Highlights and Gardens of Massachusetts

Day 1 - Boston, MA

  • Freedom Trail

    Hop on the Freedom Trail, a well-preserved pedestrian path that weaves in and out of historic neighbourhoods.

  • Beacon Hill

    Between landmarks, shop the fabulous stores and admire the distinctive red-brick buildings of Beacon Hill.

Day 2 - Boston, MA

  • Boston Public Garden

    A great way to see Boston is to take a "hop on-hop off" Trolley Tour that will show you all the highlights of the city. One of the stops is the Boston Public Garden the first Public Garden in the USA established in 1837, and adjacent to famous Boston Common, created in 1634.

  • Boston Museum of Fine Arts

    Visit the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and its Tenshin-En Japanese Garden, a Japanese rock garden named in honour of Okakura Tenshin, the former Asiatic curator of the Museum.

  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

    Nearby is the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Courtyard & Garden, designed as a fifteenth century Italian palazzo, to house a collection of European art. Within the palace is a courtyard garden that has the character of a small Italian garden with a mosaic design in the middle of the courtyard.

Day 3 - Boston & Cambridge

  • Mt. Auburn Cemetery & Garden

    Public Transport is readily available to Cambridge and Harvard, site of the famous university and lively Harvard Square. Nearby you will find the 72 acre Mt. Auburn Cemetery & Garden, founded by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society in 1831.

  • Longfellow House & Garden

    Time also to visit the Longfellow House & Garden once headquarters for General George Washington during the Siege of Boston, July 1775 - April 1776 and home of Henry W. Longfellow, one of the world’s foremost 19th century poets.

Day 4 - Boston – Salem

  • Salem Witch Museum

    Travel to the town of Salem, noted for its 17th century witchcraft trials, where you can visit the Salem Witch Museum and the House of Seven Gables, inspiration for Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel.

  • Long Hill Garden

    The gardens are laid out in a series of separate garden “rooms” surrounding the handsome, Federal-style, brick house. Each “room” is distinct in its own way, accented by ornaments and statuary.

  • Rockport

    Further up the coast is the artist colony of Rockport, and the charming fishing port of Gloucester with its famous Fishermen’s Memorial Statue commemorating “... they that go down in ships.”

Day 5 - Salem – Berkshires

  • Garden in the Woods

    New England’s premier wildflower garden, and named as one of Great Places to Visit in Massachusetts, it has more than 1,000 native plant species, with many rare and endangered native specimens throughout the gardens, as well as the unique New England Rare Plant Garden.

Day 6 - Berkshires

  • Norman Rockwell Museum

    The serenity and remoteness of the Berkshires attracted artists and authors including Melville, Hawthorne and famous illustrator Norman Rockwell. A visit to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge is well worthwhile.

  • Berkshire Botanical Gardens

    Visit a botanical collection, laid out as a series of garden rooms in a woodland setting. Both functional and ornamental, they are among the oldest in the US and have been expanded over the years in breadth and variety through a series of bequests and major gifts.

  • Mission House & Garden

    This Colonial-era house and museum, a National Historic Landmark, tells the story of the Stockbridge Mohican Indians and missionary John Sergeant.

  • Naumkeag Garden

    If time permits visit Naumkeag Garden in the summer estate of Joseph Choate, former ambassador to Britain, with its formal grounds, fountains and rose garden.

Day 7 Berkshires – Sturbridge – Cape Cod

  • Old Sturbridge Village

    The foremost gardening concern among rural New Englanders at the turn of the 19th century was the cultivation of useful vegetables, fruits, and herbs.

  • Cape Cod

    Later travel to Cape Cod, a fabulous summer resort with white sandy beaches and abundant attractions.

Day 8 - Cape Cod

  • Heritage Museums & Gardens

    The gardens are a delight any time of year. Spring features showy Dexter Rhododendrons and flowering trees, while summer boasts brilliant annuals and dazzling daylilies.

  • Whale Watch

    Later perhaps a whale watch cruise and a tour of the Cape with a visit to historic Chatham or colourful, artistic Provincetown.

Day 9 - Cape Cod – Boston Logan Airport

  • Plymouth

    En-route visit Plymouth, location of the Mayflower, a replica of the original Pilgrim's ship and Plimoth Plantation, a living museum depicting life in 1627.