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  • Boston: Hop-On, Hop-Off Trolley 1-Day Ticket

    1. Boston: Hop-On, Hop-Off Trolley 1-Day Ticket

    Tour Boston on board an enchanting hop-on and hop-off trolley to see all the historic sights at your own pace. The 1-day hop-on hop-off open-air trolley ticket gives you access to 9 stops, all conveniently located close to the city’s premiere attractions. Friendly tour guides are on board, ready to narrate your tour, and you can join and end the tour at any of the stops along the route. Jump off in neighborhoods such as North End and Beacon Hill to explore further. Take the full 1-hour circuit non-stop to get a great orientation of downtown Boston, or spend the day exploring in your own time. Trolleys run from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM, every 10-30 minutes, depending on the season. So you’ll never have long to wait when you are ready to continue your journey. Hop-on and hop-off trolley stops: • New England Aquarium - Shuttle and Ferry - Quincy Market – Fan...

    Our tour guide Johnny Boston was awesome. Learned so much about the history of Boston and he made it fun! Hopping on and off the trolley is definitely the way to tour the city!

  • Boston History & Highlights Afternoon Tour

    2. Boston History & Highlights Afternoon Tour

    Your experience begins at the Aquarium “T” Station on the historic Long Wharf, the focus of Boston Harbor, and the economic engine of Boston for most of its history. From the harbor, continue past the Rose Kennedy Greenway, State Street and the historic Custom House Tower, the city’s first skyscraper. Then, your guide will lead you toward the famous Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, which both boast stunning views. Moving into the heart of Downtown Boston, stop in front of the Old State House and site of the Boston Massacre. Was it really a massacre or maybe just great propaganda for the Revolution? Ask your expert guide about that one!  A short trek through Downtown Crossing brings you to Old City Hall. This beautiful building, done in French Revivalist architecture, was the seat of city government for years in Boston. It also happens to be the site of the birth of public education in Am...

    Sully and Mary were our guides. Sully was a true pro. Super knowledgeable and you can tell he loves his city. Mary will become a very good guide and gave a feminine perspective to our tour which was perfect for our group of only four women. We especially enjoyed the tour of Beacon Point. Highly recommend this tour.

  • Boston: North End to the Freedom Trail - Food & History Tour

    3. Boston: North End to the Freedom Trail - Food & History Tour

    Take a walk at Boston Harbor through a scenic park, with views of East Boston and the historic wharfs lining Atlantic Avenue. Head to North End and visit a small, hidden Italian bakery serving up fresh bread daily, then an Italian salumeria for meats and cheeses. On Hanover Street, enjoy a hot drink during a mid-tour break at a traditional Italian café. A taste of pizza awaits at a neighborhood favorite. Finish with samples of the best Italian pastries. Head to the Rose Kennedy Greenway, State Street and the historic Custom House Tower, then onto the famous Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. Stop in front of the Old State House (the site of the Boston Massacre) before hitting Old City Hall. Check out the State House, too. Continue through Beacon Hill, where you’ll have a chance to see Boston’s red-brick row houses. Finally, you’ll arrive at the beautiful Boston Public Garden.

    Our guide Janet was awesome. She was energetic, inclusive, and a true local. She came with 40 years of travel industry experience which you could tell translated into her knowing how to handle a group of strangers thru the streets.

  • Boston: 2-Hour Historic Walking Tour

    4. Boston: 2-Hour Historic Walking Tour

    This 2-hour Freedom Trail, Beacon Hill, and Back Bay walking tour will give you just the right mix of history, architecture, and culture to bring Boston's personality alive.  During your 2-hour walk, see the Freedom Trail that runs from Faneuil Hall to the Boston Common. Check out the quirky, vibrant architecture and streets of the old city center. Wander among the cobblestone drives and gaslights of historic Beacon Hill and the Back Bay area, then check out the Public Garden and graceful Copley Square. Visit important sites such as Faneuil Hall, the Old and New State Houses, the Old South Meeting House, the Old Corner Bookstore, King's Chapel, the Old Granary Burial Ground, Louisburg Square, Newbury Street, the John Hancock Tower, Trinity Church, and the Boston Marathon Finish Line. There are also plenty more Boston hotspots that you'll get to discover on this guided walking tour! Th...

    Andrew was a fantastic guide who shared an incredible amount of history in a short amount of time. I was really looking forward to this tour, and it did not disappoint. I walked away feeling like I had a stronger grasp on the history of the city.

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What people are saying about Beacon Hill

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 415 reviews

Sully and Mary were our guides. Sully was a true pro. Super knowledgeable and you can tell he loves his city. Mary will become a very good guide and gave a feminine perspective to our tour which was perfect for our group of only four women. We especially enjoyed the tour of Beacon Point. Highly recommend this tour.

Andrew was a fantastic guide who shared an incredible amount of history in a short amount of time. I was really looking forward to this tour, and it did not disappoint. I walked away feeling like I had a stronger grasp on the history of the city.

Our guide Janet was awesome. She was energetic, inclusive, and a true local. She came with 40 years of travel industry experience which you could tell translated into her knowing how to handle a group of strangers thru the streets.

Our tour guide Johnny Boston was awesome. Learned so much about the history of Boston and he made it fun! Hopping on and off the trolley is definitely the way to tour the city!

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