Autumn Colours of New England

Code: NDWHW

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • Culture
  • Flora

Level

  • Easy
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Holiday overview

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 (2 nights), is located in the city centre, with the Freedom Trail passing in front of the door. 

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.  

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.  

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. 

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

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
Under the Visa Waiver Program, British citizens with full right of residence in the UK do not require a visa. Other nationals should check with their nearest United States embassy or consulate for details of entry requirements. From 1 April 2016 all passengers entering the US under the VWP will need to have a passport with an integrated chip.

From 21 January 2016 most people who have travelled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria since March 2011, or are dual nationals of these countries, will no longer qualify for entry under the VWP and existing ESTAs could be revoked. You will instead need to apply for a visa from the nearest US Embassy or Consulate.

Visa Waiver Program travellers entering the United States by air or sea carrier are required to register under the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/. 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

Andy Pinkard

Andy first travelled in New England in 1982, and will always seek to hike in the White Mountains, beautiful in any season, when the opportunity arises. He remarks that it is there he purchased his 1st pair of crampons, for a winter ascent of Mount Washington.

He has been an HF Holidays’ Leader since 2003 and now leads predominantly holidays abroad alongside his part time consulting business for American Companies. He last led this holiday in 2014.

His interests can be best described as a fascination of why things are as they are: whether it’s the hidden geology of landscapes or the socio economics of American society, Andy’s enthusiasm is sure to help get beneath the skin of what you see.

Andy is leading 29 September 2016

Bill Heath

Bill is an American citizen from New York and long-time resident of the UK. He has been leading walking holidays with HFH since 2003 in the UK, Europe and further afield. An enthusiastic traveller and walker, Bill is keen to share this enthusiasm with guests, and takes pains to ensure that all guests enjoy their holiday to the full.

Bill is popular with our guests: here are just a few examples of what they say about him:

“A very professional and safe pair of hands. Highly experienced and an excellent communicator.”

“An excellent leader in all respects and great company with a wry sense of humour & excellent repartee.”

 Bill is leading 06 October 2016

Jim Hart

Jim has been travelling and hill walking for many years, across four continents, combining an enthusiasm for mountains with his professional interest in plants and landscape. He now leads our Guided Walking and Leisure Activity holidays. Jim has made a number of extended tours of the USA visiting gardens and national parks, and taking time to climb mountains in several states. He is looking forward to sharing this holiday with HFH guests.

Jim is leading our 15 September 2017 departure.

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.

 

Reviews

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9 Nov 2015, 2:19 p.m.

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Though I find the new system ((taken over by outside booking company?) feels less friendly I do still find those in the actual HF office with actual names excellent.

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19 Oct 2015, 9:26 p.m.

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3 Oct 2015, 6:27 p.m.

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Good attention to detail

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A very enjoyable holiday
3 Oct 2015, 10:04 a.m.

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27 Oct 2014, 11:59 p.m.

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I am a great admirer of HF Holidays in Europe, although I might not do a long-haul holiday again.
25 Oct 2014, 4:56 p.m.

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In general, I have been very positive about HF. However, see below.

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Over the years, I/we have been frequent HF-walkers, within Great Britain as well as in Europe, always to great satisfaction. However, this first oversea’s tour to New England is, I think, in need of some improvement. Therefore, my response is more elaborate.

I was surprized to find that the HF-leader – a lovely person, internationally experienced and very responsible – had never been to this part of the world and did not know more than the headlines of the brochures. He did not know the walks and fully relied upon local guides. The walks, which, according to the HF-broschure were supposed to be rather easy, were in fact not that easy. Especially the walks in Jackson went over big, slippery boulders and tree roots. After one of our fellow travellers had an accident, I did not dare to join any of the higher walks, although I was in good condition. The easier walks stayed in the woods and offered good views only rarely.

In addition: quite a bit of expensive time got lost for the “easy walkers” by just waiting. On the second day at Stowe, we had to sit in the lounge for a full hour, waiting for the mini-bus to return after dropping the “harder walkers”.

As the leader had to rely on the notes that were delivered to him, occasionally a smaller misunderstanding arose. On the way to Stowe, for example, we were dropped at a supermarket to buy lunches for three days. After all, there was an excellent shop for bagels and sandwiches within 5 minutes from the hotel. We bought too much stuff for nothing.

In Stowe, it was already rather cold. The local guides told us that the season was almost over and that, in the future, it would be better to schedule the trip earlier. (While another group of HF was still to come two weeks later!).

The coach was not very comfortable, as seats were arranged opposite each other. For longer distances, it is not so pleasant travelling backwards.

Personally, I would have liked to spend the day in Boston somewhat differently. The full day was devoted to the “Freedom Trail”, a noisy market for lunch, and a lot of standing and listening to the local guide, who was often hard to understand because of the traffic noise. I would prefer to limit this tour to half a day, then find a nicer place for lunch, and then spending the afternoon either at one of the beautiful musea or by exploring famous Cambridge.

Although I was, altogether, not quite happy about the “value for money” for this quite expensive trip, there was, of course, much to enjoy as well. I would rate this trip neither "poor" nor "good", but in between.
Thank you for your feedback. After every departure we review the holidays and the comments you've provided will be used to amend the holiday wherever possible.

All the best,
Harriet Holland, eCommerce Executive, HF Holidays Ltd.
24 Oct 2014, 9:47 a.m.

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It is really irritating having to go through this Feefo website of questionable value to get to the online HF feedback form.

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21 Oct 2014, 5:40 p.m.

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The organisation of the holiday was very good, though there were one or two minor glitches.

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The food was a bit restricted In choice and the walks were a lot easier than I expected, given that the difficulty level was the same as Nepal Panorama, which I had been on.
20 Oct 2014, 6:35 p.m.

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Well organized tour, as usual.

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
15 Sep 2017 NDWHW - Autumn Colours of New England
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

VIRGIN ATLANTIC

  • Depart: 15 Sep 2017, 4:40 p.m.
  • Arrive: 15 Sep 2017, 7:05 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Boston Logan International

Flight - Return

VIRGIN ATLANTIC

  • Depart: 27 Sep 2017, 6:35 p.m.
  • Arrive: 28 Sep 2017, 6:30 a.m.
  • Depart from: New York John F. Kennedy
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
12 £4,029.00 Book Now
15 Sep 2017 NDWHW - Autumn Colours of New England 12 £3,529.00 Book Now
28 Sep 2017 NDWHW - Autumn Colours of New England
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

VIRGIN ATLANTIC

  • Depart: 28 Sep 2017, 4:40 p.m.
  • Arrive: 28 Sep 2017, 7:05 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Boston Logan International

Flight - Return

VIRGIN ATLANTIC

  • Depart: 10 Oct 2017, 6:35 p.m.
  • Arrive: 11 Oct 2017, 6:30 a.m.
  • Depart from: New York John F. Kennedy
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
12 £4,029.00 Book Now
28 Sep 2017 NDWHW - Autumn Colours of New England 12 £3,529.00 Book Now
5 Oct 2017 NDWHW - Autumn Colours of New England
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

VIRGIN ATLANTIC

  • Depart: 5 Oct 2017, 4:40 p.m.
  • Arrive: 5 Oct 2017, 7:05 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Boston Logan International

Flight - Return

VIRGIN ATLANTIC

  • Depart: 17 Oct 2017, 6:35 p.m.
  • Arrive: 18 Oct 2017, 6:30 a.m.
  • Depart from: New York John F. Kennedy
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
12 £4,029.00 Book Now
5 Oct 2017 NDWHW - Autumn Colours of New England 12 £3,529.00 Book Now

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: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person