Stories by Ken Burns - With more than just the excitement of a fall foliage tour, our autumn excursion through Grand New England sheds new light on American history and culture at the idyllic retreats of authors and statesmen in Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire... in mountain forests, fertile fields and rocky coastlines... and the elusive soul of New England from Boston to Bar Harbor, from Mount Washington to Acadia National Park.

Stories by Ken Burns - Our autumn fall foliage tour paints New England landscapes with bold, Impressionist colors that surprise, delight, energize and mesmerize, and awaken the visionary in you. But this excursion through Grand New England offers more than the visual excitement of a fall foliage tour. Enjoy exclusive filmed vignettes by filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan that share personal stories and take you behind-the-scenes of their films. See American history and New England culture in a new light... at the home of Edith Wharton and a famed art institute in Massachusetts' Berkshires... the historic estate of Lincoln's descendants and a bastion of Americana in Vermont... a Gilded Age New Hampshire mountain resort at Bretton Woods... and a classic seaside retreat on the rocky coast of Maine. Travel through lush forests and fertile fields sweet with fragrant air, rich in tradition and brimming with antique charm. Search out the elusive soul of New England from Boston to Bar Harbor, from fishing boats to the summit of Mount Washington and the wilderness of Acadia National Park... in the taste of fresh lobster and maple syrup, and in the dazzled eye of the beholder.

Insider New England stories during filmed narratives by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan; exploration of America's Cradle of Liberty in Boston; private tour and lunch at Edith Wharton's Berkshire home; visit to the Clark Art Institute in the Berkshires; tours of the Lincoln family estate, Hildene, and the Shelburne Museum in Vermont; visit with the resident meteorologists of the Mount Washington Observatory; exclusive hands-on lobstering experience in Portland; horse-drawn carriage ride in Acadia National Park; private Tauck schooner cruise in Bar Harbor.

Traveling Well Includes:
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - Insider stories about New England during filmed narratives by documentary filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan
  • Touring enhanced by audio listening devices in many locations
  • Exploration of America's Cradle of Liberty sites and more in Boston
  • A private tour and lunch at Edith Wharton's Berkshire home, The Mount
  • Private Tauck schooner cruise on the waters off Bar Harbor in Maine
  • An exclusive hands-on lobstering experience in Portland with a local lobsterman
  • Visits to Hildene, the historic estate of Robert Todd Lincoln, and the Shelburne Museum in Vermont
  • A docent-led tour of the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown
  • A New England farm-to-table cooking demonstration and dinner in Vermont
  • A visit with the resident meteorologists of the Mount Washington Observatory
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 26 meals (11 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 9 dinners), service charges, gratuities to local guides, admission fees, taxes and porterage

  • Call (641) 842-5322 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14485356

    Tour Operator
    Tauck Tours
    Offer
    Offer valid through 9/30/2019
    Duration
    12 Days
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1BostonArrive Boston

    Tour begins: 5:30 PM, The Langham, Boston. A transfer is included from Logan International Airport to The Langham, Boston, a historic luxury hotel (and former Federal Reserve Bank) in the heart of the financial district, in easy reach of the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall, the North End, the harbor waterfront, and many of downtown's most exclusive shops and restaurants. Join us at the hotel this evening for a welcome reception and dinner; in autumn, the dazzling reds, golds and oranges of fall foliage accent Boston's cityscape.

    Lodging:The Langham, Boston

    Meals: D
    Day 2BostonBoston, the cradle of America

    History is alive and found around every corner of the city of Boston on an orientation tour this morning that includes Boston Common, Beacon Hill with its elegant townhouses and narrow cobblestone streets, the ethnic flavors of the North End and a visit to the USS Constitution Museum. Walk back in time in the footsteps of literary giants, artists, and visionaries who inspired and shaped America in its infancy. Later, explore on your own this city teeming with historic treasures and hip modern pleasures, where the venerable past is always present.

    Lodging:The Langham, Boston

    Meals: B
    Day 3DeerfieldThe Mount & The Clark in the literary Berkshires

    The Berkshires of western Massachusetts glow with autumn colors on a fall foliage tour that shows you why this area has long been a retreat for artists and writers. Begin today's discoveries in Lenox at The Mount, the hilltop Georgian mansion of Edith Wharton, which the celebrated author of The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence called her first real home. The house and gardens were built to her own meticulous designs in 1902, and reflect the taste and personality of the author. Wharton was also a consummate entertainer - you'll feel like one of her guests at a private lunch overlooking her bucolic grounds. Continue on to Williamstown for a docent-led tour of the internationally renowned Clark Art Institute (better known simply as The Clark), one of the few institutions in the US combining a public art museum with research and academic programs. Arrive late afternoon at your historic resort in Manchester, Vermont, for a two-night stay. Note: On Mondays and holidays when The Clark is closed, enjoy an alternate visit to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge - dedicated to the beloved illustrator who spent the last 25 years of his life in this small Berkshire town, and displaying many of his original works and his preserved studio.

    Lodging:The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 4WilliamstownHildene's Lincoln legacy & a cooking demo in Manchester

    The classic New England town of Manchester, Vermont is tucked between the Green Mountains and the Taconic Range, and is home to Equinox Mountain, the Taconics' tallest peak. After a morning at leisure to enjoy your resort's amenities or explore Manchester as you please, followed by lunch, set off on a self-guided visit to Hildene - the former summer estate of Robert Todd Lincoln, US President Abraham Lincoln's eldest son, who himself served as US Secretary of War and minister to Great Britain, and his wife Mary Harlan Lincoln. The 1905 Georgian Revival-style mansion - which today is on the National Register of Historic Places and is furnished largely with Lincoln family furniture and artifacts - remained in the Lincoln family until 1975, and has since been restored and maintained by a non-profit group. This evening, join us for a Tauck Exclusive cooking demonstration and locally sourced farm-to-table dinner at the Manchester Country Club.

    Lodging:The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 5StoweMore Vermont Americana & art in Shelburne

    Depart Manchester and stop at the iconic Vermont Country Store before heading out across Vermont's classic New England landscapes. After lunch, arrive in Shelburne for a visit to the Shelburne Museum of Art and Americana. Spread over 45 acres, this unique museum holds a vast collection of prints, paintings, folk art and quilts reflecting 19th-century American life, in historic buildings - including barns, a meeting house, a jail, a lighthouse, and a railroad station - in a village-like setting around the Ticonderoga, a 220-ft. steamboat that once ferried passengers and livestock on Lake Champlain. Today's final destination is Stowe, an iconic Vermont ski resort town tucked away in the Green Mountains, for an overnight at a resort in the foothills of Mount Mansfield.

    Lodging:Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 6Bretton WoodsFrom the Green Mountains to the White Mountains

    Head for the White Mountains via the state capital, Montpelier, and the elegant gold-domed State House. Outside the city, Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks offers you a taste of pure maple syrup and an education in how it's made, from the tapping of trees to the distillation of sap and the subtle shades and grades that result from an art they've perfected over eight generations in the family business. Arrive in Bretton Woods for a two-night stay at the historic Omni Mount Washington Resort, one of the last grand resort hotels in New England. Since its opening in 1902, this palatial hotel has been a magnet for presidents, robber barons and celebrities - and in 1944, the World Bank was established here in the gold room. The mountain scenery is stunning, whether lush in summer or basking in autumn's glow.

    Lodging:Omni Mount Washington Resort

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 7Bretton WoodsThe view from Mount Washington

    The harshest winter weather on the planet can be found at the summit of Mount Washington, where a wind speed of 231 mph was once recorded in 1932, and the stone houses are anchored to the ground with chains. But at this time of year, you'll meet only temperate temperatures and magnificent views, as well as the scientists at the meteorological observatory who will brief you on their work in this unique environment. It's a day for indulging in the colorful quintessence of a fall foliage tour as you wind down New England back roads to return to your luxury resort at Bretton Woods, where you'll enjoy a presentation on the local ecology and wildlife; have dinner at the hotel tonight.

    Lodging:Omni Mount Washington Resort

    Meals: B, D
    Day 8BrunswickA lobster experience in Portland, Maine

    Arrive this morning in Portland, Maine where a local lobsterman takes you out into the harbor aboard his working boat for an authentic, hands-on experience in the lobstering trade. Back on land, enjoy time on your own along the waterfront, rich with restored 19th-century architecture and cobblestone streets, and settle in at your hotel before joining us for dinner tonight at - where else? - a Bailey Island lobster house overlooking Casco Bay, a favorite of local residents.

    Lodging:Brunswick Hotel & Tavern

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 9Bar HarborOn to Bar Harbor for a schooner sailing

    Make your way up to historic Bar Harbor today - and your luxury cliffside inn featuring lush gardens and panoramic waterfront views - in time for lunch. This afternoon, cruise the harbor aboard a traditional wooden schooner, experiencing the picturesque coves, islands, lighthouses, and seaside cottages with the romance of a windjammer under sail. Spend the rest of the day and evening as you please in Bar Harbor.

    Lodging:Bar Harbor Inn & Spa

    Meals: B, L
    Day 10Bar HarborBar Harbor & Acadia National Park

    Luminist painters like Thomas Cole and Fitz Hugh Lane were among the first to document the awesome beauty of Bar Harbor, attracting Gilded Age high society who created an exclusive summer resort community to rival Newport. Discover exquisite examples of Victorian architecture that adorn the area en route to exploring the natural wonders of nearby Acadia National Park (color-drenched in autumn, the highlight of any fall foliage tour). You'll love today, from the coves, pristine forests, beaches, plunging cliffs and rocky islands to the stunning view from the summit of Cadillac Mountain... plus a horse-drawn carriage ride along historic roadways within the park. Return to your hotel with time at leisure; soothe at the spa, or explore the town with its charming shops, galleries, and superb seafood restaurants. Or... stand just about anywhere and admire the view.

    Lodging:Bar Harbor Inn & Spa

    Meals: B, D
    Day 11FreeportAlong the spectacular coastline of Maine

    Journey southward this morning from Bar Harbor along the beautiful, rugged Maine coast; following lunch and some free time in Camden, arrive in Cape Neddick, near the quaint coastal town of Ogunquit - whose name translates as beautiful place by the sea. Classically New England, the region boasts tranquil coves and beaches and was once a fishing and shipbuilding center. Settle in at The Cliff House, a legendary seaside resort hotel that opened in 1872 and has just emerged from extensive renovations; join us this evening for a farewell reception and dinner as we celebrate grand New England.

    Lodging:Cliff House

    Meals: B, D
    Day 12BostonJourney home

    After breakfast, travel from The Cliff House to Boston (approx. 80 miles). Tour ends: 11:30 AM at Logan International Airport, Boston or 12:30 PM at The Langham, Boston. Airport transfers are included. Book flights after 2:00 PM; allow a minimum two hours for check-in.

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    Meals: B
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