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Maine, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia by Rail and Rental Car

We had opportunity for an 8-day trip beginning in Boston in the fall of this year, but absolutely no time to plan it. After perusing some Amtrak vacation information (because we are a fan of Amtrak), we decided that the customizable package offered by the Downeaster was perfect. It was incredibly easy, as Kristen arranged hotels, tours, transfers, train tickets and rental car for us. After reviewing the package, we made two minor modifications which were quickly handled. Documentation was complete and easy to follow. We had as much freedom to make our arrangements as we wished, and did so in Halifax. In Portland and Bar Harbor Maine, we chose to follow the Downeaster itinerary and couldn’t have done better on our own. So easy. No waiting in line for tickets, no concern about choosing tours, no need to research. For the most part the hotels were fine (really nice in some cases, regional best in others), and we never had any problem with check-in. We highly recommended Kristen and her travel agency. Our trip was one of the easiest we have ever had!

Betty A Warner
Kennett Square, PA, USA

Thank you!!

Thank you so much for making our day trip to Boston a success! Though we didn’t get back until late, our day was wonderful and convenient. Thank you for going out of your way to make it happen for us! Can’t wait to ride again, so much easier than driving and the kids loved it!

Tara Mynes
Wells, Maine


I have wanted to see Maine and fall colors for thirty years.
Having never been in this part of the U.S. I decided to let Kristen book my trip! She booked an amazing journey for me. I loved all three hotels and towns I visited! I saw Bar Harbor-loved Jorden’s restaurant-Camden-Mariners restaurant-and Portland-D’Milos however there are too many great restaurants to choose from in that city!
I was met by drivers..toured beautiful places and experienced the area through the eyes of passionate Mainers! I appreciate Kristen’s hard was a blissful trip! (I traveled alone and am a retired teacher just FYI )

Michelle Benjamin
Sonoma California

Trip to Nova Scotia

We vacationed to Nova Scotia for a long weekend Sept. 7 through the 10th. Our contact person was Kristen who was alway very helpful, patient and attentive. She planned our trip thoroughly and efficiently and never have we experienced such great communications which made our trip very pleasurable.

When we ran into a problem, which was weather related and the CAT was cancelled we tried calling the agency. I knew Kristen would not be there since it was on a Sunday. The owner Steve called us back immediately and was very helpful. We were refunded without question all the remaining schedule events. ( Hotel. tour, CAT coming back, Driver picking us back up in Maine etc.)

I needed to write this review as I highly recommend this outfit totally. We without a doubt use them again and would recommend them.

Thank you for your great customer service!

Reine Brigham
Alton Bay NH

Thank You!

Hi Kristen and Steve,

I wanted to send a note to thank you for your coordination services for our group trip to the Hip Hop Nutcracker. Things could not have gone smoother! Between the train, dinner, picking up tickets at the box office, and then stepping out of the theater and directly onto the bus to take us to the train—and with not so great weather!

We had a blast and talked about making it an annual thing…with probably a bigger group as all of our friends said that they want to join us next time! Thank you for your services. And here is a picture of most of our group on the train down.

Happy holidays & Thanks!

Kate H
Gorham, ME

Downeaster Holidays

Just wanted to say thank you for organising our holiday to Maine. The hotels were great and the people fantastic especially Norm the driver who went out of his way. What a wonderful piece of coastline.

Greg and Mariette
Queensland, Australia


Welcome to Kennebunkport, Maine

Jon and I were so pleased with every single minute of our Downeaster package!!

 You and your agency did a spectacular job putting together transportation, overnight accommodations, and everything in between.  Terri at 1802 House was marvelous and Hydie and Norm were fantastic!

 Thanks again for delivering our vouchers to Woburn—that was beyond the call of duty.

 We had a great trip and will pass the word to our South Carolina friends that they must add Downeaster Travel Packages to their “want” list.


 Jon and Cheryl

John and Cheryl Tuttle
Florence, SC

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip

We’ve been back home a week now and just returning to normal life back here in Australia.  We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and found all the accommodation great. All the drivers were fantastic and everything ran perfectly.  Thank you again for organising our holiday, We’re  more than happy to pass on your details to friends/ colleagues.
Tracey O
Brisbane, Australia

Extremely please with your service

Recently my friend and I took your Downeaster Package to Portland, Maine. I want to tell you how extremely pleased we were with your service. One phone call and all of our arrangements and tickets were taken care of. Thank you so much for all of your professional services and we will definitely travel with you in the future.

Alicia F.
Humarock, MA

Loved Boothbay

We had a nice time at the gardens and the driver Phil was great. We like the Boathouse Bistro very much. The seafood was delicious and our favorite was the lite clam chowder. We could see the beautiful view of the entire harbour:). We wish we have more time to check out the vicinity. Thanks for your great suggestions. We would like to come back to Boothbay in future and perhaps check out the clam bake at Cabbage Island. Thanks for your excellent service and we will contact you next time we visit Maine.

Susan Lee
Brookline, MA