Travel to Maine. VBT will offer a shuttle from Bangor
International Airport to the Bar Harbor Inn in Bar Harbor, departing the
airport at 1:00 pm. If you are arriving after this shuttle departs or your
flight is delayed, you must make your own arrangements to reach the Bar Harbor
Guests driving to the tour may leave their car in the Bar
Harbor Inn’s parking lot, without charge, for the duration of the tour.
Our group meets at the Bar Harbor Inn. After settling in,
explore this lovely seaport town until mid-afternoon. At 3 p.m., join your VBT
Trip Leaders for a safety and bike-fitting session, followed by a short warm-up
ride. At 5:00 p.m., meet up with the group for a tour orientation and welcome
reception before our 7:00 p.m. dinner at the inn.
Day 2 - Cycle carriage trails to Jordan Pond
Today, cycle on Acadia's famed car-free carriage roads,
which were established by John D. Rockefeller. Your loop takes you around Eagle
Lake to Jordan Pond before you enjoy lunch on your own. We recommend stopping
at Jordan Pond House for their elegant fare, including their famous popovers.
The afternoon ride offers exceptional views of Bubble Pond and Cadillac
Mountain, the first place to view the sunrise in North America for most of the
year. Savor the flavors of Maine tonight during a lobster dinner at the inn.
Afterward, there are often free concerts on the town green.
Day 3 - Cycle to Sand Beach/Optional sea
kayaking, whale watching or a sunset cruise
Spend the morning riding on the Park Loop Road to Sand
Beach, where you can relax on the shore or participate in a short hike. After
lunch at the Fabbri Memorial Picnic Area, cycle back to Bar Harbor or, for
additional miles, continue on the Park Loop Road past Cadillac Mountain Summit
Road. This afternoon, you may choose among optional activities (at your own
expense): guided sea kayaking in Frenchman Bay, a whale-watching excursion or a
sunset cruise on the schooner Margaret Todd. You may also choose to browse Bar
Harbor's charming gift shops and boutiques. For dinner on your own, enjoy one
of the fine restaurants in town.
Day 4 - Explore Northeast Harbor
Today, cycle to the quiet side of Mount Desert Island, where
we'll have plenty of time to check out the local microbrewery and enjoy lunch.
Then, continue cycling to Northeast Harbor, offering views of the spectacular
fjord of Somes Sound. In Northeast Harbor, you will find attractive boutiques,
galleries, gardens and eateries. Our accomodation here, Asticou Inn, overlooks
the beautiful protected harbor full of sailboats and luxury yachts. Take
advantage of the inn's amenities, which include clay tennis courts and a heated
outdoor swimming pool. Dinner will be at a local restaurant tonight.
Day 5 - Explore Little Cranberry Island and Northeast Harbor
After a leisurely breakfast at the inn, we board a car-free
ferry to Great Cranberry Island (20 minutes) and, again by ferry, we continue
to Little Cranberry Island (15 minutes). Visit this pristine hamlet, which
hosts a year-round community of lobstermen, boat builders, craftsmen and
“rusticators” (those who opt for country living). We'll visit the Islesford
Historical Museum before boarding the ferry back to Northeast Harbor (30
minutes). Enjoy an optional visit to the Azalea and Thuya Gardens before our
final farewell celebration dinner at the inn.
Day 6 - Enjoy the Carriage Trails before departing
This morning, we will cycle up to Acadia National Park and
enter the carriage trails one last time, enjoying the views along the west side
of Jordan Pond on our way back to Bar Harbor. As we bid adieu, you'll agree
with the state's motto that this is truly “the way life should be.”
VBT has arranged facilities for your use between noon and 2
p.m. to shower and change before leaving. The innkeepers of the Bar Harbor Inn
ask that you depart by 2:00 p.m. A return shuttle to Bangor International
Airport will depart the Bar Harbor Inn at 1:00 pm (travel time approximately 1
hour and 15 minutes).