4th of July in Coastal New England

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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

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

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  • Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
  • Boothbay Harbor, Maine, United States
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Boston, Massachusetts2 nights - hotel info

Day1

Boston bound!

Dinner

Arrive in Boston, Massachusetts, and check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax or begin acquainting yourself with Boston. At an included dinner this evening, get to know your fellow travelers.

Day2

Follow the Freedom Trail and celebrate Independence Day in Boston

Optional Excursion - Prudential Skywalk & Lunch

Breakfast

An expert local guide leads this morning’s sightseeing tour of Boston, one of the oldest cities in America and a major player 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, the Old South Meeting House, Paul Revere’s House, Faneuil Hall, the site of the Boston Massacre, the Old State House, King’s Chapel, the Granary Burial Ground, the Park Street Church, the Massachusetts State House and the Boston Common. Your tour concludes at Harvard Square, where you’ll have free time to wander through the university’s campus and browse the charming shops nearby. This afternoon, you’re free to explore the city on your own or consider joining our optional excursion for a festive seafood lunch, followed by a visit to the Prudential Skywalk for a bird’s-eye view of the city. Tonight, join your group on the Esplanade, Boston’s promenade on the Charles River, to watch Boston’s famous Independence Day fireworks display.

Optional Excursions

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.

Portsmouth, New Hampshire1 night - hotel info

Day3

Discover Revolutionary roots and maritime history

Breakfast

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 rang out and 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, continue on to Portsmouth, a quaint New Hampshire port. Your Tour Director will help you get oriented in this 17th-century town, showing off Market Square, Prescott Park and the extensive outdoor Strawbery Banke Museum.

Boothbay Harbor, Maine2 nights - hotel info

Day4

Browse the bookstores, microbreweries and art galleries of Portland

Breakfast

This morning, leave New Hampshire behind as you travel north to one of Maine’s best-known resort towns, Kennebunkport, a perfect spot to kick back and relax. Your Tour Director gives you a quick tour of the town, and then you’re free to explore the lovely beaches, coves and streets lined with shops and cafes on your own. Later, transfer to Portland, where your Tour Director will show you around Old Port, crammed with independent bookshops and quaint boutiques. Your day ends in one of Maine’s coastal gems, Boothbay Harbor.

Day5

Stroll through town and relax at the beach of this New England gem

Optional Excursion - Coastal Maine Whale Watching

Breakfast, Dinner

Jutting out into the Atlantic on a peninsula, Boothbay Harbor is an old-time fishing village that has become 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 a whale watching excursion. In the evening, tie on a bib and feast on an included lobster dinner.

Optional Excursions

Coastal Maine Whale Watching $65* pp

Hop aboard a boat at Boothbay Harbor for the chance to see local sea animals in their natural habitat. You’ll spend the morning cruising along the harbor and open waters of the Atlantic while keeping an eye out for whales, sharks, seals, puffins and more. Please note: If you take any medicine for seasickness, it is recommended that you bring it with you.

Boston, Massachusetts1 night - hotel info

Day6

Explore the neighborhoods of New England's unofficial capital

Breakfast

En route to Boston, stop to shop in Freeport, home to the world-famous LL Bean Factory Store. Afterward, continue back to Boston, the unofficial capital of New England. Spend the afternoon strolling through the Public Garden or the expansive Boston Common. For a delicious snack or souvenir shopping, venture to one of the many cafes or shops along Boylston or Newbury Streets. Tonight, share a farewell drink with your travel companions.

Day7

Cue the fireworks—your trip has reached its finale

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Begin your return journey home or transfer to Cape Cod.

Extend Your Stay

Add Hyannis, 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

Day7

Flashback 400 years at the Pilgrim’s settlement site in Plymouth

Breakfast

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.

Day8

Explore iconic lighthouses, pristine beaches and gingerbread houses

Optional Excursion - Martha's Vineyard

Breakfast

Spend today exploring the beach town of Hyannis on your own, or you may choose to join our optional excursion to Martha’s Vineyard, a quaint island escape south of the Cape. On the Vineyard, take in the Colonial charm of Edgartown and Gay Head as you tour the iconic island and explore its many shops, cafes, beaches and bluffs. Head back to Hyannis for your last night on Cape Cod.

Optional Excursions

Martha's Vineyard $105* 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.

Day9

Pack up your memories of summertime in New England

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Begin your return journey home.

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

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 jacket or rainwear. Restaurants range from formal to informal in this region of the United States. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want dressier attire.

Health

There are no major health risks when traveling to this region. During the summer months, take care for sun exposure and heat. It is always advisable to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and personal travel requirements.

Cuisine

One of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling is the delightful variety of local cuisine—even if you’re not traveling abroad. In New England, look out for especially delicious seafood specialties, such as lobster and clam chowder.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive and depart from Boston. Boston is a walking 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.

"Exceeded Expectations"

This tour was wonderful! The places we visited included so much more than expected. Each destination had surprises; for instance at Salem we visited the cemetery where the victims of the witch trials were buried. We not only saw Plymouth Rock but the Korean War Memorial there. We were able to tour Longfellow's home which was not on our agenda, and we had free time to visit the JFK Library and visit the famous Cheers Bar. The opportunity to view the harbor from our hotel room in Portland was awesome. This was a "bucket list" trip for me and I enjoyed every lobster roll and crab cake I consumed. Oh , one more important event- we heard the Declaration of Independence read in the Old North Church on July 4th- so wonderful.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/3/2014

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: AR

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

great trip

enjoyed trip. Had a great time. Hotels were great. Transation good. All envolved were great people.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 7/3/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

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!

4 / 5

Traveled On: 7/3/2012

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: IA

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

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

4 / 5

Traveled On: 7/3/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

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.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/3/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AZ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

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