Featuring exclusive vignettes by filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan, this singular journey through the picturesque heart of New England visits summer and autumn landmarks, artists studios, historic sites, farms and wild natural settings that evoke the spirit of a place whose ideas shaped America.



Explore the best of New England on a journey through its picturesque heart, discovering new insights into landmark sites and historic homes, where country farms and nature's dramatically contrasting vistas evoke the spirit of a place whose ideas shaped America.

Classic New England lives in Boston Common, in the White Mountains aglow with autumn colors, in the general store and the diamond at Fenway Park... the drama of the rugged Maine coast... in Augustus Saint-Gaudens' studio where images of American heroes were forged, in millwheels, covered bridges, and white-steepled churches, and the rocky soil that has long been fertile ground for thinkers, artists, writers, inventors, entrepreneurs and Revolutionaries. This is, as Dayton Duncan observes, Ken Burns' backyard: New England has always had a special place in American history and American thought. And New England has become Ken Burns' backyard - not just the place where he's raised his family and made his documentaries in the classic New England town of Walpole, New Hampshire, but also a place intertwined with many of the stories he's told: Mark Twain, Baseball, The Civil War and The National Parks: America's Best Idea. It's a distinct region with its own beauty and its own secret treasures - and who better to share them but one of its proudest residents.



Explore the best of New England on a journey through its picturesque heart, discovering new insights into landmark sites and historic homes, where country farms and nature's dramatically contrasting vistas evoke the spirit of a place whose ideas shaped America.

Classic New England lives in Boston Common, in the White Mountains aglow with autumn colors, in the general store and the diamond at Fenway Park... the drama of the rugged Maine coast... in Augustus Saint-Gaudens' studio where images of American heroes were forged, in millwheels, covered bridges, and white-steepled churches, and the rocky soil that has long been fertile ground for thinkers, artists, writers, inventors, entrepreneurs and Revolutionaries. This is, as Dayton Duncan observes, Ken Burns' backyard: New England has always had a special place in American history and American thought. And New England has become Ken Burns' backyard - not just the place where he's raised his family and made his documentaries in the classic New England town of Walpole, New Hampshire, but also a place intertwined with many of the stories he's told: Mark Twain, Baseball, The Civil War and The National Parks: America's Best Idea. It's a distinct region with its own beauty and its own secret treasures - and who better to share them but one of its proudest residents.



Traveling Well Includes:
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - Filmed vignettes by filmmakers Ken Burns & Dayton Duncan that tell the stories of visionaries and ordinary people that shaped the places that define New England
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - Visit Ken Burns's private studio in Walpole, New Hampshire
  • Guided tour of legendary Fenway Park
  • Private tour of Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, Massachusetts
  • The Rocks' New Hampshire Maple Experience where you delve into the rich maple heritage, tracing its roots from the methods employed by Native Americans and early European settlers to the contemporary practices of today's sugar makers.

  • Call 800-747-0368 for more information or to book today! Mention code 18576851

    Tour Operator
    Tauck Tours
    Offer
    Offer valid through 9/30/2024
    Duration
    8 Days
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1BostonWelcome to Boston

    Tour begins: 5:30 PM, The Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston. A transfer is included from Logan International Airport to The Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston. Please join us this evening for a welcome reception and dinner at the hotel.



    Lodging:Fairmont Copley Plaza

    Meals: D
    Day 2BostonFenway Park, historic Boston

    In his films Baseball and The Tenth Inning, Ken Burns offers a glimpse into the soul of our national pastime; for many, it lives at Fenway Park, America's oldest ballpark and home of the Boston Red Sox since 1912. Past glories come alive on a walking tour of the stadium that may include some its most famous landmarks, such as the Triangle, Pesky's Pole, the former location of Duffy's Cliff, and the legendary Green Monster of left field. Next, an orientation tour of the city follows the historic Freedom Trail from the Back Bay's Copley Square to Augustus Saint-Gaudens' memorial to Col. Robert Gould Shaw in Boston Common, the State House, the Old North Church, the Old State House and the South Meeting House. The remainder of the day is free to explore Boston as you please.



    Lodging:Fairmont Copley Plaza

    Meals: B
    Day 3PittsfieldLexington & Concord and on to the Berkshires

    Depart the city of Boston for the nearby flashpoint of the American Revolution, the Massachusetts towns of Lexington and Concord. First, travel to the Lexington Battle Green, where the shot heard 'round the world that signaled the beginning of hostilities was fired; and Concord's Old North Bridge and iconic Minuteman statue, cast from the bronze of Civil War cannons, in Minute Man National Historic Park. Head west across the center of Massachusetts, stopping for lunch en route to the Berkshires for a late afternoon arrival at your historic hotel in Stockbridge.



    Lodging:The Red Lion Inn

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 4ManchesterLegacies of Rockwell & the Shakers in the Berkshires

    Aglow with blazing foliage in autumn, the Berkshires of western Massachusetts have long been a retreat for artists and writers. Begin today's discoveries in Stockbridge at the Norman Rockwell Museum, dedicated to the beloved illustrator whose hundreds of covers for the Saturday Evening Post depicting scenes from small-town America - including here in Stockbridge, where he spent the last 25 years of his life - illuminated the lives of ordinary people with humor and pathos; view many original works by Rockwell, and visit his preserved studio. Next, head to Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield for a private tour of this former Shaker settlement, founded in 1783 and active through 1960. Today it's a living-history museum featuring 20 authentic Shaker buildings, costumed interpreters, rich collections of Shaker furniture and artifacts, a working farm with extensive gardens and heritage-breed livestock and more. Continue on to Manchester, Vermont, for an overnight at the Kimpton Taconic Hotel.



    Lodging:Kimpton Taconic Hotel

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 5Bretton WoodsKen Burns's Backyard

    Depart your Vermont resort and drive into the New Hampshire countryside for an exclusive insider look at Ken Burns' private film studio in Walpole, where his Florentine Films was founded. Have lunch in town and enjoy some free time; in fall, indulge in autumnal panoramas of New Hampshire's White Mountains, arriving for a two-night stay at a true New England classic since 1902 - the spectacular Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, a National Historic Landmark.



    Lodging:Omni Mount Washington Resort

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 6Bretton WoodsDiscovering the White Mountains

    Your day in the beautiful White Mountains begins with a visit to The Rocks in Bethlehem, New Hampshire - a 1,400-acre forest reservation owned and managed by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests - and enjoy a maple sugaring experience. For centuries, maple sugaring has remained a cherished tradition in New Hampshire, where the sight of smoke billowing from sugar houses nestled in the woods heralds the onset of spring. With the warming days, sap courses through sugar maple trees, awaiting harvest to produce delectable maple syrup, sugar, and confections. At The Rocks' New Hampshire Maple Experience, visitors delve into this rich maple heritage, tracing its roots from the methods employed by Native Americans and early European settlers to the contemporary practices of today's sugar makers. This afternoon, you have a choice; one option takes you to the peak of Mt. Washington via the Mt. Washington Cog Railway, an authentic steam powered locomotive. Your other option is a free afternoon at your hotel. If you wish, take a hotel history tour of your famous Bretton Woods resort, where you'll have dinner at your leisure tonight.



    Lodging:Omni Mount Washington Resort

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 7OgunquitCharms of Coastal Maine

    A wildlife talk at your White Mountains resort this morning offers an appreciation of the ecology of the glorious landscapes, summer and autumn, that you'll journey through today as you wind your way to Maine. You'll arrive midday at Perkins Cove in Ogunquit, named by the Abenaki tribe, because the word means beautiful place by the sea. The area is known for its stunning walking trails - you'll have an opportunity to explore this quintessential coastal Maine region with a walk along the famed Marginal Way trail that hugs the sea. Originally developed in 1925, the trail is only 1.25 miles - with spectacular breathtaking vistas and iconic scenery. Arrive for an overnight stay at your oceanfront hotel; join us for a farewell reception and dinner.



    Lodging:Stage Neck Inn

    Meals: B, D
    Day 8BostonJourney Home

    Tour ends: Boston. Drive directly to Boston's Logan International Airport from Stage Neck Inn after breakfast. Allow a minimum of two hours for flight check-in; flights should not be booked before 2:00 PM. The group transport will drop guests off at the airport and then drive 3.5 miles to drop off at Boston South Station (for trains).



    Lodging:

    Meals: B
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