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Maine Walking & Hiking Tour

Charming Camden to Acadia National Park

From $3,198 pp dbl. occ. | 5 days / 4 nights

(+$930 for sgl. occ.)

Maine might just have it all. Historic fishing villages adorning miles of rocky coastline. Romantic schooners weaving around islands and lighthouses. Winding hiking trails revealing ocean vistas, wildflowers and warblers. Festive lobster bakes with freshly-plucked crustaceans. It's essential New England. And it's all here. In Maine.

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Maine

Start/End Portland

Maine walking map

Highlights

  • Hike the iconic coastal landscapes of New England amid rugged shores, verdant seaside mountains and pristine pine forests
  • Discover why the captivating village of Camden calls itself the “Jewel of the Coast”
  • Venture around majestic Mount Desert Island and its stunning national treasure, Acadia National Park
  • Savor a classic Maine experience—fresh Maine lobster melting in your mouth
Maine

Start/End Portland

Maine walking map

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Explore New England's diverse landscape at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens | Camden delights with its seaside beauty, quaint boutiques and seafaring history | Take a scenic sail on a fully-restored windjammer | Ascend Camden Hills State Park's Mount Battie for panoramic views of Penobscot Bay | Spectacular vistas of cobalt-blue Lake Megunticook come into sight from a rock-ledge lookout.

Day 3 Amble along the historic carriage roads built by John D. Rockefeller in the 1900s | Enjoy unparalleled views as you hike in Acadia National Park from the shores of pristine Jordan Pond to the bald peaks of Penobscot and Sargent Mountains | Stroll the lively streets of Bar Harbor, perched on Mount Desert Island.

Day 4 Trek up mighty Cadillac Mountain and learn about its unique granite trail system | At the mountain's summit, soak in 360-degree views of the harbor, Egg Rock Lighthouse and dozens of outlying islands | Head up the narrow trail of Dorr Mountain, Acadia's second-highest peak, for a look over the east side of the park.

Day 5 Dip your toes in the Atlantic Ocean at Sand Beach as you stroll on Acadia's impressive Great Head Peninsula | Hike up striking rocky cliffs for a shimmering ocean view | Wind down with a final Backroads picnic as we make our way back to Portland.

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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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 the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $3,198 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,698 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,998 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,398 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $6,198 pp dbl occ

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From $3,198 pp dbl. occ.
5 days / 4 nights

(+$930 for sgl. occ.)

Premiere Hotels

Camden Harbour Inn
Camden Harbour Inn

Camden (2 nights)

West Street Hotel
West Street Hotel

Bar Harbor (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Maine

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Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

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," says Andrew Harper. Travel + Leisure World's Best. A Relais & Châteaux member. (spa)

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)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

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 (drag to see full )

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 2 0
3 300
Evening Schooner Cruise (1 Hour)
2 4* 900 6* 1500 9* 1800
3 4* 500 5* 1400 6* 1700
Horse & Carriage Ride (1 Hour)
4 4* 1500 8* 1500
8* 1700
5 3 400
 

Note: The 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.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Meals

All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners

Also Included

  • 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

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Why Travel with Backroads in Maine

The Best Leaders in Maine

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Maine, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Maine you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in Maine that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

Only the Best Hotels

On this trip featuring Premiere Hotels, you can count on the best lodgings Maine has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for one or two people (or a family of three or four), subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

Signature Backroads Picnics

Guests rave about our picnic spreads. Enjoy a welcome break in a scenic spot, or a quick refuel stop if you don't want to lose momentum. And because we have two vans, one can host lunch while the other is out providing support along the route.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Maine trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

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