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Guided Walking : North America

Maine: Acadia National Park

Easy to Moderate Terrain: 2-8 Miles Daily

5.0 (3 reviews)

Acadia walking tour map

In the oldest national park east of the Mississippi, quiet trails lead to serene ponds fringed with blueberry bushes, lobster boats chug to tiny islands, and rocky coastline gives way to glorious balsam forest. One of the best walking destinations in New England, Acadia is interwoven with over 100 miles of historic trails and carriage roads—many built by John D. Rockefeller Jr. a century ago. Walking here, you’ll encounter herons stalking fish in limpid ponds, you’ll peer into miniature tide-pool worlds along the rugged coast, and you’ll witness the panorama atop Cadillac Mountain, a weathered peak of pink granite dotted with cinquefoil. Go beyond the park to explore charming Bar Harbor, with its bustling docks, galleries, and quaint shops. Enjoy a symphony of chowders, lobster, blueberry pies, and other traditional Maine delicacies, famously abundant and superbly fresh. Acadia offers a glimpse of a traditional New England way of life; come experience it with us.


Tour Highlights:
  • Take the daily mail boat to Little Cranberry Island, where you’ll discover how locals have carved out a hearty life away from the mainland and chat with a local lobsterwoman aboard her boat.
  • Cap off a morning walk with lunch at the Jordan Pond House. This historic teahouse-style restaurant is situated in the heart of the park and is renowned for its delicious popovers.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the region’s flora, fauna, and dramatic glacial history with veteran wilderness guides.
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6 days, 5 nights

FROM $2,998 USD

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Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Arrival in Bangor

Start out with a walk along one of the park’s carriage roads to Witch Hole Pond, where you’ll enjoy views of Frenchman Bay. After a seaside lunch, an afternoon walk in the Sieur de Monts Spring area leads up past a mountain pond and through beautiful marshland. Finish your day with a seafood feast in Bar Harbor.

Accommodation: Bar Harbor Inn, Bar Harbor

A Travel + Leisure “World’s Best Hotel.” Located on shady waterfront grounds, this grand resort offers both in-town convenience and an oceanfront location just minutes from Acadia National Park.

Day 2

Shore path

Follow the rugged Maine coast from Sand Beach past the iconic Thunder Hole (named for the sound of water crashing into a narrow channel) on your way to Otter Cliffs, the highest ocean-edge cliffs in the park. In the afternoon, enjoy a hike along the Gorham Mountain Trail, enjoying views of Champlain Mountain.

Accommodation: Bar Harbor Inn, Bar Harbor

A Travel + Leisure “World’s Best Hotel.” Located on shady waterfront grounds, this grand resort offers both in-town convenience and an oceanfront location just minutes from Acadia National Park.

Day 3

Jordan Pond

Setting out from Jordan Pond in the park’s interior, follow a trail through blueberry bushes and white birches to a pair of symmetrical hills called the Bubbles. Afterwards, loop back to Jordan Pond House Restaurant for lunch before continuing on foot down the Asticou Trail to your hotel for the next three nights

Accommodation: Asticou Inn, Northeast Harbor

An historic inn housed in a four-story mansion dating from 1883, with beautiful views over Northeast Harbor and just minutes from Acadia National Park.

Day 4

Little Cranberry Island

Discover one of the secluded islands off Mount Desert’s coast when you catch the mail boat to Little Cranberry Island. Here, you’ll visit with a local lobsterwoman and explore the tiny town of Isleford. This evening, you travel to the village of Southwest Harbor for dinner at a local restaurant offering fine New England cuisine.

Accommodation: Asticou Inn, Northeast Harbor

An historic inn housed in a four-story mansion dating from 1883, with beautiful views over Northeast Harbor and just minutes from Acadia National Park.

Day 5

Flying Mountain Trail

Explore the “quiet side” of Mount Desert Island on a morning hike up Flying Mountain, which rises 284 feet and gives extraordinary views of Somes Sound, North America’s only true fjord. After visiting the iconic Bass Harbor lighthouse in the afternoon, ascend the western flank of Beech Mountain, enjoying views of Long Pond and Blue Hill. Celebrate your adventure at a farewell dinner in an elegant restaurant.

Accommodation: Asticou Inn, Northeast Harbor

An historic inn housed in a four-story mansion dating from 1883, with beautiful views over Northeast Harbor and just minutes from Acadia National Park.

Day 6

Cadillac Mountain

No visit to Acadia is complete without a trip to the top of Cadillac Mountain. Not only is it the highest point in the park at 1,530 feet, but Cadillac Mountain also has the distinction of being the highest point on the entire North American Atlantic coastline. Take in the breathtaking views over Bar Harbor, Frenchman Bay, and the open ocean spread before you.

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Day 1

Arrival in Bangor

Start out with a walk along one of the park’s carriage roads to Witch Hole Pond, where you’ll enjoy views of Frenchman Bay. After a seaside lunch, an afternoon walk in the Sieur de Monts Spring area leads up past a mountain pond and through beautiful marshland. Tonight you dine at your elegant hotel restaurant while taking in the view of beautiful Northeast Harbor.

Accommodation: Asticou Inn, Northeast Harbor

An historic inn housed in a four-story mansion dating from 1883, with beautiful views over Northeast Harbor and just minutes from Acadia National Park.

Day 2

Flying Mountain Trail

Explore the “quiet side” of Mount Desert Island on a morning hike up Flying Mountain, which rises 284 feet and gives extraordinary views of Somes Sound. After visiting the iconic Bass Harbor lighthouse in the afternoon, ascend the western flank of Beech Mountain, enjoying views of Long Pond and Blue Hill. This evening, you travel to the village of Southwest Harbor for dinner at a local restaurant offering fine New England cuisine.

Accommodation: Asticou Inn, Northeast Harbor

An historic inn housed in a four-story mansion dating from 1883, with beautiful views over Northeast Harbor and just minutes from Acadia National Park.

Day 3

Little Cranberry Island

Discover one of the secluded islands off Mount Desert’s coast when you catch the mail boat to Little Cranberry Island. Here, you’ll visit with a local lobsterwoman and explore the tiny town of Isleford. For dinner, enjoy the ocean’s bounty in Bar Harbor, perhaps ordering fresh steamed lobster or littleneck clams.

Accommodation: Bar Harbor Inn, Bar Harbor

A Travel + Leisure “World’s Best Hotel.” Located on shady waterfront grounds, this grand resort offers both in-town convenience and an oceanfront location just minutes from Acadia National Park.

Day 4

Shore path

Follow the rugged Maine coast from Sand Beach past the iconic Thunder Hole (named for the sound of water crashing into a narrow channel) on your way to Otter Cliffs, the highest ocean-edge cliffs in the park. In the afternoon, enjoy a hike along the Gorham Mountain Trail, enjoying views of Champlain Mountain.

Accommodation: Bar Harbor Inn, Bar Harbor

A Travel + Leisure “World’s Best Hotel.” Located on shady waterfront grounds, this grand resort offers both in-town convenience and an oceanfront location just minutes from Acadia National Park.

Day 5

Jordan Pond

Setting out from Jordan Pond in the park’s interior, follow a trail through blueberry bushes and white birches to a pair of symmetrical hills called the Bubbles. Afterwards, loop back to Jordan Pond House Restaurant for lunch before returning to your accommodations. Later, you celebrate your Acadian adventure at an elegant restaurant, toasting your exploration of this stunning region over creative gourmet cuisine.

Accommodation: Bar Harbor Inn, Bar Harbor

A Travel + Leisure “World’s Best Hotel.” Located on shady waterfront grounds, this grand resort offers both in-town convenience and an oceanfront location just minutes from Acadia National Park.

Day 6

Cadillac Mountain

No visit to Acadia is complete without a trip to the top of Cadillac Mountain. Not only is it the highest point in the park at 1,530 feet, but Cadillac Mountain also has the distinction of being the highest point on the entire North American Atlantic coastline. Take in the breathtaking views over Bar Harbor, Frenchman Bay, and the open ocean spread before you.

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Dates & Prices

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2016 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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Oct 2 - Oct 7 $2,998 $798

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2017 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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Jun 18 - Jun 23 $3,098 $798
Aug 27 - Sep 1 $3,098 $798
Sep 3 - Sep 8 $3,098 $798
Sep 10 - Sep 15 $3,098 $798
Sep 17 - Sep 22 $3,098 $798
Sep 24 - Sep 29 $3,098 $798
Oct 1 - Oct 6 $3,098 $798

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You can transform this itinerary into an exclusive experience for you and your fellow guests. Enjoy all the same walks and inclusions as on our traditional tours, in the company of the same expert guides. Simply gather your friends, choose your preferred departure date, and we’ll take care of the rest.

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2017 Dates Number of Travelers
6 - 11 12 - 18 Single Supplement
May 15 - Oct 15$3,748$3,098$798

Guides

Guides

Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.

Mark Kutolowski
Mark Kutolowski

Mark Kutolowski is a naturalist and wilderness skills instructor. A passionate student and teacher of the ecology and natural history of Northern New England, Mark is proud to have eaten over 150 wild plant species from the region! In addition to guiding walking tours, Mark teaches wilderness survival courses at Dartmouth College and also leads retreats exploring the relationship between wilderness living and contemplative spirituality.

Randy Judkins
Randy Judkins

Randy Judkins’ childhood passion for the outdoors allowed him to lead hiking and canoeing trips around his native state of Maine by the age of 20. He is an avid hiker and kayaker and has shared his enthusiasm over the years on walking, cycling, and gourmet food tours and at summer camps. Most importantly, as a professional vaudeville performer, he will keep you entertained on and off the trail (be sure to ask him about juggling!).

Ron Lucier
Ron Lucier

Ron Lucier makes his home in Stowe, Vermont, where roaming the hills and mountains has been a lifelong passion. Ron spends his winters as a ski instructor, and guides during the summer months with annual visits to the Maine coast where for the past several years he has guided trips in Acadia National Park. Besides spending time on the Maine Coast, Ron enjoys hiking and skiing the world’s mountains and sharing his love for alpine plants, geology, and bird watching.

Alexandra Conover Bennett
Alexandra Conover Bennett

Alexandra Conover Bennett has over thirty years’ experience in outdoor education and adventure guiding. Not only has she lead multi-day wilderness canoe and snowshoe trips throughout Maine, Minnesota and parts of Canada, she has worked in various capacities with a multitude of environmentally-minded organizations, including the Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary, the Friends of Baxter State Park, the Maine Wilderness Guides Organization, the Maine Bureau of Parks & Lands, the Campfire Girls, the Merck Forest Winter Program, the Student Conservation Association, and the Aroostook Conservation Education Camp. In her very limited free time, you can find Alexandra entertaining audiences with her accordion, playing everything from Celtic jigs to ballads from the woods of Maine!

Carolyn-Beecher
Carolyn Beecher

Carolyn Beecher first started hiking in Acadia when she was 6 years old with the Appalachian Mountain Club. Her family would stay at the AMC Echo Lake Camp on the west side of Mount Desert Island. The aroma of balsam fir, the taste of blueberries, and the expansive views of the ocean and islands from the granite summits of Acadia touch deep places within her. While she settled in Montana in 1980, gathering experience out in the West as a guide since 1991 in Glacier National Park, as well as in Utah’s canyon country, her excitement about sharing Acadia’s remarkable ecology, history, beauty and peace with you cannot be missed. Carolyn will encourage you to relax your mind, open your senses, and have fun in the present moment, where deep appreciation of the natural world lies.

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Reviews

November 2015

“Great trip”

November 2015

“I thought this was amazing,. It sounds weird (or not) that I’d never done anything like that before and I did it and it was amazing.”

November 2015

“The guides were exceptionally knowledgable and extremely accommodating above and beyond expectations. The inns were comfortable and charming. The walks were very easy and lovely.”

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