10 ways to enjoy fall colors -- by land and sea

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Fall is about to color foliage a zillion shades of yellow, red and orange. Here are 10 options for leaf peepers who want to enjoy autumn panoramas --some of the programs are by land and others by sea.

BY LAND

Bike Escapades -- You can bike amidst the colors of autumn past horse and cattle farms on country roads and visit historic houses and make stops in such towns as Rhinebeck, Germantown and Millerton during a cycling trip in New York's Hudson Valley with Bike Escapades. There are two options including an eight-day trip ($2,050) that offers seven nights' lodging in country inns and bed and breakfasts, five dinners, all breakfasts, one picnic lunch and snacks along the way, entrance fees for Hyde Park, the home of FDR, and Olana, the home of Frederick Church. The tour, for cyclists of intermediate and advanced levels covers an average of 25 to 45 miles each day (with longer and shorter options available). Departure is Oct. 9. For details, visit www.bikeescapades.com.

Caravan Tours -- For those wanting to see the leaves turn in New England Caravan Tours is featuring a New England Fall Colors program visiting all six New England states. Highlights include Boston, Plymouth Rock, Hyannis (the site of President John F. Kennedy summer White House), Martha's Vineyard, Mass.; the Vanderbilt "summer cottage" in Newport, R.I.; the seaport of Mystic, Conn.; the Green Mountains of Vermont; the White Mountains of New Hampshire and Portland, Maine. Among the departures scheduled is one for Oct. 16 priced from $1,095. Visit www.caravan.com.

Country Walkers -- Prefer walking? This company features a Vermont Fall Foliage program with departures in September and October. Priced from $2,398 per person, double, the six-day program is highlighted by the Robert Frost Trail and heritage, Mount Mansfield Ridgeline (Vermont's highest point) and such treats as tasting apple cider and cheddar cheese. Lodging is at country inns. Walk rating is easy to moderate (two to six miles per day). For information, visit www.countrywalkers.com.

Tauck -- One of Tauck's offerings is an 11-day Grand Autumn New England with departures in September and October and priced from $3,470. The tour begins in Boston and visits such sites as Salem, Mass.; the coast of Maine at Boothbay Harbor; the White Mountains of New Hampshire; the Green Mountains of Vermont; Lake Placid; and Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Visit www.tauck.com.

BY SEA

Carnival Cruise Line -- The Carnival Triumph is featuring New England/Canada sailings roundtrip from New York priced from $624 per person, double. Ports of call include Boston, Mass.; Portland, Maine; St. John, New Brunswick; Halifax, Nova Scotia. Departures are on Oct. 3 and 10. Visit www.carnival.com.

Celebrity Cruises -- Among the Celebrity New England/Canada sailings this fall is a 13-night voyage on the Celebrity Constellation roundtrip from Cape Liberty, Bayonne, N.J. to Boston, Mass.; Portland and Bar Harbor, Maine; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Quebec City, Quebec; and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Fares start at $1,149 per person, double. Visit www.celebritycruises.com.

Crystal Cruises -- This line offers several New England/Canada itineraries including seven-day Boston to Montreal (and vice versa) voyages aboard the Crystal Symphony with departures in October at the peak of the fall foliage season. Fares start at $2,575 per person, double. Visit www.cyrstalcruises.com.

Holland America Line -- Holland America offers a variety of sailings to New England and Canada. Among them: the Maasdam sets sail from Boston, Massachusetts on a seven-day Canada & New England Voyage on Oct. 3. Ports of call include Bar Harbor, Maine; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; Quebec City, Quebec, and Montreal. Fares start at $899 per person, double. Visit www.hollandamerica.com.

Princess Cruises -- Princess Cruises sails roundtrip from the Big Apple to ports in New England and Canada this fall. One option is the Caribbean Princess seven-day cruises visiting Newport, R.I.; Boston, Mass.; Bar Harbor, Maine; Saint John, New Brunswick; and Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Oct. 3 departure is priced from $849 per person, double; Oct. 10 and 17 departures, from $1.095. Visit www.princess.com.

Royal Caribbean International -- Among the choices aboard Royal Caribbean ships is an Oct. 4 cruise on the Jewel of the Seas from Boston to Rockland and Bar Harbor, Maine; St. John, New Brunswick; and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Fares start at $819. Visit www.royalcaribbean.com.

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