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New England Tour

New England: Vermont, Maine Coast & Massachusetts

8 days |  10 days with Boston, Massachusetts extension
8 days |  10 days with Boston, Massachusetts extension
Group size1524 travelers

4.3 out of 5 stars

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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 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.

Special departures of this itinerary

Fall foliage

Your tour package includes

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

  • Trapp Family Lodge
  • Burlington harbor cruise
  • Ben & Jerry's factory tour
  • Lake Champlain cruise
  • 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, Welcome dinner

An all-day tour introduces you to Vermont’s delicious local fare and small towns.

  • Stop in Stowe to enjoy a guided tour of the Trapp Family Lodge with a member of the Von Trapp family
  • Walk the streets of charming downtown Stowe
  • Enjoy a walk led by your Tour Director through the quaint town of Burlington before setting off on a cruise of Lake Champlain

Join your group for a welcome dinner this evening.

White Mountains Region, New Hampshire1 night
Day 3: Transfer to the White Mountains Region
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 and enjoy samples of ice cream in Waterbury
  • Pass through the White Mountains, stopping at the Franconia Notch and scenic viewpoints along the way
  • Drive through the landscapes of the state’s most famous scenic byway, the Kancamagus Highway

Then, continue to your hotel in the White Mountains Region and get settled in.

Portland, Maine2 nights
Day 4: Portland via Mt. Washington
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”

Then, cross the border into Maine and travel by way of the state’s picturesque Lakes District to the coastal city of Portland, where your Tour Director will show you around.

  • Pass the Portland Observatory and Fort Allen Park
  • Visit the Old Port neighborhood, filled with independent bookshops and quaint local boutiques
Day 5: Kennebunkport & free afternoon
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel down along the coast of Maine to the quaint fishing town of Kennebunkport.

  • Pass the Wedding Cake House, an ornately trimmed house which dates back to the early 1800s
  • Cross over waterways as you enter Dock’s Square, the town’s center where you’ll find boutique shops, fresh seafood stands and restaurants, and charming colonial style homes
  • After free time continue along the coast to St. Ann’s Church and Walker’s Point Estate, the Bush family’s summer home

Return to Portland and enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

Lobster Roll & Oyster Shucking Class

From $199 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.

Continue on to Boston and enjoy free time for the rest of the day.

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Boston
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Spend the morning getting to know Boston, one of the oldest cities in America, on a guided tour.

  • Sweep through 250 years of American history on the Freedom Trail
  • Visit the Bunker Hill Monument and view the USS Constitution located in Charlestown Navy Yard
  • View Faneuil Hall, the Old State House, and King’s Chapel
  • Pass by Boston Common, Paul Revere’s House and the Old North Church
  • End your tour in the North End, where you’ll have free time to explore the charming Italian neighborhood

Enjoy a free afternoon 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 $129 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.
Boston, Massachusetts2 nights
Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Plymouth
Included meal: Breakfast

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

  • Enter historic Plimouth Patuxet Museum 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.

Day 9: Free day in Boston
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Boston or add an excursion.

This evening, sip a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Wang Theatre & Boston Common Walking Tour

From $70 per person

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

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.3 out of 5

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    5 out of 5 stars

    My first Solo Trip
    6/12/24 by 1st-time traveler Laurie

    Was incredible. Met fellow travelers right away, accommodation’s were top notch. Our Tour director Sarah really knows the area and was a pleasure to be with. Would definitely recommend!

    4 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful, educational, New England Tour
    7/26/23 by 1st-time traveler Barbara

    This was my first EF tour. I couldn’t have asked for a better tour guide, driver, or tour group. Any minor problems we had were taken care of promptly and satisfactorily. We stopped at a couple of small towns to eat and I wish we had had more time to explore them. I will definitely plan to take ...

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    5 out of 5 stars

    New England and Boston
    7/26/23 by 2nd-time traveler Karen

    Overall every positive experience. The only disappointment was 1)the evening meal at the Grand Summit Hotel however, breakfasts there were GREAT 2) and too much free time in Portland, Maine.

    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 8/22/23

    Thank you for your feedback, we genuinely apprecia...

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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.


    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.
    Hilton Garden Inn Burlington Downtown
    Hilton Garden Inn Burlington Downtown

    This scenic hotel is located in downtown Burlington. Guests enjoy the indoor pool, on-site restaurant, and fitness center. Nearby you'll find several ...

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    Home2 Suites by Hilton North Conway
    Home2 Suites by Hilton North Conway

    This convenient hotel is located on the edge of the White Mountains National Forest in North Conway. Guests enjoy the indoor saltwater pool, fitness c...

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    Holiday Inn by the Bay
    Holiday Inn by the Bay

    This contemporary hotel is located downtown Portland. Guests enjoy a fitness center, pool, and on-site restaurant and bar. Nearby, you’ll find the wat...

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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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