Duration: 5 Days
Pick-Up Areas: Burlington and Killington
In Spring, Summer, and Fall, Vermontology provides 5-day guided tours around the state of Vermont. With a maximum of six customers per tour, our Vermont tours are an intimate experience that feels like traveling with a group of friends!
Note: You are responsible for booking your own hotel accommodations in Killington VT for each night of this tour. If flying to Vermont (Burlington International Airport), we ask that you arrive the night before the tour begins. We will pick you up at your hotel in Burlington at 9:00 AM on the first day of the tour.
The best way to experience Vermont
“…I found Vermontology and it turned out to be the BEST way to experience Vermont. I booked the 5-day small-group tour with Natalia, who is simply an amazing tour guide and even more awesome person. Natalia is so warm and friendly, the week felt like we were old friends catching up on long lost time.” Read more on TripAdvisor…rm_from_ca
Vermontology Guided Day Tours
“What a wonderful way to see Vermont. Natalia is so awesome, she’s very knowledgeable about Vt and surrounding area and most enjoyable to be around. She is very accommodating to all who travel with her. I had never been to Vt before and thru Vermontolgy Guided Tours I had the best sampling of Vt that a person could possibly have.” Read more on TripAdvisor…Rita T
Waterbury and Stowe
Our 5-Day tour begins with customer pick-up in Burlington (Monday at 9:00 AM) at your hotel. Our first day will be spent in Waterbury and Stowe, where we will visit a number of popular local attractions. Treat your taste buds at the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory and Cold Hollow Cider Mill, witness the birth of hand-made glass products at the Ziemki glassblowing studio, then visit the historic Trapp Family Lodge — the same Von Trapp family that inspired The Sound of Music. (Lunch is available for purchase on site.) Our Vermont tours visit only the most interesting locations, such as a scenic drive to the top of Smugglers’ Notch State Park. You will also have a chance to explore Stowe village, which is known for its scenic beauty, local Vermont shops, and the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum. This day ends with customer drop-off at their hotel in Killington.
Woodstock and Quechee
Day 2 begins with a drive to nearby historic Woodstock, Vermont. There we will learn about the area’s history with a tour of Rockefeller Mansion and the Billings Farm & Museum. A guided tour through Rockefeller Mansion will be lead by a ranger from the National Park Service. (This mansion is of historical significance, and also contains a large collection of Hudson River School paintings.) After that, we will watch a 30-minute film entitled “A Place in the Land”, which presents the Billings Farm and its three families, describing their farming, forestry, and sustainability practices (stewardship and conservation) for over 150 years. Lunch is available for purchase in downtown Woodstock, followed by free time to explore the local sites, such as art galleries, historical houses, and a covered bridge. After that we will drive to nearby Quechee to visit the 165-foot deep Quechee Gorge (Vermont’s deepest glacial gorge), which formed some 13,000 years ago. The Quechee Antique Mall offers more opportunity for sampling locally made Vermont products, such as the Cabot Annex, where you can taste many different award-winning Vermont cheeses. Vermont furniture, jewelry, wine, spirits, and more are also available at this location. This day ends with customer drop-off at their hotel in Killington.
“We arrived a few days early to do some exploring in New Hampshire and Vermont and it was fun, however the tour that we went on with Natalia was far superior. Natalia’s knowledge about the country and its history were so welcomed. We learned fascinating facts . We saw beautiful sites that will remain in my memory for years to come. Her heart was to give us the best experience possible. She succeeded.
Our stay at the Casa Bella Inn was extraordinary. Franco and Susan were not only gracious hosts and fantastic cooks, but also became precious friends. What a great trip. We were sad when it
ended.” Read more on TripAdvisor…
Plymouth and Weston
Day 3 will be spent driving VT RT 100 (one of the most scenic roads in Vermont). On this day, you will have the unique opportunity to visit the Calvin Coolidge Homestead, in historic Plymouth, Vermont. Plymouth has remained virtually unchanged since the early 1900’s, and occupies a unique place in US history: our 30th President was born there (1872), was sworn into office there (1923), and is buried there (1933). In this historic village, you will get the rare opportunity to tour the house in which he grew up, the general store, church, and a number of barns that display important antique farming tools. Just up the road you will find the Plymouth Cheese Factory, where you will have the chance to sample and purchase many fantastic locally made cheeses. (Plymouth Cheese Factory was established by the President’s father, and is one of the oldest operating cheese factories in the United States!) Lunch is available for purchase in Ludlow, as we make our way to Weston’s historic Vermont Country Store. The Vermont Country Store offers thousands of hard-to-find products. This day ends with customer drop-off at their hotel in Killington.
Montpelier and Mad River Valley
Day 4 begins with a trip to Montpelier, Vermont’s capital city. There we will take a guided tour of the State House (one of the nation’s oldest and best preserved state capitols still in use), with a dedicated tour guide who will teach us some history and be available to answer questions. From there we will drive scenic VT RT 100 to the Village of Warren. Two of the most popular natural attractions in this area are stunning views from the top of Appalachian Gap, and Moss Glen Falls (one of Vermont’s most photogenic waterfalls). Lunch is available for purchase at the Warren Store, a uniquely Vermont experience with great local food. The Warren Store features its own deli, bakery, wine shop, and gift store. It is situated on the Mad River, which makes for some truly relaxing scenery. The Warren Covered Bridge (which is within walking distance from the store) crosses the Mad River and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.This day ends with customer drop-off at their hotel in Killington.
Shelburne Museum and Shelburne Farms
On our final day of the tour, we will travel North to Shelburne, Vermont, for a visit to two locations: Shelburne Museum and Shelburne Farms. Shelburne Museum features 39 buildings on 40 acres and over 150,000 works of art, including paintings, antiques, textiles, antique tools, and more. One of our favorite attractions there is the Steamboat Ticonderoga, a 220-foot National Historic Landmark that portrays life on the ship as it was in 1923. A tour through Shelburne Museum is self-guided; you will have plenty time to explore the exhibits at your own pace. Lunch is available for purchase on the premises. Later, at Shelburne Farms, we will spend time exploring the gift shop and sampling Vermont cheeses and other products. We will then be treated to a guided property tour (in a covered tractor-pulled wagon), visiting the farm barn, coach barn, Inn, and cheese factory. Our tour will conclude at the end of the day with drop-off (Friday 5:00 PM) at your hotel or the Burlington International Airport.
A personalised experience of Vermont like no other! A must-do!
“It’s going to be hard to capture the magical 5-day tour I had with Natalia’s guided Vermontology. Firstly, the name is absolutely right – this is more than just a checklist of Vermont must-dos; it’s a deep immersion in Vermont’s people, culture, stunning landscape, breathtaking colours and its special delights. Secondly, where else would you have a door-to-door and end-to-end package tour of this sort? Natalia picks up her guests from their hotel in Burlington with luggage and at the end of the first day, drops them off at the chosen B&B for the tour. Pick up every day is from the B&B and on the last day, she drops you off at your destination in Burlington. Did I mention that full breakfasts and 3-course dinners every day were included? And then of course the tour – while we covered major villages/towns such as Waterbury, Stowe, Woodstock, Killington, Weston, etc and attractions such as Ben & Jerry’s, delicious apple cider, cheese tastings, the Von Trapp family lodge, quaint covered bridges, waterfalls, fairy-tale fall-colour lined roads, spectacular views, and much much more, it is Natalia’s customisation that makes it special. As a resident who truly loves Vermont, she takes you to places that only residents would know and love, she knows the best (quirky, off-beat, homely) places to eat, and when to keep your camera ready. She does not accommodate more than 6 people in a tour which is a great decision. In our tour, there were 4 guests which meant it was possible to become good friends over the course of 5 days. The biggest USP of Vermontology is of course Natalia – her energy, passion, enthusiasm, attention to each guest’s needs, the way she goes out of the way to show you delightful and little known corners of Vermont, the effort she makes to ensure you have a great time.” Read more on TripAdvisor…
Duration: 5 Days
Pick-Up Areas: Burlington & Killington
This package includes
- A 5-day Vermontology guided tour (6 customers max; in a spacious Toyota Sienna minivan)
- Customer pick-up and drop-off
- Price: $625/person (2 people minimum when booking) or singles add $250
- All taxes included
This package does not include
- Lodging (Killington for 4 nights)
Please contact us for recommendations of hotels within walking distance of restaurants.
- Admission to all sites of interest along the tour (about $60)
- Tour Guide Gratuity