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8 Days | New England's Islands


Day 1 | Providence, Rhode Island. The state capitol of Rhode Island is known as the "Renaissance City," with a host of attractions for visitors to enjoy including acclaimed theaters, fine arts and Philharmonic performances. Over three centuries of fascinating history are preserved in Providence from Benefit Street's "Mile of History" to the immaculate examples of Colonial and Victorian architecture. There are plenty of historic landmarks to discover, such as the Rhode Island State House and the John Brown House. You should also explore this glorious New England harbor at your leisure.

Day 2 | New Bedford. In the mid-19th century, New Bedford was the whaling capital of the world, and became the inspiration behind Herman Melville's classic American novel, Moby Dick, in 1841. Today, New Bedford is still known as "The Whaling City," with an authentic seaport village, large fishing fleet and working waterfront. The New Bedford Whaling Museum houses the world's largest collection of whaling artifacts, including a model ship so large, you can climb aboard. The County Street historic area features dozens of whaling-era mansions worthy of admiring.

Whaling Museum. Tour the largest museum in America devoted to the history of the American whaling industry. New Bedford has a long and storied history with the whaling industry, which was a major part of the city's roots. Visit the New Bedford Whaling Museum to learn about this connection by exploring the interactive exhibits, cultural artifacts and five full whale skeletons.

Acushnet Harbor Cruise. Enjoy a relaxing 50 minute cruise around the historical New Bedford-Fairfield harbor. Highlights of this tour include the Palmer's Island Lighthouse, Fort Phoenix, a working fishing fleet, and Coast Guard cutters.

Rotch-Jones-Duff House. Explore the Rotch-Jones-Duff House, a beautiful example of Greek Revival architecture. New Bedford's historic district features dozens of whaling-era mansions worthy of admiration, including the 1833 Rotch-Jones-Duff House. Designed by Richard Upjoin, the house is one of the finest surviving examples of residential Greek Revival architecture. The house and gardens chronicle 150 years of economic and social life in the city and are named for the three prominent families who resided there. Furnished period rooms display the decorative arts, furniture and belongings of the families.

Fairhaven Guided Tour. A small town steeped in tradition, Fairhaven, Maine, is home to magnificent public buildings financed in the late 1800s by Standard Oil Co. millionaire, Henry H. Rogers. Your tour will include a visit to a harborside fort built during the Revolutionary War, a look at the unique town center with its European style architecture, and a visit to a restored one-room schoolhouse built in 1828.

Day 3 | Nantucket Island. Be transported back to the 18th century as you step off your ship onto the timeworn cobblestone streets of Nantucket. Discover how this delightful island evolved from a small farming community to be the center of the American whaling industry and then to a popular resort community. Nantucket is a world unto itself, with towering church steeples and old-world architecture. Stroll along streets lined with charming shops, ice cream parlors, and rose-covered cottages, before watching the sunset from one of Nantucket's pristine beaches.

Narrated Nantucket Island Bus Tour. (1.5 Hours) For nearly 100 years, Nantucket Island was one of the premier whaling ports in the world. In 1869, Nantucket's last whaling ship left its shores, never to return to her home port. Recreational boating was on the rise, bringing summer visitors from the mainland to the island, but it wasn't until 1880 when Nantucket became an ideal destination for summer vacationing. Join your fellow passengers on a narrated bus tour of this enchanting island. Take a step back in time as you are captivated by the island's history, whaling stories, 17th century architecture and beautiful cottages.

Day 4 | Martha's Vineyard. Martha's Vineyard was once a hub for whaling fleets and merchant ships, with exotic cargo from far corners of the world arriving on her shores. Today, the island is one of the most popular vacation spots in New England, comprised of six distinct towns, including Chilmark and Vineyard Haven. The most genteel town on the island is historic Edgartown, prim and proper with its freshly painted colonial homes and manicured gardens. Martha's Vineyard is also home to the Gay Head Cliffs, renowned for the multi-colored earth that was once the main source of paint for the island's houses.

Island Tour. (3 Hours) Discover the best of Martha's Vineyard during a guided tour of the island. On a narrated bus tour of the island, you will experience a 19th century seaport village when you visit historic Edgartown, featuring magnificent examples of Greek Revival homes built by whaling captains. Delight in Oak Bluffs' gingerbread style cottages, discover West Tisbury, and Vineyard Haven's beautiful harbor. The excursion includes a one-hour stop in Edgartown, where you can stroll through the village and enjoy its famous rose-covered cottages.

Day 5 | Bristol, Rhode Island. Fall River, Maine. A stop at Fall River is not complete without a visit to Battleship Cove — a unique "floating" museum recognized as the world's largest collection of 20th century U.S. naval fighting vessels. Relive childhood memories on the magnificent, fully-restored carousel at Battleship Cove — the oldest functioning carousel in America. You may also wish to explore the collection of intricate model ships and other nautical keepsakes from the golden days of great sail ships at Fall River's Marine Museum. The museum also hosts the largest exhibit of Titanic artifacts in the United States.

Herreshoff Marine Museum. America's Cup Hall of Fame. Visit this historic site, famous for building the world's finest yachts. Boat building and related industries have played a major role in the life of Bristol since the early 17th century. In 1878, the Herreshoff brothers formed the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, building fast gunboats and torpedo boats for the government. However, it became most noteworthy during the "Golden Age of Yachting" for building the world's finest yachts. Today, you can visit this historic site at the Herreshoff Marine Museum, which honors the individuals of the 150-year competition and the most distinguished of all international sporting trophies. Both guided and self-guided tours are available.

Blithewold Mansion. Visit this breathtaking seaside garden estate. As one of the finest garden estates in New England, an exploration of Blithewold yields diverse gardens, specimen trees, and a 45-room English style manor house, all chronicling the rich social history of the lives of one family over 8 decades. Experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay, and see the mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived there.

Downtown Bristol Shuttle. Stroll through this patriotic town and discover its many interesting shops and museums. Bristol is known as the most patriotic town in America. Host to the oldest continuous Fourth of July celebration in the nation, Bristol has celebrated its independence since 1785 with a parade that rivals any other. Motor coach services are available in the afternoon from the Herreshoff Marine Museum to the Visitor's Center in downtown Bristol.

Day 6 | Newport, Rhode Island. Nestled within Narragansett Bay is Newport — the yachting capital of the world. As you stroll along the beautiful beaches, historic neighborhoods, bustling wharves and scenic waterfront, you'll find that Newport offers something for everyone. Visit the Herreshoff Marine Museum and America's Cup Hall of Fame. You may want to explore Newport's fabled past with glimpses of opulent seaside estates along the "Avenue of the Mansions," renowned museums, art galleries and historic landmarks.

Scenic Bus Tour. (3 Hours) Enjoy a narrated tour of historic and famous Newport. With the brilliant Atlantic Ocean on one side and some of the country's most impressive properties on the other, this celebrated trail is an unforgettable one. You will drive along the spectacular Ocean View Drive, "Avenue of the Mansions" and the Tennis Hall of Fame. You will not forget your tour of The Breakers, a 70-room mansion and a National Historic Landmark built in 1895.

Day 7 | Block Island, Rhode Island. Stroll along Mohegan Bluffs and admire the Southeast Lighthouse, located along the scenic southern shore of the island. The bluffs rise 200 feet above the ocean and stretch 3 miles along the shoreline. This small, pristine island off the coast of Rhode Island has quickly become a favorite summertime destination, adored for its "laid back" attitude, splendid nature trails and breathtaking bluffs.

Island Tour. (1 Hour) Join us on a narrated tour in a famous Block Island taxi conducted by a spirited, Block Island native guide. The tour includes a stop by the colorful Mohegan Bluffs, 200 feet above sea level, which create spectacular ocean views. Finally, enjoy the Southeast Lighthouse, Mohegan Trail, Fresh Pond and Rodman Hollow. A true Block Island experience.

Day 8 | Providence. Providence offers a number of shore excursions that will delight any member of your travel group. Simply take a walk through Waterplace Park to the River Walk, or admire the architecture of the Cathedral of Saints Paul and Peter. No matter what type of activity you are looking for when you disembark, Providence has several options for you.

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change without notice. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the itinerary schedule you receive with your final documents.

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