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DAY 6 (RO) - Stowe to North Conway - Departing Stowe after breakfast today we head for the Kancamagus Highway, one of New England's most superb scenic drives. You can call it "the Kanc" for short, as locals do, and you can revel in the pure pleasure of motoring through this thickly treed mountain gap, as hundreds of thousands of visitors do each year. The 34-mile road cuts an east-west channel through the 800,000-acre White Mountain National Forest. When the dense stands of leafy deciduous trees exchange their summer greens for the dazzling shades of autumn, they are illuminated against the immutable evergreen of their coniferous counterparts, making this a most dramatic and beloved leaf-peeping route. You will enjoy the twists and turns as the highway climbs to nearly 3,000 feet at the peak of Mount Kancamagus. Arrival in North Conway and the Comfort Inn & Suites will be late afternoon with the remainder of the day at leisure - Mileage approx. 130 miles

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New England Tour Itinerary

DAY 1 (FS) - Flights from the UK to New York Newark. then transfer to the Hilton Gateway Hotel, Newark with the remainder of the day at leisure to relax or to explore the Big Apple. The Hilton Newark Penn Station is directly connected to Newark's Penn Station. Its location makes it easy to discover the sites and sounds of New York City which are just a short 15 minute train journey away.

 

DAY 2 (RO) - Day at leisure to explore the Big Apple. New York is packed with more famous sites than you can wave a pastrami sandwich at, walking through the Big Apple’s kind of like stepping onto the set of a high-budget Hollywood blockbuster. Some people come here to enjoy the Broadway Shows, others come specifically to shop, and many come simply to see the sights; the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, the historic neighborhoods, and the multiple world famous museums. Any time of year and any time of day there's an endless array of things to see and do in New York.

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DAY 3 (RO) - New York to Williamstown - Transfers after breakfast to the Alamo car hire depot to collect your rental cars. Your journey then takes you north along the Hudson River into New York State where you should start to get your first impressions of the Fall colours en route to Willamstown and the Williams Inn Hotel - Mileage approx. 200 miles

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DAY 4 (RO) - Williamstown to Stowe - Departing the hotel after breakfast todays routing takes you into Vermont and via Bennington and Manchester in the Green Mountain National Forest. Manchester is a former iron-mining town but today is a picture-postcard New England village, complete with white steeple church, antique shops and cosy country inns. Then it's on to Woodstock, named the "quintessential New England village," the town is full of charming Americana, including a covered bridge smack in the center of town and a village green surrounded by restored Georgian, Federal Style and Greek Revival homes. Revitalize yourself at Sugarbush Farm, where you can taste maple syrup or 14 varieties of cheese for free. Arrival in Stowe and the Grey Fox Inn should be late afternoon and after check-in the remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy the hotel and the delights that Stowe has to offer - Mileage approx.165 miles

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DAY 5 (RO) - The Day at leisure to explore Stowe and the surrounding region. There are some wonderful drives in the area including the Stowe Auto Toll Road which zigs and zags its way to the summit ridge of Mt. Mansfield where stunning views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains await you. Local attractions include the famous Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream factory, Cold hollow Cider Mill and much more.

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DAY 7 (RO) - North Conway to Bar Harbor - After breakfast we begin out journey into Maine and the coastal resort of Bar Harbor in the Arcadia National Park. Your journey today takes you via the towns of Waterford and Paris as you head towards Augusta, the state capital of Maine. From here you'll head east to the coast passing through Liberty, Belfast and Trenton before arriving in Bar Harbor late afternoon. There is a special mystique to Bar Harbor, surrounded by Acadia National Park and located at the edge of the sea, the town has welcomed visitors for over a hundred years. Bar Harbor is truly one of the best places to visit in Maine and possibly New England. Your stay here is at the Bar Harbor Motel - Mileage approx. 215 miles

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DAY 8 (RO) - Breakfast followed by the full day at leisure in Bar Harbor. Don't miss the opportunity to visit Acadia National Park, with over 50 square miles of mountains, lakes, hiking, biking, views and dramatic coastline.

 

DAY 9 (RO) - Bar Harbor to Freeport - Today, after breakfast you'll depart Bar Harbor and follow the coastline south via Stockton Springs, Rockport, Rockland and Damariscotta to Boothbay Harbor. This coastal town is a perfect destination to stop for a couple of hours, between its rich history, quaint local shops and boutiques, delicious dining and world-class boat excursions, there are all kinds of things to do. A 1,000-foot long footbridge connects the east and west sides of the Harbor, allowing easy access for visitors and you will be captivated by the quiet coves, rocky shores, and island lighthouses. Departing Boothbay Harbor mid afternoon your journey continues via Wiscasset, Bath and Bruswick to Freeport, renowned for its outlet shopping and is the home of the world famous L.L.Bean Flagship Store. Accommodation is at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Freeport - Mileage approx 170 miles

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DAY 14 (RO) - Cape Cod to Mystic - Departing Cape Cod after breakfast today we continue along the New England coastline passing through Wareham, and Dartmouth to Newport, Rhode Island. Set on Aquidneck Island its yacht-filled harbor which hosted the America’s Cup, a renowned annual regatta, for many years. Newport is also known for the Gilded Age mansions lining Bellevue Avenue, some of which are now museums. Perhaps the most famous is The Breakers, an 1895 mansion patterned after a Renaissance palace. You'll want to spend a few hours in Newport before continuing on to Mystic Seaport and the Hyatt Place Inn for your final overnight stay. (Mileage - approx.125 miles)

DAY 10 (RO) - Freeport to Boston - Freeport is known all over the world for world-class outlet shopping, so after breakfast you may want to spend the morning exploring the charming historic streetscapes to shop famous brand outlets like J.Crew Factory, Ralph Lauren Vineyard Vines, Tommy Hilfiger, Coach, Cole Haan, Calvin Klein, Coach, Nike and North Face to mention just a few. Once you've finished shopping then it's off to Boston. Your route today continues along the coast via Portland, Portsmouth and Newburyport with arrival in Boston and the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Boston Garden Hotel late afternoon - Mileage approx. 125 miles

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DAY 11 (RO) - The day at leisure in Boston - Boston is probably one of the UK travellers favourite cities. It’s certainly one of the most unique. Ask ten people what they love about Boston and you’ll get ten different answers. Boston’s quirky; it’s the One Man Band guy playing oldies but goodies on Newbury Street and grown men quacking on duck boats. Boston’s historic: The Kennedy’s! The infamous Boston Tea Party! The Freedom Trail! It has the art, food, and nightlife of a big city, with the friendliness and heart of a small town.

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DAY 12 (RO) - Boston to Cape Cod - Departing Boston after breakfast, today we head south to Cape Cod. The Cape Cod Regions, consisting of Cape Cod and the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, will make you happy; it’s as simple as that. That is, unless beautiful beaches with rolling dunes, legendary seafood, homemade ice cream and world-class whale watching aren't your thing! En route to Cape Cod you might like to stop at Plimoth Plantation, a living history museum that exhibits the original settlement of the Plymouth Colony established in the 17th century by English. Your accommodation here is at the Holiday Inn, Hyannis - Mileage approx. 85 miles

 

DAY 13 (RO) - The Day at leisure on Cape Cod

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DAY 15 (RO/FS) - Mystic to Newark - Departing after breakfast, today you'll make the final journey back to Newark. For those with hire cars, you'll drop them off at the Alamo Rental depot and take the shuttle to the airport, whilst anyone shipping your cars back to the UK will have to for the Port to check-in after which you'll be transferred back to the airport. Flights back to London depart mid evening - Mileage approx.155 miles

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DAY 16 (FS) - Arrival in London (or regional airports may be available on request).

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Meal Basis - FS = Flight Meal Service / RO = Room Only / BB = Bed & Breakfast