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Step back in time to the era of the Salem witch trials on this guided day trip from Boston to Salem, Mass. Visit the Salem Witch Museum (there is an admission fee to enter) and learn about the trials, where 20 innocent people were put to death in 1692. See the U.S. Custom House and the House of the Seven Gables. Stop by local Halloween shops and other witch-themed attractions in Salem. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included from select downtown Boston hotels.

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

Board an air-conditioned, luxury coach in downtown Boston and enjoy the 40-minute drive north to Salem, famous for the 1692 witch trials in which 20 residents were executed for allegedly practicing witchcraft. It’s just the beginning of the education on this Salem Witch City day trip.

The sightseeing tour begins in the coastal town of Marblehead, the birthplace of the American Navy and Marine Corps Aviation. Visit Abbot Hall, a town hall and historical museum where the original Spirit of ’76 painting is housed. Abbot Hall listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Onward to Salem, learn much more about the infamous Salem witch trials, a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts in the late 1600s. The trials resulted in the executions of 20 people, most of them women. It still stands as one of the nation’s most notorious cases of mass hysteria.

Visit the House of the Seven Gables, a National Historic Landmark District that served as the centerpiece in novelist and Salem-native Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic novel of the same name. It’s the oldest surviving 17th-century wooden mansion in New England. Also, visit the U.S. Custom House, where Hawthorne worked.

Finally, enjoy some free time for lunch at a wide variety of restaurants and cafes in the Pickering Wharf neighborhood of Salem. Stop by any number of local Halloween shops and other witch-themed attractions and/or visit the Salem Witch Museum, if desired. There is a fee to enter the museum.

The tour concludes with drop-off at your Boston hotel.

Notice: This seasonal tour operates from June to October.

Customer Reviews

Alicea H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We had a great time. Bob the tour guide was amazing. He was able to keep the drive interesting. This is a very long day. Due to Boston traffic, we didn't get back until late. We felt like there was definitely enough time to see everything we wanted to, even during the busy Halloween season.

Fabienne P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

My husband and I, we had an excellent time! We definitely recommend this tour to know more about Salem!

Rebecca L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great guide/driver in Bob. Appreciated the extra stopping at Seven Gables and discounts at various places. Would just say the Witch museums were not quite what I expected and disappointing overall. Witch Museum is only 2 presentations. They do cover the history, but it's not a museum where you look at things at all. Lines are often long, and there is TIMED ENTRY. So if this is something YOU want, get in line as SOON as possible if you want to see before bus leaves. Witch Dungeon Museum was also just so-so...a presentation and a tour through dungeon. Liked House of Seven Gables and Hawthorne House better than Witch museums. Would have liked to see the Peabody Museum.

carol

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We did 5 Viator tours while in Boston. Everyone of them was fabulous. They were well run. The tour guides were all knowledgeable and accommodating. The sights were all worthwhile. Our guide for Salem was Ron. He related interesting history facts and gave us information on what to see and do in Salem.

James I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

All around a great day trip from Boston. If you want the full Salem Halloween experience, that deserves its own trip, but as a way to see a good portion of the city and judge if you'd like to come back, this is a great way to do it. the couple of stops on the way have some nice views as well as interesting history. Once in Salem, you are on your own which is a nice change of pace from some other day trips. Spend your time however you want. I found I had time for two museums, another small attraction, some lunch, a little wandering around and then dessert, so plenty of time. I was also given coupons to two attractions that I used which was nice. Knowledgeable guide as well. No complaints at all.

Susan A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Wonderful day with Bob, our guide. Such a knowledged and sweet man. Loved that he talked the whole trip, giving us all kinds of wonderful tidbits about Salem and Marblehead. Had a wonderful time. Thank you.

Katie F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Had a wonderful time. Bob, the tour guide, was fantastic. He knew all kinds of historical facts, and some very interesting things and places to see. The only regret is that we didn't have more time. I would definitely recommend this tour!

martineegan0

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great to sit back and relax and let someone else do the driving. Driver pointed out interesting sights along the way. Even got a tour of Boston. The bus driver/guide we had was a retired gentleman who did the job for love not money. He took us to Marblehead, to the House of the Seven Gables and then dropped us off in the centre for four hours. Would definitely do it again...

Mary-Ann W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Fantastic tour would highly recommend it. Bobby our bus driver and tour guide made the day enjoyable, interesting and appreciate Salem city and the towns we drove through giving an in sight to the area.

H S M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great guide who shared a lot of information. Would do this again!

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