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New England Rails and Sails

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8 Days · 11 Meals
Travel Type: Air Holiday

Experience autumn in New England. Travel by historic rails and scenic sails as we explore the sights and sounds of New England roundtrip from Boston.

Highlights
  • 11 meals (4 dinners, 1 lunch and 6 breakfasts
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • City tour of Boston with a local guide including the Freedom Trail and Boston Commons
  • Experience three New England Trains
  • Conway Scenic Railroad
  • Essex Steam Train
  • Cape Cod Central Railroad and three New England cruises
  • Cruise Portland’s Casco Bay
  • Becky Thatcher Riverboat Cruise
  • Hyannis Harbor Cruise
  • Travel along the Kancamagus Scenic Byway through the White Mountains
  • See beautiful Quechee Gorge
  • Have dinner at one of Portland’s bayside restaurants
  • Feast on a delicious lobster dinner with all the fixins' on Cape Cod
  • $40 in Mayflower Money
Day-by-Day
1
  1. Arrive in Boston
    Arrive in Boston, Massachusetts, with an included transfer to your hotel. Meet your Tour Manager in the hotel lobby at 6:00 p.m. for dining suggestions.
2
  1. Boston City Tour and Portland, Maine
    This morning we take a panoramic city tour of Boston, the birthplace of American Freedom. See the Freedom Trail with the Old and New State Houses, Paul Revere House and the Boston Common. Later, we travel up the Atlantic coast to Portland, Maine. Tonight, dinner is at one of Portland’s unique bayside restaurants. Dinner
3
  1. Casco Bay Cruise and the White Mountains
    Maine’s rocky shoreline and wooded islands come into view today as we board our boat for a scenic cruise of Casco Bay. Sail past lovely Victorian cottages nestled along the shores of Little and Great Diamond Islands. Watch for lobstermen and local fishing fleets as well as abundant sea birds, seals and other wildlife. Leaving the coast, we travel west into New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Breakfast and dinner
4
  1. Conway Scenic Railroad and Kancamagus Scenic Byway
    Board the Conway Scenic Railroad today for a journey through the White Mountains and enjoy the scenery of the Mt. Washington Valley countryside. Relive a part of railroad history, when the first train traveled through this region over 130 years ago. This afternoon we travel the Kancamagus Scenic Byway as it follows a beautiful path through the White Mountains. It is one of the world’s most spectacular autumn foliage trips, where a stunning spectrum of color underscores the region’s natural beauty year round. The road meanders through vast forests, old logging roads, and Indian hunting paths. Breakfast
5
  1. New Hampshire and Vermont Touring
    This morning we set out along the scenic country roads of New Hampshire and into Vermont. Passing through quaint villages where the steeples of white clapboard churches rise above the colorful trees. We stop at Quechee Gorge to view the spectacular scenery of the area. Breakfast
6
  1. Essex Steam Train and Riverboat Becky Thatcher
    The Valley Railroad Company operates the coal-fired locomotives of the Essex Steam Train. Be swept away by the hiss of steam and the blast of the whistle as you pass through some of the most beautiful country in the state. See forests and streams, beautiful vistas and nostalgic towns. At Deep River Landing, you board the riverboat Becky Thatcher for a relaxing ride up the Connecticut River, before continuing to Cape Cod. Breakfast
7
  1. Harbor Cruise and Cape Cod Central Railroad
    Take to the water this morning on a cruise of the harbor. Experience the pristine shoreline, sparkling emerald water and fresh salt air on the old-time Maine coastal steamer replica. Then, climb aboard the Cape Cod Central Railroad. Feel the rhythm of the train and spirit of the crew as you are whisked away on an exhilarating rail experience past beautiful cranberry bogs, natural woodlands, lush marshes and sand dunes. Tonight, gather for a farewell lobster dinner in Hyannis. Breakfast and dinner
8
  1. Travel Home
    After breakfast, you will have some free time to explore Hyannis. Your included group transfer to Boston’s Logan Airport will be for flights out after 4:00 p.m. Breakfast
Accommodations

Lodging

Day One

Doubletree Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts

Day Two

Holiday Inn By the Bay, Portland, Maine

Days Three and Four

Green Granite Inn or Holiday Inn Express, North Conway, New Hampshire

Day Five

Hampton Inn, Mystic, Connecticut

Days Six and Seven

Resort and Conference Center or Holiday Inn, Hyannis, Massachusetts

Dates and Rates
2012 Departure Dates Per Person Twin Single Room Add Triple Room Deduct
September 25 $1,899 $829 $14
October 2 $1,899 $829 $14
October 6 $1,899 $829 $14
October 7 $1,899 $829 $14

Call for air rates and schedules from your city to and from Boston.

Rooms for the night before the tour are available. Cost for a room in Boston is $269, tax included.

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