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New England in the Fall

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Boston, Cape Cod & New England's golden season

Spectacular colours and beautiful mountain scenery come together on an autumn adventure along America's East Coast. We 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.

Highlights
  • Falmouth and Cape Cod
  • Martha's Vineyard
  • Amtrak’s Downeaster Railway journey
  • Mount Washington Cog Railway
  • North Conway Scenic Railroad
  • Mount Washington Valley
  • White Mountains
  • Boston including a sightseeing tour
  • Whale watching cruise by catamaran
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 8 nights’ hotel accommodation
  • Regional Departures Available

New England in the Fall 2018Tour Details

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Day 1 Cape Cod
Cape Cod

London to Cape Cod

We depart London Heathrow for Boston Airport, from where we 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.

Our 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 harbour
Cape Cod harbour

Cape Cod at leisure

Our 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
Martha's Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard

Today's excursion begins with a morning departure 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.

We 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 White Mountains
White Mountains

To the White Mountains

This morning we 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 we continue by coach into the White Mountains, one of North America's most beautiful landscapes.

Our journey takes us 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 our way, we 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, we arrive in North Conway, where we spend three nights at the North Conway Grand Hotel.

Day 5 Mount Washington Cog Railway
Mount Washington Cog Railway

Mount Washington Cog Railway

This morning we 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, we enjoy a short stop at the summit to enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding White Mountain Range.

Day 6 North Conway Scenic Railroad
North Conway Scenic Railroad

The North Conway Scenic Railroad

Today we enjoy a round trip on board North Conway's Scenic Railroad 'Notch Train'. We relive the legend written in the annals of railroad history as we follow a route first taken by train over 132 years ago. We pass some of the finest natural scenery in New England as the train takes us 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. We 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 Quincy Market
Quincy Market

Via Salem to Boston

This morning we leave North Conway, travelling by coach on a scenic route through New Hampshire to Boston. During the journey we 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 our arrival in Boston we 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
Boston

Boston and whale-watching

Today we enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Boston, taking in the main sights of a city known for its 'old world' charm. Our tour takes in selected parts of the city's famed Freedom Trail. We 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 we make our way 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.

Days 9-10 Flying home
Flying home

Boston to London

We bid a fond farewell to the States today. Our final day of the tour begins with a free morning, allowing you the opportunity to pick up souvenirs, for friends, family or even just yourself, before we begin our journey home. We transfer to Logan International Airport, where we board our flight back to London, arriving on Day 10.

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.

Please note

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

 

What's Included

An escorted experience with all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Scheduled flights in Economy Class from London to Boston and return
  • Rail, coach and ferry travel as described

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 8 nights' hotel accommodation

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Guided tour of Boston
  • Excursion on the Mount Washington Cog Railway
  • Round trip on the North Conway Scenic Railroad
  • Tour of Martha's Vineyard including 'up-island' and 'down-island'
  • Whale-watching by catamaran
  • Excursion to Salem
  • Journey through the White Mountains
  • At leisure in Cape Cod
  • Free morning in Boston
Not Included

Enhancing your holiday experience

  • Upgrade your flight to Premium Economy from £400 per person each way

 

British Citizens do not require a visa to enter the USA but please see the Visa section of 'Things You Should Know' for details of the USA's Visa Waiver Programme and the ESTA form, which must be completed online prior to departure and is subject to an administration fee.

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