New England Fall Foliage
Embark on a seasonal train vacation highlighting the spectacular sights of autumn in New England.
Begin your journey in Chicago where you will board Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited at the historic Union Station bound for Albany. From Albany venture by motorcoach to the Vermont city of Rutland where you begin your journey to some of Vermont's most legendary sights like the Hildene, the summer home to President Lincoln.
Continuing your New England journey, visit Billings Farm to witness a modern day working dairy farm firsthand. After, visit the “Little Grand Canyon” the Quechee Gorge, where you will get a perfect photo opportunity as you travel across a bridge, 162 feet about the gorge. After, board the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad for your two hour journey to North Conway. Pass the stunning Lake Winnipesaukee, the state's largest lake.
Carry on your rail- journey as you board from North Conway the Conway Scenic Railroad. Travel through some of the most iconic New England sights like Crawford Notch and Frankenstein Trestle. The following day, embark on a once in a lifetime train journey aboard the Mt. Washington Cog, where you will climb the tallest mountain in the Northeast aboard the world's first mountain climbing cog. Truly one of the greatest rail journeys, the steep railroads, breathtaking views and ever-changing surroundings is simply spectacular.
Conclude your trip visiting famous destinations such as the Shelburne Museum, the Vermont Teddy Bear Company, Cold Hollow Cider Mill and the Ben and Jerry's factory. Board the Lake Shore Limited in route to Chicago for your journey home.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Round-trip transportation by Amtrak rail and deluxe motor coach
- Reclining seat with leg rest for 2 nights
- The Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad hugs its namesake lake's shoreline for many miles. Enjoy a turkey dinner en route
- Experience New England's brilliant color at its peak from the all-glass Vistadome car of the Conway Scenic Railroad
- Climb to the summit of the Northeast's highest mountain on the Mt. Washington Cog Railway
- First-class hotel accommodations for six nights; seven for Eastern participants
- 11 Meals
- Journey back in time at the New England Maple Museum in Rutland
- Tour Hildene, summer house of Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln
- The Billings Farm, a modern, working dairy farm and a museum of Vermont farm life in the 1890s
- Spend two nights at the beautiful Trapp Family Lodge
- The charming village of Stowe is featured on many postcards of New England
- There are 37 historic-structures from throughout New England dismantled and moved to the Shelburne Museum
- Services of a professional Tour Director
- Extensive sightseeing. Admissions to all included attractions
- Baggage handling, taxes & tips
Day 1 - Depart Chicago
West and Midwest New England Fall Foliage travelers will meet in Chicago Union Station this afternoon. At 8:00 pm you'll board the eastbound Lake Shore Limited. Departure is scheduled for 9:30 pm.
Relax in your comfortable reclining coach seat with leg rest. Roomettes or Bedrooms may be available at an additional cost. You're free to explore the train. Go to the lounge car for snacks, sandwiches, and beverages.
Today southeastern tour members will depart for Albany.
Day 2 - En Route/Rutland
The Lake Shore Limited will pass through Toledo, Cleveland and Erie. Tour members from upper New York State will board this morning. Arrival into Albany is scheduled for 2:25 p.m. Today Eastern Tour members as far south as Washington, DC can depart on connecting trains and join the midwest group in Albany-Rensselaer. You'll board your deluxe motorcoach and travel north 100 miles to Rutland, a southern Vermont city of 16,000.
Your hotel for the next two nights is the Hampton Inn Rutland. There are dining options within walking distance.
Day 3 - Vermont
Following an included breakfast we'll tour the New England Maple Museum.
This tour takes you back in time with floor to ceiling murals and dioramas of the most extensive collection of sugaring artifacts in existence.
Marble is one of Vermont’s major natural resources. It is shipped all over the world. Proctor is the home of the Vermont Marble Exhibit. One of the largest displays of its kind in the world, it illustrates the origin, quarrying and finishing of marble. You can watch a sculptor at work and visit a sculpture gallery. Displays include marble from all over the world.
This afternoon we’ll visit Hildene, one of the state’s top attractions. Hildene was the summer home of Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln and home to his descendants until 1975. The 24-room Georgian Revival Mansion is filled with original furnishings and personal family memorabilia, surrounded by formal gardens. Lunch will be provided.
You’ll return to your hotel in Rutland for a second night. The Tour Director will host a Welcome Dinner tonight. (B, L, D)
Day 4 - Vermont/New Hampshire
Following breakfast (included), you'll board the comfortable motorcoach and continue the New England discovery program. First on your schedule is the Vermont Country Store in Weston. This nationally known "mercantile" features practical items--some you may not find anywhere else.
Continue to the Billings Farm and Museum to see both a modern, working dairy farm and a museum of Vermont farm life in the 1890s. The museum is housed in four reconstructed barns. Following an "on-your-own" lunch, you'll continue to the Quechee Gorge. Vermont's "Little Grand Canyon". The bridge that spans the gorge 162 feet above the Ottauquechee River provides a good view of this natural spectacle.
You'll arrive in Meredith and depart on the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad excursion train for a two-hour round trip to Lakeport. The train hugs the picturesque shoreline of Lake Winnipesaukee, the state's loveliest and largest lake. Enjoy a full-course turkey dinner with all the trimmings during the trip.
Our home for the next two nights is the Hampton Inn North Conway. (B, D)
Day 5 - North Conway
Breakfast is included this morning. Today you're traveling on the Conway Scenic Railroad through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Eastern U.S.
On the Notch train you travel through awesome Crawford Notch past sheer bluffs, steep ravines, cascading brooks, panoramic mountain vistas, and across the famed Frankenstein Trestle and Willey Brook Bridge. The destination is Crawford Depot. You'll enjoy first-class seating. Live commentary includes history and folklore of the railroad era as well as points of interest. A boxed lunch will be served (included). We will return to our North Conway hotel. (B, L)
Day 6 - Mt. Washington
Another high point of your fabulous New England Fall Foliage vacation will be the trip on the Mt. Washington Cog Railway to the summit of the highest mountain in the Northeast U.S.
A ride up Mt. Washington on the world's first mountain-climbing cog railway has been an exciting and unforgettable experience for well over a century. The ever-changing surroundings, the magnificent views, the sights and sounds of unique steam locomotives in action, and some of the steepest railway tracks in existence, combine to place it among the best of the world's great railway journeys. Some days the view from the summit spans four states, Quebec, and the Atlantic Ocean.
We'll stop for an "on-your-own" lunch fand continue through spectacular scenery about 120 miles to picturesque Stowe, Vermont. The village of Stowe is featured on many postcards of New England.
The world-class Trapp Family Lodge is a high point of this tour. You'll spend the next two nights basking in the beauty of this magnificent Austrian-inspired lodge. The complex is exquisitely managed by the descendants of the "Sound of Music" family. Located atop the highest point of land in the area, your view of the breathtaking changing colors is endless. An exquisite three-course-dinner and two Vermont country breakfasts are included. Dinner is included at the lodge this evening. (B, D)
Day 7 - Vermont
Following breakfast at the lodge we'll spend a full day touring northern Vermont. Discovery begins at 8:30 a.m. when we travel the short distance to the Vermont Teddy Bear Company, for a glimpse of the step-by-step creative process required to make these jointed teddy bears.
We will then travel to the town of Shelburne where you'll visit one of Vermont's major attractions, the Shelburne Museum. There are 37 historic structures, many of them dismantled and moved there from various parts of New England, reconstructed and restored. Other attractions include a railroad depot, private car and locomotive, a two-lane covered bridge with a footpath, a round barn and a hand-crafted model circus parade more than 500 feet long. The side-wheeler steamboat Ticonderoga was hauled two miles over land from Lake Champlain to its landlocked berth at the museum. The collections of Americana displayed include folk art, dolls, toys, quilts, rugs, pewter, coaches, carriages, and wagons as well as firefighting, hunting, and agricultural equipment. The Electra Havemeyer Webb Memorial houses European furnishings, sculpture and paintings by Edgar Degas, Francisco Goya, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, and Rembrandt, as well as works by American Artist Mary Cassatt. Formal gardens, ornamental trees and shrubs, roses, and lilacs adorn the grounds. An "on your own" lunch is available.
You're free this evening to enjoy an "on-your-own" dinner in the lodge or another fine Stowe restaurant. (B)
Day 8 - En Route
Breakfast is included in your hotel. This morning we'll visit the Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory in Waterbury. We'll enjoy a 30-minute guided tour, watch a seven-minute film and pay a visit to FlavoRoom to sample the newest offerings.
We will continue on to our final Vermont attraction, the Waterbury Center where our travelers will visit the Cold Hollow Cider Mill. You’ll see cider made the old fashion way.
An "on-your-own" lunch stop will be made in Bristol. Following lunch, continue south through awesome Green Mountain scenery to Albany, New York. Eastern tour members will leave the tour in Albany where they can continue to home destinations or overnight and return home tomorrow by rail (Albany hotel and connecting rail not included). Midwest participants will also disembark at the Albany Amtrak station where they will board the Lake Shore Limited for Chicago. They'll enjoy the reclining coach seat with leg rest they enjoyed on the eastbound train. Sleeping accommodations may be available as an additional cost. (B)
Day 9 - En Route
Midwesterners will arrive into Chicago at 9:45 a.m. on the Lake Shore Limited. They’ll continue on to home destinations throughout the morning and afternoon.
Eastern travelers who spent the night in Albany will continue to home destinations throughout the day.
*West and Midwest members only.
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From Chicago: Departs 23rd September 2019 ($2,795)
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