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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.
Thomaston to Rockport
Approximately 31 miles with 1,550 feet of climbing
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.
Rockport to Camden with Hope Loop
Approximately 28 miles with 2,500 feet of climbing
Rockport to Camden
Approximately 12 miles with 700 feet of climbing
Rockport to Camden with Belmont Loop
Approximately 46 miles with 3,350 feet of climbing
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.
Around the Mountain Loop to Bar Harbor
Approximately 31 miles with 2,175 feet of climbing
Around the Mountain Loop to Northeast Harbor
Approximately 15 miles with 1,150 feet of climbing
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!
Bar Harbor Loop with Jordan Pond
Approximately 30 miles with 2,250 feet of climbing
Bar Harbor Loop with Jordan Pond and Cadillac Mountain
Approximately 36 miles with 3,275 feet of climbing
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.
Otter Point Loop
Approximately 12 miles with 800 feet of climbing
Breakfast | Lunch
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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.
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.View our pre hotel recommendations
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.View our post hotel recommendations
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»
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.
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 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.
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.