Connecticut often draws the mind to thoughts of Maritime heritage and attractions. South Eastern Connecticut offers classic beauty, quaint New England towns and many memorable places.
Tour Length: 3 Days/2 Nights
This morning begin your travels to Mystic, Connecticut. Arrive at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, the world’s largest Native American Museum. Move back in time from the last ice age to the present, through series of permanent exhibits, many with audio and interactive features. Walk through a remarkable half-acre re-creation of a 16th century Pequot coastal village, featuring authentic sights, sounds and smells. Enjoy lunch on your own at the onsite café.
A visit to the Mystic Aquarium, takes you on an adventure from shallow sunlit seas, to the dark reaches of the deep ocean. Discover the Alaskan Coast, where you’ll get up close to beluga whales and harbor seals or explore deep sea-wrecks, ancient sunken artifacts and bizarre creatures of the abyss in at the Challenge of the Deep. Get within inches of over 3,500 sea creatures through sixty feet of clear viewing.
Next discover Olde Mistick Village. With sixty unique stores and boutiques, set in a recreated 1720 New England Village, this is the perfect place to shop for souvenirs.
Check into your hotel and relax before an included dinner at a local restaurant.
After breakfast served in the hotel, board your coach and travel to the Mystic Seaport. Explore the Museum of America and the Sea, America’s premier Maritime history attraction that includes more than 17 acres. One of the many attractions is the 150-year-old whaling ship, Charles Morgan. See a 19th century seafarer’s village and fascinating demonstrations including exhibitions, performances, role-playing and a planetarium. Enjoy lunch on your own at a concession located in the park.
Next, visit the Submarine Force Library and Museum and explore the USS Nautilus Submarine, the first nuclear powered submarine that was built. The museum is the only submarine museum operated by the United States Navy, and as such is the primary repository for artifacts, documents and photographs relating to U.S. Submarine Force history. The museum traces the development of the "Silent Service" from David Bushnell's Turtle, used in the Revolutionary War, to the Ohio and Virginia class submarines.
Enjoy dinner this evening at a locals’ favorite restaurant.
Return back to your hotel.
After breakfast, back your bags, tidy your rooms and begin your travels back home. As you leave Connecticut, visit the US Coast Guard Academy, one of our nation’s four armed service academies. The Coast Guard Academy is home of America’s tall ship, EAGLE, the Corps of the Cadets, Leadership Development Center, Training Center, Coast Guard Museum and the Coast Guard Band.
Depart from New London with the optional visit to Mark Twain’s House in Hartford on your way home.
Your package includes:
- 2 Nights accommodation
- 2 Breakfasts
- 2 Dinners
- Admission to the Mashantucket Pequot Museum
- Admission to the Mystic Aquarium
- Time to explore Olde Mistick Village
- Admission to the Museum of America and the Sea
- Visit the Submarine Forest Library and Museum, home of the USS Nautilus
- Visit to the US Coast Guard Academy
- Fully escorted by a professional Tour Manager
- Roundtrip motor coach transportation
- Accommodations and breakfasts for the coach driver
- Taxes and Gratuities (NOTE: Gratuities for the tour manager and coach driver are not included and are at your discretion based on service. Gratuities may be included upon request.)
- Call for custom pricing.