Cycling Maine's Coast & National Park

Cycling Maine's Coast & National Park

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Cycling Maine's Coast & National Park

8 Days Starting and ending in Portland

Visiting: Portland, Clark Island, Spruce Head, Rockland, Camden, Acadia National Park, Schoodic Peninsula

Tour operator:

Exodus

Tour code:

C07MN

Group Type:

Independent

Guide Type:

Self Guided

Physical rating:

Moderate

Age range:

to 99

Interests:

History, Wildlife Tours

Activities:

Cycling, Swimming, Walking

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Tour Overview

With almost 400 miles from Kittery to the Canadian border, the coast of Maine presents incredibly diverse landscapes brimming with New England charm. This trip encompasses the very best that coastal Maine has to offer, from quaint artistic towns to the dramatic beauty of craggy shorelines that look out to historic island lighthouses. Treat yourself to a variety of Maine delicacies like smoked salmon, fresh blueberries, the local favourite 'whoopee pie' and the world-famous Maine lobster. This distinctive trip gives you a unique insight into the creativity and beauty of the area as you ride through Acadia National Park, along the Schoodic Peninsula and through picturesque waterfront towns, all the while spoilt with unmatched ocean views. Undoubtedly a highlight of your trip, the accommodation featured on this holiday is of great standard. You'll spend your week in charming New England Inns dotted along Maine's rugged coastline, with the exception of your first night in Portland city. Brimming with tradition and warm hospitality, a cosy room and hearty breakfast awaits you after an exhilarating day cycling. Add extra nights in Portland or Boston should you want to explore these exciting American cities.

Highlights

  • — Step back in time to a simpler way of life in the tranquil seaside retreat of Maine — Luminous lighthouses, luxurious lobsters, and lush scenic trails await — Spend your nights at quaint New England Inns with devoted hospitality

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive In Portland
Location: Portland
Meals Included: breakfast

After arriving in Boston, you'll take a local bus to Portland, Maine where your hotelier will pick you up. You'll spend your first night in Portland to rest up before being collected the following morning for your transfer to Spruce Head.
Overnight Portland Regency Hotel & Spa, Portland.

Day 2 : Port Clyde And Clark Island
Location: Clark Island
Meals Included: breakfast

You'll be met at your Portland hotel and transferred to your first traditional New England Inn located in Spruce Head. From here, you'll embark on your first ride along coastal roads to the fishing village of Port Clyde and onto Marshall Point lighthouse, made famous by Forrest Gump. In the evening, you'll have plenty of time to marvel at the coastal views from the lovely garden of your inn.
Overnight Craignair Inn, Spruce Head.

Day 3 : Spruce Head To Rockland
Location: Spruce Head, Rockland
Meals Included: breakfast

Take a moment to enjoy your morning coffee overlooking the beautiful ocean before setting off to Birch Point State Park, home to the fascinating Owls Head lighthouse standing guard over Penobscot Bay. Continue to the eclectic village of Rockland, known as one of the world’s largest distributors of lobster. You have the option to visit Farnsworth Museum of Art featuring an extensive collection of art from the Wyeth family. Rockland is also home to many charming shops and galleries so there’s plenty to explore at your own pace this evening.
Overnight Berry Manor Inn, Rockland.

Day 4 : Rockland To Camden
Location: Rockland
Meals Included: breakfast

Today, you have some lovely options to consider for your ride. As the route from Rockland to Camden is 16km, we have a couple of loop rides that you can add in at Beauchamp Point (this is a beautiful 11km coastal ride through a natural reserve) and in the Camden Hills state park where sweeping views of Camden and Penobscot Bay await (24km). On your arrival in Camden, take your time wandering around this picturesque town, featuring a well-sheltered harbour surrounded by lush forests and hills.
Overnight Hartstone Inn, Camden.

Day 5 : Camden To Belfast
Location: Camden
Meals Included: breakfast

Journey along the rolling Camden Hills on quiet country roads through the summer community of Bayside. Complete your ride in the arty town of Belfast, a fantastic place to discover some local artists and enjoy the serene waterfront.
Overnight Jeweled Turrett Inn, Belfast.

Day 6 : Acadia's Carriage Roads
Location: Acadia National Park
Meals Included: breakfast

Your morning begins with an included transfer to Bar Harbour, the gateway to. This stunning national treasure will be your home for the day as you ride through breath-taking scenery along Acadia’s famous carriage roads. Gifted by philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr, he envisioned motor-free byways to visit the heart of Mount Desert Island taking advantage of the incredible scenic views; thus, the carriage ways were created. This is a fantastic ride where you become fully immersed in the best of Maine’s captivating landscapes.
Overnight Sandbar Cottage, Bar Harbour.

Day 7 : The Schoodic Peninsula
Location: Schoodic Peninsula
Meals Included: breakfast

A highlight of your week, your day begins with a unique ferry ride across Frenchman Bay to Winter Harbour and the Schoodic Peninsula. With over 27 acres of unique pink granite shores, it's easy to see why artists are frequently inspired by this stunning peninsula. Along your ride, you'll be rewarded with remarkable views over Mount Desert Island, Cadillac Mountain, and the historical lighthouses of Mark Island, Baker Island, and Egg Rock. Admire the dramatic waves as they crash into Schoodic's rugged shore before continuing to a traditional lobstering community.
Please note, if you have opted for an e-bike on this trip, the ferry does not accept e-bikes therefore an alternative route is available on the quieter side of Acadia in Southwest Harbour (58km).
Overnight Sandbar Cottage, Bar Harbour.

Day 8 : Acadia National Park
Location: Acadia National Park
Meals Included: breakfast

What better way to end your New England escape than to cycle Acadia National Park's famous Park Loop, winding along the craggy shore. You have the option to climb Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the North Atlantic seaboard as a spectacular finish to your week!
Transfer at noon back to Portland for your return bus to Boston Airport or for an extra night or two in this bustling American city.

What's Included

  • — 7 nights in traditional New England Inn's — All breakfasts — Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent — Headwater navigation app — High quality bikes — Luggage transfers between hotels  — All lodging taxes and gratuities — Transf

What's Not Included

  • — Travel insurance — Single accommodation (available on request - compulsory supplement) — Visas or vaccinations — Lunches & dinners — Arrival and departure transfers (if booking a land only package)

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Accommodation

Your first night is spent in Portland Harbour Hotel, an elegant and historical building in the Old Port District of Portland. With a luxury spa and creative onsite restaurant, this is the perfect place to rest up before beginning your cycling tour.

Add extra nights in Portland if you'd like to explore this bustling city. There's plenty to see from whale watching to the renowned Portland Symphony Orchestra!

Check out our Q&As

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

Reviews of this Operator

Gergana Racheva  

Very helpful and prompt service

06-Jan-2023

Very helpful and prompt service. I called to check for an already booked trip and once we sorted this, the agent was ready to help me with another booking as well. He actually waited for me to book my flight tickets, answered all my questions, informed me of all my options. Exodus is a tour company I am using regularly due to the quality of their trips, ease of booking and helpfulness of their customer service team

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Tim Hardy  

Stunning walking. Walking the Amalfi Coast

04-Nov-2021

This trip takes you through the most beautiful parts of the Mediterranean walking with a guide and also discovering the wonders of Pompeii and Vesuvius. The hotel had a nice feel as family run, spotless and comfortable rooms, we were well looked after for breakfasts and dinner each day, and the barmen fixed some mean cocktails for us.!

Paul Green  

It's amazing what you can do in a week! Cycling the Dalmatian Coast.

08-Oct-2021

This holiday was extremely enjoyable. The itinerary is well planned and the route takes you to a variety of destinations. Not having been to Croatia before I didn't know there were so many beautiful small islands and I loved the ferry and catarmaran rides. The coastal route we took was dramatic and the World Heritage sites in Split and Dubrovnik very interesting and worth visiting. The Adriatic Sea was warm, blue and inviting, good for swimming even in October. The hotels we stayed in varied in size from medium to large. I particularly liked the one just outside Dubrovnik as I had a sea view. Tourists were plentiful in Split and Dubrovnik but in the other places we stayed there was an end of season feel and it was quiet on the roads and in the resorts. The food was good and our guide was always able to recommend a nice restaurant for our evening meal. The weather in October was good for cycling - not hot, partly cloudy most days and one day it rained!

Mrs Y Morrison  

Fabulous company and trip

06-Jan-2023

We went overland from Cape Town to Zimbabwe through Botswana and Namibia. What a fantastic trip. Our first time with Exodus although we have travelled extensively around the world. We would highly recommend this company for such a brilliant trip - we got everything and more all at a good price. Thanks to everyone involved. We are looking at our next trip!

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John Edwards (Google Reviewer)  

I went cycling in Albania...

19-Aug-2023

I went cycling in Albania with exodus as my first holiday with them. Such a well organised and wonderful experience where I met multiple fellow travellers who have been advocates of them for many years. You can't argue with happy repeat customers and I'm planning my next adventure with them soon

Rob Burridge (Google Reviewer)  

I'v just come back from...

17-Jul-2022

I'v just come back from an amazing Wildlife & Wilderness trip in Botswana and I highly recommend Exodus Travels. Our guide Brian, was extremely knowledgeable on both the wildlife and history of Botswana and neighbouring countries. The other three staff, Abbis, Chief & Mr T, who accompanied us through out our 2 week trip, put in the hard work and made sure our camp was always prepared and that we we're well fed and looked after. The tour took us to some beautiful places and we saw some amazing wildlife, and on several occasions this was due to Brian's knowledge of the area and wildlife behaviour. Exodus have been very quick to respond to any queries I had, and the whole experience ran smoothly. I was also pleased to hear that during lockdown they provided staff with food packages 👍. I'd normally go on self organised trips, however, with this trip, the tour and guide Brian took us to places not possible otherwise and showed us things that we would'v missed out on. All of which were the highlights of the tour.

Daphne Partridge (Google Reviewer)  

After 14 roup adventure holidays...

26-Nov-2023

After 14 roup adventure holidays with Exofus we would not hesitate to recommend them as an excitingholiday company. They take you off the beaten track but offer great support and expertise :)

Charlene Matthews (Google Reviewer)  

Extremely helpful, professional company. Sara...

09-Mar-2021

Extremely helpful, professional company. Sara our guide for K2 was exceptional. Highly recommend! Wouldn't hesitate to book again with Exodus

Alison Payton (Google Reviewer)  

I've done 8 trips in...

17-May-2023

I've done 8 trips in the last 14 years with Exodus, and have been rewarded with a 10% discount on all future bookings. I feel very confident that I'll receive pleasant, efficient service, and have the unusual holiday experience that I'm looking for each time. I've trekked to the top of snow-capped peaks, wild-camped in the desert, seen amazing spectacles of nature, visited 4 capital cities in a week, and learned about local culture and experienced local hospitality in a way that I simply wouldn't on a conventional holiday. The quality of the accommodation and guides can vary, but this is mainly down to cultural differences and things that Exodus can't control. I've only ever complained once, my complaint was taken seriously, and I was sent a discount voucher - you can't say fairer than that. I remain a loyal customer.

johanna leonor (Google Reviewer)  

If you like to be...

07-Sep-2023

If you like to be mistreated Exodus is perfect for you. If you enjoy terrible choices for hotels and pseudo restaurants Exodus is perfect for you. Careless about their clients and loveless about their propositions. Exodus has been a dissatisfaction and disappointment about every dealing i and my group have had with him. Especially a man called Simone who just cares about the money he can get from you couldn’t care less about service.

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    Exodus requires a minimum deposit of 25% or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 90 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of exodus charges.

    Up to 42 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 20 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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