NEW ENGLAND
October 4 - 17, 2023

Pricing will be available in the 2023 Catalog. $300 deposit with reservation. $20 early bird discount if you register by the end of the year.

New England: Fall Foliage Splendor

One of the most spectacular destinations in North America to witness the changing seasons, New England is a brilliantly colored landscape of an abundance of varieties of maples, oaks, and birches that ensure the rich palette of yellow, brown, and bronze tones. New England — the birthplace of America — is filled with rich history, cultural attractions, fascinating cities, scenic villages, and outdoor adventures at every turn. Discover white sand beaches, lighthouses, brilliant fall foliage, expansive lakes, panoramic mountain views, and dockside restaurants with delicious seafood chowder and lobster. Discover why visitors travel back to
New England again and again…

Wednesday, October 4:
We begin our adventure to New England today, traveling through Indiana and into Ohio, where we overnight at the Drury Inn, Dublin, Ohio.  Enjoy the included Kickback dinner at the hotel tonight. (D)
 
Thursday, October 5:
Today we continue our journey, overnighting at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, New York. You will receive a $20 dinner coupon to use at any venue in the resort. You will receive $15 free play. (B, D)
 
Hildene

Hildene

Friday, October 6:
This morning, you will receive a $10 breakfast coupon to use at any venue at the resort. Today, we arrive at the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont! Arrive to the lovely town of Manchester, VT, in time for lunch on your own before visiting Hildene, former summer home of Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary Harlan Lincoln. Tour the restored 24-room Georgian Revival mansion, restored Pullman car, goat dairy, Dene Farm, and magnificent gardens. Continue to the Jackson Gore Inn at Okemo Mountain Resort for a relaxing two-night stay. Upon arrival, receive a warm greeting and take some time to settle in before enjoying a delicious dinner together. (B,D)

 
 
 

vermont country storeSaturday, October 7:

Enjoy breakfast and set out with our local Step-On Guide for another fun-filled day of touring around the Green Mountains! Visit the village of Weston – home to the Vermont Country Store. From the cheery ring of the Storekeeper’s bell to the friendly creak of its well-worn hardwood floors, we’ll step back to a simpler time and place. Founded in 1946, this authentic country store is stocked with 1000’s of practical and hard to find goods and wares that will surely delight!
 
Then enjoy a visit to one of Vermont’s authentic Sugar Houses for a maple demonstration and tastings! Mid-day visit the quintessential New England village of Woodstock for free time and lunch on your own.  Enjoy the shops, restaurants, or take a walk to the covered bridge in the middle of town and view the stately homes surrounding the village green. Then enjoy a unique Vermont experience at Billings Farm, one of the finest dairy farms in America!  Enjoy a Wagon Ride and Ice Cream from their dairy bar! Tonight, enjoy a lovely dinner at one of Vermont’s Country Inns! (B, D)
 
Conway Scenic Railroad

Conway Scenic Railroad

Sunday, October 8:
This morning depart for the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Arrive to the historic Mount Washington Hotel. A grand masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance architecture, The Mount Washington Hotel in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, was a two-year labor of love for 250 master craftsmen. Conceived by industrialist Joseph Stickney, this National Historic Landmark opened in 1902 and immediately became a favorite summer haunt for poets, presidents and princes. Enjoy a guided tour of this magnificent hotel followed by a delicious luncheon in the grand dining room. Then, arrive to Crawford’s Station and board the Conway Scenic Railroad’s Mountaineer with 1950s-era streamlined passenger cars replicating the experience of a post-World War II Transcontinental streamlined train, for a supremely scenic rail journey through the rugged Crawford Notch and Mountain Washington Valley. Arrive at Conway Station in Conway Village for free time to shop at the famous Zeb’s Country Store before checking into the Fairfield Inn & Suites, North Conway. Enjoy dinner together this evening.
(B, L, D)

 
Monday, October 9:
After breakfast, journey to Coastal Maine and Mount Desert Island. En route, visit Fort Knox State historic site, one of America’s bestpreserved examples of seacoast fortifications constructed in the 1800s and the Penobscot Narrows Observatory, the tallest bridge observatory open to the public in the world.  Explore the fort and enjoy breathtaking views of the Penobscot Bay area. This afternoon, arrive to Mount Desert Island and check into Bar Harbor Regency Resort and take some time to freshen up before enjoying a delicious dinner together this evening. (B, D)
 
acadia national park

Acadia National Park

Tuesday, October 10:
After breakfast, meet our local Step-On Guide for a tour through one of America’s beautiful and treasured National Parks, Acadia National Park.  Visit thunder hole along with other scenic picture stops and travel to the top of Cadillac Mountain for spectacular views of Frenchman’s Bay, Porcupine Islands and Bar Harbor. This afternoon, embark on a scenic Nature cruise out of Frenchman Bay. Enjoy views of Acadia, islands, lighthouses, and the Downeast coast from the water while on the lookout for wildlife such as porpoise, seals, and seabirds. Enjoy the balance of the day and evening to explore Bar Harbor Village and dine on your own at one of the many wonderful restaurants! (B)

 

Ogunquit

Wednesday, October 11:
Enjoy breakfast, then venture ‘downeast’ to Coastal Maine for a visit to the popular summer resort of Kennebunkport for a scenic drive along the ocean to Walker’s Point passing the summer home of past President George H.W. Bush. Enjoy time at Dock Square for shopping and lunch on your own before continuing to the delightful village of Ogunquit, named by the Abenaki Indians which means, “Beautiful place by the Sea” and board the ‘Finest Kind’ cruises for an authentic lobstering experience! Later, check into the Anchorage by the Sea in Ogunquit for the evening. Tonight, enjoy a delicious dinner at one of Ogunquit’s great restaurants. (B, D)

 
 
cape neddick light

Cape Neddick Light

Thursday, October 12:
Enjoy breakfast before we check out and depart for Boston and Cape Cod! Enjoy a drive through the coastal village of York for a picture stop at one the most photographed lighthouses in the country, Cape Neddick Light, or more popularly known as “the Nubble”. Arrive to Boston, the birthplace of American Freedom, meet our local Step-On guide and enjoy a guided tour along Boston’s famous Freedom Trail viewing and visiting many historic sites while hearing tales of the brave Bostonians and Colonialists who dared to challenge Britain and helped establish the greatest republic in the world. Enjoy free time for lunch on your own at Faneuil Hall Marketplace which is as alive today as it was in 1742 when our nation’s fathers proclaimed it “The Cradle of Liberty.” This afternoon, breathe the salt sea air and feel the coastal breezes as we arrive to the beautiful shores of Cape Cod and arrive to the Red Jacket Beach Resort, overlooking spectacular Nantucket Sound, for a relaxing three-night stay.  Receive a warm greeting and refreshing welcome reception! Relax and freshen up before enjoying a delicious welcome dinner tonight. (B, D)

 
Photo Courtesy of nantucket-ma.govFriday, October 13:
After breakfast, enjoy a brief tour of Hyannisport, home to the Kennedy’s with a special ‘group photo’ stop at the Kennedy Memorial and Korean War Memorial overlooking scenic Veteran’s Beach. Then, we’ll board the High-speed ferry for a cruise to Nantucket Island. This island, fondly known as “The Gray Lady,” was once the whaling capitol of the world back in the 1800’s. Now a popular vacationing spot for the wealthy, Nantucket’s charm is associated with its cobblestone main street, narrow roads, simple Quaker-style homes and handsome houses dating back to the whaling days of the early 19th century. Enjoy free time to explore at your leisure, enjoy lunch on your own, and meander through the many charming shops before we enjoy a guided tour around this beautiful island. Later this afternoon, re-board the ferry for our cruise back to the mainland.  Enjoy dinner on your own along the Hyannis Harborfront. (B)
 
Saturday, October 14:
Following breakfast, meet our local Step-On guide for a fun-filled day touring the lower and outer Cape! Tour through the charming seaside village of Chatham with a picture stop at the Chatham Light and the Cape Cod National Seashore for spectacular views off the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Then it’s off to Provincetown, the tip of the Cape, and spend some time browsing around the downtown waterfront area with all its artistic and eclectic shops before embarking on a Provincetown Dune Tour in Suburbans for a one-hour tour through the dunes, enjoying beautiful natural scenery and coastline! Tonight, gather for a delicious grand finale dinner at one of the Cape’s great restaurants. (B, D)
 
Sunday, October 15:
Enjoy breakfast this morning before we check out and begin our journey home taking wonderful stories and memories of our vacation to New England! Tonight we will stop at Leola, PA., lodging at the Inn At Leola. Dinner is included at the inn tonight. (B, D)
 
Monday, October 16:
Continuing home, we overnight at the Drury Inn, Columbus South tonight. Enjoy the Kickback Dinner at the hotel tonight. (B, D)Tuesday, October 17:
We arrive back in Southern Illinois this afternoon, with wonderful memories of our beautiful tour, Fall in New England. (B)

Includes:

  • 13 night’s accommodations
  • 13 Breakfasts
  • One grand buffet Luncheon at the Omni Mount Washingtontravel insurance QR Code
  • 11 Dinners including a Lobster Dinner
  • Admission to Hildene
  • Vermont touring
  • Vermont Country Store
  • Maple Sugar House Visit and samples
  • Woodstock Village
  • Billings Farm, Wagon Ride, & Ice Cream
  • Omni Mount Washington Hotel self-guided tour
  • Conway Scenic “Mountaineer” Train
  • Fort Knox and Penobscot Narrows Bridge
  • Mount Desert Island
  • Guided tour through Acadia National Park
  • Bar Harbor Nature Cruise
  • Visits to Kennebunkport and Ogunquit
  • Finest Lobster Cruise
  • Guided Tour of Boston’s Historic Freedom Trail
  • Guided Tour of Hyannis
  • Round-trip High-speed ferry to Nantucket Island
  • Guided tour of Nantucket
  • Guided tour of Cape to Provincetown
  • Visit to Cape Code National Seashore
  • Provincetown Dune Tour
  • 5 Days Professional local Step-On Tour Guides
  • Luggage Handling (1 piece per person)
  • Deluxe Motorcoach/Driver’s Gratuity
  • Step-on Tour Guide Gratuities
  • Fully Escorted by Jane’s Journeys

COST PER PERSON

Double: $3993
Triple: $3645
Single: $5360

$300 deposit with reservation; $20 early bird discount if you register by the end of the year. Final payment due by August 4, 2023.