FALL FOR NEW ENGLAND | Become ONE With Nature
With forest covering three-quarters of the state and the highest percentage of maple trees in the country, it’s easy to see why Vermont has some of the world’s best foliage. Our journey over the mountains and through the trees of New England, will breathe new life into your mind, body and spirit.
September 28- October 6, 2017 9 day, 8 night Travel PackageAirfare included.* Fly/ Drive Packages From $2690/ DBL
DAY 1 – You will fly into Logan International Airport in Boston, MA and meet your GNT Tour Manger and yourdeluxe motorcoach. In route to Lee, New Hampshire, you will enjoy lunch on your own. Once in Lee, NH, you will spend the afternoon touring the Flag Hill Winery. Set among rolling country hills on farmland dating back to the 18th century, this winery boasts an outstanding selection of fruit and dessert wines. Tour the winery, taste the varieties, and engage in a special chef’s demo that ends with a tasty wine-based treat. Take time to look around the gift shop before departing for The Margate Resort on Lake Winnipesaukee in Laconia, NH, for a one night stay. Enjoy an included dinner as you wind down for the day.
DAY 2 – After breakfast, travel to the Ossipee Mountain Range for a tour of the picturesque Lucknow Estate, built in 1913 by Thomas Plant. Known as the “Castle in The Clouds,” this Arts & Crafts style mansion sits high above Lake Winnipesaukee, and offers spectacular views of three surrounding mountains, sure to be vibrant during the fall foliage season! Next, take time to explore the unique shops, flower gardens, and brick walkways of the quaint Mill Falls Marketplace on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee. Enjoy lunch on your own before embarking on New Hampshire’s longest scenic gondola sky ride to the 2,733 foot summit of Loon Peak - adventure, live music, and a breathtaking view of the White Mountains awaits you! Check into the Mountain Club on Loon for a three night stay, and end your day with a delicious included dinner.
DAY 3 – Enjoy a delightful breakfast before heading to Franconia State Park for a walk through Flume Gorge, a natural gorge that runs 800 feet along the base of New Hampshire’s Mount Liberty. Along your walk you’ll discover cascading waterfalls, covered bridges, towering walls of granite, and an incredible array of plant life. Next, take a drive through Franconia Notch, a scenic pass through the White Mountains, and stop in the charming Littleton Village for shopping and lunch on your own. Continue your journey through scenic mountain passages with a visit to The Rocks Estate, a historic 1,400 acre summer estate dating back to the 1800s – visit the estate’s Christmas tree farm, and learn about the process of maple sugaring, all the while surrounded by pristine mountain terrain. Your evening begins with a champagne reception at the base of Mount Washington, and continues with a one-of-a-kind excursion to the top of New England’s tallest peak. From the base of the mountain to the 6,228 foot summit, your guide will enlighten you with the legends and history of the surrounding 750,000 acre White Mountain National Forest. At the top, soak in the breathtaking views, extending as far as Vermont, New York, Maine, and Quebec, before heading back to base camp for a savory BBQ dinner.
DAY 4 – After breakfast, meet your GNT Tour Manager for a drive along one of New Hampshire’s most scenic roadways, the Kancamagus Highway. With breathtaking vistas and panoramic views around every bend, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to snap photos of the magnificent fall foliage. Stop by the iconic Albany covered bridge before heading to the charming village of North Conway for shopping and lunch. Soak in the colonial era shops and white steeple churches, and check out the hand-made crafts and antiques at Zeb’s famous New England Country Store. Next, make your way to the 1870’s Victorian-style station at the center of the village, and board the Valley Train for an old-fashioned railroad experience. Sit back, relax, and take in the incredible scenery of the Mount Washington Valley as it passes by the windows of your beautifully restored vintage passenger car. End your day with a hearty meal at the historic Woodstock Inn – originally a train station built in the 1800s!
DAY 5 – Enjoy a full breakfast before leaving New Hampshire and heading to Vermont. Take time for photos of the picturesque Quechee Gorge, known as “Vermont’s Little Grand Canyon,” as you enter the state, and stop by the Quechee Gorge Country Store for some old-fashioned candies, homemade fudge, and a bit of local panache. A delightful luncheon awaits you at the Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm – built in 1793, this charming inn was once the home of Colonel Joseph Marsh, Vermont’s first lieutenant governor. Your next stop is Woodstock, a quintessential New England village full of American history and charm. Browse the shops, visit the village green and surrounding Georgian, Federal, and Greek Revival style homes, and take a walk through the covered bridge in the center of town. Head over to the Billings Farm & Museum for some fresh air, and a taste of Vermont’s rural heritage. Tour the authentically restored 1890 Farm House, experience a firsthand sampling of actual farm work, and enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride and farm-fresh ice cream before heading to the Lake Morey Resort where you’ll check in for a two night stay.
DAY 6 – After breakfast, set out for a day full of tasty treats and song! Stop by the Cabot Annex Store and check out their impressive selection of award winning cheeses, hard ciders, and other specialty items, and then head next door to Lake Champlain Chocolates for some all-natural gourmet chocolates that will delight your taste buds. Visit the Ben & Jerry’s Factory for a guided tour of the facility, and a sample, or a whole serving, of that famous Vermont ice cream. Next, soak in the unique alpine charm of the Trapp Family Lodge as you enjoy an exquisite luncheon on the property settled by the von Trapp family in the late 1940s. After lunch, take a guided tour of the lodge and learn all about Maria von Trapp, whose autobiography inspired the classic film “The Sound of Music.” As your tour ends, with the majestic Green Mountains as your back drop, sing along to the wonderful songs that made the movie so memorable. Finally, wind down with some time on your own in Montpelier, the nation’s smallest capital city – browse the boutiques, bookshops, antique stores, and coffee shops, and have dinner on your own before heading back to the hotel.
DAY 7 – Enjoy a full breakfast before embarking on a journey to the general store of yesteryear! The Vermont Country Store dates back to 1946, and is on the National Historic Register - spend some time browsing the wonderful array of antiques and classic hard to find goods. Next, take a drive along the Scenic Route 100 Byway, voted one of America’s most scenic routes by American Travel Magazine. Take in the spectacular mountain vistas, quaint country villages, churches, and farms, and enjoy the incredible fall foliage that surrounds you. In Southern Vermont, visit the Friesians of Majesty Farm for a unique equestrian experience. Tour the farm, interact with the beautiful, award winning horses and their foals, and watch a captivating performance of Friesian grace and elegance at the farm’s indoor arena. Finally, check into the Mount Snow Grand Summit Resort in West Dover, where you can relax and enjoy a delicious included dinner.
DAY 8 – After breakfast, travel into the scenic Berkshire Mountain Region, and spend some time exploring the charming village of Stockbridge, MA, home to the beloved American illustrator Normal Rockwell. Browse the local shops and have lunch on your own before heading to the Norman Rockwell Museum. Here, you can view hundreds of original paintings and drawings by Norman Rockwell, including pieces from The Saturday Evening Post, and get a feel for the artist’s life with a walk through Rockwell’s studio, which houses his original art materials, library, furnishings, and personal items. Next, take a guided tour of the culturally rich Berkshire region. Learn about the region’s gilded age, stop by Tanglewood, home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1937, and visit some of the quaint New England villages nestled in the pristine Berkshire Mountains. After checking into your hotel in Ludlow, MA, head to the Salem Cross Inn for a night of fine-dining and music. Set on 600 acres of rolling countryside, the beautifully restored 18th century farmhouse offers the ultimate setting for a unique colonial experience! You will stay the night in nearby Ludlow, MA.
DAY 9 – Enjoy a delicious breakfast before meeting your guide and setting out on a tour of Boston’s Freedom Trail. This 2.5 mile trail will be a guided tour through the heart of Boston leads you to 16 historically significant sites, each one offering a glimpse into the rich history of the American Revolution, and the lives of the brave people who shaped our nation. Visit the USS Constitution (the oldest warship in the US Navy), Beacon Hill, Boston Common, Bunker Hill, Boston Public Gardens, Old North Church, and more! Stop at Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, two centuries old marketplaces, and take time to explore the local shops and eateries. Finally, board your deluxe coach and head to the airport for your plane ride home.
*Pricing assumes gateway airport ATL, CLT All trips are subject to minimum enrollment of 30 passengers.