Search out the elusive soul of New England from Boston to Bar Harbor, from fishing boats to the summit of Mount Washington and the wilderness of Acadia National Park... in the taste of fresh lobster and maple syrup, and in the dazzled eye of the beholder.

** SPECIAL OFFER **

Receive a free pre or post night hotel stay inc breakfast at the tour hotel when you book with us !

2019 Guaranteed departure dates: 
September 21st - Available
September 23rd * - Available
September 25th - Available
September 26th * - Available
September 28th- Available
September 30th * - Available
October 01st * - Available
October 02nd - Available 
October 06th - Available
October 07th * - Available
October 10th - Available
October 11th * - Available
October 13th - Available
 
* Small Group Departures – Select small group departures averaging just 24 guests
 
TO BOOK THIS TOUR: CALL US ON FREEPHONE 0800 0336 335 OR EMAIL US RESERVATIONS@PURELYTRAVELGROUP.CO.UK
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Day 1: Welcome to Boston

Tour begins: The Langham, Boston at 5:30 PM. A transfer is included from Logan International Airport to The Langham, Boston, a historic luxury hotel (and former Federal Reserve Bank) in the heart of the financial district, in easy reach of Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall, the North End, the harbor waterfront, and many of downtown’s most exclusive shops and restaurants. Join us at the hotel this evening for a welcome reception and dinner; the dazzling reds, golds and oranges that accent Boston’s cityscape are a colorful prelude to your fall foliage tour.

Lodging: The Langham, Boston

Dinner

Day 2: Boston... the cradle of America

History is alive and around every corner of the exciting city of Boston on an orientation tour this morning that includes Boston Common, Beacon Hill with its elegant townhouses and narrow cobblestone streets, the ethnic flavors of the North End and a visit to the USS Constitution Museum. Walk back in time in the footsteps of literary giants, artists, and visionaries who inspired and shaped America in its infancy. Later, explore on your own this city teeming with historic treasures and hip modern pleasures, where the venerable past is always present.

Lodging: The Langham, Boston

Breakfast

Day 3: Revolutionary Lexington & Concord, and on to Williamstown

The “shot heard ‘round the world” still resonates at tranquil Lexington Green, where British troops and American militiamen had their first bloody encounter in 1775; experience the place where the world turned upside down.  Stand at the site of the “rude bridge” in Concord, where British and colonials fought a pitched battle immortalized in Emerson’s hymn and where the iconic Minuteman sculpted by Daniel Chester French stands on a pedestal with musket in hand, stepping forward into history... quiet settings charged with emotion and poetry. Next, head west for lunch at the Salem Cross Inn, an impeccably restored colonial home built in 1705; the menu features traditional New England cuisine. Stop in historic Deerfield en route through luminous landscapes to The Orchards Hotel in Williamstown.

Lodging: Orchards Hotel

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Stockbridge, Lenox & Williamstown in the artful, literary Berkshires

The Berkshires of western Massachusetts glow with autumn colors on a fall foliage tour that shows you why this area has long been a retreat for artists and writers. Begin today's discoveries in Stockbridge at the Norman Rockwell Museum, dedicated to the beloved illustrator whose hundreds of covers for the Saturday Evening Post depicting scenes from small-town America – including here in Stockbridge, where he spent the last 25 years of his life – illuminated the lives of ordinary people with humor and pathos; view many original works by Rockwell, and visit his preserved studio. A short drive to Lenox brings you to The Mount, the hilltop Georgian mansion of Edith Wharton, which the celebrated author of The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence called her “first real home.” The house and gardens were built to her own meticulous designs in 1902, and reflect the taste and personality of the author. Edith Wharton was also a consummate entertainer – you’ll feel like one of her guests at a private lunch overlooking her bucolic grounds. Continue on to Williamstown for a docent-led tour of the internationally renowned Clark Art Institute (better known simply as "The Clark"), one of the few institutions in the U.S. combining a public art museum with research and academic programs. Note: On Mondays and holidays when The Clark is closed, an alternate visit will be made to Chesterwood, the historic Stockbridge home and studio of noted sculptor Daniel Chester French.

Lodging: Orchards Hotel

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: American icons in Bennington, Shelburne & Stowe, Vermont

Depart for Vermont, where your fall foliage tour includes sites rich with Americana. A towering stone obelisk in Bennington commemorates a little-known battle in 1777 that led to the British surrender at Saratoga, a turning point in the War for Independence. Arrive in Shelburne for a visit to the Shelburne Museum of Art and Americana. Spread over 45 acres, this unique museum holds a vast collection of prints, paintings, folk art and quilts reflecting 19th-century American life, in historic buildings – including barns, a meeting house, a jail, a lighthouse, and a railroad station – in a village-like setting around the Ticonderoga, a 220-ft. steamboat that once ferried passengers and livestock on Lake Champlain. Today’s final destination is Stowe, a classic New England town tucked away in the Green Mountains, for an overnight at a resort in the foothills of Mount Mansfield.

Lodging: Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: From the Green Mountains to the White Mountains

Head out from the Green Mountains of Vermont via the state capital, Montpelier, and the elegant gold-domed State House. Just outside the city, Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks offers you a taste of pure maple syrup and an education in how it’s made, from the tapping of trees to the distillation of sap and the subtle shades and grades that result from an art they’ve perfected over eight generations in the family business. Continue on out of Vermont and into the White Mountains of New Hampshire, arriving in Bretton Woods for a two-night stay at the historic Omni Mount Washington Resort, one of New England's last grand resort hotels. Since its opening in 1902, this palatial hotel has been a magnet for presidents, robber barons and celebrities; Babe Ruth and Thomas Edison loved to golf here; in 1944, the World Bank was established in the Gold Room; the stunning mountain landscapes outside glow with the same color.

Lodging: Omni Mount Washington Resort

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: The view from Mount Washington

The harshest winter weather on the planet can be found at the summit of Mount Washington, where a wind speed of 231 mph was once recorded in 1932, and the stone houses are anchored to the ground with chains. But at this time of year, you’ll meet only temperate temperatures and magnificent views, as well as the scientists at the meteorological observatory who will brief you on their work in this unique environment. It’s a day for indulging in the colorful quintessence of a fall foliage tour as you wind down New England back roads to return to your luxury resort at Bretton Woods, where you'll enjoy a presentation on the local ecology and wildlife; have dinner à la carte at the hotel tonight.

Lodging: Omni Mount Washington Resort

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: A lobster experience in Portland, Maine

Arrive this morning in Portland, Maine where a local lobsterman takes you out into the harbor aboard his working boat for an authentic, hands-on experience in the lobstering trade. Back on land, a guided tour introduces you to the historic Old Port area along the waterfront, rich with restored 19th-century architecture and cobblestone streets. Enjoy time to explore on your own and settle in at your hotel before joining us for dinner tonight at – where else? – a Bailey Island lobster house overlooking Casco Bay, a favorite of local residents.

Lodging: The Inn at Brunswick Station

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: On to Bar Harbor for a schooner sailing

Make your way up the rugged Maine coast today, arriving in historic Bar Harbor – and your luxury cliffside inn featuring lush gardens and panoramic waterfront views – in time for lunch. This afternoon, cruise the harbor aboard a traditional wooden schooner, experiencing the picturesque coves, islands, lighthouses, and seaside cottages with the romance of a windjammer under sail. Spend the rest of the day and evening as you please in Bar Harbor.

Lodging: Bar Harbor Inn & Spa

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park

Luminist painters like Thomas Cole and Fitz Hugh Lane were among the first to document the awesome beauty of Bar Harbor, attracting Gilded Age high society who created an exclusive summer resort community to rival Newport. Discover exquisite examples of Victorian architecture that adorn the area en route to exploring the natural wonders of nearby Acadia National Park (color-drenched in autumn, the highlight of any fall foliage tour). You’ll love today, from the coves, pristine forests, beaches, plunging cliffs and rocky islands to the stunning view from the summit of Cadillac Mountain... plus a horse-drawn carriage ride along historic roadways within the park. Return to your hotel with time at leisure; soothe at the spa, or explore the town with its charming shops, galleries, and superb seafood restaurants. Or... stand just about anywhere and admire the view.

Lodging: Bar Harbor Inn & Spa

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Ogunquit, the beautiful place by the sea

Journey southward to the coastal town of Ogunquit, whose name translates as “beautiful place by the sea.” This classic New England port of tranquil coves and beaches was once a fishing and shipbuilding center, but now thrives on its picturesque beauty as a summer resort destination. Settle in at The Cliff House Resort & Spa, a lofty seaside hotel that’s entertained genteel guests since 1872, then join us this evening for a farewell reception and dinner.

Lodging: The Cliff House Resort & Spa

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12: Journey home or extend your stay

After breakfast, travel from The Cliff House Resort & Spa to Boston (approx. 80 miles). Tour ends: 11:30 AM at Logan International Airport, Boston or 12:30 PM at The Langham, Boston. Airport transfers are included. Flights shouldn’t be booked before 2:00 PM; allow a minimum of 2 hours for check-in. Ask at booking about extending your stay with additional hotel nights (rooms may not be ready until 3:00 PM).

Breakfast

Your Tauck Tour Highlights

Insider stories about New England during filmed narratives by documentary filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan
Touring enhanced by audio listening devices in many locations
A private lunch at Edith Wharton’s Berkshire home, The Mount
Private Tauck schooner cruise on the waters off Bar Harbor in Maine
An exclusive hands-on lobstering experience in Portland with a local lobsterman
A visit to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge
A docent-led tour of the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown
A visit with the resident meteorologists of the Mount Washington Observatory
Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
26 meals (11 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 9 dinners), service charges, gratuities to local guides, admission fees, taxes and porterage

Your Hotels....

Nights 1 - 2 : The Langham, Boston - Boston, Massachusetts

Situated in the very heart of downtown Boston just steps from the city’s popular sites and attractions, The Langham, Boston occupies the former Federal Reserve Bank building and is a national architectural landmark. Each guest room has its own elegant yet comfortable style and features Blissful Beds, in-room safe, an iPod docking station, television, iron and ironing board, gourmet minibar, fridge and a hair dryer. The Chuan Body and Soul health club offers a swimming pool and whirlpool, Techno Gym cardio equipment and a new line of strength evolution machines. Savor contemporary New England cuisine under lofty atrium ceilings at the hotel's Café Fleuri, or enjoy an evening in BOND Restaurant and Lounge, a shimmering, hip setting for cosmopolitan dining, afternoon tea, distinctive cocktails and eclectic music.

Nights 3 - 4 : Orchards Hotel - Williamstown, Massachusetts

The recipient of a coveted AAA Four Diamond designation, the Orchards Hotel is located in the lovely village of Williamstown, the home of Williams College, in the heart of the Berkshires. Guest rooms, each uniquely decorated using antique furniture and artwork, provide individual climate control, pillow-top beds, LCD/HD television, CD alarm clock with an MR3 line, cordless phone, bathrobes, slippers and Gilchrist & Soames bath products, in-room safe and other welcome amenities. There’s sunny exercise room with treadmill, cross trainer, recumbent bicycle and weight machine, a toasty sauna and an outdoor swimming pool (Memorial Day until October 1); the inviting Living Room, which embodies the hotel’s character and charm with an eclectic décor of English antiques, Oriental accent pieces, rare works of art and unusual collectibles, invites good conversation and gracious companionship during leisure time. The gluten-free friendly Gala Steakhouse & Bistro spotlights traditional steakhouse fare and bistro options made with locally sourced ingredients.

Night 5 : Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa - Stowe, Vermont

The Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, the AAA Four-Diamond luxury resort in lovely Stowe, has majestic Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest mountain, as a backdrop. Guest room amenities such as spa bathrobes, coffee maker, iron and ironing board and a hair dryer and more assure a comfortable stay. During leisure time, enjoy the tennis courts, the golf course and the indoor and outdoor swimming pools… or just chill out in the world-class spa. You’ll find a warm welcome and over 50 wines available by the glass, as well as a variety of satisfying cuisine, at Charlie B’s Pub and Restaurant. Winfield’s Bistro, winner of its own AAA Four-Diamond Award, features Vermont-fresh cuisine in a casually elegant atmosphere.

Nights 6 - 7 : Omni Mount Washington Resort - Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

A National Historic Landmark and a favorite retreat for presidents and celebrities since 1902, the Spanish Renaissance-style Omni Mount Washington Resort sits regally in the midst of New Hampshire’s beautiful White Mountains. The large, comfortable guest rooms have a distinctly Victorian ambiance. From the crystal chandeliers to the Tiffany stained-glass windows, the plush interior of the hotel is as impressive as the outside. The indoor swimming pools and Jacuzzis are just the place to work out the kinks after a busy day or you might enjoy just sitting on the 900-foot-long veranda and drinking in the spectacular view. Enjoy an aperitif or a nightcap in The Cave, the hotel’s speakeasy lounge; the Rosebrook Bar; the elegant Princess Room, or the all-new Stickney's pub and steakhouse.

Night 8 : The Inn at Brunswick Station - Brunswick, Maine

Opened in 2011 next to Bowdoin’s quintessential New England college campus in Brunswick, The Inn at Brunswick Station is also within walking distance of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, shops and restaurants “in the center of it all.” Décor throughout the property creates a sense of place with reproductions of the Brunswick Historical Society’s extensive collection celebrating life in this New England town over the years. Handsomely appointed guest rooms welcome with crisp white linens, flat-screen TV, in-room coffee and a sleekly styled bathroom. Its convivial atmosphere, selections of wine and regionally brewed beers, and frequently changing menu of traditional New England favorites with gluten-free and vegetarian dishes on offer at The Tavern at Brunswick Station please both guests and local residents alike.

Nights 9 - 10 : Bar Harbor Inn & Spa - Bar Harbor, Maine

Directly on the waterfront at Frenchman Bay near the heart of beautiful Bar Harbor, Maine, what eventually became the Bar Harbor Inn & Spa began as the Oasis Club in 1874, was reincorporated as the Mount Desert Reading Room in 1887 and was very popular with the likes of the Morgans, Pulitzers and Vanderbilts. Today’s guests enjoy high-quality accommodations, attentive personal service and the unmatched tranquility of the Maine coast. World-class service, state-of-the-art facilities and a wide variety of spa treatments are offered by The Spa and a heated outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and a fitness room are available during leisure time. The Reading Room Restaurant, looking out over the sea, offers a menu including fresh seafood, choice cuts of meat and memorable desserts, complemented by the soothing sounds of the grand piano. Or, choose to dine al fresco at the Terrace Grill, overlooking Frenchman Bay, with light fare or selections from the Reading Room Restaurant full menu.

Night 11 : The Cliff House Resort & Spa - Ogunquit, Maine

Perched on the craggy cliffs of the Maine coast, the Cliff House Resort & Spa is everything you have ever imagined that a Maine oceanfront resort would be. Generations of the Weare family have been welcoming guests here since 1872, including such folks as the Philadelphia Biddles, and the Cabots and Lodges of Boston. Guest rooms feature views of the coast and the ocean, cable TV, hairdryer, coffee maker and other amenities to ensure an enjoyable stay. Two adults-only swimming pools invite a dip after a busy day. The Cliff Spa, which encompasses the ocean-view fitness center providing Star-Trac treadmills, elliptical cardiovascular training machines, Nautilus Selectorized weight training equipment and Cybex free weight training equipment, invites you to come, relax and be pampered. The Dining Room, with a view of the sea is a favorite southern Maine restaurant for visitors and locals alike, due, in part, to its superb traditional lobster dinner and signature creations like Blueberry Halibut. The Ocean Terrace is the place to linger over cocktails or the resort’s justly famous desserts.

Tour Only Cost: All prices quoted below are per adult person, per tour in British Pounds (GBP)

Departure Dates

Single Twin/Double Triple Quad
2019: Small group departures - Sep 23rd, 26th & 30th, October 1st, 7th, 11th * £5530 £4326 £3999 Please call
2019: All other departures £5137 £3879 £3494 Please call
** SPECIAL OFFER **

Receive a free pre or post night hotel stay inc breakfast at the tour hotel when you book with us !

Special Solo Traveller Savings – save up to £130 off the single room price on select departure dates – Please call us for more details. 
 
Children - may qualify for a discount when sharing a room with 2 adults - Please call us for details. 
 
Not included in your tour cost:
Flights – we can package your tour with flights at very competitive airfares using our airline partners. Please call us to discuss the best airline for your itinerary.
Pre or post accommodation - If you want to extend your stay at the start or the end of your escorted tour or add another destination to your booking please call us and we will be happy to provide a quote.
Meals, other than those listed in the itinerary.
The customary gratuities for the Tour Director and local drivers are not included.
 
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TO BOOK YOUR TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS:

Please call us on FREEPHONE 0800 0336 335 or EMAIL us reservations@purelytravelgroup.co.uk we are open 7 days a week.

We will be happy to answer any questions, check the availability of your tour, offer a quote for flights and any pre or post nights you would like to add.

When you are ready to go ahead with the booking, a non-refundable deposit of 10% will be due at time of booking or the full balance if you are due to travel within 8 weeks.