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Acadia National Park Bike Tour

Coastal Maine and Acadia National Park

Join us for our Maine bike tour to explore the best of charming coastal Maine, including Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. It all begins with a quintessential New England lunch at a lobster shack featuring freshly caught crustaceans in a picturesque setting. Throughout our Acadia National Park bike tour, take in the views of historic lighthouses, fields of purple lupine, and quaint fishing villages adorned with colorful buoys as you pedal along the coast. Visit the charming harbor towns of Rockland and Camden, help haul a lobster trap, and enjoy a private tour on a lobster boat. Bike Mount Desert Island, home to Acadia National Park, from the “quieter side” to the island's heart in bustling Bar Harbor. In true Trek Travel fashion, we’ve designed our cycling routes to allow you to cover nearly all 45 miles of Acadia’s historic crushed-stone carriage trails, stopping along the way for photos at iconic locations like Jordan Pond. You will also have a chance to climb to the top of Cadillac Mountain, the highest point in Acadia, for panoramic views extending from the coastal islands in Frenchman Bay and across the Atlantic to the horizon. Finish it all off with an early morning spin along Acadia’s rugged eastern edge, showcasing sights like the serene crescent-shaped Sand Beach and crashing waves at Thunder Hole. Along the way, enjoy a variety of delicious Maine fare from casual coastal lobster shacks to gourmet farm-to-table dinners.
$3499 Per Person
5 Days & 4 Nights
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Trip Wows
Cover Acadia by bike as you pedal nearly all 45 miles of the famous carriage roads, stopping to savor idyllic viewpoints like Jordan Pond along the way
Take a private tour on a lobster boat and have lunch at a picturesque lobster shack, featuring fresh-caught crustaceans
Experience dinner at Primo, “a farm that has a restaurant at the edge of it” for the ultimate farm-to-table meal curated by Chef Kelly, a two-time James Beard award winner
Pedal through coastal Maine’s fishing villages adorned with colorful buoys and visit Owl’s Head lighthouse
Savor panoramic views of Frenchman Bay and the coastal islands as you ascend the winding road to the top of Cadillac Mountain, Acadia’s highest point
Watch the Experience
The beauty of Maine is understated and undeniable. It's not just the landscape that makes this a special place. It's how the landscape shapes life here. There is no better way to experience it than one pedal stroke at a time. You'll see what I mean as you ride up to lighthouses, past lobster buoys, and into harbors filled with majestic schooners.
-Amy, Trip Designer

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Get ready for a full day of adventuring to start off your Maine bicycle tour! Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the AC Hotel in Portland at 10:00 AM on the first day of the trip. After a 90-minute private shuttle, your trip begins with – you guessed it – lunch at a lobster shack! You’ll dine at The Slipaway, a charming family-run restaurant perched on the Thomaston town pier. The menu includes a variety of options including locally sourced seafood, fruits and vegetables from nearby farms, and scratch-made desserts by none other than the owner’s mom. With views of the St. George River from every seat, this is the perfect introduction to coastal Maine. After lunch, your guides will discuss bike safety and specific tips for riding in Maine before familiarizing you with your Trek bicycle and ensuring a comfortable fit. It's no surprise that Maine's official title is "The Lighthouse State" with over 65 historic lighthouses marking its jagged shoreline and 1,400 coastal islands. You’ll experience both on today’s ride! You’ll feel as though you’ve been transported back in time as you ride out to Spruce Head Island, home of a handful of fisherman and McLoon’s lobster shack. Pedal past fields of purple lupine and countless lobster buoys on your way to Owls Head State Park. Here you’ll break for a short walk to the historic lighthouse, which sits atop a bluff overlooking Penobscot Bay. Your ride continues through the artsy seaside town of Rockland. We highly recommend stopping at Lulu’s ice cream shack for a taste of Maine's best blueberry ice cream. A few last pedal strokes bring you to Samoset Resort, your seaside home for the next two nights. After getting settled, we'll gather together for social hour on the lawn, which is said to have one of the best coastal views in Maine, for a toast to the week ahead. But the day’s not over yet. Tonight’s dinner is a short shuttle away at Primo, where the menu is inspired by the day’s harvest from their five-acre sustainable, organic farm and prepared by Melissa Kelly, the Executive Chef and owner, who also happens to be a two time James Beard award winner.

Today's Ride:

Thomaston to Rockport
Approximately 31 miles with 1,550 feet of climbing


Samoset Resort

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

After a hearty breakfast, your ride begins by following the meandering coastline to Camden, another charming seaside town with one of the most picturesque harbors in Maine. If you want, you can stop here and enjoy the morning perusing Camden’s shops or enjoying a coffee and admiring the historic schooners that grace the harbor. Otherwise, continue riding through the pine trees and undulating terrain dotted with family farms and apple orchards. All routes end in Camden today, where you’ll have a chance to change clothes and enjoy lunch at a café of your choice before we rendezvous at the harbor for a late afternoon cruise on a lobster boat. On our private one-hour tour, kick back with a post-ride beer as you learn about the lobster trade and, if you wish, help haul in a lobster trap. The sights of Penobscot Bay include the Curtis Island lighthouse, seaside mansions, perhaps a porpoise or harbor seal, and birds such as osprey, cormorants, guillemots, and bald eagles. Afterwards, we’ll load up in the van for the short drive back to the hotel. Tonight, dinner is up to you. Relax and enjoy the hotel’s Enoteca and La Bella Vita restaurant or your guides will offer a shuttle into downtown Rockland where there are several great restaurants to choose from.

Today's Ride:

Rockport to Camden with Hope Loop
Approximately 28 miles with 2,500 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Rockport to Camden
Approximately 12 miles with 700 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Rockport to Camden with Belmont Loop
Approximately 46 miles with 3,350 feet of climbing


Samoset Resort

Included Meals:


After an early breakfast, we’ll depart for Mount Desert Island. Our journey to the western edge of Acadia National Park will take just under two hours. Today’s ride introduces you to the tranquil yet scenic landscape of Mount Desert Island which was carved by glaciers some 18,000 years ago, leaving dramatic cuts like Somes Sound, as well as smoothly rounded mountain tops, numerous ponds and lakes, and randomly placed boulders throughout the park. On arrival, you’ll waste no time getting started on the crushed-rock carriage roads, which were built by John D. Rockefeller between 1913 and 1940 to showcase the beauty of the area. Your route encircles Penobscot and Sargent Mountains, offering a distant view of Eagle Lake from the high point. The small village of Northeast Harbor is today’s lunch destination, where you’ll take a break at a local favorite café that serves up a variety of delicious sandwiches, salads, and baked goods made from scratch! After fueling up, continue on along the edge of Somes Sound, the giant tidal inlet that nearly divides the island in half, before returning to the park and some of the lesser-known carriage roads. After skirting Aunt Betty and Eagle Lakes, you’ll end in Bar Harbor, your seaside home for the next two nights. Of course, if your legs have had enough, you can always choose to join your guide in the van for the scenic drive across the island. After checking into your ocean view room, the evening is yours to explore the nooks and crannies of this bustling town, so you can take advantage of whatever is calling to you. Perhaps sample the original blueberry ale at Atlantic Brewing and head to the Reading Room for a lobster feast or, if you have the energy to burn, grab a quick bite followed by a sunset kayak in Frenchman Bay. Please note that kayaking is not included in the trip price, but your guides can help you make arrangements.

Today's Ride:

Around the Mountain Loop to Bar Harbor
Approximately 31 miles with 2,175 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Around the Mountain Loop to Northeast Harbor
Approximately 15 miles with 1,150 feet of climbing


Harborside Hotel

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch

Today’s ride will begin early with a trip up Cadillac Mountain Road. Don’t worry, the stunning views from this gently winding road will distract you from the effort of the climb! After three miles, you’ll reach the summit of Cadillac Mountain, the high point of the park at 1,529 feet. Spend some time up top – you’ve earned it! – soaking up the panoramic views that stretch from Frenchman Bay across the Atlantic to the horizon, making this a popular destination for sunrise. When you are ready, enjoy the descent to the Park Loop Road which will soon reconnect you to the carriage roads. Your destinations today include viewpoints on Day Mountain and Jordan Pond. Be sure to stop and take the short walk behind Jordan Pond House. The edge of the pond is strewn with boulders, and the water reveals the stunning reflection of the surrounding trees and the prominent glacial mounds that rise on the far side. It's a photo opportunity you don't want to miss! The ride will also take you past a few of the 17 spectacular stone bridges that were designed and built by Rockefeller along with the carriage road network. Notice as the scenery continually shifts from long shady stretches of woodlands full of native plants like sheep laurel, ferns, and blueberry bushes, to views of peaceful lakes and ponds, and to lumbering granite mountains. Near the end of the ride, you’ll break for a casual seaside lunch followed by an optional visit to a nearby local potter’s studio. From here, you can choose to ride the final few miles back to the hotel or call it a day and return in the van. Tonight, we'll gather for social hour and raise our glasses in gratitude, celebrating the preservation of our National Parks as well as the lighthouses and fishing villages that make coastal Maine such a special place. Our final dinner will take place at The Veranda, an inventive New American restaurant with strong Nordic influences. The seasonal menu is built around ingredients sourced from nearby farms, forests, and the sea. Like the rest of this week, it’s an experience you won’t soon forget!

Today's Ride:

Bar Harbor Loop with Jordan Pond
Approximately 30 miles with 2,250 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Bar Harbor Loop with Jordan Pond and Cadillac Mountain
Approximately 36 miles with 3,275 feet of climbing


Harborside Hotel

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Today we wrap up our Acadia National Park bike tour in style. You’ll depart early for a final spin, this time along its eastern edge with stops at Sand Beach and Thunder Hole. Once again, the scenery shifts as you are now riding along the dramatic and rugged Atlantic coastline with cliffs high above you and waves crashing on the rocks below. Savor the sights and sounds of the ocean and forest as you pedal along on your final ride. Sadly, the time has come to check out and bid your guides farewell. At 11:00 AM, you'll depart on a private shuttle back to Portland with a packed lunch from our favorite little sandwich shop, the Down East Deli.

Today's Ride:

Otter Point Loop
Approximately 12 miles with 800 feet of climbing

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


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Samoset Resort

Rockport, Maine

Enjoy the seaside elegance of the Samoset Resort, nestled on the shore of beautiful Penobscot Bay. Your newly renovated and thoughtfully-appointed room comes with a view of the bay or Rockland Harbor and luxurious bedding (hypoallergenic bedding available), 50" HDTVs, iHome radios, and a private balcony or terrace with spectacular views. Sip your morning coffee on your private balcony or terrace while watching the sunlight dance across the water. Relax at the pool and spa or take a stroll to the historic lighthouse during your stay. Samoset is an Opal Collection property, AAA Four Diamond, and Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice award winner.
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The Harborside Hotel

Bar Harbor, Maine

The Harborside Hotel is ideally located on Bar Harbor's waterfront and just steps away from the center of town. Enjoy spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean from your Deluxe King Oceanfront room, which also features a semi-private balcony or terrace. These oversized Bar Harbor accommodations are newly renovated in coastal-chic style and include a king-sized bed, marble bathroom with a standing shower, coffee maker, and other amenities. Take advantage of your downtime by making an appointment at the full-service spa or relaxing poolside as you feel the ocean breeze and listen to the waves rolling into shore. The Harborside is an Opal Collection property and AAA Four Diamond Award winner.
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Hotel Variation | West Street Hotel

Bar Harbor, Maine

This boutique luxury hotel is Harborside's sister property featuring nautically-themed rooms with private balconies overlooking the harbor or the ocean, along with Lexington Tommy Bahama Mahogany furnishings, plush beds, and spacious bathrooms with Venetian mosaic tile accents. You'll also enjoy modern amenities from iPod docking stations and flat-panel televisions to wireless Internet access and in-room refrigerators. Relax and enjoy panoramic views of Frenchman's Bay, the outer islands, and Acadia National Park from the infinity-edge rooftop pool or book yourself a spa treatment at the Bar Harbor Club (located across the street). The West Street Hotel is an Opal Collection property and AAA Four Diamond Award winner. You will stay at West Street Hotel instead of Harborside on the June 22nd date.

What's Included

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Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that's how we help you create more memories.


Trek Domane SL 7 Disc

It isn’t the cycling vacation of a lifetime unless you have the industry’s best bike to match. In 2019, we upgraded our fleet to feature the award-winning Domane SL 7 with Shimano Ultegra Disc brakes. Because when you combine the lightweight stability and comfort of the Domane with the superior safety and stopping power of disc brakes, you get a match made in cycling heaven. And the best part? It’s included in the trip price. Ride confidently, comfortably and longer in the most beautiful destinations around the world with the new Domane SL 7. Learn More


Trek FX S 4 Hybrid

Now you never have to miss another view with Trek’s most popular upright hybrid that refuses to sacrifice performance for comfort. You’ll have 10 speeds for any hill, a carbon fork with vibration dampening for any bump in the road, and Shimano components for every advantage. Learn More


  • Four nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
  • Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily route support with both guides and our support van
  • Daily breakfast, four lunches, and two dinners
  • Two social hours of drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7 disc or Trek's FX S Hybrid
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Snacks and drinks for each day's ride
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer, flat pack, front and rear Bontrager Flare R lights, a Bontrager saddle, and pedals (Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals)
  • Bontrager WaveCel helmets
  • All gratuities for drivers, local experts, and hospitality staff
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A personalized photobook of your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours, and events


  • Trek Domane SL 7 disc carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting
  • Trek's FX S 4 Hybrid
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals
  • Bontrager WaveCel helmet
  • Bontrager men's and women's specific saddles
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights and a flat pack
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • Upgrade your bike to include carbon wheels (+$200)
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • For the most comfortable ride, you may choose to bring your own pedals, saddle, and helmet on the trip. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.


Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care, and service.
  • Electric-assist bikes will not be available on this trip due to Acadia National Park’s policy of prohibiting commercial tours from using e-bikes on carriage roads
  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

More Information

Rider Level: 2 - Recreational?

26 miles
132 miles
1,790 feet
8,9500 feet
The terrain is generally flat along the coast and undulating with a few steep hills as you ride inland. In Acadia National Park, our rides will take place mostly on carriage roads. The roads are shared with pedestrians and occasionally horses. They are 16 feet wide and covered with crushed stone. Acadia is best suited for our Type 2 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 1 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Type 3 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage and climbs the avid route options offer.
On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. Some non-riding options on this trip are:
  • Take a private cruise on a lobster boat
  • Hike in Acadia National Park
  • Visit Rockland, the art capital of Maine, and tour the Farnsworth Art Museum
  • Go kayaking or whale watching (not included in trip price)
  • Visit Camden and Bar Harbor
  • Sail on a historic schooner (not included in trip price)
  • Enjoy a spa treatment at either hotel (not included in trip price)

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

Averages and totals are calculated from our Today’s Ride options.

Travel Details

How to Get There

Portland, Maine
10:00 AM
AC Hotel By Marriott Portland Downtown/Waterfront, Portland, Maine

Say Farewell

Portland, Maine
3:00 PM
AC Hotel By Marriott Portland Downtown/Waterfront, Portland, Maine


We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays.

We recommend that you fly into Portland International Jetport (PWM). If you are staying at the AC Hotel by Marriott, it has a free airport shuttle which you can arrange by calling 207-747-1640 once you arrive at baggage claim. Otherwise, you may take a taxi for about $20 plus gratuity. It is approximately five miles from the airport to downtown Portland.

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the AC Hotel by Marriott Portland Downtown/Waterfront, 158 Fore Street, Portland, Maine at 10:00 AM on the first day of your trip. Afterwards, we'll shuttle 90 minutes to the town of Thomaston. Here you will enjoy a delicious lunch at a harborside seafood restaurant followed by a bike fitting session and our first ride. Please come dressed in your cycling clothes and have your riding gear in a separate bag or readily accessible, to avoid having to unpack your luggage.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip starts with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Samoset Resort at 207-594-2511, and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. A taxi from Portland to your ride start or first hotel will take about 90 minutes and cost around $200 plus gratuity.

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On the final day of our Acadia National Park bike tour, you will say farewell to your guides and board a private shuttle from Bar Harbor to the AC Hotel in Portland, departing at 11:00 AM and arriving at approximately 2:30 PM. The shuttle will then continue to Portland International Jetport, arriving at approximately 3:00 PM. If you are flying out today, please do not schedule a flight before 5:00 PM.

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Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

During the month of June, expect daytime temperatures in the low to mid 70s and nighttime lows in the high 40s or low 50s. Morning fog is fairly common. In July and August, the average high is 80 degrees and the average low is 60 degrees. Check the forecast in the days prior to your departure, always be prepared to dress in layers, and bring your rain gear, just in case. Remember to bring trail runners or light hiking shoes as well as your swimsuit, a sun hat, and quick dry clothing. Packing List»

Before and After Your Trip


Before & After: Portland, Maine

The city of Portland, Maine has a relaxed, small-town feel that makes it an ideal place to unwind before or after your trip. Take a few days to explore the cobbled Old Port District, check out the working waterfront, visit the Portland Museum of Art in the arts district, and stop by some of the many historical sites in town. Take a trolley tour or lighthouse tour and visit the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, the childhood home of the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. According to locals, Portland has more restaurants and bars per capita than any other city in the country outside of San Francisco. Many of the more popular restaurants are chef-owned and highly renowned. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre- or post-trip hotel.

Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the all-new, ultra smooth Trek Domane SL 7, to the new Trek Electric-Assist XM700+ and the comfortable Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid, to our numerous upgrade options, you deserve the best ride on your vacation.

Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

Your Day. You Decide.

Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.

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