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Coastal Maine: Portland to Bar Harbor

Program Number: 21485RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/31/2014 - 6/6/2014; 8/15/2015 - 8/21/2015; 9/12/2015 - 9/18/2015; 9/19/2015 - 9/25/2015;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Portland, Maine
Price starting at: $1,749.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road
Meals: 16; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Salt; Low Fat; Gluten Free    

Immerse yourself in the local culture of picturesque seaside villages hidden amidst the rugged shorelines and ocean air of Maine. Journey through Portland’s cobblestone streets that lead you to spots to satisfy your cravings with a taste of Old Port’s thriving foodie scene. Let the route take you up the coast traveling “downeast” and further into the classic, quiet towns exuding charm representative of the romance of Maine’s unspoiled beauty. Pass lighthouses, just beyond the sheltered blue harbors, that serve as beacons of maritime past and present and spend the day in nature, soaking in breathtaking landscapes that drew noteworthy summer residents. Relax while the sun sets, eating traditional lobster bake with your fellow adventurers. Learn from experts and locals alike, residents who value the story of Maine’s contrasting culture of industry and artistic colonies maintaining their balance of community.


• With a naturalist, experience the sea cliffs of spectacular Acadia National Park while exploring sparkling waterways on a nature cruise.
• Voyage on a classic Maine schooner and learn about the region's shipbuilding and maritime prowess.
• Explore the Farnsworth Museum, known for it’s trove of the Wyeth family’s artwork and other notable American masterpieces.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles, sometimes on uneven terrain.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Portland, 2 nights; coach to Camden, 2 nights; coach to Bar Harbor, 2 nights; coach to Portland, departure.

Coordinated by Road Scholar.

Portland (Maine)

Harboring more than a quarter of Maine’s total population, this town on Casco Bay seamlessly blends cityscape and seascape. Historic architecture meets contemporary culture in this bustling hub of southeast Maine.

Full service hotels and waterfront inns.
Meals and Lodgings
   Holiday Inn By the Bay
  Portland, ME 2 nights
   TBD Mid-Coast
  Camden, ME 2 nights
   Atlantic Oceanside Hotel
  Bar Harbor, ME 2 nights
 Holiday Inn By the Bay
  Description: Set along the beautiful shores of Casco Bay, the Holiday Inn® Portland - By the Bay hotel's location in Portland, Maine combines convenience, entertainment and beauty to create the perfect environment for every traveler. Offering a waterfront view that extends to the Calendar Islands, the hotel's setting fully captures the beauty and culture of Portland, Maine
  Contact info: 88 Spring Street
Portland, ME 04101 USA
phone: 207-775-2311
  Room amenities: Cable / Satellite TV Workspace / Desk Desk Level Electrical Outlet Spare Electrical Outlet at Desk Phone / Fax Free Local Phone Calls Standard Internet service is free for all guests Bathtub Hairdryer Refreshment / Kitchen Coffee Maker Mini Refrigerator (special request) Tea Maker Individually Controlled Air Conditioning Iron / Ironing Board
  Facility amenities: Fitness Center Indoor Pool
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Varies by date Limited number of pre and post nights avaliable. Please call Boston Programming at 617-521-5373 to reserve additional nights at the Holiday Inn by the Bay.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM

 TBD Mid-Coast
  Contact info:   
  Smoking allowed: No

 Atlantic Oceanside Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: Experience the beauty of Maine’s rugged coastline at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Conference Center. This beautiful Bar Harbor hotel is situated on 12 acres of oceanfront property. Our Maine oceanfront hotel offers guests waterfront access to gorgeous Frenchman Bay in a distinguished resort setting
  Contact info: 119 Eden Street (Rte 3)
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 USA
phone: 207-288-5801
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00PM You will be staying at Holiday Inn By the Bay that night.
  End of Program:
12:00 PM You will be staying at Atlantic Oceanside Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Cars may be left at the first hotel for a $50 flat rate fee for the duration of the program. Bus will drop off at end of program to: the Portland International Jetport, the Portland Transportation Center, then the Holiday Inn by the Bay.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Portland, ME
  From End of Program
  Location:  Bar Harbor, ME
Travel Details

From Boston North Station


From Train Station




Public Transportation
Amtrak Downeaster
phone: 800-872-7245


Travel Time:


2.5 Hours


From Boston South Station or Logan Airport


From Bus Terminal




Public Transportation
Concord Coach Lines
phone: 800-639-3317


Per Person/One Way:


varies from both locations
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


2 hours


Portland Hotel


From Airport




Hotel Shuttle
Complimentary Van Service
phone: 207-775-2311 x0


To Portland Hotel


From Bus Terminal




Hotel Shuttle
Complimentary Van Service
phone: 207-775-2311 x0


To Portland Hotel


From Train Station




Hotel Shuttle
Complimentary Van Service
phone: 207-775-2311 x0

Driving Directions
  From I-95 Take I-95 to Exit 44 (formerly Exit 6a). Continue on I-295 to Exit 7, (Franklin Street). Stay on Franklin Street for five (5) lights. Take a right onto Middle Street, travel approximately 1 mile. (Middle Street turns into Spring Street.) Holiday Inn is on the left.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival, Orientation and Welcome Dinner
(Saturday, May 31)
 Afternoon: Arrival to Portland and check in to the hotel. Meet your fellow travellers and learn about your program at orientation
 Dinner: Start off your Maine program the right way with a lobster welcome dinner!
Accommodations: Holiday Inn By the Bay
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Explore the historic Old Port district of Portland/ Portland Headlight
(Sunday, June 1)
 Breakfast: At the hotel
 Morning: Start your day with a lecture with alocal historian. Explore the Arts District, Historic Waterfront--Old Port and the other distinctive neighborhoods of Portland on a guided walk. Learn what has made Portland’s Old Port one of the most successful revitalized warehouse districts in the country.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at one of the local restaurants that has put Portland on the map as a top "Foodie" city
 Afternoon: Discover Portland Head Light, Maine's oldest lighthouse located on Cape Elizabeth. Visit the Portland Head Light musuem and njoy the spectacular shores of Fort Williams Park while you learn the history of this famous light.
 Dinner: Dinner
Accommodations: Holiday Inn By the Bay
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Maine Maritime Museum
(Monday, June 2)
 Breakfast: At the Hotel
 Morning: Depart Portland and drive up Maine’s scenic coastline, to Bath, renowned for shipbuilding since 1743. More than 5,000 vessels have been launched in the area, which at one time had more than 200 shipbuilding firms. At the Maine Maritime Museum, learn how Bath became the nation's fifth largest seaport by the mid-19th century, producing clipper ships that sailed to ports around the world.
 Lunch: Boxed Lunch at the Maine Maritime Museum
 Afternoon: Continue to “Downeast Maine”.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant along Maine's rocky coast
Accommodations: TBD Mid-Coast
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Farnsworth Museum / Olson House
(Tuesday, June 3)
 Breakfast: At the Inn
 Morning: Visit the Farnsworth Museum including a visit to the Wyeth Center. The Wyeth Center at the Farnsworth Art Museum consists of several discrete components dedicated to collecting, research, exhibitions and interpretive programs related to three generations of Wyeths in Maine: N.C., Andrew, and James Wyeth
 Lunch: Lunch in Rockland
 Afternoon: Field Trip: Olson House Located in Cushing, Maine, is the subject of numerous works of art by Andrew Wyeth, including Christina’s World, 1948, now owned by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Wyeth’s series of drawings, watercolors, and tempera paintings featuring Christina Olson, her brother Alvaro and the house itself, occupied Wyeth from 1939 to 1968.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner on your own
Accommodations: TBD Mid-Coast
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Schooner Ride / Island Institute
(Wednesday, June 4)
 Breakfast: At the Inn
 Morning: Welcome to the world of the Maine Windjammer! All aboard one of oldest and original daysailing windjammers for a two-hour adventure. The captain regales you with stories, points out the varied wildlife, lobster pots and lighthouses and explains why the lobster fishing industry is so important to Maine's economy and "sense of place."
 Lunch: Enjoy Lunch
 Afternoon: Lecture: Island Institute The influence of climate change and sea-level rise on coastal Maine by recording the observations of the lobstermen who are most familiar with the ocean and most directly impacted by its change.
 Dinner: Local restaurant for dinner
Accommodations: Atlantic Oceanside Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Acadia National Park/ Abbe Museum / Cadillac Mountain
(Thursday, June 5)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Inn
 Morning: Discover Acadia National Park on a full-day field-trip.
 Lunch: At the famous Jordan Pond Restaurant, enjoy their renowned hot popovers.
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Acadia National Park
 Dinner: Celebrate your journey with a farewell dinner, featuring Maine Lobster
 Evening: Farewell wrap up of our program.
Accommodations: Atlantic Oceanside Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Transfer back to Portland
(Friday, June 6)
 Breakfast: At the Inn
 Morning: Depart to Portland International Jetport, arriving at approximately 12:30. Please do not schedule flights before 2:30 p.m. Following, the bus will have 2 more drop offs: the Portland Transportation Center (train station), and then the Holiday Inn by the Bay (first hotel). The fee for parking at the hotel for the duration of the program is a $50 flat rate.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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