4th of July in Coastal New England 7 days / Special Event Tours
About This Experience
Celebrate America’s birthday in the place where it all began. Boston does July 4th festivities in spectacular style, with rousing music and fabulous fireworks on the Charles River Esplanade. Witness the events of the revolution, from the rabblerousing streets of Boston to the battle greens of Lexington and Concord, then travel up the coast to explore the fishing villages and trading centers where the country grew prosperous—all under the New England summertime skies.
Your Tour Includes
Round-trip airfare & transfers
6 nights in handpicked hotels
Breakfast dairly, 2 three-course dinner with beer or wine
Multilingual Tour Director
Private deluxe motor coach
Select entrance fees
Why You'll Love It
Fireworks & the Boston Pops
The region’s revolutionary roots
Bookstores & buskers in Harvard Square
Salem’s surprising history & diversity
The fishing villages of coastal Maine
Sweet, succulent lobster
Boston, Massachusetts2 nights - hotel info
Follow the Freedom Trail and celebrate Independence Day in Boston
A local guide leads this morning’s sightseeing tour of Boston, one of the first British settlements in America and one of the principal fronts 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 enjoy a festive seafood lunch, followed by a bird’s-eye view of the city from the Prudential Skywalk. Tonight, join your group on the Esplanade, Boston’s promenade on the Charles River, to watch Boston’s Independence Day fireworks display.
Prudential Skywalk & Lunch $49* pp
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. Please note: This excursion requires advanced booking and payment at least 20 days prior to departure.
Salem, Massachusetts1 night - hotel info
Discover revolutionary roots, maritime history and literary lights
The House of Seven Gables
Ever wonder where the British fired “the shot heard ‘round the world”? As you leave Boston for Lexington and Concord, you’ll tread the same ground where the first shots were fired, and where the Revolutionary War officially began. Here, a local guide helps you discover 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. Later this afternoon, venture 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 post-witch-trial growth as a place where local sea captains became America’s first millionaires. As you visit the wellknown House of Seven Gables, made famous by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel of the same name, you’ll 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. Get a taste for Salem’s more supernatural side on tonight’s optional Haunted Footsteps tour.
Portland, Maine2 nights - hotel info
Stroll in the seaports and bask on the beaches on the New England coast
This morning, leave Massachusetts behind as you travel north to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, one of New England’s most beautiful cities. Spend some time exploring this picturesque seaport at leisure. Next, catch a peek of one of Maine’s best-known resort towns, Kennebunkport, a perfect spot to kick back and relax. Thanks to its charming shops and cafes, its lovely beaches and its tree lined coves, an afternoon here is always an afternoon well-spent. Later, transfer to Portland, Maine.
Browse the bookstores, microbreweries and art galleries of Portland
After this morning’s sightseeing of Portland, spend time browsing the handicrafts and treasures found in Old Port, also known as downtown Portland. Enjoy a wealth of independent bookshops, from the classics at Longfellow Books to the more offbeat selection at Casco Bay Booksellers. The city boasts many delicious lunch offerings, including Gritty McDuff’s brewery. Later, travel to one of Maine’s coastal gems, Boothbay Harbor. Jutting out into the Atlantic on a peninsula, Boothbay began as a fishing village and became a favorite vacation spot for locals and out-of-towners alike. Explore Boothbay’s many shops and galleries and its unparalleled views on your own, or opt to join an excursion to the Boothbay Railway Village. Return to Portland in time for tonight’s included lobster dinner.
Boston, Massachusetts1 night - hotel info
Back to Boston for seafood, swan boats and summertime fun
Today, transfer back to Boston. Spend an afternoon in New England’s unofficial capital at your leisure. You might try walking through the broad expanse of Boston Common or tossing pretzels to the swans in the Public Gardens. For a delicious snack or souvenir shopping, venture to one of the many cafes or shops on Boylston and Newbury Streets. Tonight, share a farewell drink with your travel companions.
Extend Your Stay
Add Cape Cod $399*
Summer in New England is not complete without a few days of oyster slurping and beach hopping on Cape Cod. Once the realm of fishermen, Cape Cod is now a destination for artists, writers and holidaymakers, who come for inspiration and relaxation. Take an excursion to Martha’s Vineyard, visit the Kennedy museum, browse the art galleries and souvenir shops, swim—or just find a patch of sand and soak your toes in the surf.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts2 nights - hotel info
Flashback 400 years at the Pilgrim’s settlement site in Plymouth
Leave the cities of the Northeast behind as you make your way to Cape Cod. On the way, stop in Plymouth, Massachusetts’ first settlement, to see the famed Plymouth Rock. Later today, settle in to your hotel in Hyannis. This evening, opt for a feast aboard the Cape Cod Central Railroad Dinner Train.
Cape Cod Central Railroad Dinner Train $89* pp
Recapture the thrill and romance of a bygone era while enjoying a five-course meal aboard vintage dining cars. You'll cross the historic Cape Cod Canal railroad bridge (the longest railroad lift bridge in the world at the time it was built) en route to the village of Buzzards Bay. Dinner cars depart from Hyannis on Thursday and Saturday evenings, and roundtrip dinner cars depart from Buzzard's Bay on Friday evenings. Please note: This optional excursion requires advanced reservations and is seasonal from May through mid-October. Jeans, shorts and t-shirts are not permitted aboard your train.
Explore iconic lighthouses, pristine beaches and gingerbread houses
Spend today exploring the beach town of Hyannis on your own—and perhaps find out just how close you can come to the Kennedy compound—or opt for an excursion to Martha’s Vineyard, a quaint island escape south of the Cape. Take in the Colonial charms of Edgartown and Gay Head as you tour the island and explore its many shops, cafes, beaches and bluffs. And be sure to drop into the Black Dog Cafe for a souvenir mug and a great cup of coffee. Head back to Hyannis for your last night on Cape Cod.
Martha's Vineyard $95* pp
Hop aboard a ferry for a day of exploration and discovery on the beautiful island of Martha’s Vineyard, known for its many-hued “gingerbread” Victorian homes, its sea-captain houses in Edgartown and its laid-back resort culture. After touring the island and enjoying a seafood lunch in Oak Bluffs, you’ll have free time to peruse the island’s charming shops and galleries. Don’t forget to stop by the famous Black Dog Cafe! Please note: This optional excursion is seasonal and runs from May through mid-October.
Passport & Visa
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.
Transportation / Walking on tour
Roundtrip flights arrive and depart from Boston. 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.
Airlines have varying policies on weight restrictions and checked luggage. Charges for one or more checked bags may apply when traveling domestically. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.
Clothing and Packing Tips
To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, 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 sports 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 remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).
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.
The United States contains some of the most varied food in the world, and your tour will hit many different historic regions. Most of the cuisine is well-known to Americans, but look out especially for delicious seafood specialties—such as lobster and clam chowder—in Portland and Boston.
At the conclusion of your tour, it’s 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.
enjoyed trip. Had a great time. Hotels were great. Transation good. All envolved were great people.
A look back in history
Spending time in Boston on July 4 was an unforgettable, patriotic experience. The scenery all the way to Maine was so beautiful!
Coastal New England - Fourth of July
enjoyed the reading of declaration of independence on July 4, duck ride, freedom trail, Martha's Vineyard, lobster dinner, sloop ride on Boothbay Harbor
History brought to life
I enjoyed the historical part of this tour. We all study American history in school. This tour gave a face to a lot of the facts about the American revolution.