Boston is the city where America’s roots were formed, and driving through it is like reading the pages of an American history book. It was the scene of several key events of the American Revolution, such as the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill, and the Siege of Boston. The city continued to be an important port and manufacturing hub, as well as a center for education and culture. Welcome to the sandy shores of Cape Cod. Extending some 70 miles into the sea, the Cape is home to both natural beauty and quaint colonial villages.
Day 1 – Home to Boston
Welcome to Boston Mass., we’ll direct you to luggage claim, and then to our luxury motor coach. First stop is our home for the next two nights, the Midtown Hotel… nestled in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay it puts the city at your doorstep. Your evening is free to explore… Nearby Fenway Park, The Museum of Fine Arts, Symphony Hall, the elegant restaurants and the boutique shops of Newbury Street. Midtown Hotel (Reception)
Day 2 – Local Touring
Meet our wonderful step on guide… who will enlighten us with some of the history that happened here. There are so many fascinating stories to hear about! Learn about the different districts of the city including the Back Bay where you find so many beautiful brownstones, each with its own unique architectural design. You will also see Beacon Hill and the gold dome state house, Boston Common, America’s first public park and Public Garden. Of course you can’t miss seeing the Old Statehouse, once headquarters for English governors and later the site where the Declaration of Independence was read to the waiting citizens of Boston. During our walking tour of Boston’s North End, we’ll pass Paul Revere’s house and many of the local restaurant & pastry shops this area is noted for. We’ll also visit the Old North Church… a special treat! Your afternoon is free to explore on your own. We’ll meet up this evening for a dinner cruise on the Spirit of Boston. Dine, dance and celebrate all while enjoying picture-perfect views of the Boston’s Skyline. Midtown Hotel (B, D)
Day 3 – Boston to Hyannis
We’ll say goodbye to Boston today and travel to “America’s Hometown” Plymouth, Mass… where we’ll meet our local guide for the next few days. As one of the country’s first settlements it is well known for its historical value. First stop… Plymouth Rock, the traditional site of disembarkation of the Pilgrims in 1620. We’ll also stop at the Forefather’s Monument, the largest, solid granite monument in the US. It stands facing the harbor, welcoming those who come by water.
Next, travel over the Cape Cod Canal to the sandy shores of Cape Cod. You can walk pristine beaches, revel in the arts culture and reclaim childhood memories of seashells, sandcastles, and saltwater taffy. Our first stop on the Cape is the Cape Cod Canal Visitor’s Center. Explore the rich history, fascinating features, and vigilant operation of the Cape Cod Canal. The center features a retired 41 foot US Army Corps of Engineers patrol boat, a 46 seat theater, canal critters, canal wildflowers, real time radar, camera images and rocking chairs on an observation deck.
We’ll continue to Sandwich – the oldest town on Cape Cod. View the Village Green, the Great Salt Marsh, a Cranberry Bog and Cape Cod Bay. Sandwich became the site of one of America’s largest glass factories, an industry that flourished during the 19th century. This quaint and quiet seaside community is the hometown of Thornton Burgess, naturalist and author of 170 children’s books. After a little free time we’ll take in the Sandwich Glass Museum… Enjoy viewing sparkling exhibits that describe the transformation of a small farming community into one of the world’s most respected manufacturers of 19th century glass.
Enjoy the scenery as we make our way to Hyannis… Where we’ll take in the John F. Kennedy Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, Hyannisport and St. Francis Xavier Church, the summer parish of the Kennedy Family. Next we check into the Heritage House… our home for the next four nights… It is centrally located so you will be able to walk Main Street and stroll down to Hyannis Harbor. Heritage House Hotel (B, D)
Day 4 – Hyannis & Chatham – Local touring
Happy Father’s Day! This morning, take time to stroll along Main Street Hyannis where over 300 classic cars will be parked for the Annual Father’s Day car and craft show.
We’ll meet up this afternoon for a tour of the south side of the Cape… Where we’ll make our way to the seaside village of Chatham. View the Chatham Light, which has been a lifesaving beacon for sailors throughout the Cape’s history. Chatham’s location at the Cape’s elbow makes it very vulnerable to winter storms… Our guide will point out the Chatham Break and the dramatic changes to the shoreline that have occurred, thanks to Mother Nature. You’ll have some free time in this quant village for lunch and shopping before we head back to Hyannis. Next stop… is the new Whydah Pirate Museum. It was a fully rigged galley ship that was built by the British. During one of its voyages 1717, it was captured by the famed pirate, Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy. During an infamous storm off the coast of the Cape… the Whydah sank, laying its treasure just 500 feet off the shore for over 250 years. Now you can touch and see the world’s only authenticated pirate treasure.
We’ll finish our day at the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum. The seas and shores of Hyannis Port inspired our 35th President like no other place on earth. It was here that he contemplated and accepted his run for office. Discover why he loved this place so, and how he spent his time on Cape Cod. “I always go to Hyannis Port to be revived, to know again the power of the sea and the master who rules over it and all of us” John Fitzgerald Kennedy. 2017 is the Centenary of JFK’s birth. Your evening is free to stroll this lovely little town and find the perfect place for dinner. Heritage House Hotel (B)
Day 5 – Provincetown – Local touring
Our guide will entertain us with great stories as we travel historic Route 6A, the Old King’s Highway, a scenic byway winding through centuries of Cape Cod history. We’ll travel past hundreds of historic structures which characterize its early development. View the Eastham Windmill, a Cape Cod Lighthouse and visit the Cape Cod National Seashore Visitors Center. Sand dunes and the ocean surround you as you approach “Land’s End” – Provincetown. You are now at the extreme tip of Cape Cod formerly known as the Province Lands. The pilgrims landed here first before they decided to settle across the Bay in Plymouth. Take some time to enjoy the wonderful variety of restaurants, shops and galleries that make this artists/fishermen village so unique. Next we’ll board an excursion vessel for an amazing whale watching experience. We’ll travel into the natural habitat of a diverse marine environment, including birds that migrate here from all over the Atlantic and fish that use these shallow waters to feed. Try to spot Humpback, Minke and Fin Whales going about their daily business. An onboard naturalist will introduce us to everything you see and will answer any of your questions about the whales, birds, fish and lighthouses.
OR YOU MAY CHOOSE TO STAY ON DRY LAND:
If you don’t like the ocean… we will set up a Dune Tour for you. Ride through the protected lands of the Cape Cod National Seashore, the largest protected coastline in the country. Your driver/guide will point out the dune shacks where famous artists and writers became inspired to create their art. We’ll indulge in a wonderful dinner before we make our way back home tonight. Heritage House Hotel (B, D)
Day 6 – Nantucket
After breakfast we’ll board the High Speed Ferry to the stunning island of Nantucket. We’ll point out restaurants, galleries, shops and museums that are within walking distance of the dock. Lunch and shopping are on your own. Please remember to wear comfortable walking shoes for the cobblestone streets and brick sidewalks. We’ll depart on the late ferry back to Hyannis where a wonderful dinner awaits! Heritage House Hotel (B, D)
Day 7 – Hyannis to Home
We’ll make our way back to Boston today… First stop the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum. Relive the powerful story of the Kennedy years. You will enter the re-created world of the Kennedy Presidency for a first hand experience of John F. Kennedy’s life, legacy, leadership and special Centenary Anniversary exhibits. Next, enjoy some free time at Quincy Market… it offers 100+ stores, artisan pushcarts, restaurants and pubs right on Boston’s famed Freedom Trail. More specifically, Quincy Market is actually the name of one of the four historic buildings making up the Marketplace. Other buildings include Faneuil Hall where the Boston Tea Party rebellion against British Taxation began, North Market and South Market. We’ll make our way to the airport for our flight home with wonderful memories of Boston & Beautiful Cape Cod! (B)