Domestic ExpeditionsLighthouses of Maine
Portland Head Lighthouse
October 8, 2009 through October 14, 2009
October 8, 2009
Arrive at the Portland International Jetport (PVM) in Portland. When you arrive at the airport, a courtesy shuttle will transport you to the hotel. Check in at hotel. We will have our Welcome Dinner that evening at the hotel.
October 9, 2009
We'll board our coach at 8 a.m. for a one hour trip to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and a 4½ hour cruise around the White Islands. We'll pass the Portsmouth, Whaleback, Isle of Shoals, Boon Island and Cape Neddick (The Nubble) Lighthouses. The cruise will include a box lunch on board. After lunch, we'll head back to Portland and visit the Portland Head Lighthouse for a tour of the tower and museum. Afterward, we'll return to our hotel and then proceed to dinner at a nearby restaurant.
October 10, 2009
Portland - Camden
We'll take a short ride to tour the Cape Elizabeth twin tower light station and then Spring Point Ledge in Portland. We'll then visit the Portland Breakwater Lighthouse for photos. Leaving Portland, we'll head north to the summer home of a Society member at the Hendrick's Head Lighthousefor a tour, lunch enroute. We'll arrive that afternoon in Boothbay Harbor where we will check into our hotel and you will enjoy free time and dinner on your own in this quaint New England village.
October 11, 2009
Boothbay Harbor Cruise - Pemaquid
We'll start the day by boarding a vessel for a half-day cruise of lighthouses. We'll pass the Burnt Island, Ram Island, Cuckolds and Seguin Island Lighthouses, and then head up the lovely Kennebec River to pass the lighthouses of Pond Island, Perkins Island, Squirrel Point, Doubling Point Range Lights and Doubling Point, with lunch being served aboard. Our vessel will then head back to Boothbay Harbor through a picturesque inland waterway where we've often observed bald eagles, herons, osprey and occasionally seals. Leaving Boothbay Harbor, we'll drive to Pemaquid Point for a tour of the light station and the Fishermen's Museum located in the old keeper's dwelling. Just as the sun is low on the horizon, we will arrive in Rockland for a walk along the breakwater to the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse which will be opened especially for our group. Following this, we will check into our hotel in Rockland and will enjoy dinner a local restaurant.
October 12, 2009
Rockland Harbor Cruise
We'll travel to Rockland Harbor where we'll board the Elizabeth Ann for our full-day cruise around Penobscot Bay. A hot lunch will be served aboard the vessel. On this leg of the journey, we'll pass the Rockland Breakwater, Indian Island, Grindle Point, Dice Head, Pumpkin Island, Eagle Island, Mark Island, Goose Rocks, Brown's Head and Owl's Head Lighthouses. Afterward, we'll return to the hotel and have dinner at a nearby restaurant.
October 13, 2009
West Penobscot Bay - Portland
We'll visit the Maine Lighthouse Museum (Rockland) in the morning and then travel a short distance out to the Owl's Head Lighthouse where the Coast Guard will allow us access to the light station. After this, we will travel to our last lighthouse, Marshall Point, where we will enjoy a picnic lunch and tour the museum. We will return to Portland and check in at our hotel near the airport for our final night. That evening we will have our Farewell Dinner at the hotel.
October 14, 2009
Breakfast at the hotel. Departures from the airport.
Double - $3,775
Single - $2,610