A Boston bus tour is a great way to explore the city’s vast history. These types of tours can cover more ground and explore more sights than other types of Boston history tours like walking tours or trolley tours.
When you take a bus tour, you can see all of the historic sites in Boston as well as sites in neighboring towns like Concord, Lexington, Salem and even Cape Cod.
There are a number of different options for bus tours. Some bus tours are day tours that span between 5 to 13 hours while others are multi-day tours. Whatever type of bus tour you’re looking for, there is a tour that will suit your needs.
In addition, if you are visiting or live in nearby New York City, you can also take one of the many Boston tours from New York.
The following is a list of Boston bus tours:
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Boston in One Day Sightseeing Tour:
Viator offers a One Day Boston Sightseeing Tour. This a seven-hour narrated tour of Boston, Cambridge, Lexington and Concord on a full-sized motorcoach.
The tour begins at Park Plaza or with hotel pickup downtown. The morning part of the tour focuses on Cambridge, Lexington and Concord before returning to Boston to have lunch and do some shopping at Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market.
The tour then continues with sightseeing in Boston in Beacon Hill, the Seaport District and the West End.
The tour includes stops at 20 sites:
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
New England Aquarium
Old State House
Boston Massacre Site
Back Bay Hilton
Museum of Fine Arts
Boston and Cambridge Top Spots Tour:
Viator offers a Boston and Cambridge Top Spots tour. This is a five-hour narrated tour of Boston and Cambridge on a motorcoach.
The tour begins in the morning with a pickup either at your Boston hotel or at Park Plaza. It then continues to Cambridge where you’ll see the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus and make a brief stop at Harvard Yard.
Then you’ll cross the Charles River and continue on to Boston with a stop at Fenway Park. The tour continues to Copley Square in the Back Bay to view the beautiful architecture and lovely 19th century brownstone buildings.
The tour then heads to the North End where you’ll enjoy a complimentary cup of New England clam chowder before getting back onto the bus and continuing on to the Charlestown Navy Yard to take a look at the historic USS Constitution.
At the end of the tour, you’ll be dropped off at either Faneuil Hall or Park Plaza.
1 Day Harvard University, Trinity Church, MIT and Boston City Sightseeing Tour:
GoldenBusTours offers a 1-Day Harvard University, Trinity Church, MIT and Boston City Sightseeing Tour. This is a day-long tour of Cambridge and Boston on a motorcoach.
The tour begins in the morning with a pick up in Quincy and Boston. It then continues to Cambridge where you’ll enjoy an in-depth, one-hour tour of Harvard University and a visit to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Then, the tour continues on to Boston where you’ll see the Massachusetts State House, Trinity Church and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute.
The tour then takes to the water with a Boston Harbor cruise.
The tour concludes with a visit to Quincy Marketplace before returning passengers to their pickups in the late afternoon.
History of Massachusetts Blog – Colonial Boston Tour:
Private Label Tours offers a 7 day History of Massachusetts Blog – Colonial Boston Tour that explores the colonial history of various Massachusetts towns via a mini bus.
The tour is led by Dr. Robert Allison, Chair of the History Department at Suffolk University in Boston, and the author of several publications on American and Massachusetts colonial history, such as The American Revolution: A Concise History; A Short History of Boston; and the New England Remembers series: The Boston Massacre.
The tour begins with the check in at the Charles Hotel in Harvard Square at 3pm on July 1st. Then, at 6pm, you’ll enjoy a one-hour welcome reception and tour introduction before heading off to dinner at Legal Sea foods.
On day two, you’ll enjoy breakfast at the hotel before watching a 30 minute presentation by Dr. Allison.
Then, you’ll take a drive to Plymouth while enjoying an enroute presentation and Q&A with Dr. Allison.
In Plymouth, you’ll tour Pilgrim Hall Museum with Dr. Allison and then you’ll stop for lunch at Plymouth Plantation before taking a tour of the museum.
Later that afternoon, you’ll return to Boston where you’ll board a charter boat for a private cruise of Boston harbor before returning to the hotel later that evening.
On day three, after breakfast at the hotel and a presentation by Dr. Allison you’ll head off on a guided tour of Boston with stops at Boston Common, Granary Burying Ground, King’s Chapel, Franklin House, Old South Meetinghouse and the Boston Tea Party Museum.
For lunch, you’ll visit the famous Union Oyster House and/or the Green Dragon Tavern.
After lunch, the tour of Boston continues with stops at the Samuel Adams statute, Faneuil Hall, Old State House, Paul Revere House, Paul Revere Statue, Old North Church and Copp’s Hill Burying Ground.
At the end of the day you’ll return to the hotel before heading off to dinner in the North End. In the evening, you have the option of watching a performance of Aladdin at the Boston Opera House.
On day four, the 4th of July, after breakfast at the hotel and a presentation by Dr. Allison, you’ll head to Lexington for a tour of Lexington Common, Buckman Tavern and the Hancock-Clarke House with Dr. Allison before driving to nearby Concord.
In Concord, you’ll visit Minute Man National Park before enjoying lunch at the historic Colonial Inn. After lunch, your tour of Concord continues with a visit to Meriam’s Corner, Hartwell Tavern, Captain Smith House, Paul Revere Capture site, Munroe Tavern and the Longfellow House.
You’ll then stop by Harvard Square in Cambridge on the way back to the hotel. In the evening, you’ll have the option of enjoying a 4th of July holiday performance of the Boston Pops on the esplanade.
On day five, after breakfast and a presentation, you’ll head to Charlestown with Dr. Allison for a tour of the Bunker Hill Monument and the USS Constitution and museum. After, you’ll take a short drive to Salem where you’ll visit the Salem Pioneer Village.
After lunch, you’ll visit the Peabody Essex Museum and the Salem Maritime Museum with Dr. Allison before enjoying some free time on your own.
In the afternoon, you’ll take the Salem Ferry back to Boston where you’ll then enjoy a harbor dinner cruise.
Later that evening, you’ll watch a performance of the Boston Harbor Hotel’s summer music series.
On day six, after breakfast and a presentation, you’ll visit the Massachusetts Historical Society with Dr. Allison and Peter Drummy followed by a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts.
After lunch, you’ll visit a number of historical sites in the Boston area such as the Dillaway Thomas House, Fort Hill Tower, Shirley – Eustis House, Dorchester Heights, and Fort Independence on Castle Island as well as a visit the Massachusetts Archives & Commonwealth Museum.
At the end of the day, you’ll enjoy a catered clambake and lobster boil picnic on Castle Island before heading back to the hotel.
On day seven, after breakfast and a presentation, you’ll head to Quincy with Dr. Allison to visit John Adam’s birthplace as well as Peacefield, the home of John and Abigail Adams and their family.
After lunch, you’ll then visit Abigail Adam’s birthplace in Weymouth as well as the Quincy Homestead and the Josiah Quincy House in Quincy.
At the end of the day, you’ll return to the hotel to enjoy some free time and dinner on your own before enjoying a departure reception.
The following day, after breakfast at the hotel, you’ll check out and depart around 11 am.
The tour runs July 1-8, 2018 with a total of 16 spots available. Click here for the full itinerary.
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