BOOTHBAY HARBOR AND THE PUFFINS NATURE CRUISE
Tour includes: 3 nights’ accommodations at Boothbay Harbor Inn, baggage handling, 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners including 2 lobster choice dinners, Boothbay Harbor Puffin Nature/Sightseeing Cruise, Coastal Maine Botanical Garden tour, admission to the 73rd Annual Maine Lobster Festival and the Maine Lighthouse Museum, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Maine State Prison Store Showroom, free time in the villages of Boothbay Harbor, Rockland, and Kennebunkport, souvenir Maine Lobster Hat.
Package Price per Person: Single $1,095 | Double $855 | Triple $795 | Quad $755
Wade Terminal – Schenectady, NY – 7:00 AM
Day 1 – Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Travel to Boothbay Harbor for a unique Maine coast adventure. Check into your waterfront inn in Boothbay Harbor for three nights at Boothbay Harbor Inn, located within walking distance of the footbridge that connects to the “downtown” center of Boothbay Harbor where there are many shops and art galleries to explore. The hotel features beautiful sunsets from this side of the harbor. Get ready for your Maine Lobster Dinner with all the fixin’s while enjoying the beautiful views of the cove. Don your souvenir Maine lobster hat for this traditional downeast feast. An alternate menu is available for any landlubbers. (Lobster Dinner)
Day 2 – Wednesday, July 29, 2020
A full breakfast at the hotel this morning. Today you’ll enjoy a Nature Sightseeing Puffin-watching Cruise to Eastern Egg Rock, like an ocean-going treasure hunt…. you just never know what’s going to show up! As we travel through Boothbay harbor and search for all the marvelous sea creatures which call this area their home, seals often surface near the boat, or can be found sunning themselves on the rocks. A loon flies by and a Minke Whale surprises everyone with its sheer size and bulk. And, of course there are lighthouses, which we know as permanent treasures here on the Maine Coast. Truly a magnificent “Seafari” for all nature lovers and a wonderful experience with terrific scenery and miles of coastline between Boothbay Harbor and Eastern Egg Rock. But the real treat is in seeing the busy and exciting colony of Atlantic Puffins at their southernmost nesting island in all of North America! Have lunch on your own in this popular resort town which has retained the atmosphere of an old New England village. Fishing craft lie alongside wharves that follow the quaint, winding village streets. Yachtsmen and artists began vacationing here in the early 1900’s. You’ll have free time to explore the local galleries, boutiques and plenty of casual restaurants from which to choose. This afternoon you’ll take a guided tour of the new Coastal Maine Botanical Garden. See the beautiful coastline along woodland paths and along the river bank. Here the majestic Maine woods meet the rocky shore. The wetlands shore and the fern glens meet the moss and lichen covered ledges in a variety of special theme gardens such as the wildflower garden and the children’s garden (the most popular!). Guided tour lasts approximately one hour, followed by free time to explore at your own pace. Return to the hotel and freshen up for Dinner at a local favorite. (Breakfast & Dinner)
Day 3 – Thursday, July 30, 2020
Enjoy a full breakfast this morning before traveling to Rockland, where you’ll attend the 73rd Annual Maine Lobster Festival. Rockland is known as the Lobster Capital of the World – the REAL MAINE! Before arriving in Rockland, you’ll stop for a photo and perhaps climb to the top at the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, one of Maine’s most scenic beacons and the light featured on the Maine state quarter. Then it’s onto Rockland, the entry point to Penobscot Bay, perhaps the most scenic body of water on the eastern seaboard. You’ll see quiet little protected harbors filled with working lobster boats. 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. Enjoy music and entertainment and of course-feasting on hot Maine lobster and other Maine delicacies. At last year’s festival nearly 20,000 pounds of lobster were prepared in the world’s largest lobster cooker. Local arts and crafts and special exhibits are featured at this festival along the working waterfront. Explore the fabulous shops and art galleries in downtown Rockland which is just steps from the festival gate. After you get your fill of Lobster, you’ll reconvene for a guided tour at the Maine Lighthouse Museum, a unique collection of historic artifacts of the US Coast Guard and local lighthouse culture. On your way back to Boothbay Harbor, stop for some unique, handmade souvenirs at the Maine State Prison Store Showroom. Great bargains available here as all wood products are individually handcrafted by inmates working in the prison workshop. A Lobster choice Dinner in Boothbay Harbor. (Breakfast & Dinner)
Day 4 – Friday, July 31, 2020
A full breakfast included at the hotel this morning. Travel south to Kennebunkport, Maine where you’ll enjoy some free time in “Dock Square” for shopping and lunch on own. Dock Square is located in Kennebunkport and Lower village of Kennebunk, which are nestled between the Kennebunk river and the ocean. On both sides of the river, waterfront buildings steeped in history are the home of fine gift shops, clothing and jewelry boutiques, art galleries and some of the finest restaurants on the Maine Coast before departing for home with your coastal memories. (Breakfast)
We encourage you to book early to accommodate any special needs and to assure that members of your party will be seated together. We reserve the right to assign seats when necessary.
ROOM PREFERENCE: We offer both two queen bed rooms and single king bed rooms. Please let us know your preference and we will do our best to match you to that room.
RESERVATIONS: To be FAIR and IMPARTIAL seat assignments will be taken at the time of booking your reservation. Deposit of $100 per person. Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure.
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.
TRAVEL INSURANCE: Is available and recommended due to unforeseen circumstances that can arise and if they do, we want you to be protected BEFORE and DURING your tour. Travel Insurance
BAGGAGE: One large suitcase, and one carry-on bag per person.
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