New England in the Fall Rail Tour

With this tour you will witness spectacular autumn colours and beautiful mountain scenery along America’s East Coast. You will stay in Cape Cod, Boston and the White Mountains, experiencing the region’s terrific scenic railways on a seasonal tour that brings out the very best of stunning New England.

Itinerary 

Day 1: London to Cape Cod 
You will depart London Heathrow for Boston Airport, from where you transfer to the town of Falmouth on Cape Cod. Named for its peculiar shape, Cape Cod is a popular summer resort and offers stunning scenic beauty year-round. Your base for the next three nights is either the family-run Shoreway Acres Inn, or The Inn on the Square. Both are ideally located just a short stroll from the beach in Falmouth’s historic district.

Day 2: Cape Cod (Day at Leisure)
Your first full day in New England is free to explore Cape Cod and the surrounding region at leisure. You could remain in Falmouth itself, enjoying the pristine beaches, historic buildings and green parkland. Alternatively, you could take a bus to nearby Hyannis, which has long been a summer getaway location. Here you can visit the John F Kennedy Hyannis Museum and the John F Kennedy Memorial, or enjoy classic retail therapy in the Main Street Waterfront District.

Day 3: Martha’s Vineyard
Your day starts with an excursion by ferry to Martha’s Vineyard, a summer resort for New England’s wealthy population. “Vineyarders”, as the island’s residents are known, are fiercely protective of the island’s traditions and heritage, giving Martha’s Vineyard the look and feel of a bygone age. The usual ‘big business’ franchises have yet to make an impression anywhere in the resort. A coach takes us on a tour of the island, introducing us to the main sights. You will  travel to ‘upisland’, the sparsely-populated and sleepy towns to the west, and ‘down-island’, the busy and fashionable eastern half of the Vineyard, where Oak Bluffs, Edgartown and Vineyard Haven lure the rich and famous.

Day 4: To the White Mountains
This morning you transfer to Boston, and join Amtrak’s Downeaster service for the journey north. Named after the sailing vessels built by Maine’s shipbuilders, the Downeaster takes us on a 116-mile journey through beautiful New England to Portland, Maine. From here you continue by coach into the White Mountains, one of North America’s most beautiful landscapes.

The journey takes you through Maine and New Hampshire during their golden season, as a breathtaking tapestry of colour, from deep, dark reds to delicate, pale yellows, lines the route. On your way, you stop in Plymouth to discover the highlights of this historical town including a replica of the Mayflower, the famous ship which first brought pilgrims to the New World. Later, you arrive in North Conway, where you will spend three nights at the Fox Ridge Resort Hotel.

Day 5: Mount Washington Cog Railway
This morning you board the Mount Washington Cog Railway – the world’s first cog railway. It opened in 1869 and climbs the 6,228ft (1,898m) up Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Eastern States. During the fascinating steam-hauled journey, you can enjoy a short stop at the summit to enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding White Mountain Range.

Day 6: The North Conway Scenic Railroad
Today you enjoy a round trip on board North Conway’s Scenic Railroad ‘Notch Train’. you can relive the legend written in the annals of railroad history as you follow a route first taken by train over 132 years ago. You will pass some of the finest natural scenery in New England as the train takes you through the spectacular scenery of Crawford Notch – past sheer bluffs, steep ravines, cascading brooks and panoramic mountain vistas.

The experience is truly breathtaking during the autumn season, as New Hampshire’s scenery is covered in a stunning blanket of dark red, yellow and brown. You will cross the Frankenstein Trestle and Willey Brook Bridge en route to Crawford Depot. Live commentary during the journey helps to give an insight into the history and folklore of the railroad and its route.

Day 7: Salem to Boston
This morning you leave North Conway, travelling by coach on a scenic route through New Hampshire to Boston. During the journey you stop in the historic city of Salem, renowned for the infamous Salem Witch Trials, one of America’s darker chapters that took place in the seventeenth century. On your arrival in Boston you check in to the Revere Hotel Boston for a two-night stay.

The rest of your day is free to explore Boston at leisure. The city’s Public Gardens are the oldest in the USA and are a delight to stroll around, whilst the New England Aquarium is home to over 2,000 species of aquatic life, including sharks, seals and penguins. The JFK library has several exhibits dedicated to the city’s most famous son. The city also has a wealth of museums and art galleries to visit.

Day 8: Boston and Whale Watching
Today you enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Boston, taking in the main sights of a city known for its ‘old world’ charm. The tour takes in selected parts of the city’s famed Freedom Trail. You travel through the Back Bay past the historic USS Constitution, to Copley Square and Beacon Hill, for an insight into stylish Boston’s history.

This afternoon you will travel to Boston Harbour for an afternoon whale-watching excursion by high-speed catamaran. The three outside viewing decks offer superb views as we track Humpback, Finback and Minke whales, as well as White Sided Dolphins. An informative commentary is provided throughout by researchers from the Whale Centre of New England.

Day 9: Boston to London
You will bid a fond farewell to the States today. Your final day of the tour begins with a free morning before you begin your journey home. You transfer to Logan International Airport, where you board our flight back to London, arriving the following day.

Departure Dates and Prices per Person
16th September 2019 – £2495
19th September 2019 – £2495
21st September 2019 – £2595
22nd September 2019 – £2595
24th September 2019 – £2595
27th September 2019 – £2595
30th September 2019 – £2595
3rd October 2019 – £2595
6th October 2019 – £2595
9th October 2019 – £2495
12th October 2019 – £2495