New England’s Autumn Foliage Express
Uncover the magic that surrounds New England in the autumn on this daylight-only rail journey.
Watch as the warm hues of autumn overtake the landscape on this 8-day guided journey through New England. The tour begins as the group discovers the Colonial history of Boston. From Boston, we travel out of the city and into some of the best places for fall foliage viewing in all of the United States. The first stop is North Conway, where we will travel down the Kancamagus Highway and take a mid-day journey on the Conway Scenic Railroad. Next, it is a ride on the Mt. Washington Cog Railway. From there we head to Vermont where we board Amtrak’s Vermonter. In Mystic, we will visit the nation’s most impressive maritime museum, Mystic Seaport. Moving on, a Newport Mansion and all of the sites of Hyannis lie ahead. The group will enjoy one final train ride aboard the Cape Cod Central Railway before the journey concludes in Boston. With dinners that immerse us in the culture of New England, amazing sightseeing opportunities and ample time to explore on your own, as well as with the group, this fall foliage adventure is second to none.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Scenic train excursions aboard the Conway Scenic Railroad, Mt. Washington Cog Railway and Cape Cod Central Railroad
- Ride aboard Amtrak’s Vermonter from Burlington to Brattleboro
- Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
- 11 meals
- Boston City Tour, including Freedom Trail
- Scenic drive along the Kancamagus Highway
- Mystic Seaport
- Newport Mansion Tour
- Services of a professional Tour Manager
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Baggage handling
Day 1 - Boston
Arrive in Boston and make your way to your downtown hotel on your own. You will have some time to settle into your accommodations or to begin your explorations of this historic city. This evening meet your Tour Manager and fellow travellers in the lobby of the hotel for an introductory meeting. Dinner is at leisure at one of the many fantastic eateries that call Boston home. Overnight Boston, MA.
Day 2 - Boston/North Conway
Follow the same pathways as our forefathers with a guided tour through Boston this morning. We will see the Old North Church, from which Paul Revere set out on his iconic ride and see the sites along the Freedom Trail. The tour concludes as we arrive at Quincy Market, where you will have time to peruse the food stalls and grab a bite to eat. Later this afternoon, the group will transfer to North Conway, NH. Our day of adventure concludes as we all sit down to dinner in a beautiful barn. We will feast on seasonal New England cuisine and enjoy each other’s company before retiring to our hotel for the night. Overnight North Conway, NH. (B, D)
Day 3 - Kancamagus Highway/Conway Scenic Railroad
As you board the motorcoach this morning; you are in for a true treat along the Kancamagus Highway. Fiery colours explode in all directions as the coach moves down this famed tree-lined highway. This afternoon, more foliage lies ahead as we board the Conway Scenic Railroad. We will board at Crawford Notch and enjoy a one-way ride that ends in North Conway. As the train arrives at the historic station in downtown North Conway, you will have the remainder of the day at your leisure. There are a variety of boutiques and shops in town, as well as restaurants that offer cuisine ranging from bar food and pizza to upscale offerings. Overnight North Conway, NH. (B)
Day 4 - Mt. Washington Cog Railway
Take a ride to the summit of Mt. Washington aboard the world’s first mountain-climbing cog train, which dates back to 1869. Not only will you see nature’s brilliant colours, you will also soak in views over five states and possibly even Canada from the top. The group enjoys lunch at the base of the mountain at the onsite restaurant before boarding a motorcoach bound for Burlington, VT on the shores of Lake Champlain. As we arrive, old New England charm surrounds. There are charming shops, chapels, museums, and restaurants lining the streets. Your evening is at leisure to enjoy the amenities of this small town. Overnight Burlington. (B, L)
Day 5 - Amtrak’s Vermonter/ Mystic, CT
As you wake this morning, take in the mountain views as we make our way to the Amtrak station. Our next train ride beckons, this time taking us from Burlington to Brattleboro aboard the Vermonter. Colourful trees surround the tracks, and the New England panoramas are sure to impress. As we arrive in Brattleboro, we will transfer to Mystic by deluxe motorcoach. We will arrive at our hotel to check in and freshen up, then the group will meet for dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight Mystic, CT. (B, D)
Day 6 - Mystic Seaport/Newport Mansion/Hyannis
Transport yourself back in time with a visit to Mystic Seaport this morning. This seaside museum offers a glimpse at the modern and historic elements of the Maritimes. Visit the shipyard to see the amazing craftsmanship that goes into wooden shipbuilding, visit the 19th-century living village and immerse yourself in the amazing history of New England through fantastic exhibits. As our time at the museum wraps up, our motorcoach once again hits the road - this time bound for Newport, RI. Here, we will tour one of the beautifully appointed mansions that call Newport home. Moving on, we have one final stop for the day: Hyannis. Overnight Hyannis, MA. (B)
Day 7 - Hyannis/Cape Cod Central Railroad
Soak in the unique essence of Hyannis this morning. Stroll along Main Street to experience the charming locally owned stores, the art galleries and the restaurants. There are bookstores and music shops, clothing boutiques and gift shops that offer souvenirs for every taste. This afternoon we will ride aboard the Cape Cod Central Railroad which offers a unique look at the beauty of coastal New England. We will see cranberry bogs and sand dunes, salt marshes and wildlife. The train travels through the oldest town on the Cape, Sandwich, and learn about the history of the region as you admire the vistas. Following the train ride, the group will convene for a Farewell Dinner. Overnight Hyannis, MA. (B, D)
Day 8 – Tour Conclusion
Our grand fall foliage adventure comes to a close as we are transferred to Boston this morning. Included transfers to Boston Logan Airport and South Street Station will accommodate planes and trains departing after 1:00 p.m. (B)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Boston-Downtown, Hampton Inn & Suites North Conway*, Hilton Garden Inn Burlington Downtown, Hilton Mystic, and Holiday Inn Cape Cod – Hyannis.
*The 10/7/19 departure will stay at the Green Granite Inn
Conway Scenic Notch Train
Operating on tracks that date back to 1870, the Conway Scenic Notch Train travels through some of the most dramatic scenery in the Northeast: bluffs, ravines, lakes, streams and lush forests.
Mt. Washington Cog Railway
In operation for 150 years, the Mt. Washington Cog Railway was the first mountain-climbing cog railway in the world. The journey begins at the Marshfield Base Station and takes approximately 1 hour to reach the summit, where amazing views abound. The journeys both up and down the mountain are fully narrated, offering little-known facts and wonderful scenery.
A daily train that runs between Washington, D.C. and northern Vermont, Amtrak’s Vermonter is your ticket to New England. The train makes stops in 9 states and the District of Columbia: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont. Destinations along the way include resort towns, scenic destinations and popular commuter towns.
Cape Cod Central Railroad
The Cape Cod Central Railroad follows a route from Hyannis to Buzzards Bay, which is approximately 27 miles in length and offers immaculate looks at the region’s shoreline. Passengers get a glimpse at the natural side of Cape Cod - the salt marshes and the cranberry bogs, the sand dunes and beautiful shorelines. There are a total of 6 engines in operation for the railway, all of which offer interesting routes and unforgettable views.
Dates & Prices
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New England's Autumn Foliage Express: Departs 30th September 2019 (£1,874), 7th October 2019 (£1,874)
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