9 Day fly tour from 8 UK Airports
New England in the Fall
A BLAZE OF COLONIAL COLOUR
Catch your breath at one of nature's greatest sights, journey through some stunning countryside, and visit two wonderful cities.
There are few more memorable sights in the world than when the millions of trees that carpet the northeast corner of the United States signal the end of the summer and the imminent arrival of Fall with a blaze of red, purple and gold. Experience one of America's greatest glories, discover endlessly energetic, mesmerising New York and elegant, blue-blood Boston, and savour the delights of the enchanting region known around the world as New England.
Explore New York, the world’s most exciting city
Follow Boston's world-famous Freedom Trail
A spectacular, full-day Fall Foliage tour
A drive along the glorious Kancamagus Highway
Visit North Conway, in the heart of the scenic White Mountains
The delights of coastal Maine, including Portland and exclusive Kennebunkport
Visit the Yankee Candle flagship store, where it's Christmas every day
Discover historic Plymouth and fashionable Newport, Rhode Island
WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?
Seven nights’ room-only hotel accommodation, plus one night on the aircraft
Return flights to New York
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager
Day One - Fly to USA
Fly to New York, meet your tour manager and board our coach for the transfer to your overnight hotel in New Jersey.
Day Two – Included Manhattan day-trip
Make the short transfer across the Hudson River into the heart of New York – Midtown Manhattan – for a marvellous, memorable day in the incomparable Big Apple. Explore this breathtaking city under your own steam, or join our optional guided city tour. Marvel at the famous sights – the Empire State and bustling Times Square, the green acres of Central Park, the southern tip of Wall Street and the waterfront district, before ending your tour with a ride to the top of the Rockefeller Center.
This afternoon, perhaps take in Macy’s or Saks, two of the world’s most celebrated shopping meccas before we return to New Jersey at the end of the day.
Day Three – Coach tour of New England
Board the coach for the journey north into the scenic highways and by-ways of Upstate New York. Break your journey at Yankee Candle's flagship store in Deerfield, where a huge range of candles, Christmas and Halloween novelties make for a fascinating diversion. You’ll then continue into the scenic Berkshire Hills for an overnight stay in Mount Snow in Vermont.
Day Four – Included Vermont and New Hampshire countryside tour
Take a full-day tour through New England's spectacular scenery at a time when it's at its very best. Soak up the beauty of this region of rolling, forested hills and picture-book villages and towns like idyllic Woodstock. Travel through spectacular Quechee Gorge and along the Kancamagus Highway - often voted best spot for foliage viewing, or leaf peeping as it's sometimes known - enjoying the startling Fall Foliage displays, then make a short stop in North Conway, in the heart of New Hampshire. Here several renowned outlet malls vie for your custom, before we head into Maine and to the beautiful mountain village of Bethel for a two-night stay nestled at the foot of appropriately named Paradise Hill.
Day Five – Optional Mount Washington tour
Today offers opportunities to rest, relax and enjoy the delights of Bethel, but many will want to join our optional excursion to Mount Washington. Ride the mountain's historic Cog Railway – the only one east of the Rockies – to the summit of what is New England's highest peak, at the heart of the scenic White Mountains. (The summit station can be one of the worlds windiest places, so hang onto your hat!)
Back in Bethel, this evening, you'll also enjoy a guided drive in search of moose.
Day Six – Coastal Maine to Nantasket Beach
Journey south to the prosperous, seafarers city of Portland, with its waterfront wharves and fine seafood restaurants, today. Then continue - via the exclusive Bush Family retreat of Kennebunkport - towards America’s most European city, Boston, and to the resort of Nantasket Beach, south of Boston across Quincy Bay and your base for the last two nights of your tour.
Day Seven – Included Boston day trip
Spend an unforgettable day in Boston, one of America’s most welcoming, walkabout cities. You'll have an opportunity to begin your visit with a fascinating optional guided tour that will bring to life this Cradle of the American Revolution, as you follow the famous Freedom Trail through the heart of the compact city. Take in the green acres of Boston Common, and the gold-domed State House, then perhaps visit colourful Quincy Market and its speciality stalls.
Boston's rejuvenated Waterfront area is also home to the wonderful New England Aquarium and to the replicas of the famous Tea Party ships. Stroll around the parks and gardens, check out Newbury Street’s stylish boutiques, or perhaps visit one of the city's many brew houses – Boston is one of North America’s craft beer capitals – and enjoy lunch in a vast choice of eateries.
This afternoon, cross the Charles River to famous Cambridge, home to Harvard University, before returning to Nantasket at the end of the day, perhaps to dine on traditional clam chowder or New England lobster – a final holiday treat.
Day Eight – Included Plymouth and Rhode Island tour
Your final day sees you head to New York to board your overnight flight back to the UK. On your way, call in the Pilgrim city of Plymouth, where the historic streets of "America's Hometown" were once trodden by the first settlers, and fashionable Newport, Rhode Island, where "weekenders' cottages" are opulent mansions.
Day Nine – Land back in the UK
Arrive back in the UK at the end of a wonderful, colourful autumn holiday in New England.
New England in the Fall Touring Hotels
The hotels used on our tours will meet the standard of a good, three-star European hotel. Rooms will have private bathrooms, telephones and TV. The vast majority will also have tea- and coffee-making facilities. There will always be a bar or restaurant on site or nearby.
Holiday Inn, Hasbrouck Heights (nights 1-2)
Located across the Hudson River from New York's Manhattan, the hotel offers a choice of restaurants including a steak house, as well as a fitness centre. All rooms are spacious, and have TV and coffee-makers.
Three-Star Grand Summit Resort Hotel, Mount Snow, Vermont (night 3)
Surrounded by glorious mountain scenery, this hotel has an outdoor heated swimming pool with hot tubs, a fitness centre with steam rooms, and a Harriman's Farm-to-Table restaurant. It also has a pub and a store selling souvenirs as well as light food from the deli counter. Each room is comfortable and has air conditioning, TV, free Wi-Fi, and a telephone.
Three-star Jordan Grand, Bethel (night 4-5)
Surrounded by Fall foliage and set in extensive grounds in a mountainside location near the Maine village of Bethel, this impressive hotel has a restaurant and bar, an indoor swimming pool and gym, and a mini-market. All rooms have TV and coffee-makers.
Nantasket Beach Resort Hotel and Spa, Hull (nights 6-7)
Just a short drive from downtown Boston, this hotel is located on a seafront promenade with many restaurants and bars, and a handful of local shops. It has its own restaurant and bar as well as an indoor swimming pool.
Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in a conveniently located, alternative hotel of a similar standard.
New England in the Fall
Passports & Visas
When travelling to the USA, British citizens require passports with an integrated chip (shown on the front by a small rectangular symbol beneath the word PASSPORT), valid beyond the return date from the USA. Visas are not normally required for entry, but visitors must apply for an ESTA online with US Immigration at least 72 hours before departure at www.cbp.gov/esta. The current charge is $14 for British Citizens. British subjects and anyone who has a criminal record or has ever been arrested should consult the US Embassy as a visa may be required. Note too that if you have visited North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011, or have dual nationality with any of these countries, you do require a US visa and cannot travel on the Visa Waiver Program.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.
Departure dates and Fall colours
This tour covers a large distance, and so Fall foliage will naturally vary. On early departures, leaves are more likely to have turned in the northern areas covered, whereas on later dates it is the more southern areas that will be most notable, with leaf-fall having already occurred further north.
Foreign Office travel advice
Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
On your flight
All outbound flights depart and arrive on the same day. All return flights leave in the evening and land in the UK the next day. On-board meals will usually include lunch and a snack on outward flights, and dinner and breakfast on flight home. Soft drinks are complimentary, but some airlines will charge for alcoholic drinks.
You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
Gratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. The customary gratuity for a coach driver or Tour Manager is about $5 per person per day. It is normal to tip 15-20 per cent of the bill for a taxi or in a restaurant, and to leave a dollar or so per drink in a bar.
Smoking is not permitted on any coach forming part of your holiday, though regular stops will be made for your comfort en route. The majority of hotels in North America are non-smoking throughout, including in all bedrooms. In general smoking outside is acceptable, but do look out for signs prohibiting this close to public entrances or bus stops.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Changes to your hotels
Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
Standard hotel rooms in North America will contain one or two double- or queen-sized beds, and it is not possible to add extra beds to the room. Parties consisting of more than two travellers, but who have only booked one room, will be expected to make use of the two beds provided. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.