Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Shore Excursion: Portland, Maine

Portland, ME- The most populous city in the state of Maine, it also is home to the largest tonnage seaport in New England. The most popular attractions in the area include Old Port, which has restaurants, boutiques and bars, shopping on Exchange Street and the Arts District are also popular attractions.

Tour: Best of Portland & Kennebunkport, ME- Enjoy a scenic drive of the quaint streets of the old port. View Casco Bay and Calendar Islands. Head to Kennebunkport and pass the Federal and Victorian-style mansions built in the 1700s and 1800s. Also pass by the Bush Estate and former summer White House. Enjoy free time exploring Kennebunkport’s Dock Square, with it’s unique shops and restaurants.

Duration: 5 hours

Tour: Portland by Land & Sea- Start off with a drive through the quaint streets of the Old Port, once home to the warehouse district the old brick buildings have been transformed into galleries, restaurants and pubs. Visit the site of America’s oldest lighthouse before boarding an authentic wooden schooner for a sail on Casco Bay. See Maine’s beautiful rugged coastline featuring lighthouse, seals, and seabirds.

Duration: 4 hours

Tour: Lobster Bake on Peaks Island-Board a ferry boat and cruise through Casco Bay to Peaks Island and enjoy exploring the town. Enjoy a lobster bake at a historic Inn on the island. The menu includes clam chowder, stamped clams or mussels, 1.25 lb. fresh lobster, baked potato, corn on the cob, dinner rolls, seasonal dessert and water (cash bar available).

Duration: 3.5 hours

Halifax, Nova Scotia- The provincial capital of Nova Scotia, the area is known for its maritime history. The area is also home to six universities, which may explain why it also has more pubs per capita than any other city in Canada. Major cultural attractions include Halifax Pop Explosion, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and the Neptune Theater.

Tour: Halifax City & Harbour Duck Tour- Board an amphibious vehicle that was originally built for the military during the Vietnam War and go on a fascinating excursion of downtown Halifax and the harbor front. Dress accordingly as the amphibious vehicle is an open air vehicle.

Duration: 1 hour

Tour: Canadian Tall Ship Sailing Experience- Set sail on an elegant, tall sailing ship, Silva. Built in 1939 you will feel like you are traveling back in time as you learn about this historic seaport and points of interest. Sit back and relax or jump in and help haul the lines with crew. An optional 20 minute guided walk back the ship is available at the end of the excursion.

Duration: 2 hours

Tour: Peggy’s Cove and Titanic-Board a motor coach for a breathtaking drive along the cost to Peggy’s Cove. Learn how glaciers and the pounding of the ocean waves shaped this village’s granite shores. After exploring the area head to Fairview Lawn Cemetery, the final resting place for 121 passengers of the Titanic.

Duration: 3.5 hours

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