Discover the rustic glamour of Bar Harbor, Campobello Island and St. Andrews-by-the-Sea.
In Bar Harbor, Maine, visit the Abbe Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate dedicated to the culture and history of the Wabanaki nations. Board a traditional lobster boat and learn about Maine’s lobster industry. Journey to Quoddy Head State Park, the easternmost point in the United States, then discover the history and stunning landscapes of Campobello, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “beloved island,” and see his 34-room cottage. Delight in a whale-watching cruise on the Bay of Fundy. Experience the French influences of St. Croix Island and learn about the history of St. Andrews-by-the-Sea during a tour of its important landmarks. Enjoy first-class accommodations in Bar Harbor and St. Andrews-by-the-Sea and an exclusive experience in authentic turn-of-the-century cottages on Campobello Island. This program also includes excursions, educational programs to provide insight into the regions and an extensive meal plan featuring wine at dinner.
Tour highlights and included features
- Your exclusive Small-Group experience is limited to 28 travelers to maximize your travel experience.
- First-class accommodations, including the exclusive experience of staying in authentic turn-of-the-century cottages. AHI is one of only two tour operators allowed to use these cottages.
- A uniquely designed itinerary provides exceptional opportunities to experience the culture of Coastal Maine and New Brunswick.
- Explore the town of Bar Harbor.
- Discover the rustic glamour of Campobello Island and learn about its two most famous residents, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.
- Delight in a whale-watching cruise on the Bay of Fundy.
- Visit the pretty town of St. Andrews by-the-Sea, which has delighted generations of travelers since the late 1800s.
- Two nights in Bar Harbor, Maine, at The Harborside Hotel, a first-class hotel.
- Three nights on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, in the private Campobello cottages.
- Two nights in St. Andrews by-the-Sea, New Brunswick, at The Algonquin Resort, a first-class hotel.
- All deluxe motor coach transfers in the Land Program itinerary and baggage handling on these transfers are included.
- Informative educational programs presented by local experts will enhance your insight into the region.
- All excursions as outlined in your program itinerary.
- Personal VOX listening device to hear every word from your expert English-speaking guides.
- Attend a Welcome Reception and Dinner.
- Gather for a Farewell Reception and Dinner.
- Enjoy seven breakfasts, five lunches and five dinners; tea or coffee with all meals, plus wine with dinner.
- Sample authentic regional specialties during select meals at featured local restaurants.
- Take advantage of leisure time to try the local cuisine independently.
- Consultation services of a dedicated Passenger Service Representative prior to departure.
- Services of an experienced Travel Director throughout your stay.
- Tipping of excursion guides and drivers.
- Detailed travel and destination information to assist in planning.
- Complimentary travel wallet.
Aug. 12 – Aug. 19, 2015
Aug. 19 – Aug. 26, 2015
Cost $3,695* (All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and early booking deadlines. Dates, itineraries, and prices are subject to change.)
Region North America
Contact Amy Stoneking
800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 2
Aug. 12 Day 1 - In Transit/Bar Harbor, Maine
Depart for Bangor, Maine. Upon arrival, transfer to your oceanfront accommodations at Bar Harbor Inn in Bar Harbor. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception and Dinner.
Aug. 13 Day 2 - Bar Harbor
Excursion: Bar Harbor, Lobster Town, Summer Resort and More. The first settlers arrived here in 1763, and the town gained notoriety as a playground of the rich and famous during the mid-1800s when several of the United States’ most powerful families, the Astors, Rockefellers, Vanderbilts and Morgans, among others, began building summer homes here. After learning about the town’s most famous residents, visit the Abbe Museum. This Smithsonian Affiliate is dedicated to the culture and history of the Wabanaki Nations. Then cruise Frenchman Bay aboard a traditional lobster boat and learn about the state’s lobster industry.
Aug. 14 Day 3 - Campobello Island, New Brunswick
Excursion: Acadia National Park. See the rugged beauty of Maine’s Mount Desert Island during a drive with a local naturalist on the scenic, 27-mile Park Loop Road. Established in 1916, Acadia National Park was the first national park to be created east of the Mississippi. This special region supports a diversity of wildlife and plant life: more than 40 mammal and 300 bird species and more than 1,100 plant species. Driving along the Park Loop Road, admire views of the Gulf of Maine, glacial lakes and more. This scenic drive also takes you up Cadillac Mountain. At 1,530 feet, the mountain offers an incomparable view of Bar Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. Cross the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Bridge into Canada to reach Campobello Island, where you will check in to your cottage.
Excursion: FDR’s Summer Retreat. After crossing the border, delve into the history of Campobello Island, another elite summer enclave. Stroll through the gardens and grounds of Roosevelt Campobello International Park, which is owned and operated by both the United States and Canada. The park is centered around Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 34-room “cottage.” The home, typical of the cottages built by summer visitors, is filled with original memorabilia.
Aug. 15 Day 4 - Campobello Island
Campobello Island Excursion and Educational Focus: The Beloved Island. Discover why Roosevelt called Campobello his “beloved island” during a presentation at the island’s library and museum by a local historian. FDR was a member of the library’s board. Continue with a drive around the island on former carriage roads where visitors of yesteryear used to visit scenic spots, including the island’s wharves frequented by FDR and his contemporaries. Visit St. Anne’s Anglican Church, where FDR and his family worshiped during their summer visits to Campobello Island.
Excursion: A Whale of a Time. Learn about the local whale rescue and the Canadian Whale Institute before embarking on a whale-watching cruise on the world-renowned Bay of Fundy. A naturalist will provide information about the whales and other wildlife that live in and around the bay.
Educational Focus: Local Lore. A local storyteller shares the legends of the area’s First Nation people.
Aug. 16 Day 5 - Campobello Island
Independent Exploration: The morning is at leisure to enjoy the Campobello park grounds. Stroll on one of the nature trails, play a round of croquet or enjoy a book on the porch of your cottage.
Local Flavor: Enjoy an alfresco lunch today at the cottages.
Educational Focus: “Tea with Eleanor.” Eleanor Roosevelt enjoyed tea daily at 3 p.m. Sip a cup of tea at Hubbard Cottage and learn about her life as you enjoy her favorite afternoon tradition.
Local Flavor: No trip to Maine and New Brunswick would be complete without a lobster dinner! Enjoy an authentic New Brunswick lobster boil tonight. If you’ve never eaten a whole lobster before, you can get a few tips from the locals on the best way to tackle this tasty crustacean!
Aug. 17 Day 6 - St. Andrews by-the-sea
Excursion: Go East. Visit Quoddy Head State Park and the easternmost point in the United States. See the distinctive red-and white striped lighthouse, West Quoddy Head Light. The park is an excellent place to see a variety of birds, and look offshore for a possible sighting of humpback, minke and finback whales.
Excursion: St. Croix Island. Your journey to St. Andrews by-the-Sea takes you briefly back into Maine, where you will visit St. Croix Island International Historic Site. In 1604, a group of French explorers, including Samuel Champlain, landed here and built one of the earliest European colonies in North America. Continue to St. Andrews by-the-Sea, where you will check in to The Algonquin Resort.
Educational Focus: Kingsbrae Garden. Explore Kingsbrae’s lush, colorful gardens, which feature traditional and modern gardening styles.
Aug. 18 Day 7 - St. Andrews by-the-sea
Excursion: St. Andrews’ U.S. Connection. St. Andrews, named after the city in Scotland, was founded by British loyalists south of the border. Learn more about the town and its shared history with the United States as you make your way through the St. Andrews National Historic District.
Independent Exploration: Spend the afternoon exploring St. Andrews’ downtown or enjoying the amenities of the resort.
Tonight, gather with your fellow travelers for a festive Farewell Reception and Dinner.
Aug. 19 Day 8 - In Transit
Transfer to the airport for the return flight to your gateway city.
*Itinerary subject to change due to local conditions.