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Maine Family Bike Tour
Maine Family Bike Tour

Beehive Mountain. Egg Rock. Oreo cows. Just hearing the names makes you smile. And wait 'til you get here. Cycling through charming New England fishing villages. Voices echoing under stone bridges on Rockefeller's historic carriage roads. Scaling granite at Otter Cliffs. Incredible views from Cadillac Mountain. Pedaling by the crashing Atlantic. Historic lighthouses. A bald eagle soaring overhead. Picking wild blueberries. And even time to sneak off for a spa treatment. There's so much to smile about.

Days 1-2 Pedal under towering firs and past pristine crashing surf at Acadia National Park The arched bridges and quiet roads of Acadia's carriage road system, a gift from philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr., make for superb biking  Donning harnesses and helmets, youngsters go rock climbing with expert guides at oceanside Otter Cliffs  Spin through Northeast Harbor, a quintessential small town complete with small local galleries, a town market, and only one 'downtown' intersection Kids get the hang of rock climbing with an expert mountaineer You may prefer to browse Bar Harbor's shops or simply relax at our hotel  Partake in a classic Maine culinary experience: a lobster pound! 

Day 3 Discover the understated beauty of Maine's coastline  Admire the Acadia-inspired artwork of our local friend during a visit to his workshop in Hulls Cove Start your ride in picturesque Belfast, passing charming 19th-century cottages along the way  Experience the unique summer community of Bayside, described by the Washington Post as a "refreshing reminder of a simpler time."

Days 4-5 Enchanting Camden, brimming with galleries, museums and shops, and often called Maine's prettiest seaside village Grown-ups enjoy a hearty ride through the undulating hills around Camden  The rolling countryside surrounding Camden and Lake Megunticook invites a last scenic spin Or opt for a hike in Camden Hills State Park.


Trip Highlights
  • Discover the understated beauty of Maine's coastline
  • Pedal under towering firs and past pristine crashing surf at Acadia National Park
  • Seaside Camden, brimming with galleries, museums and shops
  • Rock climbing at Otter Cliffs - the kids will be talking about it for weeks! 
  • Enjoy a classic Maine culinary experience: a lobster pound
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Premiere Inns

The Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina (2 nights): Overlooking Frenchman Bay, this luxury lodge in downtown Bar Harbor offers numerous amenities. (pool, spa, tennis)

Camden Harbour Inn (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)


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 8 200
12 500
17 500
2 14* 600 27 1100 34 1700 49 2200
Kids: Rock Climbing at Otter Cliffs, Acadia (3 Hours)
3 10* 200 23* 600 32 800
Breakneck Road Walk (3 Miles; 100` elevation gain)
4 8* 200 22 1000
16 800
Kids: Hope Elephant Sanctuary Visit (1 Hour)
Mount Battie Hike (1.5 Miles; 800` elevation gain)
Optional Afternoon Kayaking (2 Hours)
5 6 100
10 500
 
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).

* Includes a shuttle


2015 Dates & Pricing*

FAMILY TRIPS
  • 6/13-17 Price: $2598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1100 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/20-24 Price: $2598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1100 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/27-7/1 Price: $2698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1100 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/4-8 Price: $2698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1100 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/11-15 Price: $2598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1100 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/18-22 Price: $2598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1100 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/25-29 Price: $2598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1100 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/1-5 Price: $2598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1100 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/8-12 Price: $2598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1100 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/15-19 Price: $2598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1100 for sgl. occ.)

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.


Recommended Kids Ages

Minimum Ages:

General Info on Minimum Ages:

We strongly encourage families to join our Family Trips, designed with kid- and adult-friendly features. Please note that we have a minimum age requirement of 1 year for all Inn trips and 2 years for all Camping trips. Other than that, we do not restrict trips to a minimum age except in the rare case of a hotel age restriction. We do, however, recommend minimum ages based on the following criteria: Please note that a trip may feature an activity with an older age requirement than the minimum age recommendation for the trip. Younger kids are still welcome on the trip and while they will not be able to participate in the activity, the leaders will suggest an alternate activity. For safety reasons, children under 7 may not ride their own bikes and are required to ride on a Piccolo or in a Burley. For certain destinations, children must be 9 or older to ride their own bikes.

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.

If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

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

2015

2 - 3 guests from $4,998 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $3,498 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $4,198 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $2,898 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $3,698 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $2,598 pp dbl. occ.

Please note: Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.


Guest Trip Reviews

To give you an idea of how much we enjoyed our latest Backroads trip, let me just say this: on our drive home from the airport, we planned two more! We were reminded, after about a year-and-a-half gap between trips, how much we really LOVE traveling with Backroads. Looking forward to many more adventures with you in the future.
Amy Thornhill- Winter Haven, FL

Backroads continues to be my tour company of choice. The attitude of your leaders is what sets you apart.
Dick Oberg- Everett, WA

My 12-year-old son dreaded bicycling before this trip. Thanks to our leaders, he found his inner cyclist.
Thomas Politano- Knoxville, TN