Along New England’s Maine Coast – discover by Land and Sea
Along New England’s Maine Coast – discover by Land and Sea
Explore the Maine coast on this relaxing 12-night holiday. This unique New England fly drive allows you to discover the best villages and coastal areas of Maine in your own car and aboard a 3-day Windjammer Cruise, as well as some of the charming inns that exist in this part of the world.
On this fly drive holiday you will start in the thriving city of Boston in Massachusetts and then discover the quieter Maine coast, the beautiful Maine islands, Acadia National Park and historical Portland, staying in a mix of hotels and country inns as you circle back to Boston.
This itinerary is flexible and can be tailor-made to suit you; if you want to add extra days in one area, extend the holiday or maybe change the direction of travel. Talk to one of our experts about how to make this holiday the perfect one for you.
Mr Merkin - Travelled to New England
"another great holiday with Frontier America"
There were a lot of highlights on the holiday and really unfair to pick one or two out but we had another great holiday with Frontier America.
Itinerary (12 Nights)
Here’s a day-by-day guide to your itinerary. Feel free to ask us to add other days or ideas and excursions by contacting us directly, so we can give you the best price.
Boston is a great walking city. This morning get rid of the jet lag and...
Boston is a great walking city. This morning get rid of the jet lag and walk part of the Freedom Trail to see historic sites from Boston’s colonial and revolutionary periods. See the Massachusetts State House, the Old North Church and the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship in the world.
Take some time to do a bit of shopping at Quincy Market / Faneuil Hall Marketplace. This lively and historic marketplace area is filled with souvenir shops and boutiques carrying a variety of Boston and New England themed items.
Boston to Ogunquit
Collect your car from downtown Boston and drive to Ogunquit at the southern end of...
Collect your car from downtown Boston and drive to Ogunquit at the southern end of the Maine coastline. On the way you might like to stop at Salem, made famous by the witch trials of 1692 that resulted in the execution of 20 men and women; you can visit both the Witch Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum. Another detour could be Cape Ann, a smaller and much less busy version of Cape Cod. Here you will find rugged cliffs, a thriving art scene and some wonderful beaches, Gloucester (setting of The Perfect Storm) and Rockport, both great fishing ports in times gone by and still home to a vibrant fishing industry. Do allow time for a lobster roll or a plate of fried clams, one of New England’s many joys, and perhaps enjoy yet another detour to Castle Hill, an Italian Renaissance Revival villa on Crane Beach.
1 night Ogunquit
Ogunquit to Camden
You will have time this morning to explore the quaint fishing hamlet of Ogunquit, one...
You will have time this morning to explore the quaint fishing hamlet of Ogunquit, one of the most picturesque seaside resort villages in New England. Walk the mile long Marginal Way over rocky ocean cliffs to Perkins Cove or visit the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. Enjoy a mouth-watering lobster lunch before departing along the coastal road to Camden. You will sleep tonight aboard the boat tied up in Camden which will give you time to get to know your new surroundings. It also means you can explore some of Camden’s splendid restaurants.
NB: If you do not wish to spend time on the boat, Frontier America can arrange for you to stay in Camden where you can enjoy the Camden Hill State Park, the lighthouse, the harbour, excellent restaurants and a vibrant artist community and other pretty villages such as Rockport and Lincolnville.
3 nights on the Windjammer Mercantile
Sailing Maine’s Islands After a hearty breakfast Monday, get underway for a three-day adventure exploring...
Sailing Maine’s Islands
After a hearty breakfast Monday, get underway for a three-day adventure exploring the Islands of Maine. Life aboard follows no set itinerary; where you go will depend on the winds and the tides, the only two things you can be certain of is that your Captain knows all the best bits and will share that knowledge with you and that sometime during your voyage there will be a lobster bake ashore. For the rest, it is time to relax and enjoy the sea air and the good food.
Camden to Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park
Return to Camden Harbour by 10 a.m: reconnect with your car before departing for Bar...
Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park
Return to Camden Harbour by 10 a.m: reconnect with your car before departing for Bar Harbor, gateway to the 47,000 acres woodland, rocky beaches and glacier-sculpted granite peaks that constitute Acadia National Park. Frontier America would recommend driving the Acadia All-American Road, hiking one of the coastal trails or perhaps take to the water to visit Machias Seal Island, home of thousands of puffins or a whale watching boat ride. You have a good chance of seeing not only the puffins but dolphin, seals, shark and tuna. Bar Harbor is a quintessential Maine seaside town with a good selection of boutiques and restaurants.
2 nights Bar Harbor
You have a choice of retracing your footsteps following Maine’s scenic coastline south to Portland...
You have a choice of retracing your footsteps following Maine’s scenic coastline south to Portland or if you want to speed up, you can take the I-95 through Augusta. Portland has become a funky city filled with galleries, unique boutiques and shops, and incredible restaurants. Either way, you might like to stop in Freeport home to outlet stores and the renowned outdoor outfitter, LL Bean.
2 nights Portland
A day to explore Portland’s historical centre and Old Port. We would recommend taking a...
A day to explore Portland’s historical centre and Old Port. We would recommend taking a picnic to Fort Williams Park overlooking Casco Bay and then visiting The Portland Head Light and Museum.
Greater Portland to Kennebunkport
For your last two nights in New England, we think there is nowhere better than...
For your last two nights in New England, we think there is nowhere better than Kennebunkport and its neighbour Kennebunk. Famous for its historic fishing village, it is also home to George Bush and his family, here you can relax and enjoy the scenery, shops and of course the famous New England lobster.
2 nights Kennebunkport
J Smith - Travelled New York to Toronto
I have just returned from a tailor made holiday made possible by Jeannette Dembrey. This was the first time I had ever organised such a major holiday and as it was a gift for my children after my retirement it was really important to get things right. I went to quite a few agencies but Jeannette was way better than any of the people who I spoke to. She was so professional and wanted me to get the best from the money I could afford. The holiday was absolutely amazing and everything went like clockwork. Jeannette had thought of everything even the connections between places and the things we would do in each town. We stayed in 6 hotels altogether starting in New York and ending in Toronto. I am amazed at how smoothly it went. Even my son who has travelled all over the world was impressed with the way things had been organised. I cannot praise Jeannette enough for her professionalism. Thank you Jeannette. I would recommend you to anyone with the satisfaction of knowing that you did an amazing job. Thank you.