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Scenic rail excursions, superb hotels, and vibrant autumn foliage are the hallmarks of this 11-day escorted tour through the fall colors in New England and French Canada.

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20212022
11 days From $3,795 per person

2021 Tour code: EC-FQMA-21

About the tour

Discover the fall colors of New England and Eastern Canada on this 11-day tour featuring acclaimed rail excursions, grand hotel stays, and brilliant autumn scenery. Soak up the history of Boston, the starting point of your fall foliage adventure, before traveling to New Hampshire for excursions aboard the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad and Mt. Washington Cog Railway.

Highlights

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. Meet your tour manager and fellow travelers for a brief meeting followed by dinner on your own at the hotel, or venture to a Boston restaurant for dinner. Overnight Boston, MA.

Day 2 – Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad/Kancamagus Highway

After breakfast at the hotel this morning, we'll board our deluxe motorcoach and travel to Meredith, NH for a fall foliage train excursion aboard the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad. Sit back and relax as the train travels along the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee with the vibrant colors of the surrounding foliage the perfect backdrop for the day's journey. Following our train ride, we will enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant.

Next, we board our motorcoach and make the scenic drive to Bretton Woods. We will go along the Kancamagus Highway, a scenic 34-mile highway known as one of the best fall foliage drives in the country. Overnight Bretton Woods, NH.

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  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 – Mt. Washington Cog Railway

We begin with an early morning excursion aboard the Mt. Washington Cog Railway. You'll learn about the area's history and travel to the highest peak in the northeast on North America's steepest train. At the 6,288-foot summit of Mt. Washington you'll have plenty of time for photographs of the panoramic view that span the mountains of New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, and beyond. Enjoy lunch at the base of Mount Washington before returning to the Mount Washington Resort for an afternoon at leisure to participate in the resort's activities. Overnight Bretton Woods, NH. 

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  • Lunch
Day 4 – Vermont/Montreal

Following breakfast in the elegant main dining room of the Historic Mount Washington Hotel, our day continues by motorcoach through New Hampshire and then into Vermont. We will stop at Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks, a 200-year-old family farm, where you will learn about maple syrup and even taste a few varieties. Our day's journey concludes as we cross the border into the Province of Quebec and check into our hotel. Overnight Montreal, QC.

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  • Breakfast
Day 5 – Montreal Sightseeing

This morning we depart on a sightseeing tour of Montreal, which includes must-see sights such as the Notre Dame Basilica, historic Old Montreal and Mont Royal. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to shop in the city's fashionable boutiques, explore the colorful neighborhoods, and indulge in some culinary delights. Overnight Montreal, QC.

Day 6 – Train to Quebec City

After breakfast, we'll board a VIA Rail train for Quebec City, the capital of Quebec Province and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy an included lunch upon arrival, followed by a guided tour of Quebec City. This evening explore the city and enjoy one of the area's restaurants. Overnight Quebec City, QC. 

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  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 – Quebec City

You'll have the entire day to explore Old Quebec City and its surroundings. Have breakfast at one of the many French cafes before walking through the historic streets and along the fortified wall. There is so much to see in a city that showcases its well-preserved past-dating back to 1608-alongside its modern day achievements. Overnight Quebec City, QC.

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  • Dinner
Day 8 – Quebec City to Bar Harbor, ME

After breakfast, we travel the Old Canadian Scenic Byway as we make our way across the border and into the lovely state of Maine. We will enjoy an included lunch before making our way to Bar Harbor, the gateway to Acadia National Park. Upon arrival, the evening is yours to enjoy Bar Harbor's shopping and dining scene, which is famous for local lobster. Overnight Bar Harbor, ME.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 – Acadia National Park

This morning we visit the oldest national park east of the Mississippi River, Acadia National Park. This seaside park takes in Mount Desert Island and surrounding smaller islands. During our guided tour, we'll travel to the top of Cadillac Mountain for fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean. We'll return to Bar Harbor this afternoon with the remainder of the day at leisure to explore the town's shops and harbor views. This evening we'll enjoy a traditional New England Lobster Bake. Overnight Bar Harbor, ME. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10 – Coastal Drive

After breakfast, we make our way to Portland's waterfront district for some free time and lunch before continuing to Cape Neddick Nubble Lighthouse in York, ME. Enjoy a farewell dinner tonight with your fellow travelers as our tour comes to an end. Overnight Gloucester or Peabody, MA. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11 – Tour Conclusion

Our tour concludes this morning. A group transfer to Boston South Station or Boston Logan Airport will accommodate trains and planes departing after 1:00 p.m.

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

Bar Harbor Grand Hotel

Bar Harbor Grand Hotel

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Boston Park Plaza

Boston Park Plaza

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Omni Mount Washington Resort, Bretton Woods

Omni Mount Washington Resort, Bretton Woods

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Ocean House, Gloucester

Ocean House, Gloucester

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Hotel Omni Mont-Royal, Montreal

Hotel Omni Mont-Royal, Montreal

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Boston Marriott Peabody

Boston Marriott Peabody

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Hotel Manoir Victoria, Quebec

Hotel Manoir Victoria, Quebec City

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Trains

The Mount Washington Cog Railway
VIA Rail's Corridor Services
Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad

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Cyndy

5 stars

Submitted 02 Jan 2019

We had a great tour. The hotels were first rate and the tour guides were good. I would recommend this tour.

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Linda H., Flagler Beach, FL

5 stars

Submitted 23 Dec 2018

Loved it!! ?Your tours are very well planned and managed, breaks, free time, etc.

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Nancy P., Marion, VA

4 stars

Submitted 17 Dec 2018

Very enjoyable. Bus and hotel accommodations were very comfortable. The free time to explore on our own was awesome. I don't know/can't count the times I said 'Wow'.

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Larry N., El Dorado Hills, CA

5 stars

Submitted 17 Dec 2018

Itinerary was very good - lots of variety and minor changes to make it even better - like Clyde's Apple Cider stop! ?Everything was taken care of smoothly and we learned so much, especially history!

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Ronald J., Tega Cay, SC

5 stars

Submitted 10 Dec 2018

Memorable tour. ?Very interesting tour that combined motor coach and railroad travel effectively. ?The tour provided a great way to visit the New England states and meet people from many states of the US.

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Gary F., Thomasville, GA

5 stars

Submitted 09 Dec 2018

Wonderful in every way. ?Itinerary is well planned and Jennifer is so knowledgeable, articulate and helpful. ?Thank you for another Vac. By Rail - wonderful trip!

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