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New England's Autumn Colours & Niagara Falls

12days from
£2,696*per person

Overview

Fall colours at their finest

Perfectly timed to coincide with North America’s most spectacular season, this journey combines countryside and coastal villages, the great historic cities of Québec and Boston, and the majestic Niagara Falls. Begin in Montréal, where you’ll go on to explore the cobbled lanes of Québec City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit picturesque Magog in the Eastern Townships, set on the shores of Lake Memphremagog before continuing. across the US border into Northern New Hampshire, taking in the vivid fall foliage scenery, Venture further to Bethel, a quintessential New England town before experiencing scenic drives past Mount Washington and along the famed Kancamagus Highway, awash with autumnal colours. Shopping can be enjoyed in North Conway’s outlets and an evening moose sighting excursion takes you into the surrounding wilderness with a local guide. The Maine coastal towns of Portland and Kennebunkport will follow, allowing time for sampling the local seafood while overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. A visit to blue-blooded Boston, New England’s largest city, encompasses a tour of its major landmarks spread across the Freedom Trail. Choose to then join a day trip to Newport, Rhode Island, an upmarket East Coast haven, home to luxury mansions and yachts, stay in upstate New York, Albany and call at Old Sturbridge Village, a living museum. Lastly, discover the hamlet of Seneca Falls, the birthplace of American feminism and view the breath-taking Niagara Falls from the banks or during an optional helicopter ride.

Itinerary

  • Fly to the French-speaking, cultural hub of Montréal, meet your tour manger and travel to your hotel in the downtown area for the next two nights. You can settle in and relax this evening.
  • Today’s excursion takes you to charming Québec City, Canada's only walled settlement. One of North America’s oldest cities, Québec was founded before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, and is the only city north of Mexico whose original fortifications remain intact. The historic district of Québec City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, continues to house religious orders and hospitals that trace their roots back to the 17th century. Choose to join an optional walking tour with a local guide and explore the narrow, cobbled alleyways of the lower Basse Ville and its upper Haute counterpart. Together these two districts form the endlessly enthralling Vieux-Québec, dominated by the monumental Citadel and the Château Frontenac hotel. Radiating charm from every brick, with countless monuments, churches, and 16th- and 17th-century buildings, and with a host of restaurants offering its distinctive cuisine, Québec City is undoubtedly a highlight. Later, you’ll return to the hotel to relax.
  • This morning, you’ll check out of the hotel and make the scenic journey to the Canada/US border. As you traverse the winding roads, you can take in the vivid palette of fall with reds, golds, purples, and browns. Soaring maples, aspens and cedars fringe the route, which travels through villages framed by idyllic backdrops, and past gleaming lakes, reflecting the incredible mountainous scenery.  On the way, you’ll stop for a break in Magog, a pleasant town set on the northern shores of Lake Memphremagog, surrounded by mountainous scenery and vineyards. Take a walk along it’s pretty main street, Rue Principale, which stretches along the lake and is lined with boutiques, museums, art galleries and restaurants.   You’ll then cross the border into New Hampshire and conclude in Bethel, a quintessential New England town, known for its natural beauty.
  • Get ready for an unforgettable day, showcasing the fall colours at their most spectacular and some of New England’s quaintest towns. You’ll start with a picturesque drive, travelling past Mount Washington, the highest peak in the north-eastern US. A stop will be enjoyed at Flume Gorge, with a chance to take a brief stroll into the gorge at the base of Mount Liberty in Franconia Notch State Park.   Next, you’ll call at nearby Lincoln, a small town in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, popular with outdoor enthusiasts for its hiking trails. Continuing your trip, you'll traverse the renowned Kancamagus Highway, a scenic byway like no other. This road offers an uninterrupted panorama of the landscape, with no buildings to obstruct your view, and a sea of bright shades. An enjoyable stop awaits as you pause in North Conway, where you can do some shopping at the outlets.   You’ll then make your way back to Bethel, and with an expert local guide, set off on a moose sighting tour. These majestic creatures often wander around open areas, making it fairly easy to catch sight of one from a safe and comfortable distance.  
  • After checking out of the hotel, you’ll hit the road again and travel to coastal Portland, located on Maine’s rugged shores of the Atlantic Ocean. This city boasts a unique offering of historic attractions and contemporary culture, as seen through its architecture. You’ll have the chance to explore the waterfront with working fishing wharves and warehouses that have been transformed into restaurants and shops.  You’ll then make your way to Kennebunkport, an authentic New England fishing village, fronted by long, sandy beaches and old lighthouses. Take advantage of the crab shacks and inviting restaurants and cafés, and sample the fresh, local seafood. You can also take to the pretty streets to pick up a few keepsakes.
  • You’ll leave Maine today after breakfast and head into the heart of blue-blooded Boston, New England’s largest city.   Upon arrival, you can choose to join an optional city tour that covers the major historical landmarks and the role the city played in American history. The Freedom Trail serves as an ideal starting point given that it leads to significant sights like the Massachusetts State House, Paul Revere's House, and the Old North Church. Your guide will also point out some of the most popular museums and galleries, as well as Boston Common, the oldest public park in the United States and the harbour.  In the afternoon, you’ll be transferred to the next hotel in Revere, located by the Atlantic Ocean. Conveniently, Revere provides easy access to downtown Boston via the nearby subway connection, ensuring that you're within reach in 15 minutes. Revere Beach, the oldest public beach in the United States, is right by the hotel.   
  • You can join an optional full day tour of Newport, Rhode Island, an upmarket East Coast haven for many of North America’s most affluent families (the Kennedy’s got married here). Home to opulent waterfront summer homes, this premier resort town is associated with famous names such as the Vanderbilts, Carnegies and Rockefellers.   You’ll visit one of these mansions and explore the Ocean Drive Historic District. During this excursion, Newport harbour, packed with luxury yachts and swanky seafood restaurants, can be also seen, as well as Thames Street, lined with boutiques.   Alternatively, you can embrace a free day and take advantage of the local rail service from Revere Beach into Boston.
  • Check out of your hotel and board the coach for Albany, the capital and oldest city in the state of New York. You’ll first make a stop at Old Sturbridge Village, a living museum, which creates life in rural New England during the 1790s through 1830s. This is the largest living museum in New England, with over 40 historical buildings and costumed historians setting a realistic scene. As you walk, you’ll take in the autumnal atmosphere with harvest festivals, and pumpkin displays backed by orange and red-hued trees.   Tonight will be spent in Albany.
  • Leave Albany and head for Seneca Falls, a hamlet reflecting small town America at its best. Positioned at the northern end of Cayuga Lake in the Fingers Lake, Seneca Falls was the setting for the film It’s a Wonderful Life and played an important role in the women’s suffrage. The National Women’s Hall of Fame can be found here, as well as the Women’s Rights National Historic Park.   You’ll then continue over the border back to Canada for two nights in Niagara Falls.
  • Wake up this morning amidst Niagara Falls’ striking landscapes and prepare for an unforgettable experience of your tour. You’ll have the morning at leisure to enjoy the very best of Niagara Falls’ dramatic natural beauty and its surrounding city streets. For the best views, you can take a ride on the Niagara SkyWheel or enjoy lunch from the vantage point of an overlooking restaurant. Alternatively, you can choose an optional 10-minute helicopter ride above the white-water rapids below – the best way to fully appreciate the majesty of its stunning scenery!  In the afternoon, there will be an optional drive along the Niagara Parkway to the delightful town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, with its pretty houses and world-famous Shaw Theatre, one of America’s most celebrated playhouses. You can meander around its leafy, flower-lined streets, observing the 19th-century buildings, or take a walk on the Niagara Riverfront.
  • Check out of the hotel and depart for metropolitan Toronto, with some free time in Canada’s largest City, built on the banks of Lake Ontario.   Perhaps see the modern waterfront developments, the sky-piercing CN Tower, and contrasting neighbourhoods like Greektown and Little Italy. Afterwards, indulge in some shopping in the city's malls, and make the most of the cosmopolitan dining options.   Later, you’ll travel to the airport for your return flight home.
  • Arrive back in the UK following your autumnal adventure. 

What's Included

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy time in Montreal and discover historic Québec City, overlooking St Lawrence River
  • Stop at Magog, a charming town set on the northern shores of Lake Memphremagog in the Eastern Townships
  • Stay in Bethel, a quintessential New England town, known for its natural beauty
  • Travel past Mount Washington, the highest peak in the north-eastern US and see Flume Gorge
  • Visit Lincoln, a small town in New Hampshire’s White Mountains
  • Drive along the Kancamagus Highway, a scenic byway adorned in fall foliage – one of the most scenic drives in the US
  • Pick up some keepsakes in the shopping outlets of North Conway
  • Venture on an evening moose sighting tour in the wilderness of Bethel
  • Enjoy fresh seafood in the Maine coastal towns of Portland and Kennebunkport
  • Experience historic blue-blooded Boston, where you can join an optional city tour
  • Choose to survey the opulent waterfront mansions of Newport, Rhode Island
  • Spend time in Old Sturbridge Village, a living museum, which creates life in rural New England
  • Stop over in Seneca Falls, the setting for the film It’s a Wonderful Life and associated with women’s suffrage
  • Explore Niagara Falls at your leisure with an optional helicopter flight and drive along Niagara Parkway to Niagara-on-the Lake
  • Walk around the centre of metropolitan Toronto on your last day

Our Price Includes

  • 10 nights' room-only accommodation in Montréal (2 nights), Bethel (2), Kennebunkport (1), Boston –Revere Beach (2), Albany (1), and Niagara Falls (2), plus one night on the aircraft
  • One breakfast in Kennebunkport
  • Fall colours drive along Kancamagus Highway and to North Conway
  • Evening moose tour in Bethel
  • A day in Boston
  • Visit to Sturbridge Village
  • Visits to Seneca Falls and Magog
  • Visit to Toronto
  • Stays based in Montreal, Kennebunkport, Niagara Falls
  • Return flights to Canada (Fly to Montreal, Return from Toronto)
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager
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Passports and visas

British citizens require machine-readable passports when travelling to Canada and the USA. Visitors to Canada must apply for an eTA online with Canadian Immigration at least 72 hours before departure at www.canada.ca/eta. The current charge is seven Canadian dollars for British Citizens. British Citizens travelling to the USA from Canada do not need to complete any formalities prior to arriving at the border however a $6(USD) charge is made by US immigration at the border. British subjects, and anyone who has a criminal record or has ever been arrested, should consult both the US and Canadian Embassies as a visa may be required. If you have visited North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011, or Cuba since 12 January 2021, or have dual nationality with any of these countries, you do require a US visa and cannot travel on the Visa Waiver Program.

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 20 minutes.

Foreign Office travel advice

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

Border crossing

Please note there is a US$6 per person charge to cross the border from Canada to the USA. This is payable in cash at the border crossing and is not included in the tour price.

Tipping

Gratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. The customary gratuity for a coach driver or Tour Manager is about $5 per person per day. It is normal to tip 15-20 per cent of the bill for a taxi or in a restaurant, and to leave a dollar or so per drink in a bar.

Smoking

Smoking is not permitted on any coach forming part of your holiday; regular stops will be made though for your comfort en route. The majority of hotels in North America are non-smoking throughout including in all bedrooms. In general smoking outside is acceptable, but do look out for signs prohibiting this close to public entrances or bus stops.

On your flight

All outbound flights depart and arrive on the same day. All return flights leave in the evening and land in the UK the next day. On-board meals will usually include lunch and a snack on outward flights, and dinner and breakfast on flight home. Soft drinks are complimentary, but some airlines will charge for alcoholic drinks.

Luggage allowance

You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Changes to your hotels

Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

Hotel rooms

Standard hotel rooms in North America will contain one or two double- or queen-sized beds, and it is not possible to add extra beds to the room. Parties consisting of more than two travellers, but who have only booked one room, will be expected to make use of the two beds provided. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.

Departure dates and fall colours

This tour covers a large distance, from Boston and as far north as Quebec in Canada, and so Fall foliage will naturally vary. On early departures, leaves are more likely to have turned in the northern areas covered, whereas on later dates it is the more southern areas that will be most notable, with leaf-fall having already occurred further north.

Holiday code

N2697

Holiday provided by Newmarket Holidays

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