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Overview

Join Boston's only award-winning, original, Martha's Vineyard Day Trip! Leave the trouble of driving to someone else and enjoy a day trip to Martha’s Vineyard from Boston. Then, take a short cruise to Martha's Vineyard then enjoy free time to explore or upgrade to add an island tour. Complimentary snacks, bottled water, island guidebooks and a discount card with island perks are provided during the drive.
  • Hassle-free ride from Boston to Cape Cod aboard air-conditioned Mini Coach Bus
  • Panoramic ocean views on a cruise between Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard
  • Spend hours exploring Martha's Vineyard at your leisure - beaches, shopping, and dining available.
  • Narrated Island Tour upgrade available with stops in Edgartown and Gay Head Cliffs

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Explore the island at your own pace while someone else handles bus and ferry transport—or upgrade to a guided group tour.
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Boston to Martha's Vineyard Day-Trip Excursion
Round-Trip Transportation on Air-Conditioned Mini Coach Bus
Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off included at select Boston hotels
3-Hour Narrated Martha's Vineyard Island Bus Tour (option available at checkout)
50-minute stop to explore downtown Edgartown at your leisure (Island Tour upgrade)
15-minute stop to view the Gay Head Cliffs in Aquinnah (Island Tour option)
See all 6 Martha's Vineyard Towns during your island tour including Vineyard Haven & Aquinnah
Drive through charming downtown Falmouth and along the Cape Cod Canal on the way to the ferry
Scenic 35-45 min ferry cruise from Cape Cod to Oak Bluffs or Vineyard Haven (based on travel date)
Bonus stop at Nobska Lighthouse in Falmouth in Cape Cod (based on travel date)
Complimentary Bottled Water, Snacks and Island Guidebooks
Narration during Mini Coach Bus Ride
Restroom stop halfway between Boston and Cape Cod
6 hours total time on the island
Gratuities
Lunch (dining options available on Martha's Vineyard)

Departure Point

296 State St, Boston, MA 02109, USA

*For those who do not require hotel pick-up, please meet at the  Marriott Long Wharf Hotel main entrance (must be confirmed as your pickup location). Boston Marriott Long Wharf, 296 State St, Boston, MA 02109, USA

Departure Time

6:15 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Begin with hotel pickup followed by relaxing drive by mini-coach from Boston to Falmouth, MA. Water and a morning snack and light commentary is provided on the trip.

Upon arrival in Falmouth, it’s off to the Island Queen Dock to board the ferry (ticket included) to Martha’s Vineyard. Enjoy a brief mini-cruise across Vineyard Sound to the island destination, Martha's Vineyard. From there, each passenger has ample time to explore Martha's Vineyard at their leisure.

For an introduction to the island, an optional tour is available. Visit the Gay Head Light, an iconic island lighthouse in Aquinnah. Travel through the beautiful historic village of Edgartown and learn about the area’s history from a guide.  After the tour, you have free time to continue to explore the island on our own.

Board the ferry for an afternoon departure and leisurely cruise back to Falmouth, where a return shuttle awaits to complete this great island experience. Water and a light snack is provided on the trip back to Boston and your designated hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Island Queen Ferry
Once in Falmouth, you'll be dropped off at the Island Queen Dock where you'll board the passenger ferry. Your ferry ticket is included so you won't have to wait in line at the dock. Relax on a short 35-minute mini-cruise as you sail across the sparkling waters off the coast of Massachusetts.
Duration: 35 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Oak Bluffs Town Beach
You will arrive at the island of Martha's Vineyard around 9:30am. You will then have approximately six hours to explore Martha's Vineyard on your own. Your bus driver will be happy to provide you with more information and maps of the area should you wish to book additional activities.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Gay Head Light (Aquinnah Light)
Upgrade to a 3-hour narrated island tour to get an initial overview of the island. On the tour you will have a 15-20-minute stop at the Gay Head cliffs in scenic Aquinnah, where the first lighthouse was built.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Aquinnah Cliffs
Upgrade to a 3-hour narrated island tour to get an initial overview of the island. On the tour you will have a 15-20-minute stop at the Gay Head cliffs in scenic Aquinnah, where the first lighthouse was built.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Gay Head
Upgrade to a 3-hour narrated island tour to get an initial overview of the island. On the tour you will have a 15-20-minute stop at the Gay Head cliffs in scenic Aquinnah, where the first lighthouse was built.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Edgartown Lighthouse
Next, you'll pass through the beautiful historic village of Edgartown. Along the way, enjoy the commentary from your professional tour guides as they share their knowledge of the island's history and present-day events. You will then have approximately 2.5 hours to explore Martha’s Vineyard on your own.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Martha's Vineyard Camp meeting Association (MVCMA)
Upon completion of your day on the Island, you will board the ferry which departs at 3:45pm for a relaxing sail back to Falmouth, where the shuttle will be waiting to complete the final leg of your unforgettable day trip experience. A light snack and water will be provided on your trip back to Boston.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
South Beach
Free time to explore Martha's Vineyard on your own.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Flying Horses Carousel
Free time to explore Martha's Vineyard on your own.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Steamship Authority
Please note: For departures from April 2-May 26 and October 11-October 30, ferry service will be provided by The Steamship Authority. For departure from May 27-October 10, ferry service will be provided by Island Queen Ferry. Ferry schedules and locations may vary slightly. Times will be advised during reconfirmation.
Duration: 35 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Steamship Authority - Martha's Vineyard
Please note: For departures from April 2-May 26 and October 11-October 30, ferry service will be provided by The Steamship Authority. For departure from May 27-October 10, ferry service will be provided by Island Queen Ferry. Ferry schedules and locations may vary slightly. Times will be advised during reconfirmation.
Duration: 35 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Provided Boston Hotel Pick-Up Locations: Boston Harbor Hotel, Colonnade, Custom House, DoubleTree by Hilton Boston (Washington Street), Fairmont Copley Plaza, Hampton Inn & Suites Boston Crosstown Center, Hilton Back Bay, Hilton Boston Downtown (Financial District), Hotel 140, Hyatt Regency Boston, Intercontinental Boston, Liberty Hotel, Loews Hotel, Marriott Copley, Marriott Long Wharf, Millennium Bostonian Hotel, Omni Parker House, Park Plaza Hotel, Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, Revere Hotel, Seaport Hotel, Sheraton Boston Hotel, W Hotel, Westin Boston Waterfront, Wyndham Beacon Hill
  • Please note: PICKUPS ARE ONLY PROVIDED AT HOTELS THAT ARE ON THE LIST.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY New England Trips Inc.
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date 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 policy on face masks and attendee health during Martha's Vineyard Daytrip from Boston with Round-Trip Ferry & Island Tour Option?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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  • "A full day and a lot of driving but well worth the effort." See review
  • "Be aware that in mid October, many shops have closed up for the season." See review

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Great Day Outing
Marcy_C
, Oct 2021
Bus driver was very knowledgeable. He gave numerous tips. Everything ran on time and was well scheduled. Would go again and get the island tour too.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for the 4 star review of our Martha's Vineyard day trip. I am glad to hear that you had a great day and appreciate you sharing your experience. Kind Regards, Stephen M. Belcastro President New England Trips Inc.
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star-4
Great way to see the island…it’s big!
Susan_S
, Oct 2021
We had a great day. Early pickup at our hotel, nice bus ride over to the ferry. Our driver, I don’t remember her name, had a wonderful voice perfect for sharing history of Boston. The ride over was about 1.5 hours but we stopped at a rest stop about 30 minutes in for bathroom and food (since we left so early). The ferry over was a nice ride. We quickly picked up our island tour bus (highly recommend this add on). It’s 3 hours and you go through all six towns on the island stopping at two for site seeing and a little shopping time. The drive and towns were charming. The tour guide talked a little fast but we did get some fun fact—that wasn’t the highlight. After the bus tour, we returned to the town that the ferry came in on. We had a delicious lunch at the black dog cafe snd the service was fast and friendly. We had about 2.5 hours after that bus tour for lunch and more shopping or a stroll. The shops were upscale with just a few tourist shops for tshirts and the like. We got back to our hotel about 7 pm happy and tired out.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for this GREAT 4 star review of our Martha's Vineyard day trip. I am happy to hear that you had such a wonderful day. Your high recommendation of our island tour is much appreciated. I appreciate you taking the time to write this detailed review. Sincerely, Stephen M. Belcastro President New England Trips Inc.
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Martha's Vineyard is a...
Marjorie_G
, Oct 2021
Martha's Vineyard is a beautiful place to visit! Transportation was on time, and clean. Élane (our driver from Boston to Cape Cod ) was excellent and so knowledgeable. Her facts were interesting and accurately presented in an organized manner.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for your review. It sounds like you had more than a 3 star experience. I'm not sure why only 3 stars as you did not go into much detail. I am happy that you enjoyed your time with Elaine. Kind Regards, Stephen M. Belcastro President New England Trips Inc.
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star-5
Weekend in New England
Arlene_W
, Oct 2021
This tour operator is extremely professional courteous and organized with specific attention to detail. Would highly recommend
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for this GREAT 5 star review of our Martha's Vineyard day trip. I really appreciate the kind words regarding our company. We take a great amount of pride in trying to make this trip as perfect as we can for our guests. It is very rewarding to see the amount of positive reviews that we receive. Your HIGH RECOMMENDATION is greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Stephen M. Belcastro President New England Trips Inc.
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star-5
Enjoyed it Martha's Vineyard thoroughly. Would do it again
Paulette_F
, Oct 2021
Great bus driver who picked us up at hotel.. she was knowledgeable and courteous. Couldn't really understand the tour guide on the island itself. Heavy accent
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for this 5 star review of our Martha's Vineyard day trip. I apologize if you couldn't understand our guide. I am glad that you thoroughly enjoyed your day anyway. Kind Regards, Stephen M. Belcastro President New England Trips Inc.
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Restaurant
Joyce_A
, Oct 2021
Edgerton, Eatery.."NEWES FROM AMERICA" ..was a great place to eat. The trip there was cheap and fun.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for the GREAT 5 star review of our Martha's Vineyard day trip. I am glad that you had a fun day and enjoyed your lunch! Kind Regards, Stephen M. Belcastro President New England Trips Inc.
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star-5
Worth the Money.
Romeo_S
, Oct 2021
Lucia was on time and very friendly on our Boston to Woods Hole, MA. morning trip. On our way back to Boston, she was very knowledgeable of the region that she took some back roads to avoid traffic delay therefore saving us a lot of time from being stuck in the Friday afternoon traffic. On the island, our guide/driver who grew up and lives on the island was very entertaining and very knowledgeable. There was never a dull moment with him. I apologize that i forgot his name. Save yourself time by hiring this tour company. Leave the driving to them .Sit back , Relax and enjoy.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for this wonderful 5 star review of Boston's ORIGINAL Martha's Vineyard day trip. I am glad that you enjoyed your time with Lucia and Tom. They are both great at what they do and valued members of the New England Trips team. I appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. Sincerely, Stephen M. Belcastro President New England Trips Inc.
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star-5
Best day of our trip
Patricia_D
, Oct 2021
Tom was the bomb.com and Jay was the way to get there!🍁🍁🍁🧡🧡🧡😂😂😂 and we still don’t know who Martha is or where the vineyards are 😂. But we had a beautiful time!!!!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for this quite humorous 5 star review of our Martha's Vineyard day trip. I am happy that you had such a wonderful day and flattered that we provided you with the best day of your trip to Boston. I give you 5 stars for this 5 star review, it was fun to read! Kind Regards, Stephen M. Belcastro President New England Trips Inc.
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Don’t take the bus tour on the Vineyard if you’d like to actually experience the vineyard
Kathryn_L
, Oct 2021
We enjoyed the trip from Boston to the ferry and back. Jay was so personable, full of history and information. That was a great experience. We also enjoyed the ferry. Everything changed though on our first stop with Tom. We could find the gingerbread houses, or walk the beach, or see the mansions by the water. We had only 50 minutes to sightsee. Next we drive through Edgartown and never stopped. After that the pace became more frantic. We skipped a lighthouse because there was no parking and had only 10 minutes to visit another. That old bus moves very quickly, and it was all a blur. It was quantity over quality.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for sharing your opinion. Our tour does change somewhat this time of year. It is only a 3 hour tour and the island is over 100 square miles. That being said, we do try to show you as much of the island as possible in that timeframe. Judging by past reviews, I think alot of our guests would have been very disappointed if they had taken your advice and not taken the tour. I apologize if your experience was different than most. Sincerely, Stephen M. Belcastro President New England Trips Inc.
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star-5
awesome trip
Cindy_N
, Oct 2021
our guide Luchia to the ferry terminal was great. she was very informative. The tour guide on the island Tom knows more about Martha Vineyard than you could image. We learned about the history of the island and all the current info also. It was a wonderful tour.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for this AWESOME 5 star review of Boston's ORIGINAL Martha's Vineyard day trip. I am happy to hear how much that you enjoyed your time with Lucia and Tom. They are both great at what they do. I appreciate you spending a day with New England Trips! Kind Regards, Stephen M. Belcastro President New England Trips Inc.
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