Packages Available: Spring, Summer, and Fall
Tour Length: 5 Days/4 Nights
Take a step back in time, with a walk along the Freedom Trail and a stop at Plymouth Rock. Discover the lives of Boston’s elite with visits to historic homes. Learn of the hardships endured by the Pilgrims and explore the finest surviving architectural and environmental example of a late 18th century New England seaport town.
Travel into Boston’s historic North End and arrive around noon. Here’s a chance to stretch your legs when you meet a local guide and head out “Off The Eaten Path,” a noshing lunch tour. Find out how in 3 short blocks you can sample wine, pizza, arancini, artisan breads, cannoli and gelato. Learn how local purveyors, food artisans and small business have kept this historic district alive.
After your tour, arrive at your Bunker Hill hotel. There will be time to relax and refresh before dinner.
Gather for dinner at the oldest, continuously operated restaurant in the United States, The Union Oyster House. This historic building on the Freedom Trail, began serving food in 1826 and has served patrons such as Daniel Webster and President John F. Kennedy.
After breakfast in the hotel, meet your local guide and set out on a walking/windshield Historical Highlights Tour of Boston. See sights such as: the New and the Old State Houses, The Boston Tea Party, The Boston Massacre, Old Granary Burying Ground, Paul Revere’s House and the Old North Church.
Take a walk into another culture with a visit to Boston’s Chinatown, the only historically surviving Chinese area in New England. Enjoy time to explore the shops and markets and to have lunch on your own.
Next, step back in time when you explore historic Beacon Hill. This neighborhood, with its Georgian-style architecture, brick sidewalks, wrought-iron railings and fences with over 1000 working antique gas streetlights, closely resembles London, circa 1780.
Your first stop is the Gibson House Museum. Completed in 1860, the Gibson House stands virtually untouched as a historic house museum in Back Bay. A unique and unspoiled single-family residence, it retains its kitchen, scullery, butler’s pantry, and water closets, as well as formal rooms and private quarters. Designed in the Italian Renaissance style, by noted Boston architect Edward Clarke Cabot, the house is built of brownstone and red brick. Embark on a guided tour, as you explore four floors of a tasteful yet ornate townhouse with black-walnut woodwork, elegant wallpapers, imported carpets, and an abundance of furniture, paintings, sculpture, photographs, silver, porcelain, curios and other nineteenth-century family heirlooms.
Your next stop is at the Nichols House Museum. The Nichols House Museum occupies an impressive four-story town house and one of the earliest Beacon Hill structures, constructed in 1804. On your docent-led tour, you will witness priceless possessions accumulated over several generations. The collection includes fine European and American wooden furniture from the 17th-19th centuries, ancestral portraits, Flemish tapestries, oriental rugs, European and Asian art and works by America's foremost sculptor of the 19th century, Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
Your last stop is at the Boston Public Garden. Established in 1837 the Public Garden contains a lake and a large series of formal plantings. The pond is usually the home of one or more swans and is always the site of the Swan Boats, which began operating in 1877. Your visit includes a Swan Boat ride around the lake, pedaled by a tour guide sitting within the swan at the rear of the boat.
Return to the hotel for time to relax and refresh before the evening’s activities.
Dinner is served at the historic Durgin Park, a landmark since 1827. Enjoy hearty, New England cuisine and a casual atmosphere.
After dinner, there will be time to explore the shops and galleries that line the Quincy Marketplace.
After breakfast in the hotel, pack your bags and check out of your rooms. Today’s travels lead you to Cape Cod.
On your way out of Boston, visit the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Designed by the architect I.M.Pei, the building is the official repository for original papers and correspondence of the Kennedy Administration. Located on a 10-acre park overlooking the sea that Kennedy loved and the city that launched him to greatness, the library stands as a vibrant tribute to the life and time of our nation’s 35th President. Your admission includes a self-guided tour.
On your way to Cohasset, stop for a “take-out” lunch (on your own) to enjoy at a park along the shore, before you arrive at the South Shore Arts Center. The Bancroft Gallery is the centerpiece of the South Shore Arts Center. The gallery's trapezoidal floor plan and soaring ceiling creates intriguing visual planes and sight-lines. The Bancroft Gallery is recognized as one of the outstanding exhibition spaces in the greater Boston area.
Depart the Arts Center and continue your travels to the Cape. Along the way, stop for a photo op at Plymouth Rock where the Pilgrims landed in 1620.
Next, visit the National Monument to the Forefathers, dedicated to the 102 Mayflower passengers. This 81-foot monument is considered to be the world’s largest solid granite monument and is the fourth tallest statue in the United States. There will be time to debark the coach, walk around the monument and take photos.
Arrive for a two-night stay at your resort hotel in Hyannis. This locally owned resort has been part of the history of Cape Cod. Enjoy the indoor wave pool or year-round outdoor pool. Relax in the spa. Sip a beverage on the outdoor deck. And, make certain to save room for roasted marshmallows by the bonfire after dinner.
Board the coach and travel just down the road to your dinner destination. The Yarmouth House serves American cuisine in a fine dining atmosphere. This is one of Cape Cod’s favorite eateries.
Now, back to the resort for roasted marshmallows!
After a full, hearty breakfast at the resort, board the coach and travel a short distance to the ferry dock where the coach will drop you. Board the 9:00 am high-speed ferry to Nantucket where you will arrive at 10:00 am.
Upon arrival, join a local guide for a one-hour windshield tour of the island. Become acquainted with the “Little Grey Lady,” famous as the world’s foremost whaling port in the 18th century. The narrated tour covers close to 65% of the island including: The Old Mill, “Sconset” Village with its rose-covered cottages, Low Beach, Sankaty Head Lighthouse, Cranberry bogs and Nantucket moors. Witness historic lighthouses, charming homes, cobblestone streets and meeting houses.
After the tour, have lunch on your own in one of the many shore-side eateries. Then enjoy the remainder of the afternoon to explore Nantucket at your leisure.
Board the ferry at 4:40 pm to return to Hyannis, where you will arrive at 5:40 pm. Board the coach at the ferry dock and return to your hotel. There will be time to relax and refresh before dinner.
Gather for an included Farewell Dinner served at a popular restaurant that affords spectacular views of Nantucket Sound. Savor the flavors of a traditional New England Clam Bake complete with steamah’s, chowdah and fresh, steamed lobstah’. There’s even selections for the landlubbers in your group.
After breakfast at the resort, pack your bags and prepare to return to Boston. On your way off of the Cape, stop at The Heritage Museum and Gardens in Sandwich, the oldest town on Cape Cod. Relax and enjoy an included “picnic lunch” upon arrival. Then, head out to explore the largest public garden in Southern New England, located on 100 acres of magnificent gentle hiking trails on the banks of the Shawme 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.
Board the coach, travel into Boston and arrive at the historic Park Plaza. Gather for an amazing treat in the hotel's new restaurant, Off The Common. The original Boston Cream Pie is a culinary creation of Boston’s Parker House, now known as Omni Parker House. The recipe was originally called the Parker House “Chocolate Cream Pie,” and was created and served at Parker’s Restaurant from the opening of the hotel in October 1856. It became so popular that in 1958 it was fashioned into a Betty Crocker boxed mix and sold nationally, well into the 1990’s. Sit back and sip a cup of tea and savor a slice of Boston Cream Pie before you travel home.
Packages Available: Spring, Summer, and Fall
Tour Length: 5 Days/4 Nights
- 4 Nights accommodations
- 4 Breakfasts
- 2 Lunches
- 4 Dinners
- Locally guided Boston “Noshing Tour”
- Boston Historical Highlights Tour led by a local guide
- Time to explore Chinatown
- Guided tour of the Gibson House
- Guided tour of the Nichols House
- Visit to the Public Gardens with Swan Boat Ride
- Time at leisure in the Faneuil Hall Marketplace
- Admission to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
- Admission to the South Shore Arts Center
- Photo op at Plymouth Rock
- Visit to the National Monument to the Forefathers
- Round trip ticket on the high-speed ferry to Nantucket
- Locally guided tour of Nantucket
- Time to explore Nantucket at leisure
- Admission to The Heritage Museums and Gardens
- Boston Cream Pie and Tea at the Off The Common Restaurant
- Baggage service for one piece of luggage per traveler
- Private motor coach transportation upon arrival in Boston
- Accommodations and breakfasts for the coach driver
- Taxes and Gratuities (Note: Gratuities for the local guides and coach driver are not included and are at your discretion based on service.)
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