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Discover the fiery colors and spectacular scenery of fall in New England on this 9-day rail tour.

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20212022
9 days From $2,795 per person

2021 Tour code: GR-ESCA-21

About the tour

Spectacular colors and beautiful mountain scenery come together on an autumn adventure along America's East Coast. Quintessential New England touring, iconic heritage railways, and stunning destinations showcase the best of fall in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Highlights

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 - Cape Cod

Arrive in Boston and meet your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for our group transfer to
Falmouth, situated on Cape Cod. Named for its peculiar shape, Cape Cod is a popular summer resort and offers scenic beauty year-round.

Day 2 is free for you to explore Cape Cod and the surrounding region at leisure. Designated a National Seashore in 1960, Cape Cod offers miles of beach, hiking trails, and wildlife refuges. Overnight Falmouth.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 3 - Martha’s Vineyard

This morning we board a ferry for our excursion to Martha's Vineyard, a popular summer resort. "Vineyarders," as the island's residents are known, are fiercely protective of the island's traditions and heritage, giving Martha's Vineyard the look and feel of a bygone era. On arrival in Martha's Vineyard, a coach takes us on a tour of the island, introducing us to the main sights. We travel "up-island" to the sparsely populated and sleepy towns to the west, and "down-island" to the busy and fashionable eastern half of the Vineyard, where Oak Bluffs, Edgartown and Vineyard Haven lure the rich and famous. Overnight Falmouth.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 4 - To the White Mountains

This morning we transfer to Boston and board Amtrak's Downeaster train for the journey north. Named after the sailing vessels built by Maine's shipbuilders, the Downeaster takes us on a 116-mile journey through beautiful New England to Portland, Maine. From here we continue by coach into the White Mountains, one of North America's most beautiful landscapes. We stop in Plymouth to discover the highlights of this historical town, including a replica of the Mayflower, the famous ship which first brought pilgrims to the New World. Our journey takes us through Maine and New Hampshire during their golden season, as a breathtaking tapestry of color - from deep, dark reds to delicate, pale yellows - lines the route. Overnight North Conway. 

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 5 - Mount Washington Cog Railway

Today's adventure takes us on an excursion aboard the world's first mountain-climbing cog train, the Mount Washington Cog Railway. As we climb the 6,228 feet to the summit, drink in views of the brilliant fall colors. At the top, autumn views span five states and possibly even Canada. After our heritage rail journey, we drive a scenic loop through the White Mountains, stopping at Faddens Maple Sugarhouse in North Woodstock for lunch. Our journey continues through Franconia Notch State Park and along the Kancamagus Highway, America's top fall foliage drive. Overnight North Conway.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 6 - The Conway Scenic Railroad

Today we enjoy a trip aboard the Conway Scenic Railroad. We relive the legend that lives on in the annals of railroad history as we follow a route first taken by train over 132 years ago. We pass some of the finest natural scenery in New England as the train takes us through the spectacular Crawford Notch - sheer bluffs, steep ravines, cascading brooks, and panoramic mountain vistas. The experience is truly breathtaking during the autumn, as New Hampshire's scenery is covered in a stunning blanket of dark red, yellow, rust colors. We also cross the Frankenstein Trestle and Willey Brook Bridge en route to Crawford Depot. Live commentary during the journey offers insight into the history and
folklore of the railroad and its route. Our coach returns us from Fabyan Station to the hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight North Conway.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 7 - Salem & Boston

This morning we leave North Conway, traveling by coach on a scenic route through New Hampshire to Boston. During the journey we stop in the historic city of Salem, known for its infamous witch trials which took place over 300 years ago. On our arrival in Boston, we check into our hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure to explore the city as you like. You may wish to visit Boston's Public Garden, the oldest in the country, perhaps visit the JFK Library with several exhibits dedicated to one of the city's most famous sons. Overnight Boston.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 8 - Boston & the Freedom Trail

Today we enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Boston, taking in the main sights of a city known for its Old World charm. Our tour takes in selected parts of the city's famed Freedom Trail. We
drive through the Back Bay area, past the historic USS Constitution to Copley Square, and Beacon Hill for an insight into Boston's history. This afternoon we explore the surrounding area by coach, visiting Harvard University, one of America's oldest and most esteemed universities.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 9 – Tour Conclusion

Your autumn tour of New England concludes this morning.

Additional information

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

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

Revere Hotel

Revere Hotel, Boston

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ShoreWay Acres Inn, Falmouth

ShoreWay Acres Inn, Falmouth

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Hampton Inn & Suites North Conway, North Conway

Hampton Inn & Suites North Conway, North Conway

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Residence Inn by Marriott

Residence Inn by Marriott, North Conway

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Trains

Amtrak's Downeaster
Conway Scenic Railroad
The Mount Washington Cog Railway

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