New England Rails and Sails - 8 Day Tour
This seasonal 8-day escorted tour takes travelers through all six New England states, showcasing the vibrant fall foliage in each. The only thing more brilliant than the fall colors is the unique excursions by historic trains and scenic cruises as well as regional sightseeing. Book early for Fall and ensure you see New England's amazing fall colors.
You begin our New England journey in the winding streets of 17th-century Boston. The motorcoach takes you along the Freedom Trail. The Declaration of Independence comes to life as You see Old South Church where it was first read to the people of Boston. You continue on to Paul Revere's House and the church where two lanterns inspired his midnight ride. You see Old Ironsides, the oldest commissioned warship in the world and pause at Bunker Hill to reflect on the courage and sacrifice of our forefathers who held their own against the British army as a unified force for the first time. Other evocative sites include our nation's oldest school and the 1729 Old South Meeting House where an outraged Samuel Adams launched the Boston Tea Party.
Boston Common, America's oldest public park, is now a peaceful oasis with a history of hangings, duels and spirited speeches. Historic Quincy Market is America's bazaar with more than 100 of the finest shops and a fleet of pushcarts featuring New England artisans and their unique wares. Patriotic shoppers will have their choice of Cape Cod's maritime art as well as some unexpected New England finds along the way.
Our first scenic rail journey is through New Hampshire's White Mountains on the Conway Scenic Railroad. On the Essex Steam Train, one spectacular view follows another as You pass through some of the most beautiful country in the state of Connecticut. On the Cape Cod Central Railroad, the Cape's cranberry bogs, woodlands, salt marshes, sand dunes and ocean vistas combined to make this a memorable journey en route to the Cape Cod Canal.
In typical New England fashion, you will board an island ferry at Casco Bay for a cruise along the rocky shore of Maine with fishing fleets and yachts. Sea breezes sweep away the tensions of our pre-vacation days as You look for wooded islands, seals and seabirds. Victorian cottages slip by like postcards from the past.
You also cruise the Connecticut River and explore its coves and inlets aboard the Becky Thatcher. This riverboat looks like it sailed from the Mississippi River for our cruise which passes woodlands, riverfront houses and a castle.
The last nautical adventure is a cruise on Hyannis Harbor in a replica of a Maine coastal steamer. Along the shore, the Kennedy Compound comes into view as you navigate the shimmering waters where a presidential yacht once sailed.
More than Boston beans are on the menu. Many of Portland's restaurants offer spectacular bay views and please any taste from surf to turf to Italian. An after dinner stroll along the wharf can include boutique shopping or simply watching the moon rise over the ocean. Dining at the Historic Deerfield Inn is like opening a doorway to the past in this wonderful historic village often called the "gem of rural New England."
Our dining finale is a traditional Cape Cod lobster dinner with optional bibs and the traditional exchanging of addresses.
- Services of a professional Tour Manager
- Deluxe motorcoach transportation for touring
- 11 Meals (4 dinners, 2 lunch, 5 breakfasts)
- Round trip airport transfers
- City tour of Boston with a local guide
- $40 in travel credits
- Feast on a delicious lobster dinner with all the fixins' on Cape Cod
Experience three New England Trains
and three New England Cruises
- Cruise Portland's Casco Bay to Diamond Island
- Becky Thatcher Riverboat Cruise
- Hyannis Harbor Cruise
Day 1 - Arrive in Boston
Arrive in Boston, Massachusetts, with an included transfer to your hotel. Meet your Tour Manager in the hotel lobby at 6:00 pm for dining suggestions.
Day 2 - Boston City Tour and Harbor Lunch Cruise
This morning we take a panoramic city tour of Boston, the birthplace of American Freedom. See the Freedom Trail with the Old and New State Houses, Paul Revere House and the Boston Common. Then we take to the water for a cruise through Boston's Inner and Outer Harbors. Enjoy a sumptuous buffet onboard while your narrated cruise sights include the USS Constitution, Old North Church, Boston Light and the Boston Harbor Islands. Later, we travel up the Atlantic coast to Portland, Maine. (L)
Day 3 - Casco Bay Cruise / Portland Museum of Art
Maine's rocky shoreline and wooded islands come into view today as we board our boat for a scenic cruise of Casco Bay. Sail past lovely Victorian cottages nestled along the shores of Little and Great Diamond Islands. Watch for lobstermen and local fishing fleets as well as abundant sea birds, seals and other wildlife. This afternoon, we visit the Portland Museum of Art which contains more than 17,000 works of art and features works by American artist Winslow Homer as well as pieces by Picasso, Renoir, Monet and more. Tonight, dinner is at one of Portland's unique bayside restaurants. (B, D)
Day 4 - Maine Eastern Railroad / Camden Hills State Park
Today we climb aboard the Maine Eastern Railroad. The restored streamlined stainless steel railcars from the Art Deco era of the 1940's and 1950's have been fully rebuilt to today's standards of safety and comfort. Enjoy some of Maine's most breathtaking seascapes and historic highlights of the 57-mile route between Brunswick and Rockland from the expansive windows of the climate-controlled coaches. In Camden Hills State Park we drive to the 800-foot summit of Mount Battle for a panoramic view of beautiful wooded hillsides and Maine's rugged coast. Latyer, we stop for dinner in Woolwich before returning to the hotel. (B, D)
Day 5 - Conway Scenic Railroad
Leaving the coast today, we travel west into New Hampshire's White Mountains. In North Conway we board the Conway Scenic Railroad for the journey through the White Mountains and enjoy the scenery of the Mt. Washington Valley countryside. Relive a part of railroad history, when the first train traveled through this region over 130 years agio. Tonight we enjoy dinner in this quaint mountain town. (L, D)
Day 6 - Kancamagus Scenic Byway / Quechee Gorge
This morning we travel the Kancamagus Scenic Byway as it follows a beautiful path through the White Mountains. It is one of the world's most spectacular fall foliage trips, where a stunning spectrum of color underscores the region's natural beauty year-round. The road meanders through vast forests, old logging roads, and Indian hunting paths. We cross into Vermont where quaint villahes with the steeples of white clapboard churches rise above the colorful trees. Later, we stop at Quechee Gorge to view the spectacular scenery of the area before arriving on Cape Cod. (B)
Day 7 - Harbor Cruise and Cape Cod Central Railroad
Take to the water this morning on a cruise of the harbor. Experience the pristine shoreline, sparkling emerald water and fresh salt air on the old-time Maine coastal steamer replica. Then, climb aboard the Cape Cod Central Railroad. Feel the rhythm of the train and spirit of the crew as you are whisked away on an exhilarating rail experience past beautiful cranberry bogs, natural woodlands, lush marshes and sand dunes. Tonight, gather for a farewell lobster dinner in Hyannis. (B, D)
Day 8 - Travel Home
After breakfast, you will have some free time to explore Hyannis. Your included group transfer to Boston's Logan Airport will be for flights out after 4:00 pm. (B)
Meals (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
Day 1 - Doubletree Hotel or Boston Park Plaza, Boston, Massachusetts
Day 2 to 4 - Best Western Merry Manor Inn, Portland, Maine
Days 5 - Green Granite Inn, North Conway, New Hampshire
Day 5 - Hampton Inn or Comfort Inn, Mystic, Connecticut
Days 6 and 7 - Resort and Conference Center, Hyannis, Massachusetts
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Call 877-929-7245 today to book your New England Rails and Sails Tour.
Prices are per person, based on double occupancy and include tax. Prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability. Triple rates available upon request.TM-3