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Northeast: Train journey accents fall colors in Quebec and Vermont

Train journeys from New York City to Montreal, Quebec and Vermont make leaf-peeping a snap.

Fall colors are reason enough to take a mid-October tour to eastern Canada and Vermont, and traveling in a private rail car makes it even more interesting.

Uncommon Journeys offers an eight-day Fall Colors in Quebec & Vermont tour that begins with a ride in a restored club car on the Canadian Pacific Railway. Wide windows offer nonstop views of changing leaves from New York City north through the Hudson River Valley, the Adirondack Mountains and Lake Champlain. Afternoon tea is served when the train passes the lake on the way to Montreal.

The tour spends three nights in Montreal and an overnight in Quebec City before heading out on another train ride for more leaf-peeping opportunities in Vermont. Highlights in Burlington and other town include visits to Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream factory, the Von Trapp home (the family made famous in movie "The Sound of Music,"), cider mills and the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory.

When: The tour is Oct. 14-21.

Price: $2,895 a person; double occupancy $3,695 for solo travelers. It includes train travel, hotel stays, sightseeing tours of Montreal and Quebec City, some meals and guide. Airfare to and from New York City is extra.

Info: Fall Colors in Quebec & Vermont, Uncommon Journeys, (800) 323-5893

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