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Coastal Maine: Portland to Bar Harbor

Program Number: 21485RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/13/2014 - 9/19/2014; 6/18/2016 - 6/24/2016; 6/25/2016 - 7/1/2016; 7/16/2016 - 7/22/2016; 8/6/2016 - 8/12/2016; 8/20/2016 - 8/26/2016; 9/10/2016 - 9/16/2016; 9/17/2016 - 9/23/2016; 10/1/2016 - 10/7/2016;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Portland, Maine
Price starting at: $1,899.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road; National Parks
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 the Old Port’s thriving foodie scene. Venture “Down East” and farther into towns exuding charm representative of the romance of Maine’s unspoiled beauty. Pass lighthouses, marvel at blue harbors, and relax while the sun sets, eating a traditional lobster bake with your fellow adventurers.


• With a naturalist, experience Acadia National Park’s sea cliffs and explore 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
   Lord Camden Inn
  Camden, ME 2 nights
   Atlantic Oceanside Hotel
  Bar Harbor, ME 2 nights
 Holiday Inn By the Bay
Type: Hotel
  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 For pre and post night reservation: Contact Jason Higgins at Holiday Inn by the Bay at 207-775-2311 ext 2160 or Make sure to state your program number (this is 5 digit number) and that you are with the Road Scholar group A limited number of rooms are available at a Road Scholar group rate if booked in advance to your program start date. For all other Hotel needs please call Road Scholar at 617-521-5373
  Check in time: 4:00 PM

 Lord Camden Inn
Type: Boutique Hotel
  Description: Premium Digital Cable Service DVD Players High speed wireless internet access Hairdryers, irons, and ironing boards Mini-fridges and microwaves Air conditioning In-room coffee and tea systems
  Contact info: 24 Main Street
Camden, ME 04843 USA
phone: 207-236-7141
  Facility amenities: In-room gourmet coffee and tea brew Club-quality fitness room Free high speed wireless internet throughout the Inn 24-hour front desk attendant/concierge Elevator service & ADA accessible rooms Business computer center in lobby, free to guests
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 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, September 13)
 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!
 Evening: Welcome to Coastal Maine Lecture with a local Maritime Historian
Accommodations: Holiday Inn By the Bay
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Explore the historic Old Port district of Portland/ Portland Headlight
(Sunday, September 14)

Note: Walking and standing on a guided visit, beginning at the hotel, through the Old Port district, with listening devices, for 1.5 hours over a total of approximately 1.25 miles, with some cobblestone streets ending at a downtown restaurant for lunch. Walking over grass and packed dirt paths at the Portland Head Light.

 Breakfast: At the hotel
 Morning: Start your day with a lecture from a local 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 a local restaurant and experience Portland's "Foodie Scene"
 Afternoon: Continue on an afternoon of discovery aboard a classically styled trolley. On your two excursions around the city learn about Portland's diverse history and see its hidden gems. No visit to Portland would be complete without exploring Portland Head Light, Maine's oldest lighthouse located on Cape Elizabeth. Visit the Portland Head Light and enjoy the spectacular shores of Fort Williams Park while you learn the history of this famous light.
 Dinner: Fresh Seafood, Farm to Table, Classic New England the options are plentiful in Portland to enjoy a delicious dinner on your own. If you need suggestions your group leader will be happy to assist
Accommodations: Holiday Inn By the Bay
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Maine Maritime Museum
(Monday, September 15)

Note: Walking and standing on unpaved terrain for 1.5 hours at the Maine Maritime Museum.

 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 north on your journey of coastal Maine. Arrive in the charming coastal community of Camden. This classic New England harborside town is perfect spot to spend an afternoon of free time. Marvel over the fleet of windjammer schooners docked in the Camden Harbor, explore the historic downtown streets passing buildings that began as boat houses, woolen mills and former ship captains homes or simply relax in the shady village green. Stroll to Harbor Park and its Amphitheatre, sit on the seawall to watch the harbor traffic and the Megunticook River waterfall.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant
Accommodations: Lord Camden Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Farnsworth Museum / Olson House
(Tuesday, September 16)

Note: Walking and standing in Farnsworth museum for 1.5 hours. Olson House requires walking up small hill to access entrance. The house is not ADA accessible and may require walking on uneven surfaces such as dirt and grass. Option to explore exterior of home requires walking on uneven outdoor surfaces.

 Breakfast: At the Inn
 Morning: Visit the Farnsworth Museum including a visit to the Wyeth Center. A docent will lead the group throughout the museum with some additional time for self-exploration. 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: Dine together at a local eatery
Accommodations: Lord Camden Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Schooner Sailing on the Penobscot Bay
(Wednesday, September 17)

Note: Walk on pavement from motor coach to dock. Walk up a marine ramp with hand rails to wooden dock, walk up and down a few steps and over gap to board boat. There is a bathroom on board, but it is down a steep flight of wooden steps so use on land before the boat departs is highly recommended. Schooner has sails and wooden benches with cushions. Soft soled, non marking shoes recommended for Schooner

 Breakfast: At the Inn
 Morning: Welcome to the world of the Maine Windjammer! All aboard a family built, owned and operated schooner for a 2 1/2 hour sail out of the picturesque Rockport harbor. 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: Leaving Mid-Coast Maine head "Downeast" to Mt. Desert Island, home of Acadia National Park. Enroute visit a Coastal Maine hidden gem!
 Dinner: Local restaurant for dinner
Accommodations: Atlantic Oceanside Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Acadia National Park by Land and Sea
(Thursday, September 18)

Note: Must be able to embark and disembark vessels using ramps and/or stairs. Afternoon on motor coach with frequent stops. Stops may have uneven terrain

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Inn
 Morning: Start your exploration of Acadia National Park by Sea on an Acadia Nature Cruise. On the two hour fully narrated excursion of Frenchman Bay enjoy the breathtaking scenery of coastal Maine, Acadia National Park, the islands of Frenchman Bay and the shoreline of Bar Harbor. See parts of the island only visible by water including many of the timeless summer mansions, Egg Rock Lighthouse, and local wildlife
 Lunch: Lunch on Mt. Desert Island
 Afternoon: Now it is time to explore the park by land. A scenic drive up Cadillac Mountain will take you to the highest point on the eastern seaboard. When the serpentine summit road was built in the 1930s, it was considered the best-engineered mountain road in the world.
 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, September 19)

Note: The transfer from Bar Harbor to Portland International Jetport is 170 miles, and takes approximately 4 hours

 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.

Suggested Reading List

The Maine Reader, The Down East Experience, 1614 to Present

Author: Charles Shain (Editor)

Description: An excellent anthology covering the gamut of the state's culture and history, from early European explorers to the 20th century works of Carolyn Chute, Rachel Carson and John McPhee.

The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier

Author: Colin Woodard

Description: A fascinating cultural history of coastal Maine as seen through the lobstering industry.

One Man's Meat

Author: E.B. White

Description: By the author of "Charlotte's Web," a collection of observant and often humorous essays about daily life on a Maine saltwater farm. A wonderful portrait of coastal small-town life, originally published in 1938.

Impressionism to Modernism, Farnworth Art Museum


Description: This catalogue highlights the Farnsworth's collection of paintings that embody the serene beauty of the American Impressionist eye, as well as the energy of life and labor in the modern era.

With Reckless Abandon: Memoirs of a Boat-Obsessed Life

Author: Captain Jim Sharp

Description: Imbued with a sea captains outlook on life and the optimistic attitudes found in overcoming obstacles from battling childhood polio to preparing and maintaining a 100-year-old wooden schooner this autobiography regales the life of a leading windjammer captain and tugboat skipper. Packed with wonderful characters and salty adventuresfrom a mutinous cook to sailing through noreastersthis inspirational life story takes readers from ports of call in Florida and the Bahamas to the foggy shores of Maine.

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