CRUSIN' NEW ENGLAND
Gloucester, Rockport & Essex MA
Discover the quiet towns, beautiful harbors and rocky coast north of Boston.
The North Shore’s rich history includes fishing, boatbuilding, witches & whales!
2 Nights Rockport Inn & Suites, Rockport, MA, 2 Hearty continental breakfasts at the hotel, “Taste of Gloucester” walking tour and food tastings (gratuity included), Casual Lobsterbake Dinner (other entrée available), Inclusions: Beauport Mansion; Hammond Castle Museum; Whale Watching Cruise; Essex Shipbuilding Museum; Essex River Cruise, Baggage handling (one bag per person)
Note: Gratuities for Wade Tours Driver and Escort are not included but welcomed.
Package Price per Person: Single $810.00 | Double $650.00 Triple $605.00 | Quad $580.00
Day 1 – Monday, July 8
Noon Approximate arrival in Gloucester. Meet your local guide for a “Taste of Gloucester” a walking tour of America’s oldest working seaport. This 2-½ hour leisurely walk covers less than one mile and includes six specialty food stops. You will leave with an insider’s local knowledge, and a full belly!
3:00 PM Guided tour of Beauport Mansion, perched on a rock overlooking Gloucester Harbor and considered one of the most beautiful and interesting historic homes in Massachusetts. Each of the forty rooms is unique and more visually dazzling than the last. Terraces and intimate garden rooms have dramatic views of the harbor.
5:00 PM Check in to your north shore hotel for 2 nights.
Rockport Inn & Suites: www.rockportinnandsuites.com
Dinner is on your own in Rockport, a picturesque village of rocky beaches and colorful fishing boats. The red fishing shack, known as ‘Motif Number 1’, is said to be the most painted building in America! Enjoy free time to explore the boutiques, galleries, shops and numerous restaurants.
Day 2 – Tuesday, July 9
Hearty continental breakfast is included at the hotel.
9:00 AM Depart the hotel. Photo stop at the Fisherman’s Memorial dedicated to Gloucester’s fisherman who have been lost at sea.
10:00 AM Tour Hammond Castle – a true European Castle on the coast of Gloucester! This Medieval style castle was built by scientist, inventor and art connoisseur John Hays Hammond to be his private residence and house his collections and artifacts, including a gigantic pipe organ with 8,400 pipes. Stairs and walking on uneven terrain.
11:30 PM Lunch is on your own in downtown Gloucester. Many restaurants to choose from!
1:30 PM Experience a thrilling whale watching cruise. As you depart from the docks and cruise to Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, you will learn about Gloucester’s working harbor, and see points of interest including Ten Pound Island, Hammond Castle and Eastern Point Lighthouse. Each cruise is staffed with a Naturalist who will introduce you to the wildlife you encounter on your trip and will provide insight into the lives of the whales and explain the behaviors you observe.
6:00 PM A delicious, casual lobster dinner “in the rough” concludes the day.
Day 3 – Wednesday, July 10
Hearty continental breakfast is included at the hotel.
8:30 AM Check out and depart to one of the prettiest spots on the north shore, Essex, “America’s Antique Capital” and home of the fried clam!
9:00 AM Admission is included to the Essex Shipbuilding Museum, telling the extraordinary story of a small New England village and fifteen shipyards that built more wooden fishing schooners than any other place in the world. Enjoy a hands-on experience! Group will cycle through different stations, walk to an ancient cemetery and see the Smithsonian collection of model ships built in Essex.
11:00 AM Lunch on own at Woodmans – home of the fried clam! (other entrees available)
1:00 PM Relax on a 90-minute scenic cruise aboard the Essex River Queen. Enjoy the narration as you cruise past salt marsh, islands, barrier beaches and dunes. (Canopied boat has a restroom, bar, roll down screens and transparent sides.)
2:30 PM Depart to return home.
SEATING PREFERENCE: If yes, please let us know your preference in the special requirements section on the booking page with the specific seat, seat location and if you would like to sit near someone. Check out our seat assignment policy page for our seating chart. If no preference is made, your seat will be assigned by Wade Tours. Check out the seating chart to the left!!
We encourage you to book early to accommodate any special needs and to assure that members of your party will be seated together. We reserve the right to assign seats when necessary.
ROOM PREFERENCE: We offer both two queen bed rooms and single king bed rooms. Please let us know your preference and we will do our best to match you to that room.
RESERVATIONS: To be FAIR and IMPARTIAL seat assignments will be taken at the time of booking your reservation. Deposit of $100 per person. Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure.
CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations within 60 days from departure will be subject to a $100 fee per person, plus cost for tickets, meals, hotels and other non-recoverable expenses.
TRAVEL INSURANCE: Is available and recommended due to unforeseen circumstances that can arise and if they do, we want you to be protected BEFORE and DURING your tour. Travel Insurance
BAGGAGE: One large suitcase, and one carry-on bag per person.
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