Maine Coastal Biking5 Days & 4 Nights
- Cycle through Portland and Freeport, two of Maine's classic coastal towns
- Wind your way along scenic coastline and pedal past historic lighthouses
- Enjoy a scenic ferry ride through the Calendar Islands of Casco Bay
- Fuel up on fried clams, lobster rolls, and wild blueberry pie
- Delight in the charm and hospitality of quaint seaside villages
What To Expect
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.
Inn to Inn Biking | A classic point to point biking tour, staying in a different location each night
This trip is suitable for:
As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveler this tour would be suitable for is: 14 Years
Ideal if you have an interest in:
- Foodie Adventures
- Coastal & Island
Activity Level & Terrain
This tour is graded easy to moderate. The daily rides average 23 miles. There are many rolling hills but no substantial climbs. You should be an experienced road cyclist accustomed to sharing the road with other users. At times the route has a shoulder, but its width varies, and some of the smaller, more rural roads have no shoulder. We advise high visibility clothing to be worn while riding.
The route is almost entirely paved, with infrequent and short gravel sections connecting rural roads. Surface conditions change yearly and seasonally, so gravel, potholes, and frost heaves are a possibility. The distances and ascents/descent listed are approximations of the recommended routes. For those looking for a little extra assistance, e-bikes may be an option but are subject to availability.
We provide you with detailed turn-by-turn directions on the Macs Adventure Navigation App. Using this app, you will also be able to follow the route with your phone’s GPS. As instructed below, you’ll need to save all routes to your device for use in offline mode as cell phone reception can be unreliable in rural Vermont.
NavigationNavigating is easy using the Macs Adventure Navigation App. Your daily rides will be mapped in the app with GPX tracks, route notes, and turn-by-turn directions. All of these resources are available to download for offline use, which is recommended as cell service can be unreliable in rural Vermont. Written turn-by-turn directions are included in the app. When you have cell reception, you will also have 24/7 telephone support from us here at Macs Adventure.
Experience & FitnessThis tour is graded easy to moderate. The daily rides average 23 miles. There are many rolling hills but no substantial climbs. You should be an experienced road cyclist accustomed to sharing the road with other users. At times the route has a shoulder, but its width varies, and some of the smaller, more rural roads have no shoulder. We advise high visibility clothing to be worn while riding.
One of the highlights of this tour is the high standard of accommodation. You will stay in carefully selected 3-4* small hotels. Your room will always have an ensuite or private bathroom. A delicious breakfast is also included.
If you require single rooms within your party we will always try and accommodate you subject to availability. A single supplement is payable.
A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinners are not included so you are free to choose from the surrounding options. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or at nearby restaurants.
- 4 Nights in hand-picked accommodations
- All lodging taxes and gratuities
- 4 Breakfasts
- Hybrid bike and helmet
- Scenic ferry ride
- Detailed route notes and maps
- Baggage transfers
- 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our US & UK offices
- Travel to / from Kennebunkport
- Optional upgrade to an e-bike
- Lunches, dinners, drinks, & snacks
- Personal equipment
- Travel insurance (required)
- Additional nights along the route
- Upgrade to an e-bike
When To Go
The trip is available from May to October. Please keep in mind this trip can only depart on a Sunday.
Weather and Climate
New England’s seasonal changes are one of its greatest charms, and there are advantages to riding in Maine at any time of the year. May and June will bring fewer crowds, cooler temperatures (in the 50s-60s Fahrenheit), and lush green hillsides speckled with flowers. The summer months of July and August are busy with summer tourists, but the refreshing swimming holes, late summer evenings, and clear blue skies are worth it. Temperatures rise to the 70s-low 80s Fahrenheit on average with some hotter days. The crisp weather of September and October (in the 50s-60s Fahrenheit) draw not only outdoor enthusiasts to Maine, but also the leaf-peepers and photographers, making it tough to secure reservations – but if you do, the colors of peak foliage season are pure magic.
Getting to the Start
Our trip starts and ends in Kennebunkport. On the last day, you also have the option of your transfer taking you to Portland if you prefer. The easiest way to travel to and from your trip is to fly in and out of Portland International Jetport. From there you can take a bus to Kennebunkport which takes roughly an hour.
Baggage transfer from Kennebunkport to Freeport is included in the cost of your holiday. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20 kg per person.
Our pre-departure information pack includes a detailed equipment list on what to take with you. This includes warm and cold weather gear, cycling clothes, rain gear, and lots of other specifics. If you have any questions about what to take, we'd be happy to share our own top tips and advice.
Bike rental is included in the cost of this trip. We include a Norco VFR1 or a similar Trek bike. For a little extra assistance, e-bikes are also available (additional fee payable, subject to availability).
Please supply us with your height for your bicycle rental.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance that covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive in Kennebunkport, optional loop ride 14 miles / 22.5 km
Begin your cycling adventure in the town of Kennebunkport, where you will meet our local team who will get you set up with your bike. Afterwards, enjoy a scenic warm-up ride around Kennebunkport.
The Nonantum Resort offers an authentic Maine experience on the shores of the Kennebunk River. You will be within walking distance of Dock Square’s shops and restaurants as well as a half mile from Colony Beach. The two buildings on property offer classic coastal charm with all the modern comforts of home.
Today's ride will take you along the East Coast Greenway, a bike trail that runs all the way from Florida to Maine. You will pass through the historic mill towns of Biddeford and Saco, and then pedal onward to Old Orchard Beach. Spend the afternoon wandering this wonderful beach town, and don't forget to check out the amusement park and pier!
Built in 1903, Atlantic Birches Inn is a casual inn in the heart of Old Orchard Beach. Each room in the Maine House is named after one of the original hotels in Old Orchard Beach, a nod to the vibrant history of the area.
Your ride today will start through the Scarborough Marsh and then onwards to the famous Portland Head Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in Maine and most photographed lighthouse in the U.S. After cycling past Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, you will end your ride in the vibrant town of Portland.
A historical gem of Portland, the Portland Regency Hotel and Spa is a charming stay just steps from the harbor and downtown. The uniquely designed rooms and suites are immaculately appointed with deluxe bedding, plush bathrobes, flat-screen TVs, and luxurious marble bathrooms.
A scenic ferry ride through the Calendar Islands of Casco Bay this morning brings you to Chebeague, the largest island in the area. Enjoy a loop ride around the peaceful island before stopping for lunch at the award-winning Chebeague Island Inn. Finish off the day by hopping back on the Cousin's Island Ferry and cycling across the causeway on to Freeport, otherwise known as "the birthplace of Maine."
If time permits before dinner, pay a visit to the flagship LL Bean store and enjoy some shopping for outdoor gear!
The Harraseeket Inn is a family owned, 94-room luxury inn located in Freeport, Maine. The hotel features two great restaurants, an indoor heated pool, and a variety of unique room options. It is located just a few minutes walk from the best shopping on the Maine Coast for a little R&R after your ride.
After breakfast, enjoy an optional loop ride that takes you from your hotel to one final coastal ride before heading back to Freeport. You will be met by your private transfer and returned to Kennebunkport or Portland, from where you may complete your onward journey.
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