New England Explorer
13 Day Self Drive - from £1,366
Enjoy the wild coastline and explore charming towns on this classic New England self drive. You can follow Boston’s historic Freedom Trail, wander the beaches in Maine, hike in the White Mountains and discover the beauty of the Green Mountains of Vermont and stunning beaches of Cape Cod.
- Boston’s Freedom Trail
- New England’s rugged coastline
- White Mountain National Forest
- Newport’s coastal scenery
- Cape Cod’s beaches and lighthouses
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Your Self Drive Adventure
Day 1: Arrive in Boston
Arrive in Boston make your way to your first hotel. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please, a recommendation is to visit the Boston harbour where you can enjoy The Boston HarbourWalk. This walk is designed to connect the public to a clean and restored Boston Harbour. Alternatively, you could visit Faneuil Hall Marketplace comprised of a collection of boutiques, eateries and pushcart vendors housed in converted 18th-century warehouses.
Hotels: (Standard) Langham Hotel or similar (2 nights)
(Budget) Midtown Hotel or similar (2 nights)
Day 2: Boston
Spend a full day exploring this historic town. Take a walk along the famous Freedom Trail, one of Americas’ first historic walking tours and the perfect introduction to Colonial and Revolutionary Boston. You will visit 16 historical sites covering two and a half centuries of America’s most significant past.
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE - Boston Old Town Trolley Tour
Hop aboard one of these trolleys and you’ll experience Transportainment, a delightful combination of transportation and entertainment. Turn back the pages of history and relive colonial Boston. Coming from various backgrounds, each conductor narrates the sightseeing tour with his or her own blend of trivia, colourful anecdotes, and humorous stories to ensure that your experience is both enjoyable and informative.
Day 3: Kennebunkport (127 miles)
Collect your car this morning and leave Boston behind as you drive north toward Salem, the infamous home to the witch trials of 1692. Well aware of its infamy, Salem has a number of attractions centred on this uneasy time, including haunted tours and re-enactments. Continue the drive passing Gloucester, America’s oldest fishing port, toward Kennebunkport, a great place for hiking and exploring.
Hotels: Hotels: (Standard) Nonantum Resort or similar (1 night)
(Budget) Ogunquit River Inn & Suits or similar (1 night)
Day 4: Bar Harbour (234 miles)
This morning get to know Kennebunkport and all its natural wonders like Spouting Rock and Blowing Cave. In the afternoon continue the journey to Bar Harbour. Located in Downeast, Bar Harbour was once considered a small fishing and ship-building community; today it’s a favourite destination for people throughout the world, offering spectacular beauty and natural wonder for those who would prefer to spend their time outdoors.
Hotels: Hotels: (Standard) Bluenose Inn or similar (2 nights)
(Budget) Wonderview Inn & Suites or similar (2 nights)
Day 5: Bar Harbour
Today you can explore Bar Harbour and its surroundings at your leisure. Visit Mount Desert Oceanarium which includes a lobster museum, a marsh tour, and a lobster hatchery. For a touch of nature, visit Acadia National Park, New England’s only national park; it offers 6000 acres of mountains, rugged coastline, islands, forests and lakes where you can hike, bike, canoe, fish, and explore this Park’s trails.
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE - Lobster Boat Cruise
Experience a sample of the life and work of the Maine Lobsterman. Watch as the captain demonstrates how lobster traps are hauled while learning all the parts of a lobster trap and how the lobsters find their way to the bait inside. Learn all about the anatomy and life cycle of the Maine Lobster. In addition to lobster and crab, you’ll see and be able to touch sea urchins, starfish, and sea cucumbers. The kids will love it and so will you. About halfway through our cruise, we’ll stow all the lobster gear and then head off to a small island to look at harbour seals basking on the rocks or swimming in the nearby water.
Day 6: White Mountains (219 miles)
Continue on your journey through coastal Maine to Jackson. Take a scenic drive to the White Mountains National Forest, better known as the Whites. Take a train ride through this scenic area; choose one of the Valley routes to Conway or Bartlett, or the legendary Crawford Notch excursion.
Hotels: Hotels: (Standard) Christmas Farm Inn or similar (1 night)
(Budget) Merril Farm Resort or similar (1 night)
Day 7: Stowe (131 miles)
As you leave this morning, through the White Mountains, visit Franconia Notch State Park located in the heart of the White Mountain Region. Here you can ride a passenger cable car to the top of Cannon Mountain where on a clear day you can see mountains in Canada, and you can visit Mount Washington, the highest Mountain peak in the Northeast. After a scenic stop and some great photo ops, continue on to the Stowe area in Vermont.
Hotels: Hotels: (Standard) Green Mountain Inn or similar (1 night)
(Budget) Golden Eagle Resort or similar (1 night)
Day 8: Green Mountains (78 miles)
After a night in Stowe it’s time to head towards the Green Mountains. On your way, you will pass ‘Moss Glen Falls’, a roadside attraction featured in just about every photographic portrait of Vermont ever published. You can also visit the Smugglers’ Notch State Park in the Green Mountains; it’s great for hiking and offers several short, medium and long trails throughout the park.
Hotels: Hotels: (SUP) Snowed Inn or similar (1 night)
(STD) Holiday Inn Rutland/Killington or similar (1 night)
Day 9: The Berkshires (68 miles)
The Berkshires are a beautiful place to visit any time of year, the area is known widely as a cultural hub of museums, historic sites, music, dance and art venues. In addition, the region also offers outstanding opportunities for outdoor sports including golf, hiking and mountain biking, fishing, and even white-water rafting. All of these activities take place amid spectacularly scenic rural hills dotted with mountain streams and lakes.
Hotels: Hotels: (Standard) Berkshire Plaza or similar (1 night)
(Budget) William’s Inn or similar (1 night)
Day 10: Newport (187 miles)
Leave the Berkshires behind and drive on to Newport. Home to spectacular coastal scenery, awe-inspiring architecture, a thriving waterfront, and welcoming hospitality, Newport is considered by many to be a shining gem in the coastal crown of New England. Take a walk through tennis history and explore six acres of historic grounds at the Tennis Hall of Fame, enjoy the peaceful waters of Narragansett Bay aboard the Newport Dinner Train, or visit Bannister’s Wharf, an old commercial seaport in the colonial days, now the hub of Newport’s harbour side shopping and dining. Here you can find eclectic boutiques and numerous restaurants from the sophisticated to the casual.
Hotels: Hotels: (Standard) Viking Hotel or similar (1 night)
(Budget) Holiday Inn Express Middletown or similar (1 night)
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE - Newport Mansion Tour
Visit two of the famed Gilded Age mansions that once were the summer playground for socialite families. With names like Breakers, Astor and Vanderbilt, they are by far the most popular attraction in Newport. Built near the turn of the century, these magnificent structures are each a museum onto themselves. Here you will find a world of exceptional elegance and inspiration in architecture, art, interior design and landscapes
Day 11: Cape Cod/Falmouth (97 miles)
People come to Cape Cod to feel inspired; to walk the pristine beaches, revel in the arts and culture, indulge in the freshest fried clams, play 18 holes on the lush fairways, and savour the breathtaking scenic beauty. Lighthouses, cultural landscapes, and wild cranberry bogs offer a glimpse of Cape Cod’s past and continuing ways of life.
Hotels: (Standard) Inn on the Square or similar (2 nights)
(Budget) Shoreway Acres Inn or similar (2 nights)
Day 12: Cape Cod
Today you can make a decision between visiting Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket Island, both are next to Cape Cod and both are full of charm and typical New England atmosphere. The best way to see the prettiest spots on the islands are on foot, bicycle or a combination of the two. There’s so much to see and do on both Island’s the decision of which way to go may not be an easy one.
Day 13: Depart Boston (75 miles)
On your last day you may wish to visit historical Plymouth Rock a monument symbolizing the location where the Pilgrims disembarked from the Mayflower when they first landed on what was to become American soil. You can also see the Mayflower II, a replica of the ship that first brought settlers to New England.
13 Day Self Drive - from £1,366
with flights from £1,718
Our Budget option includes all the benefits of our standard but offers a lower category of accommodation for the more budget conscious.
- Budget accommodation – from £1,138
- Add a Boston Old Town Trolly Tour – from £34
- Add a Lobster Boat Cruise – from £27
- Add a Newport Mansion Tour – from £23
Price is per person, based on 2 sharing a double or twin room and include pre-booked accommodation, air-conditioned car and unlimited mileage. One-way fees charged locally. Hotels specified are subject to availability and may be substituted by one of a similar or higher standard.Item Added Enquire Now
Self Drive Touring
Enjoy independent touring at its very best. Book our self drives as they are or add extra days in the places you choose. Normally available in both directions.
Your self drive includes:
- Well planned, easy to follow route
- Travel guide and maps
- 12 nights pre-booked hotel accommodation
- A choice of standard or budget hotels
- Modern air-conditioned car
- Unlimited mileage
- Roadside assistance
- Car upgrades available upon request