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8 Days | Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise


PORTLAND ROUNDTRIP

Day 1 | Portland, Maine. Begin your adventure with a calm afternoon on the sun deck looking for whales and enjoying the stunning natural beauty of Maine's coast.

Day 2 | Bar Harbor. Nestled on the east side of Mt. Desert Island, Bar Harbor has enchanted visitors throughout history with its incredible natural beauty, cultural traditions, and endless opportunities for recreation. Join a shore excursion to surrounding Acadia National Park and witness breathtaking vistas and an abundance of wildlife in unspoiled habitats. End your day by taking a leisurely walk along the "Shore Path," where you will be treated to striking views of the Atlantic Ocean to your left and gorgeous, sprawling homes to your right.

Nature Cruise. Discover the indigenous wildlife of Maine's coasts during a nature cruise. Cruise past some of the most breathtaking scenery in New England while you get up close and personal with the indigenous wildlife that inhabits the area. An expert naturalist will narrate as you meet the native harbor seals and seek out nesting eagles. Along with the wildlife, highlights will include views of magnificent summer homes, Egg Rock Lighthouse, and Acadia National Park.

Acadia National Park. (2.5 Hours) Experience picturesque scenery during a bus tour through Acadia National Park. Nestled on the east side of Mount Desert Island and surrounded by Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor has welcomed visitors for centuries. During the 1800s, the breathtaking mountains and seascapes were a source of inspiration for many artists and writers. Prominent figures like Joseph Pulitzer and William Proctor built magnificent cottages in this beautiful coastal community. This bus tour of Acadia National Park includes stops at the summit of Cadillac Mountain, the first land in the United States touched by the morning sun, and Thunder Hole, an inlet naturally carved out of rocks where the waves spout water as high as 40 feet.

Day 3 | Castine. Belfast. Home to the Maine Maritime Academy, Castine offers both spectacular harbor views and an area rife with history. Take a leisurely walk down Main Street and marvel at the town's many examples of early 19th century architecture. Spend the afternoon exploring Belfast, a quaint coastal community. Stroll through Belfast's historic district, which proudly showcases magnificent sea captains' mansions. Art enthusiasts will enjoy visiting this area's many art galleries. This small town features over eighteen galleries located right in its downtown district.

Castine Walking Tour. Join Town Historian, Jim Stone, on a walking tour through Castine's Historic District. During the tour, you will learn about the town's history while enjoying the architectural beauty of its quaint seaport. This tour will cover approximately a 1/2 mile; terrain is both flat and hilly. Comfortable shoes are recommended for this tour.

Belfast Walking Tour. (1 Hour) Join a local Belfast historian on a walking tour thorugh the city's Historic Districts. Located on a hill overlooking the tidal waters of Penobscot Bay, Belfast's history of creativity, innovation and tradition are witnessed throughout the city. The 1800s were a time of great prosperity in Belfast, mostly due to the town's shipbuilding and commerce. The historic district of Belfast proudly showcases magnificient sea captains' mansions in Greek revival and Italianate architecture that have been included on the National Register of Historic Places. Join a local Belfast historian on a one-hour walking tour thorugh the city's Historic Districts, ending at the Belfast Museum, which features exhibits telling the city's fascinating story.

Day 4 | Camden. Full of classic schooners, this charming village is considered the "tall ship capital of Maine," and is admired for its scenic beauty. Enjoy the warm summer sunshine and refreshing sea breezes as you relax on a park bench and watch beautiful ships sail into the harbor. You may stroll along Camden's streets, which are lined with shops and art galleries. Bring your camera to capture sweeping ocean vistas, placid coastlines, and panoramic views of Camden, Penobscot Bay and the surrounding islands from atop Mount Battie.

Narrated Bus Tour through Camden Hills State Park. (90 Minutes) Camden is proud to call itself the "Jewel of the Coast." A quaint seaport town, Camden features 19th century architecture, a harbor full of classic schooners and a beautiful backdrop provided by Camden Hills. A narrated bus tour takes you through Camden Hills State Park, with a stop at the top of Mt. Battie, where you'll have panoramic views of glistening lakes, Camden Harbor, and the islands of Penobscot Bay.

Day 5 | Rockland. Rockland is a thriving town with a vibrant artistic culture and essential lobster industry. Spend your time touring one of Rockland unique museums, including the Owls Head Transportation Museum and the Farnsworth Art Museum. Explore downtown Rockland, featuring an eclectic collection of boutique and art galleries, or relax on a park bench and watch classic schooners sail through the harbor.

Owl's Head Transportation Museum. Take a step back in time and enjoy pioneer-era aircrafts and automobiles. Take a step back in time at the Owls Head Transportation Museum, where pioneer-era aircraft and automobiles from the late 19th century and early 20th century are on permanent display. Enjoy a guided tour of the museum's outstanding collection. Also, don't miss out on your chance to ride in a Model T.

City Tour/Farnsworth Museum. Enjoy a narrated tour of Rockland, making frequent stops around town, including the famous Farnsworth Art Museum. Famous for its mountainous and rugged shore, Rockland is one of Maine's unique treasures. Enjoy a narrated tour of Rockland, which will make frequent stops around town, including the famous Farnsworth Art Museum where you will enjoy a one-hour tour. The Farnsworth Art Museum pays homage to Maine artists throughout its permanent collection, "Maine in America." Moreover, it is one of only two centers in the country dedicated to the three generations of Wyeths.

Day 6 | Boothbay Harbor. Known as the "Boating Capital of New England," Boothbay Harbor bustles with fishing vessels and pleasure craft in equal numbers. Walk along Boothbay Harbor's flower-lined streets, dotted with art galleries, antique shops and specialty boutiques. Don't forget to visit the famous Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Tour. Explore one of the most distinguished botanical destinations in the country on a one hour guided tour. One Hour The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is one of the most distinguished botanical destinations in the country, and one of Maine's top attractions. Its exquisite gardens, dramatic and compelling natural landscape, stunning Visitor Center, and waterfront make it unique, charming and totally captivating. A guided tour will introduce you to the history, horticultural details, and colorful explanations of these gardens. Included will be the visitor favorite, the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses, a garden designed to appeal to each sense. After the tour, visit the gift shop or stroll the gardens on your own.

Day 7 | Bath. Long known as the "City of Ships," Bath finds its identity in shipbuilding. From its architecture and cultural offerings to its urban downtown, Bath's shipbuilding roots define its character. Walk Bath's streets and admire the seaport’s tree-lined avenues, graced with classic examples of American architecture or explore the nationally acclaimed Maine Maritime Museum, which offers a variety of exhibits about Maine's nautical history.

Maine Maritime Museum. Take a guided or self-guided tour of the museum and discover Maine's rich seafaring history. Long known as the "City of Ships," Bath has a centuries-old shipbuilding tradition. Shipyards line its river's edge and Bath-built vessels sail the seas of the world. Bath is home to the nationally acclaimed Maine Martime Museum, which offers a variety of exhibits on Maine's nautical history. Take a guided or self-guided tour of the museum and experience Maine's rich seafaring history. From watercraft and lobstering to shipbuilding and sea trade, hear stories about dangerous voyages to distant lands, see how a shipbuilder's family lived during the 1890s, and discover the fascinating lore surrounding Maine's maritime culture.

Day 8 | Portland. After a refreshing and relaxing week of cruising Maine's coast and harbors, enjoy a day exploring the vivacious city of Portland. This charming area is located in the heart of Casco Bay and offers something for everyone. Visit one of Portland's many museums and art galleries or peruse the many specialty boutiques in the city's celebrated Old Port.

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change without notice. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the itinerary schedule you receive with your final documents.

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