Best Cape Cod Tours from Boston

A tour of Cape Cod is a great way to see the beautiful scenery and explore the sites of the south shore.

The cape is vast and parts of it are harder to reach than others so a guided tour is an easy way to get around.

Since Cape Cod and Boston are so close, most of the available tours are day trips but there are a few weekend trips as well.

If you are interested in seeing more of the seascape and exploring the local waterways, there are also a number of Cape Cod boat tours available as well.

The following is a list of Cape Cod Tours from Boston:

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1 Day Cape Cod Provincetown Tour from Boston:

Take Tours offers a one day Cape Cod Provincetown tour from Boston. This 11-hour tour explores Provincetown, Massachusetts via a deluxe motor coach.

The tour starts with a 7:30 am pickup in Boston at a pre-arranged location and then a drive to Plymouth, Mass where you will take the 1 ½ hour-long Express Ferry to Provincetown, Mass.

Once there, you’ll visit the Pilgrim Hall Museum, the Provincetown Museum, climb the Pilgrim Monument tower and enjoy a Dune Tour in the Provincetown Cape Cod National Seashore park.

Pilgrim Monument, Provincetown, Massachusetts

Pilgrim Monument, Provincetown, Massachusetts

At the end of the day, you’ll return to Plymouth via the ferry and enjoy the drive back to Boston where you’ll arrive around 6:30pm.

The tour is available June through September.

Price Includes:
Transportation via motorcoach
Tour guide

Price Does Not Include:
Admission to the Dune tour
Admission to the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum
Admission to the Pilgrim Hall Museum
Ticket on the Express Ferry

1 Day Cape Cod Excursion from Boston:

Take Tours offers a one day Cape Cod Excursion from Boston. This 9-hour tour explores Hyannis, Massachusetts via a motorcoach.

The tour starts with a 9:30 am pickup in Boston at your hotel or a pre-arranged location and a drive to Hyannis, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. There, you’ll visit a memorial dedicated to President John F. Kennedy.

After, you’ll enjoy a narrated sightseeing harbor cruise where you’ll be able to view the Kennedy Compound.

Either before of after the cruise, you’ll enjoy lunch on your own at the Lobsterboat Restaurant. Then, you’ll enjoy a shopping and sightseeing trip through the area’s seaside villages.

At the end of the day, you’ll reboard the bus for the drive back to Boston where you’ll arrive at 6:30pm.

The tour is available May through September.

Price Includes:
Hotel pickup
Transportation via motorcoach
Cruise admission

Price Does Not Include:
Meals

1 Day Martha’s Vineyard Tour from Boston:

Take Tours offers a one day Martha’s Vineyard tour from Boston. This 11-hour tour explores six towns and various beaches in Martha’s Vineyard.

The tour begins with a 8:15 am pickup in Boston at your hotel or a pre-arranged location and a drive to Falmouth, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. There, you’ll board a boat and take a ride across the Vineyard Sound to the island of Martha’s vineyard where you’ll arrive around 11 am.

Lighthouse on Martha's Vineyard in Cape Cod.

Lighthouse on Martha’s Vineyard in Cape Cod.

You’ll then spend the day exploring the island via a hop-on hop-off transit service or spend the day at one of the beautiful local beaches. You can also upgrade to a one-hour fully-narrated tour of the island for an additional fee.

At around 5:15pm, you’ll reboard the bus for the drive back to Boston where you will return around 7:30pm. Note: Fall tours (Sept-Oct) leave a little earlier, at 3:45pm and arrive back in Boston around 6:15pm.

The tour is available June through October.

Price Includes:
Hotel pickup
Cruise on the Island Queen
Hop-on, hop-off transit service around the island
Transportation via motorcoach

Price does not include:
Meals

1 Day Cape Cod Autumn Tour from Boston:

Take Tours offers a one day Cape Cod Autumn Tour from Boston. This 9-hour tour explores Hyannis, Massachusetts via motorcoach.

The tour begins with a 9:30am pickup at your hotel or a pre-arranged location in Boston and a drive to Hyannisport, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. There you’ll visit a memorial to John F. Kennedy before going on a narrated sightseeing cruise of Hyannis Harbor where you’ll get a view of the Kennedy Compound.

After, you’ll enjoy lunch on your own before visiting the Sandwich Glass Museum which is a museum that features 5,000 pieces of glass produced at the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company between 1825 and 1888.

At the end of the day, you’ll reboard the bus and head back to Boston where you’ll arrive at 6:30pm.

The tour is available September 19 through October 26.

Price Includes:
Harbor cruise admission
Sandwich Glass Museum admission
Tour guide

Price Does Not Include:
Meals

Cape Cod Summer Day Trip from Boston including sightseeing cruise:

Viator offers a Cape Cod Summer Day Trip from Boston which includes a sightseeing cruise. This 9-hour tour explores the area of Hyannis, Massachusetts via motorcoach.

The tour begins with a 9:30am pick up in Boston at your hotel or a pre-arranged location and a drive to Hyannis Port on Cape Cod.

There you’ll visit the John F. Kennedy Memorial Park on Lewis Bay before boarding a boat and enjoying a narrated sightseeing cruise in Hyannis Harbor where you’ll be able to get a view of the Kennedy Compound.

You’ll then spread the rest of the day browsing the local shops and enjoying lunch on your own at one of the local restaurants.

At the end of the day, you’ll reboard the bus for the drive back to Boston where you’ll arrive around 6:30pm.

The tour is available June through September.

Price Includes:
Transportation via an air-conditioned motorcoach
Tour guide
Sightseeing cruise
Hotel pickup and drop off

Price Does Not Include:
Meals

Fall on Cape Cod: Day Trip from Boston with Sightseeing Cruise:

Viator offers a Fall on Cape Cod: Day Trip from Boston with a sightseeing cruise. This 9-hour tour explores the Cape Cod towns of Sandwich and Hyannis, Massachusetts in the fall via motorcoach.

The tour begins with a 9:30 am pickup in Boston at your hotel or a pre-arranged location and then a drive to Hyannisport, Massachusetts where you’ll visit the John F. Kennedy Memorial and a nearby beach.

Hyannis Port, Massachusetts in Cape Cod.

Hyannis Port, Massachusetts in Cape Cod.

Then, you’ll enjoy a narrated sightseeing cruise of Hyannis Harbor where you’ll be able to view the Kennedy Compound.

After, you’ll have a bit of free time on your own to do some shopping and have lunch at one of the local eateries. Then, you’ll head to Sandwich, Massachusetts to visit the Sandwich Glass Museum.

At the end of the day, you’ll reboard the bus for the drive back to Boston where you’ll arrive around 6:30pm.

The tour is available September through October.

Price Includes:
Transportation via a motorcoach
Tour guide
Narrated cruise
Hotel pickup and drop off
Admission to the Sandwich Glass Museum

Price Does Not Include:
Meals

Small-Group Day Trip to Plymouth and Cape Cod from Boston:

Viator offers a small-group day trip to Plymouth and Cape Cod from Boston. This 11-hour tour explores Plymouth and Cape Cod via a mini coach in a small group of 14 people or fewer.

The tour begins with a 7:45am pickup in Boston at your hotel or a pre-arranged location and then a drive to Sandwich, Massachusetts, one of the area’s oldest towns.

There, you’ll explore downtown Sandwich before heading to the Heritage Museum and Gardens.

After, you’ll head to Plymouth, Massachusetts, with a quick pit stop for lunch along the way. Once in Plymouth, you’ll visit Plimoth Plantation Museum to see what daily life was like in the 17th century village.

After the museum, you’ll visit the famous Plymouth rock and then you’ll have some free time to do some sightseeing on your own, visit the many historic sites in Plymouth or take one of the local Plymouth walking tours.

Then, you’ll visit the National Monument to the Forefathers, which is the largest solid granite monument in the world.

Base of the Forefathers Monument in Plymouth, Massachusetts

At the end of the day, you’ll reboard the mini coach for the drive back to Boston where you’ll arrive at 6:30pm.

Price Includes:
Transportation via a mini coach
Admission fees to Plimoth Plantation and Heritage Museum and Gardens
Tour guide
Hotel pickup and drop off
Bottled water
Snacks
Discount card at Heritage Museum’s gift shop and on meal at Plimoth Plantation.

Price Does Not Include:
Lunch

2-Day Martha Vineyard, Rhode Island Tour from Boston:

Take Tours offers a 2-day Martha Vineyard, Rhode Island tour from Boston. This weekend tour explores the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, the city of Newport, Rhode Island and the countryside of Connecticut.

The tour begins with a morning pick up in Quincy or Boston at a pre-arranged location and then a drive to Woods Hole, Massachusetts where you’ll take a ferry to Martha’s Vineyard.

Once you arrive on the island you’ll visit The Gay Head Cliff in the town of Aquinnah for a breathtaking view of the island.

Aquinnah, Massachusetts on the island of Martha's Vineyard in Cape Cod.

Aquinnah, Massachusetts on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Cape Cod.

Then you’ll visit the island’s colonial settlement of Edgartown to see the beautiful architecture of the town’s historic Greek Revival houses.

After, you’ll visit the resort town of Oak Bluffs which is famous for its “gingerbread cottages” and other historic 19th century buildings.

Gingerbread Cottage in Oaks Bluff on the island Martha's Vineyard in Cape Cod.

Gingerbread Cottage in Oaks Bluff on the island Martha’s Vineyard in Cape Cod.

At the end of the day, you’ll check into your hotel.

On day two, you’ll enjoy breakfast at the hotel before heading off to Newport, Rhode Island to visit the famous Breaker’s Mansion.

After, you’ll take a drive to Connecticut to enjoy a 12-mile narrated tour through the Connecticut River Valley on the Essex Steam Train.

Then you’ll make a stop at the Deep River Landing for a narrated sightseeing cruise along the Connecticut River on the Becky Thatcher Riverboat.

After the boat ride, you’ll head back to Boston.

The tour is available on weekends only.

Price includes:
One night hotel accommodations
Transportation via a motorcoach
Tour guide

Price Does Not Include:
Martha’s Vineyard Narrated Island Tour
Martha’s Vineyard Island Ferry
Essex Steam Train & Boat
Admission to the Breaker’s Mansion

Sources:
“Planning a trip Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.” Frommers, www.frommers.com/destinations/cape-cod-nantucket-and-marthas-vineyard/planning-a-trip
“Day Trips to Cape Cod from Boston.” USA Today, traveltips.usatoday.com/day-trips-cape-cod-boston-110727.html
“Cape Cod Day Trip from Boston.” Tripadvisor, 12 Aug. 2013, www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g185492-i369-k6755535-Cape_Cod_day_trip_from_Boston-Cape_Cod_Massachusetts.html

Best Cape Cod Tours from Boston

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2 thoughts on “Best Cape Cod Tours from Boston

  1. ENA SOUHAN

    Hi im looking to do a 3 day tour from boston around the 6th 7th or 8th of Sept 2018 to marthas vineyard do you have anything ?

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    1. Rebecca Beatrice Brooks Post author

      The only Martha’s Vineyard tours from Boston that I found are the 1 day tour to Martha’s Vineyard by Take Tours or the 2-day tour by Take Tours that also goes to Rhode Island. They’re both listed in the article if you want to check them out. All the available tours to Martha’s Vineyard from Boston seem to be short trips because of how close it is.

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