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Multi-Adventure
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Maine's Acadia Multi-Adventure Tour

National Park Adventure in the Northeast

Couples, Friends & Solos

5 days 4 nights

Activity Levels 1-3

Premiere Hotels

From: $3,749 - $3,999 pp dbl occ

($900 for sgl occ)

From wildflowers to winding rugged shoreline, the lure of Maine's storybook landscape is calling. It's a place where mountain paths and centuries-old roads lead you on stunning adventures through state parks and charming harbor towns. And at the end of each day, Down East hospitality awaits at your waterfront retreats.

Walk/Hike
Bike
Maine Acadia Easygoing E-biking Tour
Maine Acadia Easygoing E-biking Tour

Maine

Start/End Portland

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights

  • Ride through the pine forests and seaside cliffs of Acadia National Park, and hike granite staircases for stunning 360-degree views of mountains and islands
  • Pedal along rocky coastline with waves crashing below and ascend Camden Hill State Park's Mount Battie on foot for views of Penobscot Bay
  • Explore the charms of seaside Camden with its historic homes and the yachts and lobster boats dotting Bar Harbor, the gateway to Acadia
  • Indulge in fresh New England specialties from farms, forests and the sea while toasting Maine with fine wine and craft beer
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Itinerary

Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
5 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2
Description

Your adventure begins with a hike up Mount Battie in Camden Hills State Park—behold 360-degree views of pine forests, Camden Harbor and Penobscot Bay | Duck into the woods for a descent through pine forest | Bike through coastal communities, rolling green countryside and Rockport, the state’s most picturesque harbor | Arriving in the heart of seaside Rockland, stroll the streets and perhaps visit the Farnsworth Art Museum and its collection of 18th- and 19th-century American art | Continue biking to Owls Head Lighthouse, dramatically perched on a cliff.

Accommodations
Camden Harbour Inn
Camden Harbour Inn
Camden
| Premiere Hotel

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. Travel + Leisure World's Best.

Days 3-5
Description

Arrive at Mount Desert Island, home to Acadia National Park | Hop on your bike for smooth riding along Ocean Drive, with spectacular coastal vistas of Sand Beach's sparkling waters, dramatic waves crashing through Thunder Hole and Otter Cliffs’ jagged headlands | Bike along the rocky coastline and through the forests that surround beautiful Jordan and Bubble Ponds | For the most avid of cyclists, tackle the ascent up Cadillac Mountain | Get to know Bar Harbor, exploring its stunning coastline and original boutiques | Hike the idyllic shores of Jordan Pond, crossing impressive arched stone bridges and passing through pristine parkland | Stop to wonder at Bubble Rock, a boulder which landed here by way of ancient glaciers and one of Maine’s best-known natural sites | Ascend to the bald peaks of Penobscot Mountain for unparalleled views of Frenchman Bay and the outer islands | Stroll on Acadia's wild and scenic Great Head Peninsula | At Sand Beach, dip your toes in the chilly waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Accommodations
The Harborside Hotel
Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina
Bar Harbor
| Premiere Hotel

Overlooking Frenchman Bay, this well-appointed lodge in downtown Bar Harbor offers numerous amenities. (pool, spa)

Activity Level: 1-3

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

The hiking terrain we encounter on this trip ranges from gently rolling to hilly, with several steep longer climbs. Hiking trails are often uneven, with roots, mud, rocks and other obstacles. Please note that unpredictable mountain weather can make hiking conditions more challenging. The biking terrain on the Maine coast consists of constant rises and valleys, making our rides both challenging and highly rewarding. Use extra caution along the narrow trafficked roads, which offer minimal shoulders.

Daily Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles* | 600 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles* | 900 ft. gain
Level 3 | 5 miles* | 1500 ft. gain
Day 2
Biking
Level 1 | 16 miles* | 1100 ft. gain
Level 2 | 27 miles | 1700 ft. gain
Level 3 | 44 miles | 2400 ft. gain
Day 3
Biking
Level 1 | 14 miles | 800 ft. gain
Level 1 | 22 miles | 1500 ft. gain
Level 2 | 29 miles | 2500 ft. gain
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 100 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles | 500 ft. gain
Level 3 | 6 miles | 1400 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 1.5mi | 250 ft. gain

What's Included

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for bike options specific to this trip (click the arrow to see more). Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.

Backroads Performance Road Bike
Backroads Performance Road Bike
Performance Road Bike

Included in your trip price

This custom-designed titanium bike is lightweight and responsive, featuring Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting, 11-speed compact gearing, a premium Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset and a full carbon fork. 

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

A proven classic, our most popular custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

Keep pace or zip ahead, pedaling with an electric boost. This bike provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.
Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

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