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Fall sets Vermont’s rolling hills ablaze in oranges and reds. Visit quaint villages and historical attractions nestled in the gorgeous scenery. Stay at the Golden Eagle Resort, situated on 80 acres and within walking distance to the charming village of Stowe.
A guided tour and dinner at the Austrian-inspired Trapp Family Lodge is a true highlight. Situated on 2,500 acres, the mountain resort was built by the famous von Trapp family after they fled Europe for the United States.
The Shelburne Museum holds an expansive collection of the nation’s most unconventional displays of Americana in 39 buildings across 45 perfectly-landscaped acres. The Rock of Ages granite quarry, at nearly 600 feet deep, is the largest operating deep-hole granite quarry in the world.
Vermont’s abundant forests provide raw materials for beautifully turned wooden bowls and furniture, along with delicious maple syrup. Tour Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks, the oldest maple syrup family business in Vermont. In Montpelier, admire the beautiful Capitol dome and enjoy the simple charm of America’s smallest state capital.
Vermont is known at the “Green Mountain State” it is spread across 9,217 square miles, 76% of which is forested. Here, you’ll find more than 800 lakes and ponds, 7,000 miles of rivers and streams, and 223 mountains that tower over 2,000 feet in elevation. The highest peak in the state is Mount Mansfield at 4,393 feet, which is located just 7½ miles from Stowe.
Rock of Ages Quarry– at nearly 600 feet deep, it is the largest operating deep-hole, dimension granite quarry in the world. A guide will tell you all the fascinating details of mining Granite. take a self-guided tour of the factory where you watch artisans as they turn granite into enduring works of art.Browse an eclectic assortment of Vermont specialty gifts and other gemstone gifts from around the world.
Shelburne Museum is one of the finest, most diverse, and unconventional museums of art and Americana. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 38 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the Museum grounds.
They called it “Sinzbukwud” : The Morse ancestors who helped settle Central Vermont were taught how to tap maple trees by Native Americans. Hot rocks were used to evaporate the sweet sap until only sugar or “sinzibukwud” remained. Pioneers could boil a year’s supply of sugar thus making Americans self-sufficient in sugar production. Explore sugar house tours and tasting, multimedia displays in a real woodshed theater, a nature trail, country store, and an outdoor Vermont farm life museum make up the Morse Farm experience, and sprinkled throughout, are whimsical carved folklife characters created by Burr Morse.
The smallest state capital in the United States, Montpelier’s humble appearance belies the abundance of activity and culture humming under its surface. The Winooski River offers challenging whitewater rafting and canoeing. Montpelier also offers a number of cultural pursuits, from numerous galleries and museums to the gold-domed State House
Trapp Family Lodge is a unique, four-season resort specializing in European-style accommodations and cuisine, spectacular mountain vistas, upscale amenities, and outdoor activities. Situated on 2,500 acres overlooking the classic New England village of Stowe, Vermont, the Trapp Family Lodge is the perfect setting.
Autumn is a festive time of year in Stowe. Rated #1 of the top ten foliage destinations in the US by TripAdvisor. Fall’s colour capital comes alive during foliage season as vibrant colours scatter the hills and countryside. Stowe is nicknamed ‘The Ski Capital of the East’ and is home to Stowe Mountain Resort, a ski facility with terrain on Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak. Stowe was chartered June 8, 1763, Vermont did not become a U.S. state until 28 years later, in 1791.
Deluxe motorcoach transportation, 4 nights accommodation, 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners, all highlights listed, Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.
Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and HST does not apply.
• Rock of Ages Granite Quarry
• Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks
• Guided tour of Trapp Family Lodge including dinner at Bierhall Restaurant
• Shelburne Museum
• Shelburne Winery tasting
• Stowe, VT: Golden Eagle Resort (4 nights)
Travel to Stowe, Vermont and enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travellers. Settle into the Golden Eagle Resort. This charming New England resort is conveniently situated just 1/2 – mile from downtown Stowe.
Stay: Golden Eagle Resort, Stowe Vermont
Day2 - 4
During your time in Vermont you will have the opportunity to take in some wonderful sites and tastes of the area.
• Visit the Rock of Ages granite quarry, which is the world’s largest granite quarry by dimension.
• Enjoy free time in Montpelier, the smallest state capital in the U.S. where history combines with small-town charm. Enjoy lunch on your own here and stroll in and out of the local shops.
• A visit to the Morse Farm Sugarworks will satisfy your sweet tooth, with a tour of the oldest family maple syrup business in Vermont.
• Experience a tour of the Von Trapp Family Lodge led by a family member and hear about the family’s adventures after leaving Europe.
• Visit the renowned Shelburne Museum, home to the nation’s most unconventional displays of Americana.
• Tour Shelburne Vineyard and taste their award winning wines created by the “pioneers” of Vermont wine making.
There will also be ample free time to explore downtown Stowe, or simply relax and enjoy the amenities at the Golden Eagle Resort.
Meals: B x 3, L x 1, D x 2
After a delicious breakfast, board the motorcoach for your journey home.
- 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.
The pace of a tour varies by itinerary, as each destination, its sightseeing and the activities are unique. Pacing is often subject to personal interpretation, but our trip pace indicator on each tour page may assist you in determining if a tour is suitable for you.
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.