New England in fall rail journey
Discover new england's golden season
Discover the stunning warm hues of New England’s golden season as spectacular colours and beautiful mountain scenery come together on an autumn adventure along America’s East Coast.
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.
If holidaying in North America possesses one problem, it’s ‘where to begin’? North America possess a daunting variety of fabulous towns and cities to visit, man-made and natural wonders to marvel at and pleasurable activities to partake in. And this tour certainly delivers, capturing all that New England has to offer and more.
8 Nights from £2,445pp
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- Take a coach journey through the White Mountains, one of North America’s most beautiful landscapes.
- Discover the historical town of Plymouth, visiting the spot where early Pilgrims first set foot on land in 1620.
- Enjoy nostalgic journeys on the North Conway Scenic Railroad and the Mount Washington Cog Railway.
- Get to know the vibrant city of Boston on an insightful guided tour, seeing sights including the USS Constitution.
- Visit fashionable Newport and see The Breakers mansion, a former Vanderbilt family summer home.
- Enjoy a day trip to the island of Nantucket.
~ Standard Class Rail
~ Heritage Rail Excursions
~ All rail and coach travel throughout your tour
~ 8 nights hotel accommodation
FOOD & DRINKS
~ 7 breakfasts
ENTERTAINMENT AND EXCURSIONS
~ Expertise from a UK Tour Manager from start to finish
FLIGHTS AND AIRPORT TRANSFERS
~ Return flights from London Heathrow to Boston
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour
Fly to Boston, where you will check into your hotel for the night. Boston is not only the capital of Massachusetts and New England’s largest city; it is also one of the oldest cities in the United States, boasting a rich cultural heritage and a wealth of historic attractions. Famously the birthplace for the War of Independence, today Boston is a delightful mix of futuristic skyscrapers and fascinating history.
Enjoy a guided tour, taking in the main sights of a city known for its ‘old world’ charm with parts of the famed Freedom Trail. Drive through the Back Bay area, past the historic USS Constitution to Copley Square and Beacon Hill. In the afternoon join Amtrak’s Downeaster service for the trip North through beautiful New England to Portland, Maine. Then continue by coach into the White Mountains, one of North America’s most beautiful landscapes. Your journey takes you through Maine and New Hampshire during their golden season, when the trees are stunning shades of red and orange. Arrive in North Conway, where you will spend three nights.
Board the steam-hauled Mount Washington Cog Railway – the world’s first cog railway, which opened in 1869. The train climbs up Mount Washington, where you will have a short stop at the summit to enjoy panoramic views of the White Mountain Range. Make your return journey by coach, enjoying a scenic drive through the White Mountains. You will see Crawford Notch and call into Fadden’s Maple Sugarhouse in North Woodstock for lunch. Your journey continues along the Kancamagus Scenic Highway, one of the best spots to admire the fall foliage. Here, a breath-taking tapestry of colour – from deep, dark reds to pale yellows – lining the route.
*Please note: steam-hauled where possible. On occasion the 3-mile trip is made by bio-diesel locomotive.
Experience another of the region’s fantastic railways, as you enjoy a trip on the North Conway Scenic Railroad. Your journey begins in North Conway, at the Victorian station that dates back to 1874. From here, you will relive the legend that lives on in railroad history as you follow a route first taken by train over 132 years ago. Boarding the train, settle into a relaxing journey that takes you through the Saco River Valley to Bartlett, admiring New Hampshire’s scenery as it’s covered in a blanket of red, yellow and brown. Return to the hotel by coach.
Make the journey to Hyannis. On the way, stop in Plymouth to discover the highlights of this historical town. See Plymouth Rock, the spot where early Pilgrims first set foot on land in 1620 after their ship, the Mayflower, brought them to the New World. You will also see the The National Monument to the Forefathers, a striking 81-foot-tall monument that celebrates the Mayflower Pilgrims. Continue to Hyannis, on the Cape Cod peninsula. Spend four nights here.
You’re free to relax or explore Cape Cod and the surrounding region. Named for its peculiar shape, Cape Cod offers scenic beauty year-round. Martha’s Vineyard, a famous summer resort popular with New England’s wealthy population, is a short ferry ride away. ‘Vineyarders’, as the island’s residents are known, are fiercely protective of the island’s traditions and heritage; the usual ‘big business’ franchises have yet to make an impression here, so Martha’s Vineyard has the look and feel of a bygone age, making it fascinating to discover.
Discover Rhode Island, a place known for its sandy beaches and Colonial-era seaside towns. Head to fashionable Newport, long since a destination for affluent visitors for a tour of one of its most famous mansions. The Breakers was built in 1895 as a summer home for Cornelius Vanderbilt II, a member of the wealthy Vanderbilt family. Today, the Italian Renaissance-style home is a National Historic Landmark. Continue to the Mystic Seaport Museum, an outdoor museum that recreates a 19th century New England whaling village. Strolling along the re-imagined waterfront, enjoy a unique glimpse back in time.
Enjoy a ferry to Nantucket, home to dune-backed beaches, cedar-shingled buildings, high-end boutiques and steepled churches. Take a walking tour, strolling down the quaint, cobblestoned Main Street and see its most important sights. Nantucket’s Main Street is a place that exemplifies mid-19th century America, with pristine period houses and old-fashioned shops. After the tour, you have a free afternoon. You could pay a visit to the town’s Whaling Museum, where you’ll find over a thousand works of art, artefacts and treasures on display, telling the story of the island’s history.
Return to the city of Boston, where there’s some free time for some final explorations. You could visit the city’s Public Garden, the oldest in the USA and a delight to stroll around. Perhaps enjoy a taste of the USA with a bite to eat. There are some wonderful classically Boston dishes you could sample, including Boston baked beans and Boston cream pie. Typical New England fare like lobster rolls and clam chowder are also popular in the city. In the evening, bid farewell to the city as you board your flight home.
Please note that outside of the main fall season (mid September – mid October), the fall foliage is unlikely to be as visible, however the attractions of the area are delightful at any time.
You arrive back in the UK today and your holiday comes to an end.