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New England in the Fall

4.5 stars(20 reviews)

Boston, Cape Cod & New England's golden season

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10 days From £3,890 per person

2021 Tour code: ESC21

About the tour

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.


What’s included


Day 1 - London to Cape Cod

We depart London Heathrow for Boston airport. From here we transfer to the town of Falmouth, on Cape Cod, our base for the next 3 nights. Named for its peculiar shape, Cape Cod is a popular summer resort and offers scenic beauty year-round. 

Day 2 - Cape Cod

Day 2 in New England is free for you to explore Cape Cod and the surrounding region at leisure.

Day 3 - 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 'up-island', to 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 we transfer to Boston, joining 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. 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. 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. Later, we arrive in North Conway, where we spend 3 nights.

Day 5 - 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 6,228 feet up Mount Washington. During the fascinating journey, we enjoy a short stop at the summit to enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding White Mountain Range. Later, call into Faddens Maple Sugarhouse in North Woodstock for lunch.

Day 6 - The Conway Scenic Railroad

Today we enjoy a trip on board North Conway's Scenic Railroad 'Notch Train'. We relive the legend that lives on 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 Crawford Notch - sheer bluffs, steep ravines, cascading brooks and panoramic mountain vistas. The experience is truly breathtaking during the autumn, as New Hampshire's scenery is covered in a stunning blanket of dark red, yellow and brown. We also cross the Frankenstein Trestle and Willey Brook Bridge en-route to Crawford Depot. Live commentary during the journey helps give us an insight into the history and folklore of the railroad and its route.

Day 7 - Boston via Salem

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 its infamous witch trials which took place over 300 years ago. On our arrival in Boston, we check into the Revere Hotel Boston for a 2-night stay.

The rest of your day is free to explore Boston at leisure. The city's Public Garden is the oldest in the USA and is 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 one of the city's most famous sons.

Day 8 - Boston and the Freedom Trail

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 drive through the Back Bay area, past the historic USS Constitution to Copley Square and Beacon Hill for an insight into stylish Boston's history. This afternoon we explore the surrounding area by coach, visiting Harvard University the oldest and one of the most esteemed universities in America, as well as the cities of Cambridge, and Lexington.

Day 9 - Boston to London

Our final day of our holiday begins with a free morning before we embark on our journey home. We transfer to Logan International Airport, where we board our flight back to London Heathrow.

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.

Day 10 - London

We arrive on Day 10  at London Heathrow.

Additional information

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.

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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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ShoreWay Acres Inn, Falmouth

ShoreWay Acres Inn, Falmouth

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Hampton Inn & Suites North Conway, North Conway

Hampton Inn & Suites North Conway, North Conway

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Residence Inn by Marriott

Residence Inn by Marriott, North Conway

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Mount Washington Cog Railway
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4.5 stars4.5 / 5 · 20 reviews

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Miss R Palmer

5 stars

Submitted Oct 22 2019

A good itinerary, a good tour guide and a very good crowd------

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Mr P Brooker

4 stars

Submitted Oct 29 2018

Trip was well organised with time to explore.

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Mrs L Porter

5 stars

Submitted Oct 26 2018

Really enjoyable, weather would have made it almost perfect. Loved Boston

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Mr R Clausen-Thue

5 stars

Submitted Dec 22 2017

Had a great time, all went well, fully lived up to hopes

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Mrs S Cullum

4 stars

Submitted Nov 08 2017

The hotels were not as I expected especially The Devere in Boston. I have written to them to make a compaint. Housekeeping very poor. We wanted to stay on for 4 days it cost £2000 .

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Mrs A Lee

4 stars

Submitted Nov 07 2017

Positives: Good itinerary. Well chosen railway journeys. Excellent coach and driver. Fabulous scenery. Just the right time to go for the turning leaves. No problem arranging our own flights and obtaining a credit. Good local guides in Boston and Mount Washington. Negatives: The Shore Bay Acres Inn is very poor accommodation. Appreciate it is an old connection but time to find something better. No breakfast included at the other hotels was annoying. For a modest sum the company could have negotiated to include this whereas we had to pay full price.

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