Highlights: Boston - Ogunquit - Jackson - Stowe
Other departures: Manchester - £2339, Birmingham - £2339, Bristol - £2439, Norwich - £2489, Newcastle - £2389, Edinburgh - £2389, Glasgow - £2339, Exeter - £2389
Other departure dates:
- 1 Jun 19 (£2259)
- 28 Sept 19 (£2399)
- 5 Oct 19 (£2299) Sightseeing:
Boston including sites along the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall Market Place, Portsmouth's Historic Center, Portland Headlight, Portland's Old Port, White Mountains of New Hampshire, Kancamagus Scenic Byway, Woodstock VT & Stowe VT Experiences:
Craft Brewery Tours & Tastings, Marginal Way Walk, Lobster Boat, Mt. Washington Cog Rail, Hiking Mt. Mansfield or Bicycling Stowe area Scenic Trails, IPA Highway, Whale Watch Cruise or JFK Library & Museum Hotels:
Boston - Aloft Boston Seaport 3*
Ogunquit - Meadowmere Resort 3*
Jackson - Christmas Farm Inn and Spa 3*
Stowe - Topnotch Resort 4* Itinerary: Day 1: Boston
Check-in to hotel and this evening mingle with other group members at a meet and greet reception hosted by our guide, a beer aficionado and destination specialist. We’ll be given an introduction to our 7-day exploration of New England. From the historic streets of Boston, to the breathtaking beauty of Maine’s rocky coastline and the awe-inspiring mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont, we’ll taste the holy grails of craft beer in each region. Day 2: Boston — Portsmouth — Ogunquit (78mi/126km)
This morning we’ll take an orientation tour of Boston’s historic Freedom Trail, architecturally significant Back Bay, and bustling waterfront. Boston continues to be an important center of commerce, technology and the arts for both the region and the country—as well as craft beer, but we’ll save the tastings for the last day. In the afternoon we head north to Portsmouth, a port city with cobblestoned streets, a downtown filled with charming shops and restaurants, significant examples of Colonial, Georgian, and Federal style houses, and brewers who continue New England’s rich beer-making history. And, like a true New Englander, the beers brewed here are approachable, dependable and impervious to trends. After a tour and tastings we’ll continue along the coast to Ogunquit, a popular beach resort whose name means “beautiful place by the sea”. Day 3: Ogunquit — Portland — Ogunquit (75mi/121km)
Start the day with a walk on the Marginal Way, a mile-long, paved foot path along the rocky coast with picture-perfect views worthy of any photography book. Upon arrival at Perkins Cove, board a lobster boat for a one-hour cruise. See traps hauled and lobsters caught by authentic Maine lobstermen. The tour guide will provide a detailed explanation of the lobster fishery and the many scenic points of interest along the way. This afternoon we’ll travel to Portland, ranked #1 craft beer city in the world by Matador Network. With a population of 200,000, this old port city with a young vibe is home to 19 craft brewing companies and an additional 15 craft brew pubs. We’ll tourthat interpret historic styles with unique twists.
We’ll return to Ogunquit. Evening is free to explore the village shops and restaurants. Day 4: Ogunquit — Jackson (88mi/142km)
This morning we’ll travel through the lakes region and into the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Spend time in North Conway for shopping at its famous tax-free outlets. Travel to Mt. Washington and ride the Cog Railway to the summit of the eastern seaboard’s tallest peak. The Cog is the world’s first mountain-climbing railway and a National Historic Engineering Landmark. Once at the top, one can visit the Observatory Museum and the historic Tiptop House before the trip down. On a clear day, the view extends all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Day 5: Jackson — Stowe (125mi/201km)
Today we drive along the Kancamagus Highway, a 55 km long two-lane road, considered one of the most scenic drives in the region. It has been designated a National Scenic Byway by the US Department of Transportation.
Cross over the border into Vermont, regularly ranked near the top of the list as having the most number of breweries per capita in the country. We taste our way to Stowe, a charming resort town at the base of Mt. Mansfield. Day 6: Stowe — Northern Vermont — Stowe (65mi/105km)
The choice of activity is yours this morning. You can enjoy a guided, relaxed hike through the serene woodlands with spectacular views of Mount Mansfield and Smugglers Notch. Or see firsthand what makes Vermont such a special place by cycling the amazing remote back roads and low traffic paved roads. After an included lunch, we'll follow Vermon'ts IPA Highway to some of the state's most sought-after breweries. Day 7: Stowe — Woodstock — Boston (212mi/341km)
We’ll make a short stop in Woodstock, named “the prettiest small town in America” by Yankee Magazine, while en route to Boston.
Upon arrival, we’ll visit the Grand-daddy of the craft brew movement in America—the Boston Beer Co, makers of Sam Adams. While some may argue it’s no longer a craft brewery, the tour and tastings of some of their more unique brews are worth the visit. Day 8: Boston
This morning the choice is yours once again. You may board a half-day whale watching cruise. Naturalists narrate as you cruise Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary, a fooding ground for whales, dolphins, sea birds, and more. Or visit the John F. Kennedy Library & Museum, the repository of personal and political memorabelia of our 35th president. After return to port late afternoon, transfer to your hotel or Boston's airport.