Trip Type : Group Tour
Nature & Wildlife History New England in the Fall package
New England in the Fall tour
Train & Rail Journeys Mountaineering New England in the Fall package

New England in the Fall

Great Rail Journeys
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
10 days
From: $ 2,914 $ 291 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Falmouth and Cape Cod
  • Martha's Vineyard
  • 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

Short Description

Spectacular colours and beautiful mountain scenery come together on an autumn adventure on 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.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Trip Includes

  • Guided tour of Boston
  • 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

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Itinerary

DAY 1 - LONDON TO CAPE COD
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 yearround. 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 AT LEISURE
Cape Cod harbour
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. The popular district of Provincetown is also a hive of activity for those interested in the arts as there is an abundance of galleries and exhibits here.

DAY 3 - 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 - TO THE WHITE MOUNTAINS
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. 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
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 - THE NORTH CONWAY SCENIC RAILROAD
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 - VIA SALEM TO BOSTON
Quincy Market
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 our hotel 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 SIGHTSEEING TOUR AND WHALE WATCHING
Boston
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 - BOSTON TO LONDON
Flying home
Our final day of the tour begins with a free morning in Boston 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.

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Just returned from Cologne Christmas Markets, had a great time despite the very wet evenings! The Trip by Wyndham Hotel was ideal. Very close to the station & Cathedral yet very quiet for such a central location. My only comment would be that the day trip on the Monday to Wuppertal could be reduced to just a half day, giving more time in beautiful Cologne.
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Fantastic tour manager!

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Just returned from the Golden Triangle in India. We had a fantastic tour manager Roger Marsden who was very organized with a great sense of humor. We were very impressed with the overall organization of the trip and the sights that we saw. We would recommend this trip.
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Just back from the golden triangle India tour. very well organised and the tour manager Ed was terrific. We stayed in wonderful hotels in Delhi, Shimla, Agra and Jaipur and saw some stunning sights. We used the recommended company to obtain visas - this was extremely expensive and I would not use them again - it is difficult, but not impossible, to get evisas yourself or there are companies that will do it for you at a fraction of the cost GRJ charge. We also upgraded our flights through GRJ - never again - the cost was £1400 instead of £1000 direct through BA. One small gripe on the tour itself - we were taken to three different wholesale outlets which was too many - the time would have been much better used with trips to other sights with only one, or at most two, wholesale outlets
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We went on the golden triangle trip to India in October 15 ! It was an amazing holiday and very well organised 10/10 to our tour manager Alan for an excellent trip! Hotels were very nice and all our excursions well planned and very interesting thanks to our Indian guide Dilip! Thus is our second trip with Great Rail and we would highly recommend them, a bit more expensive than some other companies but well worth it when you don't have to worry about getting to your next destination ! We have also done coast to coast USA and would highly recommend this tour as well ! Would like to see some younger people on these trips and you don't have to be a rail enthusiast to go !
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Just back from tracks of deep south tour a must for any music fan had a fantastic time with a jam packed itinerary and a big thanks to the hard working Ken our tour guide

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Just returned from Discovering Japan tour. Fantastic time, Tour Manager was Lydia Boyd, excellent organiser and lovely personality. Tour was well planned and hotels/porterage very good. Had previously done Golden Triangle and preferred the eating arrangements on that trip with evening meals in hotels included - we got a little weary of trawling round restaurants this time. Would have liked an extra evening towards the end of the holiday as it becomes a bit rushed. Will certainly use GRJ again.
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

  • 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

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Accomodations

SHOREWAY ACRES INN, FALMOUTH
Set in a secluded position on one of Falmouth's most historic streets, the ShoreWay Acres Inn is just a few minutes walk from the idyllic Surf Drive Beach. The family-run hotel has indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and within its spacious grounds you'll find a croquet lawn and badminton court. Within a few minutes of the hotel you will find 'restaurant row', offering a wide choice of dining options. All guest rooms have individual air conditioning and feature a telephone, television, refrigerator, tea and coffee making facilities and a hairdryer.

NORTH CONWAY GRAND HOTEL, NORTH CONWAY
The North Conway Grand Hotel is located in the quiet town of North Conway in the heart of the White Mountains region. Set in picturesque grounds, the hotel has a restaurant and a bar, as well as indoor and outdoor pools, jacuzzis, tennis courts and a fully-equipped fitness centre. Room facilities include air conditioning, a telephone, television, refrigerator, safe, tea and coffee making facilities and a hairdryer. All rooms offer lovely views over the hotel's gardens or the White Mountains.

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