Wed, Sep 5: Fly to Boston, Massachusetts. Take a leisurely drive from Boston down to Cape Cod and enjoy the coastal views along the way. Stop for dinner in Plymouth, the site of the colony founded in 1620 by the Pilgrim passengers of the famous Mayflower ship. Enjoy some fresh seafood, salty fresh air and spectacular views before checking in to your hotel.
Thu, Sep 6: Take a day trip to Newport, Rhode Island. After a narrated tour, spend some leisure time having 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 Vanderbilt envisioned her home as a “temple to the arts” in America. Next, visit The Breakers, considered the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages." This evening, dinner is included at the Atlantic Resort in Newport before returning to the Cape. (B,D)
Fri, Sep 7: Today’s adventures begin with a visit to the Cape Cod Seashore Visitor’s Center, which focuses on the interesting natural history of this unique area. Continue up to the coast, following the lighthouse 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. Travel the Olde King’s Highway, dotted with historic Cape Cod architecture and New England Inns. Enjoy free time for shopping and lunch in “P-town” before taking off on an exhilarating Dune Ride. Experience sand dunes stretching as far as you can see with wispy beach grass and dark green pine trees set against the stunning sky. See the “dune shacks” where famous artists and writers found inspiration. Return to Hyannis, for a relaxing evening to yourself. (B)
Sat, Sep 8: Depart from Hyannis by ferry to the “Storybook Island” of Martha’s Vineyard. Your tour will include the famous Gingerbread Houses, Island Tabernacle and Antique Carousel of Oak Bluffs, along with stories and views of well-known residents’ homes. There will be time for lunch on your own and to explore Edgartown, which boasts extraordinary views of the Atlantic and is filled with shops, eateries and attractions. This evening, enjoy a delicious Seafood Dinner. (B,D)
Sun, Sep 9: Continue to Boston and spend your final night of the tour at The Bostonian, occupying one of the city’s best locations—just steps from Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall Marketplace and a short walk from Boston Harbor and the Freedom Trail. Enjoy free time to wander the picturesque cobblestone streets of historic Beacon Hill, grab lunch at the Boston Public Market or stroll through Boston Common. This afternoon, tour Boston with a local guide’s narration, including a stop for a slice of Boston Cream Pie at the Omni Parker House, the very place where this famous dessert originated in 1856. It was also here in this hotel restaurant that John F. Kennedy proposed to Jackie Onassis. A Farewell Dinner is included this evening at the Union Oyster House, a JFK favorite. (B,D)
Mon, Sep 10: Check out of the hotel after breakfast and visit the iconic John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Engage in the interactive exhibits, presidential artifacts and video presentations that take you on a journey from JFK’s childhood to the White House. Have lunch as a group before heading to the airport to return 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.
The Bostonian Hotel Boston, Massachusetts
Located central to popular landmarks such as the Boston Harbor, Freedom Trail, and Quincy Market. This beautiful hotel features stunning views, thoughtful furnishings and modern conveniences. Highlights: high-quality bedding • in-room coffeemakers and mini-refrigerators • bar/lounge • room service • fitness center • Spa/massage