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21485
Maine

Coastal Maine: Portland to Bar Harbor

Discover the colonial city of Portland, visit Acadia National Park and the renowned works of the Farnsworth Museum, and take a classic schooner sail along the shores of Maine.
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Program No. 21485RJ
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,999
Maine

Coastal Maine: Portland to Bar Harbor

Discover the colonial city of Portland, visit Acadia National Park and the renowned works of the Farnsworth Museum, and take a classic schooner sail along the shores of Maine.
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,999
Program No. 21485 RJ
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The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Aug 21 - Aug 27, 2021
Starting at
2,199
Sep 11 - Sep 17, 2021
Starting at
2,299
Sep 25 - Oct 1, 2021
Starting at
2,299
Itinerary Note

On this date the program will be staying at the Westin Portland Harborview while in Portland Maine.

Oct 9 - Oct 15, 2021
Starting at
2,199
Oct 16 - Oct 22, 2021
Starting at
1,999
Jun 11 - Jun 17, 2022
Starting at
2,099
Jul 9 - Jul 15, 2022
Starting at
2,199
Jul 23 - Jul 29, 2022
Starting at
2,299
Aug 13 - Aug 19, 2022
Starting at
2,299
Aug 20 - Aug 26, 2022
Starting at
2,299
Sep 10 - Sep 16, 2022
Starting at
2,299
Sep 24 - Sep 30, 2022
Starting at
2,299
Oct 8 - Oct 14, 2022
Starting at
2,299
Oct 15 - Oct 21, 2022
Starting at
1,999
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Aug 21 - Aug 27, 2021
Starting at
2,849
Sep 11 - Sep 17, 2021
Starting at
2,949
Sep 25 - Oct 1, 2021
Starting at
2,949
Itinerary Note

On this date the program will be staying at the Westin Portland Harborview while in Portland Maine.

Oct 9 - Oct 15, 2021
Starting at
2,849
Oct 16 - Oct 22, 2021
Starting at
2,579
Jun 11 - Jun 17, 2022
Starting at
2,699
Jul 9 - Jul 15, 2022
Starting at
2,899
Jul 23 - Jul 29, 2022
Starting at
2,999
Aug 13 - Aug 19, 2022
Starting at
2,999
Aug 20 - Aug 26, 2022
Starting at
2,999
Sep 10 - Sep 16, 2022
Starting at
2,999
Sep 24 - Sep 30, 2022
Starting at
2,999
Oct 8 - Oct 14, 2022
Starting at
2,999
Oct 15 - Oct 21, 2022
Starting at
2,599

At a Glance

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.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles, sometimes on uneven terrain, such as dirt and cobblestones. Standing and sitting during lectures and field trips. Getting on and off motor coach.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Experience Acadia National Park’s sea cliffs with a naturalist 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.

General Notes

This is a coaching program that travels to six Maine towns over seven days. We make every effort to allow time to explore each village and town we visit - however, please be aware that time on the bus is crucial in getting you from place to place.
Featured Expert
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Seth Goldstein
Seth Goldstein grew up on Cape Cod where he developed a love for New England maritime history. He received his B.A. in history from The University of California at Santa Cruz and his master’s in world history from Northeastern University. He teaches history at Southern Maine Community College. Seth has also worked with Greater Portland Landmarks and The Portland Harbor Museum. He lives in South Portland with his wife and two daughters.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Seth Goldstein grew up on Cape Cod where he developed a love for New England maritime history. He received his B.A. in history from The University of California at Santa Cruz and his master’s in world history from Northeastern University. He teaches history at Southern Maine Community College. Seth has also worked with Greater Portland Landmarks and The Portland Harbor Museum. He lives in South Portland with his wife and two daughters.
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At the age of 12, Jim Sharpe — without his parent’s knowledge — pilfered the family skiff and sailed across Dredge Harbor, N.J. His love for sailing never dwindled, and over the years he made his way to Maine where he discovered the Windjammer fleet out of Camden. Upon retirement, he sailed around the world with his wife. In 2007, Jim purchased property in Rockland, Maine and began to create the Sail, Power & Steam Museum, along with a Children’s Museum and boat shop.
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Linda Mancini has traveled extensively both domestically and abroad. After 24 years of conducting programs to explore different cultures, her favorite program is always the next one. She has raised a family, nurtured her grandchildren, and has an interest in music, theatre, and dance.
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After graduating from Mount Holyoke College, Nancy Coolidge attended the Harvard-Radcliffe Program in business administration and subsequently worked in a bank trust department. In 1979, she became a founding Trustee of the Lynch Foundation. She later moved to the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (SPNEA), where she served as staff director from 1983 to 1992. She has since led groups to maritime Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, and Antarctica. She continues her work with the Lynch Foundation.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Moon Handbook Coastal Maine
by Hilary Nangle
A comprehensive, highly recommended guide to the places and pleasures of Coastal Maine, including highlights in and around Portland and Acadia National Park.
Acadia National Park Map
by National Geographic Maps
A hiker's detailed topographic map of Acadia National Park, shown at a scale of 1:50,000, printed on tear-resistant, waterproof paper.
One Man's Meat
by E.B. White
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.
Empire Falls
by Richard Russo
A Pulitzer Prize-winning novel lovingly set in a fictitious Maine mill town. Russo has composed an entertaining and poignant portrait of what lies beneath the facade of small-town New England life.
Down East, A Maritime History of Maine
by Lincoln Paine
Maine's maritime history, from the coastal travel of Native Americans to the Basque fishing industry to the pleasure boating of today, incorporating ecology, culture and art into its well-researched history.
With Reckless Abandon: Memoirs of a Boat Obsessed Life
by Jim Sharp
Jim Sharp, captain of Maine’s most famous windjammer, the schooner Adventure, recounts his adventures on both water and land (including details of the establishment of a most unusual restaurant) in this inspiring book.
The Country of the Pointed Firs and other Stories
by Sarah Orne Jewett
A much-loved novel, first published in 1896, set in a tiny fishing community along the coast of Maine. It evokes the leisurely summer atmosphere of 19th-century New England and especially the relationships among the townsfolk.





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