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Boston, Salem & Maine's Rocky Coast Search Tour Calendar
Featuring Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Boothbay Harbor, Glouchester, Marblehead

Tour Dates: June 5 - 12, 2015

8 Day Package
15 Meals Included
New Itinerary

Price:
$1999 Per Person / Double Occupancy
$2549 Per Person / Single Occupancy

*Land only prices - see below for airfare

 


Search out the elusive soul of New England – from Boston to Bar Harbor, from the lighthouses to the summit of Mount Battie, from the quaint seaside towns to the wilderness of Acadia National Park.  This week long journey travels from Boston to Massachusetts’ North Shore and continues along Maine’s sandy beaches in the south, to its craggy mountains and rock bound coast in the north.  See why this fabled coastline has attracted sailors, wealthy vacationers and famous artists as you explore the best of Boston, Salem and Maine’s rocky coast.

 Tour Highlights:
  • Boston sightseeing with a local guide including sights along the Freedom Trail such as the Old North Church and site of the Boston Massacre, plus Boston’s neighborhoods
    
  • An evening performance of the Boston Pops 
  • Boston Harbor cruise to see Boston Light, Harbor Islands National Park area and the busy Boston port  

  • On the “North Shore” visit Marblehead, Rockport and Gloucester – America’s oldest fishing port, it was home to the Andrea Gail from the “Perfect Storm”
     
  • Stay at three memorable and centrally-located hotels along Maine’s rocky coast with spectacular sightseeing including the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor, Camden Hills State Park, L.L. Bean flagship store in Freeport, Portland Head Lighthouse, “Nubble” Light in York, Ogunquit, the “Wedding Cake House” in Kennebunkport and much more
     
  • Stay two nights in Bar Harbor with a guided tour of Acadia National Park and a naturalist-guided cruise on Frenchman Bay for amazing views
    
  • Tour Salem to learn about the Salem Witch Trials and the “Great Age of Sail,” and tour the House of the Seven Gables
     
   Fine Hotels / Great Locations:
  • Nights 1-2: Embassy Suites Logan Airport - Boston, MA
  • Night 3: Boothbay Harbor Inn - Boothbay Harbor, ME
  • Nights 4-5: Bluenose Inn - Bar Harbor, ME
  • Night 6-7: Anchorage by the Sea - Ogunquit, ME
Day By Day Itinerary:
Day 1
Friday, 6/5/2015 - Arrive Boston
Optional transfers from home or our departure points this morning will have us at Los Angeles International Airport for our nonstop flight arriving into Boston in the late afternoon.Our deluxe coach and local guide will be waiting to transport us to downtown Boston for a guided walk through Boston’s Public Garden – the oldest public botanical garden in the country and home to the famous swan boats.  Then, enjoy an included casual and fun dinner at Cheers (formerly the Bull & Finch), Boston’s iconic pub that inspired the hit television show, Cheers.  Later, we arrive at our Boston hotel for a two-night stay.  

Dinner
Day 2
Saturday, 6/6/2015 - Boston, Boston Pops
Following an included breakfast at the hotel this morning we are joined by our local guide for a driving tour of Boston – the birthplace of American liberty.  We’ll follow in the footsteps of American history as we visit sights along the Freedom Trail including Boston Common, the Bunker Hill Monument marking the first battle of the American Revolution and the Old State House – site of the Boston Massacre.  See Boston’s diverse neighborhoods including the Victorian townhouses and chic shopping in the Back Bay and the gas lit cobblestone streets of Beacon Hill.  Enjoy a guided walk through Boston’s historic North End – “Little Italy” to visit the Old North Church where two lanterns were hung to signal Paul Revere that the British were approaching by water.  Time at leisure at Quincy Market – famous for a wide variety of ethnic food vendors, fine restaurants and a great stop for New England mementos.  This afternoon we’ll set sail on a delightful narrated cruise of Boston Harbor to see the Boston Light (the nation’s oldest continuously manned lighthouse in the country), Harbor Islands National Park, Boston’s working port and examples of elegant waterfront living.  After time to freshen up at the hotel we’ll enjoy an included dinner followed by a live performance of the world famous Boston Pops Orchestra at Symphony Hall.  Affectionately known as “America’s Orchestra,” the Boston Pops is the most recorded and arguably the most beloved orchestra in the country since its founding in 1885. 
Breakfast
Dinner
Day 3
Sunday, 6/7/2015 - Gloucester, Boothbay Harbor
An included breakfast this morning before we head north to Massachusetts’s North Shore with our local guide. On Cape Ann we’ll tour Gloucester, America’s oldest fishing port and home to the Andrea Gale – the infamous fishing boat that went down in The Perfect Storm. See the Fitz Henry Lane House, the Fisherman’s Memorial and Ten Pound Island.  We continue to Bearskin Neck in the harbor town of Rockport with time to enjoy the shops, boutiques, and restaurants on own. See Motif Number 1, a fishing shack known as “the most often-painted building in America.”  This afternoon we travel north to the seaside town of Boothbay Harbor with an included dinner at the inn where we’ll stay overnight. 
Breakfast
Dinner
Day 4
Monday, 6/8/2015 - Rockland, Camden
Following an included breakfast, we’ll visit the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens!  These unique gardens include the Meditation Garden, the Rhododendron & Perennial Garden, the Forest Pond, and the Garden of the Five Senses featuring plants designed to appeal to each sense.  We continue north to Rockland with time at leisure for lunch and shopping or a visit to the Farnsworth Art Museum  or the Maine Lighthouse Museum on own.  This afternoon we visit Camden Hills State Park and drive to the peak of Mount Battie for sweeping views of Camden village, harbor, Penobscot Bay and the surrounding islands.  We continue north along the coast arriving in Bar Harbor, the charming village whose stone wall-lined and tree-covered roads are surrounded by Acadia National Park.  After checking in to our premier hotel we’ll enjoy an included dinner at a restaurant overlooking Frenchman Bay. 
Breakfast
Dinner
Day 5
Tuesday, 6/9/2015 - Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park
After an included breakfast we’ll embark on a narrated nature cruise of Frenchman Bay. Enjoy Maine’s coastal scenery as you cruise past waterfront mansions and Acadia National Park.  Your naturalist guide will point out any seals, harbor porpoises, osprey or eagles. Following time at leisure for lunch and browsing in Bar Harbor we’ll be joined by a local guide for a driving tour of Acadia National Park. All the beauty of Maine comes together in Acadia National Park.  Mountains, conifers, and wildlife meet the ocean in a spectacle that, once seen, is never forgotten.  This National Park – the oldest east of the Mississippi River, was at the turn of the century, a gilded age summer colony for millionaires such as the Vanderbilt and Astors.  We’ll follow the 27 mile stonewall-lined and tree-covered Park Loop Road to see the soaring granite cliffs and sweeping vistas that lend a special mystique to the area.  This evening enjoy an included traditional lobster bake at a local favorite.  
Breakfast
Dinner
Day 6
Wednesday, 6/10/2015 - Freeport, Ogunquit
Following an included breakfast this morning, we travel south to Freeport, home of the flagship L.L. Bean store and other upscale outlets.  Enjoy time at leisure to browse the shops.  This afternoon we’ll see Portland Head Light, the oldest lighthouse in Maine. Commissioned by George Washington and built in 1791 it makes for a fantastic photo opportunity!  Later we’ll arrive in Ogunquit and check in for a two-night stay at an incredible inn overlooking the ocean and adjacent to the Marginal Way – the accessible cliff side walk. Ogunquit is a quintessential New England port of tranquil coves and beaches that was once a fishing and shipbuilding center, but now thrives on its picturesque beauty as a summer resort destination.  An included dinner this evening at a local favorite. 
Breakfast
Dinner
Day 7
Thursday, 6/11/2015 - York, Kennebunkport
After an included breakfast we’ll embark on a narrated driving tour of the southern coast of Maine.  In the quaint town of York we’ll make a photo stop at the “Nubble” Light, one of the most frequently photographed and painted lighthouses in Maine.  In Kennebunkport we’ll make a photo stop at the “Wedding Cake House” and visit the Franciscan Monastery to experience the peaceful grounds and unique architecture and shrines.  We’ll see former President George H. W. Bush’s summer estate on Walker’s Point.  Enjoy time at leisure at Dock Square which is lined with restaurants, shops and galleries.  This afternoon a narrated harbor cruise with a local lobsterman who will take you out into the harbor aboard his working boat for an authentic, hands-on experience.  This afternoon is free to enjoy the many scenic opportunities in Ogunquit.  This evening enjoy an included Farewell Dinner at a local favorite. 
Breakfast
Dinner
Day 8
Friday, 6/12/2015 - Salem, Final Farewell
Following an included breakfast this morning we travel towards Boston.  En route we’ll visit Salem to tour the House of the Seven Gables, the only 17th century mansion remaining in New England, and the inspiration for Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel.  Following an included lunch in Salem we’ll embark on a guided driving tour of Salem provided by a local guide. Hear the infamous story of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and learn of Salem’s illustrious role during the Great Age of Sail.  Drive past the Witch House, one of the oldest dwellings in the United States.  See the historic waterfront, and tour along Chestnut Street, a showcase of grand antique houses, many built by sea captains and merchants during Salem’s “Great Age of Sail.”  Visit Marblehead, often called the “yachting capital of the world.”  A stop is included at Abbott Hall to view the original painting “The Spirit of 1776”.  A late afternoon flight from Boston will have us arriving into Los Angeles this evening.  Those with pre-arranged transfers will be returned to their respective drop-offs.  Memories and images of your time along coastal New England indelibly set in your mind.  
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Lunch

Tour Inclusions:

  • 7 Nights deluxe hotel accommodations
  • 17 Meals: 7 dinners, 1 lunch, 7 breakfasts
  • Services of a professional Good Times Travel tour director
  • Comprehensive sightseeing with local guides
  • Admissions per itinerary
  • Transportation aboard a deluxe touring motorcoach
  • Roundtrip airport-hotel transfers (with purchase of group air)
  • Luggage handling throughout the tour


Additional Information:

  • Join this tour from home or one of the following departure points: CLH, CON, FV, LHS, SBL, or meet the group at LAX or in Boston
  • A deposit of $300 p.p. + air (if purchasing group airfare) is required to reserve space
  • Balance payment due 60 days prior to departure
  • Roundtrip group airfare available from $495 p.p.
  • Optional LAX transfers available from $69 roundtrip (optional home pickup available – ask for a quote)
  • Travel protection/cancellation insurance is available and highly recommended
  • Tour Pace: On-the-Go (visit our common questions page for details on activity levels)
  • Activity level: High (visit our common questions page for details on activity levels)
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