See the rugged Atlantic coastline, cruise through the rolling hills and verdant forests of the interior, sample both bustling Boston and inviting villages, it is ideal for those who want a unique vacation.
This fly drive trip takes you through some of the most picturesque and enjoyed seaside resort villages in New England. Enjoy stops for mouth-watering lobster luncheons before getting back on the road, taking time to enjoy the Maine Coastal Route through charming towns and villages.
You will also take in one of the most beautiful national parks in the United States. Acadia on Mount Desert Island is a 35,000-acre park graced with natural scenic beauty. Within its boundaries you will find 120 miles of hiking trails and 27 miles of carriage trails.
The undoubted highlight of this trip is the three-day adventure exploring the Islands of Maine. Long days to sail and explore, a shore-side lobster bake, and lots of time to relax and unwind. This cruise can be a grand change of pace and certainly a highlight of any Maine vacation
There is so much to see and experience on this trip that you will be talking about it for years to come.
Boston - Catch a free concert or movies at the Hatch Memorial Shell during the highlights of summer in the city.
We will arrange a flight to your destination where you pick up a rental car on arrival and tour at you own pace through your favourite destination. We can arrange all of your accommodation or you can ‘freelance’. Freelancing is not recommended during the park summer or autumn periods.
Boston - Kennebunkport
Ogunquit - Camden
Sailing Maine’s Islands
Camden - Bar Harbor
Bar Harbor - Portland
Portland - Portsmouth - Boston
Day 1 Boston - Kennebunkport
Arrive Boston and travel north along the coast to Kennebunkport, ME for your overnight stay.
Day 2 Ogunquit - Camden
This morning explore Ogunquit. This quaint fishing hamlet is one of the most picturesque and enjoyed seaside resort villages in New England. Walk the mile long Marginal Way over rocky ocean cliffs to Perkins Cove.
Enjoy a mouth-watering lobster luncheon before departing for Camden, taking time to enjoy the Maine Coastal Route through charming towns and villages. Upon arrival in Camden, head directly for the Harbor to board your Maine Windjammer Cruise. *Boarding is at 5:30pm and first night aboard is in berth.
Day 3-5 Sailing Maine’s Islands
After a hearty breakfast Monday, get underway for a three-day adventure exploring the Islands of Maine. Long days to sail and explore, a shore-side lobster bake, and lots of time to relax and unwind. Shipboard routines quickly become a comfortable pattern. Rise early, maybe in time for an exhilarating sunrise. As you relax and enjoy the dawn of a new day, take in the sea air with a hot cup of coffee and fresh baked goods prepared on our wood stove. Awhile later, the sound of the ship’s bell will announce it’s time for a hearty downeast breakfast. As the crew prepares the schooner for the day’s adventure, there is time for a row or a swim or a walk ashore and the day’s adventure has just begun. This cruise can be a grand change of pace and certainly a highlight of any Maine vacation.
Day 5 Camden - Bar Harbor
Upon returning to land, enjoy the quaint village of Camden before departing for Bar Harbor, gateway to Acadia National Park. Spend the next 2 nights in Bar Harbor.
Day 6 Bar Harbor
A full day to explore one of the most beautiful national parks in the United States. Acadia on Mount Desert Island is a 35,000-acre park graced with natural scenic beauty. Within its boundaries you will find 120 miles of hiking trails and 27 miles of carriage trails. Acadia National Park is best known for its pine-covered forests and rugged coastline, not to mention Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the United States Eastern Seaboard. Enjoy some of Bar Harbor’s restaurants and taverns this evening.
Day 7 Bar Harbor - Portland
Follow Maine’s scenic coastline south to Portland. This old harbor town has become a funky city filled with galleries, unique boutiques and shops, and incredible restaurants.
Day 8 Portland
Tour downtown’s Old Port historic district and some of the city’s historic homes. Portland is also a funky city filled with galleries, one-of-kind boutiques and shops, and incredible restaurants serving everything from New England clam chowder, lobster rolls and Maine seafood to nouveau cuisine. Head to Cape Elizabeth and visit the Portland Head Light & Museum, located along the spectacular shores of Fort Williams Park. The museum is located in the Keeper’s quarters Or you may choose to shop Freeport, home to outlet stores and the one-of-a-kind outdoor outfitter, LL Bean.
Day 9 Portland - Portsmouth - Boston
This morning depart Portland for Portsmouth, NH, a working port since colonial days and a treasure trove of historical offerings. Visit Strawbery Banke, a collection of 42 buildings reflecting four centuries of architectural and social change in one of America’s oldest neighbourhoods, or take advantage of the many shops and restaurants in this historic seaport community. Head back to Boston’s Logan International Airport for your departure