Boston: Colonial History

Boston: Colonial History
Get your walking shoes ready to follow the footsteps of the American Founding Fathers in Boston. Journey through the landmarks of the American Revolution in this distinctly historical city by walking down the Freedom Trail with a Colonial tour guide. Get out of the city with detours to Salem, Lexington, Concord and Plymouth, where you will learn the truth behind the lore of the Salem Witch Trials, see where the first shots of the American Revolution were fired, and even step onto an exact replica of the Mayflower, complete with Pilgrims.
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Day 1 Hello Boston
Meet your tour director
Boston City Walk
Back BayBeacon HillBoston Public Garden
Details: Boston City Walk
Welcome to Bean Town! Explore the city known for its baked beans, cream pie, and a certain famous tea party. Walk down Newbury Street’s upscale boutiques and outdoor cafés and past million dollar Victorian brownstones in Boston’s historic Back Bay neighborhood. Continue on to Beacon Hill, with its narrow streets, brick sidewalks and desirable living; it is also the site of Massachusetts’ state government. From there, stroll through Boston’s Public Garden, the first public botanical garden in the United States, to see its famous swan boats, diverse collection of plants and flowers and impressive statues.
Details: Prudential Building Skywalk Observatory visit
Get a panoramic view of the Boston skyscape from the Prudential Skywalk. Currently the highest observation deck in New England that is open to the public, you can see all the way to the Boston Harbor to the east, and all the rest of this major Eastern metropolitan area to the west. See if you can spot the Old North Church, the Clock Tower, Quincy Market and many other Boston landmarks from your airy perch.
Day 2 Concord, Lexington & Salem
Salem Witch Museum visit
Optional  Salem ghost tour  $20
Details: Lexington & Concord guided sightseeing tour
The British are coming! Learn about Paul Revere and his impact on American history as your knowledgeable guide unfolds the events of that fateful night of April 18, 1775, when troops retreated to Boston from the battle at Old North Bridge in Concord. It was at the Lexington Battle Green, on the morning of April 19 that "the first blood was spilt in the dispute with Great Britain." This quote comes directly from George Washington's diary, from an entry about the victorious day when 77 minutemen faced off against 700 British regulars—and won.
Day 3 Plimoth Plantation
Pilgrim themed dinner
Details: Freedom Trail character walking tour
With Ben Franklin (or one of his 18th century contemporaries) as your guide, you’ll experience a true chapter of American history in the very places that shaped the nation that we are today. With 16 nationally significant historic sites along the 2.5 mile red-brick walking trail, you’ll gain a tremendous insight into the important role that Boston played in the American Revolution. From the USS Constitution, to the Bunker Hill monument, the Old South Meeting House, King’s Chapel, and all the way to the Boston Common, you’ll stroll back in time into one of Boston’s—and the nation’s—most cherished pieces of history.
Details: Plimoth Plantation excursion and Mayflower visit
Rock on. Tradition maintains that the Pilgrims first landed at Plymouth Rock south of present-day Boston, and the Plimouth Plantation authentically recreates the life of these Pilgrims and the native Wampanoag people they encountered. All buildings, clothing, and other implements in the Pilgrim Village and Wampanoag Homesite are constructed using traditional methods, and role-playing costumed staff members are happy to demonstrate how everything was used in 1627 New England. (The staff here trained the participants for the PBS reality show called Colonial House.)
Day 4 Goodbye Boston
Boston Tea Party Museum visit
Travel home
Details: USS Constitution, "Old Ironsides" visit
Take a trip to the Boston Navy Yard to see “Old Ironsides”, the wooden navy ship that was named by President George Washington and is now the oldest commissioned navy vessel still afloat. The ship and her crew today are now dedicated to promoting understanding of the Navy’s role in war and peace. Participate in a historical demonstration aboard the ship to learn about what it takes to keep Old Ironsides in working order.
Map of Boston: Colonial History tour
Tour Includes:
  • Round-trip transportation
  • 3 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms
  • Breakfast daily (except arrival day)
  • Dinner daily (except departure day)
  • Full-time services of a professional Tour Director
  • Guided sightseeing and city walks as per itinerary
  • Visits to select attractions as per itinerary
  • Overnight security chaperone
  • Tour Diary™
  • Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa. Please visit our Fees FAQ page for a full list of items that may not be included in the cost of your tour.

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