Hidden Gems of New England
8 days | Roundtrip Boston | from $5,690
KEN BURNS AMERICAN JOURNEYS TOUR
Explore the best of New England on this Tauck Hidden Gems journey through New England’s picturesque heart, discovering new insights into landmark sites and historic homes, where country farms and nature’s dramatically contrasting vistas evoke the spirit of a place whose ideas shaped America.
Experience the historic towns of Lexington and Concord; the Berkshires and the Norman Rockwell Museum; New Hampshire’s White Mountains ablaze with autumn colors; and the rugged Maine coast.
You’ll also visit Ken Burns’ studio in Walpole, New Hampshire and discover how New England is intertwined with many of the stories he’s told: Mark Twain, Baseball, The Civil War and The National Parks.
This vacation is available as a Small Group Tour, limited to 24 guests and led by an experienced Tour Director. Tauck offers a collection of Small Group travel experiences.
- Tauck Exclusive: Filmed vignettes by filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan that tell the stories of visionaries and ordinary people that shaped the places that define New England.
- Tauck Exclusive: Visit Ken Burns’s private studio in Walpole, New Hampshire.
- Guided tour of legendary Fenway Park.
- Private tour and lunch at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
- Visit to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge.
Itinerary at a Glance
DAY 1: Arrive Boston
Transfer from Logan International Airport to The Westin Copley Place. This evening, enjoy a welcome reception at the hotel followed by dinner at a local restaurant. (D).
DAY 2: Boston
In his films Baseball and The Tenth Inning, Ken Burns offers a glimpse into the soul of baseball. Experience some of baseball’s mystic on a guided tour of Fenway Park, America’s oldest ballpark and home of the Boston Red Sox since 1912. Next, an orientation tour of the city follows the historic Freedom Trail. The remainder of the day is free to explore Boston as you please. (B,L)
DAY 3: Lexington & Concord – Berkshires
Depart the city of Boston for the nearby for the historical towns of Lexington and Concord. First, travel to the Lexington Battle Green, where the “shot heard ’round the world” was fired; and Concord’s Old North Bridge and Minute Man National Historic Park. Stop for lunch en route to the city of Pittsfield in the Berkshires, for a late afternoon arrival at your boutique hotel. (B,L,D)
DAY 4: Berkshires – Manchester, Vermont
In fall, witness the blazing autumn foliage in the Berkshires, a retreat for artists and writers. Begin in Stockbridge at the Norman Rockwell Museum and visit his preserved studio. Next, head to Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield for a private “Lunch, Grace & Song” tour of this former Shaker settlement, founded in 1783. Continue on to Manchester, Vermont for an overnight at a historic New England mountain resort. (B,L,D)
DAY 5: Vermont – New Hampshire
Depart Vermont and drive into the New Hampshire countryside for an exclusive insider look at Ken Burns’s private film studio in Walpole, where his Florentine Films was founded, with some free time in town and lunch on your own. In fall, indulge in autumnal panoramas of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Arrive in Bretton Woods for a a two-night stay at the spectacular Omni Mount Washington Resort, a National Historic Landmark. (B,D)
DAY 6: White Mountains
Your day in the beautiful White Mountains starts with a “New Hampshire Maple Experience” and a tasting of maple syrup, maple sugar products, and homemade sour pickles. Back at the hotel, enjoy lunch, a free afternoon to enjoy your historic resort and dinner at your leisure. (B,L,D)
DAY 7: York Harbor, Maine
Begin your day with a wildlife talk about the ecology of the landscapes you’ll journey through today on your way to Maine. You’ll arrive midday at Perkins Cove in Ogunquit, named by the Abenaki tribe, which means “beautiful place by the sea.” Explore this coastal Maine region with a walk along the famed Marginal Way trail, with spectacular breathtaking vistas. In the evening, enjoy a farewell reception and dinner at your hotel. (B,D)
DAY 8: Depart York Harbor
Transfer from your hotel in York Harbor to Boston’s Logan International Airport for your return flight home. (B)
Westin Copley Place | Boston, Massachusetts
Enjoy a relaxed setting in the heart of Boston’s trendy Back Bay district The Westin, winner of the AAA Four Diamond Award.
Hotel on North | Pittsfield, Massachusetts
This boutique hotel created from 19th-century buildings is a rich blend of Berkshire roots and cosmopolitan style, located in the center of the region.
Equinox Golf Resort & Spa | Manchester, Vermont
With striking views of Vermont’s Green Mountains, the resort features five dining venues and elegant accommodations that offer historic charm with modern amenities.
Omni Mount Washington Resort | Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
A National Historic Landmark the Spanish Renaissance-style the resort sits in the midst of the beautiful White Mountains – enjoy the spectacular views from the 900-foot long veranda.
Stage Neck Inn | York Harbor, Maine
Boasting a spectacular oceanfront setting, the hotel features a sandy beach, tennis courts, and the serene guest rooms feature french sliding doors to a deck or terrace.
Dates and Pricing
September – October 2023 Departures | From $5,690 per person
This is a Ken Burns American Journeys Tour. Prices are per person, double occupancy for the itinerary as published, and subject to availability.
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- Tauck Tour Director and expert Local Guides
- Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
- 17 meals as noted in itinerary
- Gratuities to local guides and drivers, service charges, taxes and porterage
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Ken Burns American Journeys: Leading storyteller and filmmaker Ken Burns and filmmaker Dayton Duncan have teamed with Tauck to bring to life the films, stories, and insights that shaped the history of the United States, creating over 100 original film vignettes and exclusive tours.
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