Step back in time to the era of the Salem witch trials on this guided day trip from Boston to Salem, Mass. After a visit to Marblehead, birthplace of the American Navy, 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. Enjoy time on your own to 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.
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 on your own
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 (select hotels only)
Comfortable transportation in a full-sized, temperature-controlled motorcoach with lavatory
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
This attraction-packed group visit to "Witch City" includes free time to explore on your own.
Board an air-conditioned, luxury coach in downtown Boston and enjoy the 40-minute drive north to Marblehead and 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. Explore the city on your own. Suggested attractions include a 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 additional 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.
Tony our driver was great and was very friendly and informative.
Unfortunately, the bus was terrible.
The microphone went down about 20mins into the journey which was disappointing.
Luckily the bus wasnt full and Tony made sure we all moved up to hear him talk.
When we arrived we were given a voucher which the Witch Dungeon wouldnt accept.
The air conditioning on bus broke down on the way back to Boston.
I was expecting more I must admit and didnt think it was worth the money but that shouldnt take away from how well Tony performed.
My son is only 17 so everything I booked so far Ive had to pay for an adult which I also think made this more expensive that it should have been.
Tony was a wonderful tour guide and we are so glad we got to experience Marblehead and Castle Rock. Wear comfortable walking shoes so you can try to make it to all of the main attractions in Salem, especially the Memorial. Don't be afraid of the rain, it only adds to the ambiance! Remember your National Park Passport and get your stamps at the visitors center. Thank you for a wonderful day.
Could have done without trip to Marblehead, a waste of time that could have been spent in Salem. Therefore, not enough time to cover Salem. Walking through Salem was difficult because attractions spread out. Could have used some kind of hop on, hop off transport about town. It was so easy to get lost. Enjoyed House of Seven Gables but so far away from other attractions took All our time to get there. Honestly, a disappointment.
I wanted to go when the city wasn't 100% focused on Halloween. There are shops and exhibits to see . There is the Peabody Essex Museum is supposed to be outstanding. I have made a reservation to travel to Salem ( ang Marblehead) on August 10.
The places we visited were great although getting there not so great. The ground staff were not very professional and the driver Tony quite frankly was dressed as if he was just going down to the grocery store!
We boarded the 'so called' luxury coach to be told the air conditioning needed to be topped up and we had a choice of either wasting an hour whilst this was done and therefore losing time in Salem or going on another tour. This was our last day in Boston so this was not an option an we didn't want to be the only ones to say about the air conditioning so we stayed on the coach. The driver said it would be OK as it wasn't going to be very hot how wrong he was and also him and his boss had already decided that the coach was good to go so in reality we didn't really have a choice. I don't think guests who have paid for a tour should be put in this position the coach should not even have come out of the depot!
This was a cost effective tour and a stress free way of touring Salem. I also enjoyed seeing Marblehead which I otherwise would not have got to. Knowledgeable and friendly guide. The Salem part is all self directed and a bit more input as to where we might like to visit would have been good as I found out about a couple of places too late.
Love love love! Our bus driver Bob was GREAT! He knew a lot, quite knowledgeable.He gave us 5 hours to venture off on our own. So much history in this town. Happy I took the opportunity to join this tour. Bob is the best driver by far. Awesome sauce!!!!