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Gems of Coastal New England

Newport Mansions and Block Island

1st Day: Today we travel to New Jersey for our first night. Evening is free.

2nd Day: We will journey north, making our way to historic Mystic Connecticut. Mystic was a significant seaport in Connecticut with more than 600 ships built over 135 years starting in 1784. Mystic today is a classic New England maritime town full of historic landmarks, excellent seafood restaurants and quaint shopping. Enjoy lunch and shopping on your own, and explore everything this village has to offer. We continue to Middletown, RI, where we check into our home for the next three nights. Dinner is on your own in the area this evening. (CB)

3rd Day: After breakfast, we are greeted by our local guide for a tour of historic Newport, RI. See many homes dating back to the 1600s, and the Touro Synagogue (oldest in the United States) before driving along the beautiful Ten Mile Drive and Bellevue Avenue, where you will see the Grand Mansions and Homes of the “Elite 400.” Enjoy some free time for lunch and shopping on Thames Street and Banister Wharf. This afternoon we visit the Breakers Mansion, home of Cornelius Vanderbilt II. Conclude our day with a visit to St. Mary’s Church where President Kennedy married Jackie. We return to the hotel to freshen up before dinner. (B, D)

4th Day: Following breakfast, we board the coach for a trip to scenic Block Island. We travel to Point Judith where we board our ferry for Block Island. The crossing takes about one-hour. Upon our arrival we will be greeted by our Island guide and bus as we enjoy a two-hour tour of the Island. You will see Block Island Southeast Lighthouse, Mohegan Bluffs, the North Light, the National Wildlife Preserves, US Weather Bureau House, and much more. Lunch will be served at the National Hotel overlooking the water. Following lunch, you will have some time to explore the Old Harbor Historic District and do a little browsing on your own. At the end of a fabulous day, we will take the ferry back to the Mainland. A delicious Rhode Island dinner will be served at a local area restaurant before we return to the hotel. (B, L, D)

5th Day: Departing New England this morning and our destination is Lancaster, PA. Tonight, we’ll enjoy a smorgasbord dinner in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. (B, D)

6th Day: Good morning! Have breakfast and board the coach for our return trip home. Arriving back approximately 6:30 PM. (CB)

Special Notice: Balance is due 30 days prior to departure. Cancellation within 30 days of departure will result in payment forfeiture.

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