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Landscapes and Lighthouses of Coastal Maine

Join Our State as we luxuriate in the picturesque landscapes of Maine’s craggy coast as we cruise Casco Bay, visit one of America’s oldest and most photographed lighthouses, and dine at a traditional Down East lobster clambake.

September 12-17, 2021

Package Includes:

  • • Round-trip airfare — Raleigh/Durham International Airport or Charlotte Douglas International Airport
  • • Five nights hotel accommodations
  • • Five breakfasts and three dinners
  • • All sightseeing and admissions as listed
  • • Deluxe motor coach transportation
  • • Professional tour guide and driver
  • Our State host
  • • Baggage handling and hotel transfers

Itinerary Highlights:

  • • Casco Bay Cruise
  • • Portland Head Lighthouse
  • • Walker’s Point
  • • Lobster Boat Cruise
  • • Cape Neddick Lighthouse
  • • Conway Scenic Railroad
  • • Kancagamus Highway
  • • Maple Sugar House Visit
  • • North Conway & The White Mountains
  • • Lobster bake
  • • Five-night resort stay in Kennebunkport at the Nonantum Resort

Itinerary:

DAY 1: ARRIVE BOSTON — KENNEBUNKPORT

Upon arrival, meet your tour director. Take in the natural beauty of the New England coastline as you 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 reception and welcome dinner. (D) Overnight: Kennebunkport

DAY 2: PORTLAND, MAINE

This morning, travel north to Portland — Maine’s largest city that sits on a peninsula jutting out into beautiful island-filled Casco Bay. En route, 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 to the Portland Head Lighthouse & Museum, one of America’s oldest and most photographed lighthouses. In the evening, enjoy dinner on your own. (B) Overnight: Kennebunkport

DAY 3: KENNEBUNKPORT — YORK 

Today, explore the Southern Maine Coast dotted with charming seaside towns, picturesque beaches, and magnificent old captains’ 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 and 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 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) Overnight: Kennebunkport

DAY 4: FULL DAY AS YOU WISH

Enjoy the day at leisure to relax and explore the resort and Kennebunkport. The town is home to many dining options, boutique shops, art galleries, and also the First Families Kennebunkport Museum. An optional full day tour to Boothbay Harbor will be available. Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own. (B) Overnight: Kennebunkport

DAY 5: NORTH CONWAY NEW HAMPSHIRE — WHITE MOUNTAINS

This morning, travel to the White Mountains of New Hampshire, one of the most ruggedly beautiful mountain ranges in the U.S., and home to conifer trees, granite cliffs, and Mt. Washington, the tallest peak in the Northeastern U.S. 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, motor-coach 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. Enjoy free time to browse and shop before returning back to the Maine coast. This evening includes a special farewell dinner. (B,D) Overnight: Kennebunkport

DAY 6: KENNEBUNKPORT — BOSTON — DEPART FOR HOME

Today, we head south to Boston for your flight home, filled with memories of your Landscapes & Lighthouses of Coastal Maine tour. (B)

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For reservations and more information:
Premier World Discovery
Melissa Grant
877-953-8687 x 238 (Pacific Standard Time)
mgrant@premierworlddiscovery.com

Regular Rate: $3,099 pp based on double occupancy
Booking Discount: $2,899 pp based on double occupancy
Single supplement: $950

Please ask about the “No Risk Deposit” plan.

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What to expect on an Our State trip:  Traveling with a group of Our State readers is an enriching, enjoyable, and safe way to experience new cultures, people, and places. In addition to the informative narration from the tour director and local guides, an Our State host will be available to assist in making your trip successful. We usually fly to our destination, then travel by a comfortable motor coach with anywhere from 35 to 50 people who appreciate learning about new regions. Your entire trip will be guided, planned, and arranged for your upmost enjoyment. Many activities are things you can only do because you are traveling with Our State. You can also choose not to attend an activity if you prefer something different. Please let your tour director know if you are not coming on a scheduled day. Many meals are included. Where you have meals on your own, suggestions will be provided. Most of the motor coaches have restrooms but every effort will be made to make regular rest stops. One of the best parts of traveling with Our State is that you will meet new people, many of whom you will already have much in common with since most travelers read the magazine. Many guests often develop friendships that go on long after the tour is finished. Our State trips are generally filled with dynamic and friendly people. Physical requirements: Our tours are physically active but not meant to be strenuous. Please be aware you will be on your feet, walking and standing for much of the day, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions and terrains. There will also be extended time on the motor coach when we travel from place to place. If there are any mobility issues you will need to have an able-bodied traveling companion to accompany and assist you. We regret that we’re unable to provide individual assistance to guests with walking difficulties or other personal needs. The responsibility of the Trip Director who accompanies your trip is to ensure that the larger group enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing individual assistance to any one guest. Guests requiring such individualized assistance must be accompanied by an able-bodied companion who can provide it. If you have additional questions, please call Our State 's Travel Director Amy Wood Pasquini at 336-286-0600, or email apasquini@ourstate.com.