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

7 Days$1995USD

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COVID safety measures
are in place with extra cleaning and hygiene protocols

Remote adventures
means social distancing comes naturally

Small groups only
Guided group sizes are strictly limited to maximum 16 people, average of 8-10


 
 
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.


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)

Departure dates

Sundays and Mondays from May to October

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Total Priceper person from

$1995USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Bike Upgrade - Ebike or Road BikeUSD$160
  • Single SupplementUSD$640
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Coastal Maine by Bike trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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Positive Impact Travel

By joining this trip you are directly supporting positive impact projects in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We’ve offset the carbon emitted by this trip by purchasing credits that support important projects that address the UN’s seventeen SDGs, like reducing poverty, affordable and clean energy, reducing hunger, clean water and climate action.

Proceeds from this adventure purchase carbon credits through the world’s largest and most awarded carbon project developer, South Pole, which are invested into projects accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources in developing countries.

Supported projects are based on internationally recognised standards and are third-party audited. They entail a series of positive impacts on the ground, which benefit local communities and ecosystems, that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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