4
Introductory to Moderate

Traveler Rating

 

Activities
  • 7 days self-guided cycling
Accommodation
  • 6 nights hotels/inns

Price

7 daysfrom

$1995USD

Overview

Trip code: CCM

Trip highlights


  • Sweeping vistas along Maine’s spectacular coastline
  • Explore historic towns such as Bar Harbor and the Jewel of the Coast
  • Indulge in Maine’s local specialties
  • Cycle Acadia National park on rustic carriage roads

Explore charming towns and beautiful coastal villages on this 7-day self-guided cycling adventure along the coast of Maine. Your journey features postcard sceneries, from stunning bays and hidden coves to the unique Acadia National Park. The shoreline is dressed up with sixty-five lighthouses offering picturesque vistas and novel stories. Immerse yourself in the historic landmark that inspired Andrew Wyeth for its masterpiece, marvel at the exquisitely renovated Victorian opera house, spend time in the art galleries and enjoy the cultural vibe as you cycle into Belfast. A holiday on the coast wouldn’t be complete without sampling delicacies on the menu: lobster, smoked salmon, fresh blueberries and the local favourite whoopee pies, a mini chocolate cake sandwich in a cookie form.


Itinerary

You will be picked up at 8 am at your Portland hotel and get your bikes fitted. A briefing on the cycling journey ahead will be conducted as we travel to the start of your trip. Once you arrived in Waldoboro, you say farewell to your driver and begin cycling on quiet roads leading you to the Olson House, a national historic landmark. Andrew Wyeth thought of the Olson House as symbols of New England and Maine, the artist was inspired by this place for the famous painting “Christina’s World”, currently displayed at the MOMA. We recommend taking the time to visit the recently renovated farmhouse for a walk through history. Your journey then takes you to the seaside, where you will settle in a cozy inn overlooking the water, a great place to rest after the first day of cycling. Elevation gain 2003 ft

Meals:  Nil

Following a hearty home-cooked breakfast while enjoying ocean vistas, you hop on your bike for another great cycling day. After navigating the quiet town of Port Clyde, we set out to explore Clark Island to take in the spectacular viewpoints of Owls Head Lighthouse that watches over Penobscot Bay. A site of beauty filled with mysterious haunted stories that will give you chills. You will make your way back inland to the eclectic village of Rockland, where there are opportunities for great seafood, browsing art galleries and much more. Elevation Gain 1095 to 2100 ft

Meals:  B

You have three choices of rides today. A short ride to Camden will leave plenty of time to enjoy the Jewel of the Coast with its many historical and outdoor gems to discover. In the afternoon, you may choose to be active or relax and soak in the culture. From the Victorian Opera house to the seaside, options for theatre and glass blowing to kayaking and sailing are possible here. Your local inn will welcome you with a lovely “Europe meets Maine” atmosphere and the perfect place to spend the night. Elevation Gain 572-2624 ft

Meals:  B

Early risers will be treated to a spectacular sunrise over Camden bay, followed by a sumptuous breakfast at the inn. Leaving Camden on quiet country roads with rolling hills all around. Following the road passing lakes, rivers, and forests, you will cycle through Bayside's summer community and into the coastal town of Belfast. Considered a hub for artists, artisans and theatre, Belfast’s picturesque setting is an excellent backdrop for local entertainment and events. Elevation Gain 1940 ft

Meals:  B

This morning you will be transferred to Mount Desert Island where we access Acadia National Park. Your introduction to the park is by Acadia’s famous carriage roads. With gentle grades, no cars and breathtaking scenery this day will be one of the highlights of your week. Forty-five miles of rustic roads were built as a gift from John D Rockefeller Jr in the first half of the 20th century resulting in roads and bridges integrated into the forest and countryside creating a seamless experience. After this amazing day you will return to Bar Harbour and settle in for the rest of your trip. Elevation Gain 1800 ft

Meals:  B

This morning you will board the ferry across Frenchman Bay, passing lighthouses, lobstermen, seaside mansions and mountains to Winter Harbor, where your exploration of the Schoodic Peninsula begins. From the year-round lobstering community, your ride on dedicated cycle paths will take you past coves, where seals like to sunbathe, to the Schoodic Point and panoramic views of the open ocean. This afternoon, return to Bar Harbor for your last evening “down east.” Elevation gain 900-1671 ft

Meals:  B

The week’s last cycle is back in Acadia National Park on the famous Park Loop Road that winds along the shore past the sand beach at Newport cove and thunder hole. The optional climb up Cadillac Mountain is a favourite in the fall when the leaves have changed for the season. Make sure you are back by noon, when you are transferred back to Portland. Elevation Gain 2601 ft

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 6 nights accommodation on a twin share basis with private ensuite facilities
  • All accommodation taxes and gratuities
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • Information pack including route notes & maps and GPS unit
  • Luggage transfers (2 pieces per person, not exceeding 20kg per piece)
  • Emergency hotline
  • Performance hybrid bicycle rental including panniers
  • Round trip ferry transfer from Bar Harbour to Winter Harbour

  • Travel to and from Portland
  • Optional E-bike upgrade (extra cost, limited quantities)
  • Guide (this is a self-guided tour)
  • Meals where not specified
  • Unscheduled transfers requested during the trip
  • Entrance fees
  • Helmet (mandatory)

Suitability

Introductory to Moderate

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Introductory to moderate. Self guided walking or cycling requires individuals to use problem solving skills, be adaptable and have a keen eye. It is recommended that you are comfortable map reading, referring to route notes and that you have a good sense of direction (or are willing to work on improving this!). Cyclists will be expected to know how to fix a flat tire and make basic adjustments to their bicycles using the included repair kit. Sometimes route finding, losing your way, finding it again and asking the locals for help is all part of the adventure. If you’ve never been on a self guided trip, after the first couple of days you will get the hang of if as the vast majority of our first time travellers attest. Please be assured that our material issued to you for route finding is updated regularly and we provide a 7-day service hotline in the event of any problems.


Departure dates

Sundays from May to October

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Total Priceper person from

$1995USD

* All prices subject to applicable taxes

Options & Supplements*
  • Bike Upgrade - Ebike or Road BikeUSD$160
  • Single SupplementUSD$640
* Prices listed are per person. All prices subject to applicable taxes.

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