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"Boston in One Day" Sightseeing Bus Tour

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Experience the best of greater Boston’s top attractions in one day on this guided sightseeing tour around the city. Visit the historic towns of Cambridge, Lexington and Concord. Then see Boston’s best spots, like Beacon Hill, the North End, the Seaport District and some of the historic locations along the Freedom Trail, including the USS ‘Constitution.’ Travel in an air-conditioned luxury coach with an expert guide who will detail the day’s events. Downtown Boston hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • See Boston's must-see sights on a narrated coach tour with an expert guide
  • Visit Cambridge Common, the Lexington Battle Green and the Battle Road Trail
  • Hear stories about Paul Revere and the Minutemen during the American Revolutionary War
  • Comfortable transportation in a full-sized, temperature-controlled motorcoach with lavatory

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Combine must-see sights, free time, and entertaining commentary from your history buff guide on this comfortable coach tour.
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Boston-In-One-Day Sightseeing Bus Tour
See Boston plus visit 3 of Boston's neighboring historic towns: Cambridge, Concord, and Lexington
Round-Trip Transportation Aboard Luxury Air-Conditioned Coach Bus
Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off (select Boston hotels)
Professional Driver/Guide
Travel the famed route of Paul Revere’s midnight ride from Boston
Travel past the homes of Longfellow, Hawthorne, Alcott & Emerson - renowned American authors
Hear an Overview on Boston History and the USS Constitution
Admission to "Orchard House", the historic home of Louisa May Alcott, author of "Little Women"
Enjoy free time at Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market in Boston
See top Boston sights such as Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall, Old State House, and more!
Admission fee to Minute Man National Park
Gratuities
Food/Beverages
8 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, USA

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Massachusetts, USA

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
This Boston day tour begins at Park Plaza or with hotel pickup downtown. Get ready for prime sightseeing in and around historic Beantown.

For the morning part of the tour, it’s off to neighboring Cambridge. Drive past the high-tech campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and continue through Cambridge to Harvard University. You'll glimpse historic Harvard Yard as you drive through Harvard Square en route to nearby Lexington and Lexington Battle Green, the historic town common where the opening shots of the American Revolutionary War were fired.

Check out Battle Road Trail in Concord, part of Paul Revere’s ride to warn the Minutemen about the oncoming British troops. Also, see the homes of Louisa May Alcott, author of the novel Little Women, and essayist and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. Stop by the Old North Bridge, a historic site in the Battle of Concord, the first day of battle in the Revolutionary War.

Back in downtown Boston, head over to Faneuil Hall Marketplace, also known as Quincy Market, to buy lunch and explore the historic tourist mall. Then reboard the bus to begin the sightseeing tour of Boston.

There are over 20 sites on this Boston sightseeing tour. Visit Beacon Hill and the West End neighborhood; see the New England Aquarium, one of Boston’s premier attractions; cruise through the beautiful Seaport District; see King Street, where the Boston Massacre happened; and stop to visit the majestic USS Constitution, the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat and America’s Ship of State.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Back Bay
This neighborhood--one of the two most expensive residential areas in Boston--started as a bay. The bay was filled in during the 19th century to create the area now known by the name Back Bay. The area is known for its Victorian brownstones, the Boston Public Library, shopping, office high rises and upscale hotels.
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Lexington Green
Site of the first battle between the Minutemen and the Redcoats during the Revolutionary War.
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Battle Road Trail
This route follows the trail taken by the British on their retreat to Boston after the battle of Lexington and Concord.
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Old State House
America's oldest and most historic colonial building, the Old State House is now Boston's Revolutionary Museum
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Harvard Square
Each year, over 8 million men, women and children visit Harvard Square, home of Harvard University and an area filled with shops, restaurants, and more.
Stop At:  
USS Constitution Museum
Located across from the ship in the historic Boston National Park, Charlestown Navy Yard.
Duration: 35 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Trinity Church
This National Historic Landmark, one of America's great buildings, was built in 1877 by architect H.H. Richardson.
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Museum of Fine Arts
Boston's oldest, largest and best-known art institution, the MFA houses one of the world's most comprehensive art collections and is renowned for its Impressionist paintings, Asian and Egyptian collections and early American art.
Pass By:  
Boston Massacre Site
A circle of cobblestones in the street outside the Old State House marks the spot where British soldiers fired on a crowd, the event which many believe was the start of the Revolutionary War.
Stop At:  
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Located in the heart of downtown Boston, this bustling complex of novelty carts, distinctive shops, national chain stores, performers, food stands and restaurants brought new life to a historic meeting place.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Ralph Waldo Emerson House
Home of author, Ralph Waldo Emerson
Stop At:  
Minute Man National Historical Park
The more than 900 acres of this national park run along the route of the battle of Lexington and Concord.
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
TD Garden
As New England’s largest sports and entertainment arena, TD Garden is the home of the storied NHL’s Boston Bruins and NBA’s Boston Celtics franchises and hosts over 3.5 million people a year.
Pass By:  
Fenway Park
Home of the Boston Red Sox
Stop At:  
Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House
Guided Tour of Louisa May Alcott's family home "Orchard House". Louisa May Alcott was the author of "Little Women". (Admission included until May 16th, 2020.)
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Starting October 1, 2019 a $5.00pp fee will be charged by the National Park Service for entry into the Minute Man National Park. Entry fee is included with the price of your tour.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line of Boston & Cape Cod

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during "Boston in One Day" Sightseeing Bus Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "It can become problematic when children start to get cranky (heck adults get cranky after a while too with no water or snacks)." See review
  • "This is a full day tour and a lot of information is provided and a large area is covered." See review
  • "This is an all day tour but don't let that stop you." See review

Reviews

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Boston highlights
Kellert
, Mar 2020
This was a great day trip in Boston and got to see so much without driving around ourselves. Sam was an excellent tour guide and really knows how to drive that bus...totally impressive on Boston streets! His knowledge of American history was vast and it was so special to learn how he became a US citizen. A true American cultural experience.
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Boston Weekend
Dennis_M
, Feb 2020
Great tour and information from "Sam I Am". Enjoyed the USS Constitution. Clean tour and comfortable bus.
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Sam I Am - what a great guide
18suzanne2020
, Jan 2020
Enjoyed the tour of Boston immensely all because our guide, Sam was so interactive, friendly and accommodating. Highly recommended.
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Revolutionary Tour
Happy_Traveler_Tom
, Jan 2020
Great opportunity to see and hear the history of Boston and the Revolutionary War. Plenty of stops to get off bus to take pictures and learn more.
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Very Worthwhile!
RangersFan10
, Dec 2019
Very informative and interesting tour. The route was great and the driver (Tony) was a fantastic host. Highly recommend this tour for anyone visiting Boston and wanting to see more than just the city.
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Historic Boston Area
vmieles
, Nov 2019
The whole trip was amazing the areas that are included in the tour are very important in our History.. Sam I Am is very knowledgeable of our History 5 starts for SAM I AM
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Sam I Am (A joke)
alankayb
, Oct 2019
Sam is a very knowledgeable history and area guide but spoilt the trip by treating some of the group like idiots. If you took him on his word he is the best tour guide around who has been doing this for 30 years (we know this as he repeated it over and over and over again during the day) but he still managed to leave one paying customer behind due to a mix up and then refused to return others to their hotels at the end of the tour as it was out of his way and he had had a 'Bad Day" even thought this was paid for as part of the tour. Sam told them to spend $20 and get a cab. Some of the group found his attitude funny but the bulk of the group just regarded him as the joke. Might be time for Sam to find a job he likes rather than putting up with these annoying tourists.
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Boston in a day
tracyrillos
, Oct 2019
I had one day to see Boston and the tour Boston in a day” accomplished that. Sam was an excellent tour guide. He was knowledgeable, friendly, and even gave us a few bonus stops along the way.
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Great Tour
Glayde L
, Oct 2019
Sam, our driver, was great The tour covered a huge area and Sam was very knowledgeable.Highly recommend this tour.
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Excellent tour
lawterp
, Oct 2019
Sam I Am was a wealth of knowledge. I know want to learn more abt my home state’s revolutionary history.
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