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Harvard: 70-Minute Harvard Tour

1. Harvard: 70-Minute Harvard Tour

What better way to see Harvard than through the eyes of a student! This tour is a 70-minute student-led walking tour of America's oldest university, designed to be a funny and educational journey through Harvard's campus. Beginning in the heart of Harvard Square, you'll be led into historic Harvard Yard by an enthusiastic Harvard student. Enjoy the sights while your guide entertains and inspires with tales of Harvard history and personal experience at the university they call home. You'll get an up-close look at major Harvard landmarks including Johnston Gate, the John Harvard Statue, Memorial Hall, and Widener Library. You'll even become privy to a few Harvard secrets along the way! Whether you're a student visiting colleges or a family on vacation, the Hahvahd Tour is undoubtedly the top way to see Harvard.

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Boston: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour

2. Boston: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour

Climb aboard Boston’s charming orange and green Old Town Trolley and visit more than 100 points of interest in the city at your own pace. Enjoy the freedom to hop on or off all day and discover the Cradle of Liberty’s many sights and attractions. From December to March, choose between the 1-day (silver), 2-day (gold), or 3-day (platinum) ticket options. From April until November, choose between the 1-day (silver), 1-day with harbor tour (gold) or 2-day with harbor tour (platinum) options. What better way to see Boston than by both land and sea? The Boston Trolley tour covers all the major areas including downtown, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, the theater district, and the waterfront. Friendly conductors narrate the tour, offering a fun mix of trivia and humorous stories. There are 18 stops conveniently located close to over 100 points of interest in Boston, these are: • New England Aquarium/Faneuil Hall Marketplace • Historic North End • USS Constitution/Charlestown Navy Yard • North Station/TD Banknorth Garden • Trolley Stop Store/ Theater District • Cheers 'The Original' • Copley Square/ Newbury St. Boutiques • Christian Science Plaza/ Symphony Hall • Copley Place Shopping Galleries • Back Bay and Hynes Convention Center • Charles Street/ Antique Row • Boston State House/ Boston Common • South Station/Boston Tea Party • Boston Convention and Exposition Center • Liberty Wharf • Seaport District All ticket options include discounted admission to the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum.

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Boston: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Attractions

3. Boston: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Attractions

The Boston All-Inclusive Pass by Go City provides you access to over 40 of the area’s top activities, attractions, and tours for a single low price. Enjoy the freedom to do and see what you want while saving up to 45 percent compared to the cost of individual tickets. Choose a 1, 2, 3, 5, or 7-day pass at a low, pre-paid price. Take a Trolley Tour, visit the New England Aquarium, explore the Museum of Science, and get your thrills at Six Flags. These and many other options are included in the cost of your Boston All-Inclusive Pass. A free digital guide helps you decide what to do, where to go, and how to get there. Included Attractions: Boston Duck TourHistoric Sightseeing CruiseCityView Hop-On Hop-Off Boston Trolley Sightseeing Tour: 2-Day TicketNew England AquariumOld State House Museum & Old South Meeting House Combo TicketFenway Park TourUSS Constitution MuseumMuseum of ScienceFreedom Trail Foundation Walk Into History TourPaul Revere HouseMuseum of Fine ArtsSalem Witch MuseumSam Adams Brewery Tour with Complimentary GlasswareBoston Children's MuseumSwan Boats of BostonHarvard Walking TourHarvard Museum of Natural HistoryJFK Presidential Library and MuseumEdward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States SenateBoston Movile Mile Walking TourPlimoth Patuxet plus Mayflower II or Grist Mill ComboCharles River CruiseLEGOLAND Discovery Center BostonSix Flags New EnglandFranklin Park ZooIsabella Stewart Gardner MuseumInstitute of Contemporary ArtPeabody Essex MuseumHouse of the Seven GablesMary Baker Eddy Library & MappariumBoston Bike RentalBattle Green TourBuckman TavernPeabody Museum of Archaeology & EthnologyOtis House MuseumLouisa May Alcott HouseConcord MuseumOld Sturbridge VillageHyannisport Harbor CruiseJohn F. Kennedy Hyannis MuseumCape Cod Canal CruiseHighFlyer Zipline at Foxwoods Resort CasinoBoch Center Wang Theatre ToursThe MIT Tour

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Boston and the Freedom Trail from New York: Day Trip

4. Boston and the Freedom Trail from New York: Day Trip

Depart New York along the Eastern Coast through Connecticut to Massachusetts and to its capital, Boston. Your first stop is the city of Cambridge where will find one of the most famous and most prestigious universities in the world: Harvard. The tour starts with a walk in Harvard Yard; the oldest academic ground in America. See Widener library, then rub the shoe of John Harvard for good luck. Continue to a panoramic tour passing by City Hall, MIT and Cambridge College. Then cross the Charles River and arrive in the center of the intellectual capital of the country. Visit Copley Square, home to beautiful Trinity church. Next up is a walk along the Freedom Trail through Boston Common Park. Break for lunch at Quincy Market, and try the world famous Clam Chowder or a lobster roll. After lunch, visit the site of the famous Tea Party and the navy ship Constitution. In the late afternoon, depart southwest for an evening arrival in New York.

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Cambridge: Harvard Campus Self-Guided Walking Tour

5. Cambridge: Harvard Campus Self-Guided Walking Tour

Explore your way on this self-guided walking tour of Harvard University’s campus in Cambridge. Visit the most iconic spots of the Ivy League campus with the help of an app that functions as your guide, narrator, and map. See animated videos that let you visualize parts of the tour. To start, simply set up the tour guide app on your phone and arrive at the starting point of the tour. Step into the life of a Harvard student and visit the heart of Harvard University's campus: Harvard Square. See and learn about the John Harvard Statue, Widener Library, former dorms of famous alumni like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Natalie Portman, and more.

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From New York City: Boston in One Day Tour

6. From New York City: Boston in One Day Tour

Come discover beautiful Boston. Have your transportation and itinerary taken care of your while your only job is to sit back and enjoy this stunning city. Explore the best Boston has to offer including: Fenway Park stadium, home to the Boston Red SoxHarvard University Main campus: Harvard Yard, Old Yard, John Harvard Statue, Johnston Gate, Harvard souvenir store.Copley Square: Trinity church, Fairmont Copley Hotel, Boston Public Library, John Hancock Tower, “End line” to Boston MarathonBoston Common and the public gardens  Freedom trail: Massachusetts State house, Old state House, Granary Burying ground, Kings chapel, Faneuil hallQuincy MarketStart your day in New York City where your tour guide will share stories of different places on your journey to Boston. Once in Boston, begin your tour at Copley Square, have lunch at Quincy Market and end the day.

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Private 90-Minute Tour of Harvard

7. Private 90-Minute Tour of Harvard

Enjoy this 90-minute, private tour of Harvard University for you and your guests! The tour is completely customizable to fit your group’s needs. Throughout this tour, your informative guide – a current university student – will offer a unique perspective of college life at the famed institution, of which 44 current and former faculty members are Nobel laureates. Head to the 25-acre (10-hectare) Harvard Yard, the oldest section of the university, and view the brick facades of the dormitories, libraries and classrooms. Your guide will point out Old Yard, including Harvard’s oldest standing building – Massachusetts Hall, constructed in 1720 – as well as New Yard. See historical edifices like Memorial Hall, Sever Hall, the Widener Library and the Harvard Lampoon, as well as the statue of John Harvard – the university’s founder. As you tour the grounds, be entertained by your guide’s stories and Harvard lore – partly scripted and partly shared from personal experience. Learn about the most famous people that attended Harvard, hear historical anecdotes and get an insider’s view on current college life. After a stop at the Plaza, Winthrop Park and Mt Auburn Street in Harvard Square, complete your tour at the Harvard Cooperative Society (COOP), the University’s official bookstore.

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From NYC: Exclusive Spanish-Language Day Trip to Boston

8. From NYC: Exclusive Spanish-Language Day Trip to Boston

Your trip to Boston begins in Midtown Manhattan at the entrance of your preferred pickup hotel: Millennium Broadway, Pennsylvania, or Manhattan at Times Square. Once you have been picked up, head north to the capital city of Massachusetts. There will be a stop halfway, where you will have time to have breakfast and use the services. Once you arrive in Boston, the first stop is Copley Square, where you can appreciate the architectural contrasts of the city. You will see iconic sites such as the first public library in the United States, the Hancock Tower, the Church of the Holy Trinity, and the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. Within Copley Square, discover the monument to the Hare and the Turtle, which commemorates the cemetery of the Boston Marathon. The next stop will be in the Church of Christ Scientist. Following, head through Massachusetts Avenue where you will see the Back Bay neighborhood, famous for its Victorian houses. Pass by Berkeley Collage, the largest private music school in the world. Then, marvel at the monument to Domingo Faustino Sarmiento and get up-close to the Baseball Stadium Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox. Continue towards Cambridge where the MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the prestigious Harvard University are located. Walk through the Harvard University Campus and past the famous monument of the three lies, after which you will have time to buy souvenirs. After this experience, back in Boston, walk one of the most attractive and expensive neighborhoods in the city "Beacon Hill." Leaving the neighborhood, pass by the bar made famous by the TV show "Cheers" and through the first public park in the USA. Cross through the Massachusetts Governorate, part of the Freedom Trail and the Financial Center, and the place of the Boston Massacre of 1770. The last stop will be at Quincy Market. At its inception in 1826, it was used as a center of production, purchase, and exchange of food products and is now the city's cultural center. In the market, you will have free time for lunch. Your guide will advise you as to where the best clam chowder and lobster sandwiches are sold, two of Boston's most famous local dishes. Finally, after lunch, head back to NYC and get dropped off where you were picked up.

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Boston, Harvard & Cape Cod Self-Guided Audio/Driving Tour

9. Boston, Harvard & Cape Cod Self-Guided Audio/Driving Tour

Start in the city of Boston and walk in the footsteps of Revolutionary War heroes. Hear the story of Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride and relive the fight for American Independence with a self-guided walking tour of Boston’s Freedom Trail. Immerse yourself in the stories of the American Revolution, the Boston Tea Party, and the Sons of Liberty as you stroll along Boston’s scenic Harborwalk. Uncover Boston's historic and storied past while enjoying its beautiful harbor views between South Station and Long Wharf. Then, travel to the city of Cambridge outside Boston and explore the heart of Harvard University's campus at Harvard Square. Use the app to take a self-guided walking tour that covers must-see campus sights like the John Harvard Statue, Widener Library, and former dorm rooms of famous alumni like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Natalie Portman, and more. Next, discover Cape Ann with a self-guided driving tour along the scenic waterfront. Enjoy the vistas, beaches, and natural beauty of the New England coastline at your own pace. Visit the famous Fisherman's Memorial, beautiful Beauport, all while diving into the stories of Massachusetts of days past. Continue to Cape Cod and see its quintessential lighthouses and sandy beaches. As you drive, learn more about the Cape’s seafaring traditions, Pilgrim history, and miles of beautiful beaches. From Barnstable to Provincetown, visit Nauset Lighthouse, First Encounter Beach, Marconi Station, and more.

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New York City: Full-Day Boston and Woodbury Shopping Tour

10. New York City: Full-Day Boston and Woodbury Shopping Tour

Your day will begin at 4:30AM from Times Square, where you will meet your guide and board a comfortable motor coach. After an approximate 4.5-hour drive, you will arrive to one of the oldest cities in the United States. Founded in 1630, Boston was the scene of several key events of the American Revolution. Your first stop will be at Harvard University, the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States, where your tour guide will lead you on a short walk through the institution. You will also receive views of MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), before crossing the Charles River on your way to the house of the Boston Red Sox and the oldest baseball park in major league baseball: Fenway Park. The next stop will be to the Boston Common, the first public park in the United States. From there you will be guided through several historic sites included on the Freedom Trail, and will also learn the history and significance of places such as the Massachusetts State House on Beacon Street, the Granary Burying ground, King’s Chapel, Old State House, the Boston Massacre Site, and the Old North Church. Your Boston tour will eventually end with free time to explore, shop and have lunch at Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market. You will then board your comfortable motor coach for a 3 hour drive to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets which features 250 of the most sought after, high-end designer brands including Armani, Ralph Lauren, Burberry, Coach, Nike, North Face, Abercrombie, Adidas, Fendi, and Michael Kors. You will later arrive back in New York City at around 10:30PM.

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What people are saying about Harvard University

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Loved the tour. Short and sweet but gives you a good sense of the school and it’s history. Our guide was the owner of the company and went to Harvard as well as his father before him. Loved the personal anecdotes. Great tour overall and well worth the small fee.

We decided to stay on the bus for the whole tour to get a better sense of the city and then once we’d seen it all, decide what we would want to investigate further. We went back to tour the USS Constitution and the Tea Party Museum and they were great.

The tour was very good. Our tour guide Molly made it very engaging and entertaining… would recommend the tour for anyone who wants to know the history of various buildings in the University!!!

Tour guide was very knowledgeable and witty. Provided us with great facts!

Magoo was our favorite driver, super knowledgeable and very personable.