Experience quintessential New England
From the rolling countryside of the Berkshires in Massachusetts and Vermont’s forest-clad slopes, to Maine’s rugged coastal scenery, discover the best of New England on this extensive new tour. We’ve included a variety of excursions to highlight the different aspects of this multifaceted region, such as fascinating tours of the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Trapp Family Lodge and Harvard University, plus mouthwatering visits to local cider, cheese and maple syrup makers!
11 nights in hotels and 1 in flight
12 meals: 11 breakfasts (B) and 1 lunch (L)
- VIP door-to-door travel service
- Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a reduction if not required
- Return flights and transfers
- Saga tour manager
- Welcome drink reception
- Porterage at all hotels
Excursions and visits
- Private tour of the Norman Rockwell Museum
- Vermont sightseeing tour
- Visit to the famous Vermont Country Store and Plymouth Cheese Factory
- Exclusive tour of the Trapp Family Lodge
- Cider-tasting session
- Lake Champlain lunch cruise
- Visit to Shelburne Farms, the former home of Lila Vanderbilt
- Journey on the Cannon Mountain Tramway
- See the Maine Head Light
- Visit to Portland
- Tour of Boston and Harvard University
After taking Saga’s included UK door-to-door travel service to the airport, depart for your flight to Boston and travel to Stockbridge for a two-night stay at the 18th-century Red Lion Inn (3Q).
Enjoy the day exploring the charms of this quintessential small New England town independently. Alternatively, an optional tour of the surrounding area juxtaposes the Shaker movement with its historic art scene. B
Hancock Shaker Village and Chesterwood |full day
Begin with a guided walking tour of the Hancock Shaker Village, established in the late 1780s, before visiting Chesterwood, the former studio of Daniel Chester French who sculpted the Lincoln Memorial and Ventforth Hall.
During the journey to Ludlow, admire some of Massachusetts’ cottage estates which are a relic from America’s Gilded Era of the late 19th century. Pause en route for a private tour at the Norman Rockwell Museum which is dedicated to the popular work of this 20th-century illustrator and American icon. Stay two nights at The Pointe at Castle Hill Resort and Spa (3Q) in Vermont’s Green Mountains. B
Discover Vermont’s enchanting scenery of white clapboard houses and swathes of maple forest on a leisurely sightseeing tour around Dorset, Arlington and Pennington. Highlights include the oldest abandoned marble quarry in the US and the reputedly most photographed covered bridge in the world, as well as a visit to a maple sugar shack where you can sample some of the state’s best-loved produce, maple syrup. B
Today’s journey to Stowe stops at the famous family-run Vermont Country Store and the artisanal Plymouth Cheese Factory at Calvin Coolidge Historical Site before detouring to the Trapp Family Lodge, established by the Trapp Family Singers in the late 1940s. You’ll be greeted by a member of the Trapp family who will share the true story that inspired the 1965 film, The Sound of Music. Continue to the Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa (4Q) in the heart of Stowe for a two-night stay. B
Burlington and Lake Champlain
Enjoy a traditional taste of Vermont on a visit to the Cold Hollow Cider Mill where you can sample cider made the old fashioned way with a 1920s rack and cloth press. Continue to Burlington, Vermont’s most populous town, for a cruise on Lake Champlain with lunch included. Afterwards, call at Shelburne Farms, the former home of Lila Vanderbilt which promotes sustainable farming. B, L
Have your camera ready as you follow the Kangamangus Scenic Byway through beautiful countryside to North Conway, the gateway to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. There will be photo stops en route and a ride on the Cannon Mountain Tramway. Stay at the North Conway Grand Hotel (3Q) for two nights. B
Spend today at leisure, perhaps to peruse the shops in the adjacent shopping arcade. Alternatively, enjoy an optional ride on a vintage train. B
Conway Scenic Railway |an hour on board
Step aboard a vintage diesel-electric locomotive for an optional ride on the Conway Scenic Railroad across valley pastures and through woodlands.
Leave the mountains behind as you head to the Maine coast. Spend the final three nights of your holiday in the charming seaside resort of Kennebunkport at The Nonantum Resort (3Q), which has an idyllic setting on the waterfront close to Dock Square. B
Today is free to enjoy at leisure. Alternatively, an optional excursion visits the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and Maine Maritime Museum. B
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and Maine Maritime Museum |full day
This optional trip will reveal the blooms at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, which encompasses 270 acres of tidal shoreland. Continue to the Maine Maritime Museum for an insight into the state’s fishing and ship-building heritage.
Admire the iconic Portland Head Light, which was first lit in 1791, before continuing to Portland where you can enjoy free time exploring the streets, boutiques and galleries of this historic port city. B
Return to Boston for a half-day guided tour pointing out such sights as the USS Constitution, which is moored at the historic Charlestown Naval Yard, and Harvard University where one of the students will take you on a tour of the campus grounds. In the afternoon, travel to the airport for your return overnight flight home. B
Arrive in the UK for your included door-to-door travel service.