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Begin in the city of Boston where so much of America's early history took place. A local guide will take you on a private walking tour of the Freedom Trail, a collection of historical sites that tell the story of Boston's role in the American Revolution. Visit bustling Faneuil Hall Marketplace, the Old South Meeting House and the Old North Church where Paul Revere began his famous midnight ride. View the gold-domed Massachusetts State House and Boston Common. And stop at the Lexington Battle Green, site of the minutemen’s first Revolutionary War skirmish. Conclude your time in Boston with a tour of Harvard University and its fascinating Museum of Natural History.
Your immersion in history continues on a day trip to Salem where the infamous witch trials of 1692 took place. A walking tour lets you feel the ghost of Salem’s bewitching past; while there, you’ll also visit the home that inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of The Seven Gables. Step back in time in the town of Plymouth where the Pilgrims landed in 1620. Here you'll see Plymouth Rock,
board a replica of the Mayflower, and visit a re-creation of a typical 17th century Pilgrim village.
Then spend four days exploring Cape Cod and the surrounding region. From its sweeping panoramas of dune grasses dancing on the ocean breezes to lobstermen bringing in their bounty, Cape Cod is picturesque in any season. You'll visit Provincetown located at the very tip of the Cape; this haven for artists and writers was the site of the Pilgrims’ first landfall. See the charming town of Chatham and pay your respects at the solemn seaside memorial of John F. Kennedy in Hyannis. You'll also spend a day exploring the entrancing island of Martha’s Vineyard, just off Cape Cod's coast. A local guide shows you the island's highlights including quaint gingerbread-styled cottages, 18th century sea captain's homes, a once-famous whaling port and a splendid seashore.
• 7 nights hotel accommodations: 3 nights in Boston and 4 night on Cape Cod
• Daily breakfast and 4 dinners
• All on-tour transportation by deluxe motor coach
• Services of a professional tour manager
• Exclusive AAA Member experiences: Journey along Boston’s historic Freedom Trail on a privately guided tour; tour the campus and surroundings of Harvard, America’s oldest university; explore the island of Martha’s Vineyard with a local expert; and celebrate the tastes of Cape Cod with a traditional lobster dinner
• All baggage handling
Note: Add a pre-night stay in Boston. Prices start at $150 per person, double occupancy. Inquire at time of booking.
Day 1 - Arrive in Boston, Massachusetts
Today your journey highlighting the natural beauty and traditional charms of New England begins.
Accommodation: Boston Park Plaza - 3 nights
Day 2 - Boston Sightseeing
Join a local guide on a private walking tour featuring Boston’s Freedom Trail, a collection of historical locations throughout the city. Together they tell the story of Boston’s role in the American Revolution. Hear the courageous stories of the patriots as you view sights such as the Old South Meeting House, the location of the Boston Massacre, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Paul Revere’s House and the Old North Church. This afternoon, head to Cambridge for a guided walking tour of Harvard, one of the world’s most prestigious universities. This includes a visit to the fascinating Harvard Museum of Natural History. Tonight, experience dinner at America’s oldest oyster house, the Union Oyster House.
Day 3 - Salem Excursion
Experience the picturesque maritime town of Salem, best known for the infamous witch trials of 1692. Enjoy a walking tour of present-day Salem and learn about the town’s rich heritage as a bustling 18th century seaport. Visit the House of Seven Gables, the famous Colonial-style home that was the setting for Salem-born writer Nathaniel Hawthorne’s most famous work. This afternoon, enjoy a narrated cruise along the coast, offering spectacular views of the North Shore. Later, return to Boston for an evening at leisure.
Day 4 - Boston / Plymouth / Cape Cod
Tour a traditional cranberry bog today and learn about the dry harvesting method of this quintessential New England crop. Then, step back in time with a stop in the celebrated town of Plymouth where the Pilgrims landed in 1620. See legendary Plymouth Rock and board a reproduction of the Mayflower, the 102-passenger ship used by the Pilgrims for the 65-day journey from England. Experience the Pilgrim way of life with a visit to Plimoth Plantation, a re-creation of a 17th-century village. Arrive on Cape Cod this afternoon and begin a leisurely four-night stay.
Accommodation: Ocean Edge - 4 nights
Day 5 - Martha’s Vineyard Excursion
A ferry ride transports you to the beautiful island of Martha’s Vineyard. Known as a vacation spot of presidents and royalty, this summer home of artists, writers and celebrities is full of surprises. A local guide shows you all the highlights of “the Vineyard,” including quaint gingerbread-styled cottages and a once-famous whaling port, resplendent with sea captain’s homes and widow’s walks. Later, depart the island and cruise back to Cape Cod.
Day 6 - Provincetown
Visit charming Provincetown, a lively artist colony famous for its crafts and bright, Cape Cod flair. This afternoon, the choice is yours – hop aboard a whale watch cruise that will take you out into Cape Cod Bay in search of these magnificent creatures or embark on a scenic adventure through the iconic sand dunes of the Cape.
Day 7 - Chatham and Hyannisport
Visit the charming Cape community of Chatham. Enjoy time at leisure to acquaint yourself with this seaside town. Stroll along Main Street and browse through the myriad shops; visit the pier and watch as the fishermen return with the day’s catch; or perhaps view the Chatham Lighthouse and find a relaxing spot on the beach to enjoy the scenery. This afternoon, catch a rare glimpse of the Camelot era as you travel through Hyannisport, home of the Kennedy compound, and visit the poignant Kennedy Memorial. Then, celebrate your time “on the Cape” with a traditional New England lobster feast.
Day 8 - Depart for home
This morning after breakfast, your tour comes to an end.
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