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New England holidays

New England offers all the fun and excitement of a USA holiday or tour, with the promise of some of the loveliest scenery in North America. Most visitors fly into Boston, a city forever associated with America’s famous revolutionary spirit and centuries of US history. It’s a welcoming, friendly city, whose leafy neighbourhoods and generous green space make it easy to explore on foot. Although Boston is small compared to other major cities in the USA, it’s the largest in New England, with all the kudos and cultural interest that brings.

Beyond Boston, most New England holidays and tours take in the hills and mountains of Maine, New England and Vermont, which are particularly beautiful during the annual fall foliage season. At this time of year, the landscapes change from verdant green to autumn shades of red, gold and russet as far as the eye can see. Just as picturesque, are New England’s postcard-pretty towns of white weatherboarded buildings and churches with tapered white spires.

Saga offers a number of ways to holiday in New England, including a self-drive holiday from the coastal towns of New Hampshire to the hills and mountains of upstate New York, and an escorted tour showcasing Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine in the fall.

New England has some of prettiest scenery in North America, as well as historic and cultural hotspots too.


Most people think of the big hitters when it comes to American cities, places like New York, Las Vegas and Washington DC. But missing out on Boston is missing out on one of America’s most liveable and easy cities – and it’s the quickest to fly to from the UK too. Boston is beautiful, full of lovely old buildings and manicured parks. Its historic neighbourhoods and cobbled lanes are lovely to explore and - with more than 50 colleges and universities - it’s one of the US’s ‘best college towns’. Take your pick of art galleries and museums, order a bowl of New England clam chowder in Quincy Market or for an all-out Boston experience watch the Red Sox score a home run at Fenway Park, the oldest in-use baseball park in America.

Cape Cod

Cape Cod epitomises New England’s seaside way of life as it curves around its namesake bay in Massachusetts. Known for its chic clam shacks and upmarket, cedar-shingled towns, ‘the Cape’ - as the locals call it - is a fashionable summer retreat for wealthy New Englanders. It’s an arty, cultured place, perfect for beach walks on grassy sand dunes and enjoying delicious fresh seafood like scallops, clams and the ubiquitous New England lobster roll.

The White Mountains

New Hampshire’s White Mountains offer the picture postcard view of New England. Blanketed with thick forest and covering almost 25% of the state, it’s one big outdoor playground where people come to walk, cycle, hike, climb and breathe in some of the best views in the whole of northeast America. There are no less than 73 named mountains in the White Mountains, the highest being Mount Washington, which is almost 2,000m tall.

What airport will I fly to in New England?

New England has a number of different airports, but the one you are most likely to fly into is Boston Logan International. It’s by far the largest of all the airports in New England, welcoming almost 18 million passengers every year.

What’s the flight time from the UK to New England?

The flight time from London to Boston Logan International is about seven and a half hours non-stop. It’s the shortest flight time from the UK to any major US city, so a Boston city break is a great choice for a getaway.

Where in the USA is New England?

New England is a region in the far northeast of America extending all the way up to Canada in the north, with New York state to the west and skirted by the Atlantic coast on the east.

Which states are in the New England region?

New England is made up of six different US states: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

What cities are in New England?

The capital of New England (and its largest city) is Boston, Massachusetts. Other New England cities include Worcester, Providence, Springfield and Bridgeport, but these only have a fraction of the population that Boston has.

When is the best time of year to visit New England?

New England is beautiful at any time of year, but the best times to visit are spring and autumn. The region is spectacular in springtime, when flowers are abundant, and the temperatures are comfortable. But autumn offers the famous fall foliage displays, when the hills and mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire are cloaked with rich autumnal colour.

What’s the time difference between New England and the UK?

The UK is five hours ahead of New England, USA.

Can you combine a tour of New England with a trip to Canada?

Yes, The Delights of New England and Canada with Niagara Falls is a 12-night escorted tour winding from Boston through New England before crossing the border into Canada to visit Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto.

Can you visit Niagara Falls on a New England tour?

The Delights of New England and Canada with Niagara Falls not only includes a side trip to Niagara Falls, it also includes admission to Journey Behind the Falls, a thrilling attraction that takes you down by lift to an observation deck located below and just behind the falls themselves. A truly incredible experience.

What’s included in your New England package holidays?

That depends which of our New England package holidays you choose. All our escorted tours include international flights, accommodation, tour travel, and selected meals and excursions, and you’ll be accompanied throughout by an expert tour guide. As the name suggests, our Tailor-Made Holidays are created just for you, so we’ll help you design and fine-tune your own itinerary. The range includes several New England self-drive itineraries which include car hire with third-party insurance and accommodation en route.

Can you take a fly and drive holiday to New England?

Yes, Saga’s Tailor-Made Holidays include a range of Self-Drive itineraries across the USA including two round-trips from Boston taking in some of the prettiest sights, coastal towns and beauty-spots in New England.

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