Self-Drive - Best of New England
(12 days / 11 nights - Begins & Ends Boston)

Tour Itinerary

Day 01 - Boston Arrival
Arrive at Logan International Airport. Pick up your rental car and proceed to your hotel. Enjoy your evening at leisure, exploring the city. Hotel: The Midtown Hotel or similar

Day 02 - Boston
This morning at 08:00 you will be met by a representative and provided with a welcome kit which includes driving instructions, vouchers, and maps for your tour. The remainder of the day is free to explore Boston, the cradle of American liberty. The Revolutionary Era comes to life along the Freedom Trail walking route.

Day 03 - Boston – Salem – Portsmouth – Kennebunkport
Driving Distance: 90 mi./150 km.
Along the route north of Boston lies almost four centuries of history, as well as some of the coast’s finest beaches and seascapes. First stop is Salem, the location of the infamous witch trials. Then drive along the coast to the charming harbour towns of Gloucester and Rockport. Enjoy the old-time seaport atmosphere of Portsmouth, New Hampshire and its wealth of historic buildings before crossing into Maine. Your destination today is the popular resort of Kennebunkport, a haven for writers and artists. Hotel: The Nonantum Resort or similar

Day 04 - Kennebunkport – Wiscasset – Bar Harbour
Driving Distance: 210 mi./340km.
Today continue along Maine’s fantastically varied coastline from Brunswick to Wiscasset, which claims to be the “prettiest village in Maine.” Stop in Rockland, where several schooners offer cruises from the harbour. Then drive along a jagged peninsula to Castine and learn about the history of the 200-year struggle between four countries to possess this strategic town. Your destination today is fashionable Bar Harbour, gateway to Acadia National Park on Mt. Desert Island. Hotel: Colonial Inn or similar

Day 05 - Acadia National Park
A full day to explore one of the oldest and most beautiful national parks in America. Discover soaring peaks, dramatic glacier-carved valleys, clear lakes, and the rugged shoreline with the only true fjord on the US Atlantic coast. Witness the area’s natural wonders from Park Loop Road or drive to the summit of Cadillac Mountain, at 1,530 feet (466 meters), the highest point on the US Atlantic seaboard.

Day 06 - Bar Harbour – White Mountains/New Hampshire
Driving Distance : 230 mi./370 km.
Your drive today takes you inland towards the spectacular scenery of the White Mountains, the “rooftop of New England,” a landscape dotted with historic villages and enchanting covered bridges. En route, experience breathtaking views of mountain ranges and pristine forests. Hotel: Eastland Park Hotel or similar

Day 07 - White Mountains/New Hampshire – Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom – Stowe
Driving distance: 120 mi./200 km.
Today, traverse the White and Green Mountain ranges that divide the New England states of New Hampshire and Vermont. The route takes you through some of New England’s most beautiful scenery. Drive by Lyndonville and see Willey’s General Store in Greensboro before continuing through Craftsbury, a Grandma Moses kind of village, to Stowe. Hotel: Golden Eagle Resort or similar

Day 08 - Stowe – Green Mountains – The Berkshires / Massachusetts
Driving distance: 160 mi/260 km.
Continue south along Route 100, where you will take in some of the most spectacular scenery in Vermont’s Green Mountains. With their dense forests, the mountains are home to bears, moose, wild turkey, and deer. See picture-perfect villages and some of Vermont’s famous covered bridges before crossing into Massachusetts’ Berkshires, known for their rural beauty and cultural assets. Overnight in the college town of Williamstown. Hotel: The Williams Inn or similar

Day 09 - The Berkshires – Lenox – Newport/Rhode Island
Driving distance: 180 mi./290 km.
Drive south and pass through a series of wonderful little towns, including Lenox, summer home for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. See Hancock Shaker Village near Pittsfield before continuing to the storied little city of Newport Rhode Island, once a prosperous colonial seaport.
Hotel: Best Western Mainstay Inn or similar

Day 10 - Newport – Cape Cod
Driving Distance: 100 mi./160 km.
America’s most prominent families – from the Astors to the Vanderbilts – have summered in Newport. Some of their spectacular vacation homes are open for viewing. After sightseeing, continue along the coast on your way to Cape Cod. Hotel: Heritage House Hotel or similar

Day 11 - Cape Cod
A full day to explore magnificent Cape Cod with its high cliffs, rolling dunes, broad beaches, miles of walking trails, picturesque villages and delicious seafood. This peninsula is a beloved vacation spot for visitors and natives alike. Stop in Plymouth, a living panorama of Pilgrim and Colonial times and see the Mayflower II .

Day 12 - Cape Cod – Boston Departure
Driving Distance: 80 mi./130 km.
Today, leave Cape Cod and drive back to Boston. Return your car at the airport before your departure flight.

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