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New England Explorer

Private Travel | Self-drive 15 Days & 13 Nights Lead-in price: £2795

Discover the delights of leafy New England on this self-drive tour. Travelling at your own pace, wind along coastal roads to picturesque villages, historic towns and natural beauty spots. Begin in Boston, where cosmopolitan culture meets fascinating heritage, before driving to Portland, known for its 19th-century architecture and large maritime industry. Continue along the coast, past landmark lighthouses, to admire stately mansions and hike in scenic national parks. Your journey finishes at Martha’s Vineyard, an island retreat off Cape Cod where a strong community spirit complements the many quaint restaurants, idyllic farms and grand beaches.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Spend the day exploring the natural beauty of Acadia National Park, with its dense forest and coastal scenery
  • Drive through idyllic Vermont, home to picturesque covered bridges and historic towns
  • Admire New England’s landmark lighthouses, such as the iconic Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse
  • Discover a bygone era at The Breakers, an opulent 70-room mansion based on 16th-century Italian palaces
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Boston

Upon arrival, transfer to the Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor for 2 nights. (N)

Day 2: Boston

Explore Boston at leisure, equipped with a day pass for the city’s hop-on hop-off buses. There will be the opportunity to visit all the major areas of the city, including downtown, the Theatre District, the Waterfront district, Back Bay and Beacon Hill. Alternatively, you may like to take a harbour cruise, visit the Museum of Fine Arts, or see how the Boston Tea Party changed US history with a visit to the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum. (N)

Day 3: Portland

Collect your hire car and drive to Portland. Stop en route at the historic coastal city of Salem, notorious for its 17th-century witch trials. Stay overnight at The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection, located in Salem’s old Port district and containing an art gallery featuring local artists. (N)

Day 4: Bar Harbor

Visit pretty Cape Elizabeth, a leafy town near Portland that hugs the shore of Casco Bay. The town has many lighthouses, including Maine’s oldest – first lit in 1791. Drive along Maine’s rugged coast and stay 2 nights at Bar Harbor Grand Hotel, a replica of the historic Rodick House that offers classic elegance close to Arcadia National Park. (N)

Day 5: Bar Harbor

Today is free for exploring Acadia National Park, whether by shoreline strolls, coastal drives or forest hikes. This national park has an abundance of habitats, including striking headlands, pine-forested mountains, scenic lakes, and the highest peaks along the Atlantic coast.

Days 6-7: Bretton Woods

Travel to Bretton Woods and visit the White Mountains National Park. We recommend taking the Mount Washington Cog Railway, the world’s first mountain-climbing cog railway, to reach the highest peak in the northeast – Mount Washington. Stay 2 nights at White Mountain Hotel & Resort, an iconic mountain retreat surrounded by craggy cliffs full of spruce, birch and pine trees. (N)

Day 8: Stockbridge

Drive through Vermont with its small attractive towns and cosy country inns. Finish the day at Great Barrington, a vibrant town near to Stockbridge. After checking in at your hotel, you’ve many small eateries, stylish boutiques, and art galleries from which to choose. Overnight at The Barrington, a boutique property with just seven suites, each boasting its own décor, style and ambience. (N)

Day 9: Essex

Continue to Stockbridge to visit the Norman Rockwell Museum. This village is the former home of the famous artist and illustrator, and the museum showcases his work across its 10 galleries and ever-changing exhibitions. Continue through the Connecticut River Valley to Essex. Stay overnight at Copper Beech Inn whose award-winning restaurant stocks over 2,500 bottles of wine. (N)

Day 10: Newport

Drive to Newport where you can a glimpse into a gilded age by touring the town’s famous mansions. This year-round destination was once the summer playground of the USA’s wealthiest families. It is also home to the country’s largest coastal fortification. Stay overnight at The Viking, a landmark property located atop Newport’s historic Hill neighbourhood. The hotel still features its original 1920s brass letterboxes in its lobby. (N)

Day 11: Martha’s Vineyard

Discover Newport’s grandest mansion by taking a self-guided tour of The Breakers, a 19th-century Italian-Renaissance-style palazzo. This 70-room property was completed in 1895 and was based on the grand palaces of Genoa and Turin. It is now designated a National Historic Landmark. From Cape Cod, take the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard and stay two nights at Lambert’s Cove Inn. This idyllic retreat was originally an 18th-century farmhouse and has been converted in the English-country period style. (N)

Day 12: Martha’s Vineyard

Spend the day either relaxing at your hotel, walking along South Beach, riding the Flying Horses Carousel – the oldest of its kind in the country – or admiring one of the island’s charming lighthouses. (N)

Day 13: Boston

Return north to Boston. Overnight at Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor. (N)

Days 14-15: Fly to the UK

Drive to the airport for your overnight flight home. (N)

Superior private tour accommodation

  • Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor
    Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor

    The Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor is an ideal base for exploring Boston. The city's cultural and historic sites are just minutes away and can be easily reached by water taxi from the hotel's rear dock. Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market are within a 9-minute drive. Guestrooms are sleek and contemporary, all with floor-to-ceiling soundproof windows and blackout blinds, and some offer superb views of the harbour or city skyline. The hotel provides a complimentary shuttle service to nearby Logan Airport and to public transport terminals. Features: 270 rooms & suites, restaurant, bar, gym, jogging trail, laundry service. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, tea & coffee facilities, hairdryer, iron, Wi-Fi.

  • The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection
    The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection

    The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection is a characterful hotel located on the corner of Exchange and Congress Streets in the Old Port District. The property is housed in what was once the office of Maine's biggest newspaper, the Portland Press Herald. A journalism and written-word theme runs throughout: guestrooms are designed to look like modern writers' studies, with sumptuous leathers and vintage desks; Inkwell is a coffee bar by day, lobby bar by night. The hotel even has an art gallery exhibiting the work of local artists, which includes SWARM, a two-storey installation of vintage typewriters, evoking the clatter of a busy newsroom. Facilities include one of the city's stand-out restaurants and a small but well-equipped fitness centre. Features: 110 rooms & suites, restaurant, bar, gym, art gallery. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, minbar, tea & coffee facilities, safe, bathrobes, hairdryer, iron, Wi-Fi.

  • Bar Harbor Grand Hotel
    Bar Harbor Grand Hotel

    The Bar Harbor Grand Hotel is situated on Mount Desert Island, a short walk from the waterfront, shops and restaurants, and just minutes from the rocky beaches and glacier-scoured peaks of Acadia National Park. Built in 2011, the hotel is a replica of the historic Rodick House of the 1800s. Guestrooms are decorated in a classic style, with king-size beds and premium bedding. Facilities include a heated outdoor swimming pool and a fitness room. Guests can relax with their morning coffee in a rocking chair on the comfortable front porch, watching the sun rise over Mount Desert Island. Features: 71 rooms, gym, outdoor swimming pool, laundry facilities, gift shop. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, minibar, tea & coffee facilities, hairdryer, iron, Wi-Fi.

  • White Mountain Hotel & Resort
    White Mountain Hotel & Resort

    The White Mountain Hotel & Resort offers comfortable lodgings in a spectacular setting and plenty of amenities. Nestled in the 254-acre estate of Hale's Location, many of the resort's rooms feature breathtaking views of the surrounding cliffs and mountains of New Hampshire. Facilities include a spa and Finnish sauna, a fitness centre, and a year-round heated outdoor pool and hot tub overlooking the mountains. Guests can also tee off on one of Mount Washington Valley's top golf courses. Features: 80 rooms, gym, spa, outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, gift shop, golf course. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, minibar, tea & coffee facilities, iron, hairdryer, Wi-Fi.

  • The Barrington
    The Barrington

    The Barrington is an intimate seven-suite property in the vibrant town of Great Barrington. Located on Main Street, there are a host of inviting eateries, stylish boutiques and art galleries are nearby. The suites are all individually decorated, some in the style of traditional 'country chic', others with a more contemporary feel. All the rooms are tastefully furnished, equipped with modern amenities, luxurious toiletries and thoughtful personal touches. Breakfast and evening cocktails are served in the lounge, referred to as 'The Great Room'. Features: 7 suites, lounge, laundry service, gift shop. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, minibar, tea & coffee facilities, bathrobes, hairdryer, iron, complimentary snacks, Wi-Fi.

  • Copper Beech Inn
    Copper Beech Inn

    The Copper Beech Inn is located in the beautiful Connecticut River Valley, on the shore of the Long Island Sound. The quintessential New England villages of Essex, Old Lyme and Chester are nearby for antique shopping, art galleries and museums. The newly renovated Gillette Castle and top designer outlets at Clinton Crossing are also a 15-minute drive. Accommodation is across the Main House, the turn-of-the-century Carriage House, or the most recent addition, the Comstock House. Rooms are decorated in a traditional New England style, with period antiques, oriental rugs and beautiful upholstery. The award-winning restaurant has a cosy but upscale ambience, with the option of outdoor dining in the summer. Features: 22 rooms & suites, restaurant. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, bathrobes, hairdryer, Wi-Fi.

  • The Viking
    The Viking

    With its beautiful architectural details, unexpected personal touches and welcoming staff, the Hotel Viking is brimming with personality. Set in Newport's Historic Hill neighbourhood, with spectacular views of Bellevue Avenue, the Viking has hosted many notable guests since opening in 1926, including Ella Fitzgerald, Will Rogers, and John and Jackie Kennedy. Attention to detail is the watchword here, with stunning decor, excellent amenities, and an acclaimed fine dining restaurant. Facilities also include a delightful spa and swimming pool. Features: 208 rooms & 24 suites, restaurant, bar, gym, spa, swimming pool. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, bathrobes, hairdryer, Wi-Fi.

  • Lambert's Cove Inn
    Lambert's Cove Inn

    Lambert's Cove is stylish retreat set on an eight-acre farm in West Tisbury. Surrounded by spacious lawns, gardens, forests and meadowlands, and with access to a private beach away from the crowds, the inn offers true tranquillity and seclusion. Accommodation is spread across the main building - a restored farmhouse dating from 1790 - a stable, and a barn from the 1800s. Some of the guestrooms have a private porch, deck or patio. The property is at the end of a long, curvy road deep in the woods, but is only five miles from Vineyard Haven, so guests aren't far from town. The romantic restaurant uses sustainably sourced, on-island ingredients. Features: 15 rooms, restaurant, lounge, outdoor swimming pool, firepit, private beach. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, minbar, safe, bathrobes, iron, hairdryer, Wi-Fi.

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Low season from £2795 per person

High season from £2795 per person


Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

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