Autumn Colours of New England

BEAUTIFUL AUTUMNAL LANDSCAPES TO EXPLORE ON FOOT

Code: NDWHW

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • Culture
  • Flora

Level

  • 2
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Difficulty indicator

Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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Holiday overview

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Experience nature’s spectacular display of autumn hues as we explore New England amidst the golden glow of the “fall”. Warm days, walking through this legendary landscape make for an unforgettable holiday. We’re treated to a fantastic start and a spectacular finish, with a discovery of the grand architecture of Boston, and the towering skyline of New York City. This is the ideal mix of cityscapes and stunning countryside, accompanied by fabulous walks throughout.

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover Boston – “The Cradle of Liberty”, its rich history and grand architecture
  • Admire the blaze and brilliance of colour in the “fall”
  • Explore the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Green Mountains of Vermont, and the Berkshires 
  • Walks and sightseeing excursions in classic New England landscapes
  • New York – the city that never sleeps

Price includes

  • 12 nights' accommodation in comfortable en-suite rooms
  • Half Board from breakfast on Day 2 to breakfast on Day 13
  • A full programme of guided walks led by specialist local guides and an HF Holidays' leader
  • Sightseeing, entrance fees and travel by minicoach 
  • Tips

Accommodation

Welcoming and comfortable country inns, hotels and lodges with well-located city hotels, all offering good standards of accommodation and facilities. In the small towns of Stowe, Jackson and Williamstown, our accommodation reflects the character of the area.

The-Revere in Boston The Revere in Boston (2 nights), is located in the city centre, with the Freedom Trail passing in front of the door. 
Eagle-Mountain-House in Jackson The hotel in Jackson – Eagle Mountain House (3 nights) – is one of the Historic Hotels of America. Built in 1879, the hotel is a listed building with the National Trust of Historic Preservation, and has its own swimming pool, tennis courts, and golf course.  
Golden-Eagle-Resort in Stowe Set in 40 acres, the Golden Eagle Resort in Stowe (3 nights) has Mt. Mansfield, Vermont's highest mountain, in its backyard. Ideally located 1/2 mile from Stowe Village, Golden Eagle Resort is walking distance to shops, and the Stowe Recreation Path.  
Williams-Inn in Williamstown Our accommodation at the Williams Inn in Williamstown (3 nights) continues the theme. One of the nicest destination inns in New England, the Williams Inn was built in 1912, and blends the charm of its history with modern facilities such as the pool, hot tubs and spa. 
Hotel-Beacon-NYC in New York City Our final hotel is the Hotel Beacon NYC (1 night) on the historic Upper West Side with views of Central Park, the Hudson River and Midtown Manhattan, a great vantage point from which to venture anywhere in New York.  

On occasion we may need to change the accommodation listed above. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible, we will contact you in advance.

Itinerary

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A good balance of leisurely half and full day walks and sightseeing. Walks are generally between 2 – 7 miles (3.25-11.25km) with ascents of up to 1,500 feet (450m). 

Days 1-2: arrival in Boston (2 nights) where we walk the Freedom Trail, exploring the legacy of America’s Path to Independence, and visit Quincy Market.

Day 3: a pleasant drive through Massachusetts countryside and into the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire. En route to our hotel in the attractive small town of Jackson (3 nights), we walk into the Flume Gorge at Franconia Notch and ride the aerial tramway to Canon Mountain for short walks and outstanding views.

Days 4-5: enjoy valley walks to the Arethusa Falls, a short ascent of Mount Willard and trail walks to Zealand Falls on the lower slopes of Mount Washington in the company of our Appalachian Trail Guide.

Days 6-8: travel to Stowe (3 nights), a quintessential New England town with its white clapperboard houses, church steeple and Arts and Crafts shops. Visit the Ben and Jerry ice cream factory, stroll the town’s ‘recreation pathway’ and explore the Vermont countryside with walks on the Trapp family estate and a ridgeline walk on Mount Mansfield.

Day 9: journey through the Green Mountains with a stop in picturesque Woodstock for optional walks on Mount Tom. Continue to Williamstown (3 nights), a classic New England college town in the Berkshire Hills.

Days 10-11: enjoy walks on Mt Greylock, visit the Clark Art galleries and take trips to nearby Hancock Shaker village and Pleasant Valley Audubon Sanctuary.

Day 12: journey south to New York (1 night). In the afternoon, take a Circle Line cruise for inspiring views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the city skyline.

Day 13: enjoy a walking tour of New York’s main sights before our evening flight to the UK.

Day 14: arrive UK.


Extend your stay

Stay in New York for additional nights at the end of your tour. Enjoy extra time in this fascinating city, accommodation will be on a bed & breakfast basis to allow complete flexibility. There will be no HF Holidays' leader with you during these additional days. Prices from £184 per person, subject to availability. Please call if you wish to book extra nights.

General Information

Passport
A full passport is required and must be valid for the duration of your stay.

Visas

You’ll need prior authorisation to enter the United States using a British passport, either through a visa, a Permanent Resident Card, or the Visa Waiver Programme. It’s your responsibility to know and understand the entry rules before you travel.

Visa Waiver Programme (VWP)

The VWP allows most British Citizen passport holders to visit the US for up to 90 days. The types of journey allowed under the VWP include tourism, certain types of business visit and transit to another country. Other nationals should check with their nearest United States embassy or consulate for details of entry requirements.

You’ll need prior authorisation to enter the United States using a British passport, either through a visa, a Permanent Resident Card, or the Visa Waiver Programme. It’s your responsibility to know and understand the entry rules before you travel.

You’ll generally qualify to enter the USA using the VWP if your British passport:

  • describes your nationality as a ‘British Citizen

(From 1 April 2016 all passengers entering the US under the VWP will need to have an ePassport with an integrated chip)

If your current British passport is not an ePassport you can contact Her Majesty’s Passport office for a replacement to allow you to use the VWP. Otherwise, you’ll need to apply for a visa to enter the United States on your current passport.

and you:

  • aren’t a dual national of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen.
  • haven’t travelled to Libya, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen since March 2011
  • have received authorisation from the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation at least 72 hours before you travel (see below)
  • can show that you have enough funds available on arrival to support yourself during your stay, even if you’re staying with family and friends

Certain exemptions apply on a case-by-case basis to those who have travelled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011. For more information about these exemptions, see the website of the US Embassy in London or contact the nearest US Embassy or Consulate.

You will instead need to apply for a visa from the nearest US Embassy or Consulate.

If you’re arriving by air or sea you should provide details online at least 72 hours before travel. This is known as an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation or ESTA. Getting an ESTA is a separate process to providing your airline with advance passenger information (details of your passport, country of residence, address of your first night’s accommodation in the US etc). For more information, and to apply online, visit the official ESTA website. Please note that this is the only official ESTA website. There are third-party companies that operate websites which look like the ESTA application site, but which charge a processing fee on top of the official fees.

Health advice
Before booking, you should check with your doctor to see if any health precautions are needed. The following websites provide a wealth of information on travelling and health: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk www.traveldoctor.co.uk

Visitors must pay for all medical services. Adequate health insurance is therefore essential.

Vaccines: Tetanus vaccine is recommended.

Climate
The perfect climate for walking. The weather in the fall is generally warm and sunny, without being too hot for our walks. Daytime temperatures are a comfortable 18 to 24ºC, with the evening and night-time temperatures dropping to a cool -1 to -5ºC.

Money
The local currency in the United States of America is the US Dollar. Credit cards widely accepted. ATMs are widely available across the country. Traveller’s cheques are not advised. 

Time

Time in Boston/New York is GMT -4hrs (-5 during British Summer time)

Tipping
Tips are included on this holiday.

Liability waivers
Companies operating outdoor or adventure activities in the USA now commonly require their clients to sign a liability waiver form before participating in the activity. These forms have been introduced by American insurance companies as a means of offering protection against ‘frivolous’ or ‘opportunistic’ legal claims.

During the course of your holiday you may be asked to complete a liability form with your name, address and signature. This form indicates that by signing it you are waiving your rights to pursue legal action against our agents, in the event of personal injury or loss. However, as all of the activities included in your itinerary are part of a pre-arranged holiday, booked and paid for in the UK, this waiver form has no legal weight whatsoever. Your holiday contract is with HF Holidays and as stated in our Booking Conditions, is therefore governed by UK law.

We must ask you to sign the waiver forms presented to you by our agents, as not doing so could effectively invalidate other key aspects of the insurance cover they hold. But please be reassured that in the unlikely event that you had cause to make a claim for negligence arising from your holiday, your signing of these waiver forms would in no way undermine or alter your legal rights.

Meals
Meal arrangements for breakfasts and dinners in hotels and restaurants will vary. At some you may be able to select from the full menu, at others there may be a restricted choice, or there may be no choice (with the exception of course of previously advised special dietary requirements). These arrangements are dictated by the policy of the particular hotel or restaurant in dealing with groups – some feel that in order to provide efficient service, they need to concentrate on a limited menu. We endeavour where possible to ensure that a good choice is available, but find some venues more flexible than others.

Our choice of places to eat is reviewed for each tour based on the experiences of each group, with the aim of ensuring the optimum arrangements at each stop on the tour.

It is worth noting that portions may well be larger than you are used to – it is generally considered acceptable to share, for example, a pudding or cake. Meals are often not served as hot as in the UK.

Breakfasts at some hotels in America are now becoming large continental buffet affairs where you self-select items and eat them on disposable plates.

Evening meals are normally arranged for between 7pm and 8pm to save rushing the day’s activities and to give you time to refresh beforehand. 

For flights information please see the Dates and Prices tab.

Leaders

Chris Buckland

Chris has been a leader for HF Holidays for many years leading in the UK, France and New Zealand. He has led family holidays, Leisure Activity holidays, cycling and guided walking holidays and enjoys sharing his knowledge of the countryside and the outdoors with HF guests. Chris is no stranger to New England having visited Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont as well as Boston and New York City. Chris is excited at the prospect of sharing his enthusiasm for the diverse culture, history and natural beauty of this beautiful region with likeminded people.     

Chris will be leading 28 September 2017

Frank Waterworth

Frank has been leading for HF Holidays for 14 years both in the UK and overseas. He has been leading Worldwide holidays since 2009, which have taken him to Kenya, Ecuador, Morocco, Jordan and Cuba. Originally from Yorkshire, but currently living in Scotland, he has a keen interest in history and wildlife. His other interests include volunteering for his local Sustrans group and a local woodland group. Last year he extended his volunteering experience with two months in Southern Africa and South America. He is a regular visitor to North America where he has friends and family.

Frank is leading our 5 October 2017 departure.

 

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Dates & Prices

We're sorry, there are no dates available for this holiday at the moment. Please check out our other tours and breaks or call our team on 0345 470 8558 to be notified of new dates as soon as they become available.

Prices are per person

Information

  • Single room: £795 (2016), £885 (2017)
  • Price for New York additional night from £184 per person. (subject to availability)
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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