SHORE EXCURSIONS

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    Bar Harbor by Land & Sea

    Bar Harbor, Maine

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Discover the history of the privileged Bar Harbor area by driving through town and around gorgeous Acadia National Park before heading out to sea on a 151-foot schooner.


    After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a scenic and enlightening drive through Bar Harbor. The town became one of New England’s most exclusive destinations at the turn of the 20th century, attracting the likes of the Rockefellers, Carnegies and Vanderbilts, who built opulent summer “cottages” on Frenchman Bay. At Village Green, you will see Bar Harbor’s iconic cast-iron town clock and 19th-century bandstand.


    Continuing on into Acadia National Park, you will follow a stretch of the 27-mile road that loops through the spectacularly beautiful park. In time, you will pause for photos at one of the most dramatic overlooks. The exact one will depend on the conditions and time of day.


    You might watch the crashing surf spew as high as 40 feet at Thunder Hole, gaze out over gorgeous Sand Beach or stand atop Cadillac Mountain. From this highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard, you will enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Bar Harbor and the Porcupine Islands.


    Back in town, you will board the Margaret Todd, a spacious four-masted schooner and head into Frenchman Bay for a closer look at the offshore wonders. As you sail around the immensely scenic island-dotted bay, the you will hear commentary describing the points of interest and wildlife such as porpoises and bald eagles.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes limited walking, mainly at the guest's discretion. It is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual layered clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. The sailing portion of the tour will vary in duration from 1½ - 1¾ hours depending on wind and weather. The schooner may be under sail and/or motor power depending on wind conditions. Tour operates rain or shine.
    • Adult from: $129.00 USD
    • Child from: $109.00 USD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Bar Harbor Epicurean Experience

    Bar Harbor, Maine

    Duration 2.5 hours

    This leisurely-paced walking tour begins along the scenic ocean path of Bar Harbor. Your engaging and friendly guide will greet you and take you to four Maine owned and operated venues featuring locally sourced foods from the land and sea. Your tastes through town will include such delights as; lobster and brie paninis, Maine potato French fries, fresh mussels picked off the coast of our shores, a Maine craft beer, and a sweet ending featuring Maine blueberry or Maine maple syrup, all local favorites sure to please every palette.


    Along this tour, guests will learn about the culinary scene as well as the myriad of hard working culinary artisans, from potato harvesters, blueberry growers and restauranteurs to bakers, brewers, and more. The secret lives of lobsters and the lively work of Maine's lobstermen and women are showcased as well as their sustainable practices. A dose of local history will also be provided as we traverse the back streets of Bar Harbor, explaining the great fire, the former lifestyle of the “Roosevelt” era, and what MDI and the town have experienced over the centuries.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes 2 hours of easy to moderate walking/standing and covers approximately 1 mile. Not available to wheelchair guests and not recommended for those with walking difficulties. Layered clothing, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. This tour operates rain or shine.
    • Adult from: $109.00 USD
    • Child from: $109.00 USD
    DURATION 2.5 hours
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Snack
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    Acadia National Park

    Bar Harbor, Maine

    Duration 2.25 hours

    Experience one of the most scenic drives on the East Coast of the United States during this memorable visit to Acadia National Park, the second-most visited park in the United States. Boarding your coach at the pier, you will set-off on the drive to Acadia National Park, first passing through the quaint town of Bar Harbor to view some of the charming Victorian mansions built by America's rich and famous at the turn of the 20th century. Upon arrival at Acadia National Park, you will proceed along the 27-mile Park Loop Road taking in spectacular coastal, mountain and forest views.


    Next, you will travel along the ocean's edge, passing Sand Beach, Schooner Head Overlook, and the High Seas Estate, a beautiful mansion built by a wealthy gentleman whose wife perished on the Titanic before ever stepping foot in her dream home. Continuing on, you will pass Otter Cliffs and the gulf of Maine with beautiful views of the off shore islands, as well as travel through pine wood forests and past the Jordon Pond House. A beautiful view of the Penobscot Mountains and Bubbles Hill can be seen from this location. The park is home to over 50 species of mammals so keep your eyes peeled for moose, black bear and white tail deer as you make your way around the Park Loop Road. Weather and traffic/crowd conditions permitting, there will be a photo stop from atop the 1,530-foot Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on North America's eastern seaboard. Here, you will have the opportunity to take in spectacular panoramic views and enjoy photo opportunities of Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island. This wonderful vantage point allows you to see how glaciers have carved through the granite cliffs to form a breathtaking landscape of lush forest, lakes and valleys. In the event the weather or traffic prevents a stop here, an alternate scenic photo stop will be made in the park at the tour guide's discretion.


    Following this last stop, you will re-board your coach and transfer back to the pier.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes a moderate amount of walking, mainly at the guest's discretion. Most of the surfaces are paved and easily accessible; however, some areas are uneven and can be slippery when wet. The tour is available to guests who utilize a wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.
    • Adult from: $99.00 USD
    • Child from: $79.00 USD
    DURATION 2.25 hours
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    Available languages:
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    Acadia National Park & Lobster Bake

    Bar Harbor, Maine

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    This terrific tour combines the highlights of the Acadia National Park tour with a true "Downeast" lobster bake.


    Starting off from the pier, your journey takes you to Acadia National Park, first passing through the quaint town of Bar Harbor to view some of the charming Victorian mansions built by America's rich and famous at the turn of the 20th century. Upon arrival at the Park, you will proceed along the 27-mile Park Loop Road taking in spectacular coastal, mountain and forest views.


    Next, you will travel along the ocean's edge, passing Sand Beach, Schooner Head Overlook, and the High Seas Estate, a beautiful mansion built by a wealthy gentleman whose wife perished on the Titanic before ever stepping foot in her dream home.


    Continuing on, you'll pass Thunder Hole (if there is parking available, you will make a brief stop here), the Otter Cliffs and the Jordan Pond House as you make your way to a scenic setting where the delicious treat of a true "Downeast" lobster bake awaits you. Pulled fresh from ocean water, you will enjoy typical Maine lobster drizzled with butter along with all the trimmings. For dessert, you won't want to miss one of Maine's local favorites, a mouth-watering piece of homemade blueberry pie. (Steak is available upon request for non-lobster eaters. Please advise your guide just before the tour departs).


    At the conclusion of lunch, you will rejoin your coach and make the trip back to the pier in Bar Harbor.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes a moderate amount of walking, mainly at the guest's discretion. Most of the surfaces are paved and easily accessible; however, some areas are uneven and can be slippery when wet. Should a stop be possible at Thunder Hole, a 50-100 yard walk, with approximately 20 steps, is required to view the sea cave there and participants are cautioned to stay on the path, and not stray towards the rocky area. The tour is available to guests who utilize a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. If unable to stop at Thunder Hole, an alternate scenic stop will be substituted.
    • Adult from: $159.00 USD
    • Child from: $139.00 USD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Meal
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    Acadia National Park & Lobster Bake (French Language)

    Bar Harbor, Maine

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    This tour combines the highlights of the Acadia National Park tour with a true 'Downeast' lobster bake. Your journey takes you along the 27-mile Park Loop Road offering spectacular coastal, mountain and forest scenery. You’ll first pass through the quaint town of Bar Harbor to view some of the charming Victorian mansions built by America’s rich and famous at the turn of the century. Entering Acadia National Park, your journey on Park Loop Road will take you along the ocean’s edge and the spectacular scenery of Maine’s rocky coastline.


    Continuing past Thunder Hole, Otter Cliffs and the Jordon Pond House, you’ll make your way (weather permitting) to the 1,530-foot (466 meters) summit of Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on North America’s Eastern seaboard. With a 360-degree panoramic view, you’ll see how glaciers carved through the granite cliffs to form a beautiful landscape of lush forest, lakes and valleys. You’ll then be treated to a true 'Downeast' lobster bake in a beautiful setting along the coast. Pulled fresh from ocean water, enjoy typical Maine lobster drizzled with butter as well as all the trimmings.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour is conducted in French. Steak is available for non-lobster eaters. Walking is at your discretion. Most surfaces are paved but there are some uneven, slippery-when-wet areas and some steps. The stop at Cadillac Mountain will not be made in adverse or foggy weather conditions. A visit to the Acadia National Park Visitors Center or alternative location will be made instead. The order of the stops might be reversed to avoid congestion.
    • Adult from: $149.00 USD
    • Child from: $149.00 USD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Meal
    Available languages:
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    Acadia National Park & Carriage Ride

    Bar Harbor, Maine

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    One aspect of Acadia National Park that never fails to impress and fascinate visitors is the 57 miles of rustic carriage roads, which weave through the park. After a short drive along a portion of the Park Loop Road, travel back in time to the turn of the century as you board your 15 passenger horse drawn carriage for an approximately one-hour scenic ride along the famous Carriage Trails around Day Mountain. Built by philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. between 1913 and 1940, the beautifully designed gravel byways afford a unique and close-up view of the Acadia National Park landscape.


    Made of hand-cut stone and rock, the extensive motor-free trails are enjoyed today by hikers, bicyclists, horse riders and carriages. Weather permitting, continue along the Park Loop Road, making your way to the 1,530-foot (466 meters) Cadillac Mountain, highest point on North America’s Eastern seaboard. With a 360 degree panoramic view, you'll see how glaciers carved through the granite cliffs to form a beautiful landscape of lush forest, lakes and valleys.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour is not offered on all sailings. Walking is at your discretion. Most surfaces are paved but there are some uneven, slippery-when-wet areas and some steps. If weather and traffic conditions dictate, Cadillac Mountain will be substituted with another scenic stop. The tour sequence may vary to avoid congestion.
    • Adult from: $129.00 USD
    • Child from: $99.00 USD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Acadia National Park & The Looking Glass

    Bar Harbor, Maine

    Duration 3 hrs

    Encompassing the best that Bar Harbor has to offer, this tour includes not only the beautiful scenery of Acadia National Park, but you’ll also learn about the fascinating world of the lobster fisherman and journey back in time to experience an example of Bar Harbor’s Golden Age architecture.


    Your journey along Park Loop Road will take you along the ocean’s edge passing Otter Cliff and Thunder Hole where the ocean swells converge against the granite cliffs to create a thunderous roar. Depending on traffic and weather conditions, a photo stop will also be made at Thunder Hole, Schooner Head or Otter Cliffs.


    You will be brought back in time to the exclusive world of the Gilded Age as your guide shares tales of a bygone era, when America's wealthiest families made Bar Harbor their summer playground.


    Next you will be treated to a fascinating look into Maine’s lobster industry. A licensed Maine Lobsterman will explain the life cycle of the lobster, demonstrate the use of authentic traps and show you how these succulent creatures are caught.


    At the end of the tour, you are free to explore Bar Harbor’s many shops, boutiques and restaurants or join your guide for a short stroll back to the pier.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour does not visit the summit of Cadillac Mountain. Walking is at your discretion. Most surfaces are paved but there are some uneven, slippery-when-wet areas and some steps. The order of the stops might be reversed to avoid congestion.
    • Adult from: $109.00 USD
    • Child from: $109.00 USD
    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Snack
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    An Intimate Look at Acadia National Park

    Bar Harbor, Maine

    Duration 2 1/2 hrs

    Enjoy a relaxing drive through magnificent Acadia National Park, pausing every so often for photos at dramatic overlooks that highlight the stunning natural beauty. This small-group tour, with a maximum of 14 guests, is conducted in an executive coach and features maximum interaction with your experienced guide.


    After departing from the pier, you will begin driving along the gorgeous coast and soon enter Acadia National Park, the first national park created east of the Mississippi River. After several name changes, the park officially became Acadia in 1929. Today, it sprawls over three main areas, including Mount Desert Island, the focus of this exploration.


    One of the coastal highlights is Thunder Hole, a small inlet carved out of the granite rocks. If the tidal conditions are just right, the waves will rush into the cavern below and violently spew out as high as 40 feet with thunderous roar. While pausing for photos, you will also enjoy a panoramic view of Otter Cliff and pristine Schoodic Peninsula in the distance.


    Turning inland, you will then pass through lush pine forests while slowly ascending Cadillac Mountain. Its summit has the distinction of being the first place in the United States to see the sunrise from early October through early March. The sights are always spectacular from this vantage point, as it offers an unrivalled, 360-degree view of Bar Harbor, the islands beyond and Blue Hill Mountain.


    Throughout this driving tour, the guide will describe the most striking geological features and the history of Acadia National Park. Be sure to look for birds along the way, as species ranging from bald eagles to scarlet tanagers live here.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes minimal walking and is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and tour vessel and have a companion to assist
    • Adult from: $85.00 USD
    • Child from: $85.00 USD
    DURATION 2 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Best of Both Worlds

    Bar Harbor, Maine

    Duration 3 hrs

    Encompassing the best that Bar Harbor has to offer, this tour includes not only the beautiful scenery of Acadia National Park, but you’ll also learn about the fascinating world of the lobster fisherman and journey back in time to experience an example of Bar Harbor’s Golden Age architecture. Your journey along Park Loop Road will take you along the ocean’s edge passing Otter Cliff and Thunder Hole where the ocean swells converge against the granite cliffs to create a thunderous roar. Depending on traffic and weather conditions, a photo stop will also be made at Thunder Hole, Schooner Head or Otter Cliffs. You are brought back in time to the exclusive world of the Gilded Age. Your guide will share tales of a bygone era, when America's wealthiest families made Bar Harbor their summer playground.


    Following your tour of the Theater you will then be treated to a fascinating look into Maine’s lobster industry. A licensed Maine Lobsterman will explain the life cycle of the lobster, demonstrate the use of authentic traps and show you how these succulent creatures are caught. At the end of the tour, you are free to explore Bar Harbor’s many shops, boutiques and restaurants or join your guide for a short stroll back to the pier.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes a limited amount of leisurely walking, mainly at the guests' discretion during stops. There are some uneven surfaces and the possibility of slippery surfaces under wet conditions. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.
    • Adult from: $115.00 USD
    • Child from: $105.00 USD
    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Biking in Acadia National Park

    Bar Harbor, Maine

    Duration 2 1/2 hrs

    Experience the famous carriage roads of Acadia by bicycle and crisscross some of the most scenic areas of the park. The roads were constructed by John D. Rockefeller Jr. beginning in 1913; upset by a ruling allowing automobiles onto Mount Desert Island, he decided to provide a haven free of any motorized traffic. The roads recently underwent a multi-million dollar refurbishment so they’re in excellent condition for cycling. You’ll be custom fitted with a 24-speed mountain or hybrid bike, designed specifically for hard packed gravel such as you’ll find on the carriage trails. Your professional guide will stop often to offer interpretive information about the island’s history and lore.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Participants must be at least 12 years of age, be physically fit and know how to ride a bike. Each person will be individually fitted with 24-speed mountain or hybrid bike, along with a helmet. The bike route will include gently rolling terrain that should be suitable for anyone in good physical condition. Minimum capacity requirement must be met to run this tour. There are no restrooms on the route.
    • Adult from: $79.00 USD
    • Child from: $79.00 USD
    DURATION 2 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Age
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    Acadia Ocean Trail Hike

    Bar Harbor, Maine

    Duration 2 hrs

    Discover the stunning natural beauty and fascinating history of one of America’s most lovely islands. Your walk along the rockbound coast provides the perfect setting for your naturalist guide to introduce you to the wonders of Acadia National Park. As waves crash against granite, you’ll learn about the powerful glacial activity that gave the Maine coast its unique identity, variety of wildlife, flora and fauna that make this such an island paradise. The park also has an interesting history, including the part that John D. Rockefeller played in forming it. You’ll also learn about the lobster industry and the methods used to harvest these delicious crustaceans and Bar Harbor’s Golden Age, when Mount Desert Island was the playground of the world’s wealthy.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Walking distance is approximately one mile on easy terrain of well-maintained gravel and paved paths. Participants should dress warmly, with an outer layer and wear sturdy, comfortable shoes. Though the route is not difficult, people who have difficulty walking should not take this tour. This activity includes several stops along the ocean in the Park Loop Road vicinity. There are no restrooms on the route.
    • Adult from: $65.00 USD
    • Child from: $55.00 USD
    DURATION 2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Hiking

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Printed on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 06:26pm