View Dates & Prices

Coastal New England

7 days
In Newport, catch a glimpse of the city’s bygone Gilded Age as you explore its famous mansions. Then, make your way up the Massachusetts coast to Boston, making stops at the New Bedford Whaling Museum and Plimoth Plantation to uncover the region’s diverse history along the way.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 1.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads, with few hills.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 6 nights in handpicked hotels

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

  • Expert Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Newport Region, Rhode Island 2 nights

Day 1: Arrival in Providence

  Included meals: Dinner

Arrive in Providence and transfer to your hotel in the Newport region, where you’ll meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Newport

  Included meals: Breakfast

Set off on a guided tour of the charming seaside city of Newport.

• Stroll through the city to see Trinity Church and take in views of Newport Harbor before taking time to explore the harbor area on your own

• Board a ferry for a ride to Fort Adams

• Make your way along Ocean Drive, passing by luxurious seaside homes as you go

• Enter The Breakers, the Vanderbilt family’s opulent 70-room summer home

• Drive back into town on Bellevue Avenue, famous for the vast mansions that point to Newport’s high-society past

Later, enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Newport Harbor Cruise & Dinner $115pp* Details

Board a yacht and set sail from the bustling Bowen’s Wharf. On this afternoon’s cruise along Newport Harbor, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the city, Rose Island Lighthouse and Goat Island from the water as well as the favored drink of sailors—a dark and stormy. Back on land, disembark and make your way to one of Newport’s most well-known restaurants where you’ll enjoy a hearty dinner of local specialties. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs from May through October.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $125)

Cape Cod, Massachusetts 2 nights Hotel info

Day 3: New Bedford, Falmouth & Woods Hole

  Included meals: Breakfast

En route to Falmouth, pay a visit to the New Bedford Whaling Museum where you’ll be introduced to the area’s seafaring roots. Then, after arriving in Falmouth, set out to explore the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

• Take in views of Martha’s Vineyard from the shore

• Learn about the institution’s latest research during a guided tour led by a docent

Day 4: Free day on Cape Cod

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring the charming beach towns of Cape Cod on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Martha's Vineyard $115pp* Details

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!

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $125)

Boston, Massachusetts 2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Boston via Plymouth

  Included meals: Breakfast

Before making your way up to Boston, stop in Plymouth and discover the town where the Pilgrims first landed in 1620.

• Enter Plimoth Plantation to see how the early colonists lived during the 1600s

• Make photo stops at Plymouth Rock and the National Monument to the Forefathers

• Enter Mayflower II, a replica of the boat that brought the Pilgrims to the New World

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Boston

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Head out on a guided tour of Boston, one of the oldest cities in America.

• Sweep through 250 years of American history on the Freedom Trail 

• Pass by Paul Revere’s House and the Boston Common 

• See Faneuil Hall and the Old State House 

• Enter the Old North Church

End your tour in Harvard Square, where you’ll have free time to wander through the university’s campus. Later, enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

Then, say goodbye to your group at this evening’s farewell dinner.

Optional Excursion - Boston Tea Party Museum & Lobster Lunch $75pp* Details

Head to the Fort Point Channel, where you’ll be transported back to 1773 at the Boston Tea Party Museum. During an interactive experience at this floating museum, you’ll discover what happened when colonists held this famous political protest against the British, which led to the Revolutionary War. Then continue on to a local seafood restaurant in Boston’s Seaport District to enjoy lobster, the most traditional New England fare, for lunch.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 7: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to visit New Hampshire and Maine.

Add New Hampshire & Maine Coast Starting from $599 pp

Portsmouth, New Hampshire 1 night Hotel info

Day 7: Portsmouth via Lexington & Concord

  Included meals: Breakfast

Stop in Lexington and Concord, where a local expert brings the history of the sites to life on a guided tour.

• Tread the same ground where the first shots of the Revolutionary War rang out

• Learn how Minutemen forced the British to retreat over the Old North Bridge

Continue on to Portsmouth where you will spend the evening.

Portland, Maine 2 nights

Day 8: Portland via Portsmouth & Kennebunkport

  Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, set out to explore the quaint 17th-century town of Portsmouth with your Tour Director. 

• Pass Market Square and Prescott Park

• See the outdoor Strawbery Banke Museum

Then, travel north to Kennebunkport, one of Maine’s best-known resort towns, and then Portland for a guided sightseeing tour.

• Pass the Portland Observatory and Fort Allen Park

• Visit the Old Port neighborhood, filled with independent bookshops and quaint local boutiques

Day 9: Free day in Portland

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Portland or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Boothbay Harbor & Coastal Cruise $0pp* Details

The Maine coast is home to some of New England’s most captivating seaside views. Take them in while keeping an eye out for gulls and passing sailboats at Ocean Point, a scenic spit on the shore. Then, continue on to Boothbay Harbor, where you’ll board a boat for a cruise out on the water, enjoying sights of the coastline, lighthouses, working lobstermen, wildlife and remote islands as you cruise. Return to shore for free time to explore the shops and restaurants in town before heading back to Portland. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs May through mid-October only.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $10)

Day 10: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

How's the weather?

  • Newport, Rhode Island
  • Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & Visa Requirements

Valid government-issued identification is required for air travel within the United States. If you’re 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 dressier attire.


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


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.


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

Time Zones

New England is on Eastern Standard Time (EST).


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.

See what our travelers say about this tour—all reviews are authentic and unedited.

Have you been on tour with us? Visit My Account to submit a review.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 9/3/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

New England

Having been to "old England" last year with Go Ahead we thought we would try "new England" this year. It was a beautiful trip. Go Ahead has an uncanny ability to employ the best tour guides- our tour guide Alan was fantastic. Our group was extremely small and none of the optionals were running- he pulled out his bag of tricks and was able to make it fun for all - Not only that- he was super aware of the special "needs" of certain group members going so far as to walk a seeing impaired member all the way to security when the tour ended and his flight was last. It is people like this who lead the tours who make up for other things which may have been not so great- (some of the hotels were SUPERIOR, and some not so much as an example)


Hello! We’re so glad that your tour of New England was a success. It sounds like your Tour Director was able to provide wonderful insight, as well as plan some fun ‘extras’ for added enjoyment. We appreciate your feedback about his attentive nature and ingenuity. We will be sure to share all your feedback with his supervisor. We are also grateful for your feedback regarding accommodations and will communicate it to our Operations team. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 16, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/12/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director

On this Coastal New England Tour we took, we had the best tour director. Rebecca. She was great as was George, the bus driver. The itinerary was great, the bus was very comfortable (it has reclining bucket seats), the two complimentary meals were very good, including the breakfasts, the tours were very informative, the transfers to and from the airport were great. Neither my husband nor I have any complaints whatsoever. This was our first Go-Ahead Tour but I am sure it will not be our last. Our tour had 11 people which I think helped in the overall enjoyment of this trip.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 8/8/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5


Our Tour Director was tops. He stayed with us the entire tour and made optional activities available.