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A Guide to a Small Group Journey Through New England

New England church

Small Group Journeys through New England’s picturesque villages and historic cities offer more than just a driver, says Ed Pettitt from Back-Roads Touring. Leaving the crowds behind, can allow for a more in-depth experience of what the beautiful area has to offer. Read on to discover our guide to New England on a Small Group Journey...

New England in Autumn

Autumnal New England is truly something special to behold. The roads are bathed in golden light, flanked by trees ablaze with fall colours, and ‘leaf peepers’ come to visit the colourful forests, rural landscapes and quaint villages. Our guides navigate around the crowds, taking you to lesser-known places that still have fantastic views. And they organise sought-after activities – like cruising immense Lake Winnipesaukee or chugging up Mount Washington on the Cog Railway – so you can just sit back and enjoy the moment.

Fall leaves at Lake Winnipesaukee, New England

Fall leaves at Lake Winnipesaukee, New England

Local New England Events

Our trips provide guaranteed access to great experiences and knowledge, but without the one-size-fits-all approach. We don’t stick to standard routes. There’s an abundance of food festivals in New England in autumn, and we adjust our itineraries to make the most of local events, such as the Franklin County CiderDays, New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival and Fall Foliage festivals.

Massachusett's City and Suburb

With its rich mix of colonial history and contemporary innovation, Boston is a natural springboard for a New England Journey, but there’s more to Massachusetts than its big-hitting harbour city. Inland you’ll find farms and orchards, state parks and quintessential college towns like Williamstown.

Portland Lobster Co sign

Portland Lobster Co sign

Vermont's Finest Fall Activities

In Vermont, the Green Mountain State, outdoor adventures are fuelled by fresh air and a buzzing food and drinks scene, from artisanal cheesemakers and distillers to more than 50 craft brewers. Burlington is a great spot for a beer or two, while our stay at the nearby Essex Culinary Resort & Spa is a chance for guests to take part in a cooking class, learning about local ingredients and rustling up something special.

Small-Group Art Tours in New England

New England’s arts scene is equally enticing, running the gamut from small galleries featuring regional artists in quaint Woodstock, to the thriving young Arts District in Maine’s seacoast city, Portland. Small-group touring will take you to the heart of each destination quickly, in a very intimate way. You’re surrounded by like-minded people, but you’re not herded on and off coaches, wasting precious time. It’s a bridge between independent travel and benefiting from the skill of an experienced guide.

Learn From Your Experienced Tour Leader

Most of our tour leaders are local to their region, and they’re always experts in the destination. Your guide may be a lifelong tourism specialist, or they could be an ex-policeman who knows the area better than anyone else – but all lead because they have a passion for sharing their experiences. Want to know which trail to take for a gentle hike near Jackson, or where to buy the best maple syrup in Montpelier? Or how about which Boston neighbourhood is your perfect match, from the tiny Bay Village and its diverse architecture to South Boston with its trendy Seaport District? No problem – just ask! 

Written by Flight Centre UK

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