Cycle Maine & Acadia National Park
- 6 Days
- 6 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 2,445
MODERATE | SMALL GROUP TOURS: Maine offers cyclists a wide variety of breathtaking landscapes. You might be riding up a mountain at dawn to watch the sunrise above the Atlantic Ocean, delight in the quintessential New England fishing villages and lighthouses or be spellbound by the coastal scenery that inspired the tempestuous seascapes of the acclaimed 19th-century American painter, Winslow Homer. Look ahead to lovely days riding the quiet and beautiful tree-lined roads and evenings enjoying some of America’s finest seafood.
CYCLE MAINE & ACADIA NATIONAL PARK Overview
From the seat of your bike, discover why artists have long sought to capture the colours of this light-dappled landscape as you pedal 217 miles / 350kms over 6 days, chasing the sunrise and counting the lighthouses on this thrilling cycling tour of New England’s coastal beauty: Maine, U.S.A.
The sun rises pink and ruddy over Casco Bay in Portland, where you first clip in to set off through this harbour town, rich with maritime history and the lighthouses to prove it. At Prouts Neck, match the cascading cliffs and roaring Atlantic to the watercolours of notable 19th century American painter, Winslow Homer, who spent his days here capturing the way the light hit the waves, beaches and cliffs you are cycling past today.
As the stars twinkle above the Portland harbour and with the salty aromas of the ocean all around, a classic seafood meal after 33 miles / 53kms of coastal riding bliss tastes sublime.
Gear up and hop on your bike from the oyster town of Damariscotta, winding east where the green smells of spruce trees scent the air along sleepy country roads dotted with ponds. After a lovely 38 miles / 62kms rest your backside in the port town of Rockland. The Maine Lighthouse Museum, Project Puffin Visitor Center, Farnsworth Art Museum or Center for Maine Contemporary Art are all here but so is the relaxed pace of the waterfront where local ingredients and seafood taste better than ever after a solid day in the saddle.
Follow the winding coast of Penobscot Bay to the town of Bucksport on the banks of the Penobscot River teeming with brook trout, landlocked salmon, smallmouth bass and white perch.
The coastal towns of Camden and historic Belfast feel surreal as you whir past blue waters and dreamy islands crossing 48 miles / 77kms on the undulating road to Bucksport. Fly down the countryside to Patten Bay where you may spot more cows than people and let the Union River guide you across the pastel waters of Mount Desert Narrows to Maine’s largest island, Mount Desert Island. Frenchman Bay twinkles by night in Bar Harbor where you celebrate your longest ride of the journey (50 miles / 80kms) over a cold drink just like the who’s-who of America who summer here.
Take your time and cruise the 21 miles / 34kms along Acadia National Park’s rocky coast, past sandy beaches, under dramatic Cadillac Mountain and on to the fresh waters of Jordan Pond and Eagle Lake before unclipping and slipping into a kayak to search the horizon for resident whales off Bar Harbour.
Ascend the tallest point on the North Atlantic seacoast, Cadillac Mountain, before the sun pours her light over the Atlantic and be rewarded with eye-watering views. With the wind whirring past your ears, fly down to the famed ‘carriage roads and the story-book stone bridges built by a Rockefeller. At the Jordan Pond House, rest your legs as the reflective waters mirror the boulders like a painting on this day of quite possibly the most scenic 27 miles / 43kms of your life. Depart from Portland and fly back home, fulfilled physically and full of beautiful memories.
- 6 Days
- 6 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 2,445
Itinerary View Trip Map
Welcome to your Maine cycling adventure. Meet your fellow cyclists and tour guide at 1pm for a brief orientation and group meeting before being fitted to your bikes for your first ride in Maine. Not to be confused with its namesake in Oregon, the charming coastal city of Portland is small, yet big on adventure as you’ll discover on a loop ride south past the historic Portland Head Lighthouse – the oldest lighthouse in Maine – and whitewashed Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse. Visit Fort Williams, part of Portland’s Sea defenses since 1871, then continue to the rugged coastal scenery of Prouts Neck, the inspiration for the tempestuous seascapes of the acclaimed 19th-century American painter, Winslow Homer. Heading back to Portland you can opt to enjoy dinner together in town, visit one of the 20 microbreweries, or just wander the historic streets. Ask your tour leader for suggestions. Riding Distance - approximately 33 miles / 53kms, undulating with 1150ft / 350m of elevation gain. Overnight Portland
This morning takes you north by private vehicle for approximately one hour, stopping in Freeport, home of the 110-year-old outdoor retail giant, L.L. Bean, then continuing to the delightful harbour town of Damariscotta. Known as ‘the oyster capital of New England’ this quiet charming town is the perfect place to start riding. You follow a winding route east, travelling along quiet wooded country roads, and passing the many ‘ponds’ that this area is famed for, towards the coast of the West Penobscot Bay, before reaching Rockland. The rest of the day is free for you to discover this quaint port town. You might want to stroll along the Rockland Breakwater out to its unique lighthouse, visit the Maine Lighthouse Museum, or head to the Project Puffin Visitor Center. Alternatively, you can visit the Farnsworth Art Museum or Center for Maine Contemporary Art. Tonight you are free to explore dinner options in nearby Rockland at your leisure. Riding Distance - approximately 38 miles / 62kms, undulating with 2560ft / 780m of elevation gain. Our route features a fair amount of vertical gained and lost, but with a peak elevation of only 200ft/ 60m. Overnight Rockport
Today is the longest ride of this tour, heading north along the coast of Penobscot Bay, turning inland from time to time, towards the town of Bucksport on the Penobscot River. Along the way, cycle through preserves and state parks to the lovely coastal towns of Camden, where the mountains meet the sea, and historic Belfast with its recent boatbuilding renaissance. The true highlights of the ride are the continuously gorgeous coastal views with glimpses of the white sails of yachts and islands at the horizon. Cross Penobscot Narrows Bridge with views over nearby Fort Knox State Historic Site, then arrive at the small riverside town of Bucksport. After a long but rewarding day in the saddle simply put your feet up or if you are still feeling energetic, opt to walk the vibrant downtown waterfront area. Riding Distance - approximately 48 miles / 77kms, undulating with 2900ft / 885 m of elevation gain. Overnight Bucksport
Today’s route is a little flatter as you ride east on the tree-lined roads that flank the waters of Toddy Pond and enjoy a mostly downhill ride through the almost deserted countryside to Patten Bay. The countryside changes as you follow the Union River, before leaving the mainland and crossing the shallow waters of Mount Desert Narrows to Maine’s largest island, Mount Desert Island. From here it’s just another 10 scenic miles down to Bar Harbor, the gateway to the Acadia National Park. Your arrival at your hotel is in plenty of time to freshen up and enjoy a stroll along the picturesque Bar Harbor Shore Path for beautiful views across to the many small islands that dot Frenchman Bay. Tonight, you are free to have dinner on your own and this is the perfect spot to enjoy fresh Maine lobster if you haven’t already this week. Riding Distance - approximately 50 miles/80kms, undulating with 2300ft /700 m of elevation gain. Overnight Bar Harbor
Acadia National Park
A cycling loop like no other can be enjoyed today as you cycle around Acadia National Park, the first national park east of the Mississippi and one of the nation’s most beloved. Explore the rugged, rocky coast, with its iconic viewpoints such as Thunder Hole, and the clear turquoise water of Sand Beach. Acadia is not all about the coastline either and the views inland of the glacier-carved centre of the island are equally impressive as you cycle beneath Cadillac Mountain and past the incredibly photogenic Jordan Pond and Eagle Lake, before returning downhill to Bar Harbor. For those looking for a longer challenge you can opt to extend your route to ride by the beautiful Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse – one of the most photographed of all lighthouses in New England – or go on an optional kayak tour, whale watching cruise or lobster fishing excursion. Riding Distance - approximately 21 miles / 34kms, undulating with 1600ft /490 m of elevation gain. Overnight Bar Harbor
Acadia National Park - Portland
Your final ride day may be one of the shortest, but certainly one of the most memorable. Cadillac Mountain is the tallest point on the North Atlantic seacoast and the first spot that the sun’s rays touch US soil at dawn each morning. Take an early morning drive up the gently winding road to the 1,530 ft summit, arriving prior to sunrise to take in the inspiring panoramic views of the sun rising above the Atlantic. Enjoy the freewheeling descent towards Eagle Lake and take the well-paved Park Loop Road, which will soon connect you to the famed ‘carriage roads and the spectacular stone bridges that were designed, built and gifted by John D Rockefeller Jr. Winding through the forests stop at the Jordan Pond House and its stunning boulder-strewn reflection across the lake, before once again dropping back down to Bar Harbor. Return to the hotel to freshen up before saying goodbye to Acadia National Park and transferring by vehicle (approx. three hours) back to Portland around 4pm, where your trip comes to an end. Riding Distance - approximately 27 miles / 43kms, undulating on 'carriage roads', with 1640ft /500 m of elevation gain.
May 8, 22
June 12, 26
July 10, 24
August 7, 21
September 11, 25
October 9, 23
- 5 nights simple hotel/motel accommodation
- 5 breakfasts
- Transport by Bicycle (e-bike option available, subject to availability), Support Vehicle
- Travel insurance
- International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
- Entrance fees to sites not explicitly listed as included
- Meals and beverages not mentioned
- Items of a personal nature
- Visa fees if applicable
- There are regular rest breaks each day, however it is important to note that you will be riding over multiple and consecutive days in a climate and terrain that may be unfamiliar. While it can be tempting to start out riding as hard and fast as you can (we get it!) we recommend taking it easy on the first few days while your body gets used to the rides and the climate.
- As a rule, the more preparation you can do for this type of trip, the more you will enjoy it. Prepare for the trip by doing aerobic type exercises before travelling - jogging or swimming are some options, though cycling is best. If possible, take some extended day rides before travelling, or spend time on exercise bikes in the gym. The more your muscles (and bottom) are prepared for the riding on this trip the more you will be able to enjoy the wonderful countryside and people you meet while riding. Note that an enthusiasm for bike riding and adventure is essential!
- It is also important that you are both confident and competent in riding a bicycle, both solo and in a group environment.
- The information listed in the itinerary is a guide to the approximate distances and terrain cycled each day. However, this may vary depending on the physical capabilities of the group, and changes to local conditions. For safety reasons we only cycle during daylight hours, so there may be some early morning starts. We take regular rest breaks throughout cycling days.
- This trip starts with a welcome meeting at 1pm on Day 1 in Portland. This trip finishes upon arrival in Portland on Day 6 around 4 pm.
- A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
- Bicycle hire is included in your trip price. Please advise your height at time of booking so we can organize a suitable sized bike.
- Due to the terrain the included bikes on this trip are a flat bar 'hybrid-style'. You have the option (at extra cost) of hiring an electric bike (e-bike) on this trip - this must be requested at the time of booking.
- A discount is available to those clients bringing their own bike, please ask your booking agent for more information.
- Bike helmets are compulsory on this trip. We are unable to hire bike helmets locally so please ensure you bring your own bike helmet from home.
- For groups of less than 12 clients we have a single leader that drives the support vehicle alongside the group. For larger groups, we have a driver plus a leader that rides with the group.
- Accommodation is not included on day 6 of this trip. If you require additional accommodation (or want to reserve your room for the main part of the day) please enquire at time of booking.
- Due to Covid-19 restrictions some of the local attractions may be temporarily closed, running reduced hours, or require booking ahead. Please check their websites for up-to-date opening hours.
- OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES in Bar Harbor: Whale watching (approx. 3-5hrs), Lobster Fishing/Seal Watching (approx. 2hrs), and Sea Kayaking (approx. 4hrs) are all very popular activities and sell out very quickly - these must be booked by you well ahead to guarantee a place. It is often impossible to book a spot on the day, or even a couple of days beforehand.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.
23 Oct 2022