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Massachusetts Sampler

8 Days, 7 Nights | Price Starting at $2,369.00

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The coastal cities of Massachusetts provide a glimpse into history, from the Pilgrim settlement at Plymouth, to the Salem witch trials of 1692, and the home of the most famous tea party of all, Boston MA. It’s here in the city of Paul Revere that we begin our 8-day excursion.

Our first stop, spooky Salem, offers a cauldron-full of exhibits on the witch trials and even a Witch Museum. Next, you’ll spend a day exploring Newburyport, a picturesque coastal community whose relationship with the sea has resulted in a rich maritime history. Newburyport is the birthplace of the US Coast Guard. From there we’ll sail to the extreme tip of the state, Provincetown. You’ll find this unique community graced with galleries, sand dunes and 21 miles of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

Ahh, the Vineyard. Step onto this quaint sandy island and explore the boutique shops and restaurants. See why it’s been a favorite of presidents, singer-songwriters and celebrities for decades.

We promise you’ll arrive in Plymouth under much better conditions than its first settlers. When they dropped anchor, they didn’t see any seafood restaurants or gift shops filled with souvenirs.

Our memorable trip ends back where it began, you might even say where “it all began,” in beautiful Boston. Stroll through the Public Garden and Boston Common, the oldest city park in the nation. Or follow the path of our forefathers on the Freedom Trail.

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ADVENTURE DAY-BY-DAY

Onboard Early Arival

Enjoy an extra night of exploration and leisure in Boston with Blount Small Ship Adventures. This affordable “Early Arrival” option invites guests to board the ship one day early, settle into their private cabin, and explore the rich in history city at their leisure. For just $150 per person, passengers may board the vessel at 5 p.m. Included with the option is a chef prepared dinner and breakfast the following morning.

Boston, MA

Spend some free time exploring this historic city. Boston is the perfect start to this 8-day cruise which highlights pivotal places and points in New England’s deep-rooted history. Each port you visit presents a part of New England’s profound legacy over time. Learn about some of the most remarkable and notable stories and artifacts in Massachusetts and U.S. history.

Salem, MA

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Welcome to Salem, a popular tourist destination on the north coast of Massachusetts. Most known for its witch trials in the 17th century, the area is also home to many important historical sites. The setting for Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” the town boasts the Salem Witch Museum, host of staged exhibits where visitors can follow the trails based on original documents of the witch-hunt. Discover the restaurants and cafes of this city’s lively downtown.
Optional Excursions and Activities
*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Tour the Peabody Essex Museum
While in Salem visit the Peabody Essex Museums, one of the top 20 largest art museums in the entire United States. The museum holds approximately 1.3 million pieces, with one of the major collections of Asian art in the United States. The successor to the East India Marine Society, which prided itself as a library and museum for “persons who have actually navigated the seas beyond the Cape of Good Hope or Cape Horn, as masters or supercargoes of vessels belonging to Salem.” This museum truly is rich in history and art work.

Newburyport, MA

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Dock in Newburyport and spend the day exploring the numerous historic homes and local shops in this small coastal city close to the New Hampshire border. Known for its rich maritime history and robust boater community, Newburyport is also the birthplace of the US Coast Guard. A great place for activities on and by the water, the area prides itself on a diverse offering of local artisans, restaurants and shops.
Optional Excursions and Activities
*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Untapped History Tour 

Go back in time when privateers patrolled the waters, patriots plotted revolution, smugglers avoided customs agents, and the world’s richest poured into Newburyport. Best of all, we’ll end each tour with a sampling of delicious historic cocktails that were popular in Newburyport over the past 400 years! This tour includes a flight of historic alcoholic drinks, the best appetizers from Michael’s Harborside, amazing views of Newburyport Harbor, all in the company of two charming history nerds!

Provincetown, MA

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Arrive in Provincetown, Massachusetts or “P-town,” which is known for its lively galleries, artists, and beaches. It was here in Provincetown that on November 11, 1620 the passengers aboard The Mayflower first stopped, 5 weeks before settling in Plymouth, Ma. A 252-foot Pilgrim Monument symbolizes their landing here where 41 Pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact, while still aboard the ship in Provincetown Harbor. At night, explore P-town’s nightclubs, which include cabaret and piano bars.
Optional Excursions and Activities
*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Art’s Dune Tours
Imagine dunes stretching as far as you can see, with wispy beach grass, dark green pine trees, and deep red beach plums nestled in hollows, which are brought together by a silhouette of blue sky. You will travel through the majestic dunes where your guide points out the “dune shacks,” where famous artists and writers like Eugene O’Neill and Harry Kemp became inspired to create their art. You will also pass the remains of the Peaked Hill Life Saving Station and learn how the brave “life savers” enacted their heroic efforts to save the lives of thousands from their doomed shipwrecks! You will be amazed at what you will see on this incredibly scenic sand dune tour.

Martha's Vineyard, MA

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Arrive on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, accessible only by boat or plane. Check out the charming gingerbread cottages, take a ride on the Flying Horses carousel or enjoy the harbor views while exploring the many boutique shops and restaurants. For many years, famous political figures including presidents and celebrities, have vacationed on “The Vineyard”. It was also here that the original Jaws movie was filmed in 1974.
Optional Excursions and Activities
*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Tour of the Vineyard
Let this tour introduce you to the 100 square mile island, by giving you the history of both the past and present of our 6 unique towns. In Oak Bluffs, you will see the Victorian sea side resort that was built around the Methodist campgrounds, famous for the 300 plus gingerbread cottages from the mid 1800’s. Edgartown has a picture book setting, with its harbor and waterfront, along with its stately white Greek Revival houses built by whaling captains. See the busy harbor town of Vineyard Haven, the entry port to Martha’s Vineyard since the mid 1600’s. pass through the historic farming towns of West Tisbury and Chilmark, making a stop in Menemsha, an idyllic fishing village, where you can sample some “clam chowdah and lobstah bisque."

Plymouth, MA

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In 1620, English settlers, known as Pilgrims, boarded their ship, Mayflower, from Plymouth England and sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in search of religious freedom. As one the country’s first settlements, Plymouth is also known as “America’s Hometown”. Be sure to stop by the Pilgrim Hall Museum, the oldest continuously operating museum in the US.
Optional Excursions and Activities
*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Plimoth Plantation and Waterfront Tour
Explore the history of the Puritan Separatists, who have come to be known as the Pilgrims. Starting with a tour of the waterfront, including a stop at Plymouth rock, the traditional site of that William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims first landed in Plymouth. Next you will travel to Plimoth Plantation, home to re-created 17th-century English Village. Here you will meet villagers (costumed role players) who have taken on the viewpoints and histories of the people who have lived and worked in the Colony. Each has a unique story to tell. Their viewpoints might shock and fascinate you, educate and entertain you. Imagine you have travelled back in time and can hear directly from
the Pilgrims about the Colony’s difficult beginnings. As about religious beliefs, education and child rearing, relations with the Native People, gardens, cooking, or any topic of interest to you. Or simply rest on a bench and enjoy the unique atmosphere of the Colony.

Boston, MA

On your way back to Boston, learn more about the city's role in the American Revolution.

Pricing

Category I
$2,369.00
Category II
$3,299.00
Category III
$3,599.00
Category IV
$3,809.00
Category III Singles
$4,529.00
Port Charges
$195.00

Departure Dates

Embark: Boston, MA
Jun 21, 2019
Disembark: Boston, MA
Jun 28, 2019

 TERMS & CONDITIONS

Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost. All itineraries including ports, activities and routes are subject to change based on availability, weather, river, water levels and sea conditions.

 

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Old Witch House in Salem, MA
Gingerbread Cottages in Martha's Vineyard
Buoy's at a shop in New England
Bikes and shops line the streets in Martha's Vineyard
Plimoth Plantation
Newburyport, MA
Plymouth Rock, Plymouth, MA
Provincetown, MA
Boston, MA
Nantucket Island
Martha's Vineyard lobster bake
Lighthouse on Martha's Vineyard

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