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HALLOWE’EN IN SALEM
In 1692, contorted screaming fits overtook two little girls in Salem. The diagnosis? The devil’s work! Fuelled by Puritan hysteria, Bridget Bishop was the first of 19 “witches” hanged on Gallows Hill. Tour historic Salem on All Hallow’s Eve and play a part in the tragic events that painted the dark history of Massachusetts, one that has endured for centuries.
Salem revels in Hallowe’en! The town dresses up for parades, the shops sell Wiccan baubles, and the night reigns. Discover the web of lies that fed the Witch Trials at the Salem Witch Museum, walk by candlelight through Salem’s old graveyards, and become a witch or wizard with the help of a creative team during a sombre photo shoot. Cast your judgement as a member of the Puritan jury in “Cry Innocent,” a theatrical performance with original testimony from 325-year-old court documents!
On All Hallow’s Day, we’ll stop in Stockbridge to take in Norman Rockwell’s work of “everyday life,” painted for the Saturday Evening Post.
First explored by Henry Hudson in 1609. It became a trading post in 1614 for the Dutch trading company, then a village. In1664 theEnglish took it over and changed the name to honour the future King who was then the Duke of Albany. It became the capital of New York State in 1797, following the American Revolutionary War. It remains an important centre for trade & transportation.
Although best-known for the infamous Salem Witch Trials, Salem also has an illustrious maritime history. By 1790, Salem was the sixth largest city in the United States, with much of that due to its thriving seaport. During the 18th and 19th centuries, codfish, sugar, molasses, tea and silks were transported back and forth from such exotic locales as China, the West Indies, Russia, Africa and Australia. In the mid-1840s, Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of the classic novel The Scarlet Letter, managed Salem’s port, working in the Custom House across from Pickering Wharf. Today, the city offers visitors a wealth of historic and modern activities.
Twenty innocent people were put to death during the Witch Hysteria of 1692. History made them famous…the museum makes them real! The Salem Witch Museum examines one of the most enduring and emotional events in American History…the Witch Trials of 1692. The main presentation is based on actual trial documents. Visitors experience the drama of that dark time though thirteen life-size stage sets, figures, lighting and a stirring narration as they are witness to the web of lies and intrigue of the Salem Witch Hunt.
Salem grave yards are a beautiful link to historic Salem’s past tragedies and glories. Where the famous are buried along-side the earthly remains of regular old time Salem dwellers who’s history is lost to time. But you won’t find any Witches graves herethe innocent victims of the Witchcraft Hysteria were not allowed to be interred in the ground of the cemetery after their executions, it was a violation of the law to bury a witch in consecrated ground.
Get the perfect photo of you as a Witch or a Wizard. At Witch Pix with the help of a creative team they will help you with the perfect costume and set. The skilled photographers will guide and direct you through each pose and set the tone to create a spooky, candid, and entertaining photo session. A truly unique experience in Salem. You will return home with a fascinating souvenir of your visit to Salem.
Cry Innocent is a theatrical performance based on an episode of the Salem witch trials. The show, which has been running continuously since the mid-1990s, emphasizes interactive theater. The stage is set in 1692. Bridget Bishop has been accused of witchcraft and the audience sits on the Puritan jury. They hear the accounts, cross-examine the witnesses and decide the verdict. The actors respond in character to all comments and questions, revealing additional information about the early Colonial era of American history. The show takes place at Salem Old Town Hall, but the first scene of the performance, the arrest of Bridget Bishop, is re-enacted on the streets of Salem. Backed by academic research, while offering an entertaining way to interact with characters from the past, Cry Innocent is among the few tourist attractions in Salem, Massachusetts, that strive to accurately present the Salem witch trials. “The script uses original dialogue and testimony, as recorded in court documents of 1692.
Enjoy an included dinner at one on Salem’s exclusive historic sites. Established in 1925, the Hawthorne Hotel is situated in the heart of Salem, and a proud member of the Historic Hotels of America. To date, over 1 million guests stayed at the hotel and many generations held their weddings, anniversaries or prom parties in the Grand Ballroom. Here you will enjoy a delightful dinner.
The House of Seven Gables: Discover one of New England’s most iconic houses and enjoy this charming National Historic Landmark site in a unique and enchanting way, Step into the world of Salem author Nathaniel Hawthorne as you experience the dramatic theatrical performance played out within houses connected directly to Hawthorne himself.
During Spirits of the Gables, get swept into Hawthorne’s tale of guilt, greed and revenge as the characters from The House of the Seven Gables (1851), come to life and recount their stories while you walk through the very house that inspired Hawthorne’s timeless novel.
Stockbridge is a year round resort area and artistic colony in the Berkshires, it is home to the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Daniel Chester French Studio and Tanglewood, the Summer Home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
A 20th-century American painter and illustrator Norman Rockwell is most famous for the cover illustrations of everyday life he created for The Saturday Evening Post. The museum has largest collection of his work.
Deluxe motorcoach transportation, 4 nights accommodation, 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners, all highlights listed, Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.
Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and HST does not apply.
• Guided tour of Salem
• Salem Witch Museum
• Haunted Candle Light Graveyard tour
• Witch Pix
• Performance of “Cry Innocent: People vs Bridget Bishop”
• Dinner at Hawthorne Hotel
• Spirit of the Gables
• Free time in Stockbridge
• Norman Rockwell Museum
• Albany NY: Holiday Inn Express (1 night)
• Danvers MA: North Shore Hotel (2 nights)
• Syracuse, NY: Embassy Suites (1 night)
Travel to Albany, NY
As you journey through Upper New York state, make use of the onboard entertainment, read a book or enjoy a movie. Arrive in Albany late afternoon. This are was first explored by Henry Hudson in 1609 and became a trading post for the Dutch. In 1664 the English took over and changed the name to honour the Duke of Albany who was to become the future King. In 1797, following the American Revolution War, it became the capital of New York State. Today it is an important centre for trade and transportation.
Stay: Holiday Inn Express, Albany
Tour of Salem, Salem Witch Museum, Graveyard Tour
Begin your day with a guided tour of the Salem. Best-known for the infamous Salem Witch Trials, you will also learn more about it’s strong maritime history. Next we’ll visit the Salem Witch Museum which examines one of the most enduring and emotional events in American History. The main presentation is based on actual trial documents.
It’s not Hallowe’en without a haunted candlelight graveyard tour. Salem graveyards are a beautiful link to the witchcraft hysteria and all its historic tragedies and glories. But you won’t find any witches graves here as it was considered a violation to bury a witch in consecrated ground.
Stay: North Shore Hotel, Danvers
Meals: B, L, D
Halloween Performance, Spirit of the Gables
This morning partake in a truly unique experience and have your photo taken while dressed up as a witch or wizard, so you will return home with a personalized souvenir of your visit to Salem.
“Cry Innocent” is a theatrical performance based on an episode of the Salem witch trials. The show, which has been running continuously since the mid-1990s, emphasizes interactive theatre. The stage is set in 1692. Bridget Bishop has been accused of witchcraft and you the audience sits on the Puritan jury.
Enjoy dinner tonight at the Hawthorne Hotel. Established in 1925, it is situated in the heart of Salem, and a proud member of the Historic Hotels of America.
After dinner discover one of New England’s most iconic houses and enjoy this charming National Historic Landmark site in an enchanting way. Step into the world of Salem author Nathaniel Hawthorne as you experience the dramatic theatrical performance played out within houses connected directly to Hawthorne himself. During Spirits of the Gables, get swept into Hawthorne’s tale of guilt, greed and revenge as the characters from The House of the Seven Gables (1851), come to life and recount their stories while you walk through the very house that inspired Hawthorne’s timeless novel.
Meals: B, D
Free Time Stockbridge, Norman Rockwell Museum
Travel to Stockbridge this morning where you’ll have free time to explore and have lunch on your own in this quaint town. An included visit to the Norman Rockwell Museum, housing the largest collection of his work, is always full of new discoveries.
Your days journey ends in Syracuse, NY where you’ll enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening.
Stay: Embassy Suites, Syracuse, NY
Meals: B, D
On your homeward journey today you travel through the Finger Lakes District.
Continue on your homeward travels with lots of memories and stories to share.
Meals: B, L
- Sunscreen is an essential product to have, regardless of the climate. Since UV exposure is unavoidable, a hat and sunglasses are also suggested for your protection, even in the winter.
- Mosquito repellent can prove useful in wooded areas or in the evenings in some regions.
- Comfort is important when on vacation. Bring comfortable walking shoes. And loose, casual clothing is suggested to keep you cozy.
- Pack extra batteries and memory cards for your camera.
- Always pack an extra jacket or sweater in case of inclement weather or cooler evenings. DeNureTours recommends you dress in layers, so you can add or remove layers if the temperature rises or drops.
- Use every corner, nook and cranny of your suitcase when packing. Rolled sweaters and bulky clothing occupy less space, but clothing that wrinkles easily should be laid flat. Roll socks or underclothing and pack them into shoes, and slip smaller items into side pockets.
- Use sample-sized toiletry items and always transport containers of creams and liquids in a sealed plastic bag.
- Keep an extra set of keys for your luggage.
- Always prepare for the possibility of rain. An umbrella, or rain jacket will easily fit in your luggage, and could prove to be the most useful article you pack. When travelling as a couple, bring two so neither person gets half wet.
- Pack your bathing suit.
- Pack a good book, or a deck of cards to keep you busy during free time.
- Leave items of monetary or sentimental value at home. Costume and faux jewelry always travels well.
- If you require corrective lenses, pack an extra pair of glasses or contacts.
- If you wear dentures, and have a second set, pack them just in case. You’d be surprised how often these important items end up where they shouldn’t.
- Not all hotel rooms are equipped with alarm clocks. While most hotels offer wake-up calls, a small travel alarm clock might prove useful.
- Couples travelling together may find it wise to split their belongings between two suitcases. If one suitcase should go missing, neither person is left without a change of clothes.
- Remember to pack any medications or prescriptions in your carry-on and not in your suitcase in case of emergency or luggage misplacement. Medications should be packed in their original containers for security reasons.
- Keep a listing of your recent medical history with you, including medications you currently take, prescription or otherwise, as well as allergies you suffer from, and any medical conditions you have. Carry the listing in your wallet, and leave a copy with your emergency contact person at home.
- Identify your luggage with an identification tag as well as your DeNureTours luggage tags.
- If you carry travellers’ cheques, record the numbers of the cheques and keep this list in a separate location. When travelling as a couple, put some cheques in your partner’s name so you both have access to funds.
- Always carry your travel insurance policy with you, and read it carefully before you leave.
- Always carry your passport, or other important identification on your person. Make a photocopy to keep in your suitcase.
- Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months after your return date. This is a requirement for entering certain countries.
- Always check the spelling of your name on all documentation you receive. Often, your travel documents must match your passport or birth certificate. It is imperative that your legal name be listed correctly on your documents. Failure to comply may result in your being denied entry to a country, or boarding on an airplane or cruise ship. Name changes on documents may be subject to a change fee.
- Use extra copies of your travel itinerary and hotel listing to distribute to friends or relatives, so you can be reached in case of emergency.
- Keep a log of your purchases, including what you paid in foreign currency and the equivalent in Canadian dollars. This will assist you in filling out customs forms. Keep all receipts.
- Secure your home before you leave. Arrange for a friend or neighbour to pick up mail and check in periodically. Have someone cut your lawn (or shovel your driveway) and care for your property. Set automatic timers on the lights and television. Empty the refrigerator of perishables. Lower your thermostat to save on energy.
- When flying, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, and limit your intake of caffeine and alcoholic beverages.
- To avoid circulatory problems on a plane or coach, walk up the aisle every hour or so. Periodically, stretch your legs, arms, shoulders and neck.
- Arrive early for flights. DeNureTours recommends to check-in 90 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights, or 2-3 hours prior for international flights.
- An inflatable travel pillow can make you more comfortable on long coach rides or flights. The U-shaped pillow keeps your head from rolling during travel, reducing the risk of neck pain.
- Avoid the use of perfume or scented sprays on the coach or an airplane. These are confined spaces, so be courteous to your fellow travellers who may be allergic or sensitive to scents.
- Get as much rest as possible before you leave.
- Try your best to be flexible. Unexpected things can happen. Your holiday will be more enjoyable if you are open-minded.
Tips to waiters, taxi drivers, step-on guides, tour directors and drivers are a tangible way for you to express your appreciation for jobs well done. This practice, though customary, is voluntary and is not included in tour prices. As a guide to the amounts to tip, the following amounts are suggested:
- Taxi Drivers – Drivers should be tipped 10% of the taxi fare.
- Waiters – For meals that are not included in the tour price, tip waiters between 15% and 20% of your bill, but never less than $1.
- Tour Directors and Drivers – A gratuity of $4 per person per day is suggested.
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Day-by-day itinerary descriptions can be found on our website or requested from our office. Generally, the more activities included, distance travelled in a day, or number of hotel changes, will increase the pace of a tour.
Some of the most unique sightseeing is found in locations that can be a challenge for motorcoaches, especially in historic areas. For your comfort, we recommend packing walking shoes so you fully enjoy every aspect of your holiday.
Tours with the highest “On-the-go” ratings require a level of activity that is not suitable for those who use either walkers or wheelchairs. If a trip pace is not ideally suited for you, our reservations team will be happy to help you find your perfect vacation.