Highlights:Visit Marthas Vineyard (Martha's Vineyard Bus Tour, Martha's Vineyard Ferry), Plymouth (Plimoth Plantation). Inclusions: 1 night hotel accommodation, All domestic ground transportation via air-conditioned vehicle
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We just returned from this trip. It was amazing. Our wonderful tour guide was really patient and understand that people from different cultures and background would extra time to absorb all information about history.
I took this tour Memorial Day weekend. Out tour guide was Marc. He was very responsive and very friendly. The tour was nice but our itinerary was a bit different than listed due to the holiday weekend. So we did not do the zoo or the other boat tour. We wound up doing a whale watching cruise which still was exciting. the only other thing was that once we did the tour on the island of Martha's vineayrd, it seemed a bit rushed. We only made one stop. But other than that, it was a nice quick weekend getaway.
2-Day Essex, Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard Tour from New York is one of the best experiences ever. I and my wife enjoyed in a limited budget and the point system provided by taketours.com is praiseworthy. In 2 days we lived the happiness, we enjoyed life and we sang songs of love. Incredible journey. Love you all.
Overall it was an excellent trip .. Itineraries are all good only thing could have much time in Cape cod to time to see the beach at least .. Martha's Vineyard has a fascinating view. We did enjoy it. Tour guide Harris very nice
Overall, this tour was pleasant and relaxing. It was sold out. One lady and two small girls could not be seated. They seemed to be free riders who were related to the company. They were nice and sensible enough not to join the tour; otherwise we would have had to switch bus. We left Chinatown late on a rainy Saturday morning. The guide was professional and helpful. We stopped at a Connecticut service area for about 20 minutes, and then proceeded to Essex. The train ride was interesting. The locomotive was powered by a steam engine; workers dressed as they did almost a century ago; there was newspaper
extras¯; all commercials harked back to the roaring 20s. The best part of the tour was a cruise on the ship Becky Thatcher. The Connecticut River is beautiful and charming under the overcast sky, and the valley is lush. According to the informative narrator, a round-trip from Hartford and New York, all expenses included, was said to cost only $5. Few cargo ships have plied on the longest river in New England, since the mouth is shallow. The minuscule airport, the castle, the Opera House, which featured a large banner "Fiddler on the Roof",¯ and the swing bridge--all wove interesting history into the natural beauty. The tour lasted about 85 minutes. We then proceeded to Hyannis, and our stop at the Cape Cod Canal was a pleasant surprise. The canal shortened the distance by about 150 miles. The current flowed rather fast, and was later found to change direction every six hours. Some were flying fishing there. When we reached the JFK memorial, it was almost dusk. The beach has white sand, but the lawn was strewn with poops of wide geese. My son and I dined at Fresh Ketch on Main Street. The restaurant is well-decorated with ocean-related paintings or objects. The humor and originality of the owner manifested themselves in a big cup of beach sand besides salt and pepper. The cod and the scallop we ordered were fresh and delicious. The waiters were nice and provided breads twice. It cost $50, including tips. Falmouth Inn looked old-styled. No breakfast was offered, although there was a mall nearby. There is an indoor swimming pool and a small arcade game room. AC worked fine, and in fact, too fine that we turned it off.
The second day, we got up around 7:50am and took the 9:00am ship "Island Queen"¯ from Falmouth to Oak Bluff on Martha's Vineyard. The trip lasted about 40 minutes. I got a cup of our coffee and my son got a New England Chowder for $6. A bus showed us around the island for almost 2 hours. We stopped at Aquinnah. The guide knows geography and history well. The island contained more than enough Kennedy stories. Jackie bought a piece of property there; JFK Jr. crashed his airplane into the ocean several miles away from the island airport; Uncle Ted lost his hope for presidency after he left his female secretary drowned in his car in a off-shore island. Our stop at the Gay Head Cliff was memorable. The lighthouse will be moved inland, given the shore erosion. The view was beautiful. We had about two hours for lunch at Oak Bluff. Our guide recommended Island Bar and Grille. The lobster roll with French fries and a platter with fish, shrimp, scallop, calamari with French fries were nothing special. The service was slow. What I did not like was that they included 20% gratuity. What was even more annoying was that on the merchant receipt, there was another line for tips. A careless or unsuspecting customer might be forced to give gratuity and then offer tips again. At Ben and Bill's Chocolate Emporium, we bought two small lobster ice cream cones, which cost $10.50. The size was so big that my son almost wanted to complain. We took the 2:15pm boat back. It was drizzling, and the water was choppy. Several old ladies were in good spirit, singing songs, including "My Favorite Things"¯ and "Over the Rainbow." My son smiled knowingly. The tour was punctual. We immediately boarded our bus, and the return trip to Queens lasted from 3:00-8:15 with a short break in Connecticut, where we bought a foot-long sandwich at Subway.
I had a great experience at this trip. The bus was super comfortable, with WI-FI and charging outlets, clean and nice.
I wish I would have spent more time in Martha's Vineyard, but I will definitely recommend this tour!