Autumn Tour in New England
Let the brilliant hues of autumn and the stunning scenery of the northeastern coastline capture your soul on this trip through New England.
Book a qualifying USA or Canada rail vacation or rail-cruise package of $1,000 or more per person from the Vacations By Rail 2017 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
Immerse yourself in the New England's annual display of fall colors. Reds, oranges, yellows and more are on full display as you make your way into the heart of the fall splendor. Visit quaint New England towns and varying landscapes as you travel from the city of Boston to the shores of Cape Cod, to the heart of the shipbuilding past in Mystic, to the picturesque town of Stockbridge, MA, made famous by Norman Rockwell. You’ll experience the best of New England on this amazing journey.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
- 9 meals, including a lobster dinner
- Boston city tour
- Hyannis Harbor Cruise past the shores of Cape Cod
- Excursion aboard the Cape Cod Central Railroad
- Tour of “The Breakers,” the Vanderbilt Mansion
- Hildene, the Lincoln Family summer home
- Vermont’s Green Mountain Flyer Scenic Railroad
- Foliage viewing from the Conway Scenic Railroad
- America’s top fall foliage drive, the Kancamagus Highway
- Norman Rockwell Museum
- Plimoth Plantation
- Transportation aboard a deluxe motorcoach
- Services of a professional Tour Manager
- Baggage Handling
Day 1 - Boston
Arrive in Boston and transfer on your own to your hotel. The remainder of the day can be spent exploring the city, taking a trolley tour or just relaxing in your room. Meet your Tour Manager and fellow travelers in the lobby at 6:00 p.m. for a short meeting before heading out for dinner at your choice of local restaurants. Overnight Boston, MA
Day 2 - Boston/Cape Cod
One of the most influential cities in America's past, Boston is filled with historic sites and landmarks pivotal to America’s history. Walk along the streets of the "Cradle of Liberty" on this morning's city tour, which highlights “Bean Town’s” best. After lunch at Quincy Market, begin your journey south. After lunch, step back in time at Plimoth Plantation. Hear the complex and interwoven stories of two distinct groups – the English and the Native as you explore 17th century Massachusetts. Your journey then continues to Cape Cod. Enjoy a lobster dinner tonight before returning to your hotel. Overnight Cape Cod, MA (B, D)
Day 3 - Cape Cod
Today, learn more about one of America's most beloved presidents at the JFK Hyannis Museum. Hear about JFK’s personal life, his life before the presidency and life as a member of Hyannis’ most prominent family. This afternoon, we’ll enjoy a cruise around Hyannis Harbor. Learn about the history of Hyannis and view local landmarks, including the Kennedy Compound in Hyannisport. Our day continues with a scenic ride on the Cape Cod Central Railroad and a visit to the Cape Cod Maritime Museum. You’ll also have an opportunity for some free time in downtown Hyannis. Overnight Cape Cod, MA (B)
Day 4 - Newport/Mystic
Today finds you traveling to Newport, RI, yachting capital of the world. A trip down Ocean Drive reveals the splendor of this playground of the rich and famous. Tour The Breakers, the grandest of Newport’s summer “cottages”. Built by Cornelius Vanderbilt in the late 1800’s, it stands as a symbol of the Vanderbilt family’s social and financial prominence during the turn of the century America. Our tour continues to Mystic, CT, home of the world's largest maritime museum, Mystic Seaport. Founded in 1929, this prominent museum offers tall ships, a recreated 19th-century maritime village, and a preservation shipyard. Relax on the motorcoach as we make a short drive to Springfield, MA, our home for the night. The evening is yours to relax in your hotel room or to venture out to explore the city. Overnight Springfield, MA (B)
Day 5 – Stockbridge/Manchester
Today we journey to the Berkshires and Norman Rockwell’s hometown of Stockbridge, MA. Here we will take some time to enjoy and appreciate the work of this amazing artist at the Norman Rockwell Museum. The museum contains the world’s largest collection of original Norman Rockwell art, including his famous Saturday Evening Post covers. After the museum, we will have some time for lunch and to explore the quaint New England town of Lenox. This Gilded Age resort community rivaled Newport at one time. Today it is home to a vibrant arts community and is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. After lunch, we take a short drive to Vermont. Our first stop – Bennington and the Bennington Battle Monument. The monument was built to commemorate the Battle of Bennington in 1777, widely considered to be a turning point in the American Revolution. You'll have some time for some photos before we continue to our comfort stop at the Apple Barn. Vermont is known for its apples. Here you see the orchards and hear a bit about the apple industry in the state. We'll take some time to shop in the store or enjoy a slice of apple pie a la mode and a nice cup of cider before continuing to Manchester. This afternoon you'll enjoy a visit to Hildene, the Lincoln Family's summer home. Here, breathtaking gardens meet a well-preserved estate for a beautiful overall picture. Afterward, we will make our way to our hotel for the evening. Overnight West Dover, VT (B)
Day 6 - Chester/Montpelier/Lincoln
This morning we’ll take a short drive to Chester, Vermont, where we will board the Green Mountain Flyer Fall Foliage Express Scenic Railroad. Sit back, relax and enjoy spectacular fall colors as we journey through southern Vermont. On our arrival back in Chester, you’ll have some time for lunch and a little exploring before we continue on our journey north. The afternoon finds us at the Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks in Montpelier. Here, you will learn about Vermont’s No. 1 export – Maple Syrup. Take some time to explore the farm and the maple products store (don’t worry, they ship) before we make our way to New Hampshire for the night. Overnight Lincoln, NH (B)
Day 7 - Conway/Lincoln
Today begins with a beautiful drive on one of New England’s famous foliage roads – Route 302. Pass the famed Mount Washington Hotel and several picturesque New Hampshire towns on the way to North Conway. This morning, we will enjoy a ride on one of New England’s most iconic trains, the Conway Scenic Railroad. The carefully restored railcars provide a one-of-a-kind look at the dramatic fall colors in New England. Enjoy lunch in the dining car as we travel through spectacular scenery. We’ll take some time in North Conway to explore the quaint shops along Main Street before we continue with our fall foliage drive. This afternoon, we travel along the famed Kancamagus Highway – the top destination for leaf peeping in the United States. There will be plenty of stops for pictures along the way. Our fall foliage drive ends at Franconia Notch State Park, where you will have time to enjoy the aerial tramway or take the trail down to the Flume Gorge. Overnight Lincoln, NH (B, L)
Day 8 - End of Tour
Our fall foliage journey concludes this morning. After breakfast, we will make our way back to Boston. Transfers to Boston Logan Airport and South Street Terminal for planes and trains departing after 1:00 p.m. (B)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include the Boston Park Plaza (Boston), Holiday Inn Hyannis (Hyannis), Marriott (Springfield), Mount Snow Grand Summit Hotel (West Dover), Mountain Club on Loon (Lincoln)
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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|26th September 2017||$2,049||Book Now|
|28th September 2017||$2,049||Book Now|
|5th October 2017||$2,049||Book Now|
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: Departs 26th September 2017 ($2,049), 28th September 2017 ($2,049), 5th October 2017 ($2,049)
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