HISTORIC DISCOVERY BUS TOUR

Full-Day Guided Boston Bus Tour


Adults/Children $89/$79
Daily at 10 am (7 Hours)

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  • Explore Boston's most famous sights - on this full-day tour - in our luxury and smaller-sized buses - for a more intimate group experience

  • See Beacon Hill, the Seaport District, Rowes Wharf, the West End, and more!

  • Enjoy shopping at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace (Quincy Market)

  • Travel through Cambridge, Lexington and Concord and visit Cambridge Common, the Lexington Battle Green, and the Battle Road Trail

  • Listen to stories about Paul Revere and the Minutemen during the American Revolutionary War

TOUR DESCRIPTION

Our tour begins at the historic Trinity Church. Founded in 1733 and build 150 years later, this historic building is a recognized national historic landmark and one of the top 10 buildings in the country by the American Association of Architects. Trinity Church is a great start to begin our tour of historic Beantown - our beloved town of Boston!

So why is Boston called “Beantown”? Have you ever heard of the candy “Boston Baked Beans”? The food plays a surprisingly large role, and there’s actually quite a history behind Boston’s endearing nickname “Beantown”, but nobody is exactly sure where it came from. There are several theories. One theory states that Massachusetts had been long noted for its baked beans, traditionally prepared by its early Native American residents in the late 1600s. When the colonists arrived, they added a key ingredient to the recipe: molasses. This simple swap from the traditionally used maple syrup spread by word of mouth, and the name “Beantown” was born. How do rum and trading fall into the mix? Take the tour to learn more!
We will then have our first stop at the one and only Cambridge. Along the way, you will see the high-tech and world-renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus, and the historic and prestigious Harvard University. Here you will have a glimpse at where some of the greatest technological marvels of our country are born, and the historic Harvard Yard as we drive through Harvard Square. The Harvard Yard is the heart of campus, and neighbors dormitories and offices dating back to 1720, including the office of the Harvard president himself! Soak in the history of the famous Alma Mater of Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Matt Damon, and more. 
We will then finish off our Cambridge tour with a slice of American History where we will finish off at Lexington / Lexington Battle Green. This historic town is where the American Revolutionary War began. This is the site that the initial opening shots were fired, marking the beginning of the battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775. On this date, local militiamen emerged from Buckman Tavern near Cambridge Common. These men were the first of many casualties when the two sides began exchanging the fire that began the American Revolution.
Delve deep into the American Revolutionary War and experience Battle Road Trail in Concord. This famous trail was part of Paul Revere’s iconic ride to warn the Minutemen about the oncoming British troops. We will stop by the Old North Bridge – which is the historic site in the Battle of Concord (the first day of battle in the Revolutionary War). You will also see the wayside home of authors, homes to Louisa May Alcott, author of the novel Little Women, essayist and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Harriet Lothrop.
Once we’re back in downtown Boston, we will visit Faneuil Hall Marketplace - also known as Quincy Market. This historic market place stands with the same cobblestone promenades as it did when it was founded in 1742. Quincy Market is now home to over 70 retailers and 40 office spaces. It is also home to a variety of cuisines from around the world. While we are here, you will have the opportunity to buy lunch and explore this historic tourist mall for 1.5 hours. After this stop, we will take a leisurely drive through the Beacon Hill and West End neighborhoods, where you will see the New England Aquarium - one of Boston’s premier attractions, beautiful Seaport District, and the famous King Street - where the Boston Massacre occurred.
The last stop will be the majestic USS Constitution - the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat and America’s Ship of State. We will spend 45 minutes visiting the site and learning more about Boston’s most storied ship. This warship was built in 1794 when it was authorized by Congress as a way to defend our young country. Along with the USS Constitution, five other warships were built and placed at different seaports along the eastern coast. These six warships and their crew would then become the newly created United States Navy. Please note that you must bring your government-issued ID - driver license or passport to be able to enter USS Constitution Museum.
Our Historic Bus Tours will give you a full immersion into what makes our city so deeply ingrained in American History, and why it is still loved today. Whether you are a history buff, lover of American culture and architecture, or just sightseeing enthusiast, we recommend our Historic Bus Tour of Boston for a full view of “The Cradle of Liberty”, Beantown itself, the great state of Boston, Massachusetts.

TOUR ITINERARY

$89/$79 | 10 AM (7 Hours)

Starts/Ends: Trinity Church
206 Clarendon St Boston, MA 02116 - St James Ave Side
  • Cambridge, MA
    • Harvard University (Stop)
      • Known as one of the most famous private Ivy League universities, Harvard University was founded in 1636. It has about 6,700 undergraduate students and 13,100 postgraduate students. The university is home to many famous alumni, such as Natalie Portman and Barack Obama. Since its founding in 1636, Harvard has made many various historic accomplishments, which you can learn all about on our tour.
    • Paul Revere’s Ride (Drive by)
      • April 18, 1775, Paul Revere raced through Boston to Concord to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock that the British troops were coming to arrest them. During your Boston tour, you’ll be driving by the place where Paul Revere hurried along on his horse to warn Adams and Hancock of the upcoming event. To learn more about Paul Revere’s journey, feel free to ask one of our tour guides for more information during your tour.
    • Belmont, Boston (Drive by)
      • One of the best places to live in is in Belmont. It’s a great residential area for people living in Massachusetts and is only approximately 8 miles away from Boston. This is a great destination to drive by on your Boston tour. To learn more about the location, don’t hesitate to ask our knowledgeable tour guides for more.
  • Lexington, MA
    • Lexington Common National Historic Site (Stop)
      • This site is also known as the Lexington Common. On April 19, 1775, the opening shots of the Battles of Lexington and Concord were fired. This act started the American Revolutionary War. The Lexington Common is the perfect stop for your Boston tour. Our tour guides will provide you with an abundance of information regarding this famous historical site.
  • Concord, MA
    • The Wayside Home of Authors (Drive by)
      • This home is naturally titled because of three famous authors who have lived here. Louisa May Alcott, who wrote Little Women, lived here with her sisters for much of her childhood. She describes this in her book, as well. Nathaniel Hawthorne, who is most famous for writing The Scarlet Letter, lived here for some time too. Harriett Lothrop, who was a children’s author going by the pen name Margaret Sidney, lived here with her daughter for quite some time. These authors surely made a lot of history in this house, and we’d love for you to learn all about it on our tour.
    • Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House (Stop - outside only)
      • This is where the Alcott’s lived for a very long time. This was one of Louisa May Alcott’s settings for her book Little Women. Today, there are always events and tours being held here at the house, as it is an extremely important historical site. While we can only visit the outside of the house during our tour, our intelligent tour guides will be happy to inform you about all the information regarding Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson House (Drive by)
      • This was home to the famous Ralph Waldo Emerson, who purchased this home in July 1835. Emerson is best known for his terrific writing and poems. His family lived in this home for about 47 years. An interesting fact about this home is when Emerson bought it, he decided to plant many trees. The last tree came down in 2012 as a result of a storm. You can drive by this house during your Boston tour, and take in the many facts about Emerson and his time in this house.
    • Concord River Bridge (Drive by)
      • This site is often nicknamed the Old North Bridge. The bridge is home to many historical events, including the first day of battle for the American War of Independence. In 2005, the bridge was restored and replicated to look similar to the old one. The river it resides over is the Concord River. You’ll learn many details about this destination during your tour.

  • Boston, MA (2-Hour Guided Tour of Boston)
    • Faneuil Hall Marketplace (Stop/Lunch/Shopping) 
      • This is a perfect stopping point for the middle of your tour as the marketplace is home to many great dining and shopping places. Many events are also held here, so if you’re looking for additional things to do outside of your Boston tour this would be a nice place to check out in your free time too.
    • Beacon Hill & West End Neighborhoods (Drive-through)
      • These neighborhoods are fantastic to drive through as they are beautiful places. They are lined with great Federal-Style and Victorian houses. This is a nice area to live in because it is not only beautiful but because it is so close to many things to do. It’s near the Freedom Trail, which is a great walking excursion. We’ll be driving through these neighborhoods, and you’ll love checking out the beauty of it!
    • New England Aquarium (Drive by)
      • If you love animals, the New England Aquarium is the perfect place to check out. Home to many fish, it’s sure to bring a smile to your face. We’ll be driving by this destination during our Boston tour. Your tour guide will be happy to tell you many facts about the aquarium.
    • Seaport District (Drive by)
      • This district is home to many places to see. There are hotels, bars, and restaurants that are sure to welcome any guest. We’ll be driving by to view this stunning district on our tour, and if you’re interested you should check out the district for yourself, too.
    • Famous King Street (Drive by)
      • King Street is also known as State Street, and it’s important for the government in Boston. It’s one of the oldest streets in Boston. We will be driving by this street during our Boston tour, as it is an essential place to see on your visit to Boston
    • USS Constitution Museum (45-Minute Stop)
      • Please note that you must bring your government-issued ID - driver license or passport to be able to enter USS Constitution Museum.
      • We’ll be taking a 45 minute stop here at the USS Constitution Museum during your Boston tour because there is so much history and information to be shared here. The museum is near the USS Constitution ship and is located at the end of Boston’s Freedom Trail. This is a great place to gain more information about the history of Boston.

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