New England in Depth

September 26 – October 7, 2018

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Special Features

  • Visit Saratoga Springs, NY
  • 2 nights in Killington, VT
  • 2 nights in Plymouth, NH
  • 2 nights in Wells, Maine
  • Visit the Vermont Country Store
  • Visit Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory
  • Lunch at the Trapp Family Lodge
  • Lobster Boat Tour
  • Mount Washington Cog Railway
  • Lobster Dinner
  • View covered bridges
  • Visit Sugar Bush Farms
  • Local guides
  • Amazing scenery throughout New EnglandNE-montage-2018[1]

This tour of New England is one of our most in depth tours offered.  We truly experience the culture, beauty and history of this area at the most vibrant time of year, Autumn! We stay two nights at each of our resorts in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.  Along the way we experience vibrant color, mountain vistas and rugged sea shores.  To top it off, we experience the Amish country of Pennsylvania by being a guest for dinner in an Amish home.  You’ll return from this tour with a complete understanding of this amazing part of our country.

 


Prices

Double: $2,395/pp
Single: $3,350
Triple: $2,295/pp
Trip Protection:  $217.50/pp – Double & Triple, $291/pp – Single
Early Booking

$100/pp if booked by April 30, 2018

 

Deposit:  $50/pp due at time of booking
Final Payment Due:  Monday, August 13, 2018

 

 

 

 


Day 1, Wednesday, September 26

Our tour begins as we head northeast from Springfield toward Dayton, OH. As a reward at the end of our long travel day, we will have an informal meal together this evening. (D)

Day 2, Thursday, September 27

We are one day closer to beautiful New England as we continue our trek to Seneca Falls NY (B)

Day 3, Friday, September 28

Today we visit the lovely town of Saratoga Springs, New York. We will learn about history and horses in this quaint spot. After time for lunch on our own we cross into Vermont and peruse the unique, Vermont Country Store. Then it is on to Killington, for dinner and our first of two nights at the Killington Mountain Lodge. (B, D)

Day 4, Saturday, September 29

After breakfast we meet a local guide for a full day of touring in Vermont. We will learn the story behind Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream at the factory and maybe get to try a few samples! Then off to lunch at the Trapp Family Lodge, a European style mountain resort operated by the family that inspired The Sound of Music. This afternoon we enjoy the charming village of Stowe, Vermont. With is covered bridges and picturesque churches, you won’t want to forget your camera! (B, L)

Day 5, Sunday, September 30

Today we have another great day of touring with our local guide in Vermont. We venture off the beaten path to Sugar Bush Farms. Here we will learn how this family farm makes maple syrup and cheddar cheese. Then off to explore Woodstock, Vermont with time for lunch. No visit to Vermont would be complete without a stop at their “little Grand Canyon”, Quechee Gorge. We say goodbye to Vermont on our way to New Hampshire for the next two nights at the Common Man Inn. (B, D)

Day 6, Monday, October 1

Today we will tour the breathtaking White Mountains of New Hampshire. We see where the famed Old Man of the Mountain, once captured the imagination of Daniel Webster and Nathanial Hawthorne.  We will travel through Bretton Woods and view the Stately Mt Washington Hotel. After lunch, we board the Mt Washington Cog Railway for a trek to the top of the highest peak in the northeast. Mt Washington has its’ very own climate at the top-it is famously windy, so hang on to your hat! (B)

Day 7, Tuesday, October 2

This morning we head to the sea coast region of New Hampshire with a visit to Portsmouth. We will tour Harbour Trail that leads us through downtown, along the waterfront, and to the historic, residential South End. This is the oldest European settled neighborhood in New Hampshire, dating back to the 17th century! You will have some free time for lunch and exploring before continuing on to Maine. Here we visit Maine’s oldest town, York. The beach is dotted with quaint cottages and lobster boats. We will see a demonstration of old fashioned taffy pulling (samples?) and have some time to take it all in. On our way to dinner, we stop for a photo at the Nubble lighthouse before resting for the next two nights in Wells, Maine. (B, D)

Day 8,Wednesday, October 3

Today a local guide will guide will share with us the sights of Kennebunkport. We will view the Bush Estate at Walkers point, learn the legend of the Wedding Cake House and visit the Franciscan Monastery, with its beautiful landscaping, shrines and chapel. There will be time for some shopping and lunch-try a lobster roll, delish! We then move on to Perkins Cove and take time to explore its unique shops and galleries before boarding a lobster boat to see how the Maine lobstermen make their living. Tonight, we enjoy the fruits of their labor with a traditional Lobsterbake Dinner. (B, D)

Day 9, Thursday, October 4

The foliage should be quite impressive as we travel from Maine and in to Pennsylvania. We will join an Amish family in their home this evening for dinner before retiring for the night in Lancaster. (B, D)

Day 10, Friday, October 5

This morning we join a local guide and seemingly go back in time as we tour the Amish countryside around Lancaster. Learn about the history of these hardworking people and have time for lunch before heading to Wheeling, West Virginia for the night. (B)

Day 11, Saturday, October 6

We make our way toward home across Ohio and Indiana and into Effingham, IL for our last nights’ stay. (B)

Day 12, Sunday, October 7

We finish this fantastic New England adventure with a farewell lunch before arriving back in Springfield this afternoon. (B,L)

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