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Pedal the Coast of Maine (TourzPlus-SF)
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Bicycle Tours in USA: Pedal the Coast of Maine (TourzPlus-SF)

Gear-up for great cycling through scenic coastal Maine. We cover a lot of ground but you'll only notice mile after mile of breathtaking scenery as you get to know the Maine we love. We'll share with you some of our favorite rides and destinations as we travel from inn to inn for the first five days.

Every day you'll be treated to great food, unique experiences, and the warmth of Maine hospitality. Ride up into the Camden Hills and to the summit of Cadillac Mountain (and down!). You'll reach out-of-the-way places like Clark Island and Castine. You'll see unusual reversing falls. You might meet the lobsterman who caught your lunch! Off-bike, explore famous towns like Blue Hill, Bar Harbor, and Camden. And we'll introduce you to the world's best blueberry muffin. These are bound to be some of the most memorable miles you'll log this year.

Day 1: Boothbay to Pemaquid

Highlights: Boothbay Harbor, lighthouses, Damariscotta

Leaders will collect you at 8 a.m. from your hotel in Portland for the 1.5 hour transfer to Boothbay and the start of some great cycling. We will begin by cycling Linekin Neck for some wonderful ocean views including lighthouses and Boothbay Harbor. Our ride continues along country roads and on to the town of Damariscotta. One of our favorite little Maine towns, Damariscotta features a charming main street right on the water and some great lunch options. You are on your own for lunch and free to explore the town before we continue cycling around a lake and onto the Pemaquid Peninsula. After cycling we gather at the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse to watch the ocean pound the coast and to enjoy a wine and cheese reception. Tonight we enjoy dinner at the elegant Bradley Inn. Transfer to Boothbay 1.5 hours. Cycling distance: Boothbay to Pemaquid Route 48 or 53 miles.

Lodging: The Bradley Inn.

Day 2: Pemaquid to Clark Island

Highlights: Olsen House, Clark Island, lobster

Our day starts with a short ride to the colonial Pemaquid historic site. Easily identifiable from the water, Pemaquid was highly contested during the French and Indian wars and was the economic hub of New England before Boston rose to prominence. From here we cycle through a seaside summer community and up the peninsula to the town of Waldoboro where we stop for lunch. After lunch we cycle to the Olsen House, featured in Andrew Wyeth's "Christina's World" and the St George Peninsula to Clark Island. Upon arrival, sit on the porch overlooking the ocean or stroll onto the island to swim in the quarry over looking the ocean. Tonight we offer the choice between dinner at the inn or a short ride to eat lobster on an ocean front wharf. Cycling Distance: 63 miles.

Lodging: Craignair Inn.

Day 3: Clark Island to Camden

Highlights: Port Clyde, Birch Point State Park, Rockland, sunset sail

We start our day heading south on the St George Peninsula towards the town of Port Clyde. In Port Clyde we stop to explore the great little general store and to bask in the sun on the town pier and enjoy one of Maine's most picturesque harbors. From Port Clyde it is a quick spin over to the Marshall Point Lighthouse. Leaving Marshall Point we ride back up towards last night's inn with the blue ocean and pine covered islands as the backdrop. We stop at the Keag Store for lunch, a great spot for a lobster roll both because they are yummy and because you might end up sitting next to the lobster man who caught your lunch! After lunch a cornucopia of discovery awaits. First stop, Birch Point State Park to explore the rocks and shore, then it is off to the Owls Head Light, my favorite lighthouse in Maine. From Owls Head it is a quick ride into the town of Rockland, home of some great galleries, the lighthouse museum, the Farnsworth Museum of Art, Project Puffin, and the Island Institute. From Rockland it is a quick 10 miles through lush countryside to the town of Camden. Once we settle into the inn we will meet Aaron Lincoln, owner and captain of the Schooner Olad, and join him on an evening sail on Penobscot Bay. A natural story teller, Aaron will share stories from his sailing life, while the guides serve a gourmet picnic and the sun sets over the Camden Hills. Cycling Distance: 30, 54, 100 miles.

Lodging: The Inns at Blackberry Common.

Day 4: Camden to Castine Route

Highlights: Lake Megunticook, Belfast, Fort Knox

Today is good chance to get your heart rate up as we pedal past Lake Megunticook and up into the Camden Hills. Our ride through the hills drops us back to the coast near the quirky gingerbread community of Bay Side and into the town of Belfast. Take some time to explore the galleries, shops, and pretty harbor before settling in for lunch. After lunch we have a short van shuttle to Bucksport and the original Fort Knox. This Fort Knox, and the more famous one, were named after the Revolutionary War hero General Henry Knox, whose house you pedaled by on Day 3. Built in the 1800's, Fort Knox never saw battle but its size stands as a monument to the strategic importance of Maine to the fledging United States of America. Take some time to explore the fort or ride the elevator to the top of the bridge for panoramic views of the Maine Coast before hopping back on your bike and pedaling onto the town of Castine. Cycling Distance: 53 or 63 miles.

Lodging: The Castine Inn.

Day 5: Castine to Blue Hill Route

Highlights: Castine, Blue Hill, Bar Harbor

One of the oldest towns in North America, Castine predates Plymouth, Massachusetts by 6 years. It was founded by the French, so American history dismisses it. Our morning ride through Castine is a ride through Pre Colonial North American History. Fought over by 4 nations, Castine's every block offers a narrative of the struggle for dominance in a new and uncharted world. Once through Castine our ride follows the backroads of the Blue Hill Peninsula. One of our favorite rides in all of Maine, today's ride rolls through farmland, coastal villages, and along pristine coastline. We pause to watch the ocean's power at the Blue Hill Reversing Falls before pedaling into the town of Blue Hill. From here we cycle out the Newbury Neck, a wonderful 8 mile spit of land right along Blue Hill Bay. We have about a 45 minute van shuttle to Bar Harbor, our home for the next 2 nights. Tonight you have a free night to explore Bar Harbor. Cycling Distance: 40, 61, 75 or 100 mile options. Van Transfer to Bar Harbor is one hour.

Lodging: The Harborside Hotel.

Day 6: Exploring Mt Desert Island

Highlights: Acadia National Park

We start our day riding through Acadia National Park before dropping out of the Park at Seal Cove. Our ride carries us through the town of Northeast Harbor and along Sergeant Drive, one of the moneyed enclaves of Mount Desert Island and along the shore of Somes Sound. Next we cycle into Southwest Harbor were we pause for lunch and exploration before cycling along the ocean and to the Bass Harbor Light to enjoy views of the Cranberry Islands. We skirt the perimeter of Mount Desert Island and pedal our way back to Bar Harbor. Tonight we enjoy a final dinner together at a celebrated local restaurant. Cycling Distance: 62 miles.

Lodging: The Harborside Hotel.

Day 7: Park Loop Road Cycling Route

Highlights: Park Loop Road, best blueberry muffins in the world

We celebrate a great week of cycling with a ride along the Park Loop Road of Acadia National Park and optional climb to the Summit of Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the Eastern Seaboard between Maine and Rio de Janeiro. The 3.5 mile climb offers stunning views of Blue Hill Bay, Bar Harbor, and Frenchman Bay. At the summit we enjoy the best blueberry muffins on the planet and savor a week of great cycling. Zip up and hold on - from here we have a 5-mile "almost all down hill" ride back to Bar Harbor. We'll depart for our 3 1/2 hour van transfer back to Portland at noon and have you at the airport or your local lodging around 4:00 p.m. Cycling Distance: 26 miles, plus an option to ride 7 miles to the summit of Cadillac Mountain.
  • Highlights
    Lighthouses, Damariscotta, Pemaquid, Olsen House, Camden, Sunset Sail, Blue Hill Route, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Boothbay Harbor, Port Clyde, Birch Point State Park, Fort Knox
  • Includes
    7 days, 6 nights' accommodation; Use of a 27-speed bicycle; van support; 5 dinners, 2 lunches, 6 breakfasts; entrance fees; schooner sail
  • Countries
    USA
  • Begin/End
    8:00 a.m. Portland, Maine / 4:00 p.m. Portland, Maine
  • Arrive/Depart
    Portland, Maine Airport (PWM)
  • Total Distance
    322 - 474 miles
  • Daily Distance
    Average of 46 - 68 miles
  • What to Expect
    Plenty of bicycling, great food, unique experiences, and the warmth of Maine hospitality.
  • Rating
    301-401
    There are several options for longer or shorter rides including two Century possibilities.
  • Notes
    Price includes bike rental fee of $100 so bring your own bike and save. Cannondale tandems are also available for an additional $65. TourzPlus™ Program
  • Terms
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Sep 14 - 20, 2014 $2695 $600 Book It
Oct 12 - 18, 2014 $2695 $600 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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Thank you for making our trip so wonderful.
Cindy and Jo A., Baltimore, MD
We loved this experience. It was everything we wanted and more.
David C., Cincinnati, OH
The whole week was awesome.
Marie B., Colorado
Far exceeded my expectations! I'd do it again in a heartbeat!
Patty M., Stafford, VA
Outstanding tour! Everything expected and more!!
Carol and Bill W., Shrewsbury, MA
The trip was perfect.
Gary K., St Petersburg, FL
It was hands down the most terrific cycling trip we have ever been on, you looked after everything to perfection.
Shari S., Toronto, Canada