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Maine Bike Tour

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Trip Highlights
  • Savor the scent of sea air and the crash of waves on rocky shores
  • The silence of deep pine forests and the flavors of the day's fresh catch
  • Fresh lobster—need we say more?
  • Discover the countless charms of Camden, with its sublime harborside setting
  • Warm hospitality at elegant and historic inns

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In Acadia National Park & Along Penobscot Bay

Maine's beauty lies in its rawness. Fresh tart blueberries growing wild on the side of the road. Hills rising from the rocky shores of Camden. Winding roads built centuries ago that hug the shore connecting village to village. Morning mist on Penobscot Bay. But in between the ruggedness lies the real beauty of Maine. Even a delicacy like Maine lobster still involves shells and claws. It's raw. It's true. It's Maine.

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Savor the scent of sea air and the flavors of the day's fresh catch  Pedal amid the majestic fir and towering spruce of Somes Sound on beautiful Mount Desert Island  Pounding surf collides with rugged coastline while lush boreal and hardwood forests blanket glacier-scoured hills in Acadia National Park The arched bridges and tranquility of Acadia's carriage road system, a gift from John D. Rockefeller, Jr., make for lovely riding  In the mood for a challenge? Bike to Cadillac Mountain's 1,532-foot summit, the North Atlantic Seaboard's highest point and reputedly the first US location to see the rising sun.

Days 3-5 Discover the countless charms of Camden, with its sublime harborside setting and wealth of historic architecture  Have a look around dynamic Belfast—home to more art galleries than any other town of its size in Maine—before cycling through the tiny coastal resort of Bayside  Quiet roads lead into the heart of Rockland, where you can enjoy lunch, browse in the many bookstores or linger at a café Be sure not to miss the Farnsworth Art Museum, nationally recognized for its rich collection of Wyeth family paintings Savor a farewell dinner at our inn's elegant award-winning French restaurant The rolling countryside surrounding Camden and Lake Megunticook invites a scenic morning spin For one last "downeast" experience, treat yourself to a cup of coffee at the Hope General Store, a colorful local spot founded in 1832.

Premiere Inns

West Street Hotel
West Street Hotel

Bar Harbor (2 nights) Spectacular views and elegant accommodations await at this luxury boutique hotel on Frenchman Bay. (pool, spa)

Camden Harbour Inn
Camden Harbour Inn

Camden (2 nights) An award-winning restaurant, exceptional hospitality and plush amenities come together to create a "refined stylishness that balances classic with contemporary," according to Andrew Harper. A Relais & Châteaux member. (spa)

Guest Reviews About This Trip

The Backroads Maine trip? The best vacation ever! It couldn't be better. Fantastic views and routes, excellent accommodations, best food ever. Full of fun spots. We got a great group. When we thought it couldn't be better, you topped that.
Veronica Ettedgui- Caracas, Venezuela
We had an awesome trip! It was so well organized, so much fun and really top-notch. We loved all of the special places we visited.
Jill Bernstein- Highland Park, IL
From the individuals who helped me with making the initial trip reservation, to the person who answered my last minute pre-trip questions, to the trip itself (leaders, location, bike quality, food) - all were superb! The locations were beautiful, the hotel/inn were both great, as was the food.
Sue Mullins- Santa Monica, CA

Trip Dates & Prices

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2015 CLASSIC DATES
June 2015
July 2015
August 2015
September 2015
October 2015

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This Trip Is Rated Level 2-4

Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 17 500
2 14 600 27 1100 34 1700 49 2200
3 19* 500 25* 1000 33 1200
Optional Afternoon Kayaking
4 16* 800 27 1100 39 1300
5 18 500
 
note:

To make for the most comfortable ride to this particular trip, we've outfitted our titanium road bike with slightly wider tires. You'll appreciate this on those stretches of the route with hard-packed dirt (approximately 20% dirt and 80% paved).

Given the geology of the area, the terrain consists of constant rises and valleys. In large part, it is the challenging terrain that makes biking in Maine so rewarding. Use extra caution along the narrow trafficked roads, which offer minimal shoulders. Also note that there are dips and rises along the pavement due to the seasonal freeze and thaw that occurs in the region.

* Includes a shuttle

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2015

2 - 3 guests from $4,598 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $3,398 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $3,998 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $2,898 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $3,598 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $2,598 pp dbl. occ.

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Maine tour experts. See our award-winning USA biking tours, USA walking and hiking tours and USA multisport tours.

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Portland, Maine

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All meals included except 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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