Getting on/off a trolley, walking up to 2 miles, approximately 1.5 hours; some cobblestone streets, grass and packed dirt paths at lighthouse; standing during field trips. Comfortable & sturdy walking shoes suggested.
At the restaurant in the hotel, order off the menu using vouchers.
At the hotel, we’ll 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 mecca for 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. We’ll then depart the hotel for a walking field trip to 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 Portland Rum Riot. We'll end at the Maine State Pier, a short walk from our lunch spot, where we see the port infrastructure.
At a restaurant in the Old Port district along Portland Harbor, we will have a plated meal, plus a soft drink and water.
We’ll continue our discovery aboard a classically styled trolley with a ride around the city with commentary to learn more about Portland's diverse history and see some of its hidden gems. Toward the end of our trolley ride, we will stop at Portland Head Light, Maine's oldest lighthouse, on Cape Elizabeth. At Portland Head Light, we'll enjoy the spectacular shores of Fort Williams Park while learning about this famous lighthouse. Departing the lighthouse, the trolley will drop us off at the hotel, where we will have time to regroup and refresh before having a free evening.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Fresh seafood, farm to table, classic New England, the options are plentiful.
At leisure. Go out to 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 to check out of the hotel and depart from Portland tomorrow.