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Coast of Maine Bike Tour

  • Maine sunrise Bar Harbor
  • Acadia Maine carriage road bridge
  • Bar Harbor Maine shoreline
  • Popover from Jordon Pond house Acadia
  • Bikers on carriage road Acadia
  • Lori & Earl kayaking
  • Maine Blueberry pie
  • Maine biking
  • Bar Harbor inn from the island
DURATION
6 Day(s)
DAILY BIKING
10 to 40 miles
TRIP DIFFICULTY
2-Easier to Intermediate
REVIEWS
STARTING FROM
$2595
SINGLES ADD FROM
$600

Trip Overview

Whitewashed lighthouses perched on rocky shores, evergreen forests and open meadows, fresh seafood, galleries, seals, ducks, geese and jabbering seagulls – these are the images of a Maine that does exist, and our tour, based on beautiful Mount Desert, takes you there.

And as a special treat, you unpack once and spend all 5 nights at the prestigious Bar Harbor Inn, where you stay in a premium room with a private balcony.

Enjoy breathtaking ocean scenery and explore villages such as the boatbuilding center of Southwest Harbor, the yachting mecca of Northeast Harbor, and the commercial fishing village of Bass Harbor.

Ferry to Swan’s Island where you cycle past picturesque Burntcoat Harbor on your way to a picnic at Hockamock Head Lighthouse. Plus, for a change of pace, experience a morning of professionally guided kayaking along quiet inlets and later, a real “Down East” lobster feast.

Ride into Acadia National Park, truly a cyclist’s paradise. Miles of carriage roads wind gently through pine forests and lovely stands of beech and maple, curve around sparkling freshwater lakes and secluded ponds, and then lead you out to magnificent seascapes along the Atlantic shoreline.

You are a guest of the lovely Bar Harbor Inn located on Frenchman’s Bay and just a short walk from “downtown” Bar Harbor with its multitude of stores, craft shops, museums and galleries. Don't miss the chance to explore classic Maine scenery by bike and stay in this iconic inn.

Itinerary

From start to finish, check out the route.

DAY 1 - Arrival Day
The Bar Harbor Inn
This is arrival day. Many plan to arrive early so as to fully enjoy the spectacular inn or to stretch your legs with a stroll around Bar Harbor. Dinner is at 6:30 PM and is followed by an introductory meeting with your leaders.
DAY 2 - Lighthouses & Fishing villages
Distance: 31 miles | Terrain: Easier to Intermediate | The Bar Harbor Inn
Today’s ride centers on Swan’s Island. But first you ride out to Bass Harbor and to the Bass Head Harbor Light, one of the most scenic (and photographed) lighthouses on the East Coast. Bass Harbor is a working fishing village and the scenes of fishing boats, lobster pots, and quiet harbors is pure Maine. Then take a 45-minute ferry ride out to Swan’s Island which provides lovely views of surrounding islands as well as views back to Mount Desert. On the island you ride out on various peninsulas (the terrain is more “rolling” than you might expect), including a visit to Hockamock Point Lighthouse (built in 1872) for a picnic and to Burntcoat Harbor, as well as a popular visit to the Saturn Press. Swan’s Island is a lobstering and fishing island with a year-around population of about 350, and you will surely enjoy the colorful docks and local fishing boats, as well as getting a bit of an understanding of what it might be like to live in a somewhat remote fishing village. Tonight you enjoy a lobster feast at Beal’s Lobster Pound.
DAY 3 - Acadia National Park Carriage Trail
Distance: 20, 31 or 40 miles | Terrain: Easier to Intermediate | Bar Harbor Inn
On Tuesday you begin with a ride along Sargent’s Drive, surely one of the greatest oceanside cycling routes imaginable. Then on into the village of Northeast Harbor, passing some magnificent shingled “cottages” owned by folks that have clearly made their fortunes. The harbor area of Northeast Harbor has an interesting variety of commercial fishing boats, private yachts and sightseeing excursion boats, and the village itself has a number of interesting stores, a great number of galleries (and a good bike shop!). As you leave Northeast Harbor, you can stop and explore the paths leading through the lovely Asticou Azalea Gardens.

Next we begin your exploration of the Acadia National Park Carriage Trail system, including a visit to the Jordan Pond House where you can enjoy their famous popovers while sitting on the front lawn that overlooks Jordan Pond and the “Bubbles.” A wonderful optional ride included in the standard directions takes you from the Jordan Pond House to the lookout on Day’s Mountain where you can see much of the island as well as great ocean vistas out to the Cranberry Isles.

The construction of the 57 miles of Carriage Roads was financed and directed by John D. Rockefeller Jr. between 1913 and 1940 and is restricted to use by bikers, hikers, horseback riders and, of course, carriages. You will be impressed at the care that was taken to leave the land as intact as possible, and by the overall result of a beautiful network of roads leading us through unbelievable gorgeous scenery. Stop and admire each of the bridges you cross – they are famous for their beauty, engineering, and use of natural materials.

Finally at the end of the day you arrive at the Bar Harbor Inn. You will quickly note that Bar Harbor is a larger town than Southwest Harbor or Northeast Harbor, and you will want to explore the town with its innumerable shops, galleries and restaurants, as well as take an evening stroll along “Shore Path.”

Tonight we have a great dinner together at MacKay’s Public House, where the traditional elegance of Bar Harbor’s past has been recaptured in this historic Victorian building on Main Street.
DAY 4 - National Park Sea Kayak Tour
Distance: 12, 22 or 30 miles | Terrain: Easier | Bar Harbor Inn
Today we provide you with a great kayaking adventure along the quiet inlets of Pretty Marsh Harbor. You are instructed and led on this adventure by the expert guides of the National Park Sea Kayak Tour Company. Often this is followed by a scenic hike up Beech Mountain where you enjoy a spectacular 360 view of Mount Desert and the adjoining islands. In addition, we offer you several cycling options to take after (or in lieu of) the kayaking. The biking is from Pretty Marsh Harbor along Crooked Road to the Acadia National Park Headquarters and then along the Park Road to Bar Harbor: 17 miles plus options.

You are on your own for dinner this evening. Your leaders will provide you with a list of a number of excellent dining options to choose from.
DAY 5 - Acadia National Park
Distance: 22 or 32 miles | Terrain: Easier | Bar Harbor Inn
Thursday we take what must surely be one of the most scenic rides anywhere…the Loop Road of Acadia National Park. We have kept the mileage modest today since we know you will want to linger and enjoy the fabulous views at Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Otter Point etc… And then you wend your way back along the carriage roads and follow the Eagle Lake carriage road system as it leads past Bubble Pond and Eagle Lake. Dinner this evening is at Cafe This Way, where artfully prepared meals are served in a setting as comfortable as your own living room and as relaxed as your front porch.
DAY 6 - Departure Day
Distance: 10 or 16 miles | Terrain: Easier
Our last day includes shorter rides so as to allow for guests’ travel plans. The biking brings us to another lovely area in the carriage road system, cycling over Paradise Hill with its sweeping vistas of Hulls Cove and Frenchman Bay, and past Witch Hole Pond (where we often see a pair of cavorting loons). A very nice optional route takes us past Gilmour’s Meadow and Aunt Betty Pond, both of which provide ideal habitat for deer, otter, beaver and a number of birds. Mileage 10 or 16. Additional miles available.

Map

Maine

Dates & Pricing

Prices are based on double occupancy. Single supplement for private room is listed at the top of this page. A deposit of $500 holds your reservation for most tours. For weekend tours, the deposit is $300.

Start End Cost Availability
Jun 20, 2021 Jun 25, 2021 $2595.00 Available! Reserve Reserve
Jun 27, 2021 Jul 02, 2021 $2595.00 Available! Reserve Reserve
Jul 18, 2021 Jul 23, 2021 $2595.00 Available! Reserve Reserve
Jul 25, 2021 Jul 30, 2021 $2595.00 Available! Reserve Reserve
Aug 15, 2021 Aug 20, 2021 $2595.00 Available! Reserve Reserve
Aug 22, 2021 Aug 27, 2021 $2595.00 Available! Reserve Reserve
Sep 05, 2021 Sep 10, 2021 $2595.00 Available! Reserve Reserve
Sep 12, 2021 Sep 17, 2021 $2595.00 1 to 4 spaces left! Reserve Reserve

What’s Included

All ferries and excursions, professionally guided kayaking, 5 nights' lodging, 5 breakfasts, picnic on Swan’s Island, 4 dinners (you are on your own for dinner one night in Bar Harbor), bicycle and helmet. Free transfer provided from/to Bangor International Airport. Arrival: 2:00 PM pickup at Bangor Airport. Departure: 2:00 PM from Bar Harbor Inn. Airfare not included.

Dates & Pricing

Prices are based on double occupancy. Single supplement for private room is listed at the top of this page. A deposit of $500 holds your reservation for most tours. For weekend tours, the deposit is $300.

Start: Jun 20, 2021
End: Jun 25, 2021
Cost: $2595.00
Availability: Available!
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Start: Jun 27, 2021
End: Jul 02, 2021
Cost: $2595.00
Availability: Available!
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Start: Jul 18, 2021
End: Jul 23, 2021
Cost: $2595.00
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Start: Jul 25, 2021
End: Jul 30, 2021
Cost: $2595.00
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Start: Aug 15, 2021
End: Aug 20, 2021
Cost: $2595.00
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Start: Aug 22, 2021
End: Aug 27, 2021
Cost: $2595.00
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Start: Sep 05, 2021
End: Sep 10, 2021
Cost: $2595.00
Availability: Available!
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Start: Sep 12, 2021
End: Sep 17, 2021
Cost: $2595.00
Availability: 1 to 4 spaces left!
Reserve

What’s Included

All ferries and excursions, professionally guided kayaking, 5 nights' lodging, 5 breakfasts, picnic on Swan’s Island, 4 dinners (you are on your own for dinner one night in Bar Harbor), bicycle and helmet. Free transfer provided from/to Bangor International Airport. Arrival: 2:00 PM pickup at Bangor Airport. Departure: 2:00 PM from Bar Harbor Inn. Airfare not included.

Inns

Where you stay along the way.

Bar Harbor Inn
Discover a Bar Harbor hotel with the perfect blend of location, setting, style and service on the waterfront. With a convenient location to stroll in Bar Harbor or along the harbor, this hotel is a great place to stay and relax.

Guests say …

Quotes from guests about this tour:


"Every detail was seemingly anticipated and addressed. Wayne and Cindy were very concerned with everyone’s experience and made themselves available as necessary. Loved the carriage rides and Cadillac/Day Mtn trips."

Lisa and Keith B.


"Loved Swan's Island Appreciated how aware/attentive Tom and Wayne were to our needs."

Lori and Earl J.


"The ride from NW Harbor to Bar Harbor was excellent!"

Steve M.


"The sea kayaking was a great mid-week event. I loved the experience and all of the wildlife. Very relaxing!"

Stephanie H.

Gallery

Images from this tour. Click each to see it larger.

Maine sunrise Bar Harbor Acadia Maine carriage road bridge Bar Harbor Maine shoreline Popover from Jordon Pond house Acadia Bikers on carriage road Acadia Lori & Earl kayaking Maine Blueberry pie Maine biking Bar Harbor inn from the island