Brew England: Beaches, Bluffs and Beer Tour

A tour like no other - take a unique opportunity to take in New England's fascinating history and breath-taking scenery as you sample it's world-famous breweries on this eight day small group tour itinerary.

Begin in historic Boston, before journeying through the glittering coast of the USA's Eastern Seaboard, taking in Maine before viewing the mountains and rolling hills of New Hampshire and Vermont - all the while experiencing the very best in the craft beer scene and learning all about the incredible process of making    from your tour's very own expert 'Beerologist'

Quench your thirst and whet your appetite as you explore the region's progressive brewing scenes. New England will make you fall in love with its rich history, food culture, soaring mountains and gorgeous coastline. 

You can even tailor your trip to your own interests with a choice of included experiences. Along with the many opportunities to sample local brews on included brewery tours and tastings you will also have the choice between a relaxed guided hike through the scenic landscape of Mount Mansfield or explore the remote back roads and trails of Vermont on a bicycle tour around Stowe. You can also choose between a whale watching cruise from Boston harbour or a visit to the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum.

Select departure dates between May and October, please contact our Destination Specialists for more details.

A special Thanksgiving itinerary is available departing on 18th November 2018, please contact our Destination Specialists for more details.

Duration
8 days
Options
Group basis, Escorted
Start your journey

Trip highlights

  • Enjoy craft brewery tours and tastings
  • Stroll along picturesque Marginal Way Walk

Arrive in Boston and transfer independantly to your first hotel. In the evening, you'll have a chance to mingle with other group members at a meet and greet reception hosted by your guide, a beer aficionado and destination specialist. You'll be given an introduction to the eight day exploration of New England. From the historic streets of Boston, to the breathtaking beauty of Maine’s rocky coastline and the awe-inspiring mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont, you'll have the chance to taste the holy grails of craft beer in each region.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Boston Aloft Boston Seaport or similar

This morning,  you'll  take an orientation tour of Boston’s historic Freedom Trail, architecturally significant Back Bay, and bustling waterfront. Boston continues to be an important center of commerce, technology and the arts for both the region and the country – as well as craft beer, but the tastings will be saved for the last day.

In the afternoon, you'll head north to Portsmouth, a port city with cobblestoned streets, a downtown filled with charming shops and restaurants, significant examples of Colonial, Georgian, and Federal style houses, and brewers who continue New England’s rich beer-making history. And, like a true New Englander, the beers brewed here are approachable, dependable and impervious to trends. After a tour and tastings, you'll continue along the coast to Ogunquit, a popular beach resort whose name means “beautiful place by the sea”.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Ogunquit Meadowmere Resort or similar

Start the day with a walk on the Marginal Way, a mile-long, paved foot path along the rocky coast with picture-perfect views worthy of any photography book. Upon arrival at Perkins Cove, board a lobster boat for a one-hour cruise and see traps hauled and lobsters caught by authentic Maine lobstermen. Your tour guide will provide a detailed explanation of the lobster fishery and the many scenic points of interest along the way.

This afternoon, you'' travel to Portland, ranked #1 craft beer city in the world by Matador Network. With a population of 200,000, this old port city with a young vibe is home to 19 craft brewing companies and an additional 15 craft brew pubs that interpret historic styles with unique twists. On return to Ogunquit, your evening is free to explore the village's shops and restaurants.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Ogunquit Meadowmere Resort or similar

This morning you’ll travel through the lakes region and into the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Spend time in North Conway for shopping at its famous tax-free outlets before travelling to Mt. Washington for a ride the Cog Railway to the summit of the eastern seaboard’s tallest peak. 'The Cog' is the world’s first mountain-climbing railway and a National Historic Engineering Landmark. Once at the top, you can visit the Observatory Museum and the historic Tiptop House before the trip down. On a clear day, the view extends all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Jackson Christmas Farm Inn or similar

Today you'll travel along the Kancamagus Highway, a 55 km long two-lane road, considered one of the most scenic drives in the region - so much so, it has been designated a National Scenic Byway by the US Department of Transportation.  Cross over the border into Vermont, regularly ranked near the top of the list as having the most number of breweries per capita in the country. This afternoon you'll visit some breweries as you taste your way to Stowe, a charming resort town at the base of Mt. Mansfield. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Stowe Topnotch Resort or similar

The choice of activity is yours this morning. You can enjoy a guided, relaxed hike through the serene woodlands with spectacular views of Mount Mansfield and Smugglers Notch, or see firsthand what makes Vermont such a special place by cycling the amazing remote back roads and low traffic paved roads. After an included lunch, you'll follow Vermont's famous IPA Highway to experience some of the state's most sought-after breweries. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Stowe Topnotch Resort or similar

Today you'll make your way back to Boston, but not before making a short stop in Woodstock, named “the prettiest small town in America” by Yankee Magazine. Upon arrival, you’ll visit the Grand-daddy of the craft brew movement in America—the Boston Beer Co, makers of Sam Adams. While some may argue it’s no longer a craft brewery, the tour and tastings of some of their more unique brews are definitely worth the visit.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Boston Aloft Boston Seaport or similar

This morning the choice is yours once again, perhaps you'll choose to board a half-day whale watching cruise. Naturalists narrate as you cruise Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary, a feeding ground for whales, dolphins, sea birds, and more. Another fascinating attraction is the John F. Kennedy Library & Museum, the repository of personal and political memorabilia of the iconic 35th president.

After returning to port in the late afternoon, you'll transfer independently back to Boston's Logan Airport for your flight home, or perhaps you'll choose to extend your stay to soak up more of the incredible history and culture available in Boston, or even hire a car and travel down to Cape Cod's famous beaches.

Included

  • International flights
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Group welcome reception
  • Coach transportation
  • Professional tour guide/'Beerologis'
  • Scheduled brewery tours/tastings
  • Experiences to include: Craft Brewery tours & tastings, Marginal Way Walk, Lobster boat experience, Mount Washington Cog Railway, Hiking Mt. Mansfield OR Cycle Stowe scenic trails, IPA Highway and Whale watching cruise OR JFK Library
  • Sightseeing to include: Boston, Faneuil Hall Market Place, Portsmouth's Historic Centre, Portland Headlight & Old Port, New Hampshire White Mountains, Kancamagus Scenic Highway, Woodstock and Stowe
  • Baggage handling