Offered By: Park Tours
Explore coastal villages, cruise harbor waters, ride the rails and so much more in scenic Maine.
Operates: Oct 6 2014
Tour Length: 7 Days / 6 Nights
Departs From: Dunbar, WV * Parkersburg, WV * Ripley, WV
Single Room - $1,583.00
Double Room - $1,187.00
Triple Room - $1,092.00
Quad Room - $1,016.00
There are only two places along the U.S. Atlantic Coast where the mountains meet the sea, and both are in Maine. Whether standing on the shore or gazing into the remoteness from atop the mountain, the views are spectacular and the landscape is pristine. And with the crisp air of autumn comes the chance to experience a variety of settings for nature’s brilliant display of color. Acadia National Park is one of the most enchanting natural landscapes in the country and Camden Hills Park offers a full panoramic view of surrounding lakes and the beautiful wooded hillsides. We’ll explore coastal villages, cruise the harbor waters, ride the rails, journey back to the 19th century, and so much more. The haunting beauty and aura of peacefulness are only two of the reasons to join us where the mountains meet the sea.
Monday, October 6: There are only two places along the U.S. Atlantic Coast where the mountains meet the sea…and both are in Maine. Our colorful view of autumn in Bar Harbor begins with a travel day as we motor to the city of Mahwah, NJ for a night of lodging. Rest stops and meal stops will be made along the way for your convenience. An early evening arrival will give all an opportunity to mingle with fellow travelers and enjoy a good night of rest.
Tuesday, October 7: Enjoy a continental breakfast at the hotel before we hit the road. Welcome to New England! The Salem Cross Inn in Sturbridge, Massachusetts is expecting us for lunch. A historic national landmark, the establishment is a 1700’s era farmhouse nestled on 600 acres of working New England farmland. Relax by the fieldstone fireplace as the crackling fire cooks your colonial fare. For dessert, the baker prepares a deep-dish apple pie with apples picked from the local orchards. He will also share some of the secrets to rolling out a perfect crust and making a mouthwatering dessert.
We’ll travel on through the New Hampshire seacoast region and “downeast” to Bar Harbor, Maine while viewing the fabulous display of fall foliage. Bar Harbor has been celebrated for its breathtaking beauty ever since the island was discovered in 1604 by Samuel de Champlain, who named it “Isle de Monts Desert” (Mt. Desert Island) for its bare, desert-like mountaintops. Cross over the causeway onto Mt. Desert Island and check into our oceanfront resort overlooking scenic Frenchman’s Bay. Enjoy a leisurely dinner (on own). (B, L)
Wednesday, October 8: Following a full buffet breakfast at the hotel, we’ll meet up with a local guide for a tour of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. All the beauty and diversity of Maine comes together in Acadia National Park – mountains, conifers, and wildlife meet the ocean in a spectacle that, once seen, is seldom forgotten. Whether standing on the shore or gazing into the distance from the mountaintop, the views are spectacular. We’ll travel the entire Park Loop road with stops at Cadillac Mountain, the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard, Thunder Hole, where the thunder of the sea roars against the rocky shores, and the beautiful Sieur De Mont Springs Wild Gardens of Acadia.
We’ll take a lunch break (on own) in Bar Harbor with time to explore the shops, boutiques, and galleries. There are also two parks and a picturesque historic Shore Path originally created about 1880. This afternoon, enjoy an up-close experience with marine life as we tour the Bar Harbor Oceanarium and hear about lobster fishing.
Back at the hotel, grab your souvenir Maine lobster hat and get ready for a traditional New England lobsterbake dinner with all the fixin’s. Our meal is steamed in a large cooker where guests can watch and ask questions about lobster fishing and cooking. Be sure to bring your appetite and your camera when the cover is lifted to reveal a colorful blend of lobsters, clams, potato and corn-on-the-cob amidst a cloud of steam. Grilled steak and baked haddock dinner options are also available. (B, D)
Thursday, October 9: Rise and shine to another glorious morning! A full buffet breakfast is ready at the hotel. This morning, we’ll cruise the calm waters of the harbor on a narrated sightseeing cruise of Frenchman’s Bay. The voyage captures the essence of Maine’s natural landscapes and wildlife, as well as her seafaring past. We’ll return to the mainland for a carriage ride along the famous John D. Rockefeller carriage trail that loops though Acadia National Park. The Carriage Roads are the best example of turn of the century “broken stone” roads in America today. Granite from Mt. Desert Island was quarried by the construction crews for road material and bridge facing. Native vegetation, such as fern and wild blueberries, was tastefully used to landscape the roadside.
Then, whet your whistle on a tour of the Atlantic Brewing Company – with local beer samples of course! Built on a ten acre Maine farm, the property was designed to create an experience where visitors can learn about small-scale beer production in a country setting. It’s time for dinner, we have arranged for a meal at one of the local eateries. (B, D)
Friday, October 10: Fill up on a hearty buffet breakfast at the hotel. Our compass points south today for a journey along the coast. Beginning in Belfast, board the Belfast-Moosehead Lake Railway for a scenic vintage train excursion along beautiful Penobscot Bay and coastal woodlands. Moving on, we’ll stop for a relaxing lunch (on own) in one of the harbor villages – Rockland or Camden - known for their fishing and sailing heritage. Get you camera ready, the Pemaquid Lighthouse is one of Maine’s most scenic beacons. Built in 1827, the station sits on a sloping, rocky promontory with dramatic ridges left by the pounding sea. The tower's original Fresnel lens is still in use. Feel free to explore the keeper's house, now a Fishermen's Museum, exhibiting equipment, photos and artifacts from the fishing and lobstering industries as well as the lighthouse service. Back on the bus, we’ll motor through quiet coastal villages and bustling towns on our way to York Harbor. Roll up your sleeves for a classic downeast lobsterbake dinner with sing-a-long entertainment. The succulent feast includes your choice of Maine boiled lobster or barbecued chicken, plus chowder, cultivated mussels or steamed clams, corn on the cob, Maine potatoes, and blueberry cake. The day is almost over so we’ll cross the border into New Hampshire where a comfy pillow is waiting. Pleasant dreams! (B, D)
Saturday, October 10: Begin the day with a full breakfast at the hotel. Wow, today we come face-to-face with a rural New England town of the 1830’s. Old Sturbridge Village is the largest outdoor history museum in the entire Northeast, complete with over 40 original buildings that have been carefully researched, restored, and implanted from various sites throughout the upper coast. Delve into the past by taking a gander at the authentically costumed staff carrying out all of the typical daily activities of a 19th century community, such as farming, blacksmithing and period cooking. Following lunch (on own), it’s time to say good bye to charming New England. This evening, we’ll check into our comfortable hotel in Allentown, PA. (B)
Sunday, October 11: Today’s travel home is filled with beautiful scenery, new friends and memories of the haunting beauty where the mountains meet the sea. Rest breaks and meal stops will be made for your convenience.
Includes: Transportation, 6 nights lodging (3 Bar Harbor oceanfront), 4 full breakfast, 1 colonial luncheon with dessert demonstration, 3 dinners (including 2 lobster choice), 2 welcome receptions, guided tour of Acadia Park, Bar Harbor Oceanarium with lobster museum & hatchery, Atlantic Brewing Company tour & samples, Bar Harbor narrated cruise, Acadia Nation Park carriage ride, Belfast-Moosehead Lake Railway excursion, Pemaquid Lighthouse & Fisherman’s Museum, Old Sturbridge Village, souvenir Maine lobster hat.
Please keep in mind that tour itineraries are prepared up to a year in advance and circumstances can arise that are beyond our control. Although every effort is made to adhere to the published itinerary, we reserve the right to cancel or alter any portion of this tour if necessary.
Terms and Conditions:
MOTORCOACH CANCELLATION & TRANSFER POLICY:
We cannot guarantee a refund on prepaid attractions, such as theatre tickets.
All cancellations must be received during normal business days/hours. If deadline falls on weekend/holiday, notice must be received on business day prior.
Park Tours acts only in the capacity of agent in arranging transportation or any sightseeing tours, cruises, etc., and as such is not responsible for any damages, loss, delay, injury, or accident due to weather, or any act of default of any company or person engaged in providing services included in our tours. We reserve the right to cancel any tour or make changes in any itinerary, as we deem necessary. This brochure is prepared up to a year in advance of some scheduled tours and circumstances can arise that are beyond our control. Park Tours is not responsible to any person for expense, loss of time or money or other circumstances resulting from a change in itinerary or change of tour arrangements.
Optional tours, transportation, and admissions not included in the group package are the responsibility of the passenger.
Payment of telephone calls, room service, and other incidentals at places of lodging are the responsibility of the passenger.
Each passenger is allowed one standard size suitcase to be handled by the hotel and stored in the motorcoach luggage bay. You may also bring a carry-on for which you are responsible for at all times. Park Tours cannot accept responsibility for baggage which may be mishandled (damaged) or which you choose to leave in the motorcoach overnight. Vehicle luggage bays can be broken into, so carry important or valuable items separately. When ending your tour, please be sure to retrieve all items before departing the motorcoach. Park Tours will not accept responsibility for returning or locating lost items.
Park Tours reserves the right to refuse transportation to persons who are under the influence of intoxicating substances, to unattended persons incapable of providing basic self-care, or to those persons whose conduct is disruptive to the driver or other passengers. This includes all passengers who do not comply with the simple practices regarding general safety, smoking, or tardiness causing frequent delays to the group. In such a situation, Park Tours will arrange transportation home for the individual at his or her expense and there will be no refund for any unused portion of the tour.
TRAVEL PROTECTION INSURANCE:
We strongly recommend the purchase of the Coach USA Travel Insurance Plan to protect you and your travel investment. For detailed information and frequently asked questions, please visit www.tripmate.com. The policy exclusion for Pre-Existing Conditions will be waived if your premium is received with seven (7) days of the initial deposit for your trip (provided you are not disabled from travel at the time you pay your premium). Please call the office at 304-428-8217 if you are interested in purchasing insurance.
SMOKING IS PROHIBITED ON THE COACH:
Frequent stops will be made to accommodate smokers.