Best Boston Tours from New York

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Due to New York’s close proximity to Boston, taking a day tour or weekend tour to Boston to explore the city’s history is simple and easy.

There are a variety of tours and tour packages to choose from. Some are day tours while others are multi-day tours.

Most New York to Boston tours are bus tours but there are also some that travel via train and even by plane.Best_Boston_Tours_from_New_York

In addition, if these tours aren’t quite what you are looking for, you can also travel to Boston on your own and take one of the many local Boston history tours available in the city or one of the many Boston bus tours of the greater Boston area.

Also, if you’re interested in exploring more than just the Boston area, check out the various New England tours available.

The following is a list of the best tours from New York to Boston:

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Boston Freedom Trail Day Trip from New York:

Viator offers a Boston Freedom Trail Day Trip from New York. This 13-hour bus tour takes you from New York City through historic Connecticut to Massachusetts where you’ll enjoy an all-day narrated tour of Boston and Cambridge.

The tour begins in midtown Manhattan with a 4.5 drive through scenic Connecticut to Cambridge, Massachusetts where you’ll visit the campuses of Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Then you’ll cross the Charles River into Boston to take a walk along the 2.5 mile Freedom Trail where you’ll visit 16 Revolutionary War-era landmarks. At midday, you’ll be able to explore downtown Boston on your own.

Stops on the tour include:

Boston Massacre site
Boston Tea Party site
Faneuil Hall and Quincy Marketplace
Boston Commons
Trinity Church
Harvard University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge College
Freedom Trail
Downtown Boston

After several hours, you’ll reboard the bus for the journey home, where you’ll arrive back in New York City in the evening.

New York to Boston Day Trip by Rail:

Viator offers a New York to Boston Day Trip by rail. This 16-hour tour starts with a train ride from New York City’s Penn Station to Boston where you’ll then board a guided hop-on hop-off trolley tour so you can explore the city at your own pace.

Stops on the tour include:

Boston Common
USS Constitution
Faneuil Hall
Old State House
Fenway Park
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

The tour also includes a 2-course lunch at the Hard Rock cafe with priority seating. Simply go to the front of the line and show the hostess your voucher and you’ll be promptly shown to your seat.

The tour concludes with an evening train back to New York City. You’ll also be given a Dine4less card to use in New York.

Boston and Cambridge Day Tour from New York:

Empire Vacations offers a Boston and Cambridge day tour from New York. This 12-hour bus tour takes you from New York City through scenic Connecticut to Boston where you’ll enjoy an all-day narrated tour of Boston and Cambridge.

The tour starts in the Gray Line New York City Visitor’s Center with a 4.5 journey through scenic Connecticut to Cambridge, Massachusetts where you’ll visit the oldest University in America, Harvard University.

You’ll then cross the Charles River and head into Boston where you’ll make a stop at Copley Square to see the beautiful Trinity Church and take a walk to the nearby Boston Common, which is the oldest park in America.

Next is a stop at Quincy Market for lunch before continuing on to Boston Harbor to see the site of the Boston Tea Party.

Then you’ll head on over to Charlestown to see the USS Constitution and some seaside sites before beginning the drive back to New York City.

New York to Boston Day Trip by Air:

Viator offers a New York to Boston Day trip by air. This 16-hour tour takes you from New York City to Boston where you’ll enjoy a full-day narrated tour of Boston and Charlestown.

The trip begins with a one-hour flight from New York to Boston where you will then be taken to the center of Boston to begin a sightseeing trip. You’ll be able to explore the city at your own pace on a guided hop-on hop-off tour of all the famous sites.

Stops on the tour include:

Bunker Hill Monument
Gibson House Museum
Paul Revere House
Mapparium
USS Constitution
Prudential Center
Cheers Bar and more

The tour also includes a 2-course lunch at the Hard Rock cafe with priority seating. Simply go to the front of the line and show the hostess your voucher and you’ll be promptly shown to your seat.

The tour concludes with a return flight back to New York City in the evening.

3 Day Maine Lobster and Boston Tour from New York:

Take Tours offers a 3 Day Maine Lobster and Boston Tour from New York. This bus tour includes two days in Boston and one day in Maine.

The tour begins in New York with a drive to Boston where you’ll visit the New England Aquarium and also take a Boston Duck Tour so you can see all the famous sites in the city.

The following day begins with an early morning journey to Ogunquit, Maine. There you’ll enjoy a lobster fishing trip, visit the local shops and restaurants, check out the Nubble Lighthouse, enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Ogunquit Playhouse and take a shopping trip to the Kittery Premium Outlets before returning to Boston.

The third day involves a city tour of Boston with a tour of Harvard University, a visit to MIT, the Massachusetts State House, Trinity Church and Quincy Market.

You’ll also enjoy a Boston Harbor Cruise and Boston lobster meal before boarding the bus for the journey back to New York City.

The price include two nights hotel accommodation, transportation via motorcoach and a semi-guided tour. Meals, museum admission fees, fishing trip, duck tour and harbor cruise fees are not included.

Sources:
“New York City Day Trips from Boston.” Viator, www.viator.com/Boston-tourism/New-York-City-Day-Trips-from-Boston/d678-t20932
MarkandChrissy. “Day tour to Boston.” Tripadvisor, Tripadvisor LLC, www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g60763-i5-k6058780-Day_tour_to_Boston-New_York_City_New_York.html

Best Boston Tours from New York

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