One of the first places in North America to be settled by Europeans, Cape Cod was named by mariner Bartholomew Gosnold in 1602 and today is a popular retirement spot.
This tour visits three of the six New England states where, when 'fall' arrives in mid-to-late September – later in the southern states – it creates a blaze of rich colour.
The site of the infamous Tea Party in 1773 – an early anti-tax protest – Boston is as historic as it is cosmopolitan. Founded in 1630, it has plenty of interesting relics from its past to discover.
This mountain range has the highest peaks in the northeastern United States – the highest being Mount Washington – and dramatic glacier-hewn passes, known locally as 'notches'.
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Explore three New England states and visit Boston, Plymouth and Cape Cod on this scenic two-centre Saga holiday
From colourful springtime blossom and 'maple sugaring' to fiery autumn foliage, New England is a place for all seasons. Discover its inspiring scenery and fascinating history as you visit the historic towns of Plymouth and Lincoln, tour charming Cape Cod, explore beautiful mountain forest and spend time in cosmopolitan Boston.
Please note: This tour includes one night aboard aircraft.
10 nights in hotels and 1 in flight
11 meals: 10 breakfasts (B) and 1 dinner (D)
- VIP door-to-door travel service
- Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a discount if not required
- Return flights and transfers
- Saga tour manager
- Porterage at all hotels
Excursions and visits
- Boston city tour
- Scenic drive around Cape Cod
- Visit to Salem
- White Mountains National Park visit
- Journey on the Conway Scenic Railway
- Morse Maple Sugar Farm, Montpelier and Bath
Day 1 UK Boston Plymouth
AAfter taking Saga’s included UK door-to-door travel service to the airport, fly to Boston where you are met and taken to Plymouth for a five-night stay at the John Carver Inn (3Q). B.
Day 2 Plymouth
At leisure. An optional excursion visits the Plimoth Plantation – a living museum that brings the history of America's early settlers to life. B
This afternoon watch the cresting waves for signs of whales, dolphins, porpoises and seals, as you head out of Plymouth Harbour on this exciting cruise. Your onboard naturalist will be there to guide you and if you are fortunate, you may see the large fin whale, the rare humpback or the smaller minke whale.
Please note the sea conditions can be rough and sightings of whales cannot, of course, be guaranteed. Also, this excursion is not available between November and April.
Look back on Plymouth of yesteryear during a morning visit to the Plimoth Plantation. Here you can stroll around Pilgrim Village, a replica of a community from 1627, and witness re-enactments of daily pilgrim life. The village has 12 houses, a fort, meeting-house and a native people homesite. A gift shop and cafe are on site too.
Day 3 Boston
Travel to Boston for a half-day included tour, taking in the USS Constitution and the historic North End.
Also explore Faneuil Hall Marketplace. B
Day 4 Plymouth, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard
Perhaps join an optional excursion to Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard. These two islands with rugged cliffs, undulating sand dunes and remote moorlands are popular getaways for those seeking peace and relaxation. B
Named for its ‘incredible store of vines’, this green island has long been popular with holidaymakers. Near the Oak Bluffs jetty you will find a century-old carousel which is claimed to be the oldest working one in America. Meanwhile the island’s oldest settlement, Edgartown, may seem strangely familiar – it was the setting for the classic thriller Jaws! You may also see the much-photographed lighthouse at Gay Head Cliffs. While the views are superb, its best to steer clear of the cliff's 130-foot drop.
The crossing to Nantucket rewards you with the opportunity to explore the narrow, cobbled alleyways of Nantucket Town, which was once the hub of a thriving whaling industry. Both the Whaling Museum and the neighbouring Peter Foulger Museum, dedicated to preserving all aspects of the island’s history, provide vivid insights into the harsh realities of life in 19th-century Nantucket.
Day 5 Cape Cod
See the charming fishing ports, delightful art galleries and deserted sand dunes of Cape Cod on an included full-day scenic drive. B
Day 6 Plymouth to Lincoln
Travel into New Hampshire with a pause en route in Salem, one of the most significant seaports in early America. It may be most widely known as the site of the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692, but this colourful, coastal city has much to offer with a rich maritime heritage, an impressive display of historic architecture and amazing stories that span almost four centuries.
Journey along the picturesque shores of Lake Winnipesaukee and continue to Lincoln in White Mountain National Park where you stay for five nights at the Woodward’s Resort (3Q). Enjoy tea and scones on arrival and once again during your stay. B
Day 7 White Mountains National Forest
A full-day included excursion takes you to the White Mountain National Forest and to the quaint town of Conway for a ride on the vintage railway. B
Day 8 Lincoln and Flume Gorge and Cannon Mountain
Explore Lincoln at your leisure or join an optional excursion to Flume Gorge to view the waterfalls, and Cannon Mountain where the aerial tramway reaches the 4080-foot-high summit in under ten minutes! B
Travel to Flume Gorge, a spectacular chasm where sheer walls extend to heights of up to 90 feet and are only 12 feet apart in places. This 800-foot-long gorge is graced with glittering waterfalls, covered bridges and a scenic pool. For more amazing scenery, ride the aerial tram to the top of Cannon Mountain – you'll reach the 4,180-foot-high summit in just eight minutes. On a clear day you'll be rewarded with views of mountains as far away as Maine, Vermont, Canada and New York! At the summit there are walking paths, an observation deck and cafeteria. This excursion is dependent on prevailing weather conditions and is normally only available from the beginning of June to the end of October.
A half-day excursion to Flume Gorge may be possible if Cannon Mountain Tramway is not running.
Day 9 Vermont and New Hampshire
An included full-day excursion takes you to the Morse Maple Sugar Farm to learn how the syrup is collected and processed, and Vermont State House, the state Capitol. Continue to New Hampshire to see America's oldest general store in Bath and a typical covered bridge, built to protect the structure from extreme weather and make livestock less wary when crossing rivers. B
Day 10 Lincoln
At leisure. An optional full-day tour explores the Lakes Region. Dinner is included this evening. B, D
Enjoy a guided tour of the Canterbury Shaker Village, where you can learn about this religious community’s way of life as you admire their beautifully-preserved village. Also visit Squam Lake which is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty – a pontoon boat tour on the lake emphasises this perfectly. As you cruise over the still waters, listen out for the haunting cry of the loon, a protected bird. You may visit the lake either before or after the village tour. At the start of the season, this excursion may be replaced by a drive through the region and a visit to the Squam Lake Natural Science Centre, incorporating a 1½-hour nature trail walk.
Day 11 Lincoln to Boston to the UK
In the afternoon travel to the airport for your return overnight flight. B
Day 12 Arrive UK
Arrive in the morning for your UK door-to-door travel service home.
Pre holiday extension - Bed and breakfast
Before your main tour, explore Boston independently from the Boston Park Plaza Hotel (4Q).