Picture quaint villages, seafood shacks, lighthouses towering over bays and ocean seas and you’ll have a glimpse of what we’ll experience this early fall on our escape to Cape Cod. We’ll enjoy the serenity of the Cape after the crowds have gone but still have the chance for some warm. pleasant weather.
Nature abounds with a chance to observe seals, cruise over sand dunes, wander through an artistic maze of sticks, stroll among beautiful sea grasses and rocky points by the bay. There are cute and cozy villages to explore, each with its own distinctive charm and all lined with unique shops and delicious restaurants.
Creative sand sculptures line the streets, salty breezes fill the air, and scenic lighthouses, gardens, and glass creations are ready to be marveled. Join us while we refresh and relax in the fresh coastal breezes on our journey through this area steeped in history and alive with art and New England culture.
Day One: Wickford Village
We’ll take a break on our journey to the Cape at the quaint, historic seaside Wickford Village in Rhode Island. There will be time to stretch your legs, stroll the tree lined streets among the large number of Colonial and Federal period stately homes, enjoy a relaxing lunch and view the mysterious Narragansett Rune Stone containing curious inscriptions.
Day One: Hyannis Harbor Hotel
Our next stop will be the historic village of Hyannis where we’ll check into our lovely waterfront Hyannis Harbor Hotel. The remainder of the evening will be yours where you’re free to explore the town on your own and have a leisurely dinner at one of the many magnificent restaurants in town or use your dinner credit at one of our hotel restaurants.
Day Two: Monomoy Island Seal Cruise
Today we cruise out to Monomoy, a barrier island and wildlife refuge where thousands of seals like to swim and lounge on the beach. On our way, we’ll pass one of the most scenic harbors in the Cape, catch views of Stage Harbor, Chatham, and Monomoy Lighthouses and learn about the wildlife and history of the island from our naturalist guide.
Day Two: Lunch & Sand Sculptures
After an included lunch at a local spot, we’ll make our way to the town of Yarmouth to explore the annual Sand Sculpting Trail, featuring 32 sculptures spread throughout various locations. Take your time to see as many as you like among the town before our next adventure.
Day Two: Gray's Boardwalk
Our next adventure brings us to Gray’s Beach Boardwalk where we’ll take a gorgeous stroll along the picturesque salt marsh. Walk the entire length or take a seat on one of many benches to take in the beauty of this enchanting place.
Day Two: Brewster Flats
If low tide is on schedule with us today, we’ll venture out on the Brewster flats along the picturesque, rippled sand in search of oyster farms and other cool things left by the tide. The rest of the afternoon and evening is yours to spend in Hyannis as you wish.
Day Three: Dune Tour Provincetown
The vibrant, hip and artsy P-Town perched at the extreme tip of this picturesque peninsula is our destination. Once here we’ll travel over sand dunes that roll like waves over the horizon on our adventurous dune tour.
Knowledgeable guides will share the history and ecology of the beautiful and unique dunes that have inspired fine artists and writers as we roll along the Peaked Hill Bars Historic District past Pilgrim’s Lake and the famed artist’s dune shacks.
Day Three: Explore Provincetown
Then there will be time to wander and explore this bright and cheery town while finding lunch on your own. You never know what interesting and surprising things you might find right around the next corner!
Day Three: Highland Light
As we head back south to Hyannis, there are some amazing sights to see! First we stop by Highland Light, Cape Cod’s first lighthouse. Newly refurbished, the Keeper’s Shop and exhibits tell the lighthouse’s storied history and the more adventurous can make the climb to the top for stunning scenic views.
Day Three: Nauset Light
Next we visit the most well-known and photographed lighthouse on the Cape, Nauset Light where we’ll enjoy more spectacular views and scenery.
Day Three: Doane Rock
One more stop before Hyannis. the geological spectacle, Doane Rock. This huge beauty towering 18 feet above ground and possibly 12 feet underground, was left behind by glaciers at least 12,000 years ago while forming what is now Cape Cod. Now back to our comfy hotel for a leisurely night on your own.
Day Four: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Our first stop of the day is Woods Hole for an intriguing walking tour of the Oceanographic Institute where a knowledgeable guide will take us through the dock area and other restricted village facilities.
We will also visit the Ocean Science Discovery Center containing exhibits pertaining to the research done here including recordings of whales and dolphins, the toxic red tide, REMUS Shark Cam, and Titanic exploration.
Day Four: Explore Woods Hole
After our tours, there will be time to explore this quaint village, find some lunch and perhaps visit the country’s oldest aquarium containing about 140 species of marine mammals found in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic U.S. waters.
There will also be the option to take an adventurous nature walk along The Knob for spectacular views and fresh salty air.
Day Four: Highfield Hall & Gardens
An amazing art exhibit awaits at the magnificent 1878 restored Victorian, Highfield Hall & Gardens. A Passing Fancy stickwork by Patrick Dougherty is a one-of-a-kind monumental masterpiece sculpture made straight from a fairy tale. You’ll be mesmerized as you glide though the doorways, peek through the windows and wind your way around the maze of amazing willow branches.
We’ll also enjoy a tour of the stunning mansion and have time to explore the gardens at this wonderful locale.
Day Five: Sandwich Glass Museum
As we start our journey back home, we just can’t miss the oldest town on Cape Cod, the cozy and cute Sandwich, historically known for its American Glass production.
An intriguing visit awaits at the Sandwich Glass Museum where you can watch in amazement how the fiery, hot glass turns and twists into wonderfully creative formations of art during a glassblowing demonstration.
An informative movie will teach everything you wanted to know about the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company history and glassblowing art along with 14 galleries to browse all the unique, colorful creations.
Day Five: Explore Sandwich & Farewell Lunch
Take some time to wander around town to take in the nostalgic sights of beautifully preserved centuries old homes, a working historic gristmill, and one of the oldest Town Halls in the USA before enjoying our last included lunch along the scenic coastline. Such a perfect way to end our time in the Cape with memories of a lifetime.
Pricing & Departures:
Departs South Plainfield High School at the end of Lane Avenue at 7:00 AM and returns at approximately 7:30 PM
Departs Chatham area TBD at 7:45 AM and returns at approximately 6:45 PM
Departs Ridgewood’s Graydon Pool, corner of Linwood Ave & Northern Pwy at 830 AM and returns at approximately 6:00 PM
Price per person is $1,595 Twin & $1,995 Single. No reservations accepted without a deposit of $350 per person. Make checks payable to Group Tours & Travel, and mail to the above address. Final payment is due July 20, 2022. Deposits are fully refundable if cancellation occurs on or before July 20, 2022. There are no refunds if cancellation occurs after July 20, 2022. Travel protection/cancellation coverage is available and recommended (approximately 10% of the total cost of the tour), but not included. One piece of luggage per person and one carry-on are permitted. Group Tours is not responsible for any delays, cancellations, injuries or circumstances beyond its control and reserves the right to change this itinerary. All trip components are subject to change in accordance with Government, State and Local guidelines and/or mandates. This tour will run rain or shine.
The Educated Wanderer
Group Tours & Travel
1710 E. Lancaster Ave. #319 Paoli, PA 19301