Lighthouses, Islands and Rail & Sail

Lighthouses, Islands and Rail & Sail

Join Gunther Tours for a great coastal weekend get-away, full of fun and entertaining attractions on the Southern Seacoast of Connecticut!

Lighthouses, Islands and Rail & Sail

Featuring 1 Train & 3 Boat Rides!

Southern Seacoast Connecticut

(Maximum 45 Passengers)



  • Fully escorted Gunther Motor Coach transportation

  • 3 nights at Hampton Inn

  • 3 deluxe continental breakfasts

  • 3 dinners (including 1 Pizza Party)

  • 1 evening of live entertainment

  • Attractions and admissions per itinerary, including:

           - Olde Mistick Village

           - Thimble Islands Cruise

           - Essex Steam Train Ride

           - Connecticut River Riverboat Cruise

           - Submarine Force Library & Museum

           - USS Nautilus

           - Lights & Sights Boat Cruise

           - Goodspeed Opera House Show

  • Baggage handling (1) per person

  • Driver and Tour Manager Gratuities 

Day 1

Welcome Aboard! Settle back, relax and enjoy a leisurely drive to the Southern Seacoast of Connecticut for the start of a great weekend get-away! Upon our arrival in Mystic Connecticut, enjoy some leisure time at Olde Mistick Village, a recreated picturesque 18th-century New England town with small independent shops, boutiques, restaurants and much more. Later we are treated to a delicious dinner at a local restaurant before checking into the Hampton Inn for the next three nights.


Day 2

After a deluxe continental breakfast, we depart for Branford, Connecticut. Upon our arrival, we join the Captain and the crew of the "Sea Mist" for a delightful, 45-minute narrated cruise to the Thimble Islands. The archipelago of islands was actually hilltops before the last ice age. Called "the beautiful sea rocks," by the Mattabeseck Indians, the Thimble Islands are formed of pink granite rocks, ledges, and outcroppings, and are estimated to number between 100 and 365 depending on how you differentiate between an island and a rocky outcropping. First discovered in 1614 by Adrien Block, these islands were used for everything from farming to quarrying granite, from bootlegging to hiding Captain Kidd's treasure. Captain Kidd sailed here in 1665, and some people insist you can still feel his presence today. Today some of the wooded islands are topped with beautiful summer cottages built during the Victorian Era-complete with ginger bread trimmings. Following lunch on your own at the U.S.S. Chowder Pot, we depart for Essex, Connecticut for a 2-½ hour train and boat excursion. First, we board the Essex Steam Train for a ride through the picturesque countryside of the Connecticut River Valley. Next, we enjoy a "Becky Thatcher" riverboat cruise on the Connecticut River where we will pass the hilltop castle built by actor William Gillette and the Goodspeed Opera House. After returning to our hotel we are treated to a Pizza Party with salad and soft drinks before retiring for the night.

B, D

Day 3

After a deluxe continental breakfast, we depart for the Submarine Force Library & Museum in Groton, Connecticut. Enjoy some leisure time at the Submarine Force Museum, which is home to the nation's finest collections and displays of America's submarine artifacts, documents and photographs relating to the U.S. Submarine Force history. The USS Nautilus is berthed at the Submarine Force Library & Museum, and is the world's first operational nuclear-powered submarine and the first submarine to complete a submerged transit of the North Pole on August 3, 1958. Take a self-guided tour and experience first-hand the thrill of being a submariner as you walk the decks that made Naval history. Explore the spaces where the crew of this amazing ship worked, ate, slept, and entertained themselves on their long voyages far beneath the ocean's waves. Next, we depart for the Cross Sound Ferry Docks in New London, Connecticut where we will embark on a 2-hour narrated Lights & Sights Cruise. Gain a new perspective on the history of Southern New England and Long Island area when our cruise parallels the mainland coastline out of the New London Harbor, and we view historic waterfront communities, military installations and lighthouses. We will see aristocratic mansions with stylish waterfronts too. Some of the sights to be seen include: London's historic waterfront, once the third busiest whaling port in the world. Now home to the United States Coast Guard Academy, New London is the home port for the Coast Guard's tall ship, the Barque Eagle. See General Dynamic's Electric Boat Division. Also, see where the first nuclear powered submarine was built, and they continue to be built today . . . You might see one under construction, under repair, or underway. We view Fort Trumbull, which was built in 1777, and was attacked and captured by British forces under the command of the famed turncoat Benedict Arnold. Our cruise will also include making stops at different lighthouses, including the New London Harbor Light, the oldest lighthouse in Connecticut and the Long Beach Bar "Bug" Light - the pride of Long Island's East End Seaport Museum. Later, we return to our hotel where you will have time to sit, relax and freshen up before going out for dinner at a local restaurant and entertainment at the Goodspeed Opera House, the only musical theatre to receive two special Tony awards for its outstanding achievements! The Goodspeed Opera House is dedicated to revitalizing American Musicals. Past productions include: "Singin' in the Rain," "Hello, Dolly!," "Carousel," "Showboat" and "42nd Street!"

B, D

Day 4

After a deluxe continental breakfast settle back and enjoy a movie on our drive home, while reminiscing about a great coastal weekend get-away, full of maritime history, fun and entertaining attractions on the Southern Seacoast of Connecticut! Note: This tour has a maximum group size of 45 passengers!


B=Breakfast, D =Dinner

October 2-5, 2020 (Friday-Monday)




$839.00 Double/PP


$759.00 Triple/PP


$719.00 Quad/PP


$1,119.00 Single


Deposit:  $125.00/PP


Balance Due:  August 19, 2020 



                                Depart                 Return

Gunther                6:00 AM               4:45 PM

Carney                 6:45 AM               4:00 PM

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details Times
Carney Park & Ride Carney Park & Ride - 2980 Jomat Ave. Parkville, MD
Exit 31A (Harford Rd north) off Route 695
Gunther Charters Gunther's - 7443 Shipley Ave. Harmans, MD (GPS)
Lot C off of Shipley Ave.
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