Getting on/off a trolley. Walking up to 2 miles, approximately 1.5 hours and standing; some cobblestone streets, grass and packed dirt paths at lighthouse. Comfortable, sturdy walking shoes recommended.
At the hotel.
We will be joined by a local expert who will provide an overview of Portland’s history. Originally called Machigonne (Great Neck) by the Native Americans who first inhabited it, the Portland peninsula was established by the British in 1632 as a trading and fishing settlement. Industry grew and Portland’s waterfront became a hub of shipping and trading companies. At one time, Maine was at the center of global commerce as products from Maine were shipped around the world. The Phoenix, the mythical bird that rises from the ashes, aptly symbolizes Portland’s legendary rebirth after the Great Fire of 1866 leveled the city for the fourth time. Almost completely rebuilt during the Victorian era, Portland has maintained much of its 19th century architecture and flavor. Next, we’ll begin our exploration aboard a classically-styled trolley with expert commentary. We’ll learn more about Portland’s diverse history and see some of its hidden gems. Towards the end of our trolley ride, we’ll stop on Cape Elizabeth at Portland Head Light, Maine’s oldest lighthouse. There, we’ll spectacular views of Fort Williams Park while learning about this famous lighthouse.
At a restaurant in the Old Port district along Portland Harbor.
After lunch we’ll set out on a walking field trip around the historic waterfront known as the Old Port. Our local expert will discuss architecture and historic businesses related to the various maritime endeavors of historic Portland, the British raid during the American Revolution, and the 1855 Portland Rum Riot. We’ll end at the Maine State Pier and see port infrastructure. The remainder of the afternoon and evening are free.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to have what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions from fresh seafood, farm to table, classic New England, and more.
At leisure. You might like to go out and explore more of this charming small city at your own pace, stroll down to the water and watch the boats venture in and out of the harbor, or simply relax. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.