Maine – October 12th – 17th 2019

From the iconic lighthouses perched along sparkling bays to Portland’s cobblestone streets boasting award-winning restaurants, a visit represents a true, authentic experience where the sights, sounds and tastes are sea-infused and historically rich. The Pine Tree State is famous for lobster and harvests most of the lobster in the U.S. Did you know Maine has 3,478 miles of coastline? That is more than California!

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Day 1 – Saturday October 12th – Home to Portland, Maine
Welcome to Portland, Maine and our home for the next two nights the Westin Harborview, located in the heart of downtown. Portland is a historic seacoast town with a funky vibe, working waterfront, and hundreds of one-of-a-kind shops. The Westin Harborview (D)

Day 2 – Sunday October 13th – Portland – Local Touring  
Meet our wonderful step on guide. He will first introduce us to the city including the Portland Observatory, Fort Allen Park, Longfellow Square, The Victoria Mansion, and the vibrant Arts District. After making our way through the city known for its contemporary flair, sit back and relax as we make our way to Fort Williams Park, home of Portland Head Light. Enjoy some free time to take in Maine’s oldest, and North America’s, most photographed lighthouse. We’ll make our way back downtown and hear more about what has shaped the small city into one of the most historical and unique cities in the nation! You’ll have some free time for lunch and shopping in the historic downtown before our next adventure, a lighthouse lovers cruise… Experience the iconic lighthouses and sights of Portland Harbor and the picturesque waterway known as Diamond Pass. We’ll first explore the bustling inner harbor and main shipping channel to get close up views of Civil War era fortifications and the lighthouses that have guided mariners into Portland Harbor for over a century- including a close-up view of Maine’s oldest and most photographed lighthouse, Portland Head Light! As we weave our way among the islands, we enter Diamond Pass long considered to be the “gateway to the Calendar Islands”. Cruise past the villages and Victorian cottages on the islands and get a glimpse into island life. Next, we’ll head to Len Libby’s Chocolate Shop for a treat and to meet the world’s only life size chocolate Moose before some free time and a wonderful dinner. The Westin Harborview (B, D)

Day 3 – Monday October 14th – Portland to Bar Harbor
Our first stop today is Bath Iron Works… Experience Maine’s rich seafaring history on the banks of the Kennebec River at Maine Maritime Museum. From watercraft and lobstering, to shipbuilding and sea trade, you’ll hear stories about dangerous voyages to distant lands, see how a shipbuilder’s family lived in the 1890’s, smell the sawdust from historic ship timbers, and discover the wonders and mysteries of Maine’s maritime culture. You’ll have some free time for lunch and to explore Boothbay Harbor “the soul of the coast,” before we head to Bar Harbor, our home for the next two nights. Atlantic Oceanside Hotel (B, D)

Day 4 – Tuesday October 15th – Acadia National Park
Today we’ll explore stunning terrain and diverse wildlife of beautiful Acadia National Park in our private trolley. Acadia is the oldest national park east of the Mississippi. Quiet trails lead to serene ponds fringed with blueberry bushes, lobster boats chug to tiny islands, and rocky coastline gives way to glorious balsam forest. Our driver/guide will teach us about the area’s rich history, from discovery in 1604 to the great fire of 1947. Enjoy spectacular scenery including Paradise Hill, Frenchman Bay, and the summit of Cadillac Mountain. Experience the biggest attractions of Acadia National Park, including Cadillac Mountain, the Jordan Pond Area, Wild Gardens of Acadia, the Nature Center of Acadia, Thunder Hole on Ocean Drive, Sand Beach, and Otter Cliffs. We’ll make our way back to the hotel and Bar Harbor where your evening is free to explore this quaint town on your own. Atlantic Oceanside Hotel (B, L)

Day 5 – Wednesday October 16th – Bar Harbor to Camden
After breakfast we’ll head to the crown jewel of coastal Maine… The Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory is offering spectacular 360-degree views of the Penobscot River and Bay, the Maine countryside, and the distant western mountains. Engineering and transportation geeks are fascinated by the award-winning and innovative design. Next, we’ll take in Fort Knox… During the country’s infancy, Maine was repeatedly involved in northeast border disputes with British Canada. In fact, the area between Castine and the rich lumber city of Bangor was invaded and occupied by the British during the American Revolution and the War of 1812. Fort Knox was established in 1844 to protect the Penobscot River Valley against a possible future British naval incursion. The fort was designed by Chief Engineer Joseph Totten and construction from 1844 – 1869. The fort was named for Major General Henry Knox, America’s first Secretary of War, who was born in Boston but retired to Thomaston, Maine in 1796. Our home for the night is the River House Inn in Camden… you’ll have some free time to explore or rest up before our wonderful farewell Lobster dinner. River House Inn Camden (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Thursday October 17th – Camden to Home
We’ll make our way home today, but the fun isn’t over… first stop the Maine State Museum… it shows the best of Maine – all under one roof. From beautiful nature scenes with live trout, to a dramatic three-story working mill, to objects created by Maine’s earliest people, the museum’s exhibits offer something for everyone. We’ll head to the airport with grand memories of beautiful Maine. (B)

$3,268 Double  $3,794 Single

A $100 per person deposit will hold space; balance is due by July 11th, 2019