Private tour

Boston: An Introduction to the North End

Boston: An Introduction to the North End

From US$ 360 per group up to 20

Of all Boston's neighborhoods, none captures the essence of the city and its historic foundation more than its North End. This is your opportunity to dig beneath the surface of this charismatic neighborhood, hearing of its history from your local guide.

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  • Visit the historic Old North Church
  • Explore the treasures of Quincy Market
  • Discover the historic architecture of Blackstone Block
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Of all Boston's neighborhoods, none captures the essence of the city more than its North End, a maze of winding colonial streets and backdrop to some of the most significant moments in American history. This North End Boston history tour paints a portrait of the city's evolution from the 17th to the 21st century, uncovering narratives that have shaped America, from revolution to immigration. The North End is a tapestry of history, with fragments of different centuries all woven together. During the tour, you jump forward at key moments to consider the industrial revolution and Boston's decline as New York rose, and how the factories of the North End moved to the suburbs and then farther afield. Old warehouses, wharves, and tenements are now converted into cafes, restaurants, and condominiums, often stitched delicately into the architecture and context of the city's history. Depending on time and how the conversation unfolds, you and your guide may end the walk down at the waterfront where a park commemorates the Italian immigrants who've defined the North End over the last hundred years. With the kinetic Boston Harbor behind you and the new linear park leftover from the Big Dig before you, you'll look back at the North End with a unique sense of its role in shaping both the city, and the nation.
  • Guided tour led a by a local, expert guide
  • Gratuities (left to the individual's discretion)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Meeting point

You will meet your expert guide at the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion, on the side of the building which faces the harbor. Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion is a covered visitor area located at 191 W Atlantic Avenue, next to the Greenway Carousel and across the street from the Long Wharf Marriott. The closest subway stops are the State Street stop on the Orange Line, or the Aquarium stop on the Blue Line.

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Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

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  •  This tour operates rain or shine (please be prepared)
  • For families or those traveling with children 12 and younger, you can book a private option that is geared toward younger children (as children 12 and younger aren't permitted on the group tours)
  • Please send the supplier of the tour the ages of all participants at time of booking
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Very bad. Tour guide did not appear and help desk 'could not support.

October 27, 2019

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