COASTAL MAINE BY LAND & SEA

SELF-DRIVE

7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS

Gloucester “The Perfect Storm” | Coastal Maine Small Towns | Sea Excursion Option

Camden’s Harbour | Acadia NP | Lighthouses | Historic Ogunquit Village

 

 

Leave historic Boston for the rugged coast of Maine visiting small towns and harbors along the way. See Gloucester and view the lighthouses that dot the coast. Enjoy the rustic charm of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Stop at Kennebunkport and Ogunquit Village to relax before returning to Boston.

 

INCLUSIONS

  • 6-night accommodation

 

Not included: International and domestic airfare · Car rental · Tolls · Parking fees · National Park admission · Meals · Gratuities to hotel personnel, guides · Beverages · Optional excursions

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DAY 1 BOSTON · SALEM · ROCKPORT

Depart Boston and drive north toward Salem. The infamous town of Salem was home to the witch trials of 1692. A group of girls and women in Salem Village, who had been dabbling with the occult, began acting in a strange manner, a local doctor claimed they were afflicted by the “evil hand” setting the stage for the accusation of approximately 190 people for witchcraft. The trials ended after 15 months. Aware of its infamy, Salem has several attractions centered on this uneasy time, including haunted tours and re-enactments. Continue the drive to Rockport where your first overnight has been arranged. Rockport is a beautiful coastal Maine village with over 170 upscale outlets, designer shops, eclectic boutiques, B&B’s, hotels, fantastic restaurants & casual cafes. This lovely town at the tip of Cape Ann was settled in 1690. Over the years it has been an active fishing port, a center of granite excavation and a thriving artistic community with multiple galleries. The most artistically reproduced item in Rockport is a wooden fish warehouse on the town wharf. The red shack is known as Motif No. 1. Visit Thatcher Island to see the Twin Lighthouses. Among the oldest American lighthouses, these twin lights are the only surviving multiple lights on the U.S Coastline. The original 45-foot towers were constructed and lit in 1789. Visit the Bearskin Neck area where you will find multiple shops and galleries. Movies like “The Perfect Storm” and “The Love Letter” were filmed in this area.

Accommodation: Rockport for 1 night

Today’s Suggested Optional Experience (Bookable Online at an additional cost)

SALEM WITCH MUSEUM (BOS-WITM):

The Salem Witch Museum brings you back to Salem in 1692. Experience the drama of history in Lifesize stage sets, figures, lighting, and a stirring narration. Live guides take you through changing interpretations of witches, the truth behind the stereotypes, witchcraft practice today and the frightening phenomenon of witch hunting.

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DAY 2 ROCKPORT · BOOTHBAY HARBOR/BELFAST

Leave Rockport and drive north through beautiful Coastal Maine toward Boothbay or Belfast. Along the way you will encounter different harbors where you can explore the numerous lighthouses and charming harbor towns this region is famous for. You can also follow one of the many natures trails the area has to offer.

Accommodation: Belfast for 2 nights

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DAY 3 BOOTHBAY HARBOR/BELFAST

Today, you have the option to enjoy a sea excursion for a different point of view of the region you already explored by land. Did you know that Boothbay Harbor, Maine, is known as the “boating capital of New England”? This charming coastal town is a boater’s paradise where inlets, harbors, and passages attract yachtsmen from far and wide. Go and get out onto the water. You can explore nearby islands, admire wildlife, and enjoy the spectacular scenery that has made Midcoastal Maine so famous. There are numerous options for those sea excursions such as cruises, sailing trips, whale watching cruises, etc.

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DAY 4 BOOTHBAY HARBOR/BELFAST · BAR HARBOR

Depart Boothbay Harbor or Belfast this morning and drive toward Bar Harbor. On your way to Bar Harbor you will pass Camden where you’ll be able to enjoy numerous water-related sports and activities. Swim in warm lake waters, cast a lure for mackerel or stripers, sea kayaking and hiking guided outdoor adventures are just but a few of the choices available. Explore beautiful bays, islands, lakes, and natural landscapes in mid-coast Maine. Continue your journey. Located in Down east, Bar Harbor was once considered a small fishing and shipbuilding community. Today, it is a favorite destination for people throughout the world. A visit to Bar Harbor affords the comforts and luxury of a classic retreat, but also offers spectacular beauty and natural wonder for those who would prefer to spend their time outdoors.

Accommodation: Bar Harbor for 2 nights

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DAY 5 BAR HARBOR

Today you can explore Bar Harbor and its surroundings at your leisure. Visit Mount Desert Oceanarium which includes a lobster museum, a marsh tour, and a lobster hatchery. For a touch of nature, visit Acadia National Park, New England’s only national park; it offers 6000 acres of mountains, rugged coastline, islands, forests, and lakes where you can hike, bike, canoe, fish, and explore this Park’s trails. For an alternative, rent a bicycle and explore the area as the locals do. Peddle alongside crystal-water lakes and rose-colored mountains. For a different view, take a bus or trolley tour and hear about the local history from well-versed local guides. Or take an insightful and entertaining walking tour of downtown. If you rather explore Maine from the water side, paddle a canoe or kayak either on your own or in the company of a well-experienced guide.

Today’s Suggested Optional Experience

MISS SAMANTHA LOBSTER / SEAL CRUISE (BHB-LOBS):

Join us aboard the Miss Samantha, Bar Harbor, Maine’s newest and biggest lobster passenger boat. During the first part of the trip, you’ll watch us haul lobster traps from the ocean floor as the captain explains how the trap works. In addition to lobster and crab, you’ll see and be able to touch sea urchins, starfish, and sea cucumbers. The kids will love it and so will you. About halfway through our cruise, we’ll stow all the lobster gear and then head off to a small island to look at harbor seals basking on the rocks or swimming in the nearby water. Because of the Miss Samantha’s size, we sometimes get so close that you can count their whiskers. Our sighting average is over 95 percent, so don’t forget to bring your camera! And all the while, we’ll be cruising in Frenchman Bay, where beautiful cottages line the shore and granite mountains rise majestically from the sea.

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DAY 6 BAR HARBOR · KENNEBUNKPORT

Leave the small fishing community of Bar Harbor and drive toward Kennebunkport. Kennebunkport is one of Maine’s most popular summer vacation destinations. Experience the tranquility and enjoy the beauty of this quiet seaside village with its charming shops and galleries, country grocery store, lobster pounds, fish markets and restaurants known for their fabulous fresh seafood. Goose Rocks Beach is a beautiful and pristine three-mile-long beach and with sand dunes and wonderful views a favorite of walkers of all generations. Ogunquit was named by the Micmac Indians for its natural beauty and charm. Throughout the years the town has maintained its New England village spirit and appeal. The Ogunquit area is one of Maine’s oldest vacation destinations. It offers a wealth of arts and entertainment choices, as well as shop-lined streets, trolley rides, ocean side dining and inviting beaches such as Ogunquit Beach.

Accommodation: Kennebunkport for 1 night

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DAY 7 KENNENBUNKPORTY · PORTSMOUTH · BOSTON

Drive via Portsmouth back to Boston. The geographic location, historic past and cultural strength of Portsmouth makes it one of the most culturally rich destinations in the country. The region as a whole is noted for its many restaurants, attractions and shopping opportunities. Depart from Boston at your leisure or book additional nights in Massachusetts’ capital.

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