Follow the Footsteps of Your Ancestors – Along the Black Heritage Trail in Boston and Cape Cod

Packages Available: Spring, Summer and Fall
Tour Length:
 5 Days/4 Nights

The Black Heritage Trail is a path in Boston that links more than 15 pre-Civil War structures and historic sites, including the 1806 African Meeting House and the oldest surviving black church in the United States. This outing offers an immersion into African American History, from the first school dedicated to educating African American children, to the Revolutionary War and on to the pivotal events of the Civil Rights Movement.

Day One:

Quincy MarketArrive in Boston and enjoy time explore Quincy Market, steps away from the waterfront. Visit unique, locally loved and nationally recognized shops. The cobblestone promenades are filled with the music and jaw-dropping routines of world-renowned street performers and musicians.

Savor the tastes of the freshest Yankee fare during this evening's Welcome Dinner at Durgin-Park. Take part in Boston's history, as you step into one of the oldest, continuously running establishments in the country.

After dinner, arrive at your Boston hotel for a two-night stay.

Day Two:

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Meet your tour guide and depart for a day of history and sightseeing.

Follow the Black Heritage Trail. During the 19th and 20th centuries, Boston’s free African American community led the nation in the movement to end slavery and to achieve equal rights. These remarkable patriots established businesses, founded organizations and created schools. Their houses of worship, homes, schools and Underground Railroad sites make up Boston’s Black Heritage Trail.

The Heritage Trail includes stops at the Abiel Smith School and the African Meeting House, two of the Museum of African American History's most valuable assets. Built in 1835, the school is the nation's first public building, erected for the purpose of educating African American children. The Meeting House was built by free African American artisans in 1806. As National Historic Landmark, it is the oldest black church edifice still standing in the United States.

Have lunch on your own in Harvard Square, where you will be surrounded with shops, history and culture, including the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art. Located in the heart of Harvard Square, the gallery features contemporary and historical exhibitions and installations of African and African American art.

Explore the struggle for civil rights at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. This interactive feature brings the pivotal events of the Civil Rights Movement in 1963 to life through more than 230 resources, ranging from film footage of the March on Washington, to letters from youth advising the President to JFK's landmark address to the American people and secret recordings of behind-the-scenes negotiations on civil rights legislation.

The pub that inspired the setting for the hit TV show "Cheers," will be the location for tonight's dinner. You may recognize the friendly Indian, diamond glass windows and colorful Tiffany lamps that were recreated for the show.

Day Three:

Cape cod Sea shoreEnjoy breakfast at the hotel before checking out of your room. Board the coach and travel to Cape Cod.

Along the way, stop at Parting Ways Cemetery in Plymouth. Four young African American men who served in the American Revolution were granted acreage near the Kingston border in an area known as Parting Ways. The men and their families established the New Guinea Settlement. These four American Patriots are buried at Parting Ways.

Pilgrim Monument Provincetown MAA stop at Pilgrim Memorial State Park, allowing an opportunity to take photos of Plymouth Rock and the town where Europeans first made a home in New England in 1620. This simple glacial erratic boulder on the shore of Plymouth Harbor has become a world famous symbol of the courage and faith of the men and women who founded the first New England colony.

Travel back in time and see history come alive at Plimoth Plantation. This hands-on living history experience is dedicated to the Native Wampanoag and Pilgrim colonists of 17th century Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Depart Plimoth Plantation and visit the shoreside town of Plymouth. Explore the shops and enjoy lunch on your own.

Board the coach and continue south to Sandwich, the oldest town on Cape Cod. Arrive at the Heritage Museum and Gardens, the largest public garden in Southern New England and located on 100 acres of magnificent gentle hiking trails on the banks of the Shawne Pond. Heritage is especially famous for being the North American Hydrangea Test Garden, the most comprehensive in the US. During your visit, witness the abundant Hydrangeas, Hostas, Dahlias and Summer Perennials galore. The Heritage Museum offers three gallery buildings housing permanent exhibits of world-class automobiles, a working vintage carousel and American folk art.

Depart the museum and travel to your waterfront Yarmouth resort. After you have settled in there will be time to search for seashells along the spectacular white sand beach just steps from your door, relax in one of the lounge chairs overlooking the ocean, enjoy a beverage at the hotel's bar or take a dip in the indoor or outdoor pool.

After you have recharged, gather in the hotel's restaurant for your Welcome to Cape Cod dinner.

Day Four:

After breakfast in the resort, meet your local guide and set out for a day to catch the highlights of the Cape. During your tour, you will witness the Nauset Lighthouse, the Marconi Radio Station (the site of the first transatlantic wireless communication between the United States and Europe) and the high cliffs overlooking the Cape Cod National Seashore. Your guide will share tales about the region's rich history as you travel to the tip of Cape Cod and explore Provincetown. Arrive in time to enjoy lunch on your own in one of the quaint local eateries followed by time to explore the shops and galleries that have given Provincetown recognition as a haven for artists.

Now, imagine sand dunes stretching as far as you can see, with wispy beach grass, dark green pine trees and deep red beach plums nestled in hollows that are brought together by a silhouette of blue sky. Climb in for a 1-hour narrated tour aboard a 4-wheel drive vehicle that wheels you through the majestic dunes. You will see "dune shacks" where famous artists and writers like Eugene O'Neill and Harry Kemp became inspired to create their art. You will also pass the remains of the Peaked Hill Life Saving Station and learn how the brave "life savers" enacted their heroic efforts to save the lives of thousands from the doomed shipwrecks!

The Cape and Islands are filled with a rich history created by people of color from the region. They have been the backbone of the whaling and cranberry industries over the centuries. African-Americans, Cape Verdeans and other people of color helped shape the Cape Cod of today. Discover this rich heritage during a visit to the Zion Union Heritage Museum.

Your Farewell Dinner will be at The Yarmouth House Restaurant. The roots of this Cape Cod landmark trace back to the old country and follow a route through Canada, before settling into the current location. Family-owned and operated since 1978, the family's goal remains unchanged, providing the finest food in an inviting and friendly atmosphere.

Day Five:

Have breakfast at the hotel before checking out of your room. Board your coach and depart for home.

Details

Packages Available:Spring, Summer and Fall
Tour Length:
 5 Days/4 Nights

Your Package Includes:

  • 4 Nights Accommodation
  • 4 Breakfasts
  • 4 Dinners
  • Time to explore Quincy Market
  • Locally guided tour of the Black History Trail and Boston Highlights
  • Admission to the Museum of African American History
  • Time to explore Harvard Square
  • Admission to the JFK Library and Museum
  • Photo opportunity at Plymouth Rock
  • Visit to Parting Ways Cemetery
  • Admission to Plimoth Plantation
  • Time to explore the town of Plymouth
  • Admission to the Heritage Garden and Museum
  • Locally guided tour of Cape Cod
  • "Dunn Buggy" Tour in Provincetown
  • Admission to Zion Union Heritage Museum
  • Baggage service for one piece of luggage per traveler
  • Accommodations. group meals and baggage service for the coach driver
  • Taxes and gratuities

Pricing Information:

  • Call for custom pricing.