New England’s Rails & Sails
The coastal essence of the Eastern seaboard comes alive on this round-trip 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 back roads 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 wait 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
- Café Lafayette Dinner Train
- Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad
- Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
- 10 meals, including a lobster dinner
- Boston City Tour including the Freedom Trail
- Boston Harbor Cruise
- Scenic Lobster Cruise
- Lighthouse Cruise
- Drive the Kancamagus Scenic Byway through the heart of New Hampshire
- 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 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 (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 lobster dinner 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. Then enjoy a relaxing two-hour journey on the Café Lafayette Dinner Train, which pairs beautiful scenery with great food. Overnight Lincoln, NH (B, D)
Day 6 - Meredith/Cape Cod
We are bound for the coast today! Begin the day with a motorcoach ride from Lincoln to Meredith, New Hampshire. Here we will board the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad for spectacular fall foliage scenery along Meredith and Paugus Bay. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon, enjoy the passing scenery during a leisurely drive to Cape Cod. Overnight Hyannis, MA (B, L)
Day 7 - Cape Cod
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 Hyannis Port. You'll have time to explore the town, browse the many boutiques or find a quaint lunch spot. In your free time, you might also want to visit the JFK Hyannis Museum or the Cape Cod Maritime Museum. The evening is free for you to enjoy as you like. Overnight Hyannis, MA (B)
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); Hilton Garden Inn* (Portland); Mountain Club on Loon (Lincoln); Holiday Inn Hyannis (Hyannis)
*10/2/18 departure date will stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Portland Downtown/Waterfront
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This is probably the best tour I have been on so far. Well organized and the schedule each day ran right on time.
Very impressed with the quality of accommodations, knowledge of the tour director and organization. I can truthfully say I have nothing to complain about
I enjoyed every minute of it. Great tour, enjoyed the other travelers that I travelled with from all over. Liked the destinations we went to. Guide & driver worked very well together.
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