2022 New England Fall Colors by Rail

Portland, Maine

9 reviews
Sep 29 - Oct 6, 2022
Group size: 20 - 40
2022 New England Fall Colors by Rail
Portland, Maine

9 reviews

Sep 29 - Oct 6, 2022
Group size: 20 - 40

About this trip

Spend the colorful fall season exploring the best of New England's scenic, narrow gauge & cog railways and museums - with Trains magazine!

What’s included

  • 7 Nights Hotel
    2 Nights Portland Hilton Downtown Waterfront, 1 Night Lake Opechee Inn and Spa, 2 Nights Indian Head Lincoln, 1 Night Camden Harbour Inn, 1 Night Hyatt Portland Downtown
  • 2 Meals Daily
    Breakfast and either lunch of dinner on full tour days
  • Boat Cruise Dinner
    On the Opening NIght
  • 1 Breakfast
    On the morning of departure
  • Maine Narrow Gauge
    Charter with photo runby
  • Seashore Trolley Museum
    Tour and Trolley Ride
  • Hobo & Winnipesaukee RR
    Fall Foliage Special & Turkey Dinner Train
  • Mt Washington Cog
    Shop Tour & Steam Train Ride
  • WWF Railroad
    Wiscasset Waterville & Farmington Railway shop tour and rail charter with photo runby
  • Belfast & Moosehead
    Train Ride
  • Boothbay Rail Village
    With a Shop Tour
  • Cafe Laffayette
    A DInner Train on the Hobo Railroad, named a top 4 dinner train in the world by Wall Street Journal
  • Lobster Bake Dinner
    At Boothbay Rail Village
  • Pre-Tour Transportation
  • Additional Alcohol
  • Personal Items
    Purchases of a personal nature

Available Packages

Double Occupancy
30 left
Deposit: $500
Single Occupancy
10 left
Deposit: $500

Available options

Portland Downtown Hilton on 9/28
Hyatt Portland Downtown


Day 1
Arrive in Portland-Welcome Dinner on the Water

Arrive in Portland and get settled at the hotel. We will provide shuttles on this day from the Portland airport and railway station to the hotel.

In the evening we will enjoy our welcome dinner on a boat ride through the harbor.

Your Organizer

Special Interest Tours
9 reviews
Joined in June 2021
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We had a most memorable experience, with interesting train excursions, expert narration on the bus, plenty of food and very good accommodations. Fall foliage was great in many places, and snow on Mt Washington not a surprise to us. Hannah and Angeli were terrific hosts, with attention to details to keep us happy!
By Richard C for 2021 New England Fall Colors by Rail on 18 Oct, 2021
Of fourteen rail rides over ten days, only five or six were worthy of attention. The rest were a waste if time. Food at welcome and farewell dinners was disappointing, Four of the eight included bagged breakfasts featured poorly prepared, unappetizing breakfast sandwiches. Lunches and dinners were primarily chicken or turkey with few, if any, options. Accommodations varied. Four were excellent, but two were definitely marginal. We have taken more than a dozen organized tours with various companies, including two with SIT. This was by far the most poorly organized. I would give them a D for this trip.
By Jeremy M for 2021 New England Fall Colors by Rail on 18 Oct, 2021
This trip needed a leader. While Anjali and Hannah were present, they allowed Dave from Trains to give travel information to the group which was often contradictory to the final outcome. You are in charge, Anjali, please present that way. Communication and direction were poor. For example, the breakfast location in Bar Harbor was not communicated to the group and was challenging for some people to attend. Some were unaware of the direction to leave bags outside the door of the same hotel. Multiple times the group was asked to wear their masks in the bus, but it was not enforced. I would estimate a minimum of 75% of the people on the bus were over 65 and many with compromised immune systems requiring the enforcement of masks. I was uncomfortable with alcohol being consumed on the bus. As a result of this trip, I cannot give a positive referral to friends regarding Specialty Interest Tours and I will not use them again.
By Steven E for 2021 New England Fall Colors by Rail on 12 Oct, 2021
We had a good time spite the weather. Definitely an experience especially on the Mt. Washington Cog Railway where it was a snow blizzard.!!! Great food and great accommodations. I'm amazed that Special Interest was able to organize this trip with all the problems that Covid 19 caused, especially with the hotels and restaurant staff shortages. Always enjoy our trips with Special Interest Tours. This was our 5th one and we are anxiously waiting to see what they have planned next.
By Jerry M for 2021 New England Fall Colors by Rail on 09 Oct, 2021
It was a comfortable and fun trip; I loved the private car experience. The dome car was especially comfortable and had such great views.
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