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New England in the Fall


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

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9 days From $2,395 per person
Travel among a group of like-minded travelers led by a professional tour manager

2023 Tour code: GR-ESCA-23

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, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.


What’s included


Day 1 – Boston

Arrive in Boston and meet your tour manager and fellow travelers. Boston is one of America's most influential cities, which can be seen both in its historic and modern sites. Overnight Boston, MA.

Day 2 – Boston Sightseeing/North Conway

Our New England explorations begin today with a guided sightseeing tour, which showcases Boston's popular sights including a portion of the Freedom Trail. We drive through the Back Bay area, past the historic USS Constitution to Copley Square, and Beacon Hill for insight into Boston's history.

This afternoon we join Amtrak's Downeaster for the journey north. Named after the sailing vessels built by Maine's shipbuilders, the Downeaster takes us on a 116-mile journey to Portland, Maine. In Portland, we meet our motorcoach and continue into the White Mountains, one of North America's most beautiful landscapes. Our journey takes us through Maine and New Hampshire during their golden season, when the trees are stunning shades of red and orange. Overnight North Conway.

Day 3 - Mount Washington Cog Railway

This morning we board the Mount Washington Cog Railway - the world's first cog railway, which opened in 1869. The steam-hauled* journey takes us 6,228 feet up Mount Washington to the summit, where panoramic views look out across the stunning White Mountain Range, five states and, on clear days, Canada. We make our return journey by coach, enjoying a scenic drive through the spectacular scenery of the White Mountains. We see Crawford Notch and stop at Faddens Maple Sugarhouse in North Woodstock for lunch. Our journey continues along the Kancamagus Scenic Highway, America's top fall foliage drive, where a breathtaking tapestry of color lines our route. Overnight North Conway.

*Please note: steam-hauled where possible. On occasion the 3-mile trip is made by bio-diesel locomotive.

  • Breakfast
Day 4 - Conway Scenic Railroad

Today brings another heritage rail excursion through New England's brilliant fall foliage as we embark on a journey aboard the Conway Scenic Railroad. Our journey begins in North Conway, at the charming Victorian station that dates to 1874, where we board this iconic New England heritage train and follow a route first taken by train over 132 years ago. We travel through the scenic Saco River Valley to Bartlett, admiring New Hampshire's scenery as it's covered in a stunning blanket of dark red, yellow and orange. We return to the hotel by coach and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight North Conway. 

  • Breakfast
Day 5 - Plymouth & Cape Cod

We make the journey to Hyannis today. On the way, we stop in Plymouth to discover the highlights of this historical town. We see Plymouth Rock, the spot where early Pilgrims first set foot on land in 1620 after their ship, the Mayflower, brought them to the New World. We also see the Founding Father's Monument, a striking national monument that celebrates the Mayflower Pilgrims. We continue to Hyannis, situated on the Cape Cod peninsula. Overnight Hyannis.

  • Breakfast
Day 6 – Cape Cod at Leisure

On Day 6, you're free to relax or explore Cape Cod and the surrounding region. You may wish to visit Martha's Vineyard, a coastal resort popular with New England's wealthy residents and a short ferry ride away. "Vineyarders," as the island's residents are known, are fiercely protective of the island's traditions and heritage; the usual "big business" franchises have yet to make an impression here, so Martha's Vineyard has the look and feel of a bygone age, making it fascinating to discover. Overnight Hyannis.

  • Breakfast
Day 7 - Newport

Today we drive into Rhode Island with Newport as our destinations. Newport is known for its pristine sandy beaches and impressive mansions. We tour one of the most famous today: The Breakers. This manor was built in 1895 as a summer home for Cornelius Vanderbilt II, Chairman and President of the New York Central Railroad and a member of the famous Vanderbilt family. Today, the striking Italian Renaissance-style home is a National Historic Landmark. 

We continue to the Mystic Seaport Museum, an outdoor museum that recreates a 19th century New England whaling village. Strolling along the re-imagined waterfront, we enjoy a unique glimpse back in time at the country's maritime history. Overnight Hyannis.

  • Breakfast
Day 8 – Nantucket

Today's excursion takes us by ferry to Nantucket, home to dune-backed beaches, cedar-shingled buildings, high-end boutiques and steepled churches. We take a walking tour of the quaint Main Street ahead of a free afternoon in which you can visit the town's Whaling Museum. Overnight Hyannis.

  • Breakfast
Day 9 – Tour Conclusion

We return to Boston this morning, where our tour concludes. Your group transfer will arrive at Quincy Market by 11am where you are free to make your way to the airport.

  • Breakfast

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.


Revere Hotel

Revere Hotel, Boston

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Hampton Inn & Suites North Conway, North Conway

Hampton Inn & Suites North Conway, North Conway

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