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Martha’s Vineyard, two nights in Provincetown, two nights Nantucket
- Ferry rides from Boston to Provincetown, Hyannis to Martha’s Vineyard, then on to Nantucket
- Overnight Boston, 2 nights Provincetown on the Cape, overnight Hyannis, 2 nights Nantucket
- Guided tours of Provincetown, Cape Cod Nat’l Seashore, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard
- An evening of theater in Provincetown
- Visit Chatham, home of many a sea captain
- See the Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, John F. Kennedy Museum in Hyannis – 2017 will be the 100th anniversary of his birth
- Free time to browse shops and galleries
Arrive in Boston in the late afternoon, after your early morning departure from Sacramento/Reno. Dinner is included this evening. DoubleTree Club Boston Bayside (D)
Boston is full of history and there are lots of opportunities to learn. Because this is the centennial anniversary of the birth of John F. Kennedy, we have selected a stop at the Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum. Right next door is the new Edward Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. Included is admisison to one of the facilities. After an opportunity to enjoy some “chowda,” or a lobster roll for lunch at the famous Quincy Market downtown, head to the ferry dock and off across the water on the 90-minute cruise to Cape Cod. You are riding on one of the largest and fastest catamarans in the world, providing the smoothest and quickest journey to Provincetown or “P-Town.” On arrival, you’ll have time to visit the shops and galleries near the dock, in the heart of town. Your hotel is a half mile from the center of town. Surfside Hotel – 2 nights (FB,D)
A guided tour of Provincetown by trolley gives you the opportunity to discover the rich history and current mood of this most unique “end of the road” community. Next, travel over the sand dunes – yes, the sand dunes, in a special SUV – to discover a whole new scenic world! Dine at a popular local spot for lunch, and have the afternoon free to explore P-Town or relax and enjoy the waterfront view at your hotel. Dinner is at your leisure, and tonight enjoy a local theater production in town. (B,L)
Just south of P-Town on the southeast end of the Cape is Chatham. Arrive there via a route that takes you through small New England villages along Cape Cod National Seashore, with a stop at the NPS Visitors Center to glean a little more information about the region. Chatham is known for its beautiful sea captain mansions and you’ll have time for lunch and browsing. Continue on to Hyannis, where the John F. Kennedy Museum gives you a “other than presidential years” look at JFK’s life. We will also view other Kennedy family landmarks in town, part of the story of America’s fascination with JFK and his clan. Your accommodations are right across from the ferry dock, making for a super convenient departure. Tonight, it’s time for LOBSTERS! Hyannis Hotel – (B,D)
After breakfast, board a high speed catamaran for a cruise to the “Storybook Island” of Martha’s Vineyard. Learn about the history of the island on a narrated bus tour. Lunch is also included and there is free time in Edgartown. Your stay on The Vineyard is brief, as you catch the interisland ferry to Nantucket in mid-afternoon. Stay at the Nantucket Inn, just across the street from the small, local airport. A complimentary shuttle service is available from the hotel to town every hour. Dine in small, popular, local restaurants in town each night. Nantucket Inn – 2 nights (FB,L,D)
Nantucket is one of the United States’ oldest communities. Your tour this morning takes you around the island, explaining the whaling industry, which was once big here, and current lifestyles, which are dominated by “upper-middle class types” from the mainland. After the tour, you are free in town for lunch. Visit the Whaling Museum, browse some of the shops and galleries, return to the inn at leisure. (B,D)
Flight schedule permitting, fly directly from Nantucket to Kennedy Airport on JetBlue, arriving home about 11:30pm. An alternative route is by ferry back to Hyannis with a flight home from Boston. The decision on return flights will be made in January 2017. (B)
Featuring Tioga Pass and Bodie State Historical Park
Featuring covered, reserved seating for the Grand Floral Parade
First offered as a holiday excursion in 2013, it has been often requested by our Christmas crowd ever since, so we are pleased to bring A Coos Bay Christmas back for a return engagement.
This is an all-coach trip. Travel north to Ashland/Medford the first day. There’s a lunch break in Redding and tonight you’ll partake in the annual Christmas Feast at the Winchester Inn. The six-course meal comes with carolers and costumed staff.
The next morning (Christmas Eve), before departing for the coast, make an early morning visit to Harry & David’s. As is our Christmas shopping tradition, we have negotiated a little gift card to get you started on your expedition. Travel to the coast, stopping in Bandon at Washed Ashore, a most unique place that makes art out of ocean trash. At Cranberry Sweets, your sponsored-shopping activities continue. Finish the day at The Mill Casino/Hotel in Coos Bay. Dinner tonight is a Crab Fest (other options available), as the Dungeness season will have just started.
Christmas Day brings our legendary White Elephant Gift Exchange, an ecological tour of the area and a visit to Shore Acres State Park. Not only is there an interesting story, there is a wonderful display of Christmas lights. A holiday feast is planned.
The trip home takes you down the Oregon Coast, with shopping stops at Misty Meadows Jams and the House of Myrtlewood. Spend the night in Eureka and head home through the redwoods.
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