- 4 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
This fascinating historical half-day trip from Boston takes you to the famous nearby Massachusetts cities of Cambridge, Lexington and Concord. Journey along the Battle Road Trail, follow the route Paul Revere took, and visit Harvard Yard and Cambridge Common, both US National Historic Landmarks. You’ll also stand on legendary Lexington Battle Green – the site of the infamous Battle of Lexington – and pass the homes of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson and visit the family home of Louisa May Alcott, "Orchard House". Your expert guide will teach you all about this area’s prominent role in the Revolutionary War and the Civil War while taking you to the cities’ most famous sights and off-the-beaten path locales.
- Transport by luxury air-conditioned coach with lavatory
- Professional guide
- Hotel pickup (select hotels only)
- Admission to Louisa May Alcott House - starting May 19, 2019
- Food and drinks
- Hotel drop off
8 Park Plaza
Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
Returns to original departure point
Thursday - Saturday
Pick up is offered from select Boston hotels (or meet us at the Transportation Building) in the morning for a quick drive over the Charles River to Cambridge, a city named in the honor of the University of Cambridge in England. This historic city is home to two of the world’s most prominent universities, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Drive by Harvard Yard, a large grassy area adjacent to Harvard Square that constitutes the oldest part and center the Harvard University campus. Your guide will explain how this locale became a US National Historic Landmark.
Nearby, you’ll see Cambridge Common, listed on the US National Register of Historic Places. This is public park is where George Washington took control of the Continental Army. Next, drive along Tory Row past the home of the famous poet and educator, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Continue driving to the nearby town of Lexington, famous for being the site of the first shot of the Revolutionary War. You’ll see a variety of historical buildings, parks and monuments, most dating from colonial and Revolutionary times, on your drive through town.
Hop off the coach at the Lexington Battle Green, formally known as the Lexington Common, for an up-close look at the site of the Battle of Lexington in 1642. Also a US National Historic Landmark, this field is fronted by a statue representing Captain John Parker, the leader of the Lexington minutemen. Hear about this man’s courageous efforts against 700 English soldiers as your guide conjures scenes from the Revolutionary War that happened on the very ground beneath your feet.
Your tour continues with a drive along the Battle Road Trail, a 5.5-mile (9-km) pathway in Lexington, Lincoln and Concord that marks the path once trodden by British soldiers from Boston during the war. You’ll also follow the route that Paul Revere took as he warned the countryside that “the British are coming!”
In Concord, journey past the homes of Gothic novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott -- author of Little Women -- and Ralph Waldo Emerson, essayist, poet and philosopher.
Finally, you'll make your way to the North Bridge, often called the Old North Bridge, where "the embattled farmers stood and fired the shot heard 'round the world.'" This is historical attraction was the site of the Battle of Concord; the current wooden pedestrian bridge is a replica of the one that stood on the day of the battle.
After your historical tour, your guide will drive you back to the Transportation Building, leaving you with many new, fascinating insights on American history.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Made history come alive. Good combination of riding and walking. Wasn't too long and gave you a sense of what the distances we're. Enjoyed the quick stops at homes of famous people from the mid 1860's
Tony was our driver he was great and knowledgeable. The tour itself was nice and there was a lot to see. We saw a lot of the towns of Cambridge, Lexington, and Concord.
Great tour!! Sam I Am did an excellent job driving and explaining things as he drove. The dropoffs at Lexington and Concord were both greatnot too long not too short!
It was one of the best tours I have ever been on. The tour bus driver was named Sam, he called himself Sam I am. he was amazing. Very knowledgeable and very funny. Get him if you can!
This tour was great. Sam, the driver/tour guide was really informative and helpful. He went out of his way to make the tour memorable.
Fantastic tour! The guide and driver was simply excellent.
From beginning to end, he provided facts, knowledge and history about Boston and then later Cambridge, Lexington, and Concord.
A great way to hear the story behind the beginning of the revolution. Having visited Boston almost every year for over a decade, it was refreshing to leave Downtown Boston, and visit the actual sites where the battles happened. The tour guide provides interesting historical stories along the way. Just a shame there was a huge snow downpour the weekend before my tour ... so didn't get to see much greenery on the battle fields. So avoid the cold of winter!
This was awesome. We learned a lot and it was drizzling almost the entire day but it didn't ruin the tour at all. The guide was really knowledgeable and if you love American History, this is where its at.
We had used Viator before in San Francisco and found them to be good. Visiting Boston we had not much time so booked the half day tour again through Viator. This turned out to be as good as before. We were picked up from a hotel in Quincy and experienced a bit of a delay due to the traffic but all went well once we were underway. Thankfully the weather was bright and sunny so we could explore Lexington a bit. We had time for tea and scones at the cafe close to where we were dropped off which was welcome after our early start. Then off to Concord where we followed in the footsteps of the fallen British soldiers who fought in the battle of Lexington. The visitor centre is an interesting place the movie is worth watching and take in the view with its trees to reminded me of some typical English country areas except the leaves seemed much brighter with some great red shades amongst the green and yellow.
Tony our guide was an excellent speaker. I heartily recommend this tour which drops you off at Quincy market. You can extend it into the afternoon to see Boston but we had no time and also had done this before.
It was so beautiful traveling part of the route that Dawes, Revere and Prescott took. My grandson 17h, a history buff was so moved to be standing where the American Revolution began! He said, You can read it in a book but where you're there, history comes alive! The leaves were beautiful, too. So much history in such a small area. We learned interesting facts about Paul Revere and the other Patriots. Our guide Jake was amazing.
Tony was fun, knowledgeable and pretty incredible. I loved the story telling and all the places we've visited. Thank you for being flexible and helpful :
Excellent tour, our guide Tony was funny, informative, and a great bus driver, we felt very safe with his driving.
We were picked up at hotel. driven to the place to catch the bus for our tour, this driver gave us a mini tour of Boston on the way. Then we transferred to the tour bus and off we went. The driver was very good knowledgeable and interesting. Several stops where we got off to see the sites with the guide making sure we knew what time to be back at the bus.
Our guide was Tony, and he was excellent! Lots of history, insights, and a great sense of humor, he recommended that we try the root beer in Buckman's Tavern/gift shop, and it's a must!
This was an excellent tour for me as a first time traveler to the Boston area. The tour guide/driver was very knowledgeable and it was clear that she thoroughly enjoyed sharing the history of the area with us all. We were blessed with a little rain toward the end of the tourn but it was a a beautiful day. I recommend this tour to anyone who has not been to these areas and also to those who would like the insight of the conditions men and women went through in striving for independence.
We loved our tour through the countryside to see Cambridge, Lexington, and Concord. Our bus driver was very knowledgeable and shared wonderful information with us about history and the area.
I have taken this tour several times now, all with the same driver Brian and it is fantastic. The tour is full of American history and is well worth the time to take this tour, I will be taking it again next year for sure.
I'm a history buff so this tour was wonderful. Lexington and Concord are gorgeous so that adds even more awesomeness here. Standing on the spot where the shot was taken that was heard around the world, chilling. And the bridge where the first red coats fell, it really makes you ponder and think about how this great nation was started.