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Bicycling Acadia & the Maine Coast (TourzPlus™)
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Bicycle Tours in USA: Bicycling Acadia & the Maine Coast (TourzPlus™)

The spectacular scenery of Acadia National Park offers unparalleled bike routes along dramatic coastline and peaceful Carriage Roads. Enjoy 45 miles of these delightful automobile-free carriage roads as they wind through spruce forest and past pristine lakes. Later, reflect on the endless wealth of beauty the region offers during a relaxing sunset sail on a Maine Windjammer. You will set sail from the dock directly in front of your inn for this unique and memorable experience. Unpack your bags just once during your vacation while enjoying each evening in luxurious oceanfront lodging.

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Day 1: Meet in Bar Harbor, Maine

Highlights: Bike fitting, lobster bake

Your vacation begins at the Bar Harbor Inn in Bar Harbor, Maine, your lodging for the entire tour. Settle into your room - complete with a private porch overlooking the ocean - before a short afternoon ride. The Inn is considered one of Maine's finest oceanfront properties. Tonight enjoy a traditional Maine Lobster Bake on the terrace overlooking the bay. (8 miles)

Day 2: Acadia's Ocean Drive & Carriage Roads

Highlights: Park Loop Road, sunset sail

Much of today's ride is along the magnificent Park Loop Road. A favorite among cyclists, this one-way road winds through beautiful spruce and hardwood forest before hugging the dramatic coastline. Enjoy a hike to a scenic overlook high above the beach. Your afternoon ride winds inland along several lakes, giving you your first taste of the automobile-free carriage roads. Enjoy a sunset sail on a Maine Windjammer before dinner at a favorite restaurant in town. (16 - 27 miles)

Day 3: Carriage Trails & Northeast Harbor

Highlights: Somes Sound

Enjoy much of today in the quiet splendor of spruce forest that surrounds the carriage roads on which you'll be cycling. Northeast Harbor is home to a large collection of summer "cottages". These lovely and elegant homes line many of the streets in town. Cycle along the edge of fjord-like Somes Sound as the cottages give way to beautiful views of the Sound and surrounding hillsides. Sample the local microbrew at the Atlantic Brewing Company before returning to Bar Harbor where you'll join the group for dinner at a favorite local restaurant. (18 - 34 miles)

Day 4: Morning Sea Kayak Excursion & Afternoon Hike

Highlights: Paddle with seals and porpoises

During our guided kayak excursion, calm morning waters provide optimal conditions for seal and porpoise encounters in sheltered bays. Return to shore for a picnic lunch overlooking the harbor a short bike ride to the trailhead of our favorite hike. Pass through several diverse ecosystems before soaking in the views from the open summit. If you prefer a less strenuous afternoon, walk to museums in town or join a whale watch and travel offshore in search of giant humpbacks. Dinner is on your own for added flexibility. (6 mile bike ride, 2 mile hike)

Day 5: Cruise to Schoodic Peninsula

Highlights: Stunning coastal ride

This morning, wheel your bike on board our vessel for a cruise across Frenchman's Bay. You'll sail past the Porcupine Islands and be provided with wonderful views of Winter Harbor Lighthouse before docking. Cycle along a stunning one-way road following the coastline so closely you can sometimes feel the salt spray as you ride. Visit one of the loveliest fishing villages in Maine. Cruise back to Bar Harbor for farewell dinner. (14 - 34 miles)

Day 6: The Carriage Roads & Cadillac Mountain

Highlights: Bicycle to the top of Cadillac Mountain

Your final day is a mix of carriage roads and paved roads in the Park. Stop in for popovers on the lawn overlooking the water at the historic Jordan Pond House. You might challenge yourself with a climb up the gradual 3.5-mile road to the summit of Cadillac Mountain (the tallest on the eastern seaboard), where you will be rewarded with spectacular 360-degree views of the surrounding coastline. If you're not up for the ascent, you can catch a ride to the top in the support van. Showers are available at the Inn at the conclusion of the tour. (18 - 31 miles)
  • Highlights
    Carriage roads of Acadia National Park, Guided sea kayak, Sunset sail on a Maine Windjammer, Cadillac Mountain, Northeast Harbor, Cruise to Schoodic Peninsula
  • Includes
    Use of a quality 24-27 speed bicycle; 5 nights lodging; all meals except one dinner and two lunches; sunset sail; sea kayaking; cruise
  • Countries
    USA
  • Begin/End
    Bar Harbor, Maine
  • Arrive/Depart
    Bar Harbor Airport (BHB) (connect through Boston Logan Int'l Airport (BOS)) / Bangor Int' Airport (BGR)
  • Total Distance
    80 - 140 miles
  • Daily Distance
    20 - 36 miles
  • What to Expect
    Diverse scenery, a variety of activities, no need to pack!
  • Rating
    201
    Mix of level and gently rolling terrain with a few longer or steeper climbs. More mileage possible on most days.
  • Notes
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Aug 03 - 08, 2014 $2695 oceanfront, $2395 non-oceanfront $895 oceanfront, $695 non-oceanfront Book It
Aug 10 - 15, 2014 $2695 oceanfront, $2395 non-oceanfront $895 oceanfront, $695 non-oceanfront Book It
Sep 14 - 19, 2014 $2595 oceanfront, $2395 non-oceanfront $795 oceanfront, $695 non-oceanfront Book It
Sep 21 - 26, 2014 $2595 oceanfront, $2395 non-oceanfront $795 oceanfront, $695 non-oceanfront Book It
*We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the single supplement rate. This fee will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available this fee will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

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Picture perfect views everywhere you look. Seeing it all on your bike makes it the best! The natural beauty of the rugged coastline, small fishing villages, and unique bridges of the Carriage Roads of Acadia made this an experience that cannot be equaled!
Julie R.