Jul 15, 2017 to Jul 23, 2017
People have their escapes. Many say Hawaii or the Caribbean is for them. But for New Englanders, nothing is closer to the heart or the home, then their Cape Cod. A little slice of peace and tranquility in the otherwise busy and bustling Northeast, Cape Cod has long sat as a peaceful harbor where visitors can come to eat oysters, go sailing and visit classical lighthouses of course, among other things.Cape Cod is a hooked shaped stretch of land extending from the southeastern corner of mainland Massachusetts into the Atlantic Ocean. Our tour to the Cape, plus the neighboring islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, offers an in depth look at the rich native, whaling and maritime history of this special region.
Sitting just south of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard has drawn vacationers for decades with its laid-back elegance and idyllic summer weather. The island, the largest off Massachusetts’ coast, is only accessible by boat or air and offers all the picturesque charms of a New England whaling town with eye-catching architecture.
At the height of its prosperity in the early 19th century, the little island of Nantucket was the foremost whaling port in the world, and its harbor bustled with whaling ships and merchant vessels. Burly ship hands loaded barrels of whale oil onto wagons, which they wheeled along cobblestone streets to refineries and candle factories. Ship owners and sea captains built elegant mansions, which today remain remarkably unchanged, thanks to a very strict building code initiated in the 1950s. The entire town of Nantucket is now an official National Historic District encompassing more than 800 pre-1850 structures within 1 square mile. Interestingly enough, in 1659, Native Americans sold the island to a group of nine Massachusetts Englishmen for 30 pounds and two beaver hats.
Join us as we explore the famed lighthouses of Buzzard’s Bay, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Cape Cod and Plymouth on this extraordinary journey through some of the country’s most scenic and historic settings.
Saturday, July 15: Providence, RI – Welcome dinner (*D)
Sunday, July 16: Falmouth, MA (B/L/D)
Monday, July 17: Martha's Vineyard (B/L/D)
Tuesday, July 18: Nantucket– Afternoon free in Nantucket (B/D)
Wednesday, July 19: Hyannis (B/L/D)
Thursday, July 20: Provincetown (B/L/D)
Friday, July 21: Plymouth (B/D)
Saturday, July 22: Providence (B/L/D)
Sunday, July 23: Flights home (B)
*B = Breakfast included / L = Lunch included / D = Dinner included
- July 16 - Borden Flats - Photo Op
- July 16 - Palmer Island - Photo Op
- July 16 - Clark's Point - Photo Op
- July 16 - Butler Flats - Photo Op (Climb Pending)
- July 16 - Ned's Point - Photo Op (Climb Pending)
- July 17 - Nobska Point - Photo Op (Climb Pending)
- July 17 - West Chop - Photo Op
- July 17 - Gay Head - Photo Op (Climb Pending)
- July 17 - East Chop - Photo Op (Climb Pending)
- July 17 - Edgartown Harbor - Photo Op (Climb Pending)
- July 18 - Cape Poge - Visit & Climb
- July 19 - Sankaty Head - Photo Op
- July 19 - Brant Point - Photo Op
- July 20 - Chatham - Photo Op (Climb Pending)
- July 20 - Nauset - Photo Op (Climb Pending)
- July 20 - Three Sisters - Photo Op (Climb Pending)
- July 21 - Cape Cod (Highland) - Photo Op (Climb Pending)
- July 22 - Plymouth (Gurnet) - Photo Op (Climb Pending)
- July 22 - Duxbury (Bug) - Photo Op
- July 22 - Scituate - Photo Op (Climb Pending)
Hotel Accommodation: 8 nights
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 8 dinners
Transport: Coach, ferries
Other: Museums and lighthouse admission
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OTHER STOPS AND FURTHER INFORMATION:
Martha's Vineyard Museum
Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge and Lighthouse
Nantucket Lifesaving Museum
Nantucket Whaling Museum
Free time in Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Provincetown
Scenic ferry Provincetown to Plymouth Harbor
Tour schedule, lighthouses and accommodations subject to change
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