Fall Foliage Tour: Vermont to Massachusetts | EF Go Ahead Tours (2022)

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See New England at its most vibrant.

Mother Nature puts on a spectacular show every fall, when the eastern forests burst into red, orange, and yellow hues. That makes autumn the perfect season to explore New England’s time-honored landmarks. From the quintessential fare of Vermont to the colonial roots of Salem, take in the history and charm of the East Coast—all under a vibrant canopy of color.

Your tour package includes

  • 7 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 2 dinners with beer or wine
  • 2 food tastings
  • 6 guided sightseeing tours

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Included highlights

  • Trapp Family Lodge
  • Chocolate tasting
  • Cider Mill visit & tasting
  • Mount Washington Cog Railway
  • Kennebunkport

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Burlington, Vermont2 nights

Day 1: Arrival in Burlington

Welcome to Vermont! After arriving in Burlington, make your way to your hotel to get settled in.

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Vermont

Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Welcome dinner

An all-day foliage tour introduces you to Vermont’s delicious local fare and small towns.

  • Stop in Stowe to enjoy a guided tour of the Trapp Family Lodge with a member of the Von Trapp family
  • Sample homemade chocolates at a local shop and learn about their commitments to crafting socially responsible products
  • See how apple cider is produced during a visit to a cider mill and enjoy a tasting of the refreshing drink
  • Enjoy a walk led by your Tour Director through the quaint town of Burlington followed by free time to explore at your leisure

Join your group for a welcome dinner this evening.

North Conway, New Hampshire2 nights

Day 3: North Conway via the White Mountains

Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

Travel east to New Hampshire today, taking in breathtaking scenery as you go.

  • Before leaving Vermont, pay a visit to a sugarbush to learn about Vermont maple syrup production
  • Stop at a local sugar shack stand for a chance to shop for locally made products
  • Pass through the White Mountains, stopping at the Franconia Notch and the Old Man of the Mountain Memorial Park along the way
  • Drive through the landscapes of the state’s most famous scenic byway, the Kancamagus Highway

Then, continue on to North Conway and enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

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Omni Mount Washington Resort Dinner & Tour

From $139 per person

Day 4: Mount Washington & foliage tour

Included meal: Breakfast

Make your way to Mount Washington, located in the beautiful White Mountains. Board the Mount Washington Cog Railway for a scenic train ride to the region’s highest summit. Then, take in the beautiful foliage and incredible vistas that the region is known for.

Maine Coast1 night

Day 5: Maine Coast via Portland & Kennebunkport

Included meal: Breakfast

Transfer to the coast of Maine by way of the state's picturesque Lakes District.

  • Stop in Portland and join your Tour Director on a tour of the city
  • Pass the Portland Observatory and Fort Allen Park
  • Visit the Old Port neighborhood, filled with independent bookshops and quaint local boutiques
  • Travel to Kennebunkport and pass by Walker's Point Estate, the Bush family’s summer home

Continue on to the Maine Coast and enjoy a free evening.

Boston, Massachusetts2 nights

Day 6: Boston via Salem

Included meal: Breakfast

Stop in Salem, the Witch City, to visit the famed House of Seven Gables. Later, arrive in Boston for a guided tour of one of the oldest cities in America.

  • Sweep through 250 years of American history on the Freedom Trail
  • Pass by Boston Common, Paul Revere’s House and the Old North Church
  • View Faneuil Hall, the Old State House, and King’s Chapel
  • Visit the Bunker Hill Monument and view the USS Constitution located in Charlestown Navy Yard
  • End your tour in Harvard Square, where you’ll have free time to wander through the university’s campus

Day 7: Free day in Boston

Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Enjoy a free day in Boston or add an excursion.

Later this evening, celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner with your group.

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Revolutionary New England: Lexington & Concord

From $85 per person

Flight Home

Day 8: Departure

Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay in Boston.

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Boston, Massachusetts

Continue exploring Boston, and lean on your Tour Director to point you toward the city's best sights. Then, get a look at life in colonial New England with a tour of Plimoth Plantation.

Boston, Massachusetts2 nights

Day 8: Free day in Boston

Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Boston or add an excursion.

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Fenway Park Tour & Lunch

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From $125 per person

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Plymouth

Included meal: Breakfast

Head to Plymouth and spend the morning getting to know the coastal town.

  • Enter historic Plimoth Plantation to learn about both the native Wampanoag people and the colonial English settlers
  • Stop in Pilgrim Memorial National Park to take a picture with Plymouth Rock

Enjoy free time for lunch before returning to Boston. This evening, sip a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Flight Home

Day 10: Departure

Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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This was a wonderful tour. We started in Burlington, VT which is a very charming town. The schedule included relaxing activities- learning about maple syrup production and how to make chocolate candy in Stowe. I also enjoyed meeting one of the Trapp family relatives at the Trapp Family Lodge. Th...

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Hotels, flights & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

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Delta Hotels by Marriott Burlington

This contemporary hotel is located in South Burlington, Vermont. Guests enjoy an indoor pool and fitness center. Nearby you’ll find the Church Street ...

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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites North Conway

In New Hampshire’s scenic White Mountains, this North Conway hotel has spacious rooms equipped with free Wi-Fi and a cable TV. It features an indoor p...

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Anchorage Inn

This friendly hotel is located in the York Beach neighborhood. Guests enjoy a swimming pool, a fitness room, and a poolside café. Nearby, you’ll find ...

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Courtyard by Marriott Boston Downtown-North Station

This contemporary hotel is located in the West End neighborhood. Guests enjoy a bar, gym, and café. Nearby, you’ll find Faneuil Hall, Old North Church...

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Local weather

Boston, United States of America

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High 78 °F

Low 59 °F

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Conway, United States of America

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High 90 °FLow 61 °F

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Kennebunkport, United States of America

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High 76 °FLow 56 °F

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York, United Kingdom

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High 90 °FLow 56 °F

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Burlington, United States of America

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High 91 °FLow 60 °F

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Plymouth, United States of America

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High 73 °FLow 62 °F

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Salem, United States of America

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Portland, United States of America

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FAQ

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Passport, visa & entry requirements

  • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to goaheadtours.com/entry-requirements and searching the code ACN.
  • U.S. citizens need valid government-issued identification for air travel within the United States. If you plan to use a state-issued ID or driver's license on or after May 3, 2023, it will need to meet Real ID requirements. Real ID compliant versions of these IDs will have either a yellow or black star, white star inside a yellow or black circle, or a white star inside a bear in the top righthand corner. Please visit dhs.gov for more information.
  • In order to enter the United States, Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

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Tour pacing & mobility

  • You will walk for at least 1.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of trains.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

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Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Burlington, Vermont and depart from Boston, Massachusetts. A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • A ride on the Mount Washington Cog Railway is included in the price of your tour.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.

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Baggage allowance

  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.

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Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.

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Health

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  • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to goaheadtours.com/entry-requirements and searching the code ACN.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

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Cuisine

  • In New England, look out for seafood specialties like lobster rolls and clam chowder, especially in Boston where fine dining and casual options abound. Vermont is famous for its sharp cheddar cheese and maple syrup.

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Electricity & air conditioning

  • All of North America operates on 110-120 volts and uses Type A or B plugs with two flat pins or two flat pins and one round pin, respectively.
  • The majority of the hotels on this tour will have air conditioning.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.

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Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

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Time zones

  • All of the states visited on this tour are on Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York City, it’s noon on tour.

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Currency

  • You will use the U.S. dollar on this tour.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • Many banks and businesses now primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

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Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in USD.
  • We recommend tipping $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.

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Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on your tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

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FAQs

What is the best time for fall foliage in New England? ›

Peak foliage usually occurs in mid-October from the Berkshires to northwestern Connecticut, late October in interior Massachusetts and Rhode Island and early November for Cape Cod.

What is the best time to visit Vermont in the fall? ›

Many experienced foliage viewers actually consider late October to be the most beautiful time in Vermont. Once the most brilliant colors have passed, the hills take on a subtler and richer range of hues. Be sure to check out the Fall Foliage Forecaster to plan your next trip.

Where is the best fall foliage in New England? ›

Top 10 destinations to view fall foliage in New England
  1. Woodstock, Vermont.
  2. Stowe, Vermont.
  3. North Conway, New Hampshire.
  4. Manchester, Vermont.
  5. Lenox, Massachusetts.
  6. Franconia, New Hampshire.
  7. Bar Harbor, Maine.
  8. Waitsfield, Vermont.

What is the peak time for fall foliage in Vermont? ›

Best time to see fall colors in Green Mountains and Northeast Kingdom The foliage season in Northern Vermont runs from early September to mid-October. The peak usually falls on the last two weeks of September when visitors can see the whole palette of colors: green, yellow, red, and orange.

What is the best time to see fall colors in Massachusetts? ›

The season starts in mid-to-late September, and peak color often coincides with Columbus Day weekend. Be sure to make hotel reservations well in advance, as this is one of the most popular times to visit New England. Every region of the state enjoys gorgeous color, and you'll see some popular routes listed below.

What do people wear in Vermont in October? ›

What to Wear in Vermont in Autumn? We would say the best type of clothing should include layers. During the day the sun is still strong enough and you can easily wear t-shirts and shorts. But the nights get significantly colder, so long sleeves and pants are necessary.

Is October a good time to visit Vermont? ›

Best time of year to visit Vermont

Although this state is never out of season, the best time to visit Vermont (and find the best weather) is in May/June or September/October. Late spring and early summer bring you maple syrup, moderate crowds, and the Vermont City Marathon.

What is the number one tourist attraction in Vermont? ›

Ben & Jerry's

Unquestionably Vermont's most popular tourist attraction for children, Ben & Jerry's factory tour is a favorite experience for adults, too.

What is the temperature in Vermont in October? ›

October Weather in Burlington Vermont, United States. Daily high temperatures decrease by 12°F, from 64°F to 52°F, rarely falling below 41°F or exceeding 75°F. Daily low temperatures decrease by 10°F, from 48°F to 38°F, rarely falling below 27°F or exceeding 58°F.

What is the best month to visit Vermont? ›

That's why the best time to visit Vermont is the fall, between September and November! This time of year, the average temperature is between 46°F and 69°F, making for beautiful weather. There's usually not a lot of rain in the fall, but there are crisp winds. Truthfully, it's the perfect sweater weather in New England.

How is the foliage in Vermont? ›

2021 Foliage Season: Final Report

The 2021 Foliage Season is coming to an end and we have enjoyed a spectacular foliage season in Vermont this year. By now, most of the state is considered "past peak," with a only few hidden pockets of color left.

Are the leaves changing in Vermont yet? ›

OCTOBER 14, 2021

While peak color this week will mostly be found in central areas of the state and is coming on strong in Southern Vermont, one of the most noteworthy features of this foliage season continues as beautiful fall color endures across the state.

What is the peak foliage in New Hampshire? ›

New Hampshire Fall Foliage | Best Time to Visit

Some of our favorite regions in New Hampshire for enjoying fall color are the Great North Woods during early peak (late September to early October) and the Monadnock Region during middle peak (end of September to mid-October).

Where is the best foliage in Massachusetts? ›

Best Massachusetts Fall Foliage Towns
  • Williamstown. ...
  • Amherst. ...
  • Shelburne Falls. ...
  • The Mohawk Trail. ...
  • The Connecticut River Ride. ...
  • Hike (or Drive) Mount Greylock. ...
  • Pick-Your-Own Apples. ...
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How long does fall foliage last? ›

Peak time: The color and intensity change quickly, but your best bet to see peak colors is from mid-October to early November.

Have the leaves started changing in Boston? ›

Each year, the changing of the leaves tend to begin at different times. However, generally speaking, you'll start to see splashes of color around mid-September. By early October, fall leaf colors become more pronounced. Peak season usually comes in about the 3rd week of October.

What is the best time to see fall foliage in New Hampshire? ›

New Hampshire Fall Foliage | Best Time to Visit

While every year is different, the best New Hampshire fall colors reliably move from north to south, starting in mid-to-late September and extending through mid-October.

What is the best time of year to visit New England? ›

High Season

Without doubt, the most popular times to travel in New England are the summer travel season from Memorial Day to Labor Day (late May, June, July and August) and the autumn foliage season (late September, October and early November) centered on Columbus Day, unless you're coming for New England skiing.

Where is fall foliage in Massachusetts? ›

Massachusetts Fall Foliage | Best Time to Visit

Some of our favorite regions in Massachusetts for enjoying fall color are the Upper Pioneer Valley during middle peak (end of September to mid-October) and Cape Ann, including the popular tourist town of Rockport, during late peak (mid-October to early November).

Are the leaves changing in Vermont yet? ›

Color change begins in mid-September and runs through the first two to three weeks in October and varies by elevation, progressing from north to south and higher to lower elevations during the course of the season.

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