Trip time: 2 3/4 hours
Great Duck Island Loop (Summer) May 13 – Sept. 3
The normal route includes Great Duck Island, Egg Rock, Winter Harbor, Baker Island and Bear Island Lights. If the weather is not ideal offshore we may stay inside and visit Bass Harbor Light and or Somes Sound to provide the most comfortable and enjoyable tour for all. Many stunning coastal mansions including: Anchorage (Ford Family), Breakwater Estate (Astor), Chatwood (Pulitzer), Eastern Watch, High Seas Estate, Kenarden, Rockefeller Estate, Southerly, and Skylands (Martha Stewart). This trip is fully narrated and offers ample time at each light for excellent photo opportunities. (See Schedule)
Somes Sound Light Tour (Fall) Sept 4 – end of October
Somes sound is a famous and spectacular fjord-like sound with mountains, waterfalls, and cliffs. On this tour we visit Somes Sound and see Egg Rock, Winter Harbor, Baker Island and Bear Island Lights. We also take in all the park highlights and extra mansions. This trip has excellent narration and offers ample time at each light for excellent photography. All the park highlights and mansions with extra mansions. This trip has excellent narration and offers ample time at each light for excellent photography. (See Schedule)
Grand Slam US/Canada 18-Lighthouse Photography Tour
Trip times: 9AM – 6 PM (8.5 to 9 hours)
Saturday, July 30th, 2016 (Rain Date – July 31st, 2016)
Come with us on a grand all day visual adventure. Stop at all the lighthouses between Bar Harbor and New Brunswick, then circumnavigate Grand Manan Island and stop to see six Canadian Lights. Highlights include West Quoddy Head Light, Gannet Rock, Machias Seal Island Light, Swallowtail Light, and Petit Manan Light. We will have the opportunity to see lots of wildlife throughout the tour and two of the largest seabird nesting islands in the Gulf of Maine. This tour is guided by two of the best lighthouse authorities in North America: Jeremy D’Entremont and Christopher Mills. This tour will also feature two special guests: Bob Trapani, Director, of the American Lighthouse Foundation, and Mike Leonard, Vice President, of the Portland Camera Club. For a visual display of the lights and route please view our Grand Slam Digital Story Map.
Mid-Coast Maine 16-Lighthouse and Lobster Bake Tour
Trip Time 8:00AM – 5:30PM
Saturday, August 27
Join us for an amazing 16-lighthouse Penobscot Bay tour! In the morning we take in eight lights arriving in Rockland at lunch to meet coach buses that will take you to the Samoset resort for a Maine lobster bake. During lunch Bob Trapani, director of the American Lighthouse Foundation, will speak to us about the work they are doing to promote the conservation of lighthouses. In the afternoon visit seven additional lighthouses including the Rockport and Camden Lights – which we have yet to visit on any past light tours. Lighthouse Historian and author Jeremy D’Entremont will provide narrative of all the lights and will bring copies of his books for purchase and to sign. During the day there will be many opportunities to take incredible photos of scenery, wildlife, islands, and beautiful Vinalhaven and Stonington Harbors from the water.
Penobscot River and 10 Lighthouses Tour:
Bar Harbor to Bangor with Bob Duschesne’s Wild Maine
Trip Time 8:00AM – 5:00PM
Saturday, Sept 10
NEW OFFERING! Join Bob Duchesne host of Wild Maine on FM92.9 and chair of the Maine inland fisheries and wildlife house committee! Cruise aboard a stable and comfortable jet-powered catamaran from Bar Harbor to Bangor and up the Penobscot River! Enjoy a boxed lunch from Bangor favorite Mo’s BBQ (veggie options available). Along the way pass through Eggomoggin Reach and under the Deer Isle Bridge, visit Castine harbor, travel forty miles up the Penobscot River, view Fort Knox and the Penobscot Narrows Bridge. Bob Duchesne will play host and point out wildlife and bird sightings. During the tour local lighthouse historian Gene Torbek will provide narrative at ten lighthouses – with eight minute stops at each light. A representative of the friends of Fort Knox will be onboard to provide commentary on Fort Knox. Other special guests may also join us for a thrilling trip up the Penobscot by water.
Downeast Lights Fall 7-Lighthouse Photography Tour
Trip Time: 8:30am – 12:30pm (4 hours)
Saturday, October 1st, 2016
Join us on a fall downeast Maine lighthouse photography tour with Mike Leonard from Portland Photo Club. See all the lighthouses between Bar Harbor and Jonesport. This tour will travel up the coast into the Bay of Fundy and visit Egg Rock Light, Winter Harbor Light, Petit Manan Light, Moose Peak Light, Nash Island Light, Narraguagus (Pond Island) Light, and Prospect Harbor Light. Lighthouse guides Gene Torbek and Zack Klyver will guide the tour and provide narrative. This trip will offer some outstanding photo opportunities as you learn how to take great photos from our photo experts onboard. Moose Peak Light on Mistake Island was recently used in a film about a 1800’s woman light keeper shot during the summer of 2014.