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THROUGH THE HEART OF NEW ENGLAND

from £3195
Boasting rivers, forests, lakes and mountain ranges, this holiday offers exceptional scenery as well as an insight into the quirky town of Salem, famed for its witch trials.

Guided Walking Holidays Through the Heart of New England

Experience the dazzling fall colours of New England in the best possible way, on foot. Whether following the historic Freedom Trail through the best of Boston or viewing the slopes of Mount Washington, colour follows you everywhere. You walk a section of the Appalachian Trail and you won’t believe the views from the Jay Peak summit – thousands of sugar maple trees burning red in the autumn sunshine.

We start in the small and friendly town of Salem, infamous for its 17th century witch trials. From here we take a short train ride into Boston for the day and walk the Freedom Trail tracing the city’s history from Puritans to the present day. Boston is the cradle of the American Revolution and hugely important to American and British history.

Heading into New Hampshire and Bretton Woods we can walk on the Appalachian or Mount Willard Trail to take the easy ascent up Mount Willard for excellent views. We can also spend time on the slopes of Sugarloaf Mountain with views of Mount Washington, at 1,917m, the highest peak east of the Rocky Mountains. We walk the last short stretch of the way to our next hotel in Stowe, Vermont, stopping in an idyllic riverside spot for lunch. Possibilities here include exploring the Von Trapp’s family estate in Stowe and following the Sterling Pond Trail. Bigger walks up Mount Mansfield or Stowe Pinnacle may possible on a free day.

Our final centre is at Jay Peak, close to the Canadian border. We can use the ‘tram’ to reach Jay Peak summit. Here a local guide helps out, so we can offer a choice of easier and harder walks. On our final day we cross into Canada, visiting the old quarter of Montreal on the way to the airport.

Starting in the south and working our way north, whichever date you choose to travel should enable you to see the fall colours at their peak in at least one of the centres. Some of the walks will be at the top end of the grade, particularly in Bretton Woods.


Holiday Highlights

  • Walk Boston’s Freedom Trail – as good a city walking tour as you will find anywhere.
  • Walk the White Mtns with views of the Presidential Range and Mount Washington.
  • Stroll through Stowe village, small town New England encapsulated.
  • Experience the views across thousands of sugar maple trees burning red in the autumn sunshine from Jay Peak.
  • Have a look over the border into Canada, again from Jay Peak.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to Boston returning Montreal to Heathrow (British Airways)
      Airport transfers
      En suite accommodation with breakfasts taken at the hotel
      Transfers between centres
      Eight dinners
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 4

  1. Day 1

    We fly to Boston and arrive in the afternoon. We have a short transfer to the historic town of Salem, famed for its witch trails in 1692 dramatised by Arthur Miller in The Crucible. There should be time for a stroll around on arrival.

  2. Day 2

    We visit Boston for a full day in this fascinating city so important to Americans as the starting place of the American Revolution. We will explore the Freedom Trail on foot along with myriad other delights.

  3. Day 3

    We now leave Massachusetts and head towards New Hampshire and the White Mountains. We stay at Bretton Woods beneath Mount Washington, at 6288 ft the highest peak in the range. En route we stop at the Canterbury Shaker Village (entrance not included) for those who would like to gain some insight into this fascinating culture. We should arrive in Bretton Woods early afternoon. We stay at the Mount Washington Resort. The nearby, historic Mount Washington Hotel hosted the meeting of world leaders in 1944 that led to the formation of the IMF and the World Bank. It is an impressive building. The hotel offers free guided tours most afternoons. Hopefully we will arrive early enough to join one.

  4. Day 4

    Today we have a short walk around Sugarloaf Mountain. It’s about 4 miles with 900ft of ascent and descent and takes the morning. It offers some great views of the surrounding mountains. We will offer a walk around Bretton Woods ski area in the afternoon.

  5. Day 5

    Today is another walking day taking in Mt Willard and the Mt Washington estate. We walk back to the hotel. The distance is approx 8 miles depending on the route taken and might take 3½ hours.

  6. Day 6

    Moving on we transfer to Stowe via the state capital of Vermont, Montpelier (pronounced ‘Mont-PEEL-ear’) where we have a tour around the capital building. On arrival in Stowe we have a short walk to get the feel of this quintessential New England town.

  7. Day 7

    Today we walk around Stowe taking in the Von Trapp Estate made famous by the film The Sound of Music. The walk of approx 7.5 miles is generally on flat terrain.

  8. Day 8

    A free day for personal exploration. There is plenty to occupy you in and around Stowe, including the Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream factory, a taxi ride away!

  9. Day 9

    We transfer north again towards the Canadian border to Jay Peak ski resort. We will stop on the way for a quick gorge walk and plan to arrive at Jay Peak for lunch. We will walk to Beaver Pond in the afternoon.

  10. Day 10

    Today’s walk to Jay Peak summit is at the top of the grade and easier options are available for those who prefer. Our RWH leader will clarify all the options the night before.

  11. Day 11

    A lovely walk from Lake Willoughby to the summit of Mt Pisgah. The walk is about 5 miles and climbs 1500ft on generally good trails.

  12. Day 12

    Transfer to Montreal for a short sightseeing visit and time to explore before our transfer to Montreal airport for the return overnight flight to the UK.

  13. Day 13

    Arrive UK.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Boston returning Montreal to Heathrow (British Airways)
  • Arrival transfer by road c.40mins
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • Visa is required

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Hawthorne Hotel

A sample of the accommodation we use is the Hawthorne Hotel in the heart of Salem, near to local shops and restaurants. Its upscale heritage combines with a warm welcome, friendly atmosphere and excellent amenities. The restaurant Nat’s serves us breakfast with all the classic American dishes on offer, including eggs done in any way, pancakes and also continental options. Or you can savour a New England beer at the hotels own Tavern on the Green. There is a fitness room available as well. Bedrooms come with flat screen satellite TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, period furnishings characteristic of the hotel and en-suite facilities.


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