2020 Acadia National Park Bicycle Tour

BIKEternity

  • September 11-18

    Feed your body and adventurous spirit with a week of cycling across exquisite coastal beauty, practicing yoga in local seaside studios, and indulging in the best seafood Maine has to offer. Explore by bicycle the natural and elegant wonders of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. We’ll glide along smooth pavement that winds past pink granite seaside cliffs and on the carefully graded carriage roads which follow the natural terrain, all the while enjoying the breathtaking views within the Park. Acadia National Park was designed in 1916 by John D Rockefeller as a sanctuary for the leisurely appreciation of natural beauty at the speed of horse-drawn cart—which happens to be perfect for bicycle speed! We will traverse the Park’s forested interior and circumnavigate the island’s rugged coast. We’ll be taught yoga from some of Downeast’s finest teachers, stay in charming waterfront hotels, and even have a two-hour boat cruise through Blue Hill Bay so we can visit the quieter parts of this Downeast jewel, touring Deer Isle before we follow the Penobscot River back to our starting point. It will be a week of invigoration, relaxation, good meals, and great times.

    What to Expect:

    This is a fully supported tour with indoor accommodations ranging from hotels to a rented farmhouse, meals in local establishments as well as some private catering, on-route SAG, and luggage transportation. The weather will be pleasantly brisk, and the famously brilliant New England fall foliage will be nearing its dazzling peak! We will traverse smooth pavement as well as hard packed dirt ideal for cycling, with only minor gains in elevation. Daily mileages range from 18-42 miles with some days having options for more. Bike rentals are available. Temperatures will range from the 40s at night to the upper 60s during the day, with a high chance of clear sunny skies.

    Highlights:

    -45 miles of pristine car-less carriage road which link the highlights within Acadia National Park to a seamless day’s bike ride

    -Tea and popovers at the historic Jordan Pond House

    -Daily yoga classes taught by a variety of esteemed local teachers

    -A visit to the lesser-known gems of Downeast Maine including the Schoodic Peninsula and Deer Isle, where you’ll enjoy the local art, food, and culture of these quaint Atlantic fishing communities

    -An authentic Shore Dinner specially prepared for us in a farmhouse kitchen— lobster with all the trimmings

    -A delightful cruise through Blue Hill Bay on a chartered lobster boat ferry.

    -The unparalleled splendor of New England fall foliage

    What’s Included:

    -Welcome reception and orientation

    -7 nights in hotels and one night in an Airbnb farmhouse

    -All gratuities at hotels and restaurants

    -19 meals--6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners from fine-dining to home-cooked

    -Snacks and beverages between meals

    -5 yoga classes

    -Two ferry rides include all taxes and fees

    -All park and other entry fees

    -Full van and baggage support

    -2 BIKEternity trip leaders

    -Daily route directions and maps, including GPX files for your GPS or phone app

    -Transportation Shuttle to start line

     

    Not Included

    -Airport transfers

    -Insurance of any kind

    -Optional guide gratuities

    -Alcoholic beverages

    -Items of a personal nature

    -Bike Rentals


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