Tall ships unfurl their sails and make for the open sea, while harbor seals, porpoises and whales play in the wide blue bay. From the mid-1800s until the great fire of 1947, Bar Harbor was a haven for wealthy summer visitors who built shingled, 60-room "summer cottages" on rocky promontories and islands. Today, the main interest is Acadia National Park, a magnificent landscape of towering coastal mountains and coves, lakes, hundreds of streams and ponds, and Somes Sound, a splendid glacial-carved fjord.

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  • Acadia National Park & Jordan Pond

    Experience one of the most scenic drives on the East Coast of the United States during this memorable visit to Acadia National Park, the second-most visited park in the United States.

    Boarding your coach at the pier, you will set-off on the drive to Acadia National Park, first passing through the quaint town of Bar Harbor to view some of the charming Victorian mansions built by America's rich and famous at the turn of the 20th century. Upon arrival at Acadia National Park, you will proceed along the 27-mile Park Loop Road taking in spectacular coastal, mountain and forest views.

    Next, you will travel along the ocean's edge, passing Sand Beach, Schooner Head Overlook, and the High Seas Estate, a beautiful mansion built by a wealthy gentleman whose wife perished on the Titanic before ever stepping foot in her dream home. At Thunder Hole, a short photo stop will be made where you can see the ocean swells converge against the granite cliffs to create a thunderous roar (If designated bus parking is not available, an alternate photo stop will be made in the park at the tour guide's discretion).

    Continuing on, you will pass Otter Cliffs and the gulf of Maine with beautiful views of the off shore islands, as well as travel through pine wood forests and past the Jordon Pond House. A beautiful view of the Penobscot Mountains and Bubbles Hill awaits you at this location and with much of the land donated by John D. Rockefeller. You will also see the romantic stone-cut bridges and evidence of the elaborate carriage trails built by his family at the turn of the century. Home to over 50 species of mammals, keep your eyes peeled for moose, black bear and white tail deer as you make your way around the Park Loop Road.

    Weather and traffic/crowd conditions permitting, there will be a photo stop from atop the 1,530-foot Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on North America's eastern seaboard. , there will be a photo stop from atop the 1,530-foot Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on North America's eastern seaboard. Here, you will have the opportunity to take in spectacular panoramic views and enjoy photo opportunities of Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island. This wonderful vantage point allows you to see how glaciers have carved through the granite cliffs to form a breathtaking landscape of lush forest, lakes and valleys. In the event the weather or traffic prevents a stop here an alternate photo stop will be made in the park at the tour guide's discretion.

    Following your this last stop, you will re-board your coach and transfer back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes a moderate amount of walking, mainly at the guest's discretion. Most of the surfaces are paved and easily accessible; however, some areas are uneven and can be slippery when wet. A 50-100 yard walk, with approximately 20 steps, is required to view the sea cave at Thunder Hole and participants are cautioned to stay on the path, and not stray towards the rocky area. The tour is available to guests who utilize a a wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 10 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 10 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • An Intimate Look At Acadia National Park

    Step aboard an executive coach for the ultimate small-group tour of Acadia, with a maximum of 14 guests.

    Enjoy a relaxing drive through magnificent Acadia National Park, pausing every so often for photos at dramatic overlooks that highlight the stunning natural beauty.

    After departing from the pier, you will begin driving along the gorgeous coast and soon enter Acadia National Park, the first national park created east of the Mississippi River. After several name changes, the park officially became Acadia in 1929. Today, it sprawls over three main areas, including Mount Desert Island, the focus of this exploration.

    One of the coastal highlights is Thunder Hole, a small inlet carved out of the granite rocks. If the tidal conditions are just right, the waves will rush into the cavern below and violently spew out as high as 40 feet with thunderous roar. While pausing for photos, you will also enjoy a panoramic view of Otter Cliff and pristine Schoodic Peninsula in the distance.

    Turning inland, you will then pass through lush pine forests while slowly ascending Cadillac Mountain. Its summit has the distinction of being the first place in the United States to see the sunrise from early October through early March. The sights are always spectacular from this vantage point, as it offers an unrivalled, 360-degree view of Bar Harbor, the islands beyond and Blue Hill Mountain.

    Throughout this driving tour, the guide will describe the most striking geological features and the history of Acadia National Park. Be sure to look for birds along the way, as species ranging from bald eagles to scarlet tanagers live here.

    Please note: This tour includes minimal walking and is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and tour vessel and have a companion to assist them. Weather-appropriate, layered clothing; a waterproof jacket and flat, comfortable walking shoes with a non-slip sole are suggested.

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  • Victorian Villages of Mount Desert Island

    Admire the natural beauty and charming villages along the “quiet side” of Mount Desert Island, which French explorer Samuel de Champlain named for its bare mountains.

    After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a relaxing and spectacularly scenic driving tour around Mount Desert Island, known locally as MDI. Not far out of town, you will enter Acadia National Park, the first national park created east of the Mississippi River. Be sure to look for birds along the way, as species ranging from bald eagles to scarlet tanagers live here.

    Ahead lie the palatial summer residences of Seal Harbor, the so-called “cottages” owned by the immensely wealthy. To enhance your understanding of the area’s history, the guide will regale you with stories about the captains of industry and robber barons who originally built here. In the early 1900s, John D. Rockefeller summered in Seal Harbor and was instrumental in the creation of Acadia National Park.

    Northeast Harbor is another charming destination that you will pass through on the “quiet side” of Mount Desert Island. The town is immensely quaint and picture-perfect, especially with the abundance of sailboats, yachts and lobster boats adding to its seaside ambiance.

    You will be treated to a different waterfront perspective as you drive along Somes Sound, a deep lengthy waterway that an ancient glacier carved out of the landscape. Although not technically a fjord because its topography isn’t extremely vertical, the naturally beautiful sound resembles the fjords commonly seen in Norway.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 hour of walking. It is not recommended for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Casual, weather-appropriate and layered clothing as well as comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested.

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  • Best of Both Worlds W/Looking Glass

    Encompassing the best that Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island have to offer, this tour includes the beautiful scenery of Acadia National Park and Cadillac Mountain as well as a chance to learn about the fascinating world of the lobster fisherman during a visit to the Lobster Oceanarium.

    Starting off from the pier, you will drive towards Thunder Hole via a scenic drive along the historic 27-mile Park Loop Road which takes you along the ocean's edge. After passing Otter Cliff, you will find yourself at Thunder Hole, where the ocean swells converge against the granite cliffs to create a thunderous roar. A short photo stop is made here (if designated bus parking is not available, an alternate photo stop will be made at the tour guide's discretion) before continuing on to the summit of Cadillac Mountain (Weather and traffic/crowd conditions permitting), there will be a photo stop from atop the 1,530-foot Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on North America's eastern seaboard. ) to marvel at the 360-degree view of the coast.

    Next, you will travel past the High Seas Estate, a beautiful mansion built by a wealthy gentleman whose wife tragically perished on the Titanic before ever stepping foot in her dream home. You will also pass by Sand Beach, Otter Cliffs and Jordon Pond House, the famous restaurant where tea served on the lawn has been a tradition for more than a century. Nearby Eagle Lake holds a wealth of secrets and the open ocean and crashing surf give Acadia its unique personality.

    You will also have a visit to the Lobster Oceanarium, where visitors of all ages have the opportunity to see and learn about the lobster industry. As home to Maine's only lobster hatchery, the Oceanarium features an authentic lobster fishing boat display and fascinating, hands-on exhibits. A lobster expert demonstrates, using authentic traps, how these succulent creatures are caught and make their way from the ocean to your dinner table.

    Back in Bar Harbor on the campus of the College of the Atlantic, you'll have an opportunity to visit the Turrets Mansion (or similar), one of Bar Harbor's last remaining summer mansions overlooking Frenchman Bay. The Turrets is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a fine example of the opulent lifestyle of the Gilded Age. Your guide is happy to share tales of a by-gone era, when America's wealthiest families made Bar Harbor their summer playground.

    Highlighting your tour is a visit to the Looking Glass Restaurant located on the estate grounds formerly owned by Mary Roberts Rinehart, a mystery writer from the turn of the last century. Surrounded by an 8-sided glass wall, the restaurant features a commanding view of Frenchman Bay, Bar Harbor, and your ship at anchor. Relax and enjoy a piece of traditional homemade blueberry pie with coffee or tea before transferring back to the pier where your tour concludes.

    Please note: This tour includes a limited amount of leisurely walking, mainly at the guests' discretion during stops. There are some uneven surfaces and the possibility of slippery surfaces under wet conditions. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. The Oceanarium is not open on Sundays so the lobster talk will be given at an alternative location. This tour may operate in an alternative order.

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  • Grand Tour of Bar Harbor

    Make the most of your day in Bar Harbor on this comprehensive tour that encompasses all of the highlights of Acadia National Park, the scenic areas of Mount Desert Island including Sieur de Monts and a spectacular lobster lunch.

    Starting off from the pier, you will embark on one of the most picturesque drives on the east coast as you journey along the 27-mile Park Loop Road and take in spectacular coastal, mountain, and forest scenery. Along the ocean's edge, a photo stop will be made at the famous Thunder Hole where ocean swells converge against the granite cliffs to create a thunderous roar (if designated bus parking is not available, an alternate photo stop will be made in the park at the tour guide's discretion). Located in the heart of the Park, you will find Jordon Pond House which has been serving travelers and tourists since the 1780's. This idyllic setting which overlooks Jordon Pond and has views to the Bubble Mountains in the distance offers some wonderful photo opportunities.

    Next, a stop is planned at one of the area's local restaurants where a fabulous lunch will be served. Relax and savor world-famous Maine lobster that has been pulled fresh from the local ocean waters and all the accompanying trimmings (Steak is available upon request for non-lobster eaters. Please advise your guide just before the tour departs).

    Following lunch, you will continue on to the summit of the 1,530-foot Cadillac Mountain. Weather and traffic/crowd conditions permitting, there will be a photo stop from atop the mountain, the highest point on North America's eastern seaboard. From this wonderful vantage point you can enjoy spectacular 360-degree panoramic views of Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island and see how glaciers have carved through the granite cliffs to form a breathtaking landscape of lush forest, lakes and valleys.In the event traffic or weather conditions prevent a stop here, an alternate photo stop will be made in the park at the tour guide's discretion).

    Leaving Cadillac Mountain behind, it's a leisurely drive back to Bar Harbor and your waiting ship.

    Please note: This tour includes a moderate amount of walking, mainly at the guest's discretion. Most of the surfaces are paved and easily accessible; however, some areas are uneven and can be slippery when wet. A 50-100 yard walk, with approximately 20 steps, is required to view the sea cave at Thunder Hole and participants are cautioned to stay on the path, and not stray towards the rocky area. The tour is available to guests who utilize a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Dependent upon tour departure times, order of sites seen or visited may be reversed.

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  • Acadia National Park & Carriage Ride

    Acadia National Park is a true National treasure and the second most visited National Park in the U.S. One man-made aspect of the park that never fails to impress and fascinate visitors are the 57 miles of rustic carriage roads, which weave through the park.

    After a brief drive along a portion of the historic 27-mile Park Loop Road, you will arrive at Wildwood Stables, where your journey back in time to the turn of the last century commences. Boarding your 6-10 passenger horse-drawn carriage, you'll set off for a one-hour scenic ride along the Carriage Trails that will take you around Day Mountain. Built by philanthropist John D. Rockefeller between 1913 and 1940, the beautifully designed gravel byways afford a unique and close-up view of the Acadia National Park landscape. Constructed with hand-cut stone and rock, the extensive motor-free trails are enjoyed today by hikers, bicyclists, horse riders, and carriages.

    Returning to the stables, you'll rejoin your coach and continue along the Park Loop Road, making your way to the 1530-foot Cadillac Mountain (weather and traffic/crowd conditions permitting), there will be a photo stop from atop the 1,530-foot Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on North America's eastern seaboard. ), highest point on North America's Eastern seaboard. With a 360-degree panoramic view, you will see how glaciers carved through the granite cliffs to form a beautiful landscape of lush forest, lakes and valleys. If weather conditions do not permit a stop at Cadillac Mountain, a stop at the Visitors Center will substituted. Afterwards, you'll transfer directly back to the pier where your tour concludes.

    Please note: This tour includes a limited amount of walking, mainly at the guests' discretion during the stops. There are some uneven surfaces and the possibility of slippery surfaces under wet conditions at Cadillac Mountain. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of ability as they must negotiate 2 high steps to enter and exit the carriage. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.

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  • Bar Harbor Epicurean Experience

    Discover why Bar Harbor attracts so many foodies by sampling a wide variety of delectable dishes and treats made with locally sourced ingredients.

    After walking from the pier, you will soon arrive in the heart of Bar Harbor, a city with an abundance of restaurants and shops that serve imaginative and classic Maine dishes. You will visit a number of these establishments to sample some of their most popular offerings.

    Your guide will be local and the shop owners quite willing to share the histories of their businesses, so the experience will be enlightening. As you meander over the course of about one mile, you will learn how Bar Harbor’s cuisine has evolved yet kept true to its roots.

    Maine’s official berry is the wild blueberry, so it’s only natural that it’s used in many of the signature dishes and treats. Wild blueberries are exceptionally versatile and can be found in everything from pies to popcorn to beer. They also have health benefits, as wild blueberries contain more antioxidants than cultivated blueberries.

    You can also expect to learn about Maine’s thriving lobster industry during this epicurean experience. You might hear how lobsters are caught and how their numbers are sustained to ensure that the industry continues to flourish.

    Of course, the highlight in each stop will be tasting the local dishes, which will vary depending on what is seasonal, freshest and most representative of Bar Harbor.

    Please note: This tour includes 2 hours of easy to moderate walking/standing and covers approximately 1 mile. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not recommended for those with walking difficulties. Layered clothing (weather can be unpredictable); an umbrella; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. This tour operates rain or shine unless there is a snowstorm in progress. Vegetarian and pescatarian dietary requests as well as food allergies are able to be accommodated with advance notice. Please advise the Destination Services Desk at least 24 hours in advance. Regretfully, it is not possible to accommodate gluten-free requests. Cancellations made with 48 hours of the tour’s commencement are subject to a 100% cancellation penalty.

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  • Gilded Age Walking Tour

    Step back in time to the turn of the last century, when Bar Harbor was one of the most exclusive resorts in the world. As painters, poets and authors began to speak their tales of the island's natural beauty, America's elite - including the Astors, Fords, Morgans, Rockefellers, Carnegies, and Vanderbilts, were drawn to this idyllic location where they then built their elegant estates, often referred to as "cottages".

    Setting off from the pier, your guided walking tour of Bar Harbor's bygone days begins with a stroll along the beautiful Shore Path where you will enjoy stunning vistas of Frenchman Bay on one side, and elegant summer cottages on the other. Passing the Village Green, you will see the town clock and the village bandstand. It was here where many townspeople often gathered on summer evenings to hear the marches of John Philip Sousa and other popular music that often ended with a rousing rendition of "Goodnight, Ladies". As you make your way through the beautiful downtown area, you will pass a number of Victorian Mansions that survived the Great Fire of 1947. During your pleasant trek through this utterly charming town, your guide will be happy to share the intimate secrets and tales of a magnificent era when fabulously wealthy residents tried to outdo each other with their lavish parties and opulent lifestyles.

    Your exploration of Bar Harbor will eventually lead you back to the pier where your tour concludes.

    Please Note: This tour includes 1 1/2 to 2 hours of slow walking that covers approximately 1 1/2 miles over both even and gravel surfaces. Some pathways are narrow with a few steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those guests with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate, layered clothing that should include a water/wind-proof jacket and sturdy, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Discover the Unspoiled Schoodic Peninsula

    Travel to Winter Harbor and then take the loop road around the Schoodic Peninsula, one of the most pristine sections of Acadia National Park.

    Boarding your ferry at the pier, you will travel to Winter Harbor, which lies across Frenchman’s Bay. Along the way, you will pass the glacier-carved Porcupine Islands; spot lighthouses perched on the shore; and perhaps see fishermen hauling in their lobster traps.

    Once in Winter Harbor, you will begin driving the picturesque loop road that hugs the outer edge of the secluded Schoodic Peninsula. It’s a six-mile route through the only section of Acadia National Park on the mainland, and the sights are stunning.

    While winding through the spruce-fir forest, you can expect to see ancient granite outcroppings, the surf pounding the boulder-strewn coast and the distant mountains on Mount Desert Island. Truly breathtaking, this is Maine’s natural beauty in all its glory.

    You will pause for photos at Frazier Point and Schoodic Point at the tip of the peninsula. The latter is one of best places to watch the surf crashing on the black and pink basalt rocks.

    Returning to Winter Harbor, you will enjoy a different perspective of the area, especially at Grindstone Neck, which is dotted with Victorian-style summer homes. Free time in town follows, during which you may shop and dine on your own before retracing your route back to the pier in Bar Harbor.

    Please note: Walking on this tour is primarily at the guests’ discretion during free time in Winter Harbor. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Layered clothing (weather can be unpredictable); an umbrella; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. In the event of inclement weather/sea conditions, the ferry will be substituted with a van transfer to Winter Harbor. In the event of inclement weather, the ferry ride will be substituted with a van transfer. Cancellations made with 48 hours of the tour’s commencement are subject to a 100% cancellation penalty.

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  • Villages and Harbors of Acadia

    Enjoy a leisurely drive through some of the most scenic coastal villages along Mount Desert Island’s southern shore, stopping in Southwest Harbor to explore further.

    After departing from the pier, you will drive through the gorgeous Acadia National Park to Northeast Harbor, one of the many charming towns on the “quiet side” of Mount Desert Island, known to locals as MDI. While pausing for photos at the harbor, you will surely see dozens of sailboats and maybe stacks of wooden lobster traps at the marina. Northeast Harbor is immensely quaint, picture-perfect and wonderfully inviting.

    Continuing around narrow Somes Sound, you will pass through Somesville, the oldest settlement on the island and famous for its arched wooden foot bridge. The settlement dates back to 1761, when sailor Abraham Somes arrived and stayed. His namesake settlement is a stunningly beautiful spot on the waterway.

    Next comes Seawall, named for the loose boulders that have formed a natural seawall here. While pausing for photos, be sure to look for starfish and hermit crabs in the tidal pools.

    Finally, you will pass through the fishing village of Bass Harbor on the way to Southwest Harbor. During free time here, you might shop in the welcoming boutiques, browse the art galleries, and roam wherever else you please.

    It’s hard to resist the aromas wafting from the bakeries. If you prefer something more substantial, you might enjoy a quick snack at a waterfront café. Afterwards, you will return to the pier in Bar Harbor.

    Please note: Walking on this tour is primarily at the guests’ discretion during the photo stops and free time in Southwest Harbor. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Layered clothing (weather can be unpredictable); an umbrella; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Cancellations made with 48 hours of the tour’s commencement are subject to a 100% cancellation penalty.

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  • The Beauty of Little Cranberry Island

    Cruise to the charming hamlet of Islesford on Little Cranberry Island, a naturally beautiful spot where fishing and lobstering have been a way of life for generations.

    After departing from the pier, you will drive through the gorgeous Acadia National Park to Northeast Harbor, whose name belies the fact that it’s located toward the southern end of Mount Desert Island. Here, you will board a covered, but open-air boat and cruise to Little Cranberry Island.

    Along the way, you will pass the scenic lighthouse built in 1839 atop Bear Island and nearly uninhabited Sutton Island, which only has 20 homes. Your destination of Little Cranberry Island is part of the same chain of islands, although it boasts a harbor town: Islesford.

    As you might imagine, life here is relaxed, informal and revolves around the sea. Sailboats and lobster boats are common sights in the harbor. Although a small community, Islesford is remarkably artistic. There are several noteworthy galleries and artists are often seen sketching and painting along the rocky shoreline.

    You will gain a greater understanding of island life at the Islesford Historical Museum, a landmark building that opened in 1927. The exhibits celebrate the men and women that have fished the waters off Little Cranberry Island for generations. Models of ships, seafaring tools and historical photos of lobster fishing are among the most enlightening items.

    After browsing the museum, you may meander about on you own before retracing your route back to the pier in Bar Harbor.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of easy walking. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Layered clothing (weather can be unpredictable); an umbrella; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Cancellations made with 48 hours of the tour’s commencement are subject to a 100% cancellation penalty. Starting in October the museum will be closed for the Winter season.

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  • Ocean Trail Hike

    This casual and invigorating 90-minute walk along Acadia's famous Ocean Trail is an excellent way to take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the beautiful New England coastline. Discover the spectacular natural beauty and fascinating history of one of the most gorgeous islands in America.

    It's a short transfer by van from the pier to the trailhead, where you will meet your naturalist guide and commence your walk along the Ocean Trail. As you make your way through the dramatic setting of this picture-perfect rockbound coastline, you will be introduced to all the wonders of Acadia National Park. As waves crash against granite, learn about the powerful glacial activity that gave the Maine coast its unique identity, the variety of wildlife that abounds, and the flora and fauna that make this such an island paradise. Learn the role that barons such as John D. Rockefeller played in forming the park. Also learn about the fishing industry and the "golden age" of Bar Harbor, when Mount Desert Island was the playground of America's fabulously wealthy.

    After an exhilarating hike of approximately 90-minutes, you'll rejoin your van and travel back to the pier.

    Please note: Total distance walking on this tour covers approximately 1.5 miles and the walking is conducted at a leisurely pace. Trail surfaces are mostly dirt and gravel pathways. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Participants should be in good physical condition. Weather appropriate layered clothing which should include a water/wind-proof jacket, and sturdy, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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