Landscapes & Lighthouses of Coastal Maine

Dates: July 23-29, 2022

Join us as we explore beautiful areas in the Northeast region through Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire.  We start and end in Boston with five nights in Portland for enjoying sandy beaches, rocky coastlines, beautiful landscapes, quaint villages and lighthouses.  Our week has a nice mix of must-see sites, unexpected local treasures and free time to wander.

Saturday, July 23: Arrive in Boston, MA
Upon arrival we transfer to our hotel and are free to relax and wander the rest of the day.

Sunday, July 24: Historic Boston—Fenway Park—Kennebunkport, ME
This morning enjoy a Boston City Tour featuring Boston Commons, the Old State House, the Old North Church from where Paul Revere got the signal to start his legendary ride, the Old South Meeting House, Beacon Hill and Old Ironsides. Next enjoy a guided tour of historic Fenway Park, the soul of our “national pastime” for many. Fenway is America’s oldest ballpark and home of the Boston Red Sox since 1912. Past glories come alive on a walking tour of the stadium that may include some its most famous landmarks, such as the Triangle, Pesky’s Pole and the legendary Green Monster of left field. Visit the Faneuil Hall Marketplace, located in downtown Boston near the waterfront and originally gifted to the city in 1742 with free time to shop and enjoy lunch on your own. This afternoon take in the natural beauty of the New England coastline as we travel north towards Maine with a photo stop in the picturesque coastal town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Later travel to Coastal Maine with its sandy beaches, beautiful landscapes, quaint villages and lighthouses. Check-in for a five-night resort stay. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner. (B,D)

Monday, July 25: Portland
This morning travel north to Portland, Maine’s largest city that sits on a peninsula jutting out into beautiful island-filled Casco Bay.  Enroute stop at Len Libby’s Candies in Scarborough, to sample treats and meet Lenny, the world’s only life-size chocolate moose! Enjoy a scenic Casco Bay Cruise to see lighthouses, forts, lobster boats and seals. Visit the Victoria Mansion, also known as the Morse Libby House, the nation’s premier showpiece of Victorian architecture. Enjoy some leisure time in Old Port Historic District before heading to Cape Elizabeth for a visit of the Portland Head Lighthouse & Museum, one of America’s oldest and most photographed lighthouse. Dinner is on our own this evening.  (B)

Tuesday, July 26: Kennebunkport - York
Today explore the Southern Maine Coast dotted with charming seaside towns, picturesque beaches and magnificent old captain’s mansions.  In Kennebunkport see the Wedding Cake House, an over-exuberant version of gingerbread Victorian architecture and the most photographed house in Maine. Visit the Seashore Trolley Museum, the oldest and largest electric railway museum in the world.  No visit to Kennebunkport would be complete without taking in the view from Walker’s Point, the longtime summer retreat of George H.W. Bush and family. In the seaside village of Ogunquit, take a leisurely stroll along Marginal Way, a one-and-a-quarter mile walking path that winds along the town’s rocky shore and offers dramatic iconic views of the craggy Maine coastline leading to quaint Perkins Cove. Later board a Lobster Boat where a local lobsterman takes you out into the harbor aboard his working boat for an authentic, hands-on experience in the lobstering trade with a lobster haul. In nearby York take in breathtaking views of the Cape Neddick Lighthouse, commonly known as Nubble Light. Top off the day with a traditional down east Lobster Clambake and a chance to try some delicious Maine lobster! (B, D)

Wednesday, July 27: Free Day
Enjoy the day at leisure to relax and explore the area at your own pace. An optional full day tour to Boothbay Harbor will be available. (B)

Thursday, July 28: North Conway, NH – White Mountains
This morning travel to the White Mountains of New Hampshire, one of the most ruggedly beautiful mountain ranges in the US and home to conifer trees, granite cliffs and Mount Washington, the tallest peak in the Northeastern US.  Arrive in the quintessential New England village of North Conway and board the Conway Scenic Railroad for a nostalgic ride through the scenic Mt. Washington Valley countryside. Later motorcoach along the Kancagamus Highway, one of America’s most scenic drives, connecting North Conway with Lincoln. The drive  begins and ends along wide, tumbling rivers and offers sweeping mountain views of the White Mountains National Forest. Stop at a local Maple Sugar House to learn how sap harvested from local orchards is transformed into one of the world’s sweetest delicacies. Free time to browse and shop before returning back to the Maine coast. Tonight enjoy a special Farewell Dinner. (B)

Friday, July 29: Boston - Depart for home
Today we head south to Boston for flight home filled with memories of your Landscapes & Lighthouses of Coastal Maine tour and adventure. (B)

Highlights

  • Boston City Tour
  • Guided Tour of Fenway Park
  • Casco Bay Cruise
  • Portland Head Lighthouse
  • Walkers Point
  • Lobster Boat Cruise
  • Cape Neddick Lighthouse
  • Conway Scenic Railroad
  • Kancagamus Highway
  • Maple Sugar House Visit
  • North Conway & The White Mountains
  • Lobster Bake

Inclusions

  • Escorted by Travel Leaders / Destinations Unlimited’s Lori Nietert
  • 6 Nights Hotel Accommodations
  • 10 Meals: 6 Breakfasts (B), 3 Dinners (D)
  • Sightseeing and Admissions per Itinerary
  • Baggage Handling

For more information or a brochure, call 319-393-1359 or email: travel@duagency.com 

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