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$46.16 Day Trips & Excursions

Boston Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour

The Boston Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour - named one of the best hop-on, hop-off tours in the world by Forbes - is the easiest way to get around town!Take advantage of discounted admission at area attractions, see the city at your own pace with unlimited rides, and enjoy a flexible route that features 18 stops throughout town.Hop on the Old Town Trolley at any of its stops and take a seat while your engaging guide and narrator regales you with entertaining and educational anecdotes about Boston's past. Get to know Boston's iconic institutions and roam its lively districts, from the waterfront to the Back Bay.Route stops include: • New England Aquarium and Faneuil Hall Marketplace • Historic North End and Little Italy • USS Constitution and Charlestown Navy Yard • Old State House Museum • Cheers "The Original" • Cambridge, MIT, and Harvard Square • Charles Street and Antique Row • Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum • Liberty WharfTrolleys depart every 20–30 minutes. Each loop lasts approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.

$57.75 Cultural & Theme Tours

Boston Bike Tour with Guide, including North End, Copley Sq.

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Urban AdvenTours, Boston, MassachusettsArrive at our shop 30 minutes prior to your tour time. You'll be asked to sign a waiver and be fitted on your bike. You guide will provide an overview of the ride, what to expect, as well as our safety tips and rules of the road.Duration: 30 minutesPass By: North End, Boston, MassachusettsOur ride will start in the North End, Boston's Italian neighborhood. You will likely smell the garlic as we roll through. At the end of your tour, you guide will be happy to recommend a restaurant or pastry shop (mmm...cannolis!)Pass By: USS Constitution Museum, Boston, MassachusettsDuring one of our first stops, you'll see "Old Ironsides" from across the water.Pass By: Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge, Boston, MassachusettsCurious to know the inspiration behind Boston's new(ish) bridge? Our guides will let you know a few fun facts behind the design...Pass By: TD Garden, Boston, MassachusettsAlong our route, we'll ride past TD Garden, home of the Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics, and many a concert!Pass By: Beacon Hill, Boston, MassachusettsCycle through Beacon Hill, on of Boston's most famous - and photographed - neighborhoods.Stop At: Louisburg Square, Boston, MassachusettsLouisburg Square is famously known as a literary square, with previous residents including Louisa May Alcott and Robert Frost. Duration: 5 minutesPass By: Charles River Esplanade, Boston, MassachusettsOur route will take us along the river on the Esplanade, where we'll ride by the Hatch Shell, the outdoor concert stage which was made famous by the Boston Pops Orchestra, which performs during the Fourth of July fireworks.Stop At: Fenway Park, Boston, MassachusettsWe'll stop outside of Fenway Park, home of the World Champion Boston Red Sox.Duration: 5 minutesPass By: Back Bay, Boston, MassachusettsWe'll ride through the Back Bay Fens, one of the parks in the Emerald Necklace park system, which was designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. The Fens are home to Victory Gardens dating back to WWII, as well as two of Boston's art museums - the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts.Stop At: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MassachusettsThe MFA is a world class art museum. We'll stop to see one of their unique art installations outside of the museum. Banners outside will give you an idea of current exhibits, but the MFA is always worth a visit while you're in Boston.Duration: 5 minutesPass By: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MassachusettsWe'll pass by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum - we recommend planning a visit during your time in Boston!Stop At: The Christian Science Plaza, Boston, MassachusettsWe'll stop to admire the beauty of the Christian Science building and reflecting pool. (Guests have been known to run through the fountains on hot summer days!) Your guide will share about a stunning feature inside, which we encourage you to check out!Duration: 5 minutesPass By: South End, Boston, MassachusettsRide through the streets of the South End, home of Boston's famous brownstone townhouses and cast iron details.Stop At: Copley Square, Boston, MassachusettsCopley Plaza is the heart of the Back Bay neighborhood. The John Hancock building, Trinity Church, and the Boston Public Library surround the square. Copley Plaza also marks the finish line for the Boston Marathon.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Trinity Church, Boston, MassachusettsYou'll see Trinity Church when we stop in Copley Plaza.Duration: 5 minutesStop At: Boston Public Library, Boston, MassachusettsYou'll see the Boston Public Library when we stop in Copley Square.Duration: 5 minutesStop At: John Hancock Tower, Boston, MassachusettsSee the John Hancock Tower during our stop at Copley Plaza.Duration: 5 minutesPass By: Boston Public Garden, Boston, MassachusettsRide along the Boston Public Garden, home to the famous Swan Boats and Make Way for Ducklings sculptures.Stop At: Boston Common, Boston, MassachusettsWe'll visit America's oldest park!Duration: 5 minutesPass By: Freedom Trail, Boston, MassachusettsMany people ask if we will ride the Freedom Trail on tour. While it's not possible to follow the entire route on bike, we'll cross over the Freedom Trail multiple times along our tour.Pass By: Downtown Crossing, Boston, MassachusettsWe'll ride through Downtown Crossing, the original shopping district in Boston.Pass By: Old South Meeting House, Boston, MassachusettsAs we ride through Downtown Crossing, you'll see the Old South Meeting House.Pass By: Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston, MassachusettsOne of the city's newest parks, created during "the Big Dig". Rose Kennedy Greenway is the home of many unique art installations, gardens, splash fountains, and farmer's markets.Stop At: Long Wharf, Boston, Boston, MassachusettsFrom Long Wharf, you can see the Old State House - the site of the Boston Massacre - the Custom House Building, the Seaport District of South Boston, and the neighborhood of East Boston.Duration: 5 minutes

$40 Tours & Sightseeing

PhotoWalks Back Bay Tour

Back Bay transformed from a swampy area into Boston's cosmopolitan hub. Copley Square is now home to the city's iconic architectural landmarks while Commonwealth Avenue is lined with grand 19th century brownstones. Learn how to see the limitless photo opportunities in Back Bay from a creative angle: the eclectic architectural styles of the magnificent Boston Public Library and Trinity Church, the many different reflections on the former John Hancock Tower, abstract details of statues, colorful flowers, fountains, the elegance of the French-inspired residential area and much more. Historical commentary on each of the iconic landmarks are also provided throughout the tour.The PhotoWalks Guide to Creative Photography is included in the tour price. This e-booklet provides valuable information on maximizing your photography skills and user-friendly explanations of camera settings.

$35 Cultural & Theme Tours

Copley Square to Downtown Boston Freedom Trail Walking Tour

At 12:30pm, arrive at the steps of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square, located at 230 Dartmouth Street. Meet and greet the tour guide to begin this 2-hour walking tour of Boston.Start in Copley Square, the public square in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood. See the Boston Marathon finish line, Trinity Church, and the 60-story John Hancock Tower. Stroll through the Boston Public Garden and admire the swan boats as they go under the world's smallest suspension bridge. Explore the cobblestone streets of historic Beacon Hill and Acorn Street en route to the popular Freedom Trail. In Downtown Boston, visit the Old and New State Houses. See the Park Street Church and the Old Granary Burying Ground, along with the King's Chapel. Continue the tour to the Old and New City Halls, the Old Corner Bookstore, and the Old South Meeting House. Learn the history behind the landmark Boston Massacre Site. Then finish the tour at Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market.

$95 Cultural & Theme Tours

Bustling Back Bay Pedicab Tour

Explore the Back Bay from the back of a pedicab!  A pedicab is a bicycle powered taxi and if you haven’t tried riding on one yet, you are in for a treat. Fully open-air, you get 360 degree views of the city as you whiz around through Boston’s streets.  Pedicabs can get where cars and tour busses cannot so you can get up close to see the exquisite details of the city’s monuments and architecture.  The experience of riding a pedicab is only surpassed by the quality of our drivers who will give you the history of the sites you are viewing from a local perspective and insider recommendations for your visit.  One of the best parts of our tours is the flexibility.  We can start and finish whenever and wherever you want.  We can customize your route and stop anywhere you want for pictures or a snack like a "lobstah roll" or "cuppa clam chowdah". It is entirely up to you! (Price may vary based on tour length).You might be wondering what’s so special about the Back Bay neighborhood.  Well, for one thing, it was once literally a bay, until it was filled in during the 19th century to create what is now one of Boston’s most exclusive and charming neighborhoods.  Known for its Victorian row houses and for being one of the best preserved examples of 19th century urban design, the Back Bay is also home to a number of Boston’s must see sights including: • Cheers (where everybody knows your name) • The Public Garden • Newbury Street (home to many fine dining establishments, luxury shops, and art galleries) • Copley Square • The Boston Public Library • Trinity Church • The John Hancock Tower • Fenway Park • Views of the Charles River • Christian Science Plaza • Commonwealth Ave • And much more! Please feel free to include any special requests when booking.  We look forward to being the highlight of your visit!

$48.09 Classes & Workshops

Aurora Photography Workshop

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productJoin photographer and author Bill Braden for an aurora photography workshop. Included is a one hour lesson and one hour of on the ice shooting on Back Bay.Duration: 2 hoursLocation: Old Town, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories