MONDAY JULY 9, 2012 - Morning
Explore Boston’s historical sites with a narrated tour aboard an air-conditioned, luxury motor coach. Your tour takes you through Boston’s beautiful Victorian Back Bay area, built entirely upon reclaimed wetlands. There will be a few surprises along the way, with views of some of the 16 historic sites that highlight the Freedom Trail. These include the oldest state house in America and Old State House (the first in America) and The Old South Meeting House where the Boston Tea Party was plotted. Next, you will cruise through the prestigious Beacon Hill neighborhood, drive by the Massachusetts State House and the Boston Common and Public Gardens, and a stop at Boston’s most handsome Trinity Church.
In Boston’s renowned North End, you will take a brief walk up to the historical Old North Church. During your walk, you will experience the North End’s unique culture, accented by tiny, curvy streets of cobblestone and home to more than 85 restaurants, mostly Italian in taste and style.
A final stop that cannot be missed is the home of Paul Revere. On the night of April 18, 1775, silversmith Paul Revere left his small wooden home in Boston's North End and set out on a journey that would become legend. Today that home is still standing at 19 North Square and has become a national historic landmark. It is downtown Boston's oldest building and one of the few remaining from an early era in the history of Colonial America.
Cost per person: US $55 (based on 40 minimum)
Tour length: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Included: Executive motor coach transportation, professional tour guide, all admissions, taxes, gratuities
Note: Some walking on cobblestone streets; sensible footwear recommended. Not suitable for children under five years of age.
MONDAY JULY 9, 2012 - Afternoon
Boston Harbor Luncheon Cruise
Learn about the historic and contemporary milestones of Boston's inner and outer harbors while enjoying a three-course luncheon during this fun, informative water tour. From the hero tales of the Revolutionary War to the local legends of the sea, you'll be entertained and enthralled. See how the harbor was transformed to one of the cleanest harbors in the country. Other highlights you'll see include the nation's oldest continuously manned lighthouse, the Harbor Islands National Park, Boston's working port, and several extravagant waterfront homes. This is truly on e tour that will be memorable and fun!
Cost per person: US $65
Tour length: Noon – 2:30 p.m. (boat begins boarding at 11:00 a.m.)
Maximum headcount: 200–300 guests
Included: Professional tour guide, private harbor tour leaving from Boston World Trade Center, all admissions, food, taxes, gratuities, cash bar
MONDAY JULY 9, 2012 - Evening (Post Conference)
Quack-Quack!! Boston Duck Tour
Truly Boston’s most unique tour experience is a tour on our famous Duck boats! These beautiful, multi-colored, World War II amphibious vehicles navigate the streets of Boston as well as the currents of the Charles River. Your Duck traverses past historic sites, including the State House, Boston Common, and Government Center, fashionable Newbury Street and so much more! Then, it’s into the Charles River you go for breathtaking views of the Boston and Cambridge skylines — unique vistas you can’t get anywhere else! Each conDUCKtor is a unique character in costume, who brings you Boston’s history laced with lore and legends. But, don’t underestimate their knowledge; these characters take their historical wisdom very seriously and welcome your challenges!
Cost per person: US $53 (based on 32-guest private charter)
Tour length: Departing 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.; 60 to 90 minutes (from pickup to drop off)
Maximum headcount: 32 guests per Duck
Included: Private Duck charter with hotel pick-up and drop off, professional dispatcher, Destination Partners, Inc. staff, all admissions, taxes, gratuities
Note: Wear practical clothing; you will likely get splashed in the river. Tours go rain or shine. Fun for all ages!
TUESDAY JULY 10, 2012 - Day Tour
Lexington Battle Green & Old North Bridge Tour
Your tour begins in the North End, where Paul Revere started his famous ride. From there, you will follow his footsteps to Lexington, where you can view a diorama of the Battle of Lexington. During that battle, on the morning of April 19, 1775, British regulars fought with colonists, or minutemen, in the first battle of the American Revolution, known as “the skirmish on the green.” A short walk to beautiful Lexington Green takes you to see the battle site and visit the Minuteman Statue.
From Lexington, you will travel to Concord to visit the picturesque Old North Bridge, where the minutemen fired “the shot heard around the world” while making their stand against the British Troops.
You will also enjoy going back in history with a visit to the Concord Museum. Highlights of the museum's renowned collection include:
- The "one, if by land, and two, if by sea" lantern, immortalized by Longfellow's Paul Revere's Ride.
- Artifacts from the American Revolution, including powder horns, muskets, cannonballs and fifes.
A delicious three-course luncheon will be offered at one of America’s oldest inns, The Colonial Inn located in downtown Concord.
Cost per person: US $89 (based on 30 guests and private luncheon)
Tour length: 8:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Included: Professional dispatcher, Destination Partners, Inc. staff, three-course luncheon, all admissions, taxes, gratuities
WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2012 - Morning
Harvard University & Cambridge Tour
Stroll through Harvard University as your guide points out the historic architecture of the oldest university in the country, where John F. Kennedy lived and studied in his younger years. Visit hallowed Harvard Yard and the statue of college founder John Harvard … or is it?
See the magnificent homes of Cambridge as you travel thru the most historical streets in America.
You’ll have time to browse the unique shops, boutiques, and bookstores of Harvard Square before heading back to the hotel.
Cost per person: US $56 (based on a 30-guest minimum)
Tour length: 8:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Maximum headcount: 40 per coach/guide
Included: Executive motorcoach transportation, professional Destination Partners, Inc. guide, all admissions, taxes, gratuities