Historic steam trains, railroads and museums. Roll through the Green Mountains of Vermont, climb the White Mountains of New Hampshire and then it’s full steam ahead along the rocky coast of Maine. Step back in time as you travel through small villages and mountain passes, past hillside farms and big red barns, Sit back, relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery.
Spring, Summer, Fall
6 Days/5 Nights
DAY 1 -
Arrive in Utica, NY in time to board the Adirondack Scenic Train at 9:30 am and travel from Utica to Thendara. Travel through remote forests, past sparkling rivers, over bridges, tranquil ponds and streams, into the magnificent beauty of the six million acre Adirondack Park. Become a witness of nature's beauty and look out for the many animals and birds along the routes.
Arrive in Thendara, board the coach and travel just a short distance to Old Forge, NY. Visit the charming shops and have lunch on your own.
After lunch, board the coach and travel through the Adirondack Mountains and along the shores of Lake Champlain to Burlington, Vermont. Check into your hotel for a one-night stay.
Gather for an included dinner served at an historic restaurant adjacent to the hotel.
DAY 2 -
Check out of the hotel after breakfast. Board the coach and travel a short distance into downtown Burlington.
Board the 434-passenger Spirit of Ethan Allen III at 10:00 am for a 1 1/2 hour narrated scenic cruise. During the captain’s narration, learn of the region’s rich history, discover unique geologic formations and search for Champ, the lake’s friendly monster.
Disembark the boat, board the coach and travel into the Green Mountains to the renowned Trapp Family Lodge. The “Sound of Music” resonates as you arrive at this magnificent lodge, owned and operated by the von Trapp family. Dine on a lavish luncheon buffet and take time to enjoy the mountain views and fall splendor with a stroll around the property after lunch.
Stop at the Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory for a tour and a taste of Vermont’s finest Ice Cream. Learn of the fascinating start of this iconic business.
Visit Morse Farm Sugarworks. Watch how real maple sugar is made from the trees to the finished product, on a traditional Vermont maple sugar farm. You will tour the sugarhouse, sample maple syrup and visit the largest and most unique maple, crafts and mail order shop in the area. A traditional “sugar on snow party” will sweetly end your tour.
Travel through the Green Mountains and into North Woodstock, New Hampshire. Board the Café Lafayette Dinner Train for a scenic train ride and 5-course meal. This train is recognized as one of the nation’s premier dinner trains. Discover a unique dining experience beyond your expectations.
After the train ride, board the coach and travel to Gilford, NH. Check into your hotel for a two-night stay.
DAY 3 -
After breakfast in the hotel, travel north to Squam Lake. Covering 6,791 acres, Squam is the second-largest lake located entirely in New Hampshire and is where the 1981 movie On Golden Pond was filmed. Board a canopied pontoon boat and sail off on a fascinating and picturesque 50-minute cruise and learn about the natural forces that created these lakes, the wildlife that makes them so special and the people who have enjoyed these lakes for over 5,000 years.
After the cruise, travel through the White Mountain National Park along the Kancamagus Highway. Well known as one of the best fall foliage-viewing areas in the country, the Kancamagus Highway is now designated an American Scenic Byway for its rich history, aesthetic beauty and culture. The Kanc takes you to an elevation of just under 3,000 feet at its highest point at Kancamagus Pass. There will be time for a photo op along the way.
Arrive in North Conway and have lunch on your own. After lunch, board the Conway Scenic Train. Enjoy an old-fashioned railroading experience as they journey on historic rail routes in vintage passenger cars, most of which are from the 1920’s.
Travel back to your hotel to relax and refresh before dinner. Dinner is served at Hart’s Turkey Farm, where the hearty, Yankee fare is surpassed only by the warm hospitality and fine service.
DAY 4 -
Check out of the hotel after breakfast and head “Downeast” to the coast of Maine. Arrive in Kennebunk at the Seashore Trolley Museum, the premier electric railway museum in the world. Seashore Trolley Museum’s exhibits in the Visitor Center, and throughout the 330-acre campus, offer a living history of public transportation with an emphasis on the origin and development of the transit industry and its contributions to modern society.
Today, the collection contains over 250 transit vehicles, most of them trolleys, from all over the United States, Canada, and many other countries. This is the oldest, and largest electric railway museum in the world. Enjoy a trolley ride on an authentically restored streetcar through the Maine countryside, aboard a streetcar for a 30-minute ride back to yesteryear.
Enjoy time to explore the charming seaside Town of Kennebunkport. Visit the shops and boutiques and have lunch on your own.
Travel south along the Atlantic shoreline and into cranberry country for a tour of a local cranberry bog. Learn about the history, harvest and commerce of cranberries and enjoy a delicious cranberry treat.
Continue on to Waterbury, CT and check into your hotel. Gather for an included dinner served at a restaurant near the hotel.
DAY 5 -
After breakfast in the hotel, pack your bags, board the coach and depart. Travel a short distance to Thomaston. Arrive at the Railroad Museum of New England and the Naugatuck Railroad. At the museum, learn of the region’s rich railroad heritage through the educational exhibits and operation of the Naugatuck Railroad. The museum concept is more than artifacts, as it is also a story of the region and the development of society around the railroad. From steam and diesel locomotives, to passenger cars, freight cars, and cabooses, our collection spans a variety of eras. Enjoy the train ride and time to explore the exhibits.
Arrive in New Haven, CT for an included lunch at Louis’ Lunch, home of the American Hamburger Sandwich. The beginnings of the hamburger sandwich as we all know it today was really quite simple. One day in 1900, a gentleman hurriedly walked into Louis' Lunch and told proprietor Louis Lassen he was in a rush and wanted something he could eat on the run. In an instant, Louis placed his own blend of ground steak trimmings between two slices of toast and sent the gentleman on his way. And so, the most recognizable American sandwich was born.
After lunch, drive by the campus of Yale University before you depart for Lancaster, PA.
Arrive at your historic, downtown hotel late afternoon. Gather for an included dinner served at a restaurant near the hotel.
DAY 6 -
Check out of the hotel after breakfast. Join a local guide and travel into the Amish Country where you will be escorted on a fascinating, two-hour tour back in time. See picturesque countryside and farmland, pass buggies, cross one of the area’s two covered bridges and learn about the Amish lifestyle. Visit an Amish Quilt Shop and Craft Shop located right on an Amish farm. Meet the Amish in person, as you browse through a colorful array of exquisite handmade quilts and unique country crafts. Your tour also includes a Country Surprise, awaiting you along the way!
You will be guests of an Amish Family for an early lunch. Our friend Lydia invites you into her home to enjoy a scrumptious meal prepared by her and her family. Everyone in Lydia’s family, regardless of age or size, works to prepare the most delicious food created with homegrown ingredients, from the vegetables to the meat to the freshly brewed mint tea. Take home some of her homemade jams, jellies, pickles or bread to enjoy later.
Begin your travels home after lunch.
Your package includes:
5 Nights accommodations
3 Lunches (including lunch at the renowned Trapp Family Lodge)
5 Dinners (including the Lafayette Dinner Train)
Scenic ride on the Adirondack Railroad
Lake Champlain Cruise
Tour and taste at Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory
Visit to Morse Farm Sugarworks
Scenic ride and dinner on the Lafayette Dinner Train
Cruise on Squam Lake
Travel on the Kancamangus Highway
Ride on the Conway Scenic Rail
Admission to the Seashore Trolley Museum
Time to explore Dock Square in Kennebunkport
Tour of a cranberry bog
Admission to the Railroad Museum of New England and the Naugatuck Railroad
Driving tour of Amish country led by a local guide
Baggage handling for one piece of luggage per traveler
Accommodations and breakfasts for the coach driver
Taxes and Gratuities (Note: Gratuities for the coach driver and local guide are not included)