Acadia National Park & New Hampshire

7 Day Cycling Tour from $4500 NZD
7 Days
  • 2022
  • Best time to travel: September
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Explore Maine’s Acadia National Park and St George Peninsula. Catch the sunrise in one of the US locations to see the sun. Savour the beauty of the autumn colours in New Hampshire.

One of the icons of the U.S. National Park system is Acadia National Park located in Maine, the northeasternmost US state. Our arrival point is nearby Portland, a lively city with cultural and natural beauty. Then its off to Acadia for two nights to explore the numerous carriage paths and gorgeous shorelines. Hopefully we can also witness the sunrise at the first point in the continental U.S to see the sun.

Next, we’ll transfer across rolling hills and alongside the lakes of Maine on our way to the White Mountain National Forest in the state of New Hampshire. We’ll cycle through a river valley and also along the Kancamagus Scenic Highway which is known for its incredible autumn colours.
Our spectacular tour finishes with a transfer back to Portland on the final day, arriving in the afternoon.

Total cycling distance (5 riding days):
Up to 444 km and 5,000m climbing

Portland to Portland

Portland International Airport
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  • Group size is 14-29
  • USD800 single room surcharge
  • USD200 road bike hire
  • USD325 e-bike hire
  • Specific Terms & Conditions apply for this tour

Grade 3 - Moderate Tours

Moderate to Challenging tours are designed for the more experienced participant wishing to push themselves and experience new highs of achievement. Routes may include longer climbs and more technical skills.

Fitness required

A good level of fitness is required, exercising three-four times a week prior to the tour.

Full Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrival in Portland, transfer to Bar Harbor

No cycling

Welcome to Portland, Maine, a charming seaside town voted America’s best restaurant city in 2018. At about 1pm we’ll set off and visit three lighthouses including the famous Portland Headlight, the most photographed lighthouse in the United States. Then it's a 3.5 hour transfer to Bar Harbor which is located on Mt Desert Island.

Meals: Dinner

DAY 2

Around Mount Desert Island

Cycling: 50 to 97 km, up to 1078m climbing

Today we cycle to the quiet side of Acadia National Park, winding through charming villages to the town of Bass Harbor with its famous Bass Harbor Head Light. Our route takes us through the village of Southwest Harbor and past some of the stately mansions of the founders of Acadia National Park.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3

Cycling Acadia National Park

Cycling: 43 km, approx. 793m climbing

We’ll have a pleasant early morning ride along the Park Loop Road followed by a climb up Cadillac Mountain. This loop road follows the coast offering stunning ocean views at every turn. Cadillac Mountain is the highest point on the Eastern Seaboard between Maine and Rio De Janeiro. From the summit it's downhill all the way back to town for a late breakfast. Then we all transfer to Rockport which will take about 2 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4

Cycle the St George Peninsula

Cycling: 50 to 118 km, up to 1112m climbing

South of Rockland lies the Saint George Peninsula. We’ll cycle to the Owls Head Light, Birch Point State Park and to the fishing village of Port Clyde, one of the most picturesque lobster fishing villages in all of Maine. Today’s ride eventually leads us back to our Rockport accommodation.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5

Towards the Mountains

Cycling: 50 to 103 km, up to 1078m climbing

The day begins with a 2-hour transfer from the coast towards the mountains. From Fryeburg, which is close to the New Hampshire border, hop on your bike and pedal towards the mountain town of North Conway. If you’d prefer less time in the saddle today, why not enjoy the view from the bus for a while longer as there are options to start riding further down the road. During the ride, the ambitious can climb Evans Notch, while those preferring an easier day can start cycling at the top of the Notch. You’ll be meandering through a river valley with Mt Washington, the highest peak in the New England region, in the background. Today’s scenic ride ends in Jackson where we’ll stay for 2 nights.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6

Crank the Kanc

Cycling: 50 to 83 km, up to 939m climbing

Today, we follow the Saco River, passing through Conway, until we reach the Kancamagus Scenic Highway. This highway is considered one of the best roads to view the autumn colours, as it cuts through the heart of White Mountain National Forest. Along the way we’ll stop for a picnic lunch near the Swift River and possibly take a short stroll to one of the many waterfalls in the Park. After our scenic day out we return to Jackson by shuttle. At dinner tonight, we can celebrate a great week together.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7

Return to Portland

No cycling

This morning it is a scenic 2-hour drive as we return to Portland, passing many of New Hampshire’s lakes on the way. If you are catching a flight today, it should be after 2pm. Alternatively, you may like to extend your stay in Portland or elsewhere in the USA.

Meals: Breakfast

Tour Inclusions and Exclusions:

Tour Includes:

  • Accommodation in 3* to 5* hotels
  • All taxes and gratuities for hotels
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary
  • One airport arrival transfer (day 1) at ~ midday
  • One morning transfer (day 7) to Portland Airport
  • Cycling guide(s) – numbers depending on group size
  • Support vehicle(s) and driver(s)
  • Drinking water while cycling
  • National Park fees

Tour Excludes:

  • International & domestic flights (and airport taxes)
  • Passport and Travel Visa requirements
  • Bike hire (available on request at extra cost)
  • Meals that are not listed in the daily itinerary
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Optional activities, sightseeing & guided hikes
  • Pre and post tour nights
  • Personal expenses and drinks (except water while cycling)
  • Entrance fees for sights unless specified
  • Single room surcharge
  • Tips for guides and driver