Maine
Shore Excursions

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Our most recommended Maine Shore Excursions

Acadia National Park: Narrated Bus Tour

1. Acadia National Park: Narrated Bus Tour

Enjoy a comfortable way to see all the sights of Acadia National Park with expert commentary at your fingertips. Tour stops include the summit of Cadillac Mountain, Thunder Hole (an ocean-side stop), and Sieur De Monts Spring (Wild Gardens of Acadia). All tours take place on comfortable buses with an amplified PA system. You can choose to walk around at the stops and if so, walk as much as you feel comfortable. Restrooms are available at the ticket office and each stop within the park. Listen to onboard commentary from a long line of tour guides, national park workers, and passionate people within the area. With this family-run company that boasts deep roots in the Acadia National Park, you will get in-depth knowledge and stories like no other tour.

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Portland: Schooner Tall Ship Cruise on Casco Bay

2. Portland: Schooner Tall Ship Cruise on Casco Bay

Set sail on a two-hour cruise from Portland along the rugged coast of Casco Bay. Pack a meal and your favorite wine or beer, and sit back and relax as you slip through the peaceful waters of Maine. Enjoy views of lighthouses, seals, and other coastal wildlife aboard a famous schooner tall ship. Join the crew to hoist the sails or take a turn at the ship's wheel if you feel inspired. Whether you're nine years old or 99, sailing aboard a Maine schooner is a unique adventure. Learn more about the wooden windjammers which are all listed on the National Register of Historic Places and were built in Maine.

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Boston: Kennebunkport Day Trip with Optional Lobster Tour

3. Boston: Kennebunkport Day Trip with Optional Lobster Tour

Admire both the New England Coast and the state of Maine on this semi-private, fully-narrated day trip from Boston. Start with a prearranged pickup from your hotel. Once aboard, begin your journey to Kennebunkport, Maine. Make some photo stops at some scenic locations along the coast of New England, including a 1-hour stop in the historical town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and the Nubble Lighthouse in York, Maine. Once in Kennebunkport, enjoy some time to explore this popular summer vacation retreat and do some shopping.  Add a lobster tour to your day trip to enjoy a quick visit to Walkers Point where former President Bush has a summer vacation home. After spending the day cherishing Maine’s coastal culture, sit back and relax on the ride back to your Boston hotel.

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Acadia National Park: Highlights of Acadia Private Tour

4. Acadia National Park: Highlights of Acadia Private Tour

Get a great overview of Acadia. Start with a pickup and drive along the stunning 27-mile long Park Loop Road up to the summit of Cadillac Mountain, the highest peak on the eastern seaboard. From Cadillac, you can see spectacular views of Bar Harbor and the surrounding islands. See all of the famous sites on the Park Loop Road, including Cadillac Mountain, Rockefeller’s stone bridges & Carriage House, Otter Cliffs, Thunder Hole, and Sieur du Monts Gardens and Nature Center. See overviews of Sand Beach surrounded by the famous pink granite coastline. Take stops as you wish and stay as long as you would like at each location. As you wind through the park you will see hand-cut stone bridges, rocky coves, and pink granite coastline, glacier cut lakes, and dense forests. Your guide will point out trailheads and carriage roads to explore on your own. Upgrade to the 4-hour experience to see the famous Asticou Gardens and the only fjord on the east coast, Somes Sound. Discover the towns of Seal and Northeast Harbor. View the gorgeous lawns and mansions of the “summer people”.

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Acadia National Park: Private Island Tour and Lobster Pound

5. Acadia National Park: Private Island Tour and Lobster Pound

See the best spots in Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, Maine on this private tour with an expert local guide. Discover highlights like Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, and Precipice Cliffs. Get picked up and drive along the 27-mile long Park Loop Road up to the summit of Cadillac Mountain, the highest peak on the eastern seaboard. From Cadillac, you can see spectacular views of Bar Harbor and the surrounding islands. Visit the area's most famous sites and stop along the way as you please, to admire the hand-cut stone bridges, rocky coves, pink granite coastline, glacier cut lakes, and dense forests. Stroll the famous Asticou Gardens and drive-up the only fjord on the east coast, Somes Sound. View the outsides of the mansions of the “Summer People”. Visit the historic town of Somesville, the oldest community on the island. Take a picture on the famous Somesville Bridge. Tuck into a fresh seafood lunch at Beal’s Lobster Pound where you can watch boats come and go in the Great Harbor. Upgrade to 6 hours to see the only lighthouse on the island, the Bass Harbor Headlight and Seawall, and the natural rock formation in Acadia.

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What people are saying about Maine

Heather did an excellent job. We were on a bus with many very old people and Heather tried her humor and she did not get much participation from those on the bus. It could have been a lot of fun as she brought her unique personality along with much in for about many things, history, science and general. Very informative and she had a passion for her job and did not cut anything short.

This was a great trip! Matt our driver and guide was very knowledgeable. He kept us entertained during the ride. He knew all the right places to stop along the way. I would recommend this tour as well as any of the other tours from New England Excursions to anyone who wants a great tour experience.

Great value for the price. We saw all the sights of beautiful Acadia National Park and learned the history past and present of the area.

Food good, the trip around excelente. The information very interesting . The driver very friendly.

Loved our guide Santo. He was funny and very informative.