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Boston: Guided Night Tour with Sunset Cruise

1. Boston: Guided Night Tour with Sunset Cruise

Step back into the American Revolution and view the very best sites and attractions of Boston on a guided sunset cruise and nighttime walking tour. Join a local expert guide and uncover the story of Boston with historic highlights and personalized recommendations. Begin your tour of Boston with a pickup from your hotel in the downtown area. Kick off your night in Boston with a scenic sunset cruise on Boston Harbor. Relax and take in the breathtaking panoramic views of the city skyline illuminated at night. Next, back on land, your local guide will take you on a narrated walking tour of the North End neighborhood. Stop outside the famous Skinny House, the narrowest house in Boston. See the historic Old North Church, the George Robert Fountain, and the Paul Revere House. You will have the opportunity to grab a quick pastry from Mike's Pastry at the end of your tour. Finally, be returned to your hotel in Boston so you can enjoy the rest of the night.

From Boston: Guided Bike Tour of Cambridge

2. From Boston: Guided Bike Tour of Cambridge

Renowned as one of America’s most bicycle-friendly cities, experience the atmosphere and appeal of Cambridge during a 2.5-hour guided bike tour. Known as “Boston’s Left Bank,” Cambridge is a hotspot of the arts and home to MIT and Harvard University.  Begin this experience by meeting your  guide at the designated meeting point. Here pick up your helmet, water, and your bicycle or electric bike that will take you from Boston over the Charles River and into Cambridge.  From the cycling paths on the Charles River to the booming industry of Kendall Square, this tour shows you the most exciting and vibrant parts of Cambridge. You will visit some of Cambridge's most popular sites such as Harvard Square, The Stata Center, Longfellow Bridge, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Charles River with views of the Boston Skyline.

Boston: Back Bay History and Culture Private Walking Tour

3. Boston: Back Bay History and Culture Private Walking Tour

Take a private walking tour of Boston's Back Bay neighborhood and learn about its history and culture. Enjoy beautiful views as you walk along the Charles River passing the area's trendy cafes, designer boutiques, and art galleries. Get picked up at a location of your choice in central Boston and head out to Back Bay to begin your tour. Let your guide create an itinerary that suits your interests or provide your own suggestions in this customizable private tour. Wander down charming streets flanked by elegant Victorian homes. Enjoy window shopping on the eclectic Newbury Street. Stroll along the Charles River and the esplanade while taking in views of Boston. Visit a historic church dating back to the 1800s. Choose a longer tour and you can take your time exploring the local side of Back Bay. Check out cozy bookstores and chic boutiques, stop for lunch or coffee at one of the many local restaurants, and see more of the area's historical architecture.

Cambridge: Self-Guided GPS Driving Audio Tour

4. Cambridge: Self-Guided GPS Driving Audio Tour

Start your tour of Cambridge by downloading your app, which functions as a tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Enjoy a tour developed by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists and stop to watch videos along the way. First, discover Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood before crossing the Charles River and entering Cambridge. Discover MIT and head onto Broadway, where you’ll find some serious history as well as the cutting-edge Draper Laboratory. Pass by buildings built in the 1880s and get your first look at Harvard, as well as a redoubt used by General George Washington during the Revolutionary War. Then, see the high school attended by celebrities like Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. See Harvard’s Memorial Hall and the Cambridge Common. In Kerry Corner, learn about Cambridge’s Irish history, before seeing Cambridge City Hall. Pass the First Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King, Jr. attended services, before returning to MIT.

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What people are saying about Charles River

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 123 reviews

Stuart was our guide, and he was knowledgeable and fun for our guided walking tour. The sunset riverboat was a pleasant start to the evening. Note, it was not narrated. It was quiet and a great opportunity to speak with other passengers and have a cocktail.

Amazing tour with a tour guide (Stuart) who knew the story about the story. I learned tidbits of information not taught in the history books that made the tour a can’t miss adventure.

The guides were great! Fabulous way to see a lot of the city in a short amount of time! We loved all of it!