Sat, Sep 9: Fly to Boston, Massachusetts. Kennedy country comes to life with sites and facts about this famous Massachusetts family with John Kennedy's birthplace and childhood home, his grandfather John F. “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald’s political ambitions, Rose Kennedy's childhood, Joseph Kennedy's favorite city spots and the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Visit the Omni Parker House for a slice of their famous Boston Cream Pie. It was here in this hotel restaurant that John proposed to Jackie. A Welcome Dinner is included this evening at the Union Oyster House, a JFK favorite.! Following dinner, head to Hyannis and check into your hotel; home for the next four nights. (Meal: Dinner)
Sun, Sep 10: Today’s adventures begin with a visit to the John F. Kennedy Memorial, St. Xavier’s Church and the Hyannis Port neighborhood of the Kennedy Compound. Next, head to the very tip of the Cape; Provincetown. Along the way travel Olde King’s Highway dotted with historic Cape Cod architecture and New England Inns. See historic windmills, the giant dunes of Truro, the Pristine Provincelands, and visit the Cape Cod Seashore Visitor’s Center, which focuses on the interesting natural history of this unique area. Follow the trail winding through Cape Cod as you see and hear about the outer Cape and Provincetown’s historic lighthouses, including Three Sisters and the famous Highland Light. There will be time in Provincetown to explore and have lunch on your own. Later, take off on a narrated Cape Cod Dune Ride through the pristine Provincelands. A naturalist will lead the way as you learn about famous artists who have found inspiration here, the dune shacks and this unique geographic area. Discover the habitat, wildlife, flora and fauna. Return to Hyannis for a free evening on your own. (B)
Mon, Sep 11: Depart from scenic Woods Hole Harbor to the “Storybook Island” of Martha’s Vineyard. Your tour will include the famous Gingerbread Houses, Island Tabernacle and Antique Carousel of Oak Bluffs, stories and views of well known resident’s homes, and time for lunch on your own and to explore Edgartown filled with its many shops, eateries, attractions and extraordinary views of the Atlantic. This evening back on the mainland enjoy a New England Lobster Dinner followed by musical entertainment. (B,D)
Tue Sep 12: Take a day trip to Newport for a narrated tour to see such sights as Hammersmith Farm, where the Kennedys entertained 1,300 guests for their wedding reception, and Bailey’s Beach, where JFK often swam. Visit St. Mary’s church, where John and Jackie were married on this day in 1953! Enjoy time to see the interior of the church and have a photo taken at the kneeler used by the Kennedy’s during their wedding ceremony and watch a video of the actual wedding with music. Spend some leisure time in Newport for lunch and shopping before visiting the Marble House Mansion. Built for William and Alva Vanderbilt around 1888, it was a social and architectural landmark that set the pace for Newport’s transformation from quiet summer colony to legendary resort community. As one of the leading hostesses in Newport society, Alva Vanderbuilt envisioned her home as her “temple to the arts” in America. It was also the scene of many sufferage rallys led by Mrs. Vanderbilt. This evening, a Farewell Dinner is included at the Atlantic Resort in Newport before returning to the Cape. (B,D)
Wed, Sep 13: Before leaving Hyannis, enjoy a free morning or take an optional narrated cruise to view the Kennedy compound. Depart for Boston where the tour culminates at the John F. Kennedy Presidental Library and Museum. Lunch is included at the museum before you engage in the interactive exhibits, Presidential artifacts and video presentations that take you on a journey from JFK’s childhood to the White House. After the visit, head to the airport for the flight home. (B,L)
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cape Cod, Hyannis
Located in the heart of beautiful Cape Cod, this comfortable hotel features bright, modern décor and high-quality amenities. Highlights: stylish guestrooms with luxurious bedding • in-room coffeemakers and mini-refrigerators • complimentary high-speed and Wi-Fi Internet access • two restaurants • two bar/lounges • room service (limited hours) • fitness center • outdoor pool.