Fall Colors, Scenic Trains & Martha’s Vineyard
Surround yourself with a kaleidoscope of autumn colors on this scenic tour of the Eastern seaboard.
Whether it is the sites of yesteryear, fall scenery or iconic towns you seek, there is plenty to see on this New England journey. Your round-trip expedition begins in Boston, where you have time to see the sites both on your own and with a scheduled sightseeing tour. Moving into Maine, Portland and Bath await. Enjoy a scenic cruise on the Kennebec River and the Maine Maritime Museum. Some of the best fall foliage in the United States is visible from the Conway Scenic Railroad, which takes us to Lincoln, NH. A scenic cruise along Lake Winnipesaukee allows us to take in even more of the red, yellow and orange brilliance before we move onto Sturbridge, MA via Amtrak's Vermonter. Our trip rounds out with a great dose of history in Old Sturbridge Village and in Mystic Seaport, an unforgettable experience aboard the Cape Cod Central Railroad's elegant dinner train and sightseeing throughout the famed destination of Martha's Vineyard. As we return to Boston on the morning of Day 10, your East Coast journey comes to a close.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Scenic train excursions aboard the Conway Scenic Railroad and Cape Cod Central Elegant Dinner train
- Amtrak's Vermonter from White River Junction to Brattleboro
- Hotel accommodations for 9 nights
- 12 meals (7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners including a Lobster Dinner)
- Boston City Tour including the Freedom Trail
- Maine Maritime Museum and Kennebec River Cruise
- Lake Winnipesaukee Cruise
- Martha's Vineyard tour including the quaint village of Edgartown
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Services of a professional Tour Manager
- Baggage handling
Day 1 - Boston
Arrive in Boston today, check in to your hotel and take the remainder of the day to explore the city on your own. You may wish to take an Old Town Trolley tour to get acquainted with the city and see all of its most impressive sights. Meet your tour manager in the lobby of the hotel at 6:00 pm for a brief meeting and dining suggestions. Overnight Boston, MA.
Day 2 - Boston Sightseeing / Portland, Maine
This morning, learn about Boston's rich history on a guided city tour including the Freedom Trail.Your sightseeing ends at Quincy Market, where there is time for lunch on your own. This afternoon, board your motorcoach for the journey north to Portland, Maine. Along the way, we view the Portland Head Light Lighthouse. This evening is at leisure to explore the Portland Wharf district. Overnight Portland, ME. (B)
Day 3 -Bath, ME/ Maine Maritime Museum/ Kennebec River Cruise
Embark on a sightseeing excursion to admire the scenic beauty of Maine's coast in the autumn this morning. Quaint seaside villages dot the coastline as we make our way from Portland to Bath, Maine and add to the charm of the journey. Our sightseeing begins at the Maine Maritime Museum, located on the original site where large four-, five- and six-masted wooden ships were built, including the world's largest wooden ship, the Wyoming. The museum features over 21,000 artifacts and crafts to explore during our visit. A real gem of the Maritime Museum is the Lobstering and the Maine Coast exhibit. We learn lobster biology and ecology, discover different types of boats and engines and marvel over modern trapping and processing methodology.
From the museum, we step aboard a river cruiser for an up-close look at the Kennebec River and the sites along it. The first landmark we pass is the Bath Iron Works, a place where impressive vessels have been built for more than 400 years and where modern Navy ships are still built today. A retired Bath Iron Works employee joins us on board to discuss his experience as a ship builder. As we continue down the Kennebec, we pass the 1898 Doubling Point Lighthouse and the Kennebec River Range Light Station before returning to the museum. Enjoy lunch and shopping on your own, and take the time to explore some of the beautifully restored 19th-century homes of Bath before we return to Portland. The afternoon is yours to enjoy in the Old Wharf District. This evening is highlighted by a lobster dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight Portland, ME (D)
Day 4 - Conway Scenic Railroad
Today, we drive to North Conway where we will board the Conway Scenic Railroad for a breathtaking journey through New Hampshire's fall foliage including lunch onboard the train. Keep an eye out for spectacular views of Crawford Notch and Mount Washington. There will also be time to explore the train depot, now a National Historic Landmark, museum, and roundhouse. Later, board the motorcoach for the scenic drive to Franconia Notch State Park, located in the heart of the White Mountains via the Kancamagus Scenic Byway, known as one of the best fall foliage viewing areas in America. Overnight Lincoln, NH (L)
Day 5 - Lake Winnipesaukee Cruise
We travel to Weirs Beach, where we will board the M/S Mount Washington for a cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee, which offers a new vantage point from which to see the brilliant red and gold fall colors. Step off the M/S Mount Washington into the charming New England Village of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire for lunch on your own, and to browse the many quaint shops. We re-board the M/S Mount Washington to return to Weirs Beach and Lincoln, New Hampshire, with the remainder of the day at your leisure. Overnight Lincoln, NH. (B)
Day 6 - Vermonter to Brattleboro / Old Sturbridge Village
Late this morning, we board Amtrak's Vermonter for the 1 1/2 - hour trip to Brattleboro, Vermont. Upon arrival in Brattleboro, enjoy time at leisure to explore this artsy town. There are plenty of shops, art galleries, and restaurants all within an easy stroll of the train station. This afternoon we board our motorcoach and continue on to Sturbridge, Massachusetts. Tonight we will feast on a typical New England dinner from years past. Overnight Sturbridge, MA (B, D)
Day 7 - Old Sturbridge Village
This morning we'll transfer by coach to Old Sturbridge Village, New England's largest living museum that focuses on life in rural New England from the 1790's to 1830's. Afterward, we enjoy lunch at the Historic Griswold Inn, one of the oldest continually operating inns in the country and one of Essex's historic landmarks. After lunch, we have time to browse this quaint village. Overnight Mystic, CT (B, L)
Day 8 - Mystic Seaport / Cape Cod Central Railroad
Our day begins with a visit to Mystic Seaport, a maritime museum founded in 1929 featuring tall ships, a recreation of a 19th-century coastal village and a preservation shipyard. Continue to Hyannis, where you will embark on an evening rail excursion through cranberry bogs and lush marshes aboard the Cape Cod Central Railroad's Elegant Dinner Train. Enjoy a 5-course gourmet meal as the train crosses the famous Cape Cod Canal railroad bridge into the historic village of Buzzard's Bay. Overnight Hyannis, MA. (B, D)
Day 9 - Martha's Vineyard
Today's excursion takes us aboard the M/V Island Home, your passenger and vehicle ferry which crosses from the mainland of Cape Cod to the Island retreat community of Martha's Vineyard where we will explore six island towns. Highlights of our visit include the Gay Head cliffs in scenic Aquinnah and a beautiful stop on your own and sightseeing in historic Edgartown. Return by ferry to Woods Hole, Massachusetts and on to Hyannis. Overnight Hyannis, MA. (B)
Day 10 - Return to Boston
Your fall foliage tour comes to a close this morning when you transfer to Boston's South Station or Logan Airport for your travel home. Transfers will accommodate flights that depart after 1:00 pm and trains that leave South Station after 1:30 pm. (B)
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Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels Include Boston Park Plaza (Boston), Hyatt Place Waterfront (Portland), Mountain Club on Loon (Lincoln), Comfort Inn (Sturbridge), Hilton (Mystic) and Holiday Inn Hyannis (Hyannis)
Conway Scenic Railroad
The Conway Scenic Railroad is a heritage railway in North Conway, New Hampshire. The railroad operates over two historic railway routes: a line from North Conway to Conway.
Cape Cod Central Railroad
The Cape Cod Central Railroad is a heritage railroad located in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. It operates on a rail line known as the Cape Main Line. A true culinary journey.
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Very knowledgeable and helpful tour guide. Couldn't have asked for a better trip!
The itinerary was fantastic, varied and interesting with train and boat excursions as well as walking tours in locations throughout New England.
Enjoyed it immensely. Gary could not have been better! Loved the food, found the bus and rail travel fun!
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Fall Colors, Scenic Trains & Martha's Vineyard: Departs 22nd September 2018 ($2,399), 4th October 2018 ($2,399)
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