1st Day: We will be traveling through Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and into New Jersey to spend our first night in the Mt. Laurel area.
2nd Day: Today we’ll travel to Coastal Maine and arrive at the charming seaside village of Ogunquit, named by the Abenaki Indians meaning, “beautiful place by the sea.” Upon arrival at our seaside resort, enjoy a refreshing welcome reception along with a warm greeting by our tour guide. Take some time to relax and freshen up before a welcome dinner. (CB, D)
3rd Day: Start the day with break- fast before making our way to nearby Perkins Cove for a cruise aboard a Lobster boat. This trip combines the scenic beauty of Ogunquit’s shoreline with a first-hand lobstering experience. We’ll see traps hauled and lobsters caught by an authentic Maine lobsterman, along with a commentary of the lobster fishery and the many scenic points of interest. Continue on to the popular summer resort of Kennebunkport for a scenic drive along the ocean to Walker’s Point passing the summer home of past President George H.W. Bush. Then enjoy free time and lunch on your own in Dock Square. Continue on to Portland for a picture stop at the Portland Head Light and a guided tour of Portland’s ‘Old Port district’ before continuing on to Boothbay Harbor for the next two evenings. Take some time to settle in before enjoying a delicious seafood dinner on the harbor front. (B, D)
4th Day: Following breakfast, we’ll depart for a visit to the Boothbay Railway Museum. Step back in time at this mid-19th to mid-20th century rural Maine Village and experience the unique, interactive activities offered, such as steam or diesel train rides, rail bus or rail car rides, Model T rides, blacksmith and artisan demonstrations, hands-on history lessons and so much more! Later, we’ll return to Boothbay Harbor and board Cap’n Fish for a scenic harbor cruise! Enjoy a glimpse of the variety of beauty, wildlife, summer colonies, seals and lighthouses, along with narration and history of the area. Upon return from the cruise, enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure. Tonight, enjoy another delicious dinner! (B, D)
5th Day: Following breakfast, we’ll continue ‘downeast’ through the pretty coastal towns of Thomaston, Rockland and Camden. Enjoy a visit to the Maine State Prison Store in Thomaston and travel to the top of Camden’s Mount Battie for beautiful views! Continue on to the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory. A one minute ride on the fastest elevator in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont will take you to the top of the tallest public bridge-observatory in the world. This afternoon, arrive at Mount Desert Island and check into a Bar Harbor resort for a relaxing two-night stay. Tonight, enjoy dinner at one of Bar Harbor’s fine restaurants. (B, D)
6th Day: After breakfast this morning, we’ll tour through one of America’s beautiful and treasured National Parks - Acadia National Park. Visit Thunder Hole along with other scenic picture stops and travel to the top of Cadillac Mountain for spectacular views of Frenchman’s Bay, Porcupine Islands and Bar Harbor. Mid-day, we embark on an exciting Whale Watch Cruise out of Frenchman’s Bay. Be sure to have your camera as we witness these magnificent mammals feed and frolic in their ocean playground. After the cruise, enjoy a planned dinner at one of Bar Harbor’s great restaurants. (B, D)
7th Day: Enjoy breakfast and a leisurely morning before checking out and traveling south to the charming town of Freeport for some free time to shop and visit the world famous LL Bean store, and many other outlets. Then continue on through The York’s with a picture stop at one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world, Cape Neddick Lighthouse, more popularly known as “The Nubble.” Later, check into our hotel before enjoying a traditional lobster dinner. (B, D)
8th Day: After breakfast, begin our journey back to North Carolina with many fond memories. We will head to Lancaster, PA. We will be traveling down through New York State on our way to Pennsylvania. Upon arrival we will check into our hotel for the night. Included tonight will be an Amish Feast. (B, D)
9th Day: Have breakfast and board the coach for our return trip home. Arriving back at approximately 6:30 PM. (CB)
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