Lighthouses & Lobsters
SELF DRIVE TOUR
BOSTON | YORK/KENNEBUNKPORT | ROCKLAND | BAR HARBOR | ACADIA NATIONAL PARK | ST. ANDREWS | BANGOR | PORTSMOUTH | CAPE COD
Discover breath-taking scenery, quaint towns, colourful lighthouses and some of the world’s highest tides on this self-drive tour through New England and crossing the board to New Brunswick, Canada.
- Enjoy seaside towns, colourful buoys, lobstering and fishing villages
- See world class uniquely styled lighthouses which grace the New England coastline
- Stroll through Boston’s world-famous waterfront shopping district
- Journey along the ruggedly beautiful Sunrise
- Coast along the north-eastern-USA tip
- Experience the Bay of Fundy with the highest known tides in the world (up to 50 feet)
- Visit seaside artist colonies made famous by world class painters such as Winslow Homer
Lighthouses & Lobsters
Day 1 : Arrive Boston
Upon arrival into Boston collect your rental car and make your way to the hotel, where the rest of the day is free to explore.
Day 2 : Boston – York/Kennebunkport (128 miles)
Today travel north to the rocky shores of Gloucester and on to Rockport. Here, why not indulge in a picnic lunch, afterwards continue to your destination today is Kennebunkport, summer home for many U.S. Presidents.
Day 3 : York/Kennebunkport – Rockland (126 miles)
Today your journey continues along mid-Coastal Maine, drive through to Portland, Maine’s largest city, originally a colonial seaport. Stroll cobblestone streets, visit eclectic art galleries and perhaps enjoy a bowl of piping hot New England clam “chow-dah” alongside Casco Bay. Your drive continues today to the “Lobster Capital of the World,” Rockland, Maine.
Day 4 : Rockland – Bar Harbor (79 miles)
Your destination today is Bar Harbor, on Mt. Desert Island, home to Acadia National Park. Dotting the island’s entrance, traditional lobster pounds with huge outdoor boiling cauldrons cook crustaceans to perfection. This evening, may we suggest a stroll along the quaint streets of Bar Harbor.
Day 5 : Acadia National Park
Explore the oldest national park east of the Mississippi River. During select periods of the year, Acadia runs a free shuttle service through the park to see the vast attractions without the hassles of parking. Be sure to view Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the eastern seaboard north of Brazil and keep an eye out for wildlife. Please note: Entrance fees may apply for Arcadia National Park
Day 6 : Bar Harbor – St. Andrews, Canada (177 miles)
Today travel to West Quoddy and continue along the Sunrise Coast, where the first morning light hits the USA. A short drive takes you across the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial International Bridge to Canada’s Campobello Island. Return to the U.S. for a drive along the spectacular Bay of Fundy. The Bay hosts the highest tides in the world. Crossing the international border again, you’ll reach your final destination: St. Andrews-By-The- Sea, Canada’s oldest seaside resort town.
Day 7 : St. Andrews – Bangor (175 miles)
Enjoy a leisurely morning in picturesque St. Andrews. Returning to the international border, you’ll pass through the “Chocolate Capital of Canada,” St. Stephen. Then, follow “the Airline” to Bangor. This route is one of the most scenic through Maine’s inland timberland country. Arriving in Bangor, once the Lumber Capital of the World, the rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 8 : Bangor – Portsmouth (153 miles)
Journey south through Maine’s capital, Augusta, to Kittery and south to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the seacoast’s economic centre rich with maritime history.
Day 9 : Portsmouth – Cape Cod (127 miles)
Today, your journey takes you to Cape Cod to explore its rolling sand dunes, dramatic sea cliffs, and picturesque villages. You may also wish to take the ferry (optional, fee applies) to Martha’s Vineyard and step back in time while visiting this Victorian era summer resort island.
Day 10 : Cape Cod – Boston Departure (80 miles)
Check out of your hotel today and make your way back to Boston where your tour comes to an end. Drop your car off at the airport and board your onwards flight back to the UK.