Lighthouses & Lobsters

  • $1999
  • 11



Experience the beauty of New England’s coastline (plus St. Andrews in Canada!) on this 11-day road trip which includes world-class lighthouses, seaside towns, the “Lobster Capital of the World,” and more! Peruse Boston’s world-famous waterfront, and stroll on Rocky Neck’s Historic Art Trail to relive the legends of artists and authors of the 19th and 20th centuries. Take a moment to relax on soft, golden beaches like Old Orchard Beach. Explore the oldest national park East of the Mississippi River, Acadia National Park, where locals say you can “catch fish with one hand while picking wild blueberries with the other”; and drive along the spectacular Bay of Fundy which is in the running to be one of the world’s new seven natural wonders. Along the way, we’ll have the chance to sample quintessential New England dishes like Clam Chowder, Lobster Rolls, Fish and Chips, and more.

On this smarTours American Road Tour, enjoy the convenience of a thoughtfully planned itinerary and carefully selected accommodations combined with the freedom and flexibility to travel from the comfort of your own car (or rental car)! We’ll have scheduled guided tours along the way to tell you about the rich history and culture of each destination and you’ll share this experience with other like-minded smarTours travelers!


For the safety of everyone in the group, smarTours requires all travelers to provide a negative, viral COVID-19 antigen or PCR test issued no more than 3 days prior to departure, documentation of recovery from COVID-19 from your healthcare provider, or proof of full vaccination before leaving the United States.

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • 2 nights in Boston
  • 1 night in Kennebunkport
  • 1 night in Rockland
  • 2 nights in Bar Harbor
  • 1 night in St. Andrews (Canada)
  • 1 night in Bangor
  • 1 night in Portsmouth
  • 1 night in Cape Cod


  • Enjoy seaside towns and fishing villages
  • See world-class lighthouses
  • Take a guided tour of the famous Freedom Trail
  • Cruise in Camden Harbor to see Curtis Island Lighthouse
  • Visit seaside artist colonies
  • Try hot steamed lobster, clam chowder and fresh Maine blueberry jam
  • Experience the Bay of Fundy
  • Visit the Kingsbrae Horticultural Garden
  • Walk along the beaches of Cape Cod
  • Explore the Mayflower II

Activity Level: Discoverer 

Your Tour

  • Carefully selected accommodations
  • 12 meals: 10 breakfasts & 2 dinners
  • Thoughtfully planned meet-ups, group meals & excursions
  • Sightseeing tours & entrance fees at per itinerary
  • Local welcome guide
  • Parking at hotels
  • All applicable taxes

Tour Itinerary

Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.

Before you depart, we’ll send you detailed tour information including directions, meeting times, routes, places of interest, recommendations, and more. We look forward to being your trusted guide on this remarkable journey.

We’re also monitoring the situation in these states very closely and will provide additional details about our hygiene and safety guidelines before you depart. These include social distancing practices, optional meet-ups and/or meals, and more.

Arrive in Boston

Today begins your adventure in Boston. When you arrive at the hotel you’ll find a welcome desk with a “smarTours” sign and your local Tour Guide will be there to answer any questions you may have. You’ll have plenty of time to explore Boston’s Seaport on foot and view the Boston Lighthouse which holds a head light visible for sixteen miles “as a reminder of the inextinguishable American spirit.” To take a closer look, there are several guided harbor tours (optional, fees apply) to get you there. Tonight, you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner with the other smarTours…


Boston is the largest city in New England and one of the oldest in the United States, founded by Puritan colonists in 1630. Today you’ll enjoy a 90 minute guided Freedom Trail walking tour steeped in history from the American Revolution. The walking tour starts at Boston Common and passes 16 of the city’s historic landmarks including: Faneuil Hall (a vibrant marketplace), Paul Revere’s home (from which he made his famous “midnight ride”), the Old North Church, and the USS Constitution (“Old Ironsides”) in Boston Harbor, the oldest warship of the U.S. Navy. You’ll…


Today you will travel north to the rocky shores of Gloucester, originally settled shortly after Plymouth Colony, and made famous as the movie setting for the blockbuster “The Perfect Storm” starring George Clooney. You’ll want to take a stroll on Rocky Neck’s Historic Art Trail and relive the legends of artists & authors of the 19th and 20th centuries. Next, you’ll explore Rockport where you may photograph the iconic red fishing shack: “Motif Number One,” symbolic of New England maritime life. During your stay, you may want to relax over a picnic lunch on Long…


Today your journey continues along mid-Coastal Maine. A short drive along Main Street brings you to the picturesque fishing village of Cape Porpoise Harbor and view of the Goat Island Lighthouse. Next, Old Orchard Beach awaits. Although its amusement park and famous pier have drawn visitors for centuries, it is best known for its long stretches of soft golden sand. Pick up some locally made sweet salt-water taffy, dip your toes in the cool Atlantic waters, try your luck at a game of chance or take a walk along the boardwalk. You’ll then continue to Portland, Maine’s largest city,…

Rockland/Bar Harbor

Just north of Rockland, the towns of Rockport and Camden offer some of the best views in the state. Camden, the backdrop for the film “Peyton Place,” is a quaint town by the sea. In Camden, your tour includes a one hour sightseeing cruise in Camden Harbor. Your destination today is Bar Harbor, on Mt. Desert Island, home to Acadia National Park. Dotting the island’s entrance, traditional lobster pounds with huge outdoor boiling cauldrons cook crustaceans to perfection. This evening, we recommend a stroll along the quaint streets of Bar Harbor, gazing at the small island for which the…

Acadia National Park

Today you’ll have a full day to explore one of the oldest and most beautiful national parks in America. You’ll discover soaring peaks, dramatic glacier-carved valleys, clear lakes, and the rugged shoreline with the only true fjord on the U.S. Atlantic coast. Here you will witness the area’s natural wonders from Park Loop Road or drive to the summit of Cadillac Mountain, at 1,530 feet (466 meters), the highest point on the U.S. Atlantic seaboard. We recommend the optional Ranger-led guided bike tour or boat cruise in Acadia. Admission to the National Park is not included….

Bar Harbor/Bay of Fundy/St. Andrews

Today you will travel to West Quoddy Head where a striking red-and-white striped lighthouse marks the easternmost point in the United States. You’ll continue with a drive along the Sunrise Coast, where the first morning light hits the USA and the coastal rim’s stunning granite bedrock meets a restless sea. You’ll then drive along a short part of the Bay of Fundy, currently in the running to be one of the earth’s new seven natural wonders. The Bay hosts the highest tides in the world as the 12-hour tidal period can see changes to the height of a five story building….

St. Andrews/Bangor

Today you’ll enjoy a leisurely morning in picturesque St. Andrews. Admission to Kingsbrae Horticulture Garden is included and we highly recommend you have lunch at ‘Café Garden’ during your visit. Next, you’ll return to the international border and you’ll pass through the “Chocolate Capital of Canada,” St. Stephen. Then, you’ll follow “the Airline” to Bangor. The route, formerly the fastest stagecoach trail from the Canadian border, passes through spruce forests and blueberry barrens. This route is one of the most scenic through Maine’s inland timberland…


Today you will journey south through Maine’s capital, Augusta, to Kittery. The area is known for its many shopping outlet stores; and for its seaport. From historic Fort Foster you’ll enjoy a photo stop on the battery’s grassy knoll overlooking Whaleback Lighthouse. You’ll continue south to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the seacoast’s economic center rich with maritime history. Tonight you may wish to enjoy a classic seafood favorite in historic downtown on the banks of Portsmouth’s Piscataqua River.

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Portsmouth/Cape Cod

Today, your journey takes you to Cape Cod to explore its rolling sand dunes, dramatic sea cliffs, and picturesque villages. En route, you’ll visit Plimouth Plantation, a living panorama of Pilgrim times and see the Mayflower II, a reproduction of the ship that brought settlers to the US in 1620. Admission to the Plantation is included. You may also wish to take the ferry (must make your own arrangements, see additional information in Before You Depart section) to Martha’s Vineyard and step back in time while visiting this Victorian era summer resort island. Alternately, you may wish…

Depart Cape Cod

Today, after you have enjoyed your last breakfast on this adventure, you will head home. On your way out of Cape Cod you may wish to stop in Sandwich, formerly one of the largest U.S. producers of glass, and visit one of the numerous glass studios, art galleries, rare book stores and antique shops.

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Please note that all optional tours and excursions must be prepaid to smarTours in advance of departure

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $99 per person for all 2021 departures, and $300 per person for all 2022 departures. Full payment is due 60 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.

Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

All optional tours must be pre-booked and prepaid to smarTours in advance of departure.

Farnsworth Art Museum

  • From approx. $16 Per Person

Celebrating Maine’s Role in American Art. – The Farnsworth Art Museum offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists, with 20,000 square feet of gallery space and over 15,000 works in the collection. It has one of the largest public collections of works by sculptor Louise Nevelson, while its Wyeth Center features works of N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. The National Register-listed Farnsworth Homestead; the Olson House, a National Historic Landmark; and the Gamble Center for Education complete the complex.

Ranger-Led Boat Cruise in Acadia National Park

  • From approx. $47 Per Person

Be inspired and awed as you view and photograph Acadia National Park from the comfort of the ocean. This 2.75-hour boat cruise on the Gulf of Maine includes Acadia National Park, local wildlife, historic lighthouses, and the wild landscapes of the Schoodic Peninsula. Here bald eagles build huge stick nests in red oak trees, peregrine falcons build scrapes on cliff edges, harbor seals pup on seaweed-covered ledges, and harbor porpoise patrol for schools of mackerel, herring, and squid.

Join a friendly crew, an expert nature guide, and a park-ranger guide aboard a comfortable…

Ranger-Led Guided Bike Tour in Acadia National Park

  • From approx. $63 Per Person

Ride through the famous carriage roads of Acadia National Park while learning more of the park’s history and ecology. Designed for the recreational biker, this 2 1/2 hour tour is great for families and covers six miles of carriage roads. Plus, if you’d like to continue riding after the tour ends, you’re welcome to keep your bikes through the end of the day!

Duration: 2.5 Hours
*Minimum age is 8 years old. This tour begins and ends in the parking lot of the Hulls Cove Visitor Center, 25 Visitor Center Drive, Bar Harbor, Maine


Cole Land Transportation Museum

  • From approx. $9 Per Person

A very unique museum: the purpose at the Cole Land Transportation Museum is to collect, preserve, and display (before they disappear forever) a cross section of Maine’s land transportation equipment from which this and future generations will gain knowledge of the past. They also wish to remember, record and display U.S. military memorabilia to forever remind this and future generations of the high price our comrades have paid to protect our freedom. In doing so, they hope to inspire and challenge the young people of today to continue on in the footsteps of pioneers who have built this…