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A jewel in Massachussett’s crown, Boston is diverse in every way imaginable. The city has a European feel, offering a rich heritage, memorable sightseeing, and some fantastic shopping opportunities, all of which you can make the most of on our Boston tours. The Tremont House, a gorgeous hotel in Boston’s historic district, is a short walk away from Downtown Crossing’s famous stores – including Filene's and Saks Fifth Avenue. Boston also has a superb public transport system – the ‘T’ - means you're never far from all the city's other attractions.
An escorted tour in Boston wouldn’t be complete without a day spent wrapping up warm and walking the famous tree-lined Freedom Trail through the heart of the city, taking in the gold-domed State House on the Common, Paul Revere's House, and Old North Church, from where Revere began his historic ride to Concord to warn the Revolutionaries that 'the British are coming'. The trail ends at famous Faneuil Hall and the nearby Quincy Market, where you can pick up a keepsake from one of their incredible array of stalls and speciality shops.
Close by, the New England Aquarium on the Harborside is one of the world's finest, while the harbour itself offers some of the best views of Boston’s skyline. The Harborwalk is a 43 mile park which acts as a hub for much of Boston’s culture and activity. Spanning multiple neighbourhoods and beaches, the Harborwalk attracts visitors from far and wide enjoying a morning stroll looking out over the harbour’s 34 islands and peninsulas - a must-do for those embarking on Boston tours.
Across the Charles River, Cambridge is home to Harvard University and bustling Harvard Square, while throughout the city, there are museums and galleries, theatres and cinemas, as well as countless restaurants, casual eateries, bars and brewery houses that all combine to make a Boston tour one to remember.
Spend an afternoon at the Museum of Fine Arts and discover its impressive collection of paintings and sculptures from across the globe, including art from the Ancient world, American fine art and jewellery and instrument pieces dating as far back as the 1st century B.C. Founded in 1870, the museum is home to over half a million works of contemporary and fine art, so visitors can easily while away a morning, afternoon or even the best part of a day here, and with five dining options available too, you can pause for a bite to eat in between exploring the galleries.
Boston tours are the ideal opportunity to make the most of the city’s traditional pubs serving great food and home-brewed Boston Ale - a local favourite, and with good reason. Foodies spending a holiday in Boston should certainly try a lobster roll while here - this is a real local delicacy and a dish that Boston is renowned for. Served simply dressed in butter or mixed with mayonnaise and celery or pickles, you wouldn’t be remiss for tucking into more than one of these rolls while on holiday in Boston.
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As you can probably tell by now, Boston is packed with a plethora of attractions and activities for all kinds of travellers to enjoy at a pace that suits them. Massachusetts’ capital is a melting pot of different cultures; its rich history dates back to the 1600s, when the first European settlers arrived on its shores, and as such it is one of the oldest cities in the USA. Unsurprisingly therefore, Boston has a wealth of heritage sites and an inescapable sense of culture and history that is just waiting to be explored by curious visitors.
The Freedom Trail is a serene stretch of more than two miles that takes you past all the city’s best historic sites, including the Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, North Market and South Market, four buildings which constitute the iconic Faneuil Hall Marketplace. The trail continues on through the charming North End to Paul Revere’s 18th Century house, perfectly preserved with many of Revere’s own artifacts inside, and culminates in the green open space of Boston Common, a space originally used for cattle pasture back in the 17th Century.
If culture and history holds a special place in your heart, Boston’s museum and gallery scene will have you entertained for days. Visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum to discover a treasure trove of Italian art - the building itself is modelled on the elegant architecture of Venice, which is just another indicator of the immense European influence on Boston. Check out Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts for a carefully curated selection of breathtaking art from around the world.
A day trip to Cambridge is a must - the home of Harvard University and MIT is located just three miles from Boston’s city centre. Its world-famous heritage and wealth of cultural sites and exhibitions makes it easy to draw comparisons between this town and its British cousin, and it’s well worth a visit for those curious about the scholarly side of the East Coast.
For those who love to feel the fresh air on their face, there are plenty of outdoor adventures to be had on a Boston tour and the surrounding countryside. Head to Boston Harbour to experience the delights of this coastal city as the first visitors would have done: discover beaches with flocks of pelicans flying overhead, boat tours with the chance to watch whales and other wildlife, and take a hike up a picturesque cliff to look out at the silvery-blue Massachusetts Bay.
Arranged Boston tours are a fantastic way to experience what this one-of-a-kind city has to offer without missing anything. Book yours today and get the most out of Boston, Massachusetts and the rest of the East Coast.
Just as its history is a fascinating patchwork of different cultures, Boston’s cuisine draws inspiration from an eclectic mix of influences from across the globe. Experience the city’s culture in the most enjoyable way possible by trying their famous crowd-pleasers and local delicacies - taking a culinary adventure is as important as visiting any of Boston’s cultural sites.
So, where do you begin? Boston holidays are not complete without a taste of their iconic seafood dishes - one that stands out in particular is their fried clams or lobster. Locally caught clams and lobster are fried in butter or mixed into a rich chowder and served with fresh bread - the perfect balance of luxury and accessibility. Lobster was once abundant off the coast of New England, and while it is considerably more expensive than it once was, the area remains the best place in the world to taste it.
On the subject of lobster, you simply must try the Boston brown lobster roll; delicately cooked lobster is doused in a rich, buttery vinaigrette and stuffed into a soft bread roll in the perfect fusion between casual and high-end eating.
Jewish and European influences have brought another classic dish to Boston: the roast beef sandwich, traditionally served with creamy mayonnaise, spicy-sweet mustard and American cheese, it makes a fabulous lunch or indulgent snack to enjoy on the go.
Bagels are another favourite across much of the East Coast, and there are plenty of places in Boston where you can pick up the perfect bagel sandwich - a dish incidentally known as the ultimate hangover cure if you’ve been enjoying the city’s bars the night before! Boston has a wealth of cocktail bars and breweries to enjoy the work of professional mixologists and taste local ales and lagers to your heart content.
Got a sweet tooth? The Boston cream pie is an unctuous dessert comprising pastry, chocolate and cream and is the perfect end to one of our authentic Boston tours.