New England Rails and Sails Autumn Foliage
featuring Scenic Cruises, Rail Excursions and Nantucket
 11 Days • 15 Meals
Holiday by Motorcoach
New England in fall is unlike any other part of the country, and the most magical way to see it is by train and by boat. This tour gives you the best of both while exploring the region's smaller cities and towns to better absorb what makes New England so special

 Highlights
  • 11 Day Motorcoach and Scenic Train Holiday
  • Free home or local pickup and return
  • 15 Meals (10 breakfasts and 5 dinners) including a savory lobster dinner
  • Visit 5 New England states; Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Connecticut
  • Narrated cruise of Lake Champlain to hear its history including the Revolutionary War, the adventures of Ethan Allen, and Indian lore
  • Tour the extensive of Americana at the Shelburne Museum
  • Ride the North Conway Scenic Railroad for a scenic journey through the White Mountains on restored historic railcars
  • See Maine’s rocky shoreline and wooded inlets on a Casco Bay cruise to Diamond Island
  • Spend 3 nights on Cape Cod, New England’s summer playground
  • Climb aboard the high-speed ferry to the Island of Nantucket with its cobblestoned streets, steepled churches and rich whaling history
  • Travel scenic Cape Cod from Hyannis to Provincetown where the Pilgrims first landed
  • Ride the coal-fired locomotives of the Essex Steam Train through Connecticut’s forests, streams and nostalgic towns
  • At Deep River Landing, board the riverboat Becky Thatcher for a relaxing cruise up the Connecticut River
  • $55 in Mayflower Money

 Itinerary
Day 1-2  Depart for New England
Climb aboard our motorcoach trip to New England’s fall splendor as we make our way across the states of Ohio and New York on our Rails and Sails adventure. (Dinner and breakfast)
Day 3  Lake Champlain Cruise
Leaving New York state, we cross into Vermont to Burlington. Here we board our boat for a narrated cruise on Lake Champlain. The lake’s rich history, including the Revolutionary War, the adventures of Ethan Allen, and Indian lore come to life through the narration of the boat’s captain. The geographic formations and natural beauty unique to the area are sure to fascinate. (Breakfast and dinner)
Day 4  Shelburne Museum
Located in Vermont’s scenic Lake Champlain valley, the Shelburne Museum is one of the nation’s finest, most diverse and unconventional museums of art and Americana. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 39 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the museum grounds. Later, we’ll set off across Vermont to North Conway, New Hampshire, our home for the next two nights. (Breakfast)
Day 5  Conway Scenic Railroad
Board the Conway Scenic Railroad today for a journey through the White Mountains. The restored historic railcars are powered by diesel and electric locomotives and offer the comfort of riding in either open or enclosed passenger cars. Enjoy the scenery of the Mt. Washington countryside as you travel through the fields and woodlands while crossing the East Branch, Saco and Ellis Rivers. Relive a part of railroad history, when the first train traveled through this region over 130 years ago. This afternoon enjoy free time in this quaint town. (Breakfast and dinner)
Day 6  Casco Bay Cruise
Leaving the White Mountains of New Hampshire, we arrive in Portland, Maine. Here, Maine’s rocky shorelines and wooded islands come into view as we board our boat for a scenic cruise of Casco Bay. Our inner bay route takes us past lovely Victorian cottages nestled along the shores of Little and Great Diamond Islands. Watch for lobstermen and the local fishing fleets as well as the abundant sea birds, seals and other wildlife in the area. Leaving Maine, we follow the coast to Cape Cod. (Breakfast)
Day 7  Nantucket
Climb aboard the high-speed ferry for the journey to the tiny, isolated island of Nantucket today. This popular summer destination features dune-backed beaches, cedar-shingled buildings and the quaint cobblestoned streets of the town of Nantucket. Enjoy the many boutiques, restaurants and steepled churches and visit the town’s Whaling Museum which recounts the island’s role as a 19th-century whaling hub. Back in Hyannis, enjoy a savory lobster dinner. (Breakfast and dinner)
Day 8  Hyannis and Cape Cod
Enjoy time on your own this morning to stroll down Main Street Hyannis and visit the many stores and shops which line the street. You may wish to stop at the new John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum. This afternoon we travel up the cape through towns such as Harwich with its miles of windswept sandy beaches, and Orleans with the natural beauty of its forests, to Provincetown and the very tip. This once bustling whaling town is an important part of Pilgrim and American history. (Breakfast)
Day 9  Essex Steam Train and Becky Thatcher Riverboat Cruise
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. You will find forests, streams, nostalgic towns and some gorgeous views of the Connecticut River. At Deep River Landing, you will board the riverboat Becky Thatcher for a relaxing and informative ride up the beautiful Connecticut River. (Breakfast)
Day 10-11  Travel Home
Say goodbye to New England as we travel through Pennsylvania on our way home. Enjoy a farewell dinner with your traveling companions with share fond memories of our exciting New England Rails and Sails journey. (2 Breakfasts and dinner)

 Accommodations
Days 1  La Quinta Inn, Macedonia, OH
Days 2  Hampton Inn, Utica, NY
Days 3  Holiday Inn Express, South Burlington, VT
Days 4-5  Green Granite Inn, North Conway, NH
Days 6-8  Red Jacket Beach Resort, South Yarmouth, MA
Days 9  Best Western Hotel, North Haven, CT
Days 10  Comfort Suites, Youngstown, OH
 

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