Tour code: 3978TOUR5
Step back in time to the era of the Salem witch trials on this guided day trip from Boston to Salem, Mass. Visit the Salem Witch Museum (there is an admission fee to enter) and learn about the trials, where 20 innocent people were put to death in 1692. See the U.S. Custom House and the House of the Seven Gables. Stop by local Halloween shops and other witch-themed attractions in Salem. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included from select downtown Boston hotels.

Highlights

  • Salem day trip from Boston
  • Hear intriguing stories about witches and the infamous witchcraft trials in Salem in the 1600s
  • Visit Abbott Hall, a historic museum in the coastal town of Marblehead
  • See Nathaniel Hawthorne's Custom House and the House of the Seven Gables as you explore Salem by coach
  • Stop in the neighborhood of Pickering Wharf for lunch and to explore this unique, entertaining city on your own
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off available

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

If you are a Halloween enthusiast or are just intrigued by Salem's haunting history, this experience is perfect for you. We recommend visiting in the month of October, as there are several themed events throughout the city that you can enjoy before or after your tour.

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What You Can Expect

Salem Witch City Day Trip From Boston

Salem - The Witch City

Board an air-conditioned, luxury coach in downtown Boston and enjoy the 40-minute drive north to Salem, famous for the 1692 witch trials in which 20 residents were executed for allegedly practicing witchcraft. It’s just the beginning of the education on this Salem Witch City day trip.

The sightseeing tour begins in the coastal town of Marblehead, the birthplace of the American Navy and Marine Corps Aviation. Visit Abbot Hall, a town hall and historical museum where the original Spirit of ’76 painting is housed. Abbot Hall listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Onward to Salem, learn much more about the infamous Salem witch trials, a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts in the late 1600s. The trials resulted in the executions of 20 people, most of them women. It still stands as one of the nation’s most notorious cases of mass hysteria.

Visit the House of the Seven Gables, a National Historic Landmark District that served as the centerpiece in novelist and Salem-native Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic novel of the same name. It’s the oldest surviving 17th-century wooden mansion in New England. Also, visit the U.S. Custom House, where Hawthorne worked.

Finally, enjoy some free time for lunch at a wide variety of restaurants and cafes in the Pickering Wharf neighborhood of Salem. Stop by any number of local Halloween shops and other witch-themed attractions and/or visit the Salem Witch Museum, if desired. There is a fee to enter the museum.

The tour concludes with drop-off at your Boston hotel.

Notice: This seasonal tour operates from June to October.

Customer Reviews

LINDA F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent day trip with Bob at the helm - funny, knowledgeable and kind. Got very worried when people did not return to the bus on time and even took every passenger back to their individual hotels in Boston if they wanted to. Bus left on time and well organised departure.

We were on the last trip of the season 24/10 and Bob changed the itinerary so that we could get to Salem before the huge crowds which he anticipated and visit museums etc. in a more relaxed manner.
Well worth the money especially, as I guess, it would have mad on the train / ferry due to the number of visitors in Salem that day.

Cheers Bob - may see you again one day.

Stephanie W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour was amazing! The tour guide, Bob, was so knowledgeable with the history of Salem and the surrounding communities on the way to/from Salem. Given how busy it was in the city with the October festivities, Bob made sure we had plenty of time to tour the city and see the museums. Bob made the journey very enjoyable, and I highly recommend him as a tour guide!

Janitza C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

I was expecting Salem to be a bit...more. Nevertheless, it was a bit of a learning experience and Bob was an amazing driver/tour guide! He was funny and responsible for his people, and knew so much about the area! There was a little mix up dropping me off at my hotel he thought he heard The Renaissance when I said Residence Inn but he took me directly to my hotel's front doors at the end of the day. You're the best Bob!

Margaret R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was a very comfortable bus ride with beautiful views of the countryside and a great guide

Connie E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our tour guide/driver Bob was the best! He was very informative. We highly recommend this tour.

Susan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The guide Jerry was great, very informative. Leaving the driving to him was the best idea ever! I traveled alone and it was fine so don't shy away if you are a solo! I could have used more time in Salem since it was so crowded something to consider for future October tours.

Ashleigh D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Salem was great! So many tours to do and plenty of time to explore. My favourite was the actual drive to Salem, we got a great look at the amazing new england coast, we stopped at gorgeous Marblehead to look at the ocean and the amazing houses. Thank you so much!

Robyn Lee F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our driver Bob did a great job and helped us pick the best places to see and eat when on our own.

Hewavasam D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Driver was very good and had very good knowledge of Boston and its history

Gurpreet R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The driver was excellent so informative and interesting, he made the trip.The journey to Salem was the best bit for me. Salem itself was nice and busy due to Halloween coming up soon. it would be best to stay the night to do a evening ghost tour to get the whole atmosphere.

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