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Hosted By: Kathy Mykleby
Former WISN 12 Anchor
Discover Cape Cod on a charming tour with stops in bustling Boston, colonial Plymouth, Martha’s Vineyard, quaint Nantucket Island, Newport, and Providence, Rhode Island. Travel down from Boston to explore the cape, stopping at historic landmarks and museums and appreciating the rich history of this small geographic region off the Atlantic Coast where the Pilgrims landed 400 years ago. Enjoy ferry rides to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Island, taking full days to experience these distinct places and appreciate their natural beauty and legacies. During our visit to Newport, tour the magnificent Breakers Mansion known for its Renaissance-style opulence.
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September 23rd, 2023 - September 30th, 2023
Price Per Person
Final Payment Date: 07/10/2023
Day 1 : Fly to Boston
Upon arrival, we check in to our hotel in Boston.
Day 2 : The Puritan City
We start the morning with a tour of Fenway Park where we learn about the Boston Red Sox, the ballpark, and player history. A local guide joins us for a comprehensive Boston city tour as we witness some of the city’s oldest buildings and neighborhoods as well as its most iconic contemporary features. Our city tour concludes at the historic Faneuil Hall Marketplace where we stop for lunch. After, we depart The Puritan City and travel to Plymouth where we follow in the footsteps of the first settlers with visits to a reproduction of the Mayflower and Plymouth Rock. Enjoy an included dinner overlooking the waterfront and check in to our accommodations.
Day 3 : Plymouth
This morning we kick off our day with a visit to the Plimoth Patuxet Museums, where we encounter the Wampanoag People and Colonial communities of the 1600s, telling surprising stories that educate us about the relationships between English and Indigenous cultures of the 17th century. Immerse yourself in "The Museum of Thanksgiving" as we all commemorate the famous feast of 1621 with an included "Eat like a Pilgrim" lunch featuring turkey, sweet Indian corn pudding, pompion (squash), fruit, cheese, and apple cider. After lunch, spend time exploring the Pilgrim Hall Museum, the oldest continuously operating public museum in the country. This museum houses an extraordinary collection of 17th-century artifacts, some from the actual Mayflower. Before dinner we stop at the Plimoth Grist Mill where the milling process for various grains is a public spectacle.
Day 4 : Martha’s Vineyard
Today, we travel to Cape Cod to catch the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard and tour the affluent summer colony with its colorful gingerbread houses, coastal communities, and breathtaking Aquinnah cliffs. After a lovely day on the island, we return to Cape Cod to check in to our accommodations for the next three nights.
Day 5 : Provincetown
After breakfast, we visit a working cranberry bog to learn all about cranberries at the height of the harvest before heading to Provincetown. After lunch, we visit the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum which honors the Pilgrims’ first landing in the city. At this site in the 17th century, Pilgrims explored the tip of Cape Cod for five weeks and established rules for the "new" land in the Mayflower Compact. This evening has us rolling through the wavy, oceanfront dunes of the Peaked Hill Bars Historic District where artists have famously found inspiration since the 1920s. Catch sights of Pilgrim Lake and watch for the historic dune shack homes of American writers and artists. We ride in a roomy SUV to our dinner destination where we get a real treat: a classic New England Clambake and beach BBQ (weather permitting). Our beautiful sunset dune tour with dinner makes for a memorable adventure!
Day 6 : Nantucket
Board the ferry this morning to explore the quaint, timeless island of Nantucket. This tiny coastal town preserves its aesthetic down to its signature New England cottages and manicured beaches. Capture the full Nantucket experience with a guided tour of the island, then visit the Nantucket Whaling Museum, featuring nine galleries filled with artifacts that tell a story spanning four centuries. There is time to have lunch and explore Nantucket on our own before we ferry back to the cape.
Day 7 : Providence
Our last full day together takes us across the border to Rhode Island where we begin the day with a visit to The Breakers Mansion, the original Newport summer house of Cornelius Vanderbilt II. Take time to venture through the 70-room 125,000+ square foot “cottage” that perfectly embodies the iconic Vanderbilt family’s massive social and financial influence at the turn of the last century. Enjoy lunch on your own in Newport before we travel to Providence and embark on a leisurely, educational, and fun exploration of the city’s waterways. Tonight, we come together for a Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner.
Day 8 : Fly Home
WISN TV Pickup Locations:
Bayside, WI - McDonalds
Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport
Germantown, WI - Country Inn & Suites
Kenosha, WI - McDonald's
Madison, WI - Dane County Regional Airport
Milwaukee, WI - Clarion Hotel Milwaukee Airport
Milwaukee, WI - Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport
Oconomowoc, WI - Metro Market
Racine, WI - Racine Travel Store
Waukesha, WI - McDonald's
Wauwatosa, WI - Radisson Hotel Milwaukee West
After starting her news career in 1976 and spending 38 of those years at WISN 12, veteran journalist, anchor, and reporter Kathy Mykleby retired in November 2018.
Kathy is a renowned journalist, receiving awards and recognitions from numerous organizations, including the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, the Milwaukee Press Club, the Associated Press, and the United Press International. She was inducted into Milwaukee’s Silver Circle by the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, served as 2010/2011 president of the Milwaukee Press Club, and won a regional Emmy Award for storytelling about Alzheimer’s Disease. In 2017, Mykleby co-anchored the newscast that earned WISN 12 News an Edward R. Murrow Award for “Best Large Market Newscast.”
Join Kathy and WISN 12 viewers on this amazing trip of a lifetime.
Tour days tend to be shorter in length, at a relaxed pace, and include lots of unscheduled time for leisure. Expect standing and walking for extended periods of time on flat surfaces, mostly low altitudes, and consistent temperatures.
Tour days usually move at a leisurely pace. Some days’ scheduled activities last longer than others. Expect standing and walking for long periods of time on occasionally uneven terrain. You may experience changes in altitude or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a consistent pace, and may include long travel days. Expect standing and walking for long periods of time on uneven surfaces. Some destinations may have changes in altitude and/or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a brisk pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on uneven surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a vigorous pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on rough surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.