APPALACHIAN & NEW ENGLAND HIKING
11 days departing BOSTON from
Destination: USA East
Tour Code: PNE
This adventure through Northeastern USA lets you hike in the footsteps of history, exploring the twists, turns, valleys and peaks of America's oldest and most popular mountains, the Appalachians. Explore the many mountain ranges of New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts on our guided day hikes, including a visit to the highest peak in the north east, Mount Washington. Autumn transforms the countryside to crimson and orange as you look out across the best preserved forests of New England. This tour is a nature lover and photographers paradise.
- Two night stay in Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island
- Charming backroads and small towns of New England
- Wildlife viewing and birdwatching opportunities
- Scenic day walks and hikes in and around Stowe, White Mountains, Baxter State Park and Acadia National Park
- Hike up Mt Battie for 360 degree views over Camden
- Outstanding Appalachian Mountain fall foliage (Sept-Oct)
All departures of this tour are guaranteed, so once you've booked you can be sure you're going! This guarantee gives you the confidence to book all of your travel arrangements and simply look forward to your holiday.
|Accommodation:||9 nights camping with equipment (except sleeping bag) and 1 hotel night. For your own tent request our optional Solo Sleeper (see 'Dates and Prices' tab)|
|Transport:||All transportation by private vehicle|
|Meals:||9 breakfasts, 10 lunches & 8 dinners|
|Guided:||Services of two professional tour leaders for maximum support and flexibility|
|Group size:||Maximum 12|
|Wi-Fi:||Free Wi-Fi available in your vehicle. Maximum of five users at one time.|
From 2016 you'll travel in a new upgraded vehicle which has been designed with your comfort in mind. Our private, air-conditioned vehicles are custom-built to suit our style of travel, so getting from one destination to the next will be an even more enjoyable experience.
Extra-large windows for better viewing
Wider seats with more leg room
6'3'' interior height for added comfort
Electric bi-fold entry door for quicker and easier access
Overhead luggage racks, reading lamps and on-board TV screen
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Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.
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Our optional activities offer the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the main optional activities for this trip which can be arranged once you are on tour via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note that not all optional activities may available on every tour and prices are subject to change.
- Walk the Freedom Trail - Boston US$FREE
- Faneuil Hall & Quincy Market - Boston US$FREE
- Visit the famous 'Cheers' bar - Boston US$FREE
- White Mountains Cog Railway US$68
- Baseball Game - Boston from US$20
- Sea kayaking - Acadia US$50
For 2016 departures the first 2 days in Green Mountains National Forest will be replaced by hiking from your base of Stowe with a day hike on the Worcester via Skyline Trail.
You've arrived in Boston, a city which played a key role in the American Revolution. Before a welcome meeting at 18:00 hrs tonight, why not discover this historical city at your own pace?
Accommodation: Hotel included I Meals: paid locally
Day 2: Stowe
En route to the campsite you stop at the fully functional Sugarbush Farm to sample (with the opportunity to purchase) fresh cheeses and maple syrup. Next up, Stowe lies in a broad, fertile valley between Mount Mansfield and the peaks of the Green Mountains to the west, and the Worcester Range to the east. You have the opportunity to taste your way to Stowe with stops at Ben & Jerry's, Cabbot Cheese and Lake Champlain Chocolate Shop (own expense). Stowe will be your base for the next two nights where it's easy to fill your time in charming Vermont Village with a walk by the river, local crafts and cuisine. If you would prefer to hit a nearby trail you also have this option.
Accommodation: Camping included I Meals: Lunch and dinner included
Day 3: Stowe
Today you can stretch your legs on a full day hike (11.4 mile) on the Worcester via Skyline Trail. Wildlife is commonly spotted along the trail including moose and bear. This primitive yet sublime trail is rated as difficult, but as soon as you set foot on the trail, your efforts will quickly be rewarded with some of Vermont's most scenic ridges. The trail will lead you through mossy forest floors, rocky outcrops and miles and miles of pure, unadulterated hiking pleasure.
Accommodation: Camping included I Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Day 4-5: White Mountains National Forest
You'll walk the backbone of the Northern Appalachians, the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Many of the trails here are above the timberline offering wonderful views of this impressive range. On arrival you delve straight into the beauty of this area with a planned hike to Lonesome Lake. The trail leads to the southern end of Lonesome Lake with an additional 0.5 miles to an Appalachian Mountain hut with the possibility of extending. Most of the trail is tree covered so will be shaded from the sun, making it even more of an enjoyable experience.
You have the opportunity to enjoy the Franconia Ridge Hike that starts right at your campsite. Rated as one of the best hikes in New England, you'll get to scale three peaks (Little Haystack, Mount Lincoln and Mount Lafayette), all of which offer spectacular views. This area is known to hikers all over the world, both for its stunning scenery and constantly changing weather. Challenge the elements or catch the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway, which began operation in 1938 and was the first passenger aerial tramway in North America. From the top there are panoramic views of three states, so it is mostly definitely worth a trip.
Accommodation: Camping included I Meals: Breakfast (x2), lunch (x2) and dinner (x2) included
Day 6-8: Baxter State Park
You travel from one of the most well-known segments of the Appalachian Trail, to the most pristine. Baxter State Park is home to Mount Katahdin, the finishing point of the 2200 miles long Appalachian Trail. Wander and enjoy the largest and most remote wilderness in the eastern United States. Here you can truly get away from it all on footpaths that wind through undisturbed forest and along the crystal-clear lakes and streams of northern Maine. Keep both eyes and ears open for the chance meeting with some of the wildlife that flourishes here. This tranquil wilderness is virtually untouched since the days of the first settlers, over three hundred years ago. As you pause to reflect on the solitude of this beautiful place, it's quite impossible to imagine that two thirds of America's population lives within a day's drive.
There are two hiking options with varying difficulty; the first is Mount Katahdin / Baxter Peak which is a strenuous hike with more than 4,150 ft. elevation gain, taking approximately 10 hours. The rewarding views on this trail are some of the finest in New England however, should only be attempted by those fit enough. The second option is to Daicey and Kidney Pond, an easy to moderate walk with little to no elevation difference. This is a nature trail with the Appalachian Trail running through a section of it. Canoes can be rented after a couple of miles or you can simply sit back and admire the views.
Accommodation: Camping included I Meals: Breakfast (x3), lunch (x3), dinner (x2) included
Continue your journey by visiting the incredible Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island. Acadia National Park is simply one of the most beautiful and magical natural places on the North American continent. Blessed with towering mountains, islands and ocean it creates a unique sensory splendour that has become the crown and glory of Maine. Towns such as Bar Harbor blend with Acadia National Park creating a unique mix of pristine landscapes. Rocky coastlines, granite mountains, lakes, moss, rolling waves and an abundance of wildlife all make for an incredible couple of days.
Of course the reason Acadia National Park has built such an incredible reputation for itself is due to the sheer volume of walking trails. Acadia National Park has about 125 miles of hiking trails which are often interconnected and range in difficulty from easy to strenuous. Add to this the famous carriage roads and you have a wide selection of enjoyable hiking options. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to hike an easy to moderate trail, considered one of the best in the area. The unsurpassed scenic Ocean Path Trail meanders in a southerly direction along the eastern shore of Mount Desert Island until it arrives at Otter Cliff and Otter Point with numerous points to stop for the perfect picture. For those not wanting to hike today you can try one of the optional excursions this area is so well known for such as sea kayaking or deep sea fishing.
The following day you walk one of Acadia's most beautiful hiking trails, the Acadia Mountain Trail. The walk is moderate to strenuous with a tough scramble up to some spectacular views of Somes Sound, Echo Lake, the Gulf of Maine, the Cranberry Isles and the surrounding mountains and ocean.
Accommodation: Camping included I Meals: Breakfast (x2), lunch (x2), dinner (x2) included
On the way back to Boston, you stop to hike up Mt Battie. Although there are some steep pitches, and a bit of scrambling through rock and ledge areas is required, the views over Camden and the islands around Penobscot Bay make this climb worth the effort. Upon arrival to the top, why not continue to climb the stone tower on Mount Battie's 780' summit for even better 360-degree panoramic views. We recommend you book yourself a few extra nights' accommodation to explore the many attractions of one of America's oldest cities. Founded in 1630 by Puritan colonists, it has been in the forefront of American history and in particular the country's fight for independence. Events like the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party played pivotal roles in that struggle and have become part of American folklore. Faneuil Hall has been a government centre and a market place for centuries and even today it makes the hive of activity in the city centre. You may wish to stay on for a few days and pay a visit to Harvard University, located in the suburbs of Boston. New England is renowned for its delicious seafood, in particular the thick seafood soup known as New England clam chowder, so before you leave make sure you grab a bowl or two.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch included
This tour ends at our gateway hotel in Boston at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.
Please note you have the benefit of two walking leaders and we do our best to accommodate the group should there be various fitness abilities; please note this is not possible with point to point walks. Should you wish to try one of the alternative trails without a guide you will be suitably briefed in advance of what to expect and given meeting instructions.
New England's fall foliage is legendary. During September and October the leaves turn from green to gold, crimson and orange, and it's the perfect time for hiking. We recommend booking early for these popular dates.
The trails advertised in this itinerary may be altered to suit weather and trail conditions, however we will do our best to ensure you follow the scheduled itinerary as much as possible, or exchanged with walks of a similar standard.
If you want to make sure you're right in the heart of the action at the absolute best time to be there, then why not book one of our 'Special Departures'?
Fall Foliage Special Departures
New England's rich and vivid fall is famous worldwide. During September and October the leaves turn from green to gold, crimson and orange. It's one of the most beautiful times of year to visit, and perfect for hiking and taking some unique photographs.
Book trips departing throughout September and October 2016 and 2017.
- A 10% deposit per person is required to confirm your booking.
- Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure
- We charged no credit card fees or hidden surcharges
- ABTA & ATOL licensed operator offering financial security for our tours
- Prices are land only. Call 0333 999 7965 for a flight inclusive quote (UK)
There are no forced supplements for single travellers. Accommodation is based on twin-share, so if you're travelling on your own, you'll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space our Solo Sleeper Option can be requested from per person. This will guarantee you your own tent for every night of the tour. The number of single tents we can offer is limited, so it's best to book early. Simply select the "Solo Sleepers" check box on the booking form or request over the phone.
We highly recommend you book this trip at least 30 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request basis.
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Why not arrange your own Grand American Adventures departure? For groups of 8 or more, we can offer private departures on any of our published itineraries enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our style of travel at special rates. Although tours will run as per our standard itinerary shown here, slight modifications may be considered and dates can be chosen to suit your needs. (Subject to seasonal/operational restrictions). So contact us today and start planning your own adventure.
We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place
Tours begin and end at our designated hotels listed below in the departure and arrival cities. You can book additional hotel nights online or contact our sales team.
BOSTON - MIDTOWN HOTEL
Centrally located in downtown Boston this hotel features an outdoor swimming pool and cable TV in all rooms.
Full room: per room per night Based on single, twin or double room.
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Our range of 3 - 4 day Mini Adventures are just the ticket for extending your tour and experiencing North America's most incredible 'must see' highlights. Check out the following adventures relevant to this trip.
NEW YORK TO NIAGARA - 3 DAYS
> Scenic Drive through the Delaware Water Gap/Poconos
> Finger Lakes hiking & swimming
> Niagara Falls and the Maid of the Mist scenic boat cruise
> College town of Ithaca, NY
> Woodbury Common Outlet Mall
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If you are spending extra time in our gateway cities, you can now plan in advance by pre-booking unique city sightseeing day tours in addition to your trip.
All city day tours are operated by local experts who are dedicated to take you behind the scenes so you know it like a local! When booking your trip, simply select your chosen city tours from the Tour Extras section on the online booking form.
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