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Price Per person double occupancy
|September 27-October 6||$2,059|
Single Supplement: $590
Price Includes: 9 nights lodging at 2.5 star hotels, breakfast daily, 4 lunches & 3 dinners, full time tour director, all deluxe private transfers throughout, luggage handling, all applicable taxes and sightseeing tours as indicated in itinerary.
Not Included: 5 lunches & 6 dinners, tips to tour guides, driver, hotel staff of approximately $100, optional travel insurance.
Deposit Required: $300 per person will reserve your place. A $100 service fee will be charged for cancellation at any time in addition to our normal payment and cancellation policy.
Day 1 - Travel from Charlotte to Maryland
Join us for an amazing tour featuring the beautiful Colors of Maine and Coastal New England. The tour truly features some of the most beautiful scenery of the Northeast. This morning we depart from the Charlotte airport and travel north. Our overnight accommodations await us north of Baltimore. Passengers also have the choice to meet us at our Baltimore hotel this evening.
Day 2 - LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK • “THE HAMPTONS” SIGHTSEEING TOUR • DINNER
Today’s route takes us to beautiful Long Island. Our step-on guide will share the rich history and natural beauty as well as point out many of the oceanfront homes of the rich and famous of “The Hamptons.” We’ll enjoy scenic water views during dinner this evening. We overnight on Long Island. (D)
Day 3 - FERRY FROM LONG ISLAND TO CONNECTICUT • SUBMARINE FORCE MUSEUM • MYSTIC SEAPORT • DINNER & NEW ENGLAND APPLE CRISP • MASSACHUSETTS
We enjoy the scenery today as we board the ferry crossing the Long Island Sound to New London, Connecticut. Nearby, located on the Thames River in Groton, we visit the Submarine Force Museum. The museum maintains the world’s finest collection of submarine artifacts. It is the only submarine museum operated by the United States Navy. In Mystic you’ll have time to browse the shops and have lunch. We then visit Mystic Seaport. The Museum of America and the Sea is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Explore American maritime history first-hand as you climb aboard historic tall ships, stroll through a recreated 19th-century coastal village or watch a working preservation shipyard in action. We travel to Woodstock where we’ll enjoy dinner including a delicious serving of apple crisp at the Woodstock Inn. We overnight near Andover, Massachusetts. (D)
Day 4 - MASSACHUSETTS SCENIC COASTAL DRIVE • GLOUCESTER SIGHTSEEING TOUR • LOBSTER BAKE • MAINE • KENNEBUNKPORT
A day of beautiful scenery is in store as we discover the rockbound Massachusetts Cape along scenic route 127. We make our way to Gloucester, America’s oldest seaport, on Cape Ann where we embark on our sightseeing tour. We’ll make a photo stop on Gloucester’s Stacey Boulevard to see the statues that tell the stories of this working fishing village. The movie, The Perfect Storm, was filmed here. Lunch is a treat today as we enjoy a traditional lobster bake at the Gloucester House, featuring “in the rough” style dining. After lunch we arrive in Ogunquit, Maine, and travel up the beautiful coast. Our drive along Ocean Drive features stunning views of the Maine coastline and the homes of Kennebunkport’s rich and famous, including a slow drive by the summer retreat of former President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush. As time permits, we explore this little town with the galleries and shops. We overnight near Portland, Maine. (L)
Day 5 - MAINE’S RUGGED COAST • PORTLAND HEAD LIGHTHOUSE • LL BEAN • MAINE MARITIME MUSEUM • TASTE OF MAINE • PEMAQUID POINT LIGHTHOUSE • BANGOR
Another beautiful day of scenery is in store today as we admire the beauty of Maine’s rugged coastline. Salt spray, crashing surf and oh, the views! Cape Elizabeth is home to one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world, the Portland Head Lighthouse. We drive through the bustling port city of Portland as we head north to Freeport, the home of the flagship store, L.L. Bean, known for quality outdoor gear, apparel and footwear. We visit the Maine Maritime Museum where you’ll experience Maine’s rich seafaring history. A great lunch is in store at the Taste of Maine Restaurant. Now, traveling through New Harbor, we come to Pemaquid Point, site of the first permanent settlement in Maine (1625). We’ll make a photo stop at the lighthouse. We leave the coast for today and make our way to Bangor for a two-night stay. (L)
Day 6 - FORT KNOX & PENOBSCOT BRIDGE • BAR HARBOR • ACADIA NATIONAL PARK & CADILLAC MOUNTAIN • BANGOR • STEPHEN KING HOUSE
Located on the west bank of the Penobscot River, in an area known as the Penobscot Narrows, we visit Fort Knox, one of the best-preserved fortifications on the New England seacoast. The Fort has many architectural features present only to itself, as well as a rich history behind its cannon batteries. We cross the beautiful Penobscot Narrows Bridge which houses the only bridge observatory in the United States. We arrive in Bar Harbor allowing you time to explore the village and have time for lunch on your own before touring Acadia National Park. Nowhere along the Atlantic Seaboard is the rock-bound coast as picturesque as in Acadia National Park, one of America’s most visited national parks. We drive along the scenic park road as we enjoy the spectacular panorama from the summit of Cadillac Mountain, the first place in the continental United States to see the sunrise. We return to our hotel in Bangor and drive by Stephen King’s house. The best-selling author’s home is instantly recognizable by its spider web front gate topped by bats. (D)
Day 7 - WHITE MOUNTAINS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE • MT WASHINGTON COG RAILWAY • GREEN MOUNTAINS
We leave Maine and enter the natural splendor of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. We stop for lunch in the little town of Gorham, then continue our journey to Mount Washington. We’re in for an unforgettable adventure aboard the historic Mount Washington Cog Railway. Enjoy the magnificent scenery as we make the spectacular climb to the peak of the highest mountain in the northeast. When we reach the 6288’ summit we’ll have time to visit the weather station before traveling back down the mountain. This evening we enter the Green Mountains of Vermont where we spend the night.
Day 8 - VERMONT • CABOT CREAMERY • LUNCH AT WAYBURY INN • COVERED BRIDGE • VERMONT COUNTRY STORE
We begin the day at Cabot Creamery, a 1,200-member farm family dairy cooperative. Cabot produces all natural, award-winning cheeses, including the “World’s Best Cheddar,” as well as a tasty variety of flavored cheddars. From here we travel to Middlebury, Vermont, where we have lunch at the historic Waybury Inn. The Inn is better known for The Bob Newhart Show, which aired on CBS from 1982 to 1990. On our way we pause for a photo at Hammond Covered Bridge. This 145-foot lattice truss bridge was built in 1842. Our next stop is in Weston at the Vermont Country Store, known for their mail order catalog filled with practical hard-to-find items. We overnight near Albany, NY. (L)
Day 9 - NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM • BERKSHIRE MOUNTAIN COTTAGES • LUNCH
This morning we arrive in the heart of the Berkshire Mountains. Our first stop is the Norman Rockwell Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of original Norman Rockwell art. While in the picturesque town of Stockbridge we enjoy a delightful sightseeing tour of the Berkshire cottages. These estates, also called cottages, were the homes of Andrew Carnegie, Harley Procter of Procter and Gamble Co., George Westinghouse, the Vanderbilts and many others. Lunch is included at Apple Tree Inn located on 22 acres outside of Lenox. We travel to upper Maryland for an overnight stay. (L)
Day 9 - HOME
All too soon our tour must come to an end. We leave for home from Baltimore or you can choose to continue south to Charlotte with the opportunity to share your experiences with each other.