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  • Portland Observatory, Maine
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Lighthouses and Lobsters – The Northeastern Explorer Self Drive Holiday

USA + Canada, Hotel Grade Choice
From £749 per person
01 April 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Lighthouses and Lobsters – The Northeastern Explorer Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy seaside towns, colourful buoys, lobstering and fishing villages
  • See uniquely styled lighthouses
  • Experience a whale watching adventure
  • Stroll through Boston’s famous waterfront shopping district.
  • Visit seaside artist colonies. Try hot steamed lobster or clam chowder.
  • Drive to the summit of Cadillac Mountain.
  • Visit President Roosevelt’s home on Campobello Island, Canada.
  • Journey along the ruggedly beautiful Sunrise Coast.
Holiday Quick facts
Duration: 10 Days/9 Nights
Holiday Type: Classic Fly Drive
Grade: Standard, Superior
Start / Finish: Boston
Flights: Additional Cost

Lighthouses and Lobsters – The Northeastern Explorer Fly Drive Holiday Itinerary

Day 01:
Boston Arrival
Explore Boston’s Seaport on foot and view the Boston Lighthouse which holds a head light visible for sixteen miles “as a reminder of the inextinguishable American spirit.” To take a closer look, there are several guided harbour tours (optional, fees apply) to get you there. Tonight, enjoy dinner at Boston’s world famous waterfront. Whether it is a lobster roll on the Harbor Walk or an elegant dinner à deux at an old Boston favourite like Anthony’s Pier 4, there’s something for every taste and style. Weather permitting, may we suggest a harbourside evening stroll to see the moonlight dancing on the water.

Day 02: Driving Distance: 128 miles / 206 km
Boston – Gloucester – Kennebunkport
Today we travel north to the rocky shores of Gloucester, home to America’s oldest working seaports and art colonies. Originally settled shortly after Plymouth Colony, it was made famous as the movie setting for cinema blockbuster “The Perfect Storm” starring George Clooney. Take a stroll on Rocky Neck’s Historic Art Trail to relive the legends of artists and authors of the 19th and 20th centuries. Next on the journey is Rockport where you may photograph the iconic red fishing shack: “Motif Number One,” symbolic of New England maritime life and one of the most-often painted buildings in America. Here, may we suggest a picnic lunch on Long Beach while gazing upon Thacher Island’s Twin Lighthouses made famous by artist Winslow Homer, the only surviving multiple lights of the U.S. Coast. After lunch, cross the New Hampshire and Maine borders to York where you can see Maine’s southernmost light, Cape Neddick Lighthouse, and gaze at Boon Island Lighthouse just offshore. Your destination today is Kennebunkport, summer home for many U.S. Presidents.

Day 03: Driving Distance: 126 miles / 202 km
Kennebunkport – Portland – Rockland – Rockport/Camden
Today your journey continues along mid-Coastal Maine. A short drive along Main Street brings you to the picturesque fishing village of Cape Porpoise Harbor and view of the Goat Island Lighthouse. Next, Old Orchard Beach awaits. Although its amusement park and famous pier have drawn visitors for centuries, it is best known for its long stretches of soft golden sand. Here, you may wish to pick up a box of locally made sweet salt-water taffy, dip your toes in the cool Atlantic waters, try your luck at a game of chance or take a walk along the boardwalk. Continue to Portland, Maine’s largest city, originally a colonial seaport. Stroll cobblestone streets, visit eclectic art galleries and perhaps enjoy a bowl of piping hot New England clam “chow-dah” alongside Casco Bay. Finish your exploration by visiting the Portland Head Lighthouse. To the north, you’ll pass through the town of Thomaston and by the aging penitentiary which inspired for the movie “Shawshank Redemption” starring Morgan Freeman. Your drive continues today to the “Lobster Capital of the World,” Rockland, Maine. Here you may view Maine landscape paintings made famous by Andrew Wyeth at the Farnsworth Art Museum (optional, fees apply). Enjoy a stroll at peaceful Rockland Harbor and walk along the breakwater path to see Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. Just north of Rockland, the towns of Rockport and Camden offer some of the best views in the state.

Day 04: Driving Distance: 79 miles / 127 km
Rockport/Camden – Bar Harbor
Camden, the backdrop for the film “Peyton Place,” is a quaint town by the sea with a charming harbour. Here, you may wish to take a sightseeing cruise, go kayaking, or take a day sail around Camden Harbor (optional, fees apply) to see Curtis Island Lighthouse. Your destination today is Bar Harbor, on Mt. Desert Island, home to Acadia National Park. Dotting the island’s entrance, traditional lobster pounds with huge outdoor boiling cauldrons cook crustaceans to perfection. This evening, may we suggest a stroll along the quaint streets of Bar Harbor, gazing at the small island for which the city was named, Bar Island, accessible by foot, at low tide only, across Frenchman Bay.

Day 05: Driving Distance: 181 mi / 291 km
Acadia National park (entrance fees may apply)
Explore the oldest national park east of the Mississippi River today. Locals say that Acadia National Park is where you can “catch fish with one hand while picking wild blueberries with the other.” During select periods of the year, Acadia runs a free shuttle service through the Park for seeing the vast attractions of the Park without the hassles of finding parking. Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the eastern seaboard north of Brazil, is a perfect spot for sunrises, sunsets and star gazing. Also along Park Loop Road, you may stop at Sand Beach, the only sandy ocean beach in the rugged granite park. Proximal Thunder Hole is a small inlet carved out of the rocks where waves rush in and clap like thunder. Additionally worth noting is the Jordan Pond House, located alongside an original carriage trail. Its expansive lawn faces two small mountains called the Bubbles. This is a favourite spot to enjoy tea and a world renowned Jordan Pond Popover. Time permitting you may wish to explore the Bass Harbor Lighthouse. This historic lighthouse marks the safe entrance to a protected harbour, just west of the only true fjord on the Atlantic coast, Somes Sound.

Day 06: Driving Distance: 177 mi/ 260 km
Bar Harbor – Bay of Fundy – St. Andrews, Canada
Today travel to West Quoddy Head where a striking red-and-white striped lighthouse marks the easternmost point in the United States. Drive along the Sunrise Coast, where the first morning light hits the USA and the coastal rim’s stunning granite bedrock meets a restless sea. A short drive takes you across the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial International Bridge to Canada’s Campobello Island, a favourite destination for the U.S.’s 32nd President. Today Campobello Provincial Park holds his expansive residence, estate gardens, walking trails, and provides a refreshing stop. Return to the U.S. for a drive along the spectacular Bay of Fundy, currently in the running to be one of the earth’s new seven natural wonders. The Bay hosts the highest tides in the world as the 12-hour tidal period can see changes to the height of a five story building. The Bay of Fundy is also home to many species of rare and endangered whales. Crossing the international border again, you’ll reach your final destination: St. Andrews-By-The-Sea, Canada’s oldest seaside resort town.

Day 07: Driving Distance: 153 mi / 96 km
St. Andrews, Canada – Bangor
Enjoy a leisurely morning in picturesque St. Andrews. You may wish to visit Kingsbrae Horticulture Garden (admission fee applies) or walk along the water front. Returning to the international border, you’ll pass through the “Chocolate Capital of Canada,” St. Stephen. Then, follow “the Airline” to Bangor. The route, formerly the fastest stagecoach trail from the Canadian border, passes through spruce forests and blueberry barrens. This route is one of the most scenic through Maine’s inland timberland country. Arriving in Bangor, once the Lumber Capital of the World, a 31-foot-tall statue of lumberjack Paul Bunyan greets you. This afternoon you may visit Cole Land Transportation Museum (optional, fees apply), explore the picturesque 660-acre campus of the University of Maine or walk in the footsteps of novelist and movie writer Stephen King, a long-time Bangor resident, whose Victorian mansion home with wrought iron ghouls graces a nearby neighbourhood. This evening you may wish to stroll the banks of the tranquil Kenduskeag.

Day 08: Driving Distance: 180 mi / 96 km
Bangor – Kittery – Portsmouth
Journey south through Maine’s capital, Augusta, to Kittery. The area is known for its many shopping outlet stores; and for its seaport. From historic Fort Foster, enjoy a photo stop on the battery’s grassy knoll overlooking Whaleback Lighthouse. Continue south to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the seacoast’s economic center rich with maritime history. Tonight you may wish to enjoy a classic seafood favourite in historic downtown on the banks of Portsmouth’s Piscataqua River.

Day 09: Driving Distance: 127 mi / 96 km
Portsmouth – Cape Cod
Today, your journey takes you to Cape Cod to explore its rolling sand dunes, dramatic sea cliffs, and picturesque villages. You may also wish to take the ferry (optional, fee applies) to Martha’s Vineyard and step back in time while visiting this Victorian era summer resort island. Alternately, you may wish to visit one of the many of the Cape’s famous lighthouses such as the Sandy Neck Lighthouse or the Bass River Lighthouse.

Day 10: Driving Distance: 80 mi / 96 km
Cape cod – Boston
Departure Today, drive back to Boston. You may wish to stop in Sandwich, formerly one of the largest U.S. producers of glass, and visit one of the numerous glass studios, art galleries, rare book stores and antique shops. Or en route you may visit Plymouth Plantation (admission fees apply), a living panorama of Pilgrim times and see the Mayflower II.


Day City Sstandard Standard / Superior
01 Boston Midtown Hotel The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
02 Kennebunkport The Nonantum Resort The Nonatum Resort
03 Rockport/Camden Hampton Inn Hampton Inn
04-05 Bar Harbor Best Western Acadia Park Inn Bluenose Inn Maine
06 St. Andrews The Algonquin Hotel The Algonquin Resort
07 Bangor Fireside Inn Bangor Fireside Inn Bangor
08 Portsmouth Best Western Plus Wynwood Hotel Best Western Plus Wyn­wood Hotel
09 Cape Cod Holiday Inn Cape Cod – Hyannis Dan’l Webster Inn & Spa
Standard Hotels

Standard hotels offer quality, style, comfortable accommodations, yet they are still considered “affordable”. Typically located in central areas.

Superior Hotels

With above-average service, upscale, high quality and comfortable, with a variety of amenities located in town. Rooms will be well furnished to a high standard.

Holiday Info & Extras

Travel may be any day of the week, subject to availability of all components of the program. Package rates may not be applicable over special events and during Public Holidays – rates are subject to confirmation at the time of booking.

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OPTIONAL EXTENSION 3-day, 2 nights in New York
Why not add 2 nights in the Big Apple? Enjoy the sights and sounds of New York City, sure to excite and delight. Times Square, Broadway, Empire State Building, Central Park, world class shopping and more await.

Tour Operates & Prices

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From £749.00 Share Twin/Double

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From £815.00 Share Twin/Double

  • Lead prices per person based on a Twin/Double Room.
  • Single & Triple/Quad Rates on request.
  • Extensions of stay available, likewise Accommodation upgrades
Special Discounted airfares available if booked as part of this package – request a quote.

  • Welcome kit with comprehensive maps and day-to-day itinerary.
  • Alamo Rent-A-Car “Inclusive” of insurance, taxes, and fees.
  • Accommodation inclusive of sales tax on a room only basis – as specified
  • Long-haul International Flights
  • Items of a personal nature i.e. telephone calls, laundry, liquor etc.
  • Use of hotel rooms before / after normal check in / out times, porterage & resort fees if applicable.
  • Admissions &/or optional tours unless specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary.
  • Tolls, ferries & parking fees.

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