New England in the Fall
Experience the colours of the changing autumn foliage of the Northeastern states as we travel though Massachusetts, Maine & New Hampshire.
Spectacular colours and beautiful mountain scenery come together on an autumn adventure on America's East Coast. We stay in Cape Cod, Boston and the White Mountains, experiencing the region's terrific scenic railways on a seasonal tour that brings out the very best of stunning New England.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Scheduled flights London to Boston and return
- Rail, coach and ferry travel as described
- 8 nights' hotel accommodation (room only)
- Tour of Martha's Vineyard including 'up-island' & 'down-island'
- Excursion on the Mount Washington Cog Railway
- A round trip on the North Conway Scenic Railroad
- Guided sightseeing tour of Boston
- Whale-watching cruise by catamaran
- The services of a professional Tour Manager throughout
Day 1 - London to Cape Cod
We depart London Heathrow for Boston Airport, from where we transfer to the town of Falmouth on Cape Cod. Named for its peculiar shape, Cape Cod is a popular summer resort and offers stunning scenic beauty year round. Our base for the next three nights is the family-run Shoreway Acres Inn, or the Inn on the Square. Both are ideally located just a short stroll from the beach in Falmouth's historic district.
Day 2 - Cape Cod at Leisure
Our first full day in New England is free to explore Cape Cod and the surrounding region at leisure. You could remain in Falmouth itself, enjoying the pristine beaches, historic buildings and green parkland. Alternatively, you could take a bus to nearby Hyannis, which has long been a summer getaway location. Here you can visit the John F Kennedy Hyannis Museum and the John F Kennedy Memorial, or enjoy classic retail therapy in the Main Street Waterfront District.
Day 3 - Martha's Vineyard
Today's excursion begins with a morning departure by ferry to Martha's Vineyard, a summer resort for New England's wealthy population. "Vineyarders", as the island's residents are known, are fiercely protective of the island's traditions and heritage, giving Martha's Vineyard the look and feel of a bygone age. The usual 'big business' franchises have yet to make an impression anywhere in the resort. A coach takes us on a tour of the island, introducing us to the main sights. We travel to 'upisland', the sparsely-populated and sleepy towns to the west, and 'down-island', the busy and fashionable eastern half of the Vineyard, where Oak Bluffs, Edgartown and Vineyard Haven lure the rich and famous.
Day 4 - To the White Mountains
This morning we transfer to Boston, where we board Amtrak's Downeaster service for the journey north. Named after the sailing vessels built by Maine's shipbuilders in Colonial times, the Downeaster takes us on a 116-mile (187 km) journey through beautiful New England to Portland, Maine. From here we continue by coach into the White Mountains, one of the most beautiful landscapes. Our journey takes us through Maine and New Hampshire during their golden season, as a breathtaking tapestry of colour, from deep, dark reds to delicate, pale yellows, lines the route. We arrive in North Conway, where we spend three nights at the Fox Ridge Resort Hotel.
Day 5 - Mount Washington Cog Railway
This morning we board the Mount Washington Cog Railway - the world's first cog railway. It opened in 1869 and climbs the 6,228ft (1,898m) up Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Eastern States. During the fascinating steam-hauled journey, we enjoy a short stop at the summit to enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding White Mountain Range.
Day 6 - The North Conway Scenic Railroad
Today we enjoy a round trip on board North Conway's Scenic Railroad Notch Train. We relive the legend written in the annals of railroad history as we follow a route first taken by train over 132 years ago. We pass some of the finest natural scenery in New England as the train takes us through the spectacular scenery of Crawford Notch - past sheer bluffs, steep ravines, cascading brooks and panoramic mountain vistas. The experience is truly breathtaking during the autumn season, as New Hampshire's scenery is covered in a stunning blanket of dark red, yellow and brown. We cross the Frankenstein Trestle and Willey Brook Bridge en route to Crawford Depot. Live commentary during the journey helps to give an insight into the history and folklore of the railroad and its route.
Day 7 - Via Salem to Boston
This morning we leave North Conway, travelling by coach on a scenic route through New Hampshire to Boston. During the journey we stop in the historic city of Salem, renowned for the infamous Salem Witch Trials, one of America's darker chapters that took place in the seventeenth century. On our arrival in Boston we check in to our hotel for a two-night stay. The rest of your day is free to explore Boston at leisure. The city's Public Gardens are the oldest in the USA and are a delight to stroll around, whilst the New England Aquarium is home to over 2,000 species of aquatic life, including sharks, seals and penguins. The JFK library has several exhibits dedicated to the city's most famous son. The city also has a wealth of museums and art galleries to visit.
Day 8 - Boston & Whale Watching
Today we enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Boston, taking in the main sights of a city known for its 'old world' charm. Our tour takes in selected parts of the city's famed Freedom Trail. We travel through the Back Bay past the historic USS Constitution, to Copley Square and Beacon Hill, for an insight into stylish Boston's history. This afternoon we make our way to Boston Harbour for an afternoon whale-watching excursion by high-speed catamaran. The three outside viewing decks offer superb views as we track Humpback, Finback and Minke whales, as well as White Sided Dolphins. Informative commentary is provided throughout the excursion by researchers from the Whale Centre of New England.
Days 9 & 10 - Boston to London
Our final day of the tour begins with a free morning before we begin our journey home. We transfer to Logan International Airport, where we board our flight back to London, arriving on Day 10.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Shoreway Acres Inn
Set in a secluded position on one of Falmouth's most historic streets, the Shoreway Acres Inn is just a few minutes walk from the idyllic Surf Drive Beach. The family-run hotel has indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and within its spacious grounds you'll find a croquet lawn and badminton court. Within a few minutes of the hotel you will find 'restaurant row', offering a wide choice of dining options. All guest rooms have individual air conditioning and feature a telephone, television, refrigerator, tea and coffee making facilities and a hairdryer.
Inn on the Square
The Inn on the Square is situated in the centre of Falmouth, close to the shops, galleries and restaurants of the downtown area as well as the Falmouth Village Green. Built in a style which complements the historic buildings of Cape Cod, this luxurious hotel has a restaurant serving breakfast and lunch daily, an indoor swimming pool and a private courtyard in which to relax. The recently renovated rooms are comfortably furnished and feature a telephone, cable television, CD/MP3 player, refrigerator, microwave, safe, tea and coffee making facilities and a hairdryer.
In Boston, we stay at the 4-Star Revere Hotel, located a short walk away from the Charles Playhouse and the Boston Common. The hotel is surrounded by restaurants, and is also close to Boston Public Garden, a lovely park in the middle of the bustling city. The rooms offer a fantastic view of Boston, and also come with tea & coffee-making facilities, a television, and complimentary Wi-Fi. The hotel itself also has a gym, a seasonal rooftop restaurant offering panoramic views of the Boston skyline, and a lounge.
Fox Ridge Resort, North Conway
The 3-Star Fox Ridge resort is situated in the quiet town of North Conway in the heart of the White Mountains region, and offers incredible views across the rugged landscapes. The hotel is located on 30 acres of stunning land, and boasts indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a whirlpool and a private nine-hole golf course, making it the perfect spot for relaxing. The comfortable guest rooms feature traditional décor, and are equipped with a television, refrigerator, coffee maker and Wi-Fi access.
Named after the sailing vessels built by Maine's shipbuilders in Colonial times, the Downeaster takes us on a 116-mile (187 km) journey through beautiful New England from Boston, Massachusetts to Portland, Maine. Beginning at Boston's North Station, we travel north through the Massachusetts countryside and shortly after our stop in Haverhill, we cross the Massachusetts/New Hampshire State Line. New Hampshire is one of the original 13 states that founded the United States of America in 1776 and it is full of historic colonial cities such as our first stop, Exeter, which dates back to 1638. From Exeter the Downeaster follows the Squamscott River and then heads to Durham and Dover. We travel across the New Hampshire/Maine State Line at the Salmon Falls River and continue east towards the Atlantic Coast and the popular holiday resort of Wells. Briefly diverting away from the coast, the train makes its way north to Saco and finally reaches the sea at Old Orchard Beach. We follow the New England shoreline towards Saco Bay and make an impressive crossing over the Scarborough River, before making the final part of our journey to our destination: Portland, Maine
Mount Washington Cog Railway
First taking passengers to the summit in 1869, the Mount Washington Cog Railway is the oldest mountain railway in the world. The journey to the top of the 6288-feet Mount Washington still runs with its vintage steam engines and replica coaches, though on occasion the three mile trip is made with a bio-diesel locomotive. There is a gift shop, a restaurant and a fascinating museum all on site.
North Conway Scenic Railroad
Services began running from North Conway in the early 1870s, but passenger trains ceased in 1961. However, it re-opened as a tourist railway in 1974, now offering two main routes from the imposing station, a listed building. Passengers can enjoy the Mount Washington Valley countryside and surrounding White Mountains on journeys between Conway and North Conway. The other route takes passengers through Crawford Notch, where more panoramic mountain vistas can be seen. The North Conway Scenic Railroad offers a range of luxury rolling stock, such as the observation coach, and a Pullman.
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