New England’s Rails & Sails
The coastal essence of the Eastern seaboard comes alive on this roundtrip rail and sail adventure through some of the most scenic and historic areas of New England.
Ride the rails, cruise the harbors and drive the scenic backroads of New England on this 8-day excursion. Our journey begins in Boston, MA, where we combine guided touring of the city with a scenic harbor cruise to enjoy the best of “Bean Town.” Continuing north to Maine via Amtrak, we enjoy the beauty of the coast in Kennebunkport and the charming cobblestone streets of Portland. Gorgeous autumn displays await in New Hampshire's North Conway, famous for its Fall Foliage Scenic byways. Then, make your way to the southern coastal town of Hyannis, Cape Cod’s famous resort community, before returning to Boston.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Amtrak's Downeaster from Boston to Wells, Maine
- Conway Scenic Railroad
- Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad
- Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
- 12 meals, Including Lobster Dinner
- Boston Harbor Cruise
- Scenic Lobster Cruise
- Lighthouse Cruise
- Drive the Kancamagus Scenic Byway through the heart of New Hampshire
- JFK Hyannis Museum
- Hyannis Harbor Cruise
- 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
Start the day with a guided tour of Boston this morning. Learn about Boston's history and see landmarks pivotal to the birth of a nation. Our tour ends at the waterfront where we board our cruiser for a sail around Boston Harbor. We'll stop for lunch at Quincy Market; then the afternoon is yours to explore the city at your pace. Visit the Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum, check out the view from the observation deck at the Prudential Center, or just relax at your hotel. Your Tour Manager will help you plan your day. Rejoin the group for dinner this evening. Overnight Boston. MA (B, D)
Day 3 - Kennebunkport/Portland
This morning we will make our way to Boston's North Station where we board Amtrak's Downeaster for the journey to Wells, Maine. Upon arrival, we transfer to Kennebunkport where you have time to explore the town and have lunch before we set sail. This afternoon, get an up close look at Maine's lobster industry as you learn how lobster is harvested on a scenic lobster cruise. Watch seals basking in the sun, pass the Bush family compound and have your picture taken with the day's catch. Following our cruise, we will transfer to Portland and our hotel for the night. Overnight Portland, ME (B)
Day 4 - Portland
From the beautiful waterline to the undeniable charm of the town's boutique shops and cobblestone streets, Portland has so much to offer. This morning we set out with a local guide to learn about the area's history, hear stories of the past and see some of the amazing sites in the area. Take some time to stroll the streets, browse the shops, or grab a bowl of clam chowder during your free time. Rejoin the group this afternoon for a Scenic Lighthouse Cruise around Portland Harbor. A traditional lobster bake will cap off this fun-filled day. Overnight Portland, ME (B, D)
Day 5 - North Conway
A scenic drive takes us from Portland to North Conway this morning, where we board the famed Conway Scenic Railroad. Take in the mountain views and breathtaking scenery from the restored vintage cars. Enjoy some free time for lunch and to explore the area before we begin our afternoon drive. The brilliant red, orange and yellow displays throughout White Mountain National Forest provide today's backdrop. Drive America's top fall foliage scenic byway, the Kancamagus Highway to Franconia Notch State Park. Enjoy some time in the park before returning to North Conway for an evening of leisure. Overnight North Conway, NH (B)
Day 6 - Meredith/Cape Cod
We are bound for the coast today! Begin the day with a motorcoach ride from North Conway to Meredith, New Hampshire. Here we will board the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad for spectacular fall foliage scenery along Meredith and Paugus Bay. Enjoy lunch onboard as we relax and enjoy the passing scenery. This afternoon, we make our way to Cape Cod. Tonight we enjoy dinner on the Elegant Cape Cod Dinner Train. Overnight Hyannis, MA (B, L, D)
Day 7 - Cape Cod
Cape Cod was a favorite playground for JFK and his family; get a look at this lesser-known side of our 35th president on our group's tour of the JFK Hyannis Museum. Later this morning we'll enjoy a cruise around Hyannis Harbor. Learn about the history of Hyannis and view local landmarks, including the famous Kennedy Compound in Hyannisport. You'll have time to explore the town, browse the many boutiques or find a quaint lunch spot before we continue to the Cape Cod Maritime Museum. Replica ships, artifacts, and nautical artwork are found throughout this museum. The evening is free for you to enjoy. Overnight Hyannis, MA (B, D)
Day 8 - Boston/Tour Conclusion
Our journey concludes this morning. After breakfast, we will make our way back to Boston. Transfers to Boston Logan Airport and South Street Station for planes and trains departing after 1:00 p.m. (B)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Boston Park Plaza (Boston); Hyatt Place Waterfront (Portland)*; Residence Inn (North Conway)**; Holiday Inn Hyannis (Hyannis)
*2018 Portland hotels will be the Hilton Garden Inn or Courtyard by Marriott Portland Downton/Waterfront
** 2018 departures will use the Mount Club on Loon in Lincoln, NH
Itinerary Changes for 2018:
- 10 meals
- The Café Lafayette Dinner Train will be included in place of the Elegant Cape Cod Dinner Train
Dates & Prices
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|25th September 2017||Sold Out|
|30th September 2017||Sold Out|
|2nd October 2017||$2,249||Book Now|
|25th September 2018||$2,279||Book Now|
|9th October 2018||$2,279||Book Now|
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New England's Rails & Sails: Departs 25th September 2017 (Sold Out) 30th September 2017 (Sold Out) 2nd October 2017 ($2,249), 25th September 2018 ($2,279), 9th October 2018 ($2,279)
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