Autumn in New England - 8 Day Tour
The fiery reds, yellows and burnt oranges of New England’s annual fall foliage are the perfect backdrop for a fall tour through the region. Travel by rail and coach into the heart of autumn scenery, marveling at the outstanding sights and visiting quintessential New England attractions. Highlights include scenic rail excursions aboard the Maine Eastern Railroad, Conway Scenic Railroad, and Cape Cod Central Railroad.
Rail from your closest Amtrak Station to begin this tour is available through Vacations By Rail. Contact a rail specialist at 877-929-7245 for details.
Day 1 – Arrive in Boston
Arrive in Boston and transfer on your own to your hotel. The remainder of the day can be spent relaxing in your room or exploring the city. You may wish to take an Old Town trolley tour, an excellent way to see the city’s impressive sights. Meet your tour manager in your hotel lobby at 6:00 pm for a brief meeting. Overnight Hilton Boston Downtown/Faneuil Hall.
Day 2 – Boston Sightseeing / Portland, Maine
This morning enjoy a guided city tour of Boston’s historic sites. Known as the Cradle of Liberty, the city of Boston played a crucial role in the story of our country. See the major sites on a 2-hour tour of the town and enjoy lunch on your own at Quincy Market. This afternoon we travel by coach to Portland, Maine. Overnight Fairfield Inn. (B)
Day 3 – Maine Eastern Railroad
Begin the day with an excursion aboard the vintage rail cars of the Maine Eastern Railroad as you travel from Brunswick to Rockland, admiring the seaside villages along the route. The day continues with visits to the Farnsworth Museum of Art and L.L. Bean, returning to Portland this evening. Overnight Fairfield Inn. (B)
Day 4 – Conway Scenic Railroad
Start the day with the drive to North Conway for an excursion aboard the Conway Scenic Railroad. This spectacular train excursion takes you through some of New Hampshire’s most stunning fall scenery. Later today, travel by motorcoach into the White Mountains to Franconia Notch State Park. There will be photo stops at Echo Lake and the Old Man in the Mountain historic site. A special treat tonight is dinner at Hart’s Turkey Farm. Overnight TownPlace Suites by Marriott. (B, D)
Day 5 – Vermonter to Brattleboro / Mystic, CT
Board Amtrak’s Vermonter this morning for the 1 ˝-hour trip to Brattleboro, Vermont. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch on your own. Then enjoy a visit to the Mark Twain House and Museum and Harriet Beecher Stowe's Home, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin. Continue by coach to Mystic, Connecticut. Overnight Hampton Inn Mystic. (B)
Day 6 – Mystic Seaport
The day begins with a visit to Mystic Seaport, a maritime museum founded in 1929 featuring tall ships, a re-creation of a 19th-century coastal village, and a preservation shipyard. This afternoon we take a scenic drive to Cape Cod where we check in at our Hyannis hotel. Overnight Holiday Inn Hyannis. (B)
Day 7 – Cape Cod Central Railroad / JFK Hyannis Museum
The morning begins with a scenic 2-hour narrated excursion aboard the Cape Cod Central Railroad. Traverse some of Cape Cod’s most picturesque countryside including quaint villages, unspoiled woodlands, sand dunes, cranberry bogs, salt marshes, and the famous Cape Cod Canal. We return to Hyannis in time for lunch on your own. Next, we visit the Kennedy Museum. This multi-media exhibit was designed to open a window on the days JFK spent on Cape Cod, not only as President but a family man. After our visit, we return to the hotel and enjoy a farewell lobster bake dinner. Overnight Holiday Inn Hyannis. (B, D)
Day 8 – Tour Concludes in Boston
Your New England fall tour comes to an end this morning when you transfer to Boston’s south Station or Logan International Airport for your travels home. Transfers will accommodate flights that depart after 1:00 pm and trains that depart after 1:30 pm.
Prices are land-only, per person. Prices are correct at the time of this web page being published; however, are subject to change.