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New England: Vermont, Maine Coast & Massachusetts

8 days |  10 days with Boston, Massachusetts extension
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Experience the history and heart of the Northeast.

Discover New England’s scenic landscapes, quaint towns, and iconic cities as you make your way from the mountains to the coast. Taste iconic treats in Vermont, like Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and real maple syrup, before riding to the top of Mount Washington in New Hampshire's White Mountains. Then, cross in to Maine to explore its beautiful coastline. Your journey wraps up in Massachusetts, home to some of the most historic cities in the country.

Your tour package includes

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

  • Trapp Family Lodge
  • Laughing Moon chocolate tasting
  • Cold Hollow Cider Mill
  • Ben & Jerry’s Factory
  • Mount Washington Cog Railway
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Burlington, Vermont2 nights
Day 1: Arrival in Burlington

Welcome to Vermont! 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 tour introduces you to Vermont’s delicious local fare and small towns.

  • Pay a visit to the Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks in Montpelier, Vermont’s capital city
  • 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 the Laughing Moon Chocolates and learn about their shop’s history
  • See how apple cider is produced during a visit to the Cold Hollow Cider Mill

Join your group for a welcome dinner this evening.

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

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

  • Before leaving Vermont, tour the Ben & Jerry’s Factory in Waterbury and enjoy samples of ice cream
  • 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.

Day 4: Mount Washington & White Mountain Trail drive
Included meal: Breakfast

Make your way to Mount Washington, located in the scenic White Mountains.

  • Board the Mount Washington Cog Railway for a beautiful ride to the region’s highest summit
  • Take in the incredible vistas that the region is known for, like Owl’s Head, Bretton Woods, and the historic “notches”
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 or add an excursion.

Portsmouth & Maine Coast Lobster Dinner

From $85 per person

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. Later, arrive in Boston for a guided tour of one of the oldest cities in America.

  • Sweep through 250 years of American history on the Freedom Trail
  • Pass by Boston Common, Paul Revere’s House and the Old North Church
  • View Faneuil Hall, the Old State House, and King’s Chapel
  • Visit the Bunker Hill Monument and view the USS Constitution located in Charlestown Navy Yard
  • End your tour in Harvard Square, where you’ll have free time to wander through the university’s campus
Day 7: Free day in Boston
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Enjoy a free day 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 $80 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.
Boston2 nights
Day 8: Free day in Boston
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Boston or add an excursion.

Fenway Park Tour & Lunch

From $110 per person

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Plymouth
Included meal: Breakfast

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

  • Enter historic Plimoth Plantation 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. This evening, sip a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

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

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Reviews

Overall rating 4.2 out of 5
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    Great Trip
    07/26/21 by 1st-time traveler Linda

    This trip to New England was great. Ian was amazing and the driver, Al, was fantastic. Some activities were cancelled due to Covid but EF gave us bonus activities. Some hotels were just ok. Had fun!

    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 08/19/21

    Thank you for traveling with us Linda. We are so g...

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    Great tour!
    07/26/21 by 9th-time traveler Maria

    The Vermont tour was very thorough. The tour guide, Ian, was informative and knowledgeable of the areas. I would definitely recommend the extended stay in Boston. Got to see so much!

    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 08/18/21

    Thank you for joining us on this tour Maria. We ar...

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    New England Tour
    07/26/21 by 2nd-time traveler Alice

    I was very happy to have participated in this 9 day New England tour. It was a nice group of travelers. Tour Director: Ian was very entertaining and informative. Al was a great driver.

    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 08/13/21

    Thank you for joining us for this tour! We are ver...

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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.

    Hotels

    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.
    Delta Hotels by Marriott Burlington
    Delta Hotels by Marriott Burlington

    This contemporary hotel is located in South Burlington, Vermont. Guests enjoy an indoor pool and fitness center. Nearby you’ll find the Church Street ...

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    Hampton Inn & Suites North Conway
    Hampton Inn & Suites North Conway

    This comfortable hotel is located at the base of the White Mountains. Guests enjoy an indoor pool and fitness center. Nearby, you’ll find Mount Washin...

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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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    Flights

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    • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
    • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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    Local weather

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    Conway, United States of America
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    Kennebunkport, United States of America
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    Burlington, United States of America
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    FAQ

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    Passport, visa & entry requirements
    • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to goaheadtours.com/entry-requirements and searching the code ACS.
    • 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 3, 2023, 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 dhs.gov 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, please be sure to have any additional required identification with you as well.
    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 and 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.
    Transportation
    • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Burlington and depart from Boston. A Go Ahead representative 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. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead 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.
    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.
    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 or rainwear.
    • 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.
    Health
    • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to goaheadtours.com/entry-requirements and searching the code ACS.
    • 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 cdc.gov.
    • 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.
    Cuisine
    • In New England, try 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.
    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.
    Connectivity
    • 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.
    Time Zones
    • New England is on Eastern Time (ET).
    • When it’s noon in New York City, it’s noon on tour.
    Currency
    • You will use the U.S. dollar on 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.
    Tipping
    • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in USD.
    • We recommend tipping $7USD 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.
    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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