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Boston Small-Group Food & History North End Freedom Trail Walking Tour

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Combine two attractions Boston has to offer—delicious food and rich history—on this tour that starts in the popular North End and continues along the Freedom Trail. Snack your way through this historic Italian neighborhood, trying fresh bread at a hidden bakery and enjoying an Italian salumeria. Once fortified, walk the Freedom Trail to discover the rich history of the American Revolution and experience the modern city Boston is now.
  • North End food, history, and highlights tour gives you a comprehensive view of the city
  • Delicious food samples, including fresh bread, meats, and cheeses
  • Learn fascinating facts about American Revolution history from your guide
  • Take a break from walking while enjoying Italian snacks or a refreshing beer
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Local English-speaking guide
a variety of food samples such as fresh bread, pizza, and pastries,
entrance fee to the historic church (or equivalent alternative),
a surprise local treat.
Tips/gratuities for your guide
222 State St, Boston, MA 02109, USA

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

4 Charles St, Boston, MA 02108, USA
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Entrance to the Massachusetts State House requires a government ID and all guests must pass through metal detectors. The State House is open on weekdays only, we will find alternate sites to visit on weekends.
  • In the event of a site closure, we will do our best to replace it with a similar alternative.
  • This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6.
  • We can accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests. You can do so in the ‘Additional information’ box at checkout.
  • Small group of a maximum of 12 people.
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour: The Food to Freedom Tour is environmentally friendly because unlike many of the tour companies in Boston, you walk as opposed to using buses or other vehicles.
  • In the morning when you are in the famous North End, all of the food stops are 100% owned and run by locals, ensuring that local people benefit from tourism to their city. So any inclusions on the tour and additional purchases you make will directly benefit the local community.
  • You also stop at a couple of world-famous churches which are as much a part of Boston (and America's) history as you can get. Both the Old North Church and King's Chapel are non-profit organizations that work hard to educate school children and adults on American history and colonial life. By paying an entrance fee, you are helping to maintain the church and their work.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures USA

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

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Boston Small-Group Food & History North End Freedom Trail Walking Tour?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Boston Small-Group Food & History North End Freedom Trail Walking Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Boston Small-Group Food & History North End Freedom Trail Walking Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Boston Small-Group Food & History North End Freedom Trail Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Boston Small-Group Food & History North End Freedom Trail Walking Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Boston Small-Group Food & History North End Freedom Trail Walking Tour.

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  • "Just a few tips - bring a bottle of water if you get thirsty and be prepared to walk." See review
  • "Take the day and learn about the city of Boston, U.S. history and meet the owners of the family shops along the tour." See review
  • "It's a lot of walking but not at a fast pace." See review

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An incredible experience to learn about Boston's history, culture, and food!
Emanuel_B
, Apr 2021
This was our first trip to Boston. We signed up for the five hour food and history tour to introduce ourselves to Boston. The tour was perfect. We learned so much about the people and history of Boston....where much of our country's ideas and values were born. The food was great and so much of it, I could not eat it all. I loved the cappuccino and cannoli we had at an old coffee shop in the North End. The tour guides were interesting and fun. I also think this tour is good for locals as well to learn details of their city! If you think five hours is too long (it went by fast), you always have the option to leave the tour when you think it is time or if you have other plans. I recommend this tour for food lovers and those interested in history!
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Boston food and walking tour
Vance_M
, Apr 2021
The guide and the history and the sights.. The food was OK. Pizza was not good. Sully was the highlight. Very passionate about the history.
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Once in a life time experience!
Randy_F
, Mar 2021
Visiting the Italian bakery, so authentic and delicious. Bob showed us some amazing places with unique background history. Having Italian sandwiches in the North Church square was a great experience.
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What an awesome day for my first time to Boston!!!
Haynes_M
, Mar 2021
Food was fantastic -got to experience some great, off the beaten path cafes, delis and pastry shops. Followed up with a very interesting history tour along the Freedom Trial. OUr tour guide was very accomodating and very knowledgable. Saw some very historic locations and entire tour was interesting. Great tour. I highly recommend!!
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Enthusiastic amazing food and history tour
RhiannaRipper
, Jan 2021
Even though this tour can feel long when booking the time goes by so quickly and there is some walking involved but there are lots of stops and breaks including so many food stops, all the food was so good and it was great to be fed along the way. We had Tim as our guide and he was fantastic so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Boston and its history we had no idea how much had truly gone on in Boston and it was wonderful to connect the dots of other walking history tours we had been on but this one had food so was way better. Definitely worth the price and is a great way to see some of the city and get some great food, recommendations and history. You will not regret going.
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Awesome
Julie_P
, Jan 2021
Sully was awesome!! We had a blast yesterday and I learned so much about Boston and local life there. I would highly recommend this tour.
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This is a must see experience even if you are familiar with Boston
Elizabeth-mary
, Dec 2020
Corine was an enthusiastic guide. She was always considerate of how fast or slow people could go. Corine made history come to life.
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Great way to explore Boston
Bonnie_S
, Dec 2020
I loved the North End and all the food tastings. Our guide was very informative. We really covered alot of ground in Boston.
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Private 5 hour tour!
Lisa_C
, Nov 2020
My husband and I were the only ones signed up because it was an very cold day. So we had a private tour with Sully. He was amazing! The food was incredible (fresh baked bread, cannoli and cappuccino, Italian sandwich and pizza)! After the food part of the tour we did the history part. It was very informative and Sully was extremely knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this tour!
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Enjoyable 5 hour tour- would have been better if not pouring rain
MinnesotaGirl
, Nov 2020
I enjoyed this tour. Sully was a great tour guide; very well versed in the history of the area. This was my first trip to Boston and I learned a lot. My friend and I took the 5 hour walking tour which combined food tour and history tour. I didn't realize it was actually two separate tours combined into one, with the food tour being the first part and the history tour being the second part. I had expected food to be spread out across the whole tour but it was all in the first portion. Then we returned to our meeting place and picked up the additional people that had booked the 2 hour history tour portion. While my preference would be for it to be food spread over 5 hours, I understand why it's done like this and it didn't really affect my enjoyment of the tour. Unfortunately it rained almost the entire time and the rain got harder as the afternoon went on, so we were very wet. It was still fun though. I enjoyed most of the food. The pastry shop in the alley (Bricco's?) was great. We liked it so much that we went back the day before flying home and bought some pastries for the flight. The stop at the coffee shop where we got to be 1) out of rain 2) warm and 3) sit down was wonderful. The only food I didn't really care for was the pizza, but that's my preference, not a problem with it. It was great going in and out of the little shops in the North End. We also saw Paul Revere's house, Paul Revere statue, old North Church, Fanieul Market, Beacon Hill area and much more. It's a lot of walking but not at a fast pace. Fanieul Market was a disappointment but again not due to the tour. It's that I had imagined it as being similar to the great markets in London- SpitalFields and Borough- and it was instead modern stores and restaurants. And no place to sit. We went there after the tour to get out of the rain and almost all of the food stands were closed and there were no chairs or benches due to COVID 19; the only place to sit was outside in the downpour. Overall it was a very informative and tasty tour and Sully was very knowledgable and engaging.
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