Cape Cod, The Islands and Newport

Experience epochs of American history from the days of the Pilgrims to Nantucket's whaling heyday and Newport in the Gilded Age on this fascinating vacation in New England; includes a visit to The Breakers and a whale-watching cruise off Provincetown.



Quintessentially New England, Cape Cod captivates with a legacy of coastal delights, distinctively appetizing with traditional clambakes, whale watches thoroughly exhilarating, shore towns colonial in nature and historically rich and lighthouses that stand watch to guide mariners ashore. Its nearby islands, windswept and welcoming with oceanfront beaches and gabled houses that have weathered the centuries, each have their own tales to tell. Nantucket, once the whaling capital of the world, is today a popular vacation destination. Martha's Vineyard, home to hamlets unique in character, still retains its small town charms. Known for yachts and gilded summer cottages massive in size, Newport enthralls with stories about the wealthy industrialists who built their extravagant summer homes along its storied Ocean Drive. Enjoy a taste of life in each destination, staying in waterfront hotels in prime locations, dining on regional specialties and experiencing the pursuits and passions of the region like the locals do. Add in guided sightseeing to historic places and authentic insider experiences the celebrate its hidden gems, and discover the essence of Cape Cod, the Islands and Newport.

Quintessentially New England, Cape Cod captivates with a legacy of coastal delights, distinctively appetizing with traditional clambakes, whale watches thoroughly exhilarating, shore towns colonial in nature and historically rich and lighthouses that stand watch to guide mariners ashore. Its nearby islands, windswept and welcoming with oceanfront beaches and gabled houses that have weathered the centuries, each have their own tales to tell. Nantucket, once the whaling capital of the world, is today a popular vacation destination. Martha's Vineyard, home to hamlets unique in character, still retains its small town charms. Known for yachts and gilded summer cottages massive in size, Newport enthralls with stories about the wealthy industrialists who built their extravagant summer homes along its storied Ocean Drive. Enjoy a taste of life in each destination, staying in waterfront hotels in prime locations, dining on regional specialties and experiencing the pursuits and passions of the region like the locals do. Add in guided sightseeing to historic places and authentic insider experiences the celebrate its hidden gems, and discover the essence of Cape Cod, the Islands and Newport.

Traveling Well Includes:
  • Private docent-led visit to the Carnegie Library in Edgartown, Massachusetts, a testament to Andrew Carnegie's belief in the power of reading and free libraries, for Tauck guests only, with an option to view other landmark sites on the waterfront
  • Private whale watching cruise in the waters off Provincetown, Massachusetts, with an opportunity to view fin, humpback and right whales and other marine life
  • A private tour of the Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich, Massachusetts, featuring 100 acres of gardens and exhibitions with vintage cars, American folk art and historical artifacts
  • An overnight stay in Boston with dinner at a popular restaurant
  • Two nights in Cape Cod at a beachfront hotel

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    Tour Operator
    Tauck Tours
    Offer
    Offer valid through 6/30/2024
    Duration
    8 Days
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1BostonArrive Boston

    Tour begins: 5:00 PM. Transfers are included upon arrival from Boston's Logan Airport or Boston's Back Bay, North and South train stations to the Fairmont Copley Plaza, a landmark hotel since 1912 and ideally located in historic Back Bay, in the city known as the birthplace of the American Revolution. Join us tonight for a welcome dinner at the hotel.



    Lodging:Fairmont Copley Plaza

    Meals: D
    Day 2FalmouthDrive to Cape Cod

    Leave the city behind as you drive to your beachfront hotel in North Falmouth, stopping en route for a guided visit at the Heritage Museum & Gardens in Sandwich, Massachusetts. It is set amidst 100 acres of flower-filled gardens and exhibits showcasing the history of the region, from antique automobiles to folk art and vintage memorabilia including a carousel built in 1908. Enjoy lunch in the town of Sandwich, the oldest town on the Cape and settled in 1637. While its name suggests a popular noonday meal, Sandwich is famous for the glassware produced here in the 1800s. Continue on to North Falmouth and settle into your historic waterfront hotel, once a summer refuge for the likes of Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart and later owned by Barbara Walter's father when it enjoyed a reputation as the Cape's most popular watering hole. Today the resort is frequented by guests who have stayed here for generations, enjoying a true taste of Cape Cod hospitality. Dinner tonight is a traditional New England clambake.



    Lodging:The Sea Crest Beach Hotel

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 3Martha's VineyardCape Cod National Seashore, Provincetown & a whale-watching cruise

    Visit the Cape Cod National Seashore Salt Pond Visitors Center this morning, providing a fascinating introduction to the protected marshlands, uplands, ponds, lighthouses and outer islands of Cape Cod National Seashore. Museum exhibits include the history of the Wampanoag tribes who first inhabited these lands, and the arrival of European settlers, the pilgrims, through artifacts, artwork, photos and captivating oral histories. Have lunch as you wish in Provincetown before embarking on an exciting whale watching cruise for a glimpse of the giant marine mammals who frequent the waters here. It was the hunt for the whale that largely built Provincetown. By 1870, largely due to its whaling activities, Provincetown was one of the richest towns in Massachusetts. As Provincetown went from a whaling town to a Portuguese fishing village to the artsy town it is today, whales are now playing a part in its important conservation efforts to help prevent the whales' extinction. You may spot a variety of marine life during your afternoon whale watching cruise, from humpback, fin and right whales to dolphins, seals and sea turtles who may happen by. Dinner is at leisure tonight at your hotel.



    Lodging:The Sea Crest Beach Hotel

    Meals: B, D
    Day 4NantucketNantucket's whaling days and lobster on Cape Cod

    Board a fast ferry this morning bound for the summer resort island of Nantucket, where a guided sightseeing drive around the island is followed by free time to explore as you wish. Once known as the whaling capital of the world, this compact island is renowned as a getaway for captains of industry who relish its endless beaches, rose-covered shingled homes and the cobblestoned charms of its historic harborside town. An afternoon ferry speeds you to Martha's Vineyard for a two-night stay at an iconic hotel in Edgartown. Dine at your leisure tonight at your hotel.



    Lodging:Harbor View Hotel

    Meals: B, D
    Day 5ProvincetownFrom island towns to the Carnegie Museum

    An orientation tour this introduces you to the towns that line the shores of Martha's Vineyard, from Victorian-inspired Oak Bluffs to Vineyard Haven where the ferries dock to the fishing village of Menemsha to West Tisbury, the island's agricultural center and Aquinnah, home to the Wampanoag Indian tribe and clay cliffs. Martha's Vineyard also includes the smaller adjacent Chappaquiddick Island. You will have time to experience life in Edgartown before a special Tauck experience at the Carnegie Museum. Join a docent for a tour of the museum, learning about its start as a free library inspired by Andrew Carnegie, and viewing its collection of artifacts and photos of island landscapes and landmarks. An optional walking tour takes you to the Chappy Ferry Line, the Old Sculpin Gallery, the Norton Boat House and the Edgartown Memorial Wharf. The evening is free to enjoy as you wish.



    Lodging:Harbor View Hotel

    Meals: B
    Day 6NewportFrom New Bedford whales to Newport, Rhode Island

    Board a ferry bound for Woods Hole, Massachusetts, disembarking for lunch and a self-guided tour of the New Bedford Whaling Museum, recalling the town's heyday as a whaling port. Surrounded by cobblestone streets once strolled by Frederick Douglass and Herman Melville, the museum is located in the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. Inside you'll find a 66 ft. skeleton of a blue whale and a smaller skeleton of a sperm whale for an up-close look at the whales that are found in the oceans nearby, as well as a fully rigged, half-size replica of an actual whaling ship. Learn about the history of whaling and view paintings by famous maritime artists during your visit. The museum showcases the world's largest collections of scrimshaw, whaling logbooks, and journals, chronicling just about everything you wanted to know about whales in visually engaging displays. Drive to Newport, Rhode Island, enjoying a guided sightseeing tour before free time to explore the sights. Your hotel is centrally located on the waterfront, an easy stroll from dining venues, shops and more.



    Lodging:Newport Marriott

    Meals: B, L
    Day 7NewportTen Mile Drive and The Gilded Age in Newport

    Join us today for a drive along Ten Mile Drive and then an optional stroll with your Tauck Director along Newport's famed Cliff Walk, taking in million-dollar views of the ocean shore including views of the 70-room Renaissance Revival summer vacation cottage known as The Breakers, built between 1893 and 1895 by Cornelius Vanderbilt II, renowned as one of the most magnificent of Newport's opulent mansions. Your Tauck Director will provide you with Trolley Tickets should you wish to visit any other mansions during your free time this afternoon. Join us tonight for a memorable farewell reception and dinner.



    Lodging:Newport Marriott

    Meals: B, D
    Day 8BostonJourney home from Boston

    Tour ends: Boston. Depart Newport after breakfast and drive to Boston's Logan International Airport, a distance of 73 miles, for your flight home. Flights should be scheduled after 2:30 PM. Guests staying an additional night in Boston will be transported to The Lenox Hotel.



    Lodging:

    Meals: B
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    • Cape Cod, The Islands and Newport

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      Experience epochs of American history from the days of the Pilgrims to Nantucket's whaling heyday and Newport in the Gilded Age on this fascinating vacation in New England; includes a visit to The Breakers and a whale-watching cruise off Provincetown...

     
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