White Mountains. New Hampshire
Acorn Street, Boston
Bar Harbour, Maine
Moss Glen Falls, Granville, Vermont
Tyringham, the Berkshires
Newport, Rhode Island
Cape Cod, Massachusetts

New England Explorer

13 day Fly Drive - from £1168

With flights from £1609

Enjoy the wild coastline and charming towns of New England on this well planned self drive holiday, with car hire and pre-booked hotels included.


  • Walk Boston’s historic Freedom Trail
  • Go hiking in the White Mountain National Forest
  • Soak in Newport’s fabulous coastal scenery
  • Explore the Green Mountains of Vermont
  • Discover Cape Cod’s stunning beaches and picturesque lighthouses
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Boston

Arrive in Boston make your way to your first hotel. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please, a recommendation is to visit the Boston harbour where you can enjoy The Boston Harbour Walk. This walk is designed to connect the public to a clean and restored Boston Harbour. Alternatively, you could visit Faneuil Hall Marketplace comprised of a collection of boutiques, eateries and pushcart vendors housed in converted 18th-century warehouses.

Standard Hotel: Hampton Inn & Suites Boston Crosstown or similar

Budget Hotel: Comfort Inn Boston or similar

Day 2 - Boston

Spend a full day exploring this historic town. Take a walk along the famous Freedom Trail, one of Americas’ first historic walking tours and the perfect introduction to Colonial and Revolutionary Boston. You will visit 16 historical sites covering two and a half centuries of America’s most significant past.

Standard Hotel: Hampton Inn & Suites Boston Crosstown or similar

Budget Hotel: Comfort Inn Boston or similar

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE – Boston Old Town Trolley Tour
Hop aboard one of these trolleys and you’ll experience ‘Transportainment’, a delightful combination of transportation and entertainment. Turn back the pages of history and relive colonial Boston. Coming from various backgrounds, each conductor narrates the sightseeing tour with his or her own blend of trivia, colourful anecdotes, and humorous stories to ensure that your experience is both enjoyable and informative.

Day 3 - Kennebunkport (127 miles)

Collect your car this morning and leave Boston behind as you drive north toward Salem, the infamous home to the witch trials of 1692. Well aware of its infamy, Salem has a number of attractions centred on this uneasy time, including haunted tours and re-enactments. Continue the drive passing Gloucester, America’s oldest fishing port, toward Kennebunkport, a great place for hiking and exploring.

Standard & Budget Hotel: Nonantum Resort or similar

Day 4 - Bar Harbor (234 miles)

This morning get to know Kennebunkport and all its natural wonders like Spouting Rock and Blowing Cave. In the afternoon continue the journey to Bar Harbor. Located in Downeast, Bar Harbor was once considered a small fishing and ship-building community; today it’s a favourite destination for people throughout the world, offering spectacular beauty and natural wonder for those who would prefer to spend their time outdoors.

Standard Hotel: Bluenose Inn or similar

Budget Hotel: Wonderview Inn & Suites or similar

Day 5 - Bar Harbor

Today you can explore Bar Harbor and its surroundings at your leisure. Visit Mount Desert Oceanarium which includes a lobster museum, a marsh tour, and a lobster hatchery. For a touch of nature, visit Acadia National Park, New England’s only national park; it offers 6000 acres of mountains, rugged coastline, islands, forests and lakes where you can hike, bike, canoe, fish, and explore this Park’s trails.

Standard Hotel: Bluenose Inn or similar

Budget Hotel: Wonderview Inn & Suites or similar

Experience a sample of the life and work of the Maine Lobsterman. Watch as the captain demonstrates how lobster traps are hauled while learning all the parts of a lobster trap and how the lobsters find their way to the bait inside. Learn all about the anatomy and life cycle of the Maine Lobster. In addition to lobster and crab, you’ll see and be able to touch sea urchins, starfish, and sea cucumbers. The kids will love it and so will you. About halfway through our cruise, we’ll stow all the lobster gear and then head off to a small island to look at harbour seals basking on the rocks or swimming in the nearby water.

Day 6 - White Mountains (219 miles)

Continue on your journey through coastal Maine to Jackson. Take a scenic drive to the White Mountains National Forest, better known as the Whites. Take a train ride through this scenic area; choose one of the Valley routes to Conway or Bartlett, or the legendary Crawford Notch excursion.

Standard Hotel: Christmas Farm Inn or similar

Budget Hotel: Merril Farm Resort or similar

Day 7 - Stowe (131 miles)

As you leave this morning, through the White Mountains, visit Franconia Notch State Park located in the heart of the White Mountain Region. Here you can ride a passenger cable car to the top of Cannon Mountain where on a clear day you can see mountains in Canada, and you can visit Mount Washington, the highest Mountain peak in the Northeast. After a scenic stop and some great photo ops, continue on to the Stowe area in Vermont.

Standard Hotel: Green Mountain Inn or similar

Budget Hotel: Best Western Plus Waterbury Stowe or similar

Day 8 - Green Mountains (78 miles)

After a night in Stowe it’s time to head towards the Green Mountains. On your way, you will pass ‘Moss Glen Falls’, a roadside attraction featured in just about every photographic portrait of Vermont ever published. You can also visit the Smugglers’ Notch State Park in the Green Mountains; it’s great for hiking and offers several short, medium and long trails throughout the park.

Standard Hotel: Snowed Inn or similar

Budget Hotel: Best Western Plus Inn & Suites or similar

Day 9 - The Berkshires (68 miles)

The Berkshires are a beautiful place to visit any time of year, the area is known widely as a cultural hub of museums, historic sites, music, dance and art venues. In addition, the region also offers outstanding opportunities for outdoor sports including golf, hiking and mountain biking, fishing, and even white-water rafting. All of these activities take place amid spectacularly scenic rural hills dotted with mountain streams and lakes.

Standard Hotel: Red Lion Inn Stockbridge or similar

Budget Hotel: Yankee Inn or similar

Day 10 - Newport (187 miles)

Leave the Berkshires behind and drive on to Newport. Home to spectacular coastal scenery, awe-inspiring architecture, a thriving waterfront, and welcoming hospitality, Newport is considered by many to be a shining gem in the coastal crown of New England. Take a walk through tennis history and explore six acres of historic grounds at the Tennis Hall of Fame, enjoy the peaceful waters of Narragansett Bay aboard the Newport Dinner Train, or visit Bannister’s Wharf, an old commercial seaport in the colonial days, now the hub of Newport’s harbour side shopping and dining. Here you can find eclectic boutiques and numerous restaurants from the sophisticated to the casual.

Standard Hotel: Newport Beach Hotel & Suites or similar

Budget Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Middletown or similar

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE – Newport Mansion Tour
Visit two of the famed Gilded Age mansions that once were the summer playground for socialite families. With names like Breakers, Astor and Vanderbilt, they are by far the most popular attraction in Newport. Built near the turn of the century, these magnificent structures are each a museum onto themselves. Here you will find a world of exceptional elegance and inspiration in architecture, art, interior design and landscapes.

Day 11 - Cape Cod/Falmouth (97 miles)

People come to Cape Cod to feel inspired; to walk the pristine beaches, revel in the arts and culture, indulge in the freshest fried clams, play 18 holes on the lush fairways, and savour the breathtaking scenic beauty. Lighthouses, cultural landscapes, and wild cranberry bogs offer a glimpse of Cape Cod’s past and continuing ways of life.

Standard Hotel: Inn on the Square or similar

Budget Hotel: Shoreway Acres Inn or similar

Day 12 - Cape Cod

Today you can make a decision between visiting Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket Island, both are next to Cape Cod and both are full of charm and typical New England atmosphere. The best way to see the prettiest spots on the islands are on foot, bicycle or a combination of the two. There’s so much to see and do on both Island’s the decision of which way to go may not be an easy one. 

Standard Hotel: Inn on the Square or similar

Budget Hotel: Shoreway Acres Inn or similar

Day 13 - Farewell from Boston (75 miles)

On your last day you may wish to visit historical Plymouth Rock a monument symbolizing the location where the Pilgrims disembarked from the Mayflower when they first landed on what was to become American soil. You can also see the Mayflower II, a replica of the ship that first brought settlers to New England. 

13 day Fly Drive - from £1168

With flights from £1609


  • Choose our budget accommodation range to save around £110
  • Add a Boston Old Town Trolley Tour from £39
  • Add a Lobster Boat Cruise from £28
  • Add a Newport Mansion Passport from £29
  • Choose to fly Economy, Premium, Business or First Class

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Price is per person, based on 2 sharing a double or twin room and includes pre-booked accommodation, air-conditioned car and unlimited mileage. One-way fees charged locally. Hotels specified are subject to availability and may be substituted by one of a similar or higher standard. Itineraries may vary for tours departing from 1st April 2022 onwards.

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Enjoy independent touring at its very best. Book our self drives as they are or add extra days in the places you choose. Normally available in both directions.

Your self drive includes:

  • Well planned, easy to follow route
  • Travel guide and maps
  • 12 nights pre-booked hotel accommodation
  • A choice of standard or budget hotels
  • Modern air-conditioned car
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Roadside assistance
  • Car upgrades available upon request

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