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Classic New England Self-Drive

12 days from £2,210pp

Includes flights
What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

    Places visited:

  • Boston
  • Kennebunkport
  • Jackson, NH
  • Manchester, VT
  • Newport
  • Falmouth
  • Discover the chequered history of Boston and browse its shops and markets.

  • Explore the rugged coastline of Maine, dotted with lighthouses and quaint seaside towns.

  • Wander through the picturesque villages and rolling hills of Vermont.

  • Go walking or mountain biking in New Hampshire's magnificent White Mountains.

  • Go whale watching off the waters of Cape Cod.

Alice, an Audley Travel specialist

What our specialists say...

Ideal for those short on time, this itinerary packs in a selection of New England's highlights. Experience unforgettable drives through the rugged Maine landscape, New Hampshire's dramatic White Mountains and Vermont's picturesque Green Mountains, taking the time to follow walking trails and stopping at small coastal towns with traditional white clapboard houses. You’ll also pay a visit to cosmopolitan Newport with its grand mansions, explore beautiful Cape Cod where you’ll have the chance to go whale watching, and spend a full day discovering historic Boston, perhaps experiencing a Red Sox baseball game.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Boston
  • Kennebunkport
  • Jackson, NH
  • Manchester, VT
  • Newport
  • Falmouth

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 Boston

International outbound flight , Boston

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Boston. On arrival in Boston, make your way to your accommodation. The rest of the day is free for you to begin exploring this historic city under your own steam. You could visit Harvard University, have a look around the New England Aquarium or simply browse the city's shops, galleries and museums.

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Day 2 Boston


Enjoy a full day at leisure in Boston. You won't be short of things to see and do; don't miss taking the Freedom Trail to visit the city's iconic sights and gain an insight into its fascinating history. Other sights include Boston Common, Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, the red-brick houses of Beacon Hill and the world-famous Boston University over the river in Cambridge. You might also be lucky enough to catch a Red Sox baseball game during your stay in Boston.

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Day 3 Kennebunkport

Boston , Kennebunkport

Make your own way to your nearest car hire depot, where your car will be ready to collect. All insurances, road maps and a sat-nav are included. A gentle two hour drive north takes you through the New England countryside to the coastal town of Kennebunkport, perched on Maine's rocky Atlantic coastline. Your afternoon is free to relax on the beach or explore the galleries and craft shops of this pretty coastal town.

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Day 4 Jackson, NH

Kennebunkport , Jackson, NH

Today's two and a half hour drive takes you 129 km (80 miles) inland, the road weaving its way through New Hampshire's Lakes Region to the picture-postcard town of Jackson. The traditional town comes complete with a wooden covered bridge and white clapboard houses, and is located in the heart of the White Mountains National Forest. There are many scenic walks and drives to enjoy in the surrounding area, or you can simply relax in your hotel while taking in the beautiful mountain scenery.


Day 5 Jackson, NH

Jackson, NH

A day at leisure to explore New Hampshire's White Mountains. This rugged region is a paradise for ramblers and hikers; allowing an opportunity to sample the famous Appalachian Trail that stretches from Maine to Georgia. If you'd prefer to enjoy the panorama from the comfort of your car, we can recommend some excellent scenic drives that weave their way through the mountains. For something a little different, take the cog railway to the summit of Mount Washington, the highest peak in the northeastern USA, or those who are a little more daring may wish to drive themselves 1,917m (6,288ft) to the top.


Day 6 Manchester, VT

Jackson, NH , Manchester, VT

Continue your journey southwest into Vermont; a particularly scenic drive of around four and a half hours. As you depart New Hampshire you'll follow the Kancamagus Highway - a 56km (35 mile) mountain road which is frequently rated as one of America's best scenic byways. Allow yourself plenty of time to stop at the numerous lay-bys and scenic viewpoints, and if you're lucky, you may even see moose meandering across the road - ensure you have your camera to hand. This breathtaking drive takes you across the state border into Vermont and to the incredibly scenic Green Mountains. The rest of the day is free to explore the rolling hills and pretty New England villages around Manchester.

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Day 7 Manchester, VT

Manchester, VT

A day at leisure to enjoy Vermont's Green Mountains. Take a scenic drive around some of the little towns here, or enjoy some gentle walking in the nearby hills. For those interested in history, Abraham Lincoln's family home at Hildene is just a short drive away, and shoppers are able to pick up bargains at Manchester's small selection of outlet stores.

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Day 8 Newport

Manchester, VT , Newport

Today's five hour drive south brings you back to the coast and to the upmarket maritime town of Newport, Rhode Island. Be sure to visit one of the town's extravagant gilded age mansions, which were built in the late 19th century as summer homes for New York's wealthiest families.

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Day 9 Falmouth

Newport , Falmouth

An easy hour and a half drive east takes you to the gorgeous Cape Cod, where your afternoon is free to relax on a beach, explore coastal villages or go whale watching; humpback, finback and minke whales migrate to these waters to feed between April and October.


Day 10 Falmouth


One more day at leisure to enjoy the views as the Atlantic Ocean crashes onto this beautiful coastline, strewn with quaint harbours, windswept beaches, golden dunes and romantic lighthouses. It's worth making the trip up to Provincetown, which is known as one of America's premier whale watching destinations, or you may wish to take the short ferry ride over to the islands of Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket. Your specialist will be able to provide more details on ferry tickets, schedules and whale watching trips.


Day 11 International return flight

Falmouth , International return flight

Return to Boston today to end your New England journey. During the two hour journey, if your flight departs this evening, we recommend stopping at Plymouth, renowned as the landing point of the Pilgrim Fathers, who arrived in the New World on the Mayflower in 1620. Here you could pay a visit to Pilgrim Hall Museum, which is the oldest continuous museum in the USA and has a collection of pilgrim artefacts. The Plimouth Plantation is a well-established living history museum. Exhibits depict the lives of 17th-century pilgrims who lived here, and of the Wampanoag community who have lived in the region for thousands of years. Arriving into Boston, return your car before boarding your onward flight.

Day 12 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Audley Travel specialist Dawn
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