New England Autumn Foliage Rails and Sails
This seasonal 8-day escorted tour takes travelers through New England's vibrant fall foliage.
Experience autumn in New England. Travel by historic rails and scenic sails as we explore the sights and sounds of New England roundtrip from Boston. Book early for Fall and ensure you see New England's amazing fall colors.
Highlights and Inclusions
- 12 Meals (4 dinners, 2 lunches and 6 breakfasts)
- Round trip airport transfers
- City tour of Boston with a local guide including the Freedom Trail and Boston Common
- Lunch cruise through Boston's Inner and Outer Harbors
- Dinner at one of Portland, Maine's bayside restaurants
- Cruise along Maine's rocky shoreline and wooded islands of Casco Bay
- Visit the Portland Museum of Art
- Ride the Maine Eastern Railroad from Brunswick to Rockland and visit Camden Hills State Park
- Ride the Conway Scenic Railway through New Hampshire's White Mountains
- Travel along the Kancamagus Scenic Byway
- See beautiful Quechee Gorge
- Cruise aboard an old-time Maine coastal steamer replica on a Hyannis Harbor Cruise
- Ride the Cape Cod Central Railroad through natural woodlands and cranberry bogs
- Enjoy a delicious lobster dinner with all the fixins' on Cape Cod
- Services of professional Tour Manager
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. (B, box lunch, 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)
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
Day 1 - DoubleTree Hotel or Courtyard Marriott, Boston, Massachusetts
Day 2 to 4 - DoubleTree Hotel or Best Western Merry Manor Inn, Portland, Maine
Days 5 - Green Granite Inn, North Conway, New Hampshire
Days 6 and 7 - Resort and Conference Center, Hyannis, Massachusetts
Click here to view testimonials for New England Autumn Foliage Rails and Sails.
I can't think of anything that would have made the trip more than excellent as it was.
Well organized and great tour guide. Coach driver and step on guides did an excellent job. Hotels were not so great but the dinners were good. I would definitely consider doing another trip with Vacations by Rail.
Dates & Prices
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|5th October 2014||Sold Out|
|28th September 2015||$2,198||Book Now|
|5th October 2015||$2,198||Book Now|
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: Departs 5th October 2014 (Sold Out) 28th September 2015 ($2,198), 5th October 2015 ($2,198)