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Ultimate Boston Self-Guided Combo Tour

Explore Boston, Cambridge, Cape Ann, and more! This package covers Boston's iconic Freedom Trail (Old North Church, Faneuil Hall, & more), Harvard University, the Harborwalk, and a scenic waterfront drive around nearby Cape Ann. This is the ultimate "must-do" package for a trip to Boston and New England.

This self-guided tour allows you to explore Boston’s historic wonders with maximum flexibility and value.
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Recommended: Purchase one tour per vehicle. Everyone can listen at the same time!
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Within 30 mins we'll send you a unique password and an app. Download the app onto your phone, enter the password, and then download the tour inside. Head over to the first stop. Launch the app and simply follow the instructions from there! Stick to our recommended route and speed limit for the best experience.

Uncertain Travel Date? The tour’s valid for 30 days from booking!

per adult from

$15

AUD

Duration

6 to 8 hours

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  • What's included :
    • Freedom Trail Tour
    • Harborwalk and Tea Party Tour
    • Scenic Cape Ann Tour
    • Harvard Yard Tour
    • GPS Map
    • Entry/Admission - Granary Burying Ground
    • Entry/Admission - Boston Irish Famine Memorial
    What's excluded :
    • Admission to Paid Attractions
    • Entry/Admission - Old Corner Book Store
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Boston Common, 139 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111, USA

    Embark on this adventure into America's Revolutionary past at the heart of old Boston: the Boston Common. This spacious green has been a part of the city since it's early colonial beginnings. We'll begin the tour by the Visitor Center and find the red-brick path. As we follow the path, we'll dive back in time to the 1700s and set the scene....

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Freedom Trail, 139 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111

    The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile-long path through downtown Boston, Massachusetts, that passes by 16 locations significant to the history of the United States. Marked largely with brick, it winds between Boston Common to the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02133, USA

    The first stop along our red-bricked Freedom Trail tour is right at the corner of Boston Common: the Massachusetts State House! This building is both historic and architecturally beautiful.... and of course, we can't forget about it's eye-catching golden dome! We'll pause in front of the State House to catch up on a couple of key Revolutionary War characters (and soon-to-be American heroes) and a little colonial history. We'll also take a look at the Robert G Shaw and 54th Memorial, which stands opposite the State House. Who was Shaw and what made the 54th Regiment so significant? We'll get into all of those details right here.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Park Street Church Boston, 1 Park St, Boston, MA 02108, USA

    From the State House and Shaw Memorial, we'll continue following the Freedom Trail. That brings us through Boston Common and out to the Park Street Church. As we walk, we'll dive into the most important question of all: what prompted the Revolutionary War? As we peel back the layers, we discover that the battle for American Independence was one falling domino in a long chain of dominos stretching across multiple continents and older wars...

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Granary Burying Ground, Tremont St, Boston, MA 02108, USA

    This brings us to the truly ancient Granary Burying Ground! Established in 1660, this is only Boston's third-oldest burying ground. Can you imagine what's changed in the last 400 years? Well for one thing, this ground is so old it actually holds the grave of Mother Goose. We still hear her stories today! We'll also visit the graves of American legends like Paul Revere, Robert Paine, and James Otis. And we can't miss John Hancock and Sam Adams' graves either! Lastly, we'll visit the graves of those killed in the Boston Massacre, one of the stepping stones to the full-blown revolution. We'll be heading to the site of this Massacre later.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Boston Latin School Association, 27 School St, Boston, MA 02108, USA

    From the Granary, we'll continue following the Freedom Trail's red bricks. We'll check out the King's Chapel along the way and pause in front of the Latin School. This historic site contains a number of fun statues to pose with (including a donkey!) and quite a lot of rich history to dive into.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Boston Irish Famine Memorial, Washington St., Boston, MA

    A few steps down from the Latin School, we'll find the Irish Famine Memorial. Here we'll jump a bit later into Boston history and talk about the new wave of immigrants after the revolution. We'll learn about the hardships they faced and overcame... and where these communities are today.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St, Boston, MA 02108-4616

    Just across the street from the Irish Famine Memorial, we'll find the historic Old South Meeting House. This small, tucked-away building is easy to miss but we'll pause in front of it. Here, we'll be transported back in time to one of the most fateful events leading up the Revolutionary War... the Boston Tea Party. We'll learn all about the organizers, their motivations, and of course the consequences of their "tea party".

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Old Corner Book Store, 283 Washington St, Boston, MA 02108, USA

    The Old Corner Bookstore is a historic commercial building located at 283 Washington Street at the corner of School Street in the historic core of Boston, Massachusetts. It was built in 1718 as a residence and apothecary shop and first became a bookstore in 1828.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Old State House, 206 Washington St, Boston, MA 02109, USA

    Our red-brick road finally brings us to one of the most popular stops along the Freedom Trail: the Old State House. We'll pause here to identify key architectural features and learn about it's significance (and long history!). Then, we'll walk around to the other side....

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Boston Massacre Site, Corner of State and, Congress St, Boston, MA 02109, USA

    ... to see the site of the infamous Boston Massacre! But was it a massacre? Or just a rowdy riot, as the British said? We'll dive into the thrilling tale while standing at the very spot where history unfolded. We'll also learn about Crispus Attacks, an honored American hero.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market St, Boston, MA 02109, USA

    We'll follow the Freedom Trail to another popular resting spot: Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market! First, we'll explore the site's fascinating history and then explore its a huge range of food options!

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Haymarket, 100 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02108, USA

    As we continue our journey along the red-bricked path of the Freedom Trail, we'll also dive into the story of the historic Haymarket, the new and striking Holocaust Memorial out in front, and the stunning view of the Custom House Tower a little beyond. We'll learn a bit about each of these sites as we make our way to another popular stop.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: The Paul Revere House, 19 N Square, Boston, MA 02113, USA

    Our path brings us to another popular stop along the Freedom Trail: Paul Revere's House! Here we'll learn about Paul Revere's famous "Midnight Ride", it's immortalization in a poem by Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow and the truths and myths behind this historic moment.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Old North Church, 193 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113, USA

    From Paul Revere's House, we'll make our way to the Old North Church. This is the iconic site where the "one if by land, two if by sea" lanterns were lit, silently signalling the British troops' movements to colonial revolutionaries.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Copp's Hill Burying Ground, Hull St, Boston, MA 02113, USA

    From the Old North Church, we'll follow the Freedom Trail farther up to the historic Copp's Hill Burying Ground. This historic cemetery in Boston's North End is older than the Granary... but only by a year!

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: USS Constitution Museum, Building 22, Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA 02129, USA

    Our last few stops are a little farther along, over the bridge and into the Charlestown Navy Yard. There we'll see the historic and impressive USS Constitution -- and learn all about her epic battle against the Guerriere. We'll explore the naval battles of the War for Independence in more detail while at this historic site.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Bunker Hill Monument, Monument Sq, Charlestown, MA 02129, USA

    Finally we'll follow the Freedom Trail up to the Bunker Hill Monument, built to commemorate the Battle of Bunker Hill. We'll walk around this hill, exploring the site of this epic battle and getting an understanding of the brutality and intensity of the battle for freedom. This site is the last along our comprehensive tour along Boston's historic Freedom Trail.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Johnston Gate, 1465-1483 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

    Welcome to Harvard! Our tour begins at the iconic Johnson Gate, where Harvard freshmen also begin their college experience. We'll make our way into the Yard, which represents the heart of Harvard's campus. Along the way, we'll learn about how Harvard came to be.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Harvard University, 1350 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138-3800

    Harvard Yard, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is the oldest part of the Harvard University campus, its historic center, and modern crossroads.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: John Harvard Statue, 1 Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

    The centerpiece of Harvard's Yard is the statue of John Harvard... who actually didn't found the university! As we dive into the university's early years, we'll also learn about when and how the all-male college integrated women.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Science Center, 1 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

    Our tour continues past two picturesque student dorms - Mower and Holworthy. We'll learn about their significance and then continue to the famed Harvard Science Center.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

    Next up: the imposing High Victorian Gothic Memorial Hall. This is the most beautiful building on campus, without contest.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Memorial Church, 1 Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

    Our Harvard tour continues to Memorial Church and into the New Yard. We'll discover some significant Harvard history and sights along the way.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Widener Library, 1 Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

    Here we'll admire the gorgeous Widener Library and learn all about the eclectic Wideners..

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Weld Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

    Our tour continues beyond the Library and towards more dorms. First up: Weld Hall, once home to President JFK. As we check out the beautiful architecture, we'll also learn about the dorm's other famous residents.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Wigglesworth Hall, 1279-1299 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

    Then we continue to Wigglesworth Hall, Bill Gates' once-domain. We'll learn about Gates and other notable alumni who lived in this dorm.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Grays Hall, 7 Harvard Yard,Building Number 925, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

    Prefer someone more recent? Gray's Hall was home to Malia Obama.... and a couple of other names you're sure to recognize.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Matthews Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

    That brings us to Matthews Hall, where Matt Damon once lived!

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Straus Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

    And we can't forget Straus Hall, once home to Mark Zuckerberg. And so many others too! Our tour continues through campus, exploring traditions and anecdotes until we're almost back to where we started: Johnson Gate.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: South Boston, Boston, MA

    Our historic tour begins at one of Boston's most underappreciated marvels of architecture: South Station. We'll take a moment to analyze the enormous eagle and clock dominating the facade.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Boston Harborwalk, Boston Wharf Rd, Boston, MA 02210, USA

    The Harborwalk is 43 miles long, but we’ll focus on the historic Waterfront District from South Station to Long Wharf. That’s only about 1 mile. We’ll cover everything from the Boston Tea Party to the newest skyscrapers along the shore.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, 600 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02210, USA

    Right across the street, we'll find a stunning example of modern architecture with the Federal Reserve. As we walk past, we'll learn the intriguing stories behind the bland name.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Atlantic Wharf, 280 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210, USA

    At Russia Wharf, we're officially at the start of our Harborwalk journey and our trip into the past. We'll learn about the booming international trade during the colonial era.... the foundation which would later lead to the epic Boston Tea Party.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, 306 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210, USA

    As we walk along Boston's Harborwalk, we'll look out across the water for a glimpse of an actual blast from the past: a colonial ship packed with tea crates! We'll learn about the events of Boston's Tea Party but we'll also dive deeper: what really caused this riot? Why were taxes so high? What did a far-away international war have to do with the price of tea in Boston?

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA 02110, USA

    Our journey brings us to Rowe's Wharf — named for one of the tea smugglers who encouraged the "Tea Party"! We'll learn about John Rowe and his adventures with the law as we walk through.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: The Marina at Rowes Wharf, 50 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA 02110, USA

    The Harbor Hotel is a stunning piece of architecture, blending modern and colonial styles seamlessly. Its 80-foot copper dome contains a glass cupola. If you walk to the center of the archway and look straight up, you can see all the through the top of the dome to the glass cupola above.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, Boston, MA 02210, USA

    As we continue our walk along Boston's Harborwalk, our journey back in time takes us from the Boston Tea Party into a more recent era. As we walk, we'll admire the beautiful Moakley Courthouse across the water and learn about its significance to the city and its people.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Harbor Towers, 65-85 E India Row, Boston, MA 02110, USA

    The Brutalist-style Harbor Towers are unmissable. Brutalism was all the rage in the 1970s. Today, the style polarizes observers. Some people see a kind of strange beauty in the sparse, overbearing structures. Others see, well, just plain ugly buildings! These days, you can always identify the style anywhere by its grim, fortress-like appearance. We'll learn about the towers, Boston's struggle between affordable and luxury living, and one of the city's most ambitious projects: cleaning up this very harbor.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: New England Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110, USA

    We're now approaching a popular stop in Boston and along the Harborwalk: the Aquarium! This huge attraction is partially built over the Harbor, allowing the aquarium access to the natural environment of Boston's Harbor.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02110, USA

    Our tour along the scenic Harborwalk ends at one of Boston's most historic spots: Long Wharf. From colonial battles against the British to modern crowds of tourists, this Wharf remains a Boston hotspot. Enjoy the views and history as we conclude our story at this scenic stop.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Gloucester Visitor Center at Stage Fort Park, 24 Hough Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930, USA

    Our Cape Ann excursion begins at the Gloucester Visitor Information Center. We'll get our view breathtaking views of the waterfront from this point.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Tablet Rock, TABLET Rock, Gloucester, MA 01930, USA

    Instead of setting off on our drive right away, we'll first check out the most striking feature of the scenery: the massive Tablet Rock. In 1907, the plaque the rock was unveiled to Commemorate the first settlers in this area.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Stage Fort Park, 24 Hough Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930, USA

    We can also choose to walk around this area before our driving, admiring the amazing views of the park, the ocean, and the city.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: The Fishermen's Memorial, Gloucester, MA 01930, USA

    Our drive along Cape Ann's scenic harbor begins once we cross the canal. First, we'll admire Cape Ann's most famous monument: the Fisherman's Memorial. As we continue, we'll learn about the significance of fishing in Cape Ann's past — and the famous movie about it, "The Perfect Storm".

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Gloucester HarborWalk, 9 Dale Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930, USA

    Here we can choose to pause again to explore Cape Ann's Harborwalk. Along the path are 41 granite slabs containing pieces of the town’s long, odd, sometimes sad history. These “story moments,” as they are called, were put together by teams of volunteers eager to show the world what Gloucester is made of. Taken together, they form a mosaic of this strange, beautiful place.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Cape Ann Whale Watch, 415 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930, USA

    Cape Ann and Glouchester’s whale watching industry guarantees whale sightings with every voyage. Their boats often take passengers to a marine wildlife preserve that’s been called one of the top five whale-watching destinations in the entire world!

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Niles Beach, Eastern Point Road, Gloucester, MA

    As we drive along scenic Cape Ann's waterfront, we'll discover beaches both big and small. We can choose to stop at one, some, or all, as we learn more about what's unique about each one.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, 75 Eastern Point Blvd, Gloucester, MA 01930-4433

    Beauport, also known as Sleeper–McCann House, Little Beauport, or Henry Davis Sleeper House, is a beautiful historic home tucked away on the Cape Ann waterfront. As we drive, we'll dive back into Cape Ann's history.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Eastern Point Lighthouse, Eastern Point Boulevard, Gloucester, MA

    During the early 1800s, maritime trade in Gloucester was booming. Ships traveling between these ports and China or India were turning enormous profits, and captains started to become especially anxious at the prospect of losing their extremely valuable cargo in a shipwreck. Enter: lighthouses!

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Thacher's Island, Rockport, MA

    Thacher Island is a small island off Cape Ann on the Massachusetts coast in the United States. It is a part of the Town of Rockport. It was a place where some naval confrontations, both minor and major, took place, which helped secure a victory for the colonists.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Rockport, Rockport, Cape Ann, Massachusetts

    Our scenic drive along Cape Ann now leaves Gloucester and brings us into Rockport. We'll learn more about Rockport and the region as we drive.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Motif #1, Bradley Wharf, Rockport, MA 01966, USA

    Our brings us to "the most painted building in America"!

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Bearskin Neck, Main St. and Mt. Pleasant St. Dock Square, Rockport, MA 01966

    This land was once home to a large number of bears, but don’t worry! They’re long gone now. According to legend, one such bear was caught by the tide and killed in 1700, which is how this place got its name.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Rockport Granite Pier, 16 Wharf Rd, Rockport, MA 01966, USA

    Granite Pier is one of the Rockport’s oldest piers. As you might have guessed, this used to be where ships would be loaded with granite for transport. As we explore the pier and nearby beaches, we'll get a better understanding of the Cape Ann of days past, and that of the present. Our drive then continues along Halibut Point and Harvey Reservation.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Annisquam Lighthouse, 45 Norwood Heights, Gloucester, MA 01930, USA

    Annisquam Harbor Light Station is a historic lighthouse on Wigwam Point. As we approach, we'll learn more about shipwrecks, shipping, fishing, and maritime trade.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Goose Cove Reservation, 605 Washington St, Gloucester, MA 01930, USA

    Our scenic drive along Cape Ann has finally looped back to Stop 1! We're nearly back at the Gloucester Visitor Information Center.

    Duration: 10 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Boston Common, 139 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    Departure Time :
    3/31/2020 - 2/25/2022
    Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Return Detail :
    Boylston Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English - Written, English - Audio

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

5

Organised by Boston City Day Trips

Activity ID: V-259620P5

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