Top 7 Day Tours In Boston, Massachusetts - Updated 2024

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Boston is all about history, buildings that represent the birth of a nation, and culture. America’s oldest city offers travelers varied experiences: historic districts, museums, international dining experiences, eclectic food scene, and a proud rock and roll music scene. It is always a good time to visit Boston be it during the mild spring, warm summers, or snowy, romantic winters. If you want a break from the city entertainment, then you can even go hiking around the Boston Harbor Islands to get some fresh air. With so much to choose from, it is natural that visitors might be overwhelmed about what to do while in Boston. Planning a visit to the city and currently unsure of the things you should do? Here are the top day tours in Boston, Massachusetts for you to choose from.

1. Learn the secrets of Boston on this tour by a local (from USD 55.0)

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Does traveling like a local appeal to you? Then, this welcoming Boston tour conducted by a friendly and passionate local is just your kind of thing! You’ll see the city from the point of view a resident, learn the best shopping spots, where to get a good meal, and other insider tips. The informal and casual experience of a private tour will make you feel like you are sightseeing with a dear friend. You can arrange to start the tour at your accommodation.

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Welcome to Boston: Private Tour with a Local

Duration: 2.0 to 6.0 hour

44 reviews

2. Walking tour of Boston's best food, history, and architecture (from USD 129.0)

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This five-hour walking tour starts at Boston Harbour. It takes you through the historic wharfs lining Atlantic Avenue, scenic parks, quaint streets of Beacon Hill with Boston’s red brick row houses, the famous Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, the beautiful Boston Public Garden, and much more. You’ll snack your way across North End, stopping to eat fresh bread at hidden Italian bakeries, meats, and cheeses at an Italian salumeria, and sip a hot drink at a traditional Italian café. You’ll also get to explore Boston’s most revered church and take pictures in front of the Old State House.

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Boston: North End to Freedom Trail Food and History Tour

Duration: 5.0 hour

144 reviews

3. Hop-on and hop-off tour of Boston's highlights (from USD 44.16)

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Spend a day touring Boston at your own pace. The best thing about a hop-on-hop-off trolley is that you’ll get ample time to explore sites that catch your fancy. This affordable tour includes nine stops including ones at the historical sites of the nation’s origins, at the Old North Church in North End, Old Ironsides, Little Italy, Public Garden, Beacon Hill, and the Convention Center - Children’s Museum at South Station. The tour is wheelchair accessible, includes narration, and free maps of the city.

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Boston: Hop-On, Hop-Off Trolley Ticket

464 reviews

4. Quaint trolley tour with unlimited rides to 18 stops (from USD 52.45)

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This tour on a quaint orange and green Old Town Trolley with stops at 18 points of interest in Boston is one of the fun ways to explore the city. You’ll get to visit Boston’s top attractions including the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Antique Row, Christian Science Plaza, Boston Convention Center, and Boston Fish Pier. The tour also includes admission to the Old State House and Dreamland Wax Museum, as well as a half-priced admission to Old North Church. Since you can explore the city at your own pace, this tour will feel like having a personal Boston sightseeing taxi.

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Boston: Hop-on Hop-off Old Town Trolley Tour

1210 reviews

Boston Tour Guide

Naim Benmayor

Naim Benmayor

As a Boston tour guide, I have the added experience of being a world traveler. For many years, I frequently visited Europe, Asia, and Latin America on business. During this time, I also organized tours of the USA, Europe and Asia for my business clients. I now bring this passion, excitement and expertise to the Boston area.By exploring the globe, I was exposed to various cultures, and this uniq... Read more

5. Go on a fun beer tasting tour with lunch (from USD 119.0)

go on a fun beer tasting tour with lunch

It is said that food and drinks are the best way to learn about a new place. Both foodies and light beer drinkers will enjoy this tour of the city’s best breweries, cider houses, and distilleries. You’ll stop by legendary brewers including Samuel Adams Brewing Company, Chelsea Station, Downeast Cider House, and Night Shift Brewing. This tour includes round-trip transport, a complimentary beer journal for making tasting notes, and a delicious beer and food pairing lunch at Chelsea Station. By the end of the tour, you’ll leave with behind-the-scenes knowledge of the city’s craft beer breweries and lots of local stories and legends as well.

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Boston: Guided Craft Brewery Tours with Lunch or Dinner

Duration: 5.0 hour

12 reviews

6. Luxury tour that covers all the highlights of Boston (from USD 89.0)

luxury tour that covers all the highlights of boston

See the top attractions of Boston in a seven-hour sightseeing tour in an air-conditioned luxury coach. You’ll also have an expert local guide narrating the history and culture of the city. Some of the highlights of the tour include Lexington Green, the North Bridge in Concord, the historic countryside towns of Belmont and Lexington, homes of renowned authors, lunch and shopping at Quincy Marketplace, and a visit to the Charlestown navy yard.

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Boston in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Duration: 7 hour

159 reviews

7. Fully narrated tour of the must-see attractions of Boston (from USD 89.0)

This tour is a great way to get an overview of Boston and its history in just one day. The tour is conducted in comfortable coaches. You’ll have an expert guide with you as well. You’ll get to see the campuses of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, as well as the historic Harvard Yard. Click photos at the homes of novelist Louisa May Alcott and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. Visit the historic towns of Cambridge, Lexington, and Concord; follow the Battle Road Trail, spend time at Quincy Market, explore the 18th-century steeples and stately townhouses at Beacon Hill, and visit many other must-see attractions of Boston.

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Boston in One Day Sightseeing Tour, with Lexington and Concord

Duration: 8 hours

795 reviews

Walk down the lanes of history in Boston

“This town of Boston has a history. It is not an accident, not a windmill, or a railroad station, or crossroads tavern, or an army barracks grown up by time and luck to a place of wealth; but a seat of humanity.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson. Charming and legitimately historic, you cannot help but fall in love with the cobblestoned streets of Beacon Hill, the authentic Italian restaurants, the fascinating dockyards, and the many other charms of this city. These varied tours are the ideal platform to explore and unravel the secrets of Boston.

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Want more day tour recommendations? Explore the historic coastal towns of Salem and Marblehead in the North Shore region. As an early American seaport, Salem is home to many fascinating stories. Learn about the infamous 1692 witch trials at the Salem Witch Museum. Stroll the Derby Wharf, the longest wharf in Salem, and visit the Salem Maritime Historic Site. Here, you can tour The Friendship, a replica of the 1797 tall ship and now a museum ship.

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