Small States by the Sea

Featuring visits to US “small states” Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Are any of these states on your bucket list?

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8 days | 7 nights

Explore New England’s majestic seaboards including Annapolis’ US Naval Academy, Rehoboth Beach and its classy boardwalk and savor a sweet treat in DE’s first town – Lewes. Enjoy three boat rides including an “off the beaten path” water ride to an Oyster Farm and a scenic lighthouse cruise on Narragansett Bay. Small town charm and historic towns deliver a delightful tour.

  • Take a narrated trolley tour through quaint Cape May
  • Enjoy a lighthouse cruise on Naraganset Bay
  • Discover the Mystic Seaport Maritime Museum
  • Take a guided tour of the US Naval Academy

Meet your fellow travelers in Beantown for a welcome dinner and overnight stay before starting your journey down the Atlantic coast. D

Head south to Mystic, Connecticut and embrace this New England charm that has made this a popular destination. Explore the shops in downtown Mystic, including the famous “Mystic Pizza” restaurant that has made this a popular destination, before unpacking for a two-night stay. B, D

At the Mystic Seaport Maritime Museum, discover the Charles W. Morgan whaleship, a working preservation shipyard, historic gardens, maritime art gallery and more. Cross into Rhode Island for Narragansett Bay. Learn about the area on a scenic lighthouse cruise, showcasing 10 gorgeous lighthouses, multiple islands and miles of stunning coastline. Feast on a delicious boxed lunch from Matunuck Oyster Restaurant featuring farm and pond to plate! Embark on an Oyster Farm tour and learn the harvest process of the Potter Pond Estuary. B, L

Head south for Cape May, New Jersey: the oldest seaside resort in the United States! This evening, a personal guide shares tales of local heroes and legends on the drive to Cape May Lighthouse to watch the Sunset Beach Flag Ceremony at dusk. Overnight in Cape May, NJ. B, L

A narrated trolley tour will take us through the quaint seaside resort of Cape May, where we will explore the treasures and landmarks in the Historic District. Tour the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, Cape May’s Victorian house museum. Enjoy a gourmet lunch at the historic Washington Inn. Board the Cape May Ferry and relax as we make our way across the Delaware River and into the first state to ratify the United States Constitution! Arrive in Rehoboth Beach for a two-night stay in this remarkable village. B, L

After a leisurely morning, visit Cape Henlopen State Park with a local expert and continue on a guided tour of Lewes, Delaware: a community founded in 1631 as the “first town in the first state.” Shop the boutiques and savor a local ice cream, before traveling back to Rehoboth Beach. Spend your afternoon at leisure, strolling the boardwalk or dipping your toes in the ocean, before reuniting for dinner. B, D

Head north to Dover, Delaware and visit the special Air Mobility Command Museum. Learn how Hangar 1301 was involved in secret rocket developments during WWII and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Completed in 1791, a guided tour of the Old State House shares Delaware’s role in the American Revolution, and stories about the patriots who were there. Arrive in Annapolis, Maryland for an evening at your leisure and overnight stay. B, D

See where enthusiastic young men and women train in the Navy and Marine Corps at the US Naval Academy. The guided tour includes Bancroft Hall, the crypt of John Paul Jones and more. Watch the noon formation before lunch in the Naval Academy Club, a military tradition for 100 years. Explore historic Annapolis on a narrated trolley tour including the Maryland State House, the oldest state capitol still in continuous legislative use. B, L

Night 1:
Courtyard by Marriott Boston Logan Airport
Nights 2-3:
Hyatt Place, Mystic, CT
Night 4:
The Grand Hotel, Cape May, NJ
Nights 5-6:
Bellmoor Inn and Spa, Rehoboth Beach, DE
Night 7:
The Graduate, Annapolis, MD


  • Departure Date: September 10, 2023
  • Return Date: September 17, 2023

*Note that this date will be in reverse- starting in Baltimore, MD and ending in Boston, MA


  • Departure Date: September 18, 2023
  • Return Date: September 25, 2023


  • Double $2999
  • Single $3899

*Per person rates

*Includes round-trip airfare from STL or MCI

Average Temperatures:

Annapolis, MD: 82/66

Rehoboth, DE: 81/61

Cape May, NJ: 80/62

Mystic, CT: 76/58


Orange luggage tags are provided and are to be placed on your “checked luggage” (large bag). You do not need a tag for your carry-on bag, for which you will be responsible for taking on and off the coach. There is limited space in the cabin of the coach, so unless you require your carry-on bag while traveling, we will stow it in the luggage compartment.

Important Information:

New reservations will require a $250 per person deposit unless otherwise noted. As always, your deposit is still fully refundable for any reason until final payment. We are happy to accept cash, check (preferred) or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover) for your deposit.

Throughout 2021 we limited capacity on all our tours. This policy was so overwhelmingly popular by Sunrise travelers, we have made it permanent. In 2022 and beyond, we will limit the capacity on our motorcoaches to 80%. Most Sunrise Tours travel on 50-seat coaches with extra legroom, which means guests will enjoy extra legroom AND at least 6-8 empty seats. In the rare cases when we charter a 55-seat coach, there will be at least 10 open seats on the bus.

Our popular on-board refreshment service on travel days will feature a variety of soda, beer, wine spritzers, juices and sparkling water choices served in recyclable aluminum cans. This is a safe and eco-conscious way for us to deliver the ever-popular Sunrise Tours “happy hour” on tour. We do not typically serve bottled water and ask that while on tour you be responsible for your own hydration and consider the Sunrise Tours drink service a welcome refreshment.


Since we are traveling by plane you must bring a valid passport.

Terms and Conditions:

Please refer to our policies HERE for more information on our terms and conditions.

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