Tuesday, May 28, 2024
Welcome to the sandy shores of CAPE COD. Extending some 70 miles into the sea, the Cape is home to both natural beauty and quaint colonial villages. You can walk pristine beaches, revel in the arts and culture, and reclaim childhood memories of seashells sandcastles, and saltwater taffy.
Arrive Hyannis with time for lunch (on own) – after lunch meet your guide for a tour of HYANNIS including the John F. Kennedy Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, and a view of St. Francis Xavier Church, the summer parish of the Kennedy Family.
Visit the CAPE COD MARITIME MUSEUM where the Cape and Islands maritime past, present and future is celebrated. Experience our inspiring passion and respect for the sea and how it continues to shape Cape Cod. Experience our maritime traditions and nautical history.
Check into the BAYSIDE RESORT, followed by DINNER included this evening. Tonight, you will each receive a LIGHTHOUSE PRINT by a local Artist for coming along.
Wednesday, May 29, 2024
BREAKFAST at your hotel, then you will once again meet your LOCAL GUIDE for a full day of touring. You will travel historic ROUTE 6A, the Old King’s Highway, a scenic byway winding through centuries of Cape Cod history. View the THREE SISTERS LIGHTHOUSES and NAUSET LIGHT.
Visit the CAPE COD NATIONAL SEASHORE VISITOR’S CENTER.
Admission is included on a tour of HIGHLAND LIGHTHOUSE (Cape Cod Light). This is Cape Cod’s first lighthouse and was built in 1797 at the request of George Washington. It is the first American lighthouse to be seen by ships crossing the Atlantic, headed for Boston. Visit the gift shop and climb the 69 stairs to the lantern room. (The stairs are very narrow and steep)
Sand dunes and the ocean surround you as you approach “Land’s End” – PROVINCETOWN. You are now at the extreme tip of Cape Cod. Formerly known as the “Province Lands” the pilgrims landed here first before they decided to settle across the Bay in Plymouth. Take some time to enjoy the wonderful variety of restaurants, shops, and galleries that make this artists/fishermen village so unique. Lunch is on your own today.
Admission is included to THE PILGRIM MONUMENT AND MUSEUM which commemorates the first landing of the Pilgrims in 1620. This 255-foot tower dominates the town and is the tallest granite structure in the United States.
DINNER is included this evening.
Thursday, May 30, 2024
BREAKFAST at your hotel, then you will depart with your GUIDE to board the ferry to the stunning island of NANTUCKET. As you depart Hyannis Harbor you will view Hyannis Light Station, also known as LEWIS BAY LIGHT. This was first lit in 1849 as a guide for mariners entering Hyannis Harbor from the west. At first it served as a small beacon but in the mid-1880’s a second light was added to the station. The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1929 and is now privately owned. The owners of the lighthouse have built an enlarged lantern room atop the tower for use as a sitting room.
As you sail into Nantucket Harbor you will view the BRANT POINT LIGHTHOUSE and the GREAT POINT LIGHTHOUSE.
Admission is included on a NANTUCKET ISLAND TOUR. Along the tour you will have a photo stop at SANKATY HEAD LIGHTHOUSE. Lunch and shopping are on your own. Wear comfortable walking shoes for the cobblestone streets and brick sidewalks that line Nantucket’s downtown area.
DINNER is included this evening.
Friday, May 31, 2024
BREAKFAST at your hotel before checking out. Your LOCAL GUIDE will travel with you to the “south side” of the Cape to the seaside village of CHATHAM. You will make a stop at the CHATHAM LIGHT, which has been a lifesaving beacon for sailors throughout the Cape’s history. Chatham’s location at the Cape’s “elbow” makes it very vulnerable to winter storms and your guide will point out the CHATHAM BREAK and the dramatic changes to the shoreline that have occurred, thanks to Mother Nature. Along the way you will view STAGE HARBOR LIGHT.
Admission is included to visit the ATWOOD HOUSE MUSEUM. Built in the 1750’s by Joseph Atwood, a Chatham Sea Captain, the “Old House” was occupied for five generations. The museum is a vibrant institution showcasing eleven galleries and a working Fresnel lantern from one of the historic Chatham Twin Lights.
Time for lunch on your own.
Depart for home with sand in your shoes, seashells in your pocket, pictures in your camera and many fond memories of your WADE LIGHTHOUSE TOUR on CAPE COD.
Price per person: Single $1,155 | Double $995 | Triple $955 | Quad $945