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Review: New England in the Fall

Escorted Tour - Coach

New England

  • By SilverTraveller inishowen

    11 reviews


  • Oct 2011
  • Husband

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As we live in Northern Ireland we had to take a very early morning flight to Heathrow to join our flight to Boston. We had to walk from Terminal One to Terminal Three, dragging our cases, and it was a much longer walk than anticipated, although it is helped my many moving walkways. When we boarded the plane we were concerned that it was a very old plane with very cramped seating. However the cabin crew were excellent and the food was good too.

On arrival at Boston we were met by our tour guide, a petite little lady, originally from Iran. We were escorted to our coach and taken to our hotel, The Courtyard in Boston. It's an old hotel, that only serves breakfast, so we had to go out and find somewhere to eat. Later we spent an hour or two in the hotel's piano bar. A lovely "american" experience. The next day we were free to wander around Boston and I can highly recommend it. The following morning we boarded our coach and waited, and waited, and waited! It seems there was one extra piece of luggage on board and it had to be identified. After at least an hour, we finally got moving. The driver later told us the extra bag belonged to our tour guide and she had forgotten to count it!

We arrived at The Bethal Inn and Country Club and were greeted with cookies, and home made apple cider by the staff. Then we had to find our own way to our chalet type accomodation. It certainly took our group a while to find our individual chalets, as this is a large golf resort. At no stage for the rest of the holiday did we have to move our own cases, they were always delivered to our rooms and picked up the next day to be put on the coach. This resort was lovely in daylight, but when it was dark it was quite scary. The paths were badly lit and I would not have liked to be out and about on my own.

From there we went to the Basin Harbour Club. Again, similar accomodation, cabins, in a wooded area. Two ladies in our group were quite frightened when an animal (squirrel or rat) got into their cabin during the night. However in daylight it was a beautiful place, overlooking the sea. My husband and I opted to stay there for the day and to miss a tour of the nearby town and a boat trip. By then we were so tired of being in the coach for hour upon hour.

Our biggest regret was that we were seeing New England from a coach. We passed many quaint little towns and weren't able to stop. One day we passed such a town but were taken to a huge shopping mall and left there for three hours. No one on the coach was happy about this, but we were never given a choice.

The highlight of the tour was the Whale Watching Cruise on the penultimate day. However my husband and I had caught a flu like virus and couldn't face the long drive there, then the four hour boat trip, and the drive back to our hotel in Providence. We spent a nice day looking around Providence. When our group got back in the evening they were shattered, but glad that they'd seen some whales. Our hotel in Providence was fabulous. It was built in the 1930's and had been restored to it's former glory. We thought we had lucked out getting a suite, but it turned out, all their rooms are suites. They have a good restaurant there but we opted to go out. I think we walked into the most expensive restaurant in Providence as our meal cost a fortune!

In conclusion, New England is a beautiful place to visit. The people are friendly and the scenery magnificent. However we wished we had hired a car and done our own thing. Being herded in and out of a coach is definately not for us!

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