New England’s Fall Foliage Express
Experience the warm palette of colors only offered by the gorgeous fall foliage of New England on this daylight-only tour.
All six of the New England states await on this 8-day road and rail journey. We kick off our tour in Boston, where you have the opportunity to meet your fellow travelers, sightsee and shop before we board our motorcoach for transport to Kennebunkport, ME. From the coastline to the vast range of colors in White Mountain National Forest, this day of travel aboard the Mt. Washington Cog Railway is sure to excite. Enjoy an overnight in the North Conway area of New Hampshire, then we travel over the Crawford Notch, across the Connecticut River and into the picturesque state of Vermont - a place where rural simplicity meets the beauty of autumn.
Traveling through and making stops for touring in some of the most scenic locations for viewing fall foliage, including Stowe, Mystic Seaport and Newport, our journey reaches the beautiful Eastern Seaboard. Enjoy some traditional Cape Cod fare and entertainment - the Cape Cod Central Railroad - before arriving back in Boston. After one last night of comfortable hotel accommodation, this memorable tour through New England's autumn kaleidoscope comes to a close.
Highlights and Inclusions
- 4 days travel on daylight train
- 2 nights hotel accommodations in Boston area, 1 night Kennebunkport, 1 night North Conway, 1 night Stowe, Vermont, 1 night Mystic, CT, 1 night Cape Cod
- 7 breakfasts/3 lunches/4 dinners including a traditional New England lobster bake and a farewell dinner
- 4 days deluxe motorcoach sightseeing tour
- Sightseeing tours in Boston, Mystic, Newport (including the Breakers Mansion)
- Fully escorted and narrated
Day 1 - Boston
Welcome to historic Boston. Upon arrival, transfer on your own to our lovely hotel in the Boston area. After checking in, you are invited to join your tour director for a 7 pm welcome reception - a wonderful way to meet your traveling companions before your jaunt through New England. (R)
Day 2 - Boston/ Kennebunkport, Maine
Let the grand tour begin as you see the highlights of Boston. On the agenda this morning is the famous Old North Church where Paul Revere got the signal to start his famous ride, a visit aboard the Boston Tea Party Ship and Faneuil Hall. Enjoy the colorful sights and shopping at Quincy Market with time for lunch at one of the quaint local restaurants. In the afternoon, travel north to the great state of Maine and the seaside community of Kennebunkport. (B)
Day 3 - Kennebunkport - Cog Railway - North Conway
This morning board our deluxe motorcoach for a remarkable journey to New Hampshire. The panoramas are unprecedented as you enter the White Mountain National Forest - a land laden with lakes and forests covered with orange and red-leafed foliage. A highlight awaits as you board Mt. Washington's Cog Railway. The magnificent views, sights, and sounds of a steam locomotive in action and some of the steepest railroad tracks in existence combine to make this one of the world's best railroad journeys. Overnight in the North Conway area. (B, D)
Day 4 - North Conway/Franconia Notch/Stowe Vermont
Have cameras in hand for a legendary day as you continue your rail journey over Crawford Notch to Fabyan Station. During this train trip see some of the most spectacular scenery in the East, featuring sheer bluffs, steep ravines, cascading brooks, streams, and wide mountain vistas. Feel the nostalgia as you travel along the same route that the first trains ascended over 120 years ago.This afternoon, cross the Connecticut River and enter Vermont, the most rural of all New England States. See a kaleidoscope of colors in leaves of yellow, orange, red and green, which compliment the picturesque farmlands, picture-perfect villages and covered bridges on the way to Stowe, a mountainous ski village in the heart of Vermont. (B, L, D)
Day 5 - Stowe - Mystic Seaport
Enjoy a scenic drive through Stowe before boarding Amtrak's Vermonter at Waterbury Station. Brilliant foliage, gently falling leaves and rambling stone walls combine to offer some of the natural beauty you'll find today as you journey by rail through Vermont! Travel along the spine of the Green Mountains where marble is mined and 150,000 gallons of maple syrup is harvested annually. In the early afternoon enjoy the captivating commentary as your expert guides highlight the history and folklore of the Connecticut River Valley, one of America's great waterways. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel near the historic whaling stations of Mystic Seaport. (B, L)
Day 6 - Mystic Seaport/Newport, Rhode Island/Cape Cod
A wonderful day of sightseeing begins with Mystic Seaport. Experience life in a thriving 19th century New England seaport village. Discover trade shops, galleries and a world-renowned collection of tall ships. Next, board the motorcoach for a short trip to Newport, Rhode Island, the yachting capital of America and playground of the rich and famous. A tour along Ocean Drive showcases the many mansions. Enjoy a tour through The Breakers, Vanderbilt's turn-of-the-century mansion with its lavish furnishings and decor. In the late afternoon, cross over the canal to Cape Cod for our overnight stay. Dinner this evening is a traditional New England lobster bake. (B, D)
Day 7 - Cape Cod - Boston
Enjoy a leisurely morning on the Cape before boarding the Cape Cod Central Railroad at the Hyannis Station. See why the romantic notions of adventure and discovery lured many Cape Codders to the sea as you wind by quaint cottages, cranberry bogs, and picturesque sand dunes. This evening, join your tour director for a festive farewell dinner. Overnight in the greater Boston area. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - Boston
After a hearty breakfast, take time to reflect on the exciting memories you'll cherish from your travels through New England. Please schedule your flight home after 12 pm. (B)
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I enjoyed every aspect of the trip. The hotels were all quite unique in their own settings. It was a great trip!
It was more than we ever expected. We felt like VIPs. With one of us on crutches, the assistance was over and above anything we expected. Would recommend this type of vacation to everyone
Great people making the reservation and the trip was a success
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