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October 6-12, 2020

Roaming Coastal Maine

Don't miss out on this special trip! Member Choice Vacations is featuring an intriguing six-day, autumn tour along Coastal Maine. Warm up your Pumpkin-Spice lattes and enjoy this cozy getaway!

Booking Deadline: July 23, 2020

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Pricing

Occupancy Rate Per Person
Double $3,709
Single $4,699
Triple $3,659

All non-members must add $60 to the above rates

Rates are subject to availability at time of booking and include taxes, fees and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. All pricing and included features are based on a minimum of 20 full-fare passengers. 

Included Features

  • Free parking with roundtrip transfers from Central Pennsylvania to Philadelphia International Airport
  • Roundtrip airfare from Philadelphia, PA to Portland, ME
  • Roundtrip transfers – airport/hotel
  • 6 night hotel accommodations
  • Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners
  • All hotel and restaurant gratuities
  • Services of a AAA Member Choice Vacations Tour Manager and driver
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one bag per person
  • Services of a Discoveries Journey Manager

Highlights

  • Portland, ME
  • Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
  • Bar Harbor, ME
  • Acadia National Park
  • Rockport, ME
  • Cellardoor Winery
  • Damariscotta
  • Oyster Farm

Itinerary

Tuesday, October 6: Depart for Portland, Maine

Travel by motocoach to the Philadelphia International Airport for a flight to Portland, ME. Welcome to Maine, a “Vacationland” of intricate coastlines and all-encompassing natural beauty that serves as the perfect getaway. From charming towns and scenic ocean overlooks to oyster shucking and lobster hauling, experience the best of this New England retreat. Tonight, connect with your new travel companions and prepare for the start of an unforgettable sojourn. Hotel: Hyatt Place Portland Old Port, Portland

Wednesday, October 7: Portland

Discover the essence of this vibrant harbor city by means of a true New England classic – a trolley. From the opulent Victoria Mansion to the hum of the Old Port, your guide will introduce you to Portland’s hidden gems. Trade in the charming streets of the city for the rugged coastline, stopping at the picturesque Portland Head Light. Get a chance to delve into the culture of Portland with free time to explore this seafaring city on your own. Hotel: Hyatt Place Portland Old Port, Portland
(Breakfast, Dinner)


Thursday, October 8: Portland - Boothbay Harbor - Bar Harbor


Head north to Boothbay Harbor, the maritime haven that is home to little shops, picture-perfect boats, and local artists. Enter the natural wonderland of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, nearly 300 acres of grassy fields and woodland trails overflowing with floral hues. Your scenic journey continues with a stop at a lobster shack to indulge in a Maine lobster roll. Later, arrive in Bar Harbor, an iconic vacation spot featuring rich blue waters and home to Acadia National Park. With an evening at leisure, explore the bustling downtown, full of cozy cafes and indulgent ice cream shops just steps from your hotel. Hotel: Bar Harbor Grand Hotel, Bar Harbor (Breakfast, Lunch)


Friday, October 9: Bar Harbor - Acadia National Park - Bar Harbor

Welcome to Acadia National Park. Breathe in the crisp, fresh air and allow the nature around you to captivate your senses. Choose how to explore Acadia because today, it’s your choice! Admire the striking mountains, towering forests, and rocky shorelines as you drive scenic Park Loop Road with a local guide -OR- traverse Acadia’s winding pathways on a guided bicycle tour of the famous Carriage Roads. Then, dive into the cuisine and culture of Maine when you join a local lobsterman on a lobster boat. See how lobster traps are retrieved from the ocean and watch the cages get pulled to the surface. Hotel: Bar Harbor Grand Hotel, Bar Harbor (Breakfast)

Saturday, October 10: Bar Harbor - Lincolnville - Camden – Rockport

Your trek along the coast continues in Lincolnville, where you’ll soak in the rustic appeal of Cellardoor Winery’s 200-yearold
barn and sip the local wines – a rarity in the New England climate of the “Pine Tree State.” Head to Camden for some
time at leisure, giving you the perfect opportunity to explore this quintessential Maine town. Later, arrive at the oceanfront
Samoset Resort in Rockport, your home for the next two nights. Enjoy an evening at leisure; perhaps you’ll stroll along the
Granite Breakwater of Rockland Harbor to get a different perspective of the lapping waves. Hotel: Samoset Resort, Rockport (Breakfast)


Sunday, October 11: Rockport - Damariscotta – Rockport


Welcome to the Damariscotta region, a stunning peninsula full of fresh seafood straight out of the water. Get an intimate look at a working oyster farm on the Damariscotta River and learn how to dig into these local delicacies with an oyster shucking lesson. Then, it’s your choice! Cruise through a collection of 150 antique automobiles at Owl’s Head Transportation Museum, containing vintage aircraft, motorcycles, bicycles, and more -OR- meander through the vast selection of American artists at the Farnsworth Museum of Art, home to over 15,000 works. Tonight, toast to the end of your seaside sojourn and bid Maine farewell over dinner. Hotel: Samoset Resort, Rockport (Breakfast, Dinner)


Monday, October 12: Rockport – Portland

After breakfast, bid farewell as your tour of Coastal Maine comes to a close today. You will be transferred to the Portland,
Maine airport for your return flight back to Philadelphia. (Breakfast)

Hotels and itinerary are subject to change at any time without notification and/or compensation.

Tour Activity Level: 3
This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs, or on uneven walking surfaces, should be expected.

General Information

Travel Documents

A government-issued photo I.D. that is REAL ID compliant, or a valid passport will be required for airport security.

Payment

Deposit of $500 per person will confirm your reservation. Final payment is due to AAA by July 23, 2020.
Solo Travelers Rewards Club maximum voucher redemption: $100

Cancellation/Penalties

Deposit date to day of departure - $25 per person, plus...
March 6 – Aug 6, 2020 - $500 per person, plus additional suppliers fees
Aug 7 – Sept 20, 2020 - 30% per person, plus additional suppliers fees
Sept 21 – Oct 5, 2020 - 50% per person, plus additional suppliers fees
After Oct 5, 2020 - Non-Refundable

*Airfare is non-refundable after final payment.

Insurance

For your protection AAA recommends travel insurance. Pre-existing medical conditions may be waived with proper coverage if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of initial deposit only. Other conditions may apply; ask your travel agent. AAA recommends Allianz.

Flight

Air arrangements are handled by the tour operator. Seat assignments cannot be confirmed until the tour operator releases names to the airline 30 days prior to departure. Specific seat requests cannot be guaranteed. Some flights schedules may contain code share agreements.

Clothing/Climate

Temperatures for Maine in October average in the 50s to 60s. Casual clothes that can be layered and comfortable walking shoes are recommended; be prepared for potential inclement weather.

Baggage

One suitcase per person will be allowed. You may also bring a carry-on bag small enough to fit under your seat. Baggage fees and other charges may be directly assessed by airlines or airport.

Travel Assistance

For personal comfort, group participants who need assistance are required to have a traveling companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing the needed assistance.

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