Maine Sea & Sand

 

Day One
Welcome to Maine
Arrive in the southern Maine area for a three night stay. Enjoy a refreshing welcome reception before dinner this evening. (Dinner)

Day Two
Kennebunkport and Portland
Begin with a short drive up the Maine Coast to the popular summer resort of Kennebunkport. Its quaint setting appeals to artists, writers and Presidents. Famous authors, Kenneth Roberts and Booth Tarkington, were both residents of the area and a scenic drive along the ocean to Walker’s Point passes the well-known summer home of past President George Bush. Dock Square in the center of town offers a variety of galleries and craft shops. A photo stop at the Wedding Cake House shows what an ambitious carpenter can create with gothic decorations. Continuing north, the next stop is the largest City in Maine – Portland, described as ‘the beautiful town that is seated by the sea’ by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The Old Port Exchange on the thriving waterfront was the heart of Portland’s busy 19th century commercial ventures and continues to be the center of activity today. The deep water harbor with old Fort Gorges in the center is protected by the Calendar Islands and is still visited by commercial and pleasure ships of all types and sizes from the QE II to the local Grand Banks Schooners. Enjoy the sights, sounds and activities of the waterfront and the shops and restaurants that surround it. Nearby, visit the Portland Head Light which guards the entrance to Casco Bay. Commissioned by George Washington, it is one of the oldest continuously operating lights in the country. Located on the scenic rocky coast, it overlooks many scenic islands and is a favorite with photographers. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day Three
York and Lobster Boat Ride
Start the morning with a visit to York and one of the most photographed lighthouses in the country – Cape Neddick Light, popularly know as “the Nubble”. Set on a small island just a stone’s throw off the coast of the Town of York, the light and keeper’s house are on a small island surrounded by crashing waves. Continuing past the white sand beaches of York Harbor on the way to Ogunquit and nearby Perkins Cove, sea and sand are ever present. Next, a demonstration ride aboard a lobsterboat shows how these tasty crustaceans are trapped and gives fi rst hand experience of being on the water. Free time to explore the area is followed by a Down East Lobsterbake for a chance to try the famous Maine lobster. (Breakfast, Lobsterbake)

Day Four
Depart for Home
Take a deep breath of salty air as we leave coastal Maine behind and head for home. (Breakfast)

Tour Inclusions

Three nights accommodations
Welcome reception
Three breakfasts
Three dinners (includinga Lobsterbake)
Guided tours of Kennebunkport,Portland, Ogunquit and York
Visits to Portland Head Light and Cape Neddick Light
A lobster boat cruise
Hotel Taxes; meal taxes and gratuities
Fully escorted
Two twin complimentary packages with 40 paid passengers
Excludes Tour Director gratuities
Excludes motorcoach transportation

Options:

Add a visit to the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunk
A sightseeing cruise of Portland Harbor
Admission to the Wadsworth-Longfellow House
Excursion to Freeport, home of L. L. Bean and outlet shopping
4 days
* All prices based on double occupancy