Roaming Coastal Maine Featuring Portland, Acadia And Penobscot Bay
Portland, Boothbay Harbor, Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, Lincolnville, Camden, Southport
This is Maine, where rocky shores, infinite nature, and endless lobster forge a coastal New England classic. Dig in to local delicacies with an oyster shucking lesson and tasting. Immerse yourself in dramatic nature at Acadia National Park. See how lobster traps are retrieved from the ocean. Admire the picturesque Portland Head Light, Maine's oldest lighthouse. Take part in a vintage wine tasting at Cellardoor Winery. Enjoy free time in the vibrant city of Portland. Towering mountains, delectable cuisine, and bustling harbors await you in this maritime treasure.
Day 1 - Portland, Maine - Tour Begins
Welcome to Maine, a "Vacationland" of intricate coastlines and all-encompassing natural beauty that serves as the perfect getaway. From charming towns and scenic ocean overlooks to oyster shucking and lobster hauling, experience the best of this New England retreat. Tonight, connect with your new travel companions and prepare for the start of an unforgettable sojourn.
Day 2 - Portland
Discover the essence of this vibrant harbor city by means of a true New England classic – a trolley. From the opulent Victoria Mansion to the hum of the Old Port, your guide will introduce you to Portland's hidden gems. Trade in the charming streets of the city for the rugged coastline, stopping at the picturesque Portland Head Light. Get a chance to delve into the culture of Portland with free time to explore this seafaring city on your own.
Day 3 - Portland - Boothbay Harbor - Bar Harbor
Head north to Boothbay Harbor, the maritime haven that is home to little shops, picture-perfect boats, and local artists. Enter the natural wonderland of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, nearly 300 acres of grassy fields and woodland trails overflowing with floral hues. Your scenic journey continues with a stop at a lobster shack to indulge in a Maine lobster roll.* Later, arrive in Bar Harbor, an iconic vacation spot featuring rich blue waters and home to Acadia National Park. With an evening at leisure, explore the bustling downtown, full of cozy cafes and indulgent ice cream shops just steps from your hotel.
*The lobster shack lunch is seasonal and may be replaced on departures prior to late May and after September 30.
Day 4 - Bar Harbor - Acadia National Park - Bar Harbor
This is Acadia National Park. Breathe in the crisp, fresh air and allow the nature around you to captivate your senses. Choose how to explore Acadia because today, it's your choice! Admire the striking mountains, towering forests, and rocky shorelines as you drive scenic Park Loop Road with a local guide -OR- traverse Acadia's winding pathways on a guided bicycle tour of the famous Carriage Roads. Then, dive into the cuisine and culture of Maine when you join a local lobsterman on a lobster boat. See how lobster traps are retrieved from the ocean and watch the cages get pulled to the surface.
Day 5 - Bar Harbor - Lincolnville - Camden - Southport
Your trek along the coast continues in Lincolnville, where you'll soak in the rustic appeal of Cellardoor Winery's 200-year-old barn and sip the local wines – a rarity in the New England climate of the "Pine Tree State." Head to Camden for some time at leisure, giving you the perfect opportunity to explore this quintessential Maine town. Later, arrive at the oceanfront Ocean Gate Resort in Southport, your home for the next two nights. Enjoy an evening at leisure.
Day 6 - Southport - Damariscotta - Southport
Welcome to the Damariscotta region, a stunning peninsula full of fresh seafood straight out of the water. Get an intimate look at a working oyster farm on the Damariscotta River and learn how to dig into these local delicacies with an oyster shucking lesson. Then, it's your choice! Cruise through a collection of 150 antique automobiles at Owl's Head Transportation Museum, containing vintage aircraft, motorcycles, bicycles, and more -OR- meander through the vast selection of American artists at the Farnsworth Museum of Art, home to over 15,000 works. Tonight, toast to the end of your seaside sojourn and bid Maine farewell over dinner.
Day 7 - Southport - Portland - Tour Ends
Your tour of coastal Maine comes to a close today.
double occupancy, land only, based on June 13, 2021 travel date.
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