October 2 – 15, 2017
Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard & Niagara Falls
3% Cash Discount
Early Booking Discount 3%
with paid deposit before May 29, 2017
Your package includes deluxe transportation and accommodations, all listed tour fees, and 17 meals.
Embark on the perfect autumn holiday in this truly picturesque corner of North America, brimming with Americana and alive with the spectacular golden colors of autumn. But, we’ll be embarking for more than the spectacular views of the foliage, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Niagara Falls, Atlantic Ocean Lobster Cruise. American History from the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth to the Cape’s oldest town of Sandwich and much more are all waiting for us. This escapade is going to be unforgettable just don’t forget to bring your camera along for the ride.
It’s our first day together on this great venture, so be sure to take some time to meet and get to know some of your fellow explorers. They could be like part of your family by the journey’s end. Our tour will take us northward for our overnight in Effingham, Illinois.
We will lose one hour at the Indiana State Line on our way to Dayton, Ohio. We will arrive in time to tour the USAF Museum at Wright-Patterson, AFB. Here they have lots and lots of planes from the Wright Brothers up to the Stealth Bomber. After our tour we will check into our hotel here in Dayton, Ohio.
The colors should start making a showing today as we continue through Ohio, Pennsylvania and driving alongside Lake Erie, we enter New York State. We arrive at Niagara Falls, New York where our hotel is literally across the street from the falls. Tonight you have free time to walk down to the falls and see the amazing light show at dusk, where giant spot lights change the color of the waterfalls right before your eyes. Or if you are adventurous, bring your passport. Just a short 10 to 15 minute walk and you could be in Canada. So enjoy your evening!
Awake to the thunder of the falls for you won’t want to miss a minute of this lovely gift of nature. You are right in the midst of most everything and you can walk to all the venues on your free time. We have included a ride on the “Maid of the Mist”, a cruise that takes you to the base of the falls. You can’t imagine the force of the water as it tumbles over the falls into the river below, and consequently, forms a mist that feels like rain. But it’s OK – they furnish raincoats so that you can experience this awesome adventure. We depart this afternoon and continue onwards to Utica, New York.
We cross into Vermont and have lunch on our own, and then free time to explore Woodstock, Vermont. The town’s central square, called the green, is bordered by restored late Georgian, Federal Style and Greek Revival Houses. An incorporated village called the Woodstock Village is in the town of Woodstock and has a total area of 1.0 square mile. This Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. We depart for a break at Quechee Gorge, the “Little Grand Canyon of Vermont.” The bridge spans the gorge 162 feet above the Ottauquechee River! Our night’s lodging will be in White River Junction, New Hampshire.
We cross into New Hampshire and have a breath-taking, awesome Gondola Ride to the top of Loon Mountain, traveling 7000 feet from base to summit. As we continue we’ll have a sightseeing drive through Bretton Woods filled with panoramic views of the surrounding area, including Mount Washington. We continue for a picture stop at the fabulous Mount Washington Hotel at the base of Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast. We have some free time to have lunch and do some souvenir shopping in North Conway before proceeding into Maine and our overnight in Kennebunkport, Maine.
We will start with a driving tour of Ocean Avenue. The scenic drive is lined with old mansions. Watch for the lighthouse on Goat Island as well as the Waterspout that can be seen near Walker’s Point – summer home of former President George H. Bush. Today you have some free time in Kennebunkport to stretch your legs and do some exploring so be sure to check out the local shops. Ahoy! We will board our Lobster Boat for our next destination the Atlantic Ocean; here we will learn how the local fishermen search for the scrumptious delicacy. (Warning No Butter Allowed on Ship) But after arriving back on land we make a stop at Port Head Lighthouse for a peek at this beauty, before we make our way to the Boston area for our overnight.
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
We are on our way to Plymouth, Massachusetts to tour the Mayflower II, a replica of the boat that brought the first Pilgrims to America, and a “must see” Pilgrim Rock where they first set foot on American soil. We depart for historic, scenic Route 6A, The Old Kings Highway. This is a scenic byway where you see wonderful examples of New England: Architecture, Village Greens, Colonial Churches, etc. For our next stop we will arrive at “Land’s End”, Provincetown, in time for you to have lunch on your own then check out the narrow main streets that are filled with an eclectic variety of shops, galleries and restaurants. Be sure to take time to walk along the waterfront. We return on our scenic byway to Yarmouth, Massachusetts for our next two nights lodging.
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
We drive the short distance to Hyannis Harbor and board our ferry to Martha’s Vineyard, “The Storybook Island”. Populated with New England sea captains’ homes, with white picket fences surrounding an authentic working harbor, Martha’s Vineyard is known for its combination of artsy culture and New England Charm. Upon arrival at Martha’s Vineyard, we will take the “down island” tour to see the towns of Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs and Edgartown. They are shopping havens with attractions and restaurants to suit every taste. Oak Bluffs is home to the Flying Horses Carousel, the oldest working platform carousel in the country, as well as the famous Gingerbread Cottages. There will be a lunch break, on your own, in Edgartown, an old Whaling Village. Early evening, we return to Yarmouth and our hotel. When you are on the East Coast a good lobster dinner is a must. Making Memories is including one for you tonight – so enjoy!!!
Before we go anywhere today we will be picking up our professional expert on the area for a guided tour of Hyannis. Our step on guide will give us a view of St. Francis Xavier Church and a stop at the Kennedy Memorial and the Korean Memorial. We continue on to Sandwich, the oldest village on the Cape. Along the way, we will view the great salt marsh, a cranberry bog, the dunes at Sandy Neck and the village green. This afternoon we will start making our way in a homeward direction. Our overnight is in Stamford, Connecticut.
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
This morning we will have a step-on guide join our coach and show us around New York City. Some of the highlights you will see Times Square, Central Park, Rockefeller Center and Empire State Building; just to name a few. This will be a great overview of the city, a way to show you all the city has to offer when you decide to come back with us for an extended tour of NYC. If you are in NYC for the first time or a repeat visitor, you’ll be captivated by the city’s marvelous structures. Before leaving, we will spend time reflecting at the 911 Memorial & Museum. Leaving the city, we continue on to our lodging at Bird-In-Hand, Pennsylvania, for the evening and then attend a dinner Making Memories hosts at Plain & Fancy Restaurant; the Amish pass-the-platter dinner feast which has been featured on the Travel Channel.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Enjoy a guided tour of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania including the farms, schools and churches of the resident Amish and Mennonite communities. Our tour will end with a delicious lunch in an Amish home, cooked by the ladies of the house and served family style. Absolutely scrumptious. You can snooze the afternoon away as we depart for New Stanton, Pennsylvania.
Just sit back and enjoy the ride as we turn back towards home. This is just a travel day as we cross back through a small section of West Virginia, through Ohio, Indiana and into Effingham, Illinois for our last night of this scenic and historic vacation.
Home is our destination for today as we end this fabulous New England countryside dressed in autumnal hues and the historic places of Cape Cod tour. Our goal has been for you to have enough memories to last a lifetime! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your ‘memory making’ experience.