Day 2 - ESSEX
After breakfast meet our guide and depart for a visit to the Mark Twain House, a National Historic Landmark and home to one of America’s greatest authors, Samuel Clemens. Later board the Valley Railroad Company, which operates the coal-fired locomotives of the Essex Steam Train, where you will pass through some of the most beautiful country in the state, forests, streams, beautiful vistas and nostalgic towns. At Deep River Landing, board the Riverboat Beck Thatcher for a relaxing trip up the Connecticut River. Return to The Inn to rest before dinner at the lovely Gelston House, followed by a performance of The Music Man at the historic Goodspeed Opera house. Meals: B,D
INN AT MIDDLETOWN HOTEL
CONNECTICUT and RHODE ISLAND
including BLOCK ISLAND connection
May 14 - 18, 2019
5 days / 4 nights
I T I N E R A R Y
Day 1 - INDEPENDENCE/NEWARK/WILMINGTON/ESSEX, CT
Arrive mid-day in the historic town of Essex, located on the banks of the Connecticut River and listed as one of “The 100 Best Small Towns in America”. Enjoy lunch at the Griswold Inn, known for good food and its impressive marine art collection. After lunch visit the Florence Griswold Museum, situated on 13 rolling acres, and privileged to serve as the home of American Impressionism. The deluxe Inn at Middletown Hotel, your home for the next two nights, was built in 1810 as a grand residence for the president of Middletown National Bank. Dinner at The Inn. Meals: L,D
INN AT MIDDLETOWN HOTEL
Day 3 - ESSEX / NEWPORT, RI
After breakfast depart Essex for Newport, Rhode Island, the “Ocean State”. Free time for lunch and shopping in the historic downtown waterfront, filled with cobblestone wharves lined with antique stores, art galleries, specialty shops and restaurants. Meet your local guide at the Visitor’s Center for a driving tour, where you’ll see the historic charm of Newport’s buildings and restored homes. Take in the rugged beauty of Ten-Mile Ocean Drive and the fabulous mansions along tree-lined Bellevue Avenue. Visit Rough Point, once owned by Doris Duke, a mansion with an extensive collection of fine and decorative arts and panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, especially selected for you to visit. Check into the Newport Hotel & Marina, surrounded by cobblestone streets and world-famous yachts and neighboring everything in the downtown area. Dinner tonight at the Saltwater Restaurant, located in your hotel. Meals: B,D
NEWPORT HOTEL AND MARINA
Day 4 - NEWPORT / BLOCK ISLAND
After breakfast depart for Point Judith, RI for your ferry ride to Block Island and a 14 mile one hour cruise to the island, described by the nature Conservancy as “one of the 12 last great places in the Western Hemisphere”, and considered by many to be “nature’s treasure of the sea”. Block Island offers 17 miles of beaches, 2 lighthouses, 400 miles of stone walls, 365 ponds, 20 miles of nature trains, 65 inns, 50 gift shops and 12 art galleries. When you arrive on Block Island in the village known as “Old Harbor” you will be met by Howie Rice, who was born and raised on the island, and he will be your guide. Lunch at the historic National Hotel, overlooking the ocean. You will have some time to explore after lunch. Back in Newport, dinner at LaForge Restaurant, situated alongside the Tennis Hall of Fame’s grass courts. Meals: B,L,D
NEWPORT HOTEL AND MARINA
DAY 5 - NEWPORT/HOME
Enjoy breakfast before boarding the bus for the return trip home, stopping for an independent lunch before arriving late afternoon or early evening. Meals: B
TOUR INCLUSIONS: Roundtrip transportation from Independence, Newark and Wilmington * deluxe and first-class hotel accommodations for 4 nights based on double occupancy * admission to all sightseeing as per itinerary * meals include 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners * taxes and gratuities for hotel, included meals and local guides * luggage handling * services of a Tour Director from 4 Seasons Tours
Not included: Motorcoach driver gratuity.
Conditions: A deposit of $100 is due with each reservation. Final payment is due no later than March 1, 2019. Cancellations: $100 deposit is refundable until March 1, 2019. Trip cancellation/interruption insurance is HIGHLY recommended. Applications are available from 4 Seasons Tours.
Responsibility: B & B Travel Inc., d/b/a 4 Seasons Tours and Travel, acts only as agent in arranging transportation, accommodation and all other services included in this tour. 4 Seasons Tours and Travel is not liable for loss, damage, injury, death or expense on account of delay, failure or accident of any conveyance or service or from any cause whatsoever, whether or not due to or caused by negligence of any company or person. 4 Seasons Tours reserves the right to alter, change or omit any tour component, when, in its opinion, it is in the best interest of passengers. No refunds for any unused portion of the tour.