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Grand Tour of New England and Canada in the Fall

4.0 stars(9 reviews)

Explore some of Canada and New England's most famous cities

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2021 Tour code: EFC21

About the tour

Experience the fiery vibrancy and spectacular colours of Canada and New England in the Fall. Wander through magical Stowe on an autumnal stroll, gaze at the inspiring waters of Niagara Falls, and explore some of Canada and New England's most famous cities.


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Days 1-2 - London and Toronto

We board our flight from London Heathrow to Toronto, beginning our vivid Grand Tour of Canada and New England. We check into the Chelsea Hotel and have free time for dinner.

The following morning we explore Toronto, a multicultural melting-pot with an inviting, laid-back atmosphere. Our guided tour takes us to some of the city's most famous landmarks, ahead of an afternoon to explore at your own pace.

Day 3 - Niagara Falls & The Ice Wine Vineyard

Our excursion today is to iconic Niagara Falls, truly one of the natural wonders of the world. Experience the awe-inspiring power of the cascading waterfall from the viewing area after our visit to a local ice wine vineyard. Delicious ice wine is produced using grapes that have frozen naturally on the vine in sub-zero temperatures. The grapes are then picked by hand and pressed before thawing to develop their unique taste. After lunch, we continue to Niagara-on-the-Lake before returning to Toronto.

Niagara Falls
Day 4 - Onwards to Montreal

Today we board the train to Montreal, arriving in the afternoon. Our hotel for the night is the Novotel Montreal. We embark on a guided tour of this charming island city, taking in the stunning Notre-Dame de Montréal Basilica and the bustling Bonsecours Market, which is flanked by rows of autumnal-coloured trees.

Days 5-6 - Discover Québec

This morning we transfer to the station for the train to Québec. On arrival, we check into the Hôtel Château Laurier and the rest of your day is at leisure.

On Day 6 we embark on a guided tour of this French-speaking city. Our tour, taking us past some of the city's most iconic landmarks, including the elegant Château Frontenac. Perched on a promontory, the wonderful structure is truly staggering as it peaks above the vibrant carpet of orange and red treetops.

Day 7 - Into the USA

After a leisurely morning spent in Québec, we board a coach for the journey across the border into northern USA, arriving in Vermont for 2 nights in the quaint town of Stowe.

Day 8 - Fall Colours of Stowe

Today is truly the highlight of our wonderful holiday. This morning we are joined by a renowned local photographer, who gives us an absorbing digital exhibition on their work and offers a hands-on photography lesson on how to take fascinating and memorable pictures of all the landscapes we'll see. We then embark on a wonderful nature walk through Stowe and into the surrounding hills, accompanied by a local guide. The walk passes under a canopy of fierycoloured tree branches and the view across to Stowe is breathtaking.

Day 9 - Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory

Today we board a coach to North Conway, a year-round resort village on the edge of the White Mountain National Forest. On the way, we stop off for lunch before taking a tour of the Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory. We also have a tasting of the frozen treat, sampling any new flavours and enjoying some old favourites. On arrival in North Conway, we check into our hotel for a 2-night stay.

White Mountain National Forest
Day 10 - Mount Washington Cog Railway

Today we enjoy a journey on board the charming Mount Washington Cog Railway* - the world's first cog railway system. Opened in 1869, it climbs an astonishing 6,228 feet up Mount Washington, the highest peak in the eastern states. We stop at the summit briefly to enjoy the fascinating panoramic views of the surrounding mountain range before descending by rail to the visitor's centre, where we enjoy an informative talk on the history of the line.

*Please note: steam-hauled where possible. On occasion the 3-mile trip is made by biodiesel locomotive.

Mount Washington Cog Railway
Day 11 - Boston and Salem

We leave North Conway by coach today, bound for the bustling hub of Boston. During this scenic journey we stop in the historic town of Salem, a household name thanks to the infamous Salem Witch Trials, one of the darker periods of America's history. We learn more about the town's history at Salem Witch Museum on a guided tour, before we continue by coach to Boston. On arrival into Boston we check into the Revere Hotel for a 2-nights.

Boston Harbour
Days 12-14 - Boston and London

Today we embark on a guided sightseeing tour around the heart of Boston. We follow the ever-popular 'Freedom Trail', one of the most famous routes in the city that includes some of Boston's, and America's, most iconic landmarks such as Boston Common, Massachusetts State House and Old State House. Our tour concludes in Quincy Market, a great spot to find yourself some lunch, with a wealth of wonderful produce available. Your afternoon is at leisure in Boston.

On Day 13 there is free time before we transfer to the airport for our flight to London Heathrow, arriving on Day 14.

Boston Public Garden

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Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour features the same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed 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.

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Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Revere Hotel

Revere Hotel, Boston

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Novotel Montreal Centre

Novotel Montreal Centre, Montreal

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North Conway Grand Hotel, North Conway

North Conway Grand Hotel, North Conway

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Green Mountain Inn

Green Mountain Inn, Stowe

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Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

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4.0 stars4.0 / 5 · 9 reviews

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5 stars

Submitted 20 Oct 2019

It was well organized. Dr. Keith Diffy was friendly to everyone. He always kept us aware of what we would be doing. What time to meet in the lobby or at the bus. He would organize a dinner ( optional) so we could meet each other.

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Mr J Hogg

3 stars

Submitted 20 Oct 2019

Not much rail travel and the coach journeys were rather long, but well planned and varied

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Mr A Barber

3 stars

Submitted 07 Nov 2018

Poor non existent detailed itinerary and too few included breakfasts for older people not keen on wandering in strange cities to find breakfasts Showed a failure of your duty of care

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Mrs H Carpenter

4 stars

Submitted 25 Oct 2018

A very busy schedule which would benefit from revision. There was too little time in Quebec to explore the old city except fleetingly and the excursions in Montreal meant no chance to explore that city independently. The excursion to Mont Tremblant leads to a late return to Montreal and a rush to get to the Sugar Shack in heavy traffic. The Sugar Shack experience added nothing to the tour. Overall a number of mishaps beyond the control of the Tour Manager became frustrating, but overall the good moments far outweighed the bad.

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Ms S Timashev

5 stars

Submitted 01 Nov 2017

We had a super tour manager, Jeannette.

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Mrs C Jones

4 stars

Submitted 30 Oct 2017

As ever many wonderful sights and experiences due to the good organisation of GRJ. Niagara Falls- train ride on the little railway up to Mt .Washington - The Sugar Shack -The wonderful sight of the foliage turning into wonderful colours .Many more experiences. Hotel in North Conway was to far from the town centre and no at very good for place for a place other than the hotel to eat.

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