Experience New England’s stunning Fall views as you ride four different trains through Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. From the world’s first mountain-climbing cog rail to a scenic lakeside train ride, this will be a trip to remember. You’ll also sail out onto the Atlantic with a lobster boat captain, and enjoy classic mountain and waterfront resorts.
- Experience several of the region’s most scenic rail routes
- Ride the world’s first mountain-climbing cog railway at Mt. Washington
- See vivid fall colors across three New England states
DAY 1—WELCOME TO NEW ENGLAND!
Meet your Discovery Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner in Boston, the historic capital city of Massachusetts.- D
DAY 2—DOWNEASTER/LOBSTER BOAT/KENNEBUNKPORT
It’s “all aboard” today for your first rail adventure, as Amtrak’s modern Downeaster train transports you through three states from suburban Boston to Wells, Maine. There, you’ll be whisked away to lunch at Kennebunkport’s historic Nonantum Resort. Then, weather permitting, we take an informative Lobster cruise on the Kennebunk River and the beautiful Atlantic coastline. The afternoon is yours to explore Kennebunkport or relax at the Nonantum Resort. B, L
DAY 3—M/S MOUNT WASHINGTON/WOLFEBORO/FADDENS
Nestled in the foothills of the White Mountains and along the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee we head over to the oldest summer resort town in America - Wolfeboro, NH. We will board the M/S Mount Washington for a narrated cruise of Lake Winnipesaukee along with a delicious buffet lunch aboard. Afterwards, enjoy a stroll on Main Street to do some shopping or grab a quick ice cream before we depart. On our way to our resort this evening we will make a visit to Fadden’s General Store to learn about maple syrup from James Fadden, a seventh generation sugar-maker. B, L, D
DAY 4—MT WASHINGTON/MOUNTAIN COG RAIL
Today, see the grand Mt. Washington Hotel, followed by a delicious luncheon. The day’s highlight is a 3.5-hour round-trip ride on the historic Mt. Washington Cog Railroad, the world’s first mountainclimbing cog train. In just three miles, you will ride the second steepest rack railway in the world up more than 3,500 vertical feet to reach the second highest point in the eastern U.S. On a clear day, those at the top can see from New York State to Maine... and even up into Quebec, Canada. B, L, D
DAY 5—“THE KANC”/CONWAY SCENIC RAILROAD
This morning, explore New Hampshire’s famed White Mountains and the Kancamagus Highway, renowned among New Englander’s as one of the region’s most pristine scenic drives. Witness the splendor of the National Forest as you cross the 2,800-foot Kancamagus Pass, aka “The Kanc”, before dropping into a stunning, deep valley. The rest of the day is spent aboard the Conway Scenic Railroad where we’ve upgraded your seats to the scenic panorama First Class dome car! Enjoy some of the most dramatic natural scenery in the East as you travel through spectacular Crawford Notch, over the Frankenstein Trestle, and across the Willey Brook Bridge en route to Crawford Station. B, L, D
DAY 6—FLUME GORGE/WINNIPESAUKEE RAILROAD
This morning marvel as we walk along the Flume Gorge on wooden walkways, past waterfalls, and 90-foot-high rock walls. After a wonderful lunch we head to the Lake Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad for a train ride along the western shore of Lake Winnipesaukee. Enjoy dinner on your own in downtown Concord, NH just steps away from our hotel. B, L
DAY 7—HISTORIC SALEM/HOME
You may know Salem for being the quaint Massachusetts seaport town infamous for its “witch trials”. Here we will experience a performance of Cry Innocent, which is an interactive re-enactment of the pre-trial examination of Bridget Bishop, who was accused of witchcraft in 1692. You will get to serve as the jury and have an opportunity to cross examine the witnesses. Then we sit for a “farewell” lunch with fresh local fare before heading back to Boston and home. B, L
Night 1: Courtyard by Marriott Boston Logan Airport, Boston, MA
Night 2: Nonantum Resort, Kennebunkport, ME
Nights 3-5: White Mountain Area Resort, Lincoln or North Conway, NH
Night 6: Holiday Inn Concord Downtown, Concord, NH
Sep 24-30, 2023
Oct 1-7, 2023
Oct 8-14, 2023
Oct 15-21, 2023
Price Per Person:
Pre/Post Tour Hotel:
Free airport shuttle or hotel parking
Welcome Dinner and meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Fees and tips for included attractions and meals
Luggage handling of one suitcase per person at hotels
Free bottled water on coach
24-hour emergency call service
Our Welcome Dinner on Day 1 is at our hotel, Courtyard by Marriott, starting at 6:30 pm. We recommend scheduling your flight to arrive by 4:00 pm.
Schedule your flight home to depart the Boston Logan Airport any time after 4:30 pm on Day 7.
Airport Transportation / Vehicle Parking
Our starting hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to/from the Boston Logan Airport. If you are driving to the starting location, they also offer complimentary parking for the duration of the tour.
Moderate walking is required to fully enjoy this tour. Some walking will also be on uneven paths. This tour also features multiple train rides, and there are several large steps involved in getting on and off the trains. While walking canes are allowed, we are unable to accommodate travelers using other mobility devices, including walkers and wheelchairs.
September – high of 70°, low of 55 °
October – high of 70°, low of 55 °
Each hotel has a hair dryer, iron, ironing boards, and a coffee maker. Courtyard Marriott hotel also offers Wi-Fi, an exercise room, and swimming pool.
A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour, including information sent upon receipt of your reservation.
Please note that elevations do reach up to 6,300 feet on this tour. If you are prone to altitude sickness, you may want to book a pre-night stay to fully acclimate. Cooler weather can also prevail at higher elevations (such as at Mount Washington).
Some rooms at our resort in Lincoln, NH have two comfortable murphy beds in the room.
We are featuring four trains on this tour. You can find the duration of those train rides below:
Amtrak’s Downeaster – 1 hour and 30 minutes
Mt. Washington Cog – 3 hours with 45 - 60 minutes at the summit
Conway Scenic Railroad – 2 hours and 30 minutes
Lake Winnipesaukee Railroad – 1 hour and 30 minutes
Travel Protection Available?
Yes, see CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/TravelProtectionPlan.