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Classic New England: Fall Foliage Tour

8 days Special Event Tours
Mother Nature puts on a spectacular show every October, when the eastern forests burst into reds, oranges and yellows. That makes fall the perfect season to explore New England’s time-honored landmarks. From the colonial roots of Salem to the quintessential fall fare of Vermont, take in the history and charm of the East Coast—all under a vibrant canopy of color.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 7 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 2 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

Montpelier Region, Vermont2 nights Hotel info

Day 1

Arrive in Burlington, Vermont, this evening and check in to your hotel in nearby Montpelier Region.

Day 2

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory, local winery

An all-day excursion shows off Vermont’s brilliant seasonal colors and delicious fall fare. Your first stop is a maple tree farm, where you can marvel at the crimson-colored trees and sample the sweet syrup that they produce. Next, get a taste for local beverages with stops at Green Mountain Coffee and the Cold Hollow Cider Mill. Then, enjoy free time for lunch, but save room for dessert, as your next stop is the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory, complete with a tour and samples. Today’s final stop is a local winery, which also includes a tour and tasting. End the day with an included dinner.

North Conway, New Hampshire2 nights Hotel info

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Cabot Cheese Factory

This morning, learn all about Vermont’s most celebrated product with a tour of the Cabot Cheese Factory, focusing on the history and technique of cheese-making. Sample Cabot’s many delicious cheese varieties, including the award-winning cheddar. After free time for lunch, head east into New Hampshire, with stops at the state’s most iconic spots, including Franconia Notch and the Old Man of the Mountain Memorial Park. Continue east amidst the lush fall scenery of the state’s most famous scenic byway, the Kancamangus Highway, to North Conway.

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Mount Washington Cog Railway

Your day starts at Mount Washington. Here, board the Mount Washington Cog Railway for a scenic train ride to the region’s highest summit, where you have time to eat lunch and take in 360 degrees of amazing autumnal colors. Afterward, head out for a scenic drive and soak in incredible views along the Owls Head Highway.

York Region, Maine1 night Hotel info

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast

Transfer to Portland, by way of Maine’s picturesque Lakes District. Here, your Tour Director introduces you to its most interesting sites, such as Fort Allen Park and the Portland Observatory. After the tour, enjoy free time for browsing and lunch in the historic Old Port, packed with independent bookshops, unique boutiques and enticing restaurants. This afternoon, drive down the coast, stopping in Kennebunkport, site of the Bush Estate, before continuing on to York for the night.

Boston, Massachusetts2 nights Hotel info

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: House of the Seven Gables

After a free morning in York, drive down the coast to the leafy streets of Salem, “America’s Bewitching Seaport,” known far and wide for its infamous witch trials. You’ll also see Salem’s stately past as a place where local sea captains became America’s first millionaires. As you visit the House of the Seven Gables, made famous by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel of the same name, step into the life of one such millionaire family—and even discover a secret staircase. Formally called the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion after its original owners, the house is the oldest surviving 17th-century wooden mansion in New England, and is flanked by Hawthorne’s birthplace and two enchanting Colonial Revival gardens. Later, continue on to Boston this evening.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

A local guide leads this morning’s sightseeing tour of Boston, one of the first British settlements in America and a principal front in the Revolutionary War. Your tour begins on the Freedom Trail, where you’ll sweep through two and a half centuries of American history as you follow the red line that connects the 16 most important historic sites in Boston. Highlights include Old North Church, Old South Meeting House, Paul Revere’s House, Faneuil Hall, the site of the Boston Massacre, Old State House, King’s Chapel, Granary Burial Ground, Park Street Church, Massachusetts State House and the colorful foliage of the Boston Common. Your tour concludes at Harvard Square, where you’ll enjoy free time to explore the university’s campus and browse the surrounding shops. This afternoon, continue exploring the city on your own or opt to feast on a seafood lunch, followed by a bird’s-eye view of the city from the Prudential Skywalk. Weather permitting, you’ll see miles upon miles of yellows, oranges and reds beneath your feet. Tonight, share a farewell dinner with your travel companions.

Optional Excursion - Prudential Skywalk & Lunch $49*pp Details

Taste the fruits of the Atlantic at a seafood lunch, then continue on to New England's highest public observation deck, the Prudential Skywalk Observatory. High above Boston, you'll take in a 360-degree bird’s-eye view and an audio tour of the city’s landmarks, including Fenway Park, Hancock Tower, Boston Common and the Public Garden, the Esplanade, Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, as well as MIT and Harvard across the Charles River. You’ll also have a chance to visit the Dreams of Freedom Immigration Museum.

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Begin your return journey home, or stay on for two extra nights in the unofficial capital of New England.

Add Boston $399 pp

From leafy shopping streets to the Public Garden, see Boston awash in fall’s rich reds, yellows and golds.

Boston, Massachusetts2 nights

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a day in Boston at your leisure. Walk across the Boston Common and listen to the crunch of leaves underfoot, or do some gallery hopping and window shopping on Newbury Street. Alternatively, opt to join an excursion to historic Lexington and Concord, to see where the Revolutionary War officially began. Here, a local guide recounts how the Minutemen forced the British to retreat back over the Old North Bridge, starting what would come to be known as the Siege of Boston.

Optional Excursion - Revolutionary New England: Lexington & Concord $79*pp Details

Gain insight into early American history during your time in Lexington and Concord, hubs of the American Revolution. In Lexington, the site of the first shot of the Revolution, you’ll visit battlefields, war monuments and colonial buildings. In Concord, drive by the homes of famous early American authors, such as Nathaniel Hawthorne and Louisa May Alcott, as you take in the historic backdrop of this quaint New England town.

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast

Today is free to explore Boston. Check out the vast collection of art on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, or marvel at the more selective collection at the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum. Alternatively, come face to face with the many creatures of the sea at the New England Aquarium.

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Begin your return journey home.

How's the weather?

  • Montpelier, Vermont
  • North Conway, New Hampshire, United States
  • Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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Passport & Visa Requirements

Valid government-issued identification is required for air travel within the United States. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please be sure to have your required identification with you as well.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Be advised that most domestic airlines impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage, and that you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & Packing Tips

We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please be respectful and avoid showing bare legs or shoulders when visiting churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to this region. During the summer months, take care for sun exposure and heat. Be sure to check with your doctor or health care provider for the latest updates and personal travel requirements.

Cuisine

The United States contains some of the most varied food in the world. Most of the cuisine on this tour is well-known to Americans, but look out for delicious seafood specialties—such as lobster and clam chowder—in Portland and Boston.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in Burlington, Vermont and depart from Boston, Massachusetts. Boston is a walkable city, but the city’s metro system—known to locals as the T—is affordable and easily accessible. That said, Boston’s streets are not laid out in a grid pattern; asking your Tour Director for directions is advised. All included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.

Time Zones

Your tour will fall on Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash.

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 10/13/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: ID

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Beautiful New England

I was very happy from the start of our trip which started by meeting Jason at the airport. He was very cordial and informative, thank you Jason. Then on to the hotel, which we had our 1st meeting with our driver, Sal. Another great person. Was very happy to have Sal involved with most of our outings. Sal's driving abilities are fantastic, he was able to put that bus on streets that most would feel uneasy. Felt very safe with Sal at the wheel, Thank you Sal. And Randy, another great person. Randy was very attentive to all who were in our group. Randy spent much one on one time with many of the travelers while including the whole of the travelers with informative information. Even tho our group was larger than most I have traveled with Randy had things very much under control. It was nice that Randy was able to slightly change things do to weather traffic or ??. Hotels very very comfortable and very convenient to all our viewing locations

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 10/4/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MN

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 2 / 5

Boston

Too much time was spent in Boston and we only traveled 2 hours on either side of Boston. Seems like a lot of money for not going very far.

 

Hello, Thank you for your feedback regarding your Classic New England: Fall Foliage Tour. Feedback from our travelers is so important to us as we continually strive to provide valuable and unique travel experiences. As such, we have made some changes to our New England tours for 2015. Next year, the Classic New England tour will include two nights in Boston and travel as far North as Burlington, VT, while the Coastal New England tour will include a total of 3 nights in Boston. We recognize that while some travelers desire more time in New England’s biggest city, others prefer the charm of some of New England’s smaller towns.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 28, 2014

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 10/19/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NV

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Accommodating Tour Director

A very accommodating tour director who knew his history. You need to let others know, this tour is a history lesson!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/19/2013

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: UT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Didn't even miss the leaves!!!

Altho' we missed the final "spectacular display" of the turning of the leaves in New England by a week, we didn't even care as we learned so much and had such a good time. Our tour director was excellent. As he lives in Boston (or close to), he really knew everything about the New England area. He had searched out the best "lobstah rolls" and we descended on a wonderful little place and had the BEST ever. As I said, we learned so much...cancel everything you ever knew about Paul Revere...let the "natives" tell it best. Our additional tour guide really was a history buff and brought tears to everyone's eyes when he told us the story of the battle of Lexington and Concord and reminded us that "we are still part of that history". The coach was wonderful...plenty of legroom for my 6'3" husband. There wasn't a moment that any of us experienced any discomfort. Our hotels were wonderful...the Marriott Copley was gorgeous...but we loved the old time look and feel of the Hawthorne in Salem even more. Wish we could have spent another day there. If you want to get a good education about the area you are visiting, go with GoAhead. Learning is what it's all about for them.I think GoAhead tours are a wonderful bargain for a a prestigious tour...you get more than your money's worth. I recommend them to all my friends and to you, too!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/19/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CA

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

"The Falling Leaves..."

This was a whirlwind trip. Saw lots of historic sites, the hotels were great, each day crammed full of information.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 10/12/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: LA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

great trip

The tour director[Nick] and the bus driver[Jack] were the best. My only complaint-- too much shopping time the Salem visit was not great.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 10/12/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Best Rour Director

Everything is excellent except Martha's Vineyard, Salem and the Train Ride Dinner.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/13/2012

Number of Past Tours: 9

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Nothing beats autumn in New England!

This was such an amazing tour on so many levels! Everyone appreciated the history, the culture and the culinary delights of this trip. We enjoyed Maine lobster at DiMillo's & the world famous New England clam chowder at the Bush's favorite Kennebunkport restaurant. Our hotels were all centrally located and beautifully appointed; even the the Dalai Lama was staying at our Boston hotel while we were there! Our historic, haunted Hawthorne Hotel in Salem provided the perfect Halloween ambiance with flickering lights and other hints that playful ghosts were present. It was obvious that our Tour Director, Yvette, gained her expertise as a tour guide with her many years of experience. Her knowledge of the cities and the hidden delights was so apparent that we just knew she arranged for the 4.6 magnitude earthquake that hit Portland ME while we were there! How exciting was that? Boston exceeded my expectations (loved it). Boothbay Harbor, Kennebunkport, Martha's Vineyard, Hyannis Port were all the quintessential New England seaports. To see the Bush compound with the flag flying (which meant "they" were there) and the Kennedy compound on Cape Cod was icing on the cake. I look forward to exploring much more of the US through GAT because this old chick no longer relishes those 12 hour flights to Europe. With that in mind, I highly recommend this engaging and fascinating tour to everyone and hope that you are lucky enought to Yvette as your TD. Go to coastal New England in the fall and enjoy all it has to offer!!

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 10/8/2012

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: OK

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

coastal new england

Wer visited sites that were a setting for Early American History. Our tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. For a sit back and enjoy the ride, it was a good trip.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/13/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fell in Love with Boston!

I absolutely loved Boston! Such a great trip, so much to see and enjoyed every moment of it. I already want to go back! The highlights were going to Lexington, Cape Cod, Plymouth, Martha's Vineyard, Harvard University, Cambridge, Prudential Building, Train ride with dinner (extension), staying at the Marriot Hotel in Copley, Boston and Boston of course! Thank you all for doing such a great job in taking care of everything for us as to places to see, tour guides, hotels, transportation, food, etc.! A tour to remember forever! Overall great experience and I will highly recommend Go Ahead Tours!

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