Land Journey

Grand New England

Ken Burns American Journeys


Year, Departure Type

Select small group departures (averaging 24 Tauck guests), or classic departures, and the year you would like to travel.

Journey Type
Time of Year
Sep - Oct
Cities & Landmarks
Boston, Williamstown, Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, Mount Washington, Portland
Grand New England Fall Foliage Guided Tour
Williamstown Massachusetts


Tour Overview



TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - Insider stories about New England during filmed narratives by documentary filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan


Private Tauck schooner cruise on the waters off Bar Harbor in Maine




A private tour and lunch at Edith Wharton’s Berkshire home, The Mount


A New England farm-to-table cooking demonstration and dinner in Vermont


An exclusive hands-on lobstering experience in Portland with a local lobsterman


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Guests should be able to easily walk one to two miles, which may include climbing one or two flights of stairs and walking over uneven pavement, groomed hiking trails or cobblestones. Standing up to one hour or more may be required.



Often robust – may include long days, active sightseeing, early starts, evening activities, significant travel times.

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Our autumn journey through Grand New England sheds new light on American history and culture throughout Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire – a classic New England tour.

Legendary Journeys and Adventures

An autumn fall foliage tour paints New England landscapes with bold, Impressionist colors that surprise, delight, energize and mesmerize, and awaken the visionary in you.

This excursion through Grand New England offers more than the visual excitement of a fall foliage tour. Enjoy exclusive filmed vignettes by filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan that share personal stories and take you behind the scenes of their films. See American history in a new light in places where it was made, then re-made by poets, painters and icon-makers... the Revolutionary heart of Boston, the Berkshire retreats of Norman Rockwell and Edith Wharton, and the Gilded Age mountain resort at Bretton Woods. Travel through lush forests and fertile fields sweet with fragrant air, rich in tradition and brimming with antique charm. Search out the elusive soul of New England from Boston to Bar Harbor, from fishing boats to the summit of Mount Washington and the wilderness of Acadia National Park... in the taste of fresh lobster and maple syrup, and in the dazzled eye of the beholder. Read Less

A schooner cruise on Frenchman Bay

Day 9

Back to the "age of sail" with a schooner cruise on Bar Harbor's Frenchman Bay

Along the rugged Maine coast lies the legendary town of Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island – a summer playground in the late 19th century for families like the Rockefellers, Astors and Vanderbilts. Here, you’ll cruise scenic Frenchman Bay aboard a traditional wooden schooner, experiencing the picturesque coves, islands, lighthouses, and seaside estates with all the romance of a windjammer under sail.

Acadia via horse-drawn carriage

Day 10

A carriage ride through Acadia National Park on Mr. Rockefeller's roads

In 1913, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. was alarmed by the prospect of automobiles ruining his beloved Acadia National Park in Maine. A skilled horseman himself, he wanted visitors to be able to travel on motor-free byways via horse and carriage into the heart of Mount Desert Island. So the industrialist and philanthropist planned and paid for a system of some 45 miles of rustic, broken-stone carriage roads – quite challenging for cars – to be laid down throughout the park. Rockefeller himself participated in the construction, from aligning the roads to supervising the placement of the large granite coping stones, affectionately dubbed “Rockefeller’s Teeth.” As you travel these woodland paths by horse-drawn carriage, keep a lookout for these distinctive stones… and for blueberries!

Omni Mount Washington Resort

Nights 6 and 7

Gilded Age opulence in New Hampshire's White Mountains

Surrounded by the White Mountains in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, the Omni Mount Washington Resort is one of New England’s last grand Gilded Age resort hotels still in operation. Since 1902, this palatial hotel has been a magnet for presidents, robber barons and celebrities; Babe Ruth and Thomas Edison, for example, loved to play golf here. In 1944, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund were established right here in the Mount Washington Resort’s Gold Room. This historic hotel’s architectural grandeur is well-preserved, and the mountain scenery is stunning no matter the season.


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Small Group Departures

Our small group departures, averaging just 24 guests, are designed for travelers who want more time to experience each destination up close and personally. One of the benefits of small group travel is the personalized service and attention you’ll enjoy. Small groups enable our Tauck Directors to spend more time in the places you explore with more opportunities to connect with them. Smaller groups foster camaraderie and lasting friendships among like-minded travelers; you'll engage more closely with local experts and enjoy enhanced insider access, ease of travel and freedom to linger longer.

One Upfront Price

Get what you pay for and then some – about 100 cost components are included on every trip. From fine hotels in prime locations to all luggage handling, most taxes, airport transfers upon arrival and departure, unique travel experiences and more. Because we believe that when you travel, just about everything should be included.

Airport Transfers Included

Upon arrival and departure, transfers to and from your hotel are included as noted.

What you need to know

Before You Go


Travel Documents, Booking and Deposits, and more

No matter where your destination may be, you should bring identification with you; a valid passport is always an appropriate form of identification. Contact your booking agent for information about all necessary documents required for your journey, such as passport and visa information or documentation required for transportation security measures.

Important Information

Health and Activity

You'll find Activity and Pace Levels on all of our trips to give you a better idea of physical activity level – higher numbers mean a more active journey. To fully enjoy most journeys, you should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances; some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot and may include unpaved and uneven surfaces. Please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice.

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Customer Protection

Customer Protection: Our UK-based agents comply with the bonding requirements of the Civil Aviation Authority and provide full financial protection for the package holidays that we sell in the UK. For flight-based holidays, this is through the Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (details of which are available from the UK-based agent with whom you book). When you buy a package holiday that doesn’t include a flight, protection of your monies paid to our UK-based agent will be provided by way of a bond.

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Why Tauck?

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Discover The World

Call us, or call your travel advisor, to book your preferred departure date today – and explore our beautiful brochures to find your inspiration for your next journey.