From winding roads in deep valleys to vibrant autumn leaves, there’s no better place to experience a slice of classic New England life than in Vermont. The tour begins in Boston, Massachusetts, one of America’s oldest cities. We are flying in one day before the tour begins to give you time to rest or explore on your own. Day two is at leisure to explore this historic city on your own. Day three depart Boston for a colorful drive to Vermont, the “Green Mountain State”. Stop in Woodstock, the “quintessential New England village”. Enjoy leisure time for a nice lunch and time to admire the town’s iconic covered bridge, a perfect pairing to the restored Georgian houses lining the central square. Next, stand in awe before the mile-long Quechee Gorge, created by the water’s slow and constant carving during the Ice Age era. Continue on to Burlington, your home for the next three nights. Located on the shores of Lake Champlain, Burlington is an eclectic college town that maintains a young and art-friendly vibe. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. Day four step into history at the Shelburne Museum with a local guide; then discover its historic buildings, gardens and galleries on your own. Spread out over 39 buildings, the museum not only pays homage to New England architecture but also houses a world-renowned collection of art and whimsical Americana including the steamboat Ticonderoga. Enjoy time in the heart of Burlington at Church Street Marketplace, an award-winning open-air center that features street performers, local shops, and up-and-coming musicians. Tonight, get a true taste of local flavor with a unique Vermont-inspired menu where you’ll savor harvest vegetables, local cheeses and crisp cider. Day five venture to the western side of Lake Champlain as you head into the Adirondack region of New York. Feel history come alive at Fort Ticonderoga, a battleground from the 1700s. Decide how you discover the site because it’s your choice! See the 18th-century artillery collection lining the outer walls and visit the costumed British soldiers that participate in musket maintenance, carpentry, tailoring, and other daily routine tasks -OR- take a leisurely hike on the Carillon Battlefield Trail, a loop that offers stunning views of Lake Champlain, Vermont’s Green Mountains and Mount Defiance. Depart Ticonderoga and pass through cozy towns on your way to Rulfs Orchard, a family owned farm. Opened in 1952, the farm provides tasty treats to satisfy your sweet tooth, including freshly baked cider donuts. Cross back into Vermont by means of a Lake Champlain ferry, giving you a different view of the mountains surrounding the freshwater lake. Day six get a taste of a national favorite at Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory, where a guide will teach you about this dairy delight before you sample this sweet treat. Head south on Route 100, where tree-lined mountains and gently rolling hills create one of the most scenic routes in New England. Stop at the Lareau Farm Inn, home to the original American Flatbread Company; for lunch you’ll enjoy a taste of their famous pizza featuring ingredients from nearby farms and wash it down with a local Vermont brew. After your meal, meet the Vermonters who call the Mad River Valley home. From fiber mills to sculpture galleries and covered bridges, you’ll get a true slice of Vermont life. Settle in Ludlow and take in the striking landscape as you relax at the Jackson Gore Inn at Okemo Mountain, your home for the next two nights Day seven make your way to Hildene – The Lincoln Family Home and the former residence of Robert Todd Lincoln, past Chairman of the Pullman Company and son of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln. Discover the 412-acre estate on your own, taking in the impressive home, winding gardens, and the vintage Pullman car. Enjoy leisure time in Manchester and take advantage of the town’s popular outlet stores and boutique shops. Get a taste of a Vermont icon when you stop in at the Vermont Country Store, a general store from yesteryear owned and operated by 7th and 8th generation Vermonters. Wish the colorful autumn landscapes goodbye as you join your travel companions for a farewell dinner Day eight the tour ends and you head home.