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Good value trip, however felt very rushed, minimal time in the locations, were delayed twice by the driver arriving back late then forgetting his phone, so having to travel back a distance. Tour was generally good, however the guides not brilliant, rather patronising at times.
It was an OK Trip - going to Harvard was pointless - just saw buildings - maybe allowing a tour of MIT maybe better
Coach punctual and driver very good, but guide needs to brush up on his history. Claimed the story of Pocahontas and Captain York was true. It was Pocahontas and Captain SMITH. Also stated the capital of Connecticut is Harrisburg when it is in fact HARTFORD.
Review of the Boston Freedom Trail Day Trip from New York over Labor Day Weekend.
Positives: Bus was on time, bus ride was smooth and fast probably because it was the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, Bus driver and tour guide were friendly.
Negatives: When we arrived in the morning to embark, they directed us to the English speaking tour guided bus but when the tour started the guide spoke in English and also translated in Spanish. Also there was a smaller group of 5-6 people in the rows in front of us who had a tour guide that would translate in Italian so all of these languages were being spoken on the "english speaking" bus. When we arrived in Boston, we were given just a few moments to stop and take pictures at the main sites such as Harvard University. The tour guide would walk along the street in downtown Boston without paying attention to whether the group was following or if people were keeping up. At one point, I stopped to take a photo and the group had trailed off and turned a corner and I was trying to keep up without getting lost. The tour guide didn't seem to care if someone fell behind or got lost along the way. On the ride back, we had a 30 min bathroom stop which made no sense since we didn't need that much time for a pit stop. The best part of the tour was the 1.5 hours given at lunch near Quincy Market where you could actually go off on your own without the group and explore. They also took us onto the USS Constitution and we were able to take a lot of photos there.
This is the second time I've done this tour in a year (last time with my husband) as my best friend really wanted to see Boston and after doing research it seemed to be the best option for a day trip.
Some things were better this time such as the guide (he didn't wander off and lose half the people). He was funny and made sure the group could listen.
Unfortunately though the trip was mostly disappointing. The bus was 45 minutes late in the morning and it would seem that they just cut our boston time short to make up for it. We had hardly any time at Harvard and it was VERY rushed. My friend was especially disappointed as Harvard was the main part of this trip she was looking forward to.
I am regretting booking this trip a second time (especially as the first time wasn't amazing either). Yes we were in and out in 1 day but it just wasn't worth it. For anyone interested in going to Boston I would suggest not trying to do it in one day. It would be best to actually stay in Boston at least overnight and taking the time to enjoy this very beautiful and interesting city.
Enter your review here.Hi The Boston trip was a real rush. practically 10 hours of driving up and down and 2 hours of visiting. not worth it. Also combined with Spanish and Italian passengers so had to listen to a non-stop drone as attractive as both languages are!,, also the guide made very macho comments and was not particularly nice. Would not give it more than 1 star.
Chaos at the departure point, Washington and Boston groups all mixed up, the guides had problems putting the right people in the right busses, that caused delays. The Time in Harvard was 20 minutes, in Boston Center 1 hour including lunchtime (waiting line at the restrooms alone was 20 minutes!!), at the Boston harbor another 20 minutes, so it was a total of 1.5 hours sightseeing incl. lunch and about 10 hours in the bus. I booked the Boston tour that offers also Whale watching, because I thought while the others are watching whales we would have these 3 hours in the city instead, but no. I would rather have gone to Boston by myself without a rushing guide. Not a good choice to book this tour.
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It was OK, but not more..
Departure was delayed about 30mins, because we waited somenone, who came up...
Bus OK with restroom.
Should have more time in Boston, which is absolutely fantastic city, speacially Beacon Hill. When havin lunch at Quincy Market it all the time (1hour). Dis not have time enough to see the nice shops.
Not very good value for money. Bus was uncomfortable and ageing. Tour guide was very helpful and informative though which added to the experience.
Once again the bus used on this tour as in the Philadelphia tour was dirty, old and had obvious mechanical issues. The guide was sleezy and made inappropriate comments about toilet issues! Once again I would not recommend this tour company for this tour.
This tour got off badly with a bus not running correctly and the bus driver had to phone someone to get instructions on how to fix the bus. The tour guide appeared to pander to the wants of the people who wanted to shop at Boston Common than to the wants of the people who wanted to see the sights. Due to this certain sights appeared to have been missed. For sightseeing the trip to and from Boston was good. The tour of Boston could have been far better.
This tour was a little disappointing comapred with our trip to Washington. The mini bus that we travelled in wasn't really comfortable and I would have liked to have seen more of Boston. Another hour or two in Boston would have made a big difference.
The luxury coach was nothing more than what someone else called a camper bus. Disgusting. Also the guide was out for a day for himself and not informative. Most disappointing when you pay so much and have looked forward to this trip for months.
You spend most of the time on the road, and it can be crowded inside the van. Tour guides are very kind.
The trip is good if you are into history. Even though he did show us a few good things and explained it, he could still have been better.