CHS - Holidays Maine Style

Dec 6, 2019 - Dec 8, 2019

Come spend some time in Maine for the holidays to experience the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens - 'Gardens Aglow' and more!

3 Day(s) | 2 Meals


  • Deluxe Motorcoach
  • 2 Nights at the Westin Portland Harborview
  • Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens - Gardens Aglow' Festival
  • Portland Stage Theater Evening Performance: 'It's a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play'
  • Portland Museum of Art: NC Wyeth Exhibit
  • Victoria Mansion: ‘Ghosts of Christmas Past’
  • Ride the ‘Seashore Holiday Trolley’ in Kennebunkport
  • Time at the Kennebunkport Holiday Prelude
  • 2 Dinners
  • Friendship Tours Escort


Day 1

Time to depart for our annual holiday getaway! We travel North to Portland, ME for our hotel for two nights...the first class Westin Portland Harborview. Our Welcome Holiday Dinner awaits. Portland Stage Theater begins our celebration of the holiday season with a beloved classic - ‘It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play’...the heartwarming story of renewal is presented as a 1940’s radio broadcast with sound effects performed live on stage. With the help of an ensemble and an angel named Clarence, George Bailey learns the million different ways that we are tied to those around us. D

Day 2

Start the day with a docent led tour of the cultural heart of Portland - the Portland Museum of Art. The PMA boasts significant holdings of American, European, and contemporary art as well as iconic works from Maine. Our tour will highlight these works as well as the Special Exhibit of works by NC Wyeth. Enjoy some time on your own for lunch, more exploration of this wonderful Museum or visit the gift shop. After the Museum, we head off for another highlight of the tour…’Gardens Aglow’ at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. See the Gardens in a whole new light! With over 650,000 lights, Gardens Aglow is New England’s biggest and brightest light display. This outdoor display has transformed the gardens into a winter wonderland! Such a sight to see. We will stop for dinner on the way back to our hotel. D

Day 3

We start the day with a visit to the Victoria Mansion, a National Historic Landmark, also known as the Morse-Libby Mansion. Built between the 1858 and 1860 as a summer home for hotel magnet Sylvester Morse. The home was designed by New Haven architect Henry Austin and is widely considered one of the finest examples of Italian Villa Style in America. Our self-guided tour theme is ‘Ghosts of Christmas Past’. Continue to Kennebunkport for some free time at the ‘Holiday Prelude’. Kennebunkport has been voted the #2 Christmas Town in America by HGTV! This town is transformed into a magical holiday spectacular hosts holiday crafts fairs, holiday decorations, holiday shopping & so much more. Free time to explore & have lunch on own. We will enjoy a visit to the Seashore Trolley Museum, the largest and oldest museum of public transportation. A visit would not be complete without a ride on the Holiday Trolley! We depart for home with the warmth of the holiday season...Don’t forget the ‘Motorcoach Holiday Party!’

Departure Locations

West Hartford - Emanuel Synagogue

Depart: 8:00 AM

Return: 9:00 PM











Payment Policy

DEPOSIT: $100 Per person due with reservations; FINAL PAYMENT: October 4, 2019

Cancellation Policy

If a passenger cancels from deposit to October 6, 2019 fee of $75.00 pp; no refunds if canceled on October 7, 2019 or later unless a substitute is provided.

Trip Protection Policy

Trip Protection Coverage is strongly recommended. Aon Affinity administers the NTA Travel Protection plan designed specifically for members of the National Tour Association. The Pre-existing medical condition exclusion can be waived by purchasing the Enhanced Plan within 14 days of your deposit or initial payment. Purchase of the plan within this time period also provides eligibility for the Financial Insolvency benefit. Traveling companions / roommates are required to take the same plan (Basic or Enhanced) in order to be properly covered. Premium is non-refundable once paid. Three ways to enroll:

1. Website: Tour Operator Location #076068. You can also view plan details on this site.

2. Call Aon 1-800-388-1470. Tour Operator Location #076068. Customer service agents can also answer questions about each plan.

3. Call Friendship Tours / The Ship Shop 860-243-1630 or 800-243-1630

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