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Guided Walking : North America

Maine: Acadia National Park

Easy to Moderate Terrain: 2-8 Miles Daily

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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 a private lobster 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 $3,148 USD

per person, double occupancy



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Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Arrival in Bangor

Your guide(s) will meet you at the Four Points by Sheraton at 9:00 a.m. in the lobby. Your guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for walking.

Start out with a walk along one of the park’s carriage roads to Witch Hole Pond, where you 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

A simple historic inn housed in a four-story mansion dating from 1883, with beautiful views from the common areas 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

A simple historic inn housed in a four-story mansion dating from 1883, with beautiful views from the common areas 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 a private lobster boat to Little Cranberry Island. Here, you 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 accommodation. 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 and North Ridge

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.

After stopping for lunch, you arrive at the Bangor Airport by mid-afternoon for your onward travels.

Dates & Prices

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2018 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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Jun 17 - Jun 22 $3,148 $798
Sep 9 - Sep 14 $3,148 $798
Sep 16 - Sep 21 $3,148 $798
Sep 23 - Sep 28 $3,148 $798
Sep 30 - Oct 5 $3,148 $798
Oct 7 - Oct 12 $3,148 $798
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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.

Walking Tour Guide Deborah Lewis
Deborah Lewis

Deborah Lewis grew up in and has hiked and guided extensively throughout New England. Her love of Maine started when she went there for summer as a child and has continued throughout her adult life with hiking, biking, camping, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and sea kayaking adventures in Acadia, Camden, Rockport, and elsewhere. Deborah lives in Connecticut and Vermont but finds as many excuses as she can to explore the beautiful “Vacation State” with frequent visits to relatives in Rockport and Portland. During the past ten years Deborah has guided professionally in Maine, which appeals to her for its combination of wonderful hiking, multi-sport activities, grand ocean views, and interesting history, to say nothing of blueberries and lobster, which are suspected of being her real motive for being a “Mainiac.”

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 CW Walking Tour Guide
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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