10 days

Appalachian Trail Walk

Appalachian Trail Walk

Boston, Massachusetts

White Mountains of New Hampshire

Vermont’s Long Trail

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  • Follow the footsteps of history by hiking America’s oldest and most popular footpath – the Appalachian Trail. This adventure through north-eastern USA enables us to immerse ourselves in the splendid scenery of this beautiful region, exploring the twists and turns and being continually surprised by what's around each corner. With rugged mountains and stunning vistas, you’re sure to be impressed by each day’s walk. There is also the chance to walk on part of Vermont’s famous Long Trail and other jewels of New England's state and national forests. The ideal time to walk is during the last vestiges of summer just before autumn, when the leaves are starting to fall. We also relive the history of America's quest for independence by walking Boston's Freedom Trail. With guided daily hikes including a visit to the most rugged peak in the northeast – Mount Washington – this is the ideal trip for a walking aficionado in a veritable walker’s paradise.

    Why we love it

    • Follow the footsteps of history by hiking America’s oldest and most popular footpath – the Appalachian Trail.
    • This adventure through north-eastern USA enables you to immerse yourself in the splendid scenery of this beautiful region, exploring the twists and turns and being continually surprised by what's around each corner.
    • With rugged mountains and stunning vistas, you’re sure to be impressed by each day’s walk.
    • There is also the chance to walk on part of Vermont’s famous Long Trail and other jewels of New England's state and national forests. The ideal time to walk, just before autumn, when the leaves are starting to fall.
    • Also relive the history of America's quest for independence by walking Boston's Freedom Trail.
    • With guided daily hikes including a visit to the most rugged peak in the northeast – Mount Washington – this is the ideal trip for a walking aficionado in a veritable walker’s paradise.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - New York area - Green Mountains National Forest

    • Your tour starts at 7:30 am at the Hilton Newark Airport in Newark, New Jersey. As this is an early start we recommend booking a night's pre-tour accommodation at this hotel, which can be arranged when you book the tour.
    • After leaving New York-Newark area, you will begin your journey passing through the Catskill Mountains into the state of Massachusetts where Mount Greylock, the highest point in the Berkshire Mountains, and the famous Appalachian Trail awaits. You will take in incredible views as you stroll along the wooded paths of the Berkshires that once inspired the famous American authors, Melville and Hawthorne. Today you'll walk the Hopper Trail which is a moderate to strenuous 2.7 km (1.7 mile) hike following the blue blazes to the summit of Mount Greylock. This is a point-to-point walk where you will be met at the other end and driven into the foothills of the Green Mountains. Here you'll check-in to your hotel and relax, topping off an exciting first day.
    • There are multiple marked and well signposted trails in the areas you travel to on this tour. We have included walks noted for their natural beauty ranging in difficulty and scenery. On this tour you have the benefit of two walking guides and we do our best to accommodate the group should there be various fitness abilities. Should you wish to try one of the alternative trails without a guide, you will be suitably briefed in advance of what to expect and given a meeting point. (Walking time: approximately 1½ hours)
    Newark Airport Hilton or similar

    Day 2 - Green Mountains National Forest

    • ‘The Greens’, as local hikers sometime refer to this small mountain range, are a perfect warm up for the hikes that lay ahead. Today you can choose from various short walks in the wooded valleys; however, your chosen guided walk is on the Long Trail, part of the Appalachian Trail.
    • You will follow a wilderness path that runs around and through the ridge of Mount Glastonbury in the Green Mountains near Bennington. Rated as a moderate hike, it starts with a steep ascent up a series of stone steps. After half a mile (0.8 km), the trail levels out and continues through a combination of thick forest and open meadows.
    • At its 2325 feet summit (709 m), you will enjoy views of the Bennington Monument, the Taconic Range and Mount Anthony. The total distance is 5.95 km (3.7 miles). The views are rewarding and you can all walk at your own pace. (Walking time: approximately 6 hours)
    Best Western Plus or similar

    Day 3 - White Mountains National Forest

    • En route you will stop at the fully functional Sugarbush farms to sample and maybe buy the fresh cheeses and maple syrup that this area is famous for. You'll then spend your next two days walking the 'backbone' of the northern Appalachians - the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
    • Many of the trails here are above the timberline, offering wonderful views of this impressive range. On arrival you will delve straight in to the beauty of this area with a planned hike to Lonesome Lake. Most of the trail is tree-covered, so you will be shaded from the sun. The trail leads to the southern end of Lonesome Lake - a distance of 2.4 km (1.5 miles) with an additional 0.8 km (0.5 miles) to an Appalachian mountain hut.
    • You will encounter an elevation of 305 metres (1000 feet) and you will have the option of further extending your walk. You will stay for two nights at the Highland Lodge at Crawford Notch. On each evening you will enjoy included dinners, but please note that some of the rooms in this lodge will have shared bathrooms. (Walking time: approximately 2½-3 hours)
    The Cancamagus Lodge or similar
    Dinner

    Day 4 - White Mountains National Forest

    • Today you will have the opportunity to enjoy the Franconia Ridge Hike. Rated as one of the best hikes in New England, you'll get to scale three peaks (Little Haystack, Mount Lincoln and Mount Lafayette) that are all above the timberline and offer wonderful views. This area is known to hikers all over the world, both for its stunning scenery and constantly changing weather. It is quite a difficult hike that covers 17.7 km (11 miles), passing cascading waterfalls along the way.
    • If you chose not to challenge the elements, you can catch the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway, which began operation in 1938 and was the first passenger aerial tramway in North America. From the top there are panoramic views of three states. You can take time exploring and look out for the changing faces of nature along the way. (Walking time: approximately 6½ hours)
    The Cancamagus Lodge or similar
    Dinner

    Day 5-6 - Baxter State Park

    • You will travel from one of the most well-known segments of the Appalachian Trail, to the most pristine. Baxter State Park is home to Mount Katahdin, the starting point of the 3520 kilometres (2200 miles) long Appalachian Trail. Wander and enjoy the largest and most remote wilderness in the eastern United States.
    • Here you can truly ‘get away from it all’ on footpaths that wind through undisturbed forest and along the crystal-clear lakes and streams of northern Maine. Keep both eyes and ears open for the chance of meeting some of the wildlife that abounds here. This tranquil wilderness is virtually untouched since the days of the first settlers, over three hundred years ago. As you pause to reflect in the solitude of this beautiful place, it is quite impossible to imagine that two-thirds of America's population lives within a day's drive.
    • You will have the chance to embark on a climb to the summit of Mount Katahdin at Baxter Peak - a strenuous 14.9 km (9.26 miles) hike with more than 1260 metres (4150 ft) elevation gain. The rewarding views on this trail are some of the finest in New England; however, this climb should only be attempted by those fit enough to do so. (Walking time: approximately 10 hours)
    Millinocket Hotel or similar

    Day 7 - Baxter State Park

    • Today is an easy one as you head to Daicey and Kidney Pond, an easy to moderate walk of 3.2 km (2 miles) with little to no elevation difference. This is a nature trail with the Appalachian Trail running through a section of it. If you have had enough walking, canoes can be rented after a couple of miles. Why not simply sit back and admire the views? (Walking time: approximately 2 hours)
    Millinocket Hotel or similar

    Day 8 - Acadia National Park

    • You will continue your journey by visiting the incredible Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island. This national park is simply one of the most beautiful and magical natural places on the North American continent. Blessed with towering mountains, islands and ocean, it creates a unique sensory splendour that has become the crowning glory of Maine.
    • Towns such as Bar Harbour blend in with Acadia National Park land, creating unique and pristine landscape scenes. Rocky coastlines, granite mountains, lakes, lush moss-covered evergreen expanses, rolling waves and abundant wildlife mix with hardy local people and the delicious seafood available to form the character of this magnificent place. Borders of the park are dotted by other picturesque harbour villages such as Northeast Harbour, Southwest Harbour amongst others.
    • Of course the reason the area has built such an incredible reputation is due to the sheer volume of walking trails. Acadia National Park has about 200 km (125 miles) of hiking trails that are often interconnected and range in degrees of difficulty from easy to strenuous.
    • Add to this the famous Carriage Roads and trekkers have a wide selection of enjoyable hiking options. In the afternoon you will hike an easy-moderate trail that is one of the best of its class in this area. The unsurpassed scenic Ocean Path walking trail meanders in a southerly direction along the eastern shore of Mount Desert Island for approximately 3.2 km (2 miles) until it arrives at Otter Cliff and Otter Point.
    • There are numerous points to stop for the perfect picture. Those not wanting to trek today can try one of the optional excursions this area is renowned for, such as sea kayaking, deep sea fishing or shopping for local souvenirs. (Walking time: approximately 2 hours)
    Bar Harbor Motel or similar

    Day 9 - Acadia National Park

    • Today you will walk one of Acadia's most beautiful hiking trails - the Acadia Mountain Trail. The walk is moderate-strenuous with a tough scramble up to capture spectacular views of the Somes Sound, the ocean, Echo Lake, Gulf of Maine, Cranberry Isles and the surrounding mountains. (Walking time: approximately a whole day)
    Bar Harbor Motel or similar

    Day 10 - Boston

    • Your final drive of about six hours leads to your journey's end at one of America’s most historic cities - Boston - the capital of the State of Massachusetts. Founded in 1630 by Puritan colonists, it has been in the forefront of American history and in particular the country’s fight for independence.
    • Events like the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party played pivotal roles in that struggle and have become part of American Folklore. Faneuil Hall has been a government centre and a market place for centuries and even today it makes the hive of activity in the city centre. Your tour concludes upon arrival at the Boston hotel at approximately 5pm (17:00 hrs).
    • Optional post-tour accommodation is available at the gateway hotel. Please inquire when booking your tour. If you are planning to fly out of Boston tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 9pm (21:00 hrs).
    • You may wish to extend your tour by adding on post tour accommodation to make your own discoveries and further enjoy the delights of Boston. By walking the Freedom Trail, you get to visit many historic sites and learn about the story of America's own road to independence.
    • You may also wish to pay a visit to Harvard University, located in the suburbs of Boston, or the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum at Columbia Point. Foodwise, Boston offers a chance to sample New England seafood at its finest, including the thick seafood soup known as New England clam chowder.
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • The services of two professional tour leaders.
    • Sightseeing (including entrance fees where relevant) and walking tours: Green Mountains National Forest, White Mountains National Forest, Acadia National Park and Baxter State Park.
    • Transport in a customised vehicle.

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport transfers
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Insurance
    • Any optional tours and activities
    • Meals
    • Tips
    • Items of a personal nature
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Trip Code PNPNH
Group size 5 - 12
Start City: Newark, New Jersey, USA
End City: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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A good level of general fitness is required. We may be walking on uneven terrain for between 1½-10 hours per day.

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