Best of Coastal Maine

Lobster, Lighthouses & Acadia National Park

  • Date

    August 11-16, 2019 | Sun / Fri – 6 Days

  • Location

    Portland | Kennebunkport | Boothbay Harbor | Rockland | Camden | Bar Harbor | Acadia National Park

Overview

Travel east this summer on one of Ambassadair’s most popular trips, for lobster and lighthouses, rugged Maine coastlines, and quaint seaside villages. Spend three nights in Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island, where in the late 19th century the rich and famous tried to outdo each other with entertaining at their incredible summer estates, rivaling the estates of Newport, Rhode Island. Drive to the top of Mount Battie for panoramic views of Camden, Rockport, Penobscot Bay and the Atlantic. Enjoy a walking tour of the seaside village of Kennebunkport, with its historic districts steeped in local lore and home to sea captains and shipbuilders. Drive past President George H. W. Bush’s summer home at Walker’s Point, a family retreat for more than a century. Visit Boothbay Harbor, the boating capital of New England, where you can shop for crafts and antiques or just watch the colorful sailboats and yachts in the deep, protected harbor. Enjoy delicious seafood, and relax in the beautiful coastal surrounding as you relish summer in Maine.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • Guided tour of Kennebunkport
  • Portland Head Light & Museum
  • Maine Lighthouse & Museum
  • Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse
  • Guided tour through Acadia National Park
  • Lunch at Jordan Pond House
  • Windjammer Cruise
  • Farnsworth Art Museum
  • Camden Hill State Park and Mount Battie

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip commercial air from Indianapolis to Portland, Maine
  • Escorted
  • 5 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 1 lunch, 1 dinner
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Ground transportation
  • Hotel baggage handling

Itinerary

Sun, Aug 11: Fly to Portland, Maine, one of America’s “happiest seaside towns,” according to Coastal Living magazine. Transfer to Kennebunkport for lunch on your own at Kennebunkport’s Dock Square on the Kennebunk River. Next, enjoy a narrated walking tour with a local guide before returning to Portland’s waterfront to check in to the hotel for one night. Enjoy a free evening on your own.

Mon, Aug 12: After breakfast at the hotel, take a self-guided tour at the Portland Head Light & Museum. Depart for the popular waterfront in Boothbay Harbor where you can enjoy lunch and sightseeing. Head to Rockland for a visit to the Maine Lighthouse Museum and Gateway Visitor Center and see the Rockland Harbor Breakwater Light. Once you have had some time at the visitor’s center, enjoy free time in Rockland to stroll in the heart of town, shop, and have dinner before heading to the hotel for the night. (Meal: Breakfast)

Tue, Aug 13: Visit the Farnsworth Art Museum, which celebrates Maine’s role in American art and offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists. Its Wyeth Center features works of N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. Then it’s off to Camden, where there is free time for lunch on your own and perusing this picturesque, quaint town. Head for Mount Battie in Camden Hills State Park, where you can stand where Edna St. Vincent Millay penned her poem “Three Mountains.” This is also the background for movie and TV shots of quintessential New England. Arrive in Bar Harbor and check in to the Harborside Hotel, a luxurious oceanfront resort in the heart of town. Your evening is free for dinner and exploring. (B)

Wed, Aug 14: This morning, see Acadia National Park on a guided motorcoach tour, then head to Jordan Pond House for a delicious family-style lunch and their famous popovers. Enjoy some free time to take a walk on nearby nature trails before returning to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the town with its upscale seaside shops and restaurants. (B,L)

Thu, Aug 15: Enjoy a Windjammer Cruise aboard a majestic 151-foot, 4-masted schooner. Then the day is free to further explore Bar Harbor. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Lobster Dinner at Stewman’s Lobster Pound. (B,D)

Fri, Aug 16: After a leisurely morning, depart Bar Harbor for Portland. Stop in Freeport for great outlet shopping and lunch on your own (don’t miss the Wicked Whoopies) before arriving at the Portland airport for your flight home. (B)

Hotel

Hampton Inn & Suites, Portland.

Situated in the Historic Old Port District with fantastic views of Casco Bay and the working waterfront. Walking distance to boutique shopping, gourmet restaurants, jogging path, and family attractions. Highlights: in-room coffeemaker, mini-fridge & microwave • complimentary high speed Wi-Fi Internet access • restaurant • indoor heated pool • fitness center.

Hampton Inn & Suites, Rockland.

Contemporary hotel close to the Rockland waterfront, Penobscot Bay and just minutes from Rockland town center and the Farnsworth Art Museum. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker, microwave and mini-refrigerator • complimentary beverages area • complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access • fitness center • heated indoor pool. 

The Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina, Bar Harbor.

The Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina is the premier resort facility in Bar Harbor, nestled in downtown, and just moments away from Acadia National Park. Highlights: Internet • restaurant/s • bar/lounges • fitness center • pool and Jacuzzi • Spa • tennis courts.

PRICING

  • Package with Air
  • Double P/P – $2,849
  • Triple P/P – $2,599
  • Single – $3,729
  • Land Only
  • Double P/P – $2,289
  • Triple P/P – $2,039
  • Single – $3,169

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