A private van tour by a local guide designed for your group of the top highlights of Acadia National Park, including Summit of Cadillac Mountain, Park Loop Road, overlook of Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Otter Cliffs, Sieur de Mont Springs, and the bubbles on Jordan Pond. A great way to learn all the local secrets of how best to spend your time in Acadia National Park when on your own, or to cover all you don’t want to miss if visiting only for the day. We will point out the carriage road entrances and hiking trail heads that you can explore if spending more time here. If here for only for the day, after the tour you will see and understand why Acadia was the first National Park in the east and remains the most dramatic. Options to walk Ocean Trail and Summit Loop on the tour.
If you have been here before and don’t want to go to the summit of Cadillac Mountain this is the tour for you. We will focus on the granite coastline of Acadia National Park with the addition of seeing communities outside of the park.
Spend time in the summer colonies of Seal and Northeast Harbor, including the Asticou Gardens and a drive up Somes Sound (the only fjord of the eastern seaboard).
This tour focuses more on the coastline and glacial lakes. This will include Eagle Lake, Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Otter Cliffs and Jordan Pond.
We will then exit the park to drive along Peabody Drive to see the mansions of the “Summer People” and gorgeous Seal and Northeast Harbors. See Seal Harbor Beach and the beautiful yachts and picnic boats moored there. Enjoy strolling through the Asticou Gardens. Drive along Somes Sound; the only fjord on the eastern seaboard.
See all of the highlights of our 3 hour tour with the addition of a drive along the only fjord on the eastern seaboard, Somes Sound. Let our local guides show you the summer colonies of the rich and infamous.
You will see all of the famous sites in Acadia on the park loop road including time at the summit of Summit of Cadillac Mountain. You will drive the park loop road along pink granite coastline to Thunder Hole and Otter Cliffs. Then go outside of Acadia to explore the more exclusive and uncrowded parts of our island. The notable families didn’t donate all of their land to Acadia! See the outsides of the “summer cottages” of the Rockefellers and other celebrities. Take in the views and breathe in the fresh salt air on Seal Harbor beach. Drive along the famous Somes Sound and stroll through the famous Asticou Garden! Our local guides will design a tour for your time and interests.
This tour includes all of the stops on the 3 and 4 hour tour with the addition of a lunch stop at a working Lobster Pound Restaurant and having more time and flexibility to explore trails and historic sites, adding a visit to Acadia’s Sea Wall.
Spend time on the Summit of Cadillac Mountain; Sand Beach, Thunder Hole and Jordan Pond with an opportunity to walk from Sand Beach to Otter Cliffs along gorgeous Ocean Trail and its magnificent pink granite coastline.
We then continue outside of the park to explore stunning Seal and Northeast Harbors. See Seal Harbor beach and the homes of the Rockefeller family. Walk through the Asticou Gardens. We will take your group up famous Somes Sound (the east coast’s only fiord) through historic Somesville, the oldest community on the island. Opportunity to shop in downtown Northeast Harbor’s cute high end boutiques.
This tour has the addition of visiting the fishing community of Southwest Harbor to see the lobster boats pulling into a working lobster pound (where the catch is weighed and priced). Have the opportunity for a fantastic lunch with the freshest seafood available as a choice.
You can stop whenever you want to take pictures or just take in the views with our local guides showing the best locations. Options to walk various trails along the route.
Maximize Your Time Seeing Acadia National Park!
Consider us an extension of your family while you are on vacation. Our goal is to provide you with the best experience available by providing 5 star locally guided tours of our beautiful island. All of our drivers are from Mount Desert Island with extensive knowledge of the area. Ask lots of questions and stop when you want to. Take pictures, explore and we will even have cold bottled water waiting for you when you return.
When you book a tour with us, we handle everything – Think of us as your personal VIP tour service! We handle all of the permits and reservations of Cadillac Mountain Summit required. We can meet you at the tender piers for cruise ships, at any hotel in downtown Bar Harbor, or the Visitor Center in Hulls Cove. For a small fee we can pick you up from other locations on the island, just call us and let us know!
What To Expect
Our guides create a unique, narrated experience tailored to your time and interests. Ride in comfort in your own private van that stops when and where you want.
The tours described are what is typical for the time frame but can be customized to focus on specific interests such as gardens, mansions and architecture, history, hiking, shopping, beaches, and fun for kids. We also specialize in touring on the western side of Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island. If you have been here before and want to tour off the park loop road, we can show you stunning scenery of Acadia National Park that most tourists miss.
If you have a special place you would like to see, let us know. We will be happy to take you there. Our drivers narrate the tours with history and facts about the geology of the area, topped off with local tales that you won’t hear anywhere else.
When you tour with us parking is not a problem, we will come to you! We will meet you at the tender piers for cruise ships, at any hotel if it is in downtown Bar Harbor, and we will meet also meet at the Visitor Center in Hulls Cove.
For a small fee we will pick up anywhere on the island, so that includes the piers of all the other towns and out of Bar Harbor hotels.
We are happy to bring you back to your starting place or drop you off in downtown Bar Harbor and you can grab a taxi or bus back to their location after the tour.