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  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Duration:  7 hours (approx.)
Immerse yourself in the fascinating history of the Salem Witch Trials on this sightseeing day trip from Boston. Visit Marblehead -- the birthplace of the American Navy -- to visit Abbott Hall, listed on the US National Register of Historic Places. As you then explore Salem by coach, your guide will tell you about the infamous witchcraft trials of 1692, as well as the general history of Salem, which was one of the most significant seaports in early America. See Nathaniel Hawthorne's Custom House and the House of Seven Gables, and then enjoy free time to browse kitschy Halloween shops and Wiccan boutiques, tour witch-themed attractions, and visit the Salem Witch Museum (own expense).

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

You’ll be picked up from your Boston hotel in the morning for a 40-minute drive north to Salem by luxury, air-conditioned coach. Along the way, your expert guide will give you a historical overview of this infamous port city that was the site of the infamous Salem Witch Trials.

Start your sightseeing adventure with a stop in the coastal town of Marblehead, the birthplace of the American Navy and Marine Corps Aviation and a yachting capital of the US. Visit Abott Hall, a town hall and historical museum listed on the US National Register of Historic Places, where you’ll see Archibald M Willard's The Spirit of 76. Your guide will explain this famous painting's interesting significance.

Continue your drive to Salem, one of early America's most significant seaports. It’s best known as being the site of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, and consequently the subject of Arthur Miller's celebrated book, The Crucible. As you explore the city by coach, you’ll learn about the history of these infamous witchcraft trials, which were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts.

Travel down Derby Street to see the House of Seven Gables and the Custom House, the former workplace of Nathaniel Hawthorne, a famous novelist who was born in Salem. When you reach the neighborhood of Pickering Wharf, enjoy free time to walk around and have lunch on your own. You’ll discover that this city is a mix of important historic sites and kitschy Halloween stores, witch-themed attractions, Wiccan boutiques and a vibrant downtown with more than 60 restaurants, cafes and coffee shops. If you like, you can visit the Salem Witch Museum (own expense) for a more in-depth look at the witchcraft trials.

After your time in Salem, relax on the drive back to your Boston hotel.

Please note: This tour is seasonal and only operates from June to October.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Bob was the best tour driver I have ever had in any city! The man genuinely enjoys his job and has such a great knowledge of his city! His grandchildren are very lucky :

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Bob, the tour guide was exceptional! I loved every minute. His historical knowledge was extreme! He was funny, kind and everything we saw exceeded my expectations! Thank you for an amazing day, one I will remember forever!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Bob was a GREAT tour guide, very funny and very knowledgeable about the history of Boston.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

The tour guide knew all about the history of Salem and directed us to the best place to find what we wanted. He named some good place to eat .....we choose one and it was great . The tour guide went out of his way to make things easy for us. It was a great experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

From Marblehead to Salem to the House of 7 Gables and the Candy Shop Bob made the trip a total delight!
Hailey my Granddaughter can't stop talking about "BOB!" The streets of Salem were a lot of fun too.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

The trip to Salem was outstanding. Our guide (I think his name was Bob but I am not sure) was excellent, entertaining, helpful and well informed. I give him an A++++. I heartily recommend this trip. The highlight for me was The House of the Seven Gables and the Peabody Essex museum which I didn't know about before strolling through the town.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Fun tour as well as educational. Our tour guide Bob was awesome! He shared a lot of information with us and really went above and beyond on our trip. If I ever go back to Boston I would love to take another tour with Bob.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Great trip. Bob had interference on the mic which was painful but all else was fine.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Bob has to be the best tour guide ever. Great tour.

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