Autumn in New England
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.
Book any USA or Canada rail vacation or rail-cruise package of $1,000 or more per person from the Vacations By Rail 2016 brochure, and select one of the following complimentary travel add-ons to include with your package:
- FREE pre- or post-night hotel stay
- FREE coach class connecting rail
New England’s annual display of fall colors is the cornerstone of this seasonal fall tour. Travel by rail and coach into the heart of autumn scenery, marveling at the outstanding sights and visiting quintessential New England attractions like Franconia Notch State Park, Mystic Seaport and the Breakers Mansion. Highlights include scenic rail excursions aboard the Conway Scenic Railroad, Cape Cod Central Railroad, and Amtrak’s Vermonter.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
- 10 meals (7 breakfasts, 3 dinners including a lobster dinner)
- Boston city tour including Freedom Trail
- Seashore Trolley Museum, Kennebunkport, ME
- Amtrak's Vermonter from Waterbury, VT to Brattleboro
- The Mark Twain House & Museum
- The Harriet Beecher Stowe House
- Mystic Seaport Village
- Breakers Mansion, Newport, RI
- Kancamagus Highway
- Cape Cod Scenic Railroad Shoreline Excursion
- Hyannis City Tour
- Services of a professional Tour Manager
- Transportation by Deluxe Motorcoach
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 Boston's impressive sights. Meet your tour manager in your hotel lobby at 6:00 pm for a brief meeting. Overnight in Boston.
Day 2 - Boston Sightseeing / Sea Shore Trolley Museum / Kennebunkport, 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 history of the United States. 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 motor coach to Kennebunkport, Maine. Step back in time using Streetcar transportation. Overnight in Wells, ME. (B)
Day 3 -Franconia Notch, White Mountain, Kancamagus Hwy, Conway Scenic Railroad
Start the day on the famous Kancamagus Hwy in the White Mountain National Forest, and enjoy a relaxing 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 motor coach 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. Overnight in Lincoln, NH. (B, D)
Day 4- Vermont Morse Maple Sugarworks - Ben & Jerry Ice Cream/ Stowe, VT
This afternoon, cross the Connecticut River and enter Vermont, the most rural state in New England. See a kaleidoscope of colors in leaves of yellow, orange, red and green. The vivid foliage compliments the picturesque farmlands, charming villages, and covered bridges on the way to Stowe, a mountainous ski village in the heart of Vermont. Visit Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks, with free time for lunch on own in Montpelier, Vermont's quaint capital city. Enjoy a tour of the Ben & Jerry Ice Cream factory before overnighting at the Golden Eagle Resort in Stowe, VT. (B, D)
Day 5 - Vermonter to Brattleboro / Mark Twain & Harriet Beecher Stowe Houses / Mystic, CT
This morning, board Amtrak's Vermonter in Waterbury Station. Brilliant foliage, gently falling leaves, and rambling stone walls provide the backdrop of natural beauty you'll find today as you travel the length of Vermont. Ride along the spine of the Green Mountains, where marble is mined and 150,000 gallons of maple syrup is harvested annually. After lunch in Brattleboro, we'll travel by coach to Hartford, Connecticut to visit to the Mark Twain House & Museum and the Harriet Beecher Stowe House. Overnight Mystic, CT. (B)
Day 6 - Mystic Seaport / Newport, RI
The day begins with a visit to Mystic Seaport, a maritime museum founded in 1929 that features tall ships, a re-creation of a 19th-century coastal village, and a preservation shipyard. Next, board the motor coach for a short trip to Newport, Rhode Island, the yachting capital of America and playground of the rich and famous. A tour along Ocean Drive showcases the city's many mansions. Enjoy a tour through The Breakers, the Vanderbilt family's turn-of-the-century mansion, full of lavish furnishings and decor. In the late afternoon, we continue on to Massachusetts' Cape Cod, where we check in at our Hyannis hotel for two nights. Overnight Holiday Inn Hyannis. (B)
Day 7 - Cape Cod Central Railroad / JFK Hyannis, MA
The morning begins with a narrated tour of the historic Hyannis sites that 34th President of the USA frequented during his family's life on the Cape. There will be free time to shop and enjoy lunch on your own. Be sure to visit the Kennedy Museum. This multi-media exhibit was designed to open a window into the days JFK spent on Cape Cod, not only as President, but as a family man. End the afternoon on a scenic 2-hour narrated shoreline 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 the hotel and enjoy a farewell lobster bake dinner. Overnight Holiday Inn Hyannis. (B, D)
Day 8 - Homeward Bound
Your New England fall tour comes to an end this morning when you transfer to Amtrak's Boston's South Station or Logan International Airport for your trip home. Transfers will accommodate flights that depart after 1:00 pm and trains that depart after 1:30 pm. (B)
Rail Your Way
Add more flexibility to your rail vacation by choosing when and where to begin and end your vacation. Whether you want to go east to west, west to east, north to south, south to north, start at the beginning, travel the reverse itinerary or begin in the middle, Rail Your Way allows you to tailor make your rail vacation so you can have the experience you want.
Look for the Rail Your Way icon to identify those vacations that offer customized rail connections or joining points. Ask your rail specialist how you can have Rail Your Way!
Add a Cruise
Many of our rail vacations begin and end in popular port cities. Spice up your vacation by adding an ocean or river cruise aboard your preferred cruise line to your itinerary and experience the best of both worlds. Popular cruises include Alaska’s Inside Passage, the Panama Canal, New England and Eastern Canada, and historic river towns along the Mississippi River.
Look for the Add a Cruise icon to identify those vacations that offer pre- or post-cruises. Ask your rail specialist how you can Add a Cruise!
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include the DoubleTree by Hilton Boston Downtown, Hampton Inn & Suites, Wells, ME, Comfort Inn & Suites, Lincoln, NH, Golden Eagle Resort, Stowe, VT, Hampton Inn & Suites, Mystic CT, Holiday Inn Cape Cod.
Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be similar in quality and amenities.
+Vacations By Rail can supply connecting rail from your closest Amtrak Station.
Dates & Prices
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: Departs 25th September 2016 ($1,949), 2nd October 2016 ($1,949)