Grand New England Tauck Tours

Grand New England

STORIES BY KEN BURNS

The Grand New England tour is a 12 day Tauck World Discovery tour that features Stories by Ken Burns. The legendary storyteller and filmmaker will guide you through New England with exclusive vignettes highlighting the American history of New England. From Boston to Mount Washington and all points in between, this excellent luxury tour will transport you back in time.

The Grand New England tour starts where much of American history originates from, Boston. Tour the city and visit the USS Constitution Museum before exploring even more of what makes Boston such a special city. Then you’ll set foot on Lexington Green to learn all about the Shot Heard Round the World. This historic vibe will continue through the Green Mountains, White Mountains and even Mount Vernon before your 12 day tour comes to an end.


12 Daysfr. $5,690

  • 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
  • A private 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
  • A visit to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge
  • A docent-led tour of the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown
  • A visit with the resident meteorologists of the Mount Washington Observatory
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as detailed
  • All customary gratuities for hotel and restaurant staff and local guides are included.
  • The customary gratuities for the Tauck Director and local drivers are not included. We ask that gratuities be extended on a voluntary, individual basis and not as a group.
  • All items of a personal nature (room service, beverages, telephone charges, laundry, dry cleaning, special food requests, etc.) and meals not specified on the tour itinerary are not included and must be paid by the client.
  • Airline excess luggage charges, vaccinations, visa fees and services, airport arrival and departure taxes, individual airport transfers (when applicable), and other optional or incidental extras are not included.
  • All rates exclude airfare unless expressly noted.
  • 11 breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • 9 dinners
  • The Langham Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts (2 nights)
  • Orchards Hotel in Williamstown, Massachusetts (2 nights)
  • Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa in Stowe, Vermont (1 night)
  • Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire (2 nights)
  • Brunswick Hotel & Tavern in Brunswick, Maine (1 night)
  • Bar Harbor Inn & Spa in Bar Harbor, Maine (2 nights)
  • Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, Maine (1 night)

Arrive Boston

Boston, USA

Tour begins: The Langham, Boston at 5:30 PM. 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 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; the dazzling reds, golds and oranges that accent Boston’s cityscape are a colorful prelude to your fall foliage tour.

Dinner

THE LANGHAM, BOSTON

Boston, the cradle of America

Boston, USA

History is alive and around every corner of the exciting 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.

Breakfast

THE LANGHAM, BOSTON

The Mount & The Clark in the literary Berkshires

Lenox, USA

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.

Williamstown, USA

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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

THE EQUINOX GOLF RESORT & SPA

Hildene's Lincoln legacy & a cooking demo in Manchester

Manchester, USA

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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

THE EQUINOX GOLF RESORT & SPA

More Vermont Americana & art in Shelburne

Shelburne, USA

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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

STOWEFLAKE MOUNTAIN RESORT & SPA

From the Green Mountains to the White Mountains

Montpelier, USA

Head out from the Green Mountains of Vermont via the state capital, Montpelier, and the elegant gold-domed State House. Just 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.

Bretton Woods, USA

Continue on out of Vermont and into the White Mountains of New Hampshire, arriving in Bretton Woods for a two-night stay at the historic Omni Mount Washington Resort, one of New England's last grand resort hotels. Since its opening in 1902, this palatial hotel has been a magnet for presidents, robber barons and celebrities; Babe Ruth and Thomas Edison loved to golf here. In 1944, the World Bank was established here in the Gold Room; the stunning mountain landscapes outside glow with the same color.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OMNI MOUNT WASHINGTON RESORT

The view from Mount Washington

Mount Washington, USA

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.

Breakfast, Dinner

OMNI MOUNT WASHINGTON RESORT

A lobster experience in Portland, Maine

Portland, USA

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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

BRUNSWICK HOTEL & TAVERN

On to Bar Harbor for a schooner sailing

Bar Harbor, USA

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.

Breakfast, Lunch

BAR HARBOR INN & SPA

Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park

Bar Harbor, USA

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.

Breakfast, Dinner

BAR HARBOR INN & SPA

Along the spectacular coastline of Maine

Cape Neddick, USA

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.

Breakfast, Dinner

CLIFF HOUSE

Journey home

Boston, USA

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. Flights shouldn’t be booked before 2:00 PM; allow a minimum of 2 hours for check-in. Ask at booking about extending your stay with additional hotel nights (rooms may not be ready until 3:00 PM).

Breakfast

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Sat, Sep 21, 2019
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Wed, Sep 25, 2019
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Sat, Sep 28, 2019
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Wed, Oct 02, 2019
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Sun, Oct 06, 2019
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Important information:

  • All rates listed are per person based on double occupancy and are subject to change without notice. Your land package pricing will be confirmed and guaranteed once your deposit is received and applied to the booking, except where price increases may result from increases in government taxes or fees. Room configurations are subject to availability. Guests added to your party after the booking are priced at the prevailing rate at the time they are added.
  • Reserve your preferred 2020 departure date and we will advise you once the 2020 trip is finalized and priced. You will then have two weeks to cancel; should you cancel, you'll receive a full refund of your trip deposit and the cost of the Travel Protection Product (if purchased with Tauck Tours). If you are making your own air arrangements, do not book your flights until this trip is finalized as start and end cities may change.

ALL guests must carefully verify the existing identification requirements for their particular travel situation DIRECTLY WITH THEIR LOCAL CONSULATES OR EMBASSIES or with a visa service, as these requirements may change. Guests without proper documentation may be denied entry and will not be entitled to a refund
  • 60 days or more before departure: $350.00 per person
  • 59-8 days before departure: $600.00 per person
  • 7-1 days before departure: $900.00 per person
  • On departure day and later: 100% of total price
  • Any changes or cancellations to airline reservations made through Tauck either before or after departure are subject to the cancellation / change policies of the individual airlines. In n some instances these cancellation / change fees may be up to 100% of the ticket price.
  • Cancellation fees may also apply to any additional services, including extra night accommodations, independently supplied services, and optional excursions reserved prior to, during, and after the tour. If flight changes, including, but not limited to, flight cancellations or name changes, are requested after full land and air deposits are received, revision fees, change fees, or airline cancellation fees will apply.
  • All cancellations must be received in writing prior to tour departure. The cancellation policy will apply according to the date that the cancellation notification is received. The MINIMUM cancellation penalty is the deposit amount.
  • The purchase to trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.
  • Land only “from price” is per person based on two people sharing a room together and does not include airfare unless expressly stated.
  • All prices are in US Dollars.
  • A $350 non-refundable, non-transferable, per-person, per-vacation deposit is required to reserve space for you. Payment of the deposit indicates you have read and accepted all Terms & Conditions. Your booking is not confirmed until the deposit payment is processed and you receive a confirmation invoice.
  • Final payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Within the final payment date, payment in full is required at time of booking to reserve space. Reservations (land, cruise, and air) are canceled if final payment is not received by the due date.
  • Additional deposits or payments are required for international air added to the start and/or end of your vacation.
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