This thrilling rail adventure travels the scenic routes of the Atlantic coast through forests and mountains of New England. Whether in summer or fall foliage, you’ll find stunning views and local color everywhere as you ride stunning trains through Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. You’ll even also sail out onto the Atlantic with a working lobster boat captain, and enjoy classic mountain and waterfront resorts.
- Experience several of the region’s most scenic mountain and coastal rail routes
- Ride the world’s first mountain-climbing cog railway at Mt. Washington
- Autumn tours experience peak foliage colors across 3 New England states
- Cruise the Kennebunk River
- Free airport shuttle or hotel parking
- Bag handling (1 per person) at hotels
- Fees/tips for included attractions/meals
- Welcome reception, 24-hour emergency call service, free bottled water on coach
DAY 1–WELCOME TO NEW ENGLAND
Meet your Discovery Director and fellow travelers at a welcome reception in Boston, the historic capital city of Massachusetts.
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/LAKE WINNIPEAUKEE
We head over to the charming town of Wolfeboro to board the M/S Mount Washington for a narrated cruise of Lake Winnipesaukee along with a delicious buffet lunch aboard. Get ready to experience the Castle in the Clouds, a 16-room estate built by millionaire shoe manufacturer Thomas Plant in 1913- 1914 on a mountaintop in Moultonborough, NH. Enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Winnipesaukee and the Ossipee Mountains which the estate overlooks. Unpack and enjoy three nights at the picturesque resort town of Lincoln, New Hampshire. B, L, D
DAY 4–MT WASHINGTON / MOUNTAIN COG RAIL
Today, see the grand Mt. Washington Hotel, followed by a delicious luncheon in its elegant dining room. The day’s highlight is a 3.5-hour round-trip ride on the historic Mt. Washington Cog Railroad, the world’s first mountain-climbing 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; 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—past sheer bluffs, steep ravines, cascading brooks and streams, panoramic mountain vistas, across Frankenstein Trestle and Willey Brook Bridge—en route to Crawford Station. B, L, D
DAY 6–WINNIPESAUKEE RAILROAD
We start today off with a visit to Fadden’s General Store, to learn about maple syrup from, James Fadden, a seventh generation of sugarmaker. 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 eastern shore of Lake Winnipesaukee. Enjoy dinner on your own in downtown Concord, NH just steps away from our hotel this evening. B, L
DAY 7–HISTORIC SALEM/BACK TO BOSTON
You may know Salem for being the quaint Massachusetts seaport town infamous for its “witch trials”. 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: Mountain Club on Loon or Woodwards White Mountain Resort, Lincoln, NH
Night 6: Holiday Inn Concord Downtown, Concord, NH
Sep 19-25, 2022
Sep 20-26, 2022
Sep 26-Oct 2, 2022 Limited Availability
Sep 27-Oct 3, 2022 Sold Out
Price Per Person:
Pre-/Post-Tour Hotel: $228/night
Depart/Return: Boston, MA
High temperatures average around the low 70’s; low temperatures average around the mid-50’s in late September and early October. Please note that cooler weather can prevail at higher elevations (such as at Mount Washington). Elevations do reach up to 6,300 feet on this tour.
Schedule flights into Boston Logan International Airport by 4:00 p.m. on Day 1.
Schedule flights to depart Boston Logan International Airport after 4:30 p.m. on Day 7.
The Courtyard by Marriott Boston-Logan Airport offers a complimentary shuttle between Boston’s Logan International Airport and the hotel, 24 hours a day.
Free self-parking is offered at the Courtyard by Marriott Boston-Logan Airport for all guest of Country Travel DISCOVERIES for the duration of the tour. Those driving to Boston should check with the front desk staff to see where the designated long-term parking is upon your arrival.
Moderate walking at a leisurely pace is required to fully enjoy this tour.
Hair dryers, TV/cable, telephone, etc. are available at most hotels.
Further information is mailed upon receipt of your reservation. A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour…Get Ready, Get Set and Go! Our “Get Ready” packet is sent confirming your reservation. Our “Get Set” packet provides further information approximately 90 days prior to departure with important details regarding making your travel arrangements. Finally, our “Go” packet arrives 2-3 weeks before departure containing your final documents.
Updates to this document are available from our Discovery Reservations Team, and will be posted online at CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/NER.
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