New England is a less well-known region of the USA, but at least as interesting and fascinating as the touristic hotspots. Enjoy the mountain and lake scenery, the wonderful hiking and biking trails, the crisp air and delicious food. In Boston you learn about the early pilgrims, in Salem about witchcraft and witches and then there is the famous ice-cream factory ... Ben & Jerry’s to visit, right? Who could say no to all these temptations?
Days 1 - 2 - Boston
Arrive at Boston and visit the Boston harbor where you can enjoy The Boston Harbor Walk, a series of free walking trails. Another option is visiting Faneuil Hall Marketplace comprised of a collection of boutiques, eateries and pushcart vendors housed in converted 18th century warehouses. Enjoy the street entertainers that frequently perform just outside. Tomorrow is yours to explore: Visit the dock where it all began, the Boston Tea Party, the revolution that changed the world and walk the Freedom Trail, one of Americas' first historic walking tours, which takes you to 16 historical sites covering two and a half centuries of America's most significant past.
Day 3 - Kennebunkport
Today you drive north toward Salem, the infamous home of the 1692 witch trials. A shocking 190 woman were accused of ‘being possessed by ‘the evil hand’ and brought to death. Well aware of its infamy, Salem has a number of attractions centred on this uneasy time, including haunted tours and re-enactments. Continue to Gloucester, America’s oldest fishing port and on to Kennebunkport where you’ll spend the night.
Days 4 - 5 - Bar Harbor
Kennebunkport and all its natural wonders lie on the popular shore walk, Parson's Way and is filled with stores, restaurants and historic sites. Don’t forget to take a look at Walker's Point which is best known as the summer home of the Bush Presidential family. No access is allowed on the grounds, but it can be viewed from Ocean Avenue. In the afternoon continue to Bar Harbor once a ship-building community and today a favorite for people throughout the world.
Tomorrow you can explore Bar Harbor and its surroundings at your leisure. Visit Acadia National Park which offers 6000 acres of mountains, rugged coastline, islands, forests and lakes where you can hike, bike, canoe, fish, and explore on foot or by bike as the locals do. The Mount Desert Oceanarium includes a lobster museum, a marsh tour, and a lobster hatchery.
Day 6 - White Mountains
Today take a drive to the White Mountains National Forest and take a train ride through this scenic area. Smart routes lead to Conway or Bartlett, but the legendary Crawford Notch excursion is tops. Feel like a swim? Jump in and enjoy.
Day 7 - Stowe
In Franconia Notch State Park a passenger cable car brings you to the top of Cannon Mountain, from where – on a clear day – you can see as far as the mountains of Canada. Mount Washington is the highest peak. Taste the succulent ice cream Ben &Jerry at the factory and visit the graveyards of bygone tastes.
Day 8 - Green Mountains
Today you will drive past the most photographed spot in Vermont: ‘Moss Glen Falls’ featured in just about every picture portrait of the state. Enjoy a horseback ride or hike a short, medium and long trail varying in grades of difficulty from easy to challenging. An overnight stay has been arranged in the Green Mountains area.
Day 9 - The Berkshires
Today you tour The Berkshires in Massachusetts, widely known as a cultural hub of museums, historic sites, music, dance and art venues and an outstanding spot to play golf, hike, backpack, mountainbike, fish, to go whitewater rafting, canoe or kayak. Exciting and relaxing at the same time.
Day 10 - Newport
Newport is well-known for its numerous Gilded Age Mansions. Home to spectacular coastal scenery, awe-inspiring architecture, a thriving waterfront downtown, and welcoming hospitality, Newport is considered by many to be a shining gem in the coastal crown of New England. Take a walk through the Tennis Hall of Fame. Spoil yourself on the peaceful waters of Narragansett Bay aboard the Newport Dinner Train where dining is a statement of elegance and privilege.
Day 11 - Cape Cod/Falmouth
The first two stop on our route today are Hyannis and Cape Cod. People come to Cape Cod to feel inspired, to walk the pristine beaches, to reclaim childhood memories of seashells, sandcastles and salt water taffy, to indulge in the freshest fried clams and savour the breath taking scenic beauty. Hyannis Harbor bustles with activity, fishing and sailing charters, and the Kennedy Monument is found here. Hyannis Port, home to the Kennedy Compound is a quiet & residential part of Hyannis. The multimedia museum devoted to President Kennedy and his family carries displays of his time there.
Day 12 - Falmouth
Take a ferry ride across to Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket Island and visit the prettiest spots on the islands by bike, on horseback or on foot. Go scuba diving, ride the surf or cast your line for the feisty bluefish or soar above the island in a biplane!
Day 13 - Boston
On your last day of the tour you may want to visit historical Plymouth Rock, symbolizing the location where the Pilgrims disembarked from the Mayflower when they first landed on what was to become American soil; and the Mayflower II, a replica of the ship that first brought settlers to New England. Continue at your leisure to Boston International Airport.
Hotels & Meals
Mainstream American cuisine is similar to that in other Western countries. Wheat is the primary cereal grain. Traditional American cuisine uses indigenous ingredients, such as turkey, venison, potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, squash, and maple syrup, which were consumed by Native Americans and early European settlers.
Slow-cooked pork and beef barbecue, crab cakes, potato chips, and chocolate chip cookies are distinctively American foods. Soul food, developed by African slaves, is popular around the South and among many African Americans elsewhere. Syncretic cuisines such as Louisiana Creole, Cajun, and Tex-Mex are regionally important. The confectionery industry in the United States includes The Hershey Company, the largest chocolate manufacturer in North America. In addition, Frito-Lay, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, is the largest globally distributed snack food company in the world. The United States has a vast breakfast cereal industry that includes brands such as Kellogg's and General Mills.
Characteristic dishes such as apple pie, fried chicken, pizza, hamburgers, and hot dogs derive from the recipes of various immigrants. French fries, Mexican dishes such as burritos and tacos, and pasta dishes freely adapted from Italian sources are widely consumed. Americans generally prefer coffee to tea. Marketing by U.S. industries is largely responsible for making orange juice and milk ubiquitous breakfast beverages.
The American fast food industry, the world's largest, pioneered the drive-through format in the 1930s. Fast food consumption has sparked health concerns. During the 1980s and 1990s, Americans' caloric intake rose 24%; frequent dining at fast food outlets is associated with what public health officials call the American "obesity epidemic". Highly sweetened soft drinks are widely popular, and sugared beverages account for nine percent of American caloric intake.
Travel documents: All Belgian nationals* (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (biometric) containing min. 2 blank pages, valid at day of entry and during the entire stay. Connections recommends to let common sense prevail and to build in some slack in terms of validity. Often unforeseen circumstances (weather factors, volcanoes, and threats all kinds) are the cause of a mandatory postponed return date. A credit card is required upon check-in at the hotels and also when renting a car.Please keep this in mind. We strongly recommend you to print out the Esta- or Eta permit and to have it on you while you travel to avoid problems. Consult the latest travel information and up-to-date travel advice on diplomatie.be/nl.
All passengers who travel to and /or via the U.S. must apply for an electronic travel authorization at least 72 hours prior to departure. The ESTA procedure must be requested via the official website link https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov and paid by a personal credit card only. Please verify the latest updates on travel advice, documents and requirements on http://diplomatie.be/nl.
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The United States span 4 time zones:
- Eastern (- 6 h)
- Central (- 7 h)
- Mountain (- 8 h)
- Pacific (- 9 h)
Daylight saving time 2018: In The USA the clock is set forward in the night of Sunday 12 MAR 2017 at 2am. In Belgium, the clock is set forward on Sunday 26 MAR 2017 at 02am. This entails that between 12 and 26 March, the time difference is one hour less than indicated above.
Winter time 2018: Belgium turns the clock back one hour on Sunday 29 OCT 2017 at 02am. The USA turns back the arms of the clock on the night of Saturday, 5 nov at 2am. That entails that during the latter week the time difference is one hour less than indicated above.
US Dollar (USD), 1 USD = 0,86 EUR & 1 EUR = 1.16 USD (21/06/2018)
- A personal credit card is required upon check-in at the hotels and also when renting a car. The most convenient method of payment is by credit card but cash euros and dollars in small amount come in handy. Inform yourself timely, as from January 15, 2015 your Visa and/or MasterCard credit card (and possibly other types of credit cards) has automatically been set to "not for use in the US, for US car rental agencies and during cruises under the American flag".
- You must then apply for a release of your credit card. This may be done prior to your arrival in the U.S. (in your bank branch or via the telephone number listed on the back of your credit card or by means of a special form available for PC banking) as well as after arrival in the US (through a withdrawal at an ATM. Please note, in this case there will be a transaction fee charged to your account). The same applies to the Maestro function in your bank card.
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