Read this unique, excellent itinerary and come with us to celebrate our favorite season in scenic Maine!
DAY ONE – Thursday, December 2, 2021
With the exciting sights and sounds of Christmas in the air, we board our cozy deluxe coach and get-acquainted with our new TLC Travel Friends! Welcome to New England as we check into the Hampton Inn in Danbury CT for our overnight stay en route to Maine. Dinner on own nearby.
DAY TWO – Friday, December 3, 2021
Rise & Shine as we finish our journey to central Massachusetts! We start right out at the Vaillancourt Folk Art Studio. Whether you are looking for Chalkware Rabbits, Chalkware Santas or other holiday collections, Vaillancourt Folk Art has been recognized around the nation for their highly detailed, hand-painted figurines, ornaments, and other collectibles. Enjoy a video to hear the history and see how it’s done – then have time for a little shopping fun! Before you leave, you’ll receive a special Vaillancourt gift that can be handed down for generations – Wow! ~ Following a Holiday Luncheon, we cross into Maine and arrive at Stonewall Kitchens, manufacturers of Maine-made specialty condiments. Stonewall is one of the most-awarded specialty food companies in America! Not only are their quality standards amazingly high, but they are good people – they’ve donated over a million dollars to charitable organizations, the kind of company we like to support! ~ Next is a stop at Maine’s southernmost light, Nubble Lighthouse in Cape Neddick – see how it is beautifully decorated and lit up for the holidays, and take in the picturesque view of nearby York Beach. ~ We travel on to Ogunquit, Maine, which means “beautiful place by the sea”. A Maine Lobsterette will meet us with a souvenir holiday gift – how fun! You’ll be treated to a wine and cheese welcome reception upon arrival for a 3-night stay at the lovely family-owned Meadowmere Resort located a half mile from Ogunquit Village and the scenic Marginal Way shoreline walking path. ~ What a treat awaits us as we experience Maine’s hands-on tradition of making a real Balsam Fir Wreath!! Create an awesome-smelling masterpiece that you’ll take home – how special is that?! Dinner included this evening a local favorite. (B,L,D)
DAY THREE – Saturday, December 4, 2021
Enjoy a hot breakfast this morning before making your way to Kennebunkport, celebrating their Annual ‘Christmas Prelude’. This award-winning event won this quaint village the title of “#2 Christmas Town in America” by HGTV, and was designated as one of the “Top 100 Events in all of North America” by the American Bus Association! Meet your local Guide for a narrated riding tour through the villages of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport. Drive past the sandy beaches and rocky coastline, past the George Bush estate at Walker’s Point, hear the history of these shipbuilding towns and the legend of the Wedding Cake House. You’ll also visit the seaside Franciscan Monastery with its beautiful landscaping, shrines, and chapel. Enjoy free time for lunch on your own, plus shopping in Dock Square while basking in the spirit of Christmas amidst its festively decorated storefronts. ~ What fun it will be to step into yesteryear and America’s Grand Trolley era at the Seashore Trolley Museum. Take a nostalgic ride through the scenic Maine countryside on a restored streetcar and learn how they were restored here. Return to the hotel to rest up for an early included dinner this evening followed by a professional theater performance at the Portland Stage Company. This beautifully-restored theater in downtown Portland is the perfect backdrop for their annual classic Holiday Performance, one you will surely love – (possibly ‘A Christmas Carol’ – TBC). (B,D)
DAY FOUR – Sunday, December 5, 2021
Following breakfast, we board our ‘sleigh’ (wink-wink) for a morning that’s all about FUN! Roll up your sleeves and be gifted with a Maine Lobster Buoy decorating kit. It includes colored markers, and no art or fishing experience is required – lol! A local singer and musician will be on hand to keep the holiday spirit in abundance – you can sing along if you feel inspired! There also just might be a prize for the most unique buoy – but whether you ‘win’ or not, you get to take yours home to show off your masterpiece to your admirers! ~ Next, we’re off to Freeport, Maine to explore Freeport Village, home of sporting goods king, L.L. Bean, and numerous outlet shops. Enjoy lunch on your own while we’re here, plus check out the twinkling evergreen trails and grab a picture of Santa and his reindeer at the Discovery Forest! (Shopping coupons and walking maps provided). ~ This afternoon, the “North Pole” is our destination as we arrive at Boothbay Railway Village, an outdoor history museum and re-created Maine town of 1850–1950. The Village covers more than 30 acres and has over two dozen historic and reconstructed buildings. You’ll hear the train conductor call “All Aboard” as we hop on to ride the rails to the North Pole (well, maybe not quite that far… ;-)! Settle into a comfortable seat in a 1903 classic passenger car, or (depending on the crowds that day), perhaps you’ll ride on their “Little Red Caboose” No. 551, built in 1904 – how fun! Either way, you’ll start in the historic 1912 Freeport Station at the Museum and ride to the Thorndike Station, aka the “North Pole”! Enjoy a 40-minute excursion thru the Village that is festively decorated with holiday lights. Later, enjoy time to check out the vintage holiday display inside Harrington House all decked-out in 1940’s style, the 1847 Boothbay Town Hall for more festivities… and be treated to hot chocolate & homemade cookies – Yum! You’ll also enjoy seeing the G-scale model of the Museum’s own locomotive, and a holiday-themed layout under the Village’s Christmas tree. ~ Then we’ll depart for a truly magical experience at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ award-winning outdoor walking event called “Gardens Aglow”! Here you’ll experience the brilliance of New England’s biggest and brightest light display as you witness the transformation of their upper gardens into an extravaganza of over 650,000 festive lights in a dramatic display of brilliant color! You can also enjoy some more holiday shopping in the delightful Gardenshop. It’s an enchanting New England evening in a festively-lit Wonderland… Merry Christmas!! ~ Dinner is included this evening at a local favorite restaurant. (B,D)
DAY FIVE – Monday, December 6, 2021
Today we make our way to Maine’s south coast region and the town of Wells. Arriving at the Amtrak station, board the comfortable Amtrak Downeaster train and be whisked away for a delightful two-hour rail ride to Boston, Massachusetts. Enjoy the New England scenery, plus refreshments will be available on board! Your TLC coach will be waiting for you at the station in Beantown. ~ Think Christmas gifts as we have free time at the famous Quincy Marketplace, a historic market complex near Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston. It was constructed in 1824–26 and named in honor of Mayor Josiah Quincy, who organized its construction without any tax or debt. The market is a designated National Historic Landmark, significant as one of the largest market complexes built in the United States in the first half of the 19th century. Enjoy your time here where you can get lunch and have fun perusing the stores filled with ideas for those on your special shopping list! ~ We’ll journey back to Danbury, CT later today, checking in at the Hampton Inn again, with dinner on own at the on-site restaurant. (B)
DAY SIX – Tuesday, December 7, 2021
This morning, we relax as our wonderful TLC Driver and Escort return us to our pick-up points with a heartful of magical Merry Maine Memories! (B)
INCLUDES: Round-trip Deluxe Motorcoach Travel, 5 Nights Lodging (2 in Danbury, CT and 3 at the Meadowmere Resort in Ogunquit, ME) , Nine Meals (5 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners), Activities as Listed, Luggage Handling and Taxes.
$1,418 per/person, double occupancy
$1,338 per/person, triple or quad occupancy
~~ FUN MAINE TRIVIA ~ Did You Know…?? ~~
** Geographically, Maine is bigger than the other five New England States combined.
** Maine has over 32,000 miles of Rivers & Streams, and over 6,000 Lakes & Ponds.
** Contrary to what most people think, the capitol is Augusta, not Boston!
** Maine has 3,478 miles of coastline – more than California (3,427).
** Maine has 3,166 off-shore islands. About 600 comprise 95% of the island acreage.
** More blueberries grow here than any other state, over 90% of the whole country’s.
** Maine produces 90% of USA’s toothpicks, and top producer of potatoes & broccoli.
** Maine’s coastline has so many deep harbors it could provide anchorage for all the Navy fleets in the world… yep, the world!
Please note: The following are TLC's general polices and procedures that cover all of our tours, so some of these may or may not be applicable to this particular tour.
On all overnight tours, we use a daily seat rotation. The first day of a trip, you choose your seat when you board, and rotate from there. We feel this is fair to all. If the coach is not full, a less formal rotation may be used at the Escort’s discretion. Persons traveling single or with uneven amounts in their group may need to sit with other like-travelers. We cannot guarantee that small groups will be seated together. We welcome single travelers, but the single rate does not include two seats on the coach. * We cannot accept doctor’s notes regarding requests to sit in the front seat/s. Please consider boarding at the first pickup location if your seat location is of concern. It is also recommended to see your doctor for motion sickness medication, if this should apply.
We make regular stops for restrooms and for the convenience of smokers; however, we have a NO SMOKING (or vaping) policy aboard all coaches. If someone violates the non-smoking policies of places we are staying or visiting while on tour, it is the sole responsibility of that person should there be any penalties and/or fines for not adhering to their rules and regulations. Consumption of alcoholic beverages is not permitted at any time on the coach.
All of our tours use beautiful modern, deluxe wide-body motorcoaches from Campbell Bus Lines. Campbell has received the highest possible rating with the Dept. of Transportation. The motorcoaches are equipped with air-conditioning, reclining seats, public address system, DVD player, outlets for each passenger, and emergency restrooms. Our intent is for all overnight tours to be professionally escorted. Upon occasion, in order to avoid canceling a trip with a low passenger count, our Driver may serve both positions of Driver and Escort, and all are professionally trained to do so. ~ Also, on air trips with low passenger counts, we will not be able to provide an Escort from our company. However, once you arrive at your destination, a guide from our connecting company will be with you throughout the entire tour.
Your lodging is included on all overnight tours. All hotels are AAA rated. We never use second rate hotels, restaurants, or activities on any tour, to the best of our ability to make that determination. If you need two beds in your room, please state this when making your reservation. Generally, some meals are included on overnight trips (see individual tour inclusions); however, we cannot guarantee any special dietary requirements.
As of June 2009, a Passport or Passport Card is required for border crossings. Either of these travel documents may be obtained through your local courthouse. The Passport Card is limited but is sufficient for Canadian border crossings and is good for 10 years – it is also very easy to apply for. Your Driver and/or Escort will be asking to see one of these documents before boarding the coach for trips with this requirement. We cannot be responsible if you are unable to travel due to failure on your part to obtain the proper documentation. Please begin the process early enough to ensure that you will have it in time for your tour’s departure. Click here for for more information.
One suitcase per person is included in the price of your tour. You are also permitted a carry-on, which is your responsibility. Additional luggage may be transported at the cost of $10.00 per bag, per day. It is wise to travel light. Luggage tags are provided and required for hotel identification and are sent with the final letter and phone numbers of your hotels.
Medical devices must be handled by you, the passenger. They are either to be stored under your seat (not protruding out into the person’s space behind or in front of you), or if too large for that accommodation, they must be placed under the coach by you, and taken off at each place it’s needed by you. It is not safe for a medical device to ride in an overhead compartment for multiple reasons, nor are our Drivers or hotel personnel allowed to handle it for safety and liability reasons. If it needs to ride under the coach, please have it in a quality container (as small as possible) to assure it rides safely.
All taxes and gratuities for included meals and activities are included, unless otherwise mentioned by the Escort. Driver and Escort gratuities are not included in the price of your tour. The suggested rate for a “job well done” is a minimum of $4.00-$4.50 per person/ per day for the Tour Escort, and a minimum of $4.00-$4.50per person/per day for the Driver. We request that you express this on an individual basis and let the quality of service received be your guide.
All prices listed are per/person rates. On one day tours, full payment must be made with the reservation. For overnight tours, see “How To Make A Reservation”. Balance of an overnight tour is due 45 days prior to departure (unless otherwise stated/notified). Confirmation will be sent after we receive your deposit. Please call as soon as possible if you should decide not to go.
FYI: About a week before your overnight trip departs, you will receive from our office a letter packet with updated itinerary, passenger list, departure and return times, luggage tags, hotel phone numbers, and other pertinent information.
1– Our intent is to have all our tours accompanied by one of our professional Escorts – However, occasionally a low passenger count may make it necessary to send that tour out as “Driver Only” in an effort to ensure that the trip you wanted to go on does not have to be cancelled. Please be assured our Tour Drivers are first-class professionals, capable of handling any trip we offer from beginning to end. You will be in great hands and have a wonderful time!
2- Please Note – We’re truly sorry if we’ve canceled a trip that you wanted to go on. Sometimes excellent trips with super itineraries are canceled when people wait ‘til the last minute to put in their reservation. OUR monies are usually due at least 45 days ahead on regular trips, and sometimes 90 on certain ones. If we don’t have enough signed up at that time, we have no choice but to cancel it. Then when you call later, it’s already too late… and disappointing for us all! Please help us and CALL EARLY – Thank you so much.
3- The information about trips on this website (funwithtlc.com) is complete. It contains the same information that a paper flyer has. However, if you prefer a paper flyer you can call for Fully Detailed Flyers for Most Trips of 3 Days or More. We’ll gladly send extras for you to pass along to your friends! We will also happily send a Tour Book to anyone you feel would enjoy receiving one.
Up to 45 days prior to departure date, a full refund will be made. *Air and cruise tours, and some longer tours, may be different—be sure to ask for details when making your reservation. Tours including tickets also generally have earlier non-refundable dates. There are no refunds for cancellations made within 45 days prior to your departure date. However, we will do our best to recover as much as we can, but cannot guarantee anything including prepaid reservations and other costs that are non-refundable to us. There will be a $25.00 per/person charge for this service. There will be no refund, for any reason, for a “no-show” on the day of the tour.
Please Note: Refunds will be made by the same method you paid us, e.g., if you paid by credit card, the refund will be put back on that credit card. No exceptions.
TLC Tours offers a “Refund Protection Plan” for overnight tours that is available at our office at a minimal cost. It needs to be purchased when you book your trip. This insures you a full refund in case of:
Call our office for full details about TLC’s RPP. We encourage you to take advantage of the protection plan, or secure insurance on your own if you prefer “cancel for any reason” coverage. Our Refund Protection Plan is not available for Day Trips, nor are there any refunds for Day Trips, with a few exceptions.
TLC Tours reserves the right to cancel any tour that has not reached a minimum number of reservations. We always avoid changes and cancellations, if at all possible, as we realize the inconvenience to you, our valued customer. We reserve the right to cancel or refuse service to anyone, in our sole discretion. Any person may be dismissed from a tour at any time by the Tour Escort or Driver should their conduct be problematic in any way. No refund will be made, nor will any further responsibility be assumed by TLC Tours or anyone in their employment.
TLC Tours, LLC is insured. Campbell Bus Lines is registered and insured with the ICC. TLC Tours acts only as an agent. We are not responsible to any person for any loss of time or money due to a change or delay beyond our control. Nor are we responsible for non-performance by those we have contracted with. We reserve the right to change tour prices, inclusions, and itinerary, if so, dictated by circumstances beyond our control. We are not responsible for pricing, typographical, or other errors. Any claims against TLC Tours must be made, in writing within 30 days of the trip.
HOW TLC IS ADDRESSING COVID/VARIANTS FOR 2023
We are so thankful that much of our country has ‘opened up’ and we are back to being able to travel freely, for those who desire to get out & about again. While rejoicing over such good news, there are still a few things we must remain aware of that are listed below. We believe these things are a very small price to pay to be “On the Road Again’! ~ Thank you for your gracious understanding and kind cooperation as we wisely embark on wonderful memory-making journeys together this year!
A- There are a few parts of the country that are still enforcing a mask mandate in their particular area. Please tuck a mask in your pocket just in case we should arrive somewhere and find out unexpectedly that we are required to wear one for entrance. We continue to pledge to be good neighbors and help these establishments stay open by cooperating with whatever they are required to ask of us, and to do it with a good, kind spirit. If you’re not in agreement with this, please refrain from traveling with us at this time.
B- At this writing, all the places we plan to visit are open for business. However, as mentioned above, that can change by the time we arrive. Should there be some place that is not able to take us, we will do our very best to substitute an activity or attraction of an equal quality. We just have to “go with the flow” again this year somewhat – but trust me, every single place we plan to visit WANTS to be open for us and will be doing everything they can to do so.
C- We ask that you take your own temperature before leaving home on the morning of Day One, and if you show any fever at all, please stay home. If you have additional/other symptoms that suggest Covid-19 or a variant, we ask that you please stay home. If you have been around someone with Covid-19/variant, or highly suspected Covid-19/variant, we ask that you please follow the CDC guidelines according to their timeline, and possibly stay home. Any of these methods are somewhat dependent on the “honor system”. We trust that our upstanding TLC customers will “do the right thing” and not put anyone else at risk for contracting Covid or a variant on a TLC tour.
D- Should someone come down with Covid during or after their tour, we assume no responsibility or liability. We cannot control every minute of everyone’s day, nor can we control how people handle themselves when off the coach. We have done our very best to secure accommodations and venues that state the highest sanitation protocols to the best of their ability. If on tour you should come down with Covid-19 or a variant, or strongly suspect it, you would be responsible to quarantine yourself and arrange for transportation home when appropriate. — By traveling with us, you are agreeing that TLC Tours, LLC will not be held responsible for contracting Covid-19 or a variant, nor liable for any expenses involved in any way.
E- If you do need to cancel at the last-minute because of having covid/variant, being exposed to covid/variant, or suspecting a possible case of covid/variant, our normal cancellation policies apply, just as they would to any other last-minute illness that prevents you from going on a tour. See General Information/Refunds in this book. Without insurance, there is no refund except what we might be able to get back from individual vendors on your behalf. We highly suggest taking out either our in-house Refund Protection Policy, or another more comprehensive insurance plan of your own choosing.
Overall, please lovingly respect the concerns of others if they differ from yours.
Some may have health issues that cause them to be more cautions than you may feel is necessary for yourself.
– Here’s the best plan: “Do Unto Others as You Would Have Others Do Unto You!” –
ON THE COACH
(1) Every Campbell coach is completely disinfected before they depart for a trip. You can be assured that the bus that arrives to pick you up has been thoroughly cleaned with an environmentally friendly solution that is EPA-approved, and not diluted or mixed at our facilities. The solution is rated on the EPA K-List that supersedes the current EPA suggestion for elimination of Corona Virus and has no harmful properties. It has received the Green Seal certification. The solution is applied with electrostatic sprayers to increase coverage to eliminate all pathogens on hard surfaces.
(2) We have upgraded all air filters and increased the frequency that we change the air filters on the coach to reduce contamination. Our motor coaches refresh the air on the coach every five minutes, and combined with the upgraded filters, will reduce stale used air in the coach.
(3) We have UV lights in our HVAC system to eliminate any airborne pathogens.
(4) Disinfecting wipes available for the Driver & Escort, and hand sanitizer on board for your use.
(5) Should the situation regarding pandemic conditions rise during the year, we are prepared to increase the level of our procedures accordingly.
Our departure points are as follows
Alliance: The front parking area of Lowe’s, 2595 W. State St.
Other departure points may be established for groups of 10 or more if the itinerary and direction of travel permits. We reserve the right to change departures. Departures are arranged in the direction of travel, with last departure being the closest to the destination, for the convenience of all passengers.
*We may use smaller shuttle buses to make these pickups and will join the tour en route at a logical transfer point.
For Overnight Trips:
For TLC DAY TRIPS:
For day trips, we do not have any insurance or Refund Protection Plan available. Payment must be made in full when booking a day trip, and if you cancel your reservation up to 45 days prior to the trip’s date, you will receive a full refund. *Occasionally a day trip may have a different cancellation date other than 45 days out – it is good to inquire when making your reservation. — If TLC should need to cancel the entire day trip, you will receive a refund.
For TLC OVERNIGHT MOTORCOACH TOURS:
For most overnight tours, a full refund will be made up to 45 days prior to departure date. However, some of our tours, especially the longer ones, may have a 60-day cancellation date. The specific date will be listed on your confirmation which you will receive in the mail once you make your reservation. Tours including tickets may have earlier non-refundable dates – please inquire when making a reservation for a tour that includes tickets. There are no refunds for cancellations made within the 45 (or 60) days prior to your departure date. However, we will do our best to recover as much as we can, but cannot guarantee anything including prepaid reservations and other costs that are non-refundable to us. There will be a $25.00 per/person charge for this service. There will be no refund, for any reason, for a “no-show” on the day of the tour.
** Please Note: Refunds will be made by the same method you paid us; e.g., if you paid by credit card, the refund will be put back on that credit card. No exceptions.
TLC’s REFUND PROTECTION PLAN for Overnight Motorcoach Tours:
TLC has an in-house “Refund Protection Plan” which we offer for overnight motorcoach tours through our office at a minimal cost. It needs to be purchased when you book your trip. This insures you a full refund in case of:
The RPP covers you up to the morning of departure; however, you must call your Escort (number will be provided) that morning before your pick-up time in order for the RPP to be valid. She will need to call all the places the tour is going to change the passenger counts. Failure to call the Escort that morning cancels your RPP coverage.
Feel free to call our office for full details about TLC’s RPP. We encourage you to take advantage of the protection plan, or secure more comprehensive insurance on your own, if desired.
TLC “FLY TRIPS”:
For any of our tours that involve flying, the connecting companies we use for our air tours offer their own insurance plans and instructions. You will find that information listed on each tour’s page and/or flyer near the respective pricing and other pertinent details. It is up to you, of course, whether or not you choose to take insurance out, but it is highly recommended.
PLEASE NOTE: Sometimes excellent trips with super itineraries are canceled when people wait ’til the last minute to put in their reservation. OUR monies are usually due at least 90 days ahead on “fly trips” and at least 45 days ahead on regular trips. If we don’t have enough signed up at that time, we have no choice but to cancel it. Then when you call later, it’s already too late… and disappointing for us all! Please help us and CALL EARLY – Thank you so much.