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TRAINS OF NEW ENGLAND
All aboard the Downeaster for an iconic train journey of New England’s quaint coastal towns and villages. Begin with a guided tour of Boston, America’s oldest and most progressive city where Quincy market is a highlight.
Stunning autumn woods pass by as you wind your way to famous seaside spots like Kennebunkport, the summer retreat of America’s wealthy. Explore the pedestrian bridges and shingled cottages of colonial towns under the salty-sweet perfume of beach roses. Shop for antiques, study history in the many museums, and tuck into a fresh Maine lobster bake, a sweet oceanside treat and a celebration of tradition.
The Notch Train trundles along trestle tracks, laid in the 1870s, past rugged canyons, river valleys, wildlife, and the soaring summits of Loon, Cannon, and the White Mountains. Hike to lookouts for magnificent views of unspoilt wilderness.
A 300-acre orchard tour with incredible Vermont views ends at the Apple Barn Farm stand. Try the apple cider doughnuts and crisp apples heaped in wooden crates! For those who embrace the romance of rail, this tour of Americana delights is for you.
Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train
The beautifully restored railcars of the Cafe Lafayette Train are a fine way to experience the Pemigewasset River Valley while indulging in a distinctive culinary experience.
This one-of-a-kind 40-kilometre train journey through pretty New Hampshire outdoes culinary extravagance. Enjoy a savoury 5-course meal assembled with locally-sourced fresh seasonal ingredients that are hand selected and brought together by head chef Doug Trulson. Complement your meal with a “revived classic” cocktail curated by accomplished mixologist and train owner, Michael French. The unique cocktail menu pairs perfectly with the award-winning fare. Try the horseradish crusted filet of salmon with a lemon basiltini!
Bring lounging legs and your appetite on this indulgent moving dining experience. See why the Wall Street Journal and Trip Advisor give top-of-class honours to Cafe Lafayette!
Boston: Largest city in New England and the capital of Massachusetts Founded in 1630, it’s one of the oldest cities in the U.S. – Follow the footsteps of the American Revolution. From the charming cobblestones of Beacon Hill and revolutionary landmarks of the Freedom Trail, to the iconic grounds of Harvard University and Fenway Park, Boston is a treasure trove of Americana.
All Aboard The Downeaster named for the Down Eastregion of Maine, the train runs from North Station in Boston, Massachusetts to Brunswick, Maine, with 10 intermediate stops. Enjoy watching the country speed by as you travel the rails.
Beautiful and historic Wells offers seven miles of coastline, the nationally recognized Wells Estuarine Research Reserve at Laudholm and the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Preserve. The Wells Transportation Center is home to the Downeaster Passenger Train
Kennebunkport New Englanders have enjoyed this quiet coastal Maine town for years. In hot weather, beaches are a major draw, but many small boutiques, art galleries and restaurants make a visit fun at any time of year. Find the Bush family summer home, the freshest New England cuisine, the incredible light, the sea at play against the rocky shore. Of all the great American cookouts, surely the lobster bake, known outside of Maine as the clambake, is the most dramatic. The lobster bake is much more than a dish or even a feast, embodies a day filled with the wonders of water, fire, food, family and friends. The sights and smells are intoxicating. The technique, learned from the original Americans have all the ingredients steamed together, Sweet corn, lobsters, soft-shell clams, rock crabs, a whole fish, mussels, periwinkles, potatoes, boiling onions, sausage are all part of the succulent New England tradition.
ON THE NOTCH TRAIN, you’ll travel on what was once the Maine Central Railroad’s famed Mountain Division line, on tracks that were laid in the 1870s. Enjoy some of the most dramatic natural scenery in the East as you travel through spectacular Crawford Notch – past sheer bluffs, steep ravines, cascading brooks and streams, panoramic mountain vistas, across Frankenstein Trestle and Willey Brook Bridge – enroute to Crawford and Fabyan stations
The Mount Washington Cog Railway, also known as the Cog, is the world’s first mountain-climbing cog railway (rack-and-pinion railway). The railway is still in operation, climbing Mount Washington. It uses a Marsh rack system and one or two steam locomotives and six biodiesel powered locomotives to carry tourists to the top of the mountain. Its track a narrow gauge, as it is a 1⁄2-inch less than 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in standard gauge.
It is the second steepest rack railway in the world after the Pilatus Railway in Switzerland. The railway is approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) long and ascends Mount Washington’s western slope, beginning at an elevation of approximately 2,700 feet (820 m) above sea level and ending just short of the mountain’s summit peak of 6,288 feet (1,917 m).
Gondola Skyride: Board the four-passenger gondola and head to to the 2,733 foot summit of Loon’s Peak for another level of adventure, amid crisp mountain air and jaw-dropping views of the White Mountains. While you’re at the summit, explore glacial caves and hunt for Lost Loon Gold, hike the self-guided nature trail or climb the four-story observation tower for even better views
The Kancamagus Scenic Byway takes you through a path cut through the White Mountain National Forest with breathtaking views of the White Mountains, the Swift River, Sabbaday Falls, Lower Fallsand Rocky Gorge. The Kanc takes you to an elevation of just under 3,000 feet at its highest point at Kancamagus Pass on the flank of Mt. Kancamagus near Lincoln, NH. Known as one of the best Fall Foliage viewing areas in the country the Kancamagus Highway is now designated an American Scenic Byway for its rich history, aesthetic beauty and culture.
An 80-passenger cable car brings visitors to the 4,080-foot summit of Cannon Mountain in under ten minutes. On a clear day, you can see the mountains of four states and Canada! At the summit, you’ll find spectacular scenic walking paths and a 360 degree observation deck
Winnipersaukee, the largest lake in New Hampshire, is located at the foothills of the White Mountains in New Hampshire’s beautiful Lakes Region. Lake Winnipesaukee is spring fed and surrounded by mountain ranges, contains more than 300 islands and covers 44,000 acres of crystal-clear water.
The Wright Museum opened in July, 1994, has built a reputation as a national repository for historically significant WWII items and memorabilia. The Wright is unique in that the over 14,000 items in its permanent collection are representative of both the home front and the battle field. The museum is dedicated to its commitment to educate future generations about the contributions made by WWII-era Americans, to honor their legacy and to emphasize the relevancy of the 1939-1945-era to contemporary America history.
Nestled on the western slopes of the mountains, the Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train is one of the area’s premier destinations. The beautifully restored railcars are a truly unique way to experience this beautiful region, while indulging in a distinctive culinary experience. Begin your two-hour train ride with a pairing of convivial ambiance with classic cocktail offerings or a fine domestic or international wine selections. As you roll down the rails at a leisurely pace, enjoy perfectly harmonized service and beautifully plated fare highlighting quality seasonal ingredients selected and prepared on board by Chef Doug Trulson and his talented culinary team. Indulge your senses with this most memorable dining experience – Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train. All aboard!
The Publyk House has been a destination restaurant and Bennington favorite for more than 40 years. It exudes warmth and character with barn board paneling, multiple fireplaces and rich, wood-toned Tavern. Just one step into the lobby and you can feel the warmth of the brick hearth and smell the aromas of a home-cooked meal wafting from the kitchen.
Hemming Automobillia Visit the Car Lover’s store, cafe and old-fashioned Sunoco Station where you’ll see first-hand the huge collection of automotive items: over 150 unique reproduction porcelain signs, dozens of die-cast models, pedal cars, auto artwork and more. Then experience a full-service fill-up at the Sunoco station, where we’ll wash your windows and check your oil! See 25 collector vehicles and the automobilia collection, behind the Viper door lies the Hemmings collection of interesting collector car, trucks and vintage automotive test equipment.
Bennington Apple Barn was originally established in 1910 by Edward Hamlin Everett. The main Estate building was referred to as “The Orchard House” was surrounded by the orchards covering the surrounding hillsides and extended southward for ten miles. On his land, he planted cherries, quince, pears and plums as well as 65 varieties of apples. Under his guidance Everett Orchards became the largest privately-owned orchard in the world, renowned for its modern agricultural practice and high quality fruit. Today, Southern Vermont Orchards operates over 300 acres of orchard and continues to benefit from Everett’s wisdom. The location enables them to raise an apple of superior quality. Southern Vermont Orchards is proud to carry on the tradition of fine fruit established by Edward Everett.
Tanglewood is a music venue in the towns of Lenox and Stockbridge in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. It has been the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1937. Tanglewood is also home to three music schools: the Tanglewood Music Center, Days in the Arts and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Besides classical music, Tanglewood hosts the Festival of Contemporary Music, jazz and popular artists, concerts, and frequent appearances by James Taylor, John Williams and the Boston Pops .
Chesterwood, a National Trust Historic Site, is the country home, studio and gardens of America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments, Daniel Chester French, creator of the Minute Manand Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial. Situated on 122 acres, the property and its buildings were donated to the National Trust for Historic Preservation by French’s only child, Margaret French Cresson. Inspired by the natural beauty of the Berkshire Hills, French purchased the former Marshall Warner farm in 1896. Each year, during the month of May, he left his permanent home and studio in New York for six months and moved with his family to Chesterwood, where he worked on over 200 public and private commissions. Many of French’s plaster sketches, including models of his Abraham Lincolnfor the Lincoln Memorial, are on view today in his Studio.
Stockbridge was Norman Rockwell’s long-time residence and home of what he called his “best studio yet.” Through his depiction of small towns, America’s favorite illustrator gave us images of memorable moments from childhood to old age, portraying a remarkable history of everyday life and ordinary people. Rockwell immortalized Stockbridge’s picturesque Main Street in his famous painting, Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas.
Deluxe motorcoach transportation, 8 nights accommodation, 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 8 dinners, all highlights listed, Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.
Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and HST does not apply.
• Guided tour of Boston
• Downeaster train ride to Maine
• Guided tour of Kennebunkport
• Lobster bake dinner
• Notch Train
• Fabyan Station
• Mount Washington Cog Railway
• Gondola Ride to Summit of Loon Mountain
• Guided tour of New Hampshire
• Lake Winnipesauke cruise
• Wright Museum of World War II
• Café Lafayette Dinner Train
• Bennington Apple Barn Tour
• Hemmings Automobilia
• Tanglewood Bowl
• Scranton, PA: Hilton Hotel (1 night)
• Revere, MA: Four Points by Sheridan (1 night)
• Ogunquit, ME: Meadowmere Resort (1 night)
• Lincoln NH: Indian Head Resort (3 nights)
• Linnox MA: Fairfield Inn and Suites (1 night)
• Syracuse, NY: Marriott Syracuse Downtown (1 night)
Journey aboard our luxury motorcoach as it makes it way to Scranton, Pennsylvania. Enjoy the scenery and the onboard amenities.Get to know your fellow passengers during a welcome dinner this evening.
Stay: Hilton Hotel, Scranton, PA
Founded in 1630, Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States. Meet a local step on guide in Quincy Market and explore this treasure trove of history. See sights such as the Freedom Trail, and the Old North Church.
Stay: Four Points by Sheridan, Revere, MA
Meals: B, D
Amtrak’s Downeaster, Lobsterbake
All board! Travel on the Amtrak Train “Downeaster” to Maine for a guided tour of Kennebunkport, a quiet coastal town known for its boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. Enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant. An entertaining lobsterbake is a highlight of your time in Maine. More than a dish or even a feast, the tradition celebrates family, food and friendship.
Stay: Meadowmere Resort, Ogunquit, ME
Meals: B, L, D
Notch Train, Café Lafayette Dinner Train
History unfolds and surrounds you as you chug down the Maine Central Railroad’s famed Mountain Division line – these tracks were laid in the 1870s! The scenery in Crawford Notch is breathtakingly dramatic: soaring mountains, steep ravines and cascading brooks. Cross Frankenstein Trestle and Willey Brook Bridge. Enjoy a fine dining experience this evening on the Café Lafayette Dinner Train, sure to be a highlight of this tour.
Stay: Indian Head Resort, Lincoln, NH
Meals: B, L, D
Kancamagus Scenic Byway
This stunning journey was carved through the White Mountain National Forest, and today admire views of the White Mountains, Lower Falls and Rocky Gorge. Nicknamed The Kanc, this scenic byway brings to you a jaw dropping elevation of nearly 3,000 feet! Experience a sense of adventure and history on the Cog Railway’s 3-hour round-trip to the top of Mount Washington. This scenic train ride allows visitors to take in the spectacular panoramic view, spanning the White Mountains of New Hampshire and all of the Northeastern United States.
Meals: B, L
Lake Winnipesauke Cruise,Wright Museum
Nestled in the foothills of the White Mountains is Winnipersaukee Lake, the largest lake in New Hampshire. The crystal clear water is spring-fed and is dotted with more than 300 islands. Cruise along, admiring the mountains, wildlife and natural beauty. Tour the Wright Museum, which houses an incredible 14,000+ items significant to World War II from both the home front and battlefield. Enjoy a buffet dinner at the hotel this evening.
Meals: B, D
Bennington’s bustling main street welcomes you with friendly shops, galleries and cozy restaurants. Enjoy lunch at The Publyk House, richly decorated, complete with barn board, cozy fireplaces and of course, the aroma of a home-cooked meals! At Hemming Automobillia, car lovers will delight in the collection of signs, die-cast models, pedal cars, auto artwork and more. Tour one of Vermont’s finest orchards, Bennington Apple Barn. Indulge in warm apple pie topped with cool and creamy ice cream as part of your tour!
Stay: Fairfield Inn and Suites, Great Barrington, MA
Meals: B, L, D
Tanglewood is home to a collection of three music schools: the Tanglewood Music Center, Days in the Arts and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. This iconic music venue is also the summer home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra. At Chesterwood, admire the works of Daniel Chester French, creator of the Minute Man and Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial. The buildings including his studio were donated by his only child to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Here you can see many plaster sketches of his 200 plus public and private commissions.
Stay: Marriott Syracuse Downtown, Syracuse, NY
Meals: B, D
After breakfast at the hotel, board the motorcoach and begin your return journey home.
- Sunscreen is an essential product to have, regardless of the climate. Since UV exposure is unavoidable, a hat and sunglasses are also suggested for your protection, even in the winter.
- Mosquito repellent can prove useful in wooded areas or in the evenings in some regions.
- Comfort is important when on vacation. Bring comfortable walking shoes. And loose, casual clothing is suggested to keep you cozy.
- Pack extra batteries and memory cards for your camera.
- Always pack an extra jacket or sweater in case of inclement weather or cooler evenings. DeNureTours recommends you dress in layers, so you can add or remove layers if the temperature rises or drops.
- Use every corner, nook and cranny of your suitcase when packing. Rolled sweaters and bulky clothing occupy less space, but clothing that wrinkles easily should be laid flat. Roll socks or underclothing and pack them into shoes, and slip smaller items into side pockets.
- Use sample-sized toiletry items and always transport containers of creams and liquids in a sealed plastic bag.
- Keep an extra set of keys for your luggage.
- Always prepare for the possibility of rain. An umbrella, or rain jacket will easily fit in your luggage, and could prove to be the most useful article you pack. When travelling as a couple, bring two so neither person gets half wet.
- Pack your bathing suit.
- Pack a good book, or a deck of cards to keep you busy during free time.
- Leave items of monetary or sentimental value at home. Costume and faux jewelry always travels well.
- If you require corrective lenses, pack an extra pair of glasses or contacts.
- If you wear dentures, and have a second set, pack them just in case. You’d be surprised how often these important items end up where they shouldn’t.
- Not all hotel rooms are equipped with alarm clocks. While most hotels offer wake-up calls, a small travel alarm clock might prove useful.
- Couples travelling together may find it wise to split their belongings between two suitcases. If one suitcase should go missing, neither person is left without a change of clothes.
- Remember to pack any medications or prescriptions in your carry-on and not in your suitcase in case of emergency or luggage misplacement. Medications should be packed in their original containers for security reasons.
- Keep a listing of your recent medical history with you, including medications you currently take, prescription or otherwise, as well as allergies you suffer from, and any medical conditions you have. Carry the listing in your wallet, and leave a copy with your emergency contact person at home.
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- If you carry travellers’ cheques, record the numbers of the cheques and keep this list in a separate location. When travelling as a couple, put some cheques in your partner’s name so you both have access to funds.
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- Always carry your passport, or other important identification on your person. Make a photocopy to keep in your suitcase.
- Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months after your return date. This is a requirement for entering certain countries.
- Always check the spelling of your name on all documentation you receive. Often, your travel documents must match your passport or birth certificate. It is imperative that your legal name be listed correctly on your documents. Failure to comply may result in your being denied entry to a country, or boarding on an airplane or cruise ship. Name changes on documents may be subject to a change fee.
- Use extra copies of your travel itinerary and hotel listing to distribute to friends or relatives, so you can be reached in case of emergency.
- Keep a log of your purchases, including what you paid in foreign currency and the equivalent in Canadian dollars. This will assist you in filling out customs forms. Keep all receipts.
- Secure your home before you leave. Arrange for a friend or neighbour to pick up mail and check in periodically. Have someone cut your lawn (or shovel your driveway) and care for your property. Set automatic timers on the lights and television. Empty the refrigerator of perishables. Lower your thermostat to save on energy.
- When flying, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, and limit your intake of caffeine and alcoholic beverages.
- To avoid circulatory problems on a plane or coach, walk up the aisle every hour or so. Periodically, stretch your legs, arms, shoulders and neck.
- Arrive early for flights. DeNureTours recommends to check-in 90 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights, or 2-3 hours prior for international flights.
- An inflatable travel pillow can make you more comfortable on long coach rides or flights. The U-shaped pillow keeps your head from rolling during travel, reducing the risk of neck pain.
- Avoid the use of perfume or scented sprays on the coach or an airplane. These are confined spaces, so be courteous to your fellow travellers who may be allergic or sensitive to scents.
- Get as much rest as possible before you leave.
- Try your best to be flexible. Unexpected things can happen. Your holiday will be more enjoyable if you are open-minded.
Tips to waiters, taxi drivers, step-on guides, tour directors and drivers are a tangible way for you to express your appreciation for jobs well done. This practice, though customary, is voluntary and is not included in tour prices. As a guide to the amounts to tip, the following amounts are suggested:
- Taxi Drivers – Drivers should be tipped 10% of the taxi fare.
- Waiters – For meals that are not included in the tour price, tip waiters between 15% and 20% of your bill, but never less than $1.
- Tour Directors and Drivers – A gratuity of $4 per person per day is suggested.
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Day-by-day itinerary descriptions can be found on our website or requested from our office. Generally, the more activities included, distance travelled in a day, or number of hotel changes, will increase the pace of a tour.
Some of the most unique sightseeing is found in locations that can be a challenge for motorcoaches, especially in historic areas. For your comfort, we recommend packing walking shoes so you fully enjoy every aspect of your holiday.
Tours with the highest “On-the-go” ratings require a level of activity that is not suitable for those who use either walkers or wheelchairs. If a trip pace is not ideally suited for you, our reservations team will be happy to help you find your perfect vacation.