New England's Scenic Rails

Small States by the Sea

  • 8 Days | 13 Meals
  • Sep 11 - Sep 18
  • $2,779

Featuring visits to US “small states” Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Are one of these states on your bucket list?

New England's Scenic Rails

Find the beauty of fall on the Atlantic Coast

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Sep 19 - Sep 25, 2022
7 days | 6 nights

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
Take a flight from St. Louis and enjoy 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

Dates:

  • Departure Date: September 19, 2022
  • Return Date: September 25, 2022


Pricing:

  • Double: $2747
  • Triple/Quad: $2617
  • Single: $3225

*Per person rates

*Price includes roundtrip airfare from STL, MCI, and IND

Average Temperatures:

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.

Luggage

Orange luggage tags are provided and are to be placed on your “checked luggage” (large bag). You do not need a tag for your carry-on bag, for which you will be responsible for taking on and off the coach. There is limited space in the cabin of the coach, so unless you require your carryon bag while traveling, we will stow it in the luggage compartment.

On the first and last nights of this tour, you are welcome to pack your carryon bag with essentials that would enable us to leave your “checked bag” on the coach. This will facilitate faster check-in and luggage delivery. This is not a requirement, merely a suggestion; we will deliver your “checked bag” to your room on the first and last nights if you desire, just like every other night of the tour.

Important Information:

New reservations will require a $250 per person deposit unless otherwise noted. As always, your deposit is still fully refundable for any reason until final payment. We are happy to accept cash, check (preferred) or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover) for your deposit.

Throughout 2021 we limited capacity on all our tours. This policy was so overwhelmingly popular by Sunrise travelers, we have made it permanent. In 2022 and beyond, we will limit the capacity on our motorcoaches to 80%. Most Sunrise Tours travel on 50-seat coaches with extra legroom, which means guests will enjoy extra legroom AND at least 6-8 empty seats. In the rare cases when we charter a 55-seat coach, there will be at least 10 open seats on the bus.

Our popular on-board refreshment service on travel days will feature a variety of soda, beer, wine spritzers, juices and sparkling water choices served in recyclable aluminum cans. This is a safe and eco-conscious way for us to deliver the ever-popular Sunrise Tours “happy hour” on tour. We do not typically serve bottled water and ask that while on tour you be responsible for your own hydration and consider the Sunrise Tours drink service a welcome refreshment.

Terms and Conditions:

Please refer to our policies HERE for more information on our terms and conditions.

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