From: August 25 to September 1, 2018

Destination: Bar Harbor, Maine

  • Magical Maine

    Few places are more beautiful in August than the Maine sea coast, and our trip in Acadia National Park is designed to give you an active introduction to this amazing area: bike on quiet carriage paths amidst picturesque scenery; sea kayak along the coast among the many peninsulas and islands; hike scenic trails that provide incredible coastal views; visit some of Acadia's quaint villages and towns; and savor fresh Maine lobster. All these elements combine for a vacation that is both stimulating and relaxing, and definitely unforgettable. Maximum group size: 10
  • Saturday, August 25
    The trip officially begins at 4 pm at our house in Bar Harbor. If you are flying in, we will meet at the Bangor airport at 2 pm and drive 1 1/2 hours to Acadia and our home for the week in Bar Harbor. After we get settled in we will stretch our legs with a short hike. Depending on the tide we will either walk out to Bar Island (tide must be low) or into town and along the Shore Path. That night we'll enjoy the first of many delicious and hearty meals. D

    Sunday, August 26
    Today we explore the lovely coast with a hike of the Gorham Mtn loop. This trail takes us from Otter Cliffs along a gravel trail paralleling the Atlantic, and then heads up to Gorham Mountain. After taking in the views, we will continue on to a kettle pond called The Bowl, a scenic, inland, spring-fed lake. We will have a picnic lunch at the Bowl, with optional swimming. After lunch we will hike up to the Beehive to admire the views before beginning a gradual (though rocky) downhill to Sand Beach for another optional swim. We then hike along the shore 2 miles back to the parking lot along the coastal trail. Back at our house we'll enjoy appetizers before another well-earned dinner. approximately 5.5 miles B, L, D

    Monday, August 27
    In the early 20th century, John D. Rockefeller Jr. set out to build a 57-mile-long series of roads on which all cars would be banned. The beautiful gravel carriage roads range from gently rolling terrain to more rugged mountain slopes. We ride through beautiful forests, past scenic ponds and over historic (and uniquely designed) stone bridges. We have designed today so you can choose the length of riding you wish from a half day to a full day of riding. What if you don't want to bicycle? No worries! The Island Shuttle can bring you to the Jordan Pond House where you can meet us for lunch and perhaps a walk around the pond.
    After we pick up our bikes in Bar Harbor, we will take the complimentary bike shuttle from the village green into the park and ride from Eagle Lake. If you want a shorter ride this morning you will ride from Eagle Lake directly to Jordan Pond House, 6 miles on wide gravel paths on gently rolling terrain. If you want a longer ride before lunch, we will go from Eagle Lake to the north, and ride the loop around Witch's Hole and Duck Pond trails before continuing past Eagle Lake to Jordan Pond (add't 5.5 miles). Whichever route you choose, we will have lunch at the historic Jordan Pond House (known for their hot popovers). Want to keep biking? After lunch you can bike back along the shores of Eagle Lake (6.3 miles from JPH to bike shuttle), or ride around Day Mountain (8.3 miles and back to shuttle). Had enough biking? You can take the Island shuttle from JPH to Bar Harbor and then either return to the house for downtime or enjoy time in Bar Harbor. B, L, D

    Tuesday, August 28
    Trading pedals for paddles, we spend the day exploring the area by kayak. The actual route we take will depend on wind, tide, and weather. If all are favorable, we will leave right out of Bar Harbor. After instruction in how to kayak, we paddle around the Porcupine Islands and in Frenchman's Bay. We will stop for breaks throughout the day and have a break with a picnic lunch. Never kayaked before? No problem, you'll get the instruction you need to feel comfortable in your kayak. Tonight you are free to enjoy one of the many superb restaurants in Bar Harbor. About 10 miles of kayaking. B, L

    Wednesday, August 29
    Acadia is home to more activities than we can fit into a week. So today you are free to pursue anything that interests you. If you want a definite plan, join your guide for a ferry ride and walking tour of the historic Cranberry Isles. Alternatively, take a whale watching tour which visits a large breeding ground of North Atlantic puffins and whales where humpback, finback and Minke whales are all commonly seen this time of year. Want something more active? How about renting a bike to explore some more of the carriage trails? Visit the spectacular Asticou and Thuya Gardens. Take the Island Shuttle around the Park and get on and off as you please. Or stay close to home to read, relax, or explore Bar Harbor. Whatever you choose to do today, we will meet back at our lodging for a group dinner. B, D

    Thursday, August 30
    Donning our hiking boots once again, we further explore the island on one of the many trails. The exact trail(s) we pick will depend on our energy, desires, and weather. One option is to hike to the top of Cadillac Mountain (7 mi, out and back; 1500 feet ) for views from the highest mountain in the park. Another option is to hike the many granite steps to the top of Dorr Mountain (4 miles 1200 ft). Or explore the trail around Jordan Pond and hike up to the Bubbles and Balance Rock. Whichever hike we pick, we will return for a wonderful dinner. B, L, D

    Friday, August 31
    Did you know the island has a quiet side? It does, and we spend our day exploring it. We start the day with a half-day kayak in West Side of Acadia. Depending on weather and energy we will hike one of the many west side trail, Flying Mtn., or Wonderland Trail and then drive on to Bass Harbor Lighthouse (the only lighthouse on the island) and share a final dinner at a nearby Lobster Pound. B, L, D (Lobster- yum!!)

    Saturday, September, 1
    Our week is over way too soon! After packing up, we'll have you back to the Bangor airport by 11 am. B
  • $2750 (see this page for travel discounts)$300 deposit. Discount for sharing a room with twin beds $250 (please indicate your interest in this when you register.) You can see our cancellation policies here.

    Trip Includes

    • Experienced guides
    • All activities on the itinerary, including the kayak tours, dinner at a lobster pound, and bicycle rental
    • All meals from Saturday dinner through breakfast the next Saturday with the exception of one lunch and one dinner
    • Seven nights lodging in twin/single rooms
    • Transportation during the trip including round trip transfer from the Bangor, ME airport  

    What's not included: Travel to and from Bangor ME, one lunch and dinner, optional activities, (i.e. whale watching), alcoholic beverages, snacks, guide gratuities and travel insurance.

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  • Common Questions

    If you’ve never traveled with us before, you may have some questions about how we do things and what you can expect. We’ve answered the most common ones below and are always available by phone or email to answer any others.

    How do I pay for my trip?

    You can make the deposit by submitting a secure form with your credit card information after filling out the registration form or calling us with your card information. We will send you an invoice for the balance due with your Predeparture Information 4 months before an International trip and 3 months before a domestic trip. You can get a 3% discount for paying the balance by check.

    What if I’m coming alone?

    The majority of women who travel with us come by themselves. If you want to pay a single supplement to guarantee your own room, or if you want to share a room with someone with whom you are traveling, you can indicate that on the registration form. Otherwise we randomly assign roommates and rotate every time we change lodging – it’s a great way to get to know different women on the trip.

    Can you accommodate special diets?

    It depends on both the trip and on your specific needs. With advance notice, we can accommodate most dietary restrictions or allergies on our domestic trips, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten intolerant. This is not always true on international trips, so please contact us in advance if you have specific dietary needs. We've found that if you are willing to bring some of your own snacks and a couple of items to supplement what is on the menu (peanut butter is always good!) and possibly have less variety than you are used to at home, then dietary needs usually are no obstacle. If in doubt about your specific dietary needs, especially if you have Celiac disease, please give us a call (877/439-4042) or send us an email.

    What if I have to cancel my trip?

    The amount of your refund depends on how close to the trip you cancel and whether it is a domestic or an international trip. You can read our cancellation policies here. We highly recommend travel insurance because cancellations are always unexpected; we will send you additional information about insurance when you register.

    Will my family be able to get in touch with me in case of an emergency?

    Yes, we always send out emergency contact information. On a few trips, because of limitations in communication, the best approach is to give them the office number and let us make the contact.

    What other information will you send me?

    When you register, we’ll send you a Trip Summary that includes the itinerary, travel information, and a packing list. Three to four months before your trip we’ll send you Pre-Departure information that includes detailed information on how to get to the trip starting point, pre- or post-trip lodging suggestions, suggested books and websites etc. Four to six weeks before the trip, we’ll send you a list of everyone who is registered along with their travel plans; and a Pre-Trip letter with the name of your guide(s) and how to contact them if your arrival is delayed as well as any other important updates.

    Do you help with pre-trip and/or post-trip hotel reservations?

    For international trips, if you want to stay at the hotel where we’re staying the first night before the trip, or at the hotel we’re staying the last night after the trip, we’re happy to make a reservation for you. Otherwise our PreDeparture Information will have hotel suggestions. Our travel agent is also happy to help you with this.

    How does the waitlist process work and how often do people cancel?

    If you are interested in a trip that is full, you should sign up here. If there is a cancellation, we send out an email to everyone who has expressed interest and ask them to respond within 24 hours. If more than one person is interested, we give the space to the person who has traveled with us before or in the order of being put on the waitlist. Frequently, even when we have a long wait list, it is the last person to sign up who is still available to go. Whether or not there will be a cancellation is completely unpredictable, although not uncommon.

    What is the role of the guide(s)?

    On every trip, the primary roles of the guide(s) are to ensure your safety and to make sure that, to the extent possible, you are having the trip you want. The guide(s) will also make sure that you know what is happening each day and what you need to bring to be prepared. On domestic trips the guide(s) will also likely be driving, preparing picnic lunches and sometimes other meals, providing skills instruction, and giving you information about the natural history of the area. On any trip where we partner with another company (which is most international trips and some trips that require special equipment), the AGC guide will work with the local guide to make sure that the trip is conducted in accordance with the AGC philosophy.

    What if I have more questions?

    Give us a call (877/439-4042) or send us an email. A Program Manager is assigned to each trip. Once you have registered, she will send you a registration confirmation letter that includes her name and email, and she will be your primary contact. Her job is to make sure that you get all your questions answered and that you feel completely prepared for your adventure.

    What if I'm the oldest/youngest/heaviest/least in shape/only single woman/only mom on the trip?

    You might be. Someone has to be the oldest/youngest/heaviest/least in shape person on the trip. And while the great majority of our trips have both single and non-single women, and moms and non-moms, sometimes they don't. But it doesn't matter if you're "different" in any of those ways - what you will share with everyone else is a desire to experience adventure in your life, and an appreciation of the joy and camaraderie of being in an all women's group.

Trip highlights

  • Biking on the carriage trails built by John D. Rockefeller in the early 20th century where no motorized vehicles are allowed
  • Hiking on beautiful mountain trails in Acadia National Park, with exposed pink granite ridge tops and views of the ocean
  • Sea kayaking along magnificent coastal shoreline
  • Visiting Bar Harbor, with quaint shops, delicious food, and friendly people.
  • Enjoying the freshest Maine Lobster possible


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