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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.
Mt, Washington Cog Train
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.
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, 7 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
• Bennington Apple Barn Tour
• Hemmings Automobilia
• Tanglewood Bowl
• Scranton, PA: Hilton Scranton Hotel (1 night)
• Revere, MA: Four Points by Sheraton (1 night)
• Ogunquit, ME: Meadowmere Resort (1 night)
• Lincoln NH: Indian Head Resort (3 nights)
• Great Barrington MA: Fairfield Inn and Suites (1 night)
• Syracuse, NY: Marriott Syracuse Downtown (1 night)
Journey aboard the motorcoach as it makes it way to Scranton, Pennsylvania. Enjoy the scenery as you get to know your fellow passengers. Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening.
Stay: Hilton Scranton 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 Sheraton, 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
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. Enjoy lunch at the station before returning down the mountain.
Stay: Indian Head Resort, Lincoln, NH
Meals: B, L, D
Mount Washington Hotel and Conway Scenic Railway
This morning we arrive to the magnificent Mount Washington Hotel where we’ll be met by a historian for a tour of this historic hotel. We will be served a grand luncheon served in the dining room with stunning views of the Mount Washington mountains. This afternoon we head to the Conway Scenic Railway station to board the Notch Train to enjoy some of the finest natural scenery in the East. Cross the famed Frankenstein Trestle and Wiley Brook Bridge en route to Crawford Depot.
Enjoy an evening on your own at the hotel.
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.
Travellers could be required to walk on uneven surfaces regularly, and the day could be busy with activities from morning until evening. Any daytime rest is taken while travelling on the motorcoach from one attraction to another. There may also be a number of one-night stays that necessitate the need to pack up each morning. Many of our overseas tours fall into this category.