New England & Quebec Fall Colors
September 24, 2024 thru October 1, 2024
Embark on a captivating 8-day journey through New Hampshire, Vermont, and Quebec, where the stunning fall colors set the stage for an unforgettable adventure. From the natural splendor of Flume Gorge and Montmorency Falls to the cultural richness of Quebec City and Montreal, each day brings new discoveries. Savor local flavors, explore historical sites, and indulge in the beauty of the Northeast’s autumnal landscape. This tour blends scenic hikes, city explorations, and culinary delights, perfect for those seeking a blend of nature and culture set against the backdrop of vibrant fall foliage.
Roundtrip Air Transportation from ABQ
8 days, 7 nights
Activity Level 4
11 meals (6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners) included
Tour director, driver & local guide tips included
- Enchanting Fall Colors
- Flume Gorge Visitor Center
- Quebec City Tour
- Albert Giles Copper Art Studio & Museum
- St. Anne de Beaupre
- Montmorency Falls – Gondola Ride & Lunch at the Top
- Montreal City Tour
- Church Street Marketplace in Burlington, VT
- Shelbourne Museum
- Trapp Family Lodge
- Ben & Jerry’s Guided Tour and Scoop
- Roundtrip air transportation from ABQ (not including airline baggage and in-flight charges)
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- 7 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
- Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
- 11 meals (6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners)
- Admission to all listed attractions
- Your professional SUN TOURS Tour Director
- All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
Day 1 – Arrive in New Hampshire
Embark on your journey with a flight from Albuquerque to Boston, followed by a coach ride to Manchester, New Hampshire. Check into the welcoming DoubleTree Manchester Downtown Hotel. This evening, we visit the Thirsty Moose Taphouse, a perfect spot to refuel and relax after your day of travel.
Meals included: (D)
Day 2 – Flume Gorge to Sherbrooke, Canada
Begin with breakfast at the hotel before setting off to the stunning Flume Gorge for a scenic 2-mile hike through this natural wonder. Next, enjoy a leisurely lunch at the historic Omni Mount Washington Resort, surrounded by the serene beauty of the mountains.
The afternoon takes you across the Canadian border. Conclude your day at the OTL Gouverneur Sherbrooke, a comfortable and stylish hotel, and enjoy independently exploring Sherbrooke’s dining scene.
Meals included: (B, L)
Day 3 – Discovering Quebec City
Fuel your morning with a breakfast buffet before departing. We will make a rest stop near Thetford Mines for you to stretch your legs. Continue to Quebec City for a captivating city tour, featuring the Latin and French Quarters, Plains of Abraham, and iconic landmarks like the Parliament Building and the Citadel.
The day ends back at Hotel PUR, a comfortable retreat after a day full of discovery and delight.
Meals included: (B)
Day 4 – Artistic Endeavors and Majestic Montmorency Falls
Your day begins with breakfast at the hotel, followed by a visit to the Albert Gilles Copper Art Studio & Museum. Marvel at exquisite copper art and engage in a hands-on workshop, deepening your appreciation for this unique craft. Next, explore the spiritual tranquility of St. Anne de Beaupre, a renowned pilgrimage site. Immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere and architectural beauty during a guided tour.
The highlight of the afternoon is a visit to the majestic Montmorency Falls. Experience the falls up close via the cable car, and enjoy an included lunch at the top with panoramic views. The suspension bridge offers an unparalleled view of the falls, ensuring a memorable experience.
Your day concludes with a return to the hotel, followed by an independent afternoon and dinner.
Meals included: (B, L)
Day 5 – Montreal City Tour and Cultural Immersion
Begin the day with a breakfast at the hotel before departing for Montreal. A brief rest stop to stretch your legs is along the way.
Arrive in Montreal and meet your guide for an insightful city tour. Explore the enchanting Vieux Montreal, marvel at the stunning Basilica of Notre Dame, and experience the charm of St. Helen’s Island and the Old Port. This guided tour showcases the vibrant history and culture of Montreal.
After the tour, check into the hotel, where you can relax and freshen up. The evening is yours to explore independently, offering an opportunity to delve into Montreal’s rich culinary scene and vibrant nightlife.
Meals included: (B)
Day 6 – Exploring Burlington, Vermont
Begin your day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel’s Le Parmigiano before departing Montreal. Your journey takes you to the US border at Champlain-St. Bernard de Lacolle.
Proceed to Burlington, Vermont, where you’ll have the chance to explore the vibrant Church Street Marketplace for an independent lunch. In the afternoon, visit the Shelburne Museum, a unique celebration of art, history, and Americana.
The day concludes at the Hilton Burlington Lake Champlain, where you can unwind and refresh. For dinner, we will dine locally!
Meals included: (B, D)
Day 7 – Austrian Charm & Ice Cream Delights in Vermont
Your day starts with a breakfast at the hotel, energizing you for the adventures ahead. Depart for the Trapp Family Lodge, a beautiful retreat nestled in Stowe, Vermont. Here, experience the rich history of the Trapp family with a guided tour. Following we will indulge in a delicious Austrian Affair Buffet Lunch at Bierhall.
Next, you’re in for a real treat at the famous Ben and Jerry’s, where a guided factory tour reveals the secrets behind their iconic ice cream. Enjoy a scoop of your favorite flavor, a perfect complement to your Vermont experience.
After a brief rest stop, the journey continues to the DoubleTree by Hilton Boston Logan Airport Chelsea. Settle into the comfort of your hotel, and then enjoy an independent dinner.
Meals included: (B, L)
Day 8 – Travel Home
Your final day begins with a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, allowing you to fuel up before your journey home. We will fly out of Boston Logan International Airport. Here, bid farewell to the beautiful landscapes, rich history, and warm hospitality that have accompanied you throughout this memorable journey backed by the amazing fall colors.
Meals included: (B)
Itinerary subject to change. Passport required.
Founded in 1608 by French explorer Samuel de Champlain, Quebec City is one of the oldest European cities in North America. Its history is a critical part of its identity.
Quebec City is predominantly French-speaking, reflecting its roots as a stronghold of French culture and heritage in North America. This influence is evident in the city's architecture, cuisine, and daily life.
The city is named after Mount Royal, the triple-peaked hill in the heart of the city, which is a large volcanic-related hill or small mountain.
Ben & Jerry's
Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, the founders of Ben & Jerry's, initially planned to start a bagel company but found the equipment too expensive. They later opened their first ice cream shop in 1978 after taking a $5 correspondence course in ice-cream making from Penn State and investing a total of $12,000.
OTL Gouveneur Sherbrooke
DoubleTree Montreal or similar
Hilton Burlington Lake Champlain
DoubleTree by Hilton Boston Logan Airport
$4,095 per person
$5,095 per person
Final Payment Due:
June 18, 2024
• Roundtrip air transportation ABQ (Not including airline baggage and in-flight charges)
• Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
• 7 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
• Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
• 11 meals (6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners)
• Admission to all listed attractions
• Your professional SUN TOURS Tour Director
• All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
FULL PAYMENT DUE: June 18, 2024
- None through June 18, 2024
- $200 – June 19 – July 23, 2024
- $2,400 – July 24 – August 20, 2024
- 100% – After August 20, 2024
ACTIVITY LEVEL RATING
Level 4: Active
Expectations: The tour includes well-paced walking tours with regular breaks. Up to 2-3 hours of walking each day. To fully take advantage of all this tour has to offer, guests need to be able to walk longer distances, climb several flights of stairs and navigate steps and uneven terrain walking for extended periods of time over more difficult terrain (e.g. cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, limited or no access to elevators). Your itinerary can include significant changes in temperature and altitude and may require a higher number of longer travel days with morning and/or evening activities. Most trips will feature long touring days, many full-day excursions and a full and active itinerary with a faster pace and longer distances. Excursions require standing and walking to city centers where coaches are prohibited.
Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, expect a vigorous pace and enjoy participating in two to three hours of physical activity per day.
For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.
The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.
You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Albuquerque International Airport. If you have an American Airlines frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.
If you are joining the tour from locations other than Albuquerque, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.
Do not forget to bring your government issued picture ID to show at the airport. A passport is required for travel outside of the United States. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.
We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security measures. If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. There is room inside the motorcoach for your hand carried bag.
CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES
On our scheduled airline for this tour, passengers are assessed a fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.
It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.
GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE
All hotel baggage handling fees are included. We also include basic gratuities for the Tour Director, Coach Driver, and local Tour Guides. If someone has truly gone above and beyond additional tipping is permitted, but never required.
If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.
We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.
SUN TOURS acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.
WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS
In late September, the area fully embraces the fall season, with noticeable changes in both the weather and the environment. Here are some key characteristics of the climate during this period:
Temperatures: The average daytime temperatures typically range from the high 50s to mid-60s °F (around 15°C to 18°C). Nighttime temperatures can be cooler, often dropping into the 40s °F (around 4°C to 9°C). These temperatures can vary depending on the specific region, with cooler conditions in the higher elevations.
Precipitation: Rainfall is possible, though late September is not typically characterized by heavy precipitation. The weather can be variable, with a mix of sunny days and occasional rain showers.
Fall Foliage: Late September is often a prime time for fall foliage in Vermont, especially in the northern and higher elevation areas. The leaves on many trees begin to turn to vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow, making it a popular time for leaf-peeping.
Humidity: The humidity is generally lower than in the summer months, contributing to the crisp and pleasant feel of the autumn air.
Daylight: Days start to become shorter, with earlier sunsets and longer evenings, as the autumn equinox marks the transition towards shorter daylight hours.
For visitors in late September, it's advisable to pack warm layers, including sweaters, a jacket, and possibly a hat and gloves for the cooler mornings and evenings. Comfortable walking shoes are also recommended, especially for those looking to enjoy outdoor activities and the beautiful fall scenery. While the weather is generally comfortable and conducive to outdoor activities, it's wise to be prepared for a variety of conditions, including the possibility of rain.
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