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Autumn Tour in New England

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Let the brilliant hues of autumn and the stunning scenery of the northeastern coastline capture your soul on this trip through New England.

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20212022
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2021 Tour code: EC-ATNA-21

About the tour

Immerse yourself in 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 incredible journey.

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Activity level Natural Explorer

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You don’t mind spending the day on your feet. You enjoy sightseeing that includes walking, standing or stair climbing. You’re okay with longer days that are more active, such as multiple sightseeing stops, longer motorcoach journeys and getting on and off ships and trains.

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Itinerary

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 relaxing in your room. Meet your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at your hotel this evening for a short tour briefing before heading out for dinner at your choice of local restaurants. Overnight Boston, MA.

Day 2 – Boston/Hyannis

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 on your own at Quincy Market, we board our deluxe motorcoach for the drive to Hyannis. Here, we visit the JFK Hyannis Museum and learn more about one of America's most beloved presidents. Hear about JFK's personal life, his life before the presidency and life as a member of Hyannis' most prominent family. We conclude the day with free time in downtown Hyannis. Overnight Hyannis, MA. 

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  • Breakfast
Day 3 – Plimoth Plantation/Cape Cod Central Railroad

Today we visit Plymouth, which celebrated the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower's arrival in its harbor in 2020. Our visit to Plimoth Plantation allows us to step back in history and discover 17th-century Massachusetts as we hear the interwoven stories of two distinct groups - the English and the Native. Tonight, board the Cape Cod Central Railroad's Dinner Train for an excursion through cranberry bogs and lush marshes. Dinner is served as the train crosses the famous Cape Cod Canal railroad bridge into the historic village of Buzzard's Bay. Overnight Hyannis, MA. 

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 – Newport/Mystic

Today we travel 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 one of Newport's summer "cottages" and see how the elite lived during Newport's Gilded Age. 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 

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  • Breakfast
Day 5 – Stockbridge/Manchester

Today we journey to the Berkshires and Norman Rockwell's hometown of Stockbridge, MA. Here, we 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.

This afternoon we visit Hildene, the Lincoln Family's summer home. Here, breathtaking gardens meet a well-preserved estate for a beautiful overall picture. You can also tour a Pullman car, the Sunbeam, which was built in 1888. Now fully restored, this wooden railcar is an example of the finest travel luxury of its time. Overnight West Dover, VT or Stratton Mountain, VT. 

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  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 – Chester/Montpelier/Lincoln

This morning we make the short drive to Chester, VT, where we 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, there is time for lunch on your own and a little exploring before we continue our journey north. The afternoon finds us at the Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks in Montpelier, VT. Here, we learn about Vermont's number one export - Maple Syrup. Take some time to explore the farm and the maple products store before we make our way to New Hampshire for the night. Overnight North Conway, NH. 

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  • Breakfast
Day 7 – Conway/Lincoln

This morning, we 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. Take time to explore the quaint shops along Main Street in North Conway 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-with plenty of stops for pictures along the way. Overnight North Conway, NH. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 – Tour Conclusion

Our fall foliage journey concludes after breakfast. A group transfer to Boston South Station or Boston Logan Airport will accommodate trains and planes departing after 1:00 pm.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Boston Park Plaza

Boston Park Plaza

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Holiday Inn Cape Cod - Hyannis

Holiday Inn Cape Cod - Hyannis

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North Conway Grand Hotel, North Conway

North Conway Grand Hotel, North Conway

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Hilton Garden Inn Springfield

Hilton Garden Inn Springfield

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Stratton Mountain Resort

Stratton Mountain Resort

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Grand Summit Resort Hotel Mount Snow, West Dover

Grand Summit Resort Hotel Mount Snow, West Dover

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Trains

Cape Cod Central Railroad
Conway Scenic Railroad
Green Mountain Flyer Railroad

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Sara

3 stars

Submitted 07 Nov 2019

The itinerary was good, but getting 50 people on and off a bus with one door was laborious. Few meals were included, and finding somewhere to eat lunch with limited time didn't allow much time for socializing or getting acquainted. I enjoyed the dinner train, but otherwise there were only 2 one-hour by rail" outings. Meals and tips added significantly to the cost of the trip. I enjoyed most stops and autumn colors."

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Jeannette G., Corrales, NM

4 stars

Submitted 31 Dec 2018

Wonderful trip and good stops.

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Janet H., Little River, TX

4 stars

Submitted 18 Dec 2018

This is an amazing way to travel. They take care of everything. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy your vacation. We will take another one.

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Laura G., West Jordan, KY

5 stars

Submitted 09 Dec 2018

Trip was amazing.

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Kathy M., Haiku, HI

4 stars

Submitted 19 Nov 2018

It was very enjoyable, well run and filled with good excursions. Kim was a great tour operator.

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Kathy G., Delphos, OH

4 stars

Submitted 13 Nov 2018

Enjoyed it and organized.

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