Breakfast daily, 3 three-course dinners including a lobster dinner in Hyannis and a farewell dinner in Newport
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
Day 1 Arrive in Boston
Welcome to “Bean Town!” This evening, mingle with your traveling companions at 6 pm for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.
Day 2 Boston
Your guided sightseeing focuses on the city’s most prominent landmarks. See Boston Common; the Old State House; Old North Church, from where Paul Revere got the signal to start his famous ride; Freedom Trail; and Faneuil Hall, with a chance to browse through Quincy Market. Next, board a harbor CRUISE that takes you to see the Bunker Hill Monument and the site of the Boston Tea Party. Balance of the day at leisure.
Day 3 Boston
We start out day by visiting the JFK NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE, the birthplace and childhood home of the 35th President of the United States. Here, you’ll learn about Kennedy’s early years and the events that helped shape him. Continue to the JFK PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM. Here you’ll experience John F. Kennedy’s life, legacy, and leadership. See personal artifacts from Kennedy’s Oval office, and discover Kennedy’s influence on the U.S. Space Program, the American Civil Rights Movement, and more. Then, time to explore more of Boston on your own. Perhaps shop for souvenirs at Faneuil Hall, catch a game at the oldest baseball park in the major league – home of the Red Sox – Fenway Park, or enjoy a cool drink at the original Cheers pub, where everyone knows your name!
Day 4 Boston–Plymouth–Hyannis
Head south to Plymouth, where the Pilgrims landed more than 390 years ago and founded the first permanent settlement in New England. See famous Plymouth Rock. Next, explore PLIMOTH PLANTATION and learn about how daily life was for the Pilgrims. Continue to FLAX POND FARMS, a working cranberry bog, and hear how this native fruit is harvested and processed. On to Hyannis, a favorite Cape Cod resort town, and see the John F. Kennedy Memorial and St. Francis Xavier Church before reaching your hotel. Enjoy a traditional LOBSTER dinner this evening! SPECIAL FEATURE: Spend the next four nights at the Red Jacket Beach Resort, located on the waters of Nantucket Sound. Amenities include a private beach with water activities, outdoor pool, tennis court, restaurant, lounge, and spa.
Day 5 Hyannis. Excursion To Nantucket
This morning, head to the harbor for your FERRY ride to Nantucket. Time for lunch and a stroll around Straight Wharf with its marinas, shops, and art galleries. Your guided tour spotlights the strong Quaker influence during the early days of settlement. Drive the narrow streets and admire charming Colonial-style houses and imposing mansions that reflect the prosperity of Nantucket’s whaling era. During your free time, visit the WHALING MUSEUM with its top-quality exhibitions and rooftop observation deck.
Day 6 Hyannis. Excursion to Cape Cod
Drive the length of the peninsula’s arm to Provincetown and CAPE COD NATIONAL SEASHORE. At MacMillan Wharf, board a cruise boat and head out to sea for a WHALE-WATCHING EXPEDITION, narrated by a local marine biologist. Free time later to wander through “P-town,” a lively summer resort and artist’s colony. Return to Hyannis and your beach resort. Enjoy dinner this evening at a local restaurant.
Day 7 Hyannis. Excursion to Martha’s Vineyard
FERRY to Martha’s Vineyard and enjoy a tour that features Oak Bluffs with its Victorian “gingerbread” architecture. Spend some time in Edgartown, once an important shipping and whaling center. Check out the enticing village stores, take a walk along the ocean, enjoy the invigorating salty breezes, and admire the elegant homes along the tree-lined streets during your time here. Return to Hyannis where the remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Day 8 Hyannis–New Bedford–Newport
Before departing Hyannis, we’ll visit the JFK HYANNIS MUSEUM. Through photographs, film, artifacts, and oral histories, you’ll learn more about the Kennedy family and their importance in the Hyannis community. Next, head to New Bedford on Buzzard’s Bay. See the cobblestone streets, the early 19th-century Seamen’s Bethel chapel, the wharves crowded with fishing boats and fisherman – all the sights and scenes of this former whaling port of Moby Dick fame. Then, journey south to Newport, an elegant yachting mecca on Narraganset Bay in the “Ocean State” of Rhode Island. Since JFK was an avid sailor, we’ll take to the water on a CRUISE around Newport’s waterfront. Your boat was originally built in the 1920’s and used a rum smuggler by mobsters during the height of prohibition. Don’t forget to bring your cameras!
Day 9 Newport
Explore more of Newport this morning and see some of the sites related to JFK. See Saint Mary’s Church where JFK married Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953, see Hammersmith Farm, the childhood home of Jacqueline as well as where their wedding reception was held, and Whitehorse Tavern, a favorite place of Jackie’s. Additional sightseeing includes the first state house, the nation’s oldest synagogue, and the city’s oldest meeting house and library. Afterward, explore the extravagant lifestyle of a bygone era when visiting THE BREAKERS, shipping magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt’s opulent mansion. This evening, your tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 10 Newport–Boston
Depart this morning for Boston. After a transfer to the airport for guests who have homebound flights, the motorcoach continues downtown to the Sheraton Boston Hotel, where the tour ends. Please schedule flights from Boston’s Logan Airport after 2 pm.