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

How's the weather?

  • Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Salem, Massachusetts, United States
  • Portland, Maine, United States
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Boston, Massachusetts2 nights - hotel info

Day1

Fly into the Hub of the Universe

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

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.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

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.

Salem, Massachusetts1 night - hotel info

Day3

Discover revolutionary roots, maritime history and literary lights

Breakfast

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 well-known 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.

Portland, Maine2 nights - hotel info

Day4

Stroll in the seaports and bask on the beaches on the New England coast

Breakfast

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.

Day5

Browse the bookstores, microbreweries and art galleries of Portland

Breakfast, Dinner

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

Day6

Back to Boston for seafood, swan boats and summertime fun

Breakfast

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.

Day7

Cue the fireworks—your trip has reached its finale

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Begin your return journey home, or stay for two extra nights in beautiful Cape Cod.

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

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—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.

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.

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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

How's the weather?

  • Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
  • Boothbay Harbor, Maine, United States
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

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.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

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. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. 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 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.

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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