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Four Islands of Maine

Summary

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This cycling tour is the perfect introduction to the beauty and culture of mid-coast Maine. Pedal on miles of quiet roads on Maine's most exquisite islands and along the beautiful St. George Peninsula. The tour is combined with lots of activities. Stay in charming inns and B&Bs and enjoy delicious meals.

Recreational, Road bike
7 days
270 km / 168 mi
$ 2,495.-
  • Excellent meals and accommodations with a local character.
  • Meals included: all breakfasts, 2 picnic lunches, 4 dinners(including a traditional Maine lobster boil).
  • Snacks and sport-drinks during the day.
  • Experienced cycling guides and support van.
  • Including kayaking in Camden Harbor and a ride on a converted lobster boat, the Quicksilver.
  • Hike through the "elf forest" and craggy bluffs of Monhegan Island .
  • Option to shorten or extend the daily distances.

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Details

Type
Recreational, Road bike
Duration
7 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Moderate
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Guided
Daily distance
40-60 km / 25-37 mi
Total distance
270 km / 168 mi
Lodging
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B
Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B
Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
Deluxe, full board
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
Bicycle
Rental
Dates
23 Jun 2019 - 29 Jun 2019
08 Sep 2019 - 14 Sep 2019
Start
Camden (10.00)
Finish
Camden (12.00)
Airport at start
Portland Int. Jetport (PWM)
Airport at finish
Portland Int. Jetport (PWM)

Prices

Price per person
The tour price per person
$ 2,495.-
Road bike rental
$ 200.-
Optional
Single supplement
If you travel alone a single supplement is charged. With some group tours you can avoid a single supplement by sharing a room with another rider.
$ 495.-

Itinerary

Day 1:

Day one of the bike tour we meet for introductions and bike fittings. In the late afternoon, we will jump into kayaks to explore the magnificent Camden Harbor. Overnight in a charming Inn in Camden.

Day 2:

The first day's ride will pass through the beautiful Rockport and Camden harbors and then make a loop exploring the lovely homes in the area and the beautiful surrounding countryside while biking on quiet seaside roads. We continue our ride inland and make a short climb to a magnificent view of the ocean and surrounding countryside.

Day 3:

You will catch the ferry and bike on Islesboro. This lovely, friendly island, 3 miles off Lincolnville Beach, has a terrain of woods, fields and a rural, rocky shoreline. You will see small roads winding along the shore, stately summer homes and peaceful villages with trim white houses. After a sumptuous beach picnic, you will catch the Quicksilver, a converted lobster boat, and cruise to the rockier Vinalhaven. This island is also known as "The Lobster Capital of the World". Historically Vinalhaven was the home of a major granite industry and it is dotted with secluded, small quarries, which make ideal swimming spots. You will bike across this magnificent island and you can stop along the way for a refreshing swim.

Day 4:

Today you will bike on two of Maine's beautiful and interesting islands. North Haven, originally the home of fishing, ship building and sheep farming, today lobster fishing and tourism are the main domestic industries. You will bike around the island and explore the small town of North Haven. Other highlights include the majestic view of the Camden Hills, a short hike up to Ames Knob and biking over pleasantly rolling hills to the stone beach at the end of Crabtree Point. To finish our visit to North Haven, you will have a picnic lunch on a secluded beach. After lunch, you will return to the Vinalhaven where we will bike the southern part of the island. You will end this memorable day with a traditional Maine "lobsta" boil on the dock in the harbor.

Day 5:

First thing in the morning, you will catch the ferry to Rockland on the mainland. Rockland has become an important cultural center with art galleries everywhere. There are opportunities to visit the Farnsworth Museum as well as the Puffin and Owls Head Transport Museums. You will then bike around the Owls Head Peninsula stopping at its famous lighthouse and continuing on down quiet roads to the quaint fishing villages of Tenants Harbor and Port Clyde. Along the way, you may wish to stop for lunch on the dock at Millers Lobster Pound where you can watch the lobster men bring in their catch.

Day 6:

We catch the mail boat to Monhegan Island. Mohegan is an art colony with many galleries. There is spectacular hiking through woodlands and along rocky cliffs with the sound of crashing waves along the shore. On the woodland part of the hike, you will see the "elf homes" created by local residents in little nooks and crannies along the way. We will wrap up with a wonderful, farewell dinner in Port Clyde.

Day 7:

We will bike through Tenants Harbor, South Thomaston, Rockland back to Camden where we will arrive around 12 a.m.

Map & Routes

Map
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Bicycle

road-hybrid-bicycle Hybrid bike included or
Road bike $200.

Downloads

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