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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- Length / 6 Days
- Total Distance / 80 - 140 miles
- Avg. Distance / 20 - 36 miles per riding day
- Tour Level & Tour Style / 2.0 TourzPlus
- Countries / USA
- Begin/End / Bar Harbor, Maine
- Price / From USD$2995 oceanfront, USD$2695 non-oceanfront
Daily Ride Summary
Tour Level Note: Mix of level and gently rolling terrain with a few longer or steeper climbs. More mileage possible on most days.
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.
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.
- Distance: 43km (27mi)
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.
- Distance: 55km (34mi)
- Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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.
- Distance: 10km (6mi)
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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.
- Distance: 55km (34mi)
- Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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.
- Distance: 50km (31mi)
- Meals: Breakfast
Mostly Flat Terrain
Mostly flat terrain has just a few rolling hills that rarely require you to change gears. It might contain a bit of climbing, but those climbs will be short and at a very gentle slope with little need for increased pedaling or downhill breaking.
Rolling hills refers to multiple gentle slopes (3-4% grade) with minimal need for changing gears or increasing in pedal power. Elevation gain should be less than 100m per hill and braking may not be necessary to control speed on downhills.
Hilly terrain has repeated hills and some of them may be require more pedal power as it has steeper inclines (up to 5%). You will change gears throughout the day and braking may be necessary to control speed on descents.
Very hilly terrain includes multiple hills on your ride, some of which can be steep or long climbs. You will change gears and need to use your brakes to control speed on your descent.
Mountainous terrain includes one or more sustained (more than 5km) climbs with frequent steep grades (over 7%). Mountainous rides may also feature multiple steep grades (greater than 6%) for extended periods of more than 5km. You will need to shift gears and brake on descents to control your speed.
Level 1 - 1.5 Rating
Based on today's distance and elevation gain (or lack thereof), it will be a very comfortable ride for beginner cyclists, those traveling by bicycle for the first time, or multi-generational groups with a desire for a nice and easy bike tour with plenty of opportunities to stop and enjoy the scenery.
Level 2 - 2.5 Rating
Based on today's distance and elevation gain, this day is ideal for riders newer to bicycle touring looking for a bit of a challenge, or for individuals who desire shorter days on the bike. You will likely be riding on rolling terrain.
Level 3 - 3.5 Rating
Based on today's distance and elevation gain, we suggest riders spend some time in the bicycle saddle before joining this tour so they you can enjoy the views at the top of some of the climbs you'll face.
Level 4 - 4.5 Rating
Based on today's distance and elevation gain, this day is best described as a great day on the bike for passionate cyclists or very active individuals.
Level 5 Rating
This day is not for a casual cyclist but for riders looking to push their limits. Suffice it to say your delicious meal at the end of the day will be well earned!
These are the definitions...
Level 1 - 1.5
- Average Daily Mileage: 15-30km (10-20 miles)
- Gain: 0-400m (0-1200ft)
- Terrain: Mostly flat with occasional gentle climbs at a grade of less than 3%, that are sustained for a maximum of 3km. There might be a steeper but short climb.
Level 1 tours will be mostly flat and daily distances will rarely exceed 30 km. Level 1 tours are suitable for beginner cyclists, those traveling by bicycle for the first time, or multi-generational groups with a desire for a nice and easy bike tour with plenty of opportunities to stop and enjoy the scenery.
Level 2 - 2.5
- Average Daily Mileage: 30-50km (20-30 miles)
- Gain: 400-600m (1200-2000ft)
- Terrain: Mostly rolling terrain around 3%. Presents multiple 3% to 4% climbs. May present an occasional steeper climb.
Level 2 tours are a great option for those new to bicycle touring looking for a bit of a challenge, or for individuals who desire shorter days on the bike. The average mileage on level 2 bike tours is 30-50 km on mostly rolling terrain. There will be multiple climbs at 3-4% grade throughout the tour, but only an occasional steep climb.
Level 3 - 3.5
- Average Daily Mileage: 50-70km (30-45 miles)
- Gain: 600-900m (2000-2800ft)
- Terrain: Multiple Climbs with grades of 4 - 6%.
Level 3 tours are for active individuals (who run, bike, swim etc. on a regular basis) with the desire to cover longer daily distances on the bicycle. These tours are a great workout when you’re riding as you will average 50-70 km daily with total gain of 2,000-2,800 ft. There will be multiple 4-6% climbs throughout the tour.
Level 4 - 4.5
- Average Daily Mileage: 70-90km (45-55 miles)
- Gain: 900-1000m (2800-3600ft)
- Terrain: Presents multiple steep climbs (6% to 8% grades), 1 to 3km long. Alternatively, 4 – 6% grades for 6 kilometers or more.
Level 4 tours are for passionate cyclists or very active individuals. This level tour is great for cyclists looking to stay in shape and pedal hard they travel across regions or countries. Level 4 tours cover 70-90km daily with 2,800-3,600 ft of gain. Cyclists on a level 4 bicycle tour can expect multiple climbs, some climbs might be short and steep (6-8% for 1-3 km) while others may be sustained (6+ Km) at a 4-6% grade.