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Fall Foliage Tour

Fall Foliage Tour: Vermont to Massachusetts

8 days |  10 days with Boston, Massachusetts extension
8 days |  10 days with Boston, Massachusetts extension
Group size1535 travelers

4.5 star rating

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woman standing in autumn forest
white lighthouse on coast in portland maine
colorful painted buoys hanging on fence
new hampshire white mountains
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See New England at its most vibrant.

Mother Nature puts on a spectacular show every fall, when the eastern forests burst into red, orange, and yellow hues. That makes autumn the perfect season to explore New England’s time-honored landmarks. From the quintessential fare of Vermont to the colonial roots of Salem, take in the history and charm of the East Coast—all under a vibrant canopy of color.

Your tour package includes

  • 7 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 2 dinners with beer or wine
  • 2 food tastings
  • 6 guided sightseeing tours
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Included highlights

  • Trapp Family Lodge
  • Chocolate tasting
  • Cider Mill visit & tasting
  • Mount Washington Cog Railway
  • Kennebunkport
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Burlington, Vermont2 nights
Day 1: Arrival in Burlington

Welcome to Vermont! After arriving in Burlington, make your way to your hotel to get settled in.

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Vermont
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Welcome dinner

An all-day foliage tour introduces you to Vermont’s delicious local fare and small towns.

  • Stop in Stowe to enjoy a guided tour of the Trapp Family Lodge with a member of the Von Trapp family
  • Sample homemade chocolates at a local shop and learn about their commitments to crafting socially responsible products
  • See how apple cider is produced during a visit to a cider mill and enjoy a tasting of the refreshing drink
  • Enjoy a walk led by your Tour Director through the quaint town of Burlington followed by free time to explore at your leisure

Join your group for a welcome dinner this evening.

Please note: On some departures, the chocolate tasting may be replaced with an ice cream tasting.

North Conway, New Hampshire2 nights
Day 3: North Conway via the White Mountains
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

Travel east to New Hampshire today, taking in breathtaking scenery as you go.

  • Before leaving Vermont, pay a visit to a sugarbush to learn about Vermont maple syrup production
  • Stop at a local family-owned sugar shack stand for sugaring presentation
  • Enjoy free time to explore the sugar shack’s grounds and for a chance to shop for locally made maple and sugar products
  • Pass through the White Mountains, stopping at the Franconia Notch and the Old Man of the Mountain Memorial Park along the way
  • Drive through the landscapes of the state’s most famous scenic byway, the Kancamagus Highway

Then, continue on to North Conway and enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

Omni Mount Washington Resort Dinner & Tour

From $139 per person

Day 4: Mount Washington & foliage tour
Included meal: Breakfast

Make your way to Mount Washington, located in the beautiful White Mountains. Board the Mount Washington Cog Railway for a scenic train ride to the region’s highest summit. Then, take in the beautiful foliage and incredible vistas that the region is known for.

Maine Coast1 night
Day 5: Maine Coast via Portland & Kennebunkport
Included meal: Breakfast

Transfer to the coast of Maine by way of the state's picturesque Lakes District.

  • Stop in Portland and join your Tour Director on a tour of the city
  • Pass the Portland Observatory and Fort Allen Park
  • Visit the Old Port neighborhood, filled with independent bookshops and quaint local boutiques
  • Travel to Kennebunkport and pass by Walker's Point Estate, the Bush family’s summer home

Continue on to the Maine Coast and enjoy a free evening.

Please note: On some departures, the sightseeing tour of Portland may take place after the stop in Kennebunkport depending on hotel location.

Boston, Massachusetts2 nights
Day 6: Boston via Salem
Included meal: Breakfast

Stop in Salem, the Witch City, to visit the famed House of Seven Gables.

Continue on to Boston and enjoy free time for the rest of the day.

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Boston
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Spend the morning getting to know Boston, one of the oldest cities in America, on a guided tour.

  • Sweep through 250 years of American history on the Freedom Trail
  • Visit the Bunker Hill Monument and view the USS Constitution located in Charlestown Navy Yard
  • View Faneuil Hall, the Old State House, and King’s Chapel
  • Pass by Boston Common, Paul Revere’s House and the Old North Church
  • End your tour in the North End, where you’ll have free time to explore the charming Italian neighborhood

Enjoy a free afternoon in Boston or add an excursion.

Later this evening, celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner with your group.

Revolutionary New England: Lexington & Concord

From $89 per person

Flight Home
Day 8: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay in Boston.

Extension to Boston, Massachusetts
Continue exploring Boston, and lean on your Tour Director to point you toward the city's best sights. Then, get a look at life in colonial New England with a tour of Plimoth Plantation.
Boston, Massachusetts2 nights
Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Plymouth
Included meal: Breakfast

Head to Plymouth and spend the morning getting to know the coastal town.

  • Enter historic Plimouth Patuxet Museum to learn about both the native Wampanoag people and the colonial English settlers
  • Stop in Pilgrim Memorial National Park to take a picture with Plymouth Rock

Enjoy free time for lunch before returning to Boston.

Day 9: Free day in Boston
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Boston or add an excursion.

This evening, sip a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Food of Boston Walking Tour

From $129 per person

Flight Home
Day 10: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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    3.0 star rating

    Highs and lows!
    10/3/22 by 6th-time traveler Anonymous

    The tour guide, Grace, is a dear sweet person, but she is the least organized of any tour I have been on including GoAhead and others. Perhaps she needs more training. Not knowing where we were going at times is inexcusable. We wasted a lot of time driving around!.

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    Fall Foilage Tour
    10/11/22 by 4th-time traveler Pat

    Tour was great. I would have liked to spend more time in Maine. Hotel in Boston was my favorite.

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    10/4/22 by 1st-time traveler Sheila

    Seeing the New England states during the first week of October was perhaps the best vacation I’ve ever been on. The colors were so vibrant. Seeing it with your own eyes was just truly amazing and so moving. Danielle was our tour guide, and she was so knowledgeable and fun to travel with. We had a r...

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.


    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Hilton Garden Inn Burlington Downtown
    Hilton Garden Inn Burlington Downtown

    This scenic hotel is located in downtown Burlington. Guests enjoy the indoor pool, on-site restaurant, and fitness center. Nearby you'll find several ...

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    Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites North Conway
    Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites North Conway

    In New Hampshire’s scenic White Mountains, this North Conway hotel has spacious rooms equipped with free Wi-Fi and a cable TV. It features an indoor p...

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    Anchorage Inn
    Anchorage Inn

    This friendly hotel is located in the York Beach neighborhood. Guests enjoy a swimming pool, a fitness room, and a poolside café. Nearby, you’ll find ...

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    Courtyard by Marriott Boston Downtown-North Station
    Courtyard by Marriott Boston Downtown-North Station

    This contemporary hotel is located in the West End neighborhood. Guests enjoy a bar, gym, and café. Nearby, you’ll find Faneuil Hall, Old North Church...

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    Passport, visa & entry requirements
    • U.S. citizens need valid government-issued identification for air travel within the United States. If you plan to use a state-issued ID or driver's license on or after May 7, 2025, it will need to meet Real ID requirements. Real ID compliant versions of these IDs will have either a yellow or black star, white star inside a yellow or black circle, or a white star inside a bear in the top righthand corner. Please visit for more information.
    • In order to enter the United States, Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
    • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
    • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to and searching the code ACN.
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    Tour pacing & mobility
    • You will walk for at least 1.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills.
    • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
    • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of trains.
    • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
    • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
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    Transportation & arrival information
    • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Burlington, Vermont and depart from Boston, Massachusetts. A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
    • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
    • A ride on the Mount Washington Cog Railway is included in the price of your tour.
    • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
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    Baggage allowance
    • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
    • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
    • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
    • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
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    Clothing & packing tips
    • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket/rainwear, gloves, hat, and warm weather clothing for the mountains.
    • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
    • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
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    • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at
    • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
    • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
    • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to and searching the code ACN.
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    • In New England, look out for seafood specialties like lobster rolls and clam chowder, especially in Boston where fine dining and casual options abound. Vermont is famous for its sharp cheddar cheese and maple syrup.
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    Electricity & air conditioning
    • All of North America operates on 110-120 volts and uses Type A or B plugs with two flat pins or two flat pins and one round pin, respectively.
    • The majority of the hotels on this tour will have air conditioning.
    • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
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    • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
    • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
    • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
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    Time zones
    • All of the states visited on this tour are on Eastern Time (ET).
    • When it’s noon in New York City, it’s noon on tour.
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    • You will use the U.S. dollar on this tour.
    • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
    • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
    • Many banks and businesses now primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
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    • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in USD.
    • We recommend tipping $8USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and $3USD per person per day for your driver.
    • If applicable, we also recommend $2USD per local guide.
    • Tips can only be paid in cash.
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    Purchasing excursions on tour
    • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on your tour.
    • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions.
    • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
    • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.
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