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Tour Itinerary

Step back in time as you travel through historic New England, exploring centuries of history on Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod and in Newport.Relive 17th-century life at Plimoth Patuxet and visit a whaling museum in Nantucket. Special experiences include explorations in Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket... a whale-watching cruise off the shores of Provincetown... a sightseeing cruise of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay... and a tour of "The Breakers," one of Newport’s most extravagant Gilded Age mansions.

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  1. Day 1
    Arrive Boston

    Tour begins: 5:00 PM, The Lenox Hotel. A transfer is included from Logan International Airport to The Lenox Hotel, perfectly situated in the heart of Boston's picturesque Back Bay neighborhood. A welcome reception at your hotel this evening, followed by a welcome dinner at a local restaurant, gets your New England vacation off to a wonderful start!


    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Plimoth Patuxet and Martha's Vineyard

    From Boston, travel to Plymouth to step back in time at Plimoth Patuxet, a re-created 17th-century village with costumed living historians who bring the folkways of the Plimoth Colony, one of the earliest English settlements in North America, to life; see Plymouth Rock, marking the Pilgrims' 1620 landing site. After some free time in Falmouth, a ferry ride from the mainland takes you to the island of Martha's Vineyard. Whether you call it chic, fashionable, posh, quaint, charming, or trendy, it is one of the hottest New England vacation destinations of the 21st century – and where you'll spend the next two nights in the former whaling center of Edgartown.


    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Exploring Martha's Vineyard

    You'll bridge the centuries by exploring the Vineyard today. Start your sightseeing by admiring the historic stately homes in Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven. Take in the salt marshes, long beaches, and picturesque yacht harbors in the town of West Tisbury before finishing in Edgartown with a visit to the Carnegie Museum. Built in 1904, the Carnegie Museum was given to the town as a gift for its citizens by Andrew Carnegie and served as the town library from 1904 to 2016 before being reopened to the public in 2018. Inside, learn about the rich history and development of the island before embarking on a walking tour of the various historic & architectural sites near and on Edgartown Harbor (at a pace of your choice) followed by an exclusive private reception at Norton Boathouse. The rest of the day is yours to spend as you wish.


    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    Nantucket's whaling days & on to Cape Cod

    Weather permitting, today we will visit Nantucket Island, which three centuries ago was the whaling capital of the world. A short 15-minute flight takes you to the home of unspoiled beaches, lone lighthouses, sea captains’ houses and art galleries. While here, enjoy a guided sightseeing journey around the island, as well as a visit to the Nantucket Whaling Museum at your leisure. Your destination tonight is the quaint seaside village of Chatham, where you will feast on a New England lobster and clam dinner.


    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    The Cape, Provincetown & whale watching

    Journey up along the outer Atlantic side of the Cape to visit Cape Cod National Seashore, with its massive sand dunes towering above crested seas. Arrive in Provincetown on the tip of the Cape; once a key whaling town, it has become world-renowned over the last century as an arts colony and a major summer resort. "P-Town" is set near the summering grounds for a number of whale species; weather permitting, take a guided whale-watching cruise to see these amazing aquatic mammals roll, flip their tails, and blow through their blowholes – a true highlight of your New England vacation. Have dinner back at your resort in Yarmouth this evening.


    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    On to legendary Newport

    Leave the Cape this morning and head along the coast to historic Newport, Rhode Island, with a stop en route for lunch in – believe it or not – the town of Sandwich! Newport is renowned as a long-time haven for yachting enthusiasts, former home of the America's Cup, and one of the great playgrounds of the rich in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Drive past some of the ostentatious mansions that served as summer "cottages" for affluent socialites during the Gilded Age, and explore the celebrated Ten-Mile Drive; your home for the next two nights of your New England vacation is set right on Newport Harbor.


    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  7. Day 7
    The Breakers, a bay cruise & more in Newport

    Your Tauck Director begins the day with a guided stroll along Newport's Cliff Walk, set between the sea and the mansions. See the opulence of the 19th century's Gilded Age firsthand on a visit to "The Breakers," a 70-room Italian Renaissance mansion inspired by the 16th-century palaces of Genoa and Turin. This palatial "summer cottage" built by Cornelius Vanderbilt is now a National Historic Landmark. A delightful cruise through Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay precedes an afternoon spent exploring more of Newport on your own. Join us tonight at Forty 1° North Marina Resort, the city's newest luxury waterfront venue, to cap your New England vacation at our exclusive farewell cocktail reception and dinner overlooking Newport Harbor.


    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Journey home from Boston

    Drive back to Boston after a leisurely breakfast this morning. Tour ends: Boston’s Logan International Airport, 12:30 PM, or The Lenox Hotel at 1:30 PM, traffic permitting. Airport transfers are included; allow two hours for flight check-in.


    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

Step back in time as you travel through historic New England, exploring centuries of history on Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod and in Newport.Relive 17th-century life at Plimoth Patuxet and visit a whaling museum in Nantucket. Special experiences include explorations in Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket... a whale-watching cruise off the shores of Provincetown... a sightseeing cruise of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay... and a tour of "The Breakers," one of Newport’s most extravagant Gilded Age mansions.

  • Visit to the Nantucket Whaling Museum of the Nantucket Historical Association, chronicling Nantucket's 19th-century role as one of America's important whaling centers
  • Flight from Martha's Vineyard to Nantucket
  • Whale-watching cruise on the waters off Provincetown, home to New England's largest whale population
  • Two-night stay on Martha's Vineyard at the historic Harbor View Hotel & Resort, overlooking Edgartown Lighthouse, Edgartown Harbor and Chappaquiddick 

Health and Safety Protocols for Tauck Tours

Traveling with Peace of Mind
Our commitment never wavers – to earn your trust by always doing the right thing. As we explore the world together again, this will be more important than ever as we adapt to living and traveling in the presence of COVID-19.

Tauck is 95-years young this year, and our ability to weather many storms over the decades is a result of our values and beliefs – as a family and as a family-owned and led company. In addition to the guiding light of these values, our extensive experience, local knowledge and global support network help to ensure your safety on every Tauck journey. Building upon our bedrock of award-winning guest care, we have worked tirelessly to prepare for your return following the COVID-19 hiatus in travel. With guidance from leading experts, including the CDC and WHO, together with our internal Global Response Team and, most importantly, with feedback from thousands of our guests, we have redefined how we will conduct our experiences as we resume travel.

Tauck is Prepared for the Unexpected
For decades, Tauck has operated in over 70 countries in all 7 continents. Over this time, our staff and network of supplier partners have always been there to support our guests and team on the road. Our guests travel with a comprehensive, built-in support system that starts with the care and local knowledge of our Tauck Directors and extends to our network of partners around the world, including hoteliers and transportation companies.

At the core of our ability to quickly and effectively respond to the unexpected is our Global Response Team - a group of over 50 employees across all departments who stand ready to spring into action around the world. This team has plenty of experience, from weather events, high and low water on rivers, earthquakes, volcanic ash, civil unrest and work stoppages. They have also dealt with past virus outbreaks including the SARS and Zika viruses.

The Tauck Travel Well Pledge
Before we operate tours and cruises, all Tauck employees, our supplier partners and our guests will take Tauck’s Travel Well Pledge.

As a company, we will follow our enhanced protocols with diligence and rigor; review them frequently as the landscape changes and always make common-sense decisions grounded in purpose and pride. We embrace these new and necessary measures to combat COVID-19 and will do our very best to provide the Tauck care we have been honored to deliver for 95 years.

OUR NEW HEALTH & SAFETY PROTOCOLS
Consistent with our commitment to the well-being of our guests, we are implementing enhanced health and safety protocols. These protocols may vary by geographic regions and will certainly evolve over time, as science and society respond to new realities:

Tauck Staff
Prior to interacting with guests, each member of Tauck’s field staff is trained in enhanced protocols and participates in a personal health screening.

Once on tour, our Tauck Directors and supporting staff are responsible for maintaining these protocols with a special focus on cleanliness and physical distancing. They will relay critical information regarding requirements, advise when protocols are mandatory – such as wearing a face covering in group settings – and help facilitate guest care through communication with appropriate parties should a guest become ill on tour. All Tauck staff will adhere to the same requirements.

Guest Responsibility
When joining a Tauck journey, every guest is responsible for their own health and, in turn, the protection of their fellow travelers, the Tauck staff, our suppliers and the places we visit. Guests will pledge to follow the direction of the Tauck staff and adhere to health and safety protocols.

Guests are expected to wear face coverings in all group settings, to wash their hands frequently and to adhere to supplier and government regulations. While supplies of face coverings, gloves, and hand sanitizer will be available, guests are asked to bring such personal items for their own comfort.

Small is BIG
For many years, Tauck has emphasized and invested in more choices of activities, resulting in smaller groups for activities like sightseeing and events. This is consistent with our mantra that “Small is Big” – small groups and smaller ships with fewer guests.

We initially focused on these elements to improve the guest experience. Yet today they take on an additional dimension; small group experiences and more personal space are critical in providing the peace of mind our guests expect. Accordingly, we are offering even more small group experiences and limiting guest numbers across all of our journeys.

We have been working diligently with our partners to be prepared to welcome you back when the time is right.
Tauck has worked meticulously with our global supplier partners to plan for every itinerary following the hiatus in travel. All partners, whether they be a hotel, museum, small ship/riverboat, restaurant or other partner, have been thoughtful about how to provide a Tauck experience in this environment.

And while it's impossible to list all of the enhanced health and safety protocols for the hundreds of Tauck partners across the globe, we would like to share a representative sample of what you can expect:

Hotels
Our hotel partners all have world-class health and safety protocols. However, these guidelines may vary depending on local situations and regulations. Here are some typical examples:

  • Upon-arrival, health questionnaires and temperature checks may be required. Some hotels may even require daily temperature scans.
  • Social distancing may be required in public areas, bars and restaurants.
  • High-touch areas such as railings, door handles and elevators will undergo enhanced cleaning.
  • In-room measures may include removal of tent cards and magazines. Common use items, such as coffee makers and minibar amenities may be on demand.
  • High-touch areas, such as light switches, thermostats, remote controls and door handles will be subject to enhanced and frequent cleaning.
  • Guests will have the option to determine housekeeping frequency.
  • All hotel staff will undergo daily health screenings.

Ships and Riverboats
We have worked closely with our cruise partners to ensure the best possible health and safety protocols and to ensure the care and service you expect from Tauck:

  • Guests on cruises and river journeys will be required to complete a health questionnaire and will undergo a temperature check prior to boarding. In some instances, our ship partners will conduct daily temperature checks.
  • Face coverings and physical distancing will be required in most public spaces for guests and crew alike.
  • Meals may be offered at staggered times and self-serve buffets will be eliminated.
  • In-cabin measures include removing common use items. Coffee makers, minibar amenities and housekeeping will be on demand at guest discretion.
  • Ship staff will undergo daily health screenings.
  • All vessels will have medical staff onboard.

Sightseeing and Local Activities
Many of our experiences are exclusive and/or private and that’s important in taking care of you. Whether it be a guided tour, a visit to an iconic museum or private home, a musical performance, or any other special Tauck activities, we are applying the same rigor to health and safety protocols:

  • Tauck listening devices will be sanitized thoroughly and frequently.
  • Sightseeing is being adjusted to ensure proper physical distancing.
  • Admission times at venues may be altered to ensure no crowding.
  • Paper tickets, handouts and the like may be eliminated.

Dining
Tauck has always been known for a la carte dining; having more freedom to decide when and with whom to dine now has more value than ever. Additionally, our partners whether they be hotels, ships, special venues or restaurants, are raising their already rigorous hygienic standards. Here are some examples:

  • Waitstaff will likely be wearing face coverings and gloves.
  • Seating will be adjusted to accommodate physical distancing.
  • Self-serve buffets will be eliminated. Common use menus will no longer be used unless sanitized.

On-Tour Transportation
Keeping on-tour transportation safe is a major focus of our team who has worked with hundreds of partners to ensure continuity in health and safety protocols:

  • On motorcoaches and other on-tour ground transportation, such as airport transfers, guest should expect physical distancing and will be required to wear face coverings.
  • Prior to each trip, our motorcoaches, vans, airport transfer vehicles and on-tour aircraft will undergo a deep sanitizing process.
  • Luggage may also be sanitized at each movement.
  • Drivers will wear gloves and face coverings during all guest-facing interactions.
  • Drivers will frequently clean handrails, door handles, arm rests, tables, seats, air conditioning/HVAC units, restrooms and overhead storage areas.

Our Supplier Partners are ready for you
Tauck is proud to have worked closely with our partners around the world, many of them for decades, to deliver the quality, comfort and safety you expect. Whether it be hotels and resorts, riverboats and small ships, restaurants, event venues or transportation companies, their meticulous health and safety protocols reflect their leadership and well-earned respect in the travel industry. The following are some select health and safety protocols. We will update these on a regular basis.

In addition to our supplier partners, we have also been actively engaged with global travel organizations to standardize health and safety protocols throughout the travel industry. TourCare is one example:

TourCare are health and sanitation guidelines developed by the tour industry's major global associations: the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), The Canadian Association of Tour Operators (CATO) and the European Tourism Association (ETOA). Tauck, and our supplier partners, meet and exceed these guidelines that require members to adhere to the highest standards in the industry.

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Accommodations


Newport Marriott
Harbor View Hotel
Red Jacket Beach Resort
The Lenox Hotel

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Customer Reviews

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Accommodations
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Itinerary
4.8
Professional Staff
4.6
Repeat with Operator
4.6
Value for Money
4.2

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This was my first Tauck Tour per recommended highly by Tahlon, Travel Advisor with Affordable Tours. I was deeply saddened to hear of his leaving the agency as he was by far one of the BEST Advisors I have EVER dealt with. It was because of him I decided to go on this Cape Code and New England Tour 2019. I must say his recommendation out stood the test. Denise, Tour Director was exceptionally knowledgeable about the sites on the tour, she offered some most helpful suggestions and tips along the trip. She had a friendly personality, extremely professional and always willing to help and resolve any issues that she felt that may occur. Our terrific Bus Driver was Evan who was so kind, patient, friendly and professional. He provided excellent service and help and taking extra precautions to get our group to where we needed to go. I was pleased and highly impressed with the quality of service Tauck provided . Everything was arranged professionally and worked out well. The tours were wonderful, with wonderful foods and great hotels. My one suggestion to Tauck is that on the departing boat ride, reception and dinner is to get an enclosed boat. Everyone was cold due to the wind, hair blown all over our heads and it was not an enjoyable boat ride due to the TIMING WAS POORLY PLANNED. All of the ladies getting off the boat looked like wild women with their hair blown. This boat needed to be enclosed rather than open or offer the boat ride at a different time and not before the reception and dinner. I did not enjoy this boat ride at all due to the cold element of the wind. OVERALL THE TOUR WAS EXCELLENT!!!!! Thank you and I am so happy that I went on this tour.

This Tauck Tour of Cape Cod, The Islands was exceptional. The tour guide and the driver were exceptionally friendly, informed and courteous. All the amenities; the food, the lodging, the side excursions were excellent. I would recommend this trip to anyone. P.S. The tour even send extensive information before the tour to inform and prepare us for touring this area of the country, telling us how to pack and providing all the necessary information to prepare us for emergencies and other contingency plans. Very helpful.

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