The Fourth of July is one celebration that New Englanders take very seriously- and it’s never just a day long. Bristol, RI, the town next to Blount’s home port of Warren, is known for hosting the oldest 4th of July parade in the country. Streets are painted red, white and blue and old colonial homes are adorned in American flags. On this cruise, passengers will hop from island to island, avoiding crowded ferries and high hotel costs on the most celebrated weekend of the summer. Show off your patriotism during a red, white and blue themed party on the top deck, enjoy amazing fireworks on the bay and eat mouth-watering New England cuisine like fresh lobster and clams. Voyage through the nooks and crannies of Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Block Island and Newport during the best week of the year to explore historic New England.
Arrive at the Providence Airport, and be met at the airport by a professional and courteous driver. You will be transferred to the Hilton Providence, where you will stay for the night. The hotel is located right in the heart of downtown Providence within walking distance to so many of the amazing things Providence has to offer. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel in the morning. After breakfast, join us for a tour through the architecture, culture, and story of one of America’s favorite cities!
Day 2 – Cuttyhunk, RI
After breakfast (included) enjoy a tour of Providence, followed by transfer to Warren to board your ship. Lunch on own in Providence. Embark in Warren, RI, home to Blount Small Ship Adventures. Relax onboard as you begin your cruise through Narragansett Bay, offering postcard-perfect views of rugged cliffs, classic lighthouses, and gentle waves so lovely that National Geographic named it one of the Best Adventure Destinations. Tonight you’ll arrive in Cuttyhunk, MA a quiet island outpost off the coast of Cape Cod.
Day 3 – Nantucket Island, MA
Nantucket Island, MA welcomes you this morning with its iconic Cape Cod charm. Begin with an optional tour of Nantucket’s pristine beaches, fishing ports, old-style lighthouses, and bright cranberry bogs. Later, enjoy time to explore the Nantucket Whaling Museum, or stroll through the brick-lined streets lined with historic clapboard homes and local shops. This evening, cruise to Martha’s Vineyard.
Day 4 – Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Enjoy a full day on Martha’s Vineyard, a laidback summer getaway loaded with colonial charm where several U.S. Presidents have vacationed. On an optional tour, visit Edgartown, home to the Vineyard’s most famous lighthouse; West Tisbury, a “typical New England village”; Oak Bluffs, featuring colorful gingerbread cottages; the Gay Head cliffs, and much more!
Day 5 – New Bedford, MA
Discover New Bedford, MA, known as “the Whaling City.” Connect with the people of the waterfront with 2 optional tours: Learn about the city’s history during an optional walking tour; or, join a tour to Lees Wharf, an authentic oyster farm. This afternoon enjoy time to stroll the cobblestone streets and view the many shops. Tonight, local fishermen introduce you to “A Fisherman’s Life.”
>Day 6 – Newport, RI
Arrive this morning in Newport, RI. An optional tour takes you down spectacular Ocean Drive past the opulent Gilded Age Mansions. See Rosecliff Mansion where the 1974 version of “The Great Gatsby” was filmed and visit The Breakers, once owned by the Vanderbilt family. Or, tour Newport from the water on a 2-hour sail aboard America’s Cup Charters and relax aboard a classic 68’ 12 Meter yacht.
Day 7 – Block Island, RI
Block Island, RI has been named one of The Nature Conservancy’s “12 Last Great Places in the Western Hemisphere.” With over 40% of its land dedicated to conservation, the island offers endless beaches and supreme sailing opportunities. An optional tour introduces you to gorgeous Mohegan Bluffs, where green hills plunge toward crashing waves. Or, enjoy an Eco-kayaking tour.
Day 8 – Warren, RI
Today before disembarking in Warren, RI, pass scenic Prudence Island, RI. This small island is home to a thriving oyster regeneration project created by Captain Luther H. Blount in 2000, and today remains funded by his foundation.
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