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 Find Scenic Beauty along the Rails from the Mountains and Lakes to the Atlantic Coast!
 
This thrilling rail adventure travels incredibly scenic routes up the Atlantic coast and through forests and mountains of northern New England.  Whether in summer or Fall foliage, you'll find stunning views and local color everywhere as you ride six different trains through Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine--from an oceanside narrow-guage train route and charming trolley ride to the world's first mountain-climbing cog rail that takes you more than a mile high.  You'll also head into the White Mountain National Forest with an experienced moose-spotter, sail out onto the Atlantic with a working lobster bat captain, and enjoy classic mountain and waterfront resorts. 
 
Days 1 & 2 - SCENIC DRIVE TO NEW ENGLAND
 Depart Bradford, Illinois for New England, over the next two days, we'll travel through Ohio, Pennsylvania and into Massachusetts taking in the scenery around us.  2 Breakfasts, D
 
Day 3 - WELCOME TO BOSTON, THE HEART OF NEW ENGLAND 
A short drive this morning brings us to Boston, the center of New England.  From the Old North Church and the home of Paul Revere to Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall and Old State House, we'll spend the afternoon learning more of Boston's history and seeing the famous sights you've heard about.  Later, join your Discoveries Director for a Welcome Dinner at the hotel. B,D 
 
Day 4 - DOWNEASTER/LOBSTER BOAT/SEASHORE TROLLEY MUSEUM 
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, board a fully restored 1963 oak-planked lobster-style boat for a tour of the Kennebunk River and the beautiful Atlantic coastline.  Captain Bob will share the regulations, techniques, lore and art of catching lobster.  Cap the day off with a trolley ride at the Seashore Trolley Museum, the world's oldest and largest museum of mass transit vehicles.  B, L
 
Day 5 - MAINE NARROW GAUGE/FLOATING RESTAURANT
Start today with a relaxed ride on the panoramic Maine Narrow Gauge RR, which preserves a unique coastal stretch of two foot gauge track.  Have a camera ready as the route runs just feet from the Atlantic and Portland's scenic park system.  Enjoy a lobster lunch at DiMillo's, a former car ferry turned floating restaurant, known for outstanding food and harbor views.  Next, we head north into the picturesque Appalachian Mountains to enjoy free time at the stunning Sunday River Resort.  B, L
 
Day 6 - MT WASHINGTON HOTEL/MOUNTAIN COG RAIL 
The morning begins with a scenic drive through New Hampshire's quaint northern lakes region.  Next, explore the grand Mt. Washington Hotel, followed by a delicious luncheon in it's elegant dining room.  The day's highlight is a 3.5 hr. round-trip ride on the historic Mt. Washington Cog Railroad, the world's first mountain-climbing cog train.  In just 3 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.  Then unpack and enjoy two nights at the picturesque Indian Head Resort in Lincoln, New Hampshire ... it's situated on 180 acres of scenic splendor in the heart of the White Mountains.  There is plenty to do here, including a walk up to the top of an observation tower...and easy-to-navigate rails around the beautiful mill pond.  Indian Head has been entertaining travelers for nearly a century! B, L, D
 
Day 7 - WINNIPESAUKEE RR
An all-day adventure includes a 5-hour, round-trip "Fall Foliage Special" excursion on the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad.  You will simply be amazed at the brilliant yellows and reds as the train passes small lakes and streams, while crossing over Ashland Summit. B,D 
 
Day 8 - THE KANC'/CONWAY SCENIC RR
This morning, explore New Hampshire's famed White Mountains and the Kancamagus Highway, renowned among New Englanders as one of the region's most pristine scenic drives.  Witness the splendor of the National Forest as you cross the 2,800-ft. Kancamagus Pass, aka "The Kanc", before dropping into a stunning, deep valley.  The rest of the day is spent aboard a round-trip ride on 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--enroute to Crawford station.  You will also enjoy a special meal in the train's historic dining car. B, L
 
Day 9 - CASTLE IN THE CLOUDS 
This morning, enjoy a tour of Castle in the Clouds, explore the recently renovated mansion, overlooks and surrounding grounds.  You'll also have time to visit the gift shop, carriage house, and exhibit gallery.  Then we begin our journey towards home with an overnight near Albany, NY. B 
 
Day 10 & 11 - FAREWELL TO NEW ENGLAND 
 At last, we must say farewell to colorful New England and return home.  We'll make stops in New York and Ohio before returning to Illinois! 2 Breakfasts
 
 
QUALITY ACCOMMODATIONS 
Night 1:  Hampton Inn, Youngstown, OH
Night 2:  Courtyard by Marriott, Manchester, CT
Night 3:  Four Points by Sheraton, Rever, MA
Night 4:  Best Western Merry Manor Inn, Portland, ME
Night 5:  Sunday River Resort, Newry, ME
Nights 6 & 7:  Indian Head Resort, Lincoln, NH
Night 8:  Holidy Inn Express, North Conway, NH
Night 9:  Holiday Inn Express, Latham, NY
Night 10:  Fairfield Inn & Suites, Sandusky, OH 
 
 
$2,795 per person based on Double Occupancy
$3,270 per person based on Single Occupancy 
$2,655 per person based on Triple Occupancy 
 

Deposit/Cancellation Policy/Eligibility & Mobility

DEPOSIT:  A $500 per person non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your reservation.  Your deposit will be credited against your final payment.

 

TRAVEL PRICES:   All travel prices are subject to revision in the event of a fluctuation in tariff, curreny rates, or other factors beyond our control.  Every effort has been made to publish accurate pricing.  We reserve the right to correct errors.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY:  In the event you need to cancel your reservation, we must receive your cancellation notice in writing, and it will become effective only when received by Crossroads Bus Charters & CTD.  Refunds will be processed within 15 business days upon receipt of written cancellation.  he cancellation fee per person will be determined by the number of days remeaining until your tour departure date and are as follows:

45 or more days: $500

44-15 days:          25% of tour price 

14-8 days:     50% of tour price

7days or less:        No refund

 

INSURANCE IS STRONGLY ADVISED.  SEE OUR TRAVELEX LINK ON THE HOME PAGE. 

 

ELIGIBILITY & MOBILITY 

 To fully enjoy your travel experience, you should be in good physical and mental health.  If you have any physical or mental limitations, please advise us of your situation when making your reservation.  Travelers who require assistance must be accompanied by an able companion who will provide all necessary assistance, and may not be able to participate in all stops  To be fair to all travelers, we reserve the right to decline or remove anyone whose health or behavior impacts the safety, welfare or enjoyment of the group.  Please be aware that there are times when a good deal of walking is involved in our tours.  Those who have difficulty walking should consult with their doctors before deciding to travel.  Due to the nature of our tours, we are unable to accomodate travelers using mobiity devices.