Holidays to New EnglandNew England is the home of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. It’s packed with rich history, culture and magnificent scenery. If you’re planning a New England holiday, Bon Voyage can offer a wide range of both escorted and tailor-made tours with the perfect itinerary to suit you.
New England Fly-drive
New England is a great place for a fly-drive holiday - it’s compact and manageable with comfortable mileages, yet brimming with variety. Within a 90-minute drive of Boston you can be walking a shore path in Maine, climbing a mountain in New Hampshire or marvelling at the mansions of Newport, Rhode Island.
New England fly-drive holidays have something for everyone at any time of the year. The New England region presents four distinct seasonal personalities: Lush summers are perfect for exploring superb beaches, or cycling along shady country lanes. Fall is perfectly suited to driving lazily through mountains blanketed with gold-and-red fall foliage.
Crystal-sharp winters beckon you to ski perfect pistes or potter around antique shops lining peaceful village greens, while Spring turns into Summer with a touch of warmth and a riot of colour - lilacs, peonies and the blossoming dogwood trees.
New England AccommodationNew England holidays offer a variety of accommodation types, with quaint country inns, cosy bed and breakfasts and mountain resorts among the options available. Take a look at the itineraires section to see our New England sample holidays, which highlight different aspects of what will make your ideal holiday. Each one can be adapted and personalised to suit your exact tastes, time frame and budget.
Holidays to New England include:
Boston The proud Yankee city of Boston will be your gateway to the region, and it’s well worth a two or three night stay at the beginning of your New England holiday. Unique amongst American cities in being steeped in history on a European scale, Boston is a pleasing blend of the old and new.
Start by walking the ‘Freedom Trail’, a three-mile route that takes you around sixteen of the city's most important landmarks. Contemporary city life is captured at Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, enlivened by clowns and magicians. The busy city streets can be avoided by taking the ‘T’ subway – use it to make a visit to the fascinating Kennedy Library and Museum at Columbia Point.
Boston is the state capital of Massachusetts , the largest of the six states which make up New England. Away from the big city you will find a contrasting terrain; from the rolling hills of the Berkshires to the outstretched arm that is Cape Cod with its seaside towns and miles of sandy beaches.
New Hampshire features in almost all New England holidays with its picture perfect villages nestled beneath mountain scenery, including Mount Washington - at over 6,000 feet it’s the highest peak in Northern Eastern USA.
VermontWhile New Hampshire boasts the White Mountains, its neighbour to the west, Vermont, is home to the Green Mountains. If your idea of a New England holiday is a gorgeous scenic drive along tree-lined routes, crossing covered bridges over winding streams, you will love it there.
MaineMaine, with its rugged coastline, vast nature reserves and laid back offshore islands dwarfs the other five New England states. See and experience everything from seal pups dancing in the crashing Atlantic waves to feasting on fresh-caught Maine lobster.
ConnecticutParts of Connecticut are just 40 miles from Times Square, New York City, yet big city life can seem a world away. Highlights include classic-vessel cruises around the state’s tiny islands, Mystic Seaport, the largest maritime museum in the world and great value, big-brand outlet shopping.
Tiny Rhode Island , just 37 miles east to west and 48 miles north to south is a sailing paradise. Settle into a pavement cafe in Newport on a summer’s afternoon to gaze upon the sleek schooners on the water and the opulent mansions, once the summer homes of families such as the Vanderbilts and Astors.
The Many Shades of Fall in New EnglandFall foliage is a subject matter in its own right when it comes to New England holidays. Many see it as an ideal time to consider an escorted tour since picking out the perfect spots to enjoy the beautiful palette of golds, crimsons, yellows and browns requires extensive experience. Also, no two autumns are the same – they can come ‘early’ or ‘late’ to different areas and elevations within the region.
Our New England escorted tour partners are experts in the field. We're pleased to work with world renowned luxury specialist, Tauck Tours and also the popular four-star Trafalgar Tours. For Fall foliage escorted tours consider Autumn Colours , Hidden Gems of New England and Grand New England .
If you’d like to include outdoor activity as part of your New England holiday then History, Hamlets and Hiking in New England fly-drive invites you to hike as part of your trip...a great way of breathing in the fresh air and the glorious scenery.
Some of our New England holiday options concentrate on stays in small inns and bed and breakfasts. It’s a sociable and personal way to enjoy the area. The innkeepers and hosts tend to be outgoing types who are a mine of information about local and regional must-sees. We recommend New England Luxury Inns and Hotels tour and Coastal New England Inns and Resorts .
New England is one of our favourite regions of the United States and we've been planning New England holidays since 1979. Whether you fancy a few days of shopping and city sightseeing in Boston, or a longer touring holiday exploring the delightful scenic byways and breathtaking autumnal vistas we have trained and experienced staff eager to share their knowledge and expertise. Get in touch to start planning your holiday today !