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Barnstable: Cape Cod and Provincetown Self-Drive Audio Tour

1. Barnstable: Cape Cod and Provincetown Self-Drive Audio Tour

This self-guided audio and GPS tour allows you to explore Massachusetts’s historic wonders with maximum flexibility, safety, and value. Simply hop in your own car, get the tour guide app set up on your phone, and get started. All audio plays automatically based on location. To begin the tour, start at the Cape Cod Visitor Center, following the route and speed limit for the best experience. Explore the rugged, mystical beauty of Cape Cod and learn all about the history of the areas as you see famous sights like Cape Cod Visitor Center and Pilgrim Monument. As you enjoy the scenery, discover the history and culture of the Nauset tribe. Continue to Eastham and trek down to First Encounter Beach, where the Nausets had their first contact with Europeans. See Cape Cod’s prettiest lighthouses, and hear about the importance of these buildings. The route has plenty of optional detours where you can make stops, like at the Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary. Arrive in Provincetown, a thriving cultural center culture. Check out the art galleries, boutiques, and theaters, and embrace the bohemian culture. Your audio tour ends at the northern tip of the Cape, where the Mayflower first landed.

Boston: Cape Cod Day Trip with Oyster Tasting and Ferry Ride

2. Boston: Cape Cod Day Trip with Oyster Tasting and Ferry Ride

Take a full-day tour from Boston to Cape Cod, where you'll discover the rich history, art, and culinary communities of Provincetown, sample freshly caught oysters in Wellfleet, visit lighthouses on Cape Cod National Seashore, and tour the grounds of Truro Vineyards. Set sail from Boston Harbor in the morning and begin your journey in Provincetown, where you'll meet a local guide for a walking tour. Discover the area's unique art installations and murals, and learn about culinary traditions that are closely connected to the late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain. After exploring Provincetown, hop on an air-conditioned minibus to Wellfleet on the Outer Cape. As a world capital for oysters, you'll get to sample freshly caught oysters right off the pier. Then, enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach and try a sweet Cape Cod specialty, homemade local ice cream. Next, visit Nauset Light, a still operational late 19th-century lighthouse. Continue by visiting three more decommissioned lighthouses on Cape Cod National Seashore where you will hear the tragic story of the pirate captain. Later, visit Truro Vineyards, the pioneers of maritime winemaking. Enjoy an optional tasting of their wines and spirits and tour the gorgeous vineyard grounds. End the day back in Provincetown, where you can explore at your own pace. You could sample more local cuisine, climb the Pilgrim Monument, or just explore before hopping on the return ferry home at your leisure.

Ultimate Boston Self-Guided Walking Tours Bundle

3. Ultimate Boston Self-Guided Walking Tours Bundle

Start in the city of Boston and walk in the footsteps of Revolutionary War heroes. Hear the story of Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride and relive the fight for American Independence with a self-guided walking tour of Boston’s Freedom Trail. Immerse yourself in the stories of the American Revolution, the Boston Tea Party, and the Sons of Liberty as you stroll along Boston’s scenic Harborwalk. Uncover Boston's historic and storied past while enjoying its beautiful harbor views between South Station and Long Wharf. Then, travel to the city of Cambridge outside Boston and explore the heart of Harvard University's campus at Harvard Square. Use the app to take a self-guided walking tour that covers must-see campus sights like the John Harvard Statue, Widener Library, and former dorm rooms of famous alumni like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Natalie Portman, and more. Next, discover Cape Ann with a self-guided driving tour along the scenic waterfront. Enjoy the vistas, beaches, and natural beauty of the New England coastline at your own pace. Visit the famous Fisherman's Memorial, beautiful Beauport, all while diving into the stories of Massachusetts of days past. Continue to Cape Cod and see its quintessential lighthouses and sandy beaches. As you drive, learn more about the Cape’s seafaring traditions, Pilgrim history, and miles of beautiful beaches. From Barnstable to Provincetown, visit Nauset Lighthouse, First Encounter Beach, Marconi Station, and more.

From Boston: Cape Cod and Provincetown Private Day Tour

4. From Boston: Cape Cod and Provincetown Private Day Tour

Explore your way on a private day trip from Boston with a personal guide and customizable itinerary. Cruise along the Boston Harbor on a ferry, ride along the South Shore through towns like Sandwich and Chatham, and stop to explore highlights such as the National Seashore and Herring Cove Beach. Following pickup directly from your address in Boston, your tour starts with either a 1.5-hour ferry ride (available from mid-May to mid-October) or a 2- to 3-hour car ride along the South Shore from Boston. By ferry, leave Boston Harbor with a scenic view of the Boston skyline from the bay. If you choose the drive or if the ferry is not in season, meander through small towns like quaint Sandwich and Chatham and see natural spaces like the National Seashore. On the way, get to know your guide and hear about the colorful history of Provincetown, widely regarded as Cape Cod’s most popular destination. Learn the town’s storied history as the first arrival point of the Pilgrims, a fishing town, an artist colony, and a haven for alternative lifestyles. From here, explore where and what you are interested in. Start with the highlights of the area, like the Pilgrim Monument and Museum, built to commemorate the first landing of the Mayflower Pilgrims in the U.S. in 1620. This building is also currently the tallest granite structure in the U.S. The next stop can be a walk down the never-boring Commercial Street, the heart of Ptown’s universe. The three-mile stretch spans the town and provides access to Ptown’s notable landmarks, local art galleries, unusual souvenir shops, cabaret entertainment, and photo-worthy architecture. Choose to grab a snack at a local favorite like Provincetown Portuguese Bakery while doing some people-watching of Ptown’s colorful characters. Get recommendations for some of the best lunch spots in the area from your guide. Ptown also offers several one-of-a-kind experiences. See the Ptown sand dunes, explore Ptown’s various nature trails by bicycle, or jump on a private schooner for a whale tour. If you would like to relax a bit more, feel free to spend your time sunbathing on Race Point or Herring Cove Beach. End your day in true Ptown style with a Portuguese-style clambake and seashore view from a restaurant (cost not included). Whatever you choose your day to include, your guides will help you to discover Ptown’s charm and local flavor.

Massachusetts Self-Guided Driving and Walking Tours Bundle

5. Massachusetts Self-Guided Driving and Walking Tours Bundle

Get to know the most famous Massachusetts attractions using this self-guided tour, which comes with a guide, an audio tour, a map as well as animated videos at some of the stops. In your own time and at your own pace, visit attractions such as Harvard Square, Plymouth, Martha’s Vineyard, and more. Begin your action-packed day by downloading the self-guided tour, and familiarize yourself with your digital guide. Make your first stop Harvard’s storied campus. Hear how the school got its start and how it evolved from a tiny college into one of the most prestigious institutions in the world. Then, head to the Freedom Trail to walk in the shoes of the United States' Founding Fathers. Hear how the first sparks of revolution flew in Boston and how those sparks became an inferno. Feel the revolution come alive as you pass sights like the church where Paul Revere’s famous lanterns once hung. Next, immerse yourself in the ship-rigging, ale-drinking, shanty-singing days of Colonial Boston on Boston’s Harborwalk and revisit the fiery lead-up to the American Declaration of Independence. Admire harbor views and visit the site of the Boston Tea Party. Continue by following your app to the most haunted spots of the city and hear popular ghost stories. Walk through graveyards, execution sites, and more while hearing hair-raising tales of the unquiet dead. After, head to Salem, and learn the truth behind the infamous Witch Trials. Turn the clock back even further in Plymouth, the town founded by Pilgrims fresh off the Mayflower. See where they first landed, hear how they organized their system of government, and revisit the complicated dynamic between those newcomers and the Wampanoag tribe. Drive out to Cape Cod, where colonial history collides with the present. Cruise past historic villages and continue along the coastline to explore towns like Gloucester and trace their seafaring history. Ride along a rocky shore dotted by beaches, and catch some sun and surf. Head to Lexington and Concord and follow the route of a battle between an American militia and the British army. Find out how the Americans turned the tide, and what it meant in the fight for independence. Finally, retreat to Martha’s Vineyard. Visit cute towns and learn some surprising history.

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4.6 / 5

based on 133 reviews

Excelente guía sin conductor, la aplicación se activa sin mayor problema y da información interesante de cada punto, solo a considerar en esta guía es que la visita al monumento tiene un horario estricto que no es mencionado y es de los últimos puntos de interés. Vale la pena escuchar el recorrido previo a la visita para sacarle mayor provecho, también hay varios faros cerrados por reparaciones ojala pudiera tener actualizaciones en tiempo real para saber si es posible o no visitar algunos puntos, 100% recomendable y a un excelente precio.

It worked all the time we were very well accompanied throughout the tour. Which by the way is very beautiful the landscape to discover knowing its history with this audio, very good combination.

Great guided drive - the history and stories were really interesting, and the landmarks were spot on. I would really highly recommend!

Amazing information, great price! I love the flexibility to start, stop, not go in order. Very nice experience and really enjoyed it.

The commentary for each recommended site was unique and informative, we enjoyed it very much