BEST OF BAR HARBOR & CAMPOBELLO ISLAND
Note: On Day 3 if any passenger does not have a valid passport or passport card for entry into Canada, they may elect to stay back at hotel for the day. There is a free shuttle from the hotel to the village. We will make arrangements for coach to pick up and rejoin group for dinner. OR they may travel with the group as far as Lubec, Maine, where there is a waterfront village with shops and cafes for lunch on own. The group is on the island approximately 2 1/2 hours. Those persons not going on the island will NOT have an included box lunch today.
3-night accommodations at the Atlantic Oceanside Resort in Bar Harbor, 3 breakfast, 3 dinners, Bar Harbor Nature Cruise, Step on guided tour of Acadia National Park, Carriage ride in Acadia National Park, Full day guided tour from Bar Harbor to Campobello Island with box lunch, Coffee and Blueberry Pie in Machias, Tour Wreaths Across America Museum, Round-trip luggage service, Souvenir Maine Lobster Hat for each passenger
Package Price per Person: Single $1290 | Double $990 | Triple $910 | Quad $840
Utica Radisson Hotel – Utica, NY – 5:30 AM
Wade Terminal – Schenectady, NY – 7:00 AM
Latham Farms Sams Club – Latham, NY – 7:30 AM
Day # 1, Monday, June 17, 2019
Welcome to Vacationland! Make your way north to Rockland, the Lobster Capital of the World in mid-coast Maine. Lunch on your own in Rockland where you’ll see the Rockland harbor lighthouse from the new waterfront park with a boardwalk. Then sit back and relax for your drive along the coast “downeast” to Bar Harbor. You’ll see quiet little protected harbors filled with working lobster boats along the way. Ospreys and bald eagles nest high in the spruces along the rugged shores, deer browse the open fields, moose forage the wetlands and harbor seals make their annual pilgrimage to quiet coves. The pretty pink and purple lupine flowers will be in bloom in late June along the way. Check in to the beautiful Atlantic Oceanside Resort in Bar Harbor that overlooks scenic Frenchman’s Bay for a three-night stay. The hotel features guest rooms with water views and private balconies or patios, indoor and outdoor pools and Jacuzzi. Dinner is included this evening at a local restaurant with several entrée selections. (Dinner menu TBA)
Day # 2, Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Enjoy a full breakfast buffet included at the hotel this morning. Bar Harbor has been celebrated for its breathtaking beauty ever since the island was discovered in 1604 by Samuel de Champlain, who named it “Isle de Monts Desert” (Mt. Desert Island) for its bare, desert-like mountaintops. This morning we meet our local guide for a tour of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. First, you’ll enjoy a one-hour horse-drawn carriage ride along the park carriage roads built by John D. Rockefeller Jr. You’ll travel through some of Acadia’s off-the-beaten-track scenic areas. Here in the first national park founded east of the Mississippi, you’ll see 9 mountains over 1000 feet high, stone bridges, lakes, ponds, trails and carriage roads. You will travel the entire Park Loop road with stops at Cadillac Mountain, Thunder Hole on Ocean Drive and Sieur De Mont Springs Wild Gardens of Acadia, plus learn about the rich and famous visitors who built summer cottages in Bar Harbor. Free time for lunch on your own in Bar Harbor and some time to explore the shops, boutiques and galleries in downtown Bar Harbor. There are also two parks and a shoreline walking trail here. This afternoon,
you’ll take a sightseeing / nature cruise of Frenchman’s Bay. Cruise along the calm waters of the harbor and see a variety of marine life on this narrated excursion. You’ll head to a small island to look at harbor seals basking on the rocks and enjoy the majestic scenery of the Maine coast. Don your souvenir Maine Lobster Hat for a traditional Maine lobster bake dinner with all the fixin’s. Your meal will be steamed in a large cooker where you can watch and ask questions about lobster fishing and lobster cooking. You’ll want to bring your appetite and camera when the cover is lifted to reveal a colorful blend of lobsters, clams, potato and corn-on-the-cob amidst a cloud of steam. Alternate menus are steak and haddock. (Breakfast & Lobster dinner)
Day # 3, Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Today we cross the Border to Campobello Island. Cross the International bridge (passport book or passport card required) to Roosevelt’s beloved Campobello Island, located in the Canadian province of New Brunswick. Turn watches ahead 1 hour (Atlantic Standard Time)
After enjoying a full breakfast included at the hotel, meet our local guide and travel to Columbia Falls, Maine. Here we make a rest stop at Wreaths Across America Museum which profiles the wreath laying ceremonies that take place each December at Arlington National Cemetery. Continue our travel along the coast to Lubec, the first US town to see the sun rise as the easternmost point in the country.
Note: if any passenger does not have a valid passport or passport card for entry into Canada, they may elect to stay back at hotel for the day. There is a free shuttle from the hotel to the village. We will make arrangements for coach to pick up and rejoin group for dinner. OR they may travel with the group as far as Lubec, Maine, where there is a waterfront village with shops and cafes for lunch on own. The group is on the island approximately 2 1/2 hours. Those persons not going on the island will NOT have an included box lunch today.
A box lunch is included on arrival at the park for all passengers on Campobello Island portion of the tour.
Enjoy lunch with Eleanor, and later explore Roosevelt Campobello International Park at your leisure. You’ll see a15-minute film telling the story of Roosevelt’s “beloved island” and exhibits with historic family and island photos. Then go back in history by touring the 34-room “cottage” occupied 1905-1921 by the Franklin D. Roosevelt family. There are docents throughout the cottage to answer questions. Near the cottage, winding paths meander by charming flower gardens and lead to scenic vistas overlooking the beautiful bays.
Return to Lubec, turn watch back one hour. Travel to Machias, the wild blueberry capital of Maine.
On our way back to Bar Harbor, stop for coffee and blueberry pie in Machias. Have you ever made Betty Crocker blueberry muffins? That little can of blue sweetness included comes from here! Your local guide will tell you many more stories about the history, early settleers and today’s unique local characters here in the northeast corner of Maine.
Say good-bye to local guide upon returning to the Atlantic Oceanside Resort to refresh from a day of touring and enjoy the beautiful scenic views from your resort and all the amenities it offers. Dinner is included this evening at the resort. (Breakfast, Boxed Lunch, Pie & Coffee & Dinner)
Day # 4, Thursday, June 20, 2019
After an included deluxe continental breakfast at the hotel, you’ll travel back through mid-coast Maine toward home. Have your camera ready for a photo stop atop Mt. Battie within the beautiful Camden Hills State Park, where you’ll see sweeping views of Penobscot Bay and the surrounding islands. Free time on your own in Camden – where the mountains meet the sea and home of Edna St. Vincent Millay. The scenery and charm of this town abounds and is equally as beautiful as the post cards you will send from here! Depart for home with your Maine coast memories! (Deluxe Continental Breakfast)
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CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations within 60 days from departure will be subject to a $100 fee per person, plus cost for tickets, meals, hotels and other non-recoverable expenses.
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