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Cosmos Classic New England (8100)

9 days from Boston to Boston 
Known for its historic sites and stunning fall foliage, New England in the fall delights all of the senses. On this fall foliage tour, experience the spectacular beauty of autumn displays in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Your colorful tour of New England begins in the historic city of Boston. You’ll head north into Maine, for a visit to the cobblestone streets of the maritime city of Portland—complete with lighthouses and waterfront fishing wharves. Head to Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island—gateway to the woodlands and rocky shores of Acadia National Park. Keep an eye out for local residents, including beaver, white-tailed deer, and seabirds on your drive through the park. Your guided tour of New England continues inland through the Longfellow Mountains to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Step back in time through classic covered bridges, quaint towns, and forests bursting with seasonal colors. Next, you’ll drive along New Hampshire’s Kancamagus Scenic Byway through the fragrant pine and colorful deciduous forests of Franconia Notch and White Mountain National Forest. You’ll be enthralled with the kaleidoscope of fall colors presented by birch, beech, and maple trees on your way to Vermont’s oldest sugarhouse. On the way to Burlington—Vermont’s largest city —you’ll visit picturesque Woodstock, Billings Farm & Museum, and Quechee Gorge State Park. Enjoy an overnight stay in Brattleboro before visiting charming Plymouth and spending two nights in the town of Hyannis on Cape Cod. Your visit includes a day trip to the tip of the Cape to explore the small community of Provincetown. You’ll return to Boston for a sightseeing adventure to trace the steps of Paul Revere near the Old North Church; see the Boston Common; the old State House; and other locations that are significant to U.S. history along Boston’s Freedom Trail. From colorful American history to colorful fall scenes beyond compare, your escorted vacation in New England is a trip to create memories for all seasons!

Itinerary (2024)

Day 1BOSTON
 Welcome to Boston! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
Day 2BOSTON–PORTLAND–BAR HARBOR
 Head north into Maine, with a stop in the historic Maritime city of Portland. An included sightseeing tour upon arrival shows the beautiful coastal region, including lighthouses and the local lobster fisherman. Time to stroll the cobblestone streets of Portland’s famous Old Port waterfront, lined with working fishing wharves and converted warehouses with restaurants and shops. Continue northeast via Bangor, to Bar Harbor, a popular seaside resort and gateway to Acadia National Park. (B)
Day 3BAR HARBOR. EXCURSION TO ACADIA NATIONAL PARK
 Bar Harbor is situated on Mount Desert Island, one of the most beautiful Atlantic Islands and site of Acadia National Park, a landscape marked by woodland, rocky beaches, and glacier-scoured granite peaks such as Cadillac Mountain. Among the wildlife are beaver, white-tailed deer, and seabirds. Drive through the park, past rocky beaches, rounded mountains and beaver ponds. Take the mountain road up to the summit of Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the Atlantic Coast. This peak is one of the first to see the sunrise on the Atlantic Coast and gives the name to the Wabenaki “People of the Dawn” of Maine. Your afternoon is free to explore the quaint village of Bar Harbor on your own. You may decide to walk the Shore Path or take a nature cruise. Gift shops, galleries, and boutiques line the village of Bar Harbor, if you prefer some souvenir shopping. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing and dining. (CB)
Day 4BAR HARBOR–FARMINGTON–SUNDAY RIVER
 Explore the roads less travelled of inland Maine, past quaint villages, pristine farmland, and blueberry barrens. Stop to enjoy some small town hospitality in friendly Farmington, settled in 1776. Overnight at the Sunday River Resort located in the remote Mahoosuc range in the foothills of the White Mountains. (CB)
Day 5SUNDAY RIVER–MONTPELIER–BURLINGTON
 Cross into New Hampshire this morning, and behold a land of covered bridges and winding, rocky rivers. Drive along New Hampshire’s Kancamagus Scenic Byway, through Franconia Notch and the White Mountain National Forest, renowned for its fall leaf viewing. The historic “Kanc,” as the locals call it, remains unspoiled by homes or service stations, allowing you watch the maple, beech, and birch trees burst into a brilliant kaleidoscope of yellows, browns, oranges, and reds. On to Montpelier, the smallest state capital in the USA, where we visit Vermont’s oldest sugarhouse. End the day in Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, located on the shores of Lake Champlain.
Day 6BURLINGTON–WOODSTOCK–BRATTLEBORO
 This morning, visit historic Woodstock, Vermont, its village green reminiscent of 19th-century England. Don’t miss nearby Middle Bridge, a covered bridge over the Ottauquechee River. Next, explore Billings Farm and a Museum of Vermont’s rural past, with a working dairy farm that is home to a famous herd of dairy cows. At Quechee Gorge State Park, Vermont’s little Grand Canyon, see fabulous views of the gorge and, in Rockingham, return to simpler times with a visit to the charming Vermont Country Store. Overnight in Brattleboro. (B)
Day 7BRATTLEBORO–PLYMOUTH–HYANNIS
 This morning, venture into Massachusetts, stopping in historic Plymouth to see Plymouth Rock, landing site of the English Mayflower passengers in 1620. Enjoy free time in this charming town located along Plymouth Harbor, then cross the Cape Cod Canal on the way to the town of Hyannis, located on the Cape Cod peninsula.(B)
Day 8HYANNIS. DAY EXCURSION TO PROVINCETOWN
 Today, drive the arm of the Cape, to Provincetown. This lively eclectic seaside town along the Atlantic is a small haven at the end of the world, historically referred to as “Land’s End.” Stroll MacMillan Pier with its fishing boats and craft shacks, browse the colorful shops of Commercial Street or dig into a lobster roll, Portuguese pastry, or some creamy clam chowder. Return to Hyannis, where the remainder of your time on the Cape is free for independent activities. (CB)
Day 9HYANNIS–BOSTON
 Depart this morning for Boston. Upon arrival, your guided tour focuses on the city’s most prominent landmarks. See Boston Common; Old State House; Old North Church, where Paul Revere arranged the signal to start his famous ride; and other historic sights of the Freedom Trail; and Faneuil Hall, with the chance to browse in Quincy Market. A stop at Boston Logan International Airport for those with homebound flights. Please schedule flights after 3:30 pm. (CB)

Included Cosmos Meals

3 breakfasts, 4 continental breakfasts

Cosmos Pricing Details

Gratuities for Tour Director and driver are available for pre-purchase.

Cosmos Notes

Enjoy the fall colors of New England on this vacation (if Mother Nature permits).

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Guaranteed Departure 09/21/2025 $2,599.00
09/22/2025 $2,599.00
Guaranteed Departure 09/23/2025 $2,599.00
09/27/2025 $2,599.00
Guaranteed Departure 09/28/2025 $2,599.00
09/29/2025 $2,639.00
Guaranteed Departure 10/01/2025 $2,639.00
10/02/2025 $2,639.00
Guaranteed Departure 10/04/2025 $2,639.00
10/05/2025 $2,639.00
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