NEW ENGLAND RAILS & TRAILS

HIGHLIGHTS

2 Rail Journeys (Conway Scenic Railroad - Mount Washington Cog Railway) • Boston City Tour • Faneuil Hall Marketplace • North Conway, New Hampshire • Quechee Gorge • Woodstock - Billings Farm & Museum • Cold Hollow Cider Mill • Maple Sugar Farm • Ben & Jerry’s Factory • Shelburne Museum • Portland, Maine • Casco Bay Cruise • Kancamagus Highway • Lobster Farewell Dinner

 

INCLUDES

7 Nights Hotel Accommodations, 11 Meals, Tour Director, Motorcoach Transportation, Sightseeing per Itinerary, Baggage Handling

TOUR ACTIVITY LEVEL        EASY  1   2   3   4  ACTIVE

Day 1 - ARRIVE BOSTON

Upon arrival in Boston meet your Tour Director and transfer to your Boston hotel for a two night stay. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Dinner. (D)

 

Day 2 - BOSTON - NORTH CONWAY

This morning enjoy a Boston City Tour featuring Boston Commons, the Old State House, the Old North Church from where Paul Revere got the signal to start his famous ride, the Old South Meeting House, Beacon Hill and Old Ironsides. Visit the Faneuil Hall Marketplace, located in downtown Boston near the waterfront and originally gifted to the city in 1742. Enjoy leisure time to grab a bite to eat, wander, people watch and shop. Later leave Boston and travel into New Hampshire’s scenic White Mountains & arrive in picturesque North Conway for a two night stay. (B,D)

 

Day 3 - MT. WASHINGTON COG RAILWAY & CONWAY SCENIC RAILROAD

This morning Motorcoach to board the historic Mount Washington Cog Railway. Enjoy breathtaking vistas during your three hour rail experience aboard the world’s first (1869) mountain-climbing Cog Railway to the top of the highest peak in the Northeast, Mount Washington. Then return to North Conway and board the Conway Scenic Railroad for a nostalgic ride through the scenic Mt. Washington Valley countryside. The restored historic railcars are powered by diesel & electric locomotives. Enjoy the evening at your own pace. (B)

 

Day 4 - NORTH CONWAY - BURLINGTON

This morning Motorcoach along one of New England’s most popular scenic drives, the Kancamagus Highway. The drive connects North Conway with Lincoln and offers spectacular views of rushing rivers and covered bridges. Continue to Quechee Gorge, “Vermont’s Little Grand Canyon.” Later arrive in the scenic town of Woodstock to visit the Billings Farm & Museum, a modern working dairy farm and museum of Vermont life in the 1890’s. This afternoon pass through quaint villages and mountain scenery before arriving in Burlington for a two night stay in the famous and historic Vermont mountain town. (B,D)

Day 5 - VERMONT SIGHTSEEING

Visit the Shelburne Museum, located in Vermont’s scenic Lake Champlain Valley & one of the nation’s finest, most diverse and unconventional museums of art and Americana. Later visit Cold Hollow Cider Mill, one of the largest apple cider mills in New England and known for their cold-pressed cider. Also visit the home of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, founded in 1978 in a renovated gas station. Enjoy a brief factory tour and a scoop of one of the creative flavors. Late afternoon return to your hotel for an evening at leisure. (B)

 

Day 6 - BURLINGTON - PORTLAND, MAINE

This morning Motorcoach along one of New England’s most popular scenic drives, the Kancamagus Highway. The drive connects North Conway with Lincoln and offers spectacular views of rushing rivers and covered bridges. Continue to Quechee Gorge, “Vermont’s Little Grand Canyon.” Later arrive in the scenic town of Woodstock to visit the Billings Farm & Museum, a modern working dairy farm and museum of Vermont life in the 1890’s. Later arrive in the Killington/Rutland area for a one night stay. (B)

 

Day 7 - PORTLAND

Today enjoy a scenic Casco Bay Cruise past lovely Victorian cottages on the shorelines of Little & Great Diamond Island. Then enjoy some leisure time in Old Port, Portland’s historic waterfront. Later visit the Portland Head Lighthouse & Museum in Cape Elizabeth, one of America’s oldest and most photographed. Tonight enjoy a Lobster Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers. (B,D)

 

Day 8 - PORTLAND - BOSTON - FLIGHT HOME

Travel to Boston & fly home filled with fond memories of New England’s Rails & Trails. (B)

 

†Land only rates do not include hotel transfers. Roundtrip air package includes hotel transfers.

 

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