Companion Tours

SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2016

"BASICALLY BEANTOWN TOUR" –
HIGHLIGHTS OF BOSTON & CAMBRIDGE & HARVARD

Today’s tour is designed to highlight the best of two sister cities, Boston and Cambridge, in a short period of time. Not just for history buffs, Boston of “yesterday and tomorrow” will be brought alive for you by a knowledgeable and entertaining local Tour Guide.

Tour through Boston’s Back Bay and see Copley Square where H. H. Richardson’s Trinity Church, and its reflection in I.M. Pei’s Hancock Tower provide a snapshot glimpse into Boston, the “old and the new.”

See the Public Garden and the oldest public park in the country, Boston Common where Pirates, Quakers and Witches were hung. Pass the “new” State House with its shining gold dome and learn why it is nicknamed the “ham and cheese building.” View Boston’s most charming and distinguished enclave, Beacon Hill, home to the blue-blooded “Boston Brahmins.” Pass by steep cobblestoned streets and see elegant brick townhouses, lavender windowpanes, gas lamps, and hear about “rich men’s” herringbone sidewalks” and the notables who make Beacon Hill home.

Drive by the waterfront and hear about Boston’s Innovation District. Ride along the Rose Kennedy Greenway—15 acres of public parkland reclaimed after the Big Dig project. See the bustling Quincy Marketplace buildings and the restored Faneuil Hall with its famous golden grasshopper weathervane.

Tour past many of the Freedom Trail sites viewing the 1713 Old State House where the Declaration of Independence was read aloud in 1776; the spot where Colonial men fell in the Boston Massacre, and the 1660 Granary Burying Ground, where Sons of Liberty Paul Revere, Sam Adams, John Hancock, and myriad Puritans are interred.

Drive by the Cheers bar of television fame, and into the “modern” Back Bay of the late 1800’s, an elegant Victorian neighborhood of homes, with designer shops and sidewalk cafes along chic Newbury Street.

Next, crossing the Charles River to Boston’s “sister city” Cambridge you’ll have a spectacular view of Boston’s skyline. Hear about the “Smoots” measuring the Harvard Bridge, and the famous and ingenious “hacks” or practical jokes, played by MIT students over the decades. Laugh at stories about the longstanding M.I.T. and Harvard rivalry, and the practical jokes the two rivals have played on each other over the decades and hear of MIT’s famous graduates, experiments and world-renowned inventions.

Enjoy a walking tour of historic Harvard Yard where you’ll see the colonial red brick dormitories from the 1700’s contrasted against the modern architecture of the 1900’s. Walk past Holden Chapel, the Statue of Three Lies and Widener Memorial Library as your guide tells stories about the history and famous graduates of the school.

Leaving Harvard, continue on down “Tory Row”, past the 18th century estates of Royalist sympathizers to see Longfellow House - one of the finest examples of pre-Revolutionary Georgian architecture still standing. Later, return to your hotel with an excellent overview of Boston and her sister city!

Itinerary

  • 1:00pm - Coach departs Hotel for Highlights Tour
    • Tour Boston “Yesterday and Tomorrow”
    • Tour through Cambridge, view MIT
    • Walking Tour of Harvard University
  • 4:00/4:15pm - Approximate return time to hotel

PRICE:
$ 43.00 per person

INCLUSIONS:

  • Privately Chartered Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
  • (1) Professional Tour Guide/coach departure
  • All applicable taxes and gratuities

MONDAY, JULY 18, 2016

FREEDOM TRAIL WALKING TOUR

Known as “America’s Walking City” and as a compact city with several centuries of carefully preserved history, Boston is exceptionally well-suited to be seen on foot. Today’s tour takes you along the city’s famous Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile, red-lined route that passes 16 historically significant sites including meetinghouses, churches, and burying grounds.

Your tour starts with a walk through the Back Bay and the scenic Public Garden, famous for the popular Swan Boat rides. Continue on up Beacon Hill, viewing the gold domed State House of 1795. Pause in front of the striking, bas relief bronze Robert Gould Shaw 54th Regiment Memorial. The Shaw Memorial is one of sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens' most stirring and celebrated masterpieces, taking him almost 14 years to complete.

Adjacent to the Memorial, is the Boston Common, used since 1634 as a public park. It is here in the Common where the Freedom Trail begins. Pass Park Street Church, known for supporting Abolitionist causes and where “My Country Tis of Thee” was sung for the first time on July 4, 1831. Enter the Granary Burying Ground, the final resting place of John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and Paul Revere amongst many others where 2,300 grave markers only begin to tell the story of the estimated 5000 Bostonians buried here.

See the Old South Meeting House the setting for several of the most dramatic incidents leading to the American Revolution, including a meeting on December 16, 1773 that triggered the Sons of Liberty to march down to the harbor and destroy 340 crates of tea; an event now known as the Boston Tea Party. Stand on the site of the Boston Massacre, where five colonists were killed by British regulars in 1770. View the Old State House. Built in 1713, its distinctive cupola was once the tallest point in town, and atop its facade are the lion and unicorn, symbols of royal authority, which were torn down and burned after the Declaration of Independence was read from the building's balcony on July 18, 1776.

Continue across the street to see Faneuil Hall, referred to as the “Cradle of Liberty” where America’s first Town Meeting was held. Topped by a golden grasshopper weathervane, used during the War of 1812 to spot spies, Faneuil Hall continues the tradition today as the home of free speech as each year new citizens take the Oath of Allegiance. Pass through Quincy Market, alive with the hustle and bustle of visitors and street entertainers.

Next it’s on to Boston’s Italian North End for a stroll down narrow streets crowded with restaurants, bakeries and specialty shops. Stop outside the Old North Church as we recall the history of its dramatic role in the American Revolution, immortalized with the words “One if by Land, Two if by Sea” in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.” See the oldest building in downtown Boston. Built around 1680 and once inhabited by Paul Revere and his family, throughout the 19th century this home served as a boarding house for sailors and tenement for Irish, Jewish and Italian immigrants.

At the end of the walking tour board your coach for a return transfer to the hotel, passing along the harbor front and Rose Kennedy Greenway.

Note: This tour is not a strenuous walk; however, it is recommended for those who are comfortable walking about 2+ miles.

Itinerary

  • 9:00am - Walking Tour departs on foot for Freedom Trail Tour
    • Tour through the Back Bay
    • Explore Boston’s Freedom Trail Sites
  • 12:00pm - Approximate return time to hotel via coach

PRICE:
$47.00 per person

INCLUSIONS:

  • Professional Walking Tour Guides (2)
  • One Way Transfer from end of tour via private charter of Deluxe Motorcoach
  • All applicable taxes and gratuities

TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2016

"CAMELOT" COACH TOUR – JFK'S BOSTON (4 HOURS)

Climb aboard your motorcoach today to begin an inside look at JFK’s Boston. Learn about the United States 35th President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, as you see the places which shaped young Jack Kennedy into the leader he became. From his childhood in Brookline to his statue on Beacon Hill, you’ll glimpse little-known sides of the intriguing Kennedy story – and gain new insights into his contributions to posterity. Explore from the Devotion School playground and house on Beals Street, to the fascinating museum built in his honor.

Just south of downtown Boston sits the stunning I.M. Pei designed John F. Kennedy Presidential Library with its signature geometric shapes of concrete, steel and glass. Located on Columbia Point, the Library and Museum is set in a ten-acre park landscaped with pine trees, shrubs and wild roses reminiscent of the Cape Cod environment and overlooks both the sea that he loved and the city of Boston that launched him to greatness.

The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum conveys his enthusiasm for politics and public service, and illustrates the nature of the office of the President. The museum collection comprises some 20,000 three-dimensional objects and works of art and personal memorabilia of President Kennedy such as his own collections of scrimshaw and ship models, as well as items associated with the events of his political career and Presidency.

Stepping inside the lobby, overlooking the dramatic Pavilion with its 115’ glass wall and proudly displayed giant American flag, visitors immediately enter the recreated world of the Kennedy Presidency for a “first-hand” experience of John F. Kennedy’s life, legacy, and leadership.

Your visit is self-guided so tour at your own pace. If you choose, start by taking a seat in the theater for a fascinating 17-minute film, narrated in part by JFK. Experience the Museum’s theaters, period settings and 25 dramatic multimedia exhibits including 1960’s memorabilia and campaign items. Modeled after the architecture of the White House, each room offers a unique perspective transporting you back in time. Watch the first ever televised debate between Nixon and Kennedy; hear the Berlin Wall speech or the stirring Inaugural Address “Ask not what your country” speech. See the personal furnishings of President Kennedy in the Oval Office and of Robert F. Kennedy in the Attorney General’s office alongside Kennedy family artifacts showcasing the family’s Irish heritage. Learn about Kennedy’s passion for the Space Race. Get briefed by advisers on the leading issues of the day, then try answering actual questions posed to President Kennedy by members of the press in the Briefing Room.

An exhibit in tribute to First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy includes photographs, video footage of her televised tour of the White House, which won an Emmy Award, and her artwork and clothing.

Departing the JFK Library and Museum later, take with you the spirit of idealism and legacy of hope that defined this 1000 days of presidency.

Itinerary

  • 9:00am - Depart hotel
  • 9:00am-12:00pm - Tour JFK's Boston and visit JFK Library and Museum
  • 12:30pm - Approximate return time to hotel

INCLUSIONS:

  • Transportation via private charter of a deluxe Motorcoach
  • (1) Professional Tour Guide
  • Admission to JFK Library and Museum
  • All applicable taxes and gratuities

TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2016

A TASTE OF BOSTON'S LITTLE ITALY

Close your eyes and imagine strolling down the quaint and narrow streets of the oldest neighborhood in America – Boston’s “Little Italy”, the North End. Discover the sights, sounds, tantalizing aromas and delectable tastes of this charming neighborhood of Boston.

On the way to the North End your guide will entertain guests with fun food facts about Boston including the many “food firsts” in the Boston area including Boston cream pie, toll house cookies (the original chocolate chip cookies) and Friendly’s Ice Cream.

Boston’s “Little Italy” is your destination for a true taste of this special neighborhood. On arrival in the North End, your group begins their culinary adventure as your guests meet a local connoisseur. Your tour of the North End was designed to reflect her passion for all things Italian after having lived in the North End for over 30 years.

Together you will discover Boston's vibrant "Little Italy," and be immersed into the North End’s neighborhood food experience. Embark on a walking tour that is like a cooking class on foot: learn about how Italians eat; glean insider cooking tips; gain resources and knowledge on how to identify and where to buy the very best ingredients. Visit a salumeria with shelves packed high with imported Italian provisions – olive oil, vinegar, olives, cured meats, cheese, pastas and more. Or sample Italian desserts such as cannoli or marzipan at a pastry shop. Learn a brief history of the neighborhood and hear about the evolving restaurant scene as you walk amongst colorful locals.

Your tour will visit 6 stores with tastes and tales of the North End along the way!

At the conclusion of the tour, guests will have the option of staying on in the North End, enjoying the shops and pubs of the Quincy Market area or returning to the hotel via coach.

Itinerary

  • 1:30pm - Depart hotel for the North End
  • 2:00-4:00pm - Culinary Food Tour of the North End
  • 4:30pm - Approximate return time to hotel

PRICE:
$ 90.00 per person

INCLUSIONS:

  • Transportation via private charter of a deluxe Motorcoach
  • (1) Professional Tour Guide
  • Culinary Expert Fees for North End Tasting Tour
  • Visits and Tastes at 6 North End Specialty Stores
  • All applicable taxes and gratuities

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2016

CAPE COD: Hyannis and Sandwich

Depart Boston with your Tour Guide for Cape Cod. Stretching 70 miles out into the ocean, Cape Cod offers white, sandy beaches, shingled cottages and a chance to relax in scenic surroundings.

You’ll travel first to Hyannis and Hyannisport—home of the Kennedys. Stop at the Kennedy Memorial and see the bustling harborfront where ferries for Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Islands depart from.

Departing Hyannis, travel along the scenic Old King’s Highway. From its beginning as a Native American trail, Route 6A evolved into a principal east-west cart path for early Cape Cod farmers and other settlers. In the late 17th century it became an extension of the Plymouth Colony’s “King’s Highway.” With the rise of 18th century maritime activities on Cape Cod, sea captain homes, taverns and other commercial activities sprouted along the route, giving occasion to Boston-Provincetown stagecoaches to stop. Today, this scenic route is preserved and protected as an historic district with many homes and churches listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Next, your excursion takes you to Cape Cod's oldest and possibly most picturesque village - Sandwich. Stretch your legs as you enjoy a short walking tour around the village to see the working grist mill, the historic Hoxie House dating back to the 1600’s, the ducks on Shawme Pond, and the typically New England white-steepled Christopher Wren Church which was featured on the cover of an Elvis Presley album.

Enjoy a delectable luncheon at the historic Dan'l Webster Inn. Once a favorite of Daniel Webster and Thoreau, today Dan’l Webster Inn offers innovative cuisine in an historic setting.

Next stop, visit Heritage Museums and Gardens, where you will find over 75 acres of gardens, an antique car barn, an American history museum, and an art museum complete with an authentic 1912 working carousel. In 2016, Heritage Museums and Gardens will have a special exhibit “Cut! Costume and the Cinema. Visitors will discover the glamour, luxury and artistry of cinematic couture. Forty-two costumes worn by stars including Scarlett Johansson, Kate Winslet, Maggie Smith, Heath Ledger, Ralph Fiennes, Minnie Driver, Jude Law, Robert Downey, Jr., Keira Knightley and more are all included in this evocative star-studded exhibition of movie costume excellence.

After enjoying time to explore Heritage Museums and Gardens on your own, board the coach for the return transfer to Cape Cod.

Itinerary

  • 9:30am - Depart Boston Hotel for Cape Cod, travel to Cape Cod via land
  • 10:30am - Approximate arrival on Cape Cod
    • Tour Hyannis and Hyannisport
    • Scenic ride along the Old King’s Highway
    • Walking Tour of Sandwich Village
    • Lunch in Sandwich Village
    • Visit Heritage Museums & Gardens
  • 4:00pm - Depart Sandwich for return to Boston
  • 5"15pm - Approximate return time to hotel

PRICE:
$ 129.00 per person

INCLUSIONS:

  • Transportation via private charter of Deluxe Motorcoach
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Admission to Heritage Museums and Gardens
  • Luncheon
  • All applicable taxes and gratuities