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Cycle Maine & Acadia National Park

There is much more to riding in Maine than the headline-grabbing untamed beauty of Acadia National Park

Maine has much to offer cyclists of every skill level, from the coastal scenery that served as the inspiration for the ferocious seascape paintings of renowned American painter Winslow Homer in the 19th century to the classic New England fishing communities and lighthouses. The ideal remedy for bustling city life is to spend your days riding the peaceful and lovely tree-lined roads and your nights indulging in some of America's best seafood cuisine

Inclusions

Meals
  • 5 breakfasts
Transport
  • Bicycle (e-bike option available, subject to availability), Support Vehicle
Accommodation
  • Simple Hotel/Motel (5 nights)

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LOCATION

Itinerary

1st day: Portland

Welcome to your riding journey through Maine. Meet your guide and other cyclists at 1pm for a quick orientation and group meeting before getting suited for your bikes and setting out on your first ride in the northeasternmost state of the United States. The charming coastal city of Portland, Maine, is small in size but big on adventure, as you'll discover on a loop ride south past the historic Portland Head Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in Maine, and the whitewashed Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse. It should not be confused with its northern namesake in Oregon. Visit Fort Williams, which has been a component of Portland's maritime defences since 1871, and then proceed to Prouts Neck's untamed coastline.After this, you'll return to your lodging in Portland, where you may choose to go out to dinner as a group, check out one of the 20 local microbreweries, or just stroll around the old-world streets. Your local guide will have lots of recommendations for things to do
Optional Activities
  • Local Brewery Tour - USD65
  • Portland Museum of Art - USD15
  • Portland Observatory - USD10
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Riding Distance - approximately 33 miles / 53kms, undulating with 1150ft / 350m of elevation gain

Day 2: Rockport

You'll travel by private vehicle this morning (about an hour) to the lovely harbor town of Damariscotta after stopping at Freeport, the 110-year-old home of the outdoor retail juggernaut L.L. Bean. This sleepy yet endearing town—dubbed "the oyster capital of New England"—is the ideal spot to begin riding. Today's trip winds its way east through peaceful rural roads through forested areas. Before reaching Rockland, you'll drive by the numerous "ponds" that the region is renowned for before coming to the West Penobscot Bay shore. You have the majority of the day to explore this picturesque port town at your leisure. You may take a stroll along the Rockland Breakwater to its distinctive lighthouse, check out the Maine Lighthouse Museum, or go to the Project Puffin Visitor Center. Visit the Center for Maine Contemporary Art or the Farnsworth Art Museum as well. This evening, you have free rein to savor any meal selections in neighboring Rockland.
Other Activities
  • Center for Contemporary Art in Maine - $8
  • Farnsworth Art Museum: 15 dollars
  • Free Maine Lighthouse Museum in Rockland Breakwater & Lighthouse-USD8
  • Maine Lighthouse Museum - USD8
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Specific Details
Riding Distance: roughly 38 miles (62 km), of 2560 feet (780 m); Although there is some vertical gain and loss on our route, the greatest elevation is merely 200 feet/60 meters.

Day 3: Bucksport

The longest ride of the trip takes place today as you go north along Penobscot Bay's coast and occasionally inland to the town of Bucksport on the Penobscot River. Ride your bike through state parks and preserves to picturesque coastal towns like Camden, where the mountains and the sea meet, and old-world Belfast, which has recently had boatbuilding resurgence. The continual gorgeous coastal vistas, with occasional glimpses of yachts' white sails and some of the numerous islands that dot the spectacular coastline, are the real highlight of the journey. Arrive to the little riverfront community of Bucksport after crossing the Penobscot Narrows Bridge with views of Fort Knox State Historic Site nearby.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Riding Distance - approximately 48 miles / 77kms, undulating with 2900ft / 885 m of elevation gain

Day 4: Bar Harbor

The route today is a little easier as you travel east on Toddy Pond's waterside tree-lined roads and then enjoy a mainly downhill ride to Patten Bay through the mostly empty countryside. Following the Union River from here, the landscape changes as you depart the peninsula and traverse the Mount Desert Narrows to Mount Desert Island, the biggest island in Maine.
Just 10 more beautiful miles will take you to Bar Harbor, the entrance to Acadia National Park. Arriving at our hotel will give you plenty of time to freshen yourself before taking a stroll down the charming Bar Harbor Shore Path for stunning views of the several little islands that dot Frenchman Bay. You are free to eat supper alone tonight, and if you haven't had some fresh Maine lobster yet this week (or even if you have!), here is the ideal place to do it.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Riding Distance - approximately 50 miles/80kms, was undulating with 2300ft /700 m of elevation gain.

Day 5: Acadia National Park

Today, ride through Acadia National Park, the first national park east of the Mississippi and one of the most adored places in the country, to experience a cycling loop unlike any other. Discover the wild, rocky coast while taking in legendary sights like Thunder Hole and Sand Beach's crystal-clear, turquoise sea. Acacia is not only about the coastline though, as the views of the glacier-carved interior of the island as you ride beneath Cadillac Mountain and through the wonderfully beautiful Jordan Pond and Eagle Lake are equally breathtaking before you return to the quaint Bar Harbour
Optional Activities
  • Whale Watching Tour - this activity must be booked well ahead as spots sell out fast. https://www.barharborwhales.com/ - USD63
  • Sea Kayak Tour - this activity must be booked well ahead as spots sell out fast. https://www.acadiafun.com/ - USD60
  • Lobster Fishing And Seal Watching - this activity must be booked well ahead as spots sell out fast
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Riding Distance - approximately 21 miles / 34kms, undulating with 1600ft /490 m of elevation gain
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: Whale watching (approx 3-5hrs), Lobster Fishing/Seal Watching (approx. 2hrs), and Sea Kayaking (approx. 4hrs) are all very popular activities and sell out very quickly - these must be booked by you well ahead to guarantee a place. It is often impossible to book a spot on the day, or even a couple of days beforehand. Due to the ride duration please ensure you only book any optional activity to commence after 2pm.

Day 6: Portland to Acadia National Park

Even though your last riding day will probably be one of the shortest, it will undoubtedly be one of the best. Cadillac Mountain is renowned for being the highest point on the North Atlantic seacoast and the first place in the United States where the sun's rays strike the ground at the crack of dawn. Drive to the 1,530-foot top early in the morning to arrive before sunrise so you can enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of the sun rising over the Atlantic. Enjoy the free-wheeling descent to Eagle Lake and follow the well-paved Park Loop Road to quickly reach the renowned "carriage lanes" and the magnificent stone bridges that John D. Rockefeller Jr. planned, constructed, and donated. Before returning to Bar Harbor after winding through the woodlands, stop at the Jordan Pond House and its breathtaking reflection across the lake, which is scattered with boulders. After saying farewell to Acadia National Park, head back to the hotel to clean yourself before taking a car back to Portland, where the vacation comes to an end.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Riding Distance - approximately 27 miles / 43kms, undulating on 'carriage roads', with 1640ft /500 m of elevation gain
You will arrive back into Portland at approximately 4pm
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