Downtown Boston to Back Bay via Beacon Hill

Boston CityWalks

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Description

Make Boston yours as we view its beauty, culture and history from its early beginnings to its striking 19th century architecture, as well as the special charm its unique neighborhoods still hold today.

Highlights of this 2 hour guided tour include:
  • The Freedom Trail's historic Revolutionary War era sites from Faneuil Hall to Boston Common
  • The quirky, vibrant architecture and streets of Old Downtown Boston
  • Historic Beacon Hill's cobblestone drives & gaslights
  • The 19th century Back Bay area & Boston Public Garden
  • Copley Square in all its beauty and grace
Come see how the upper echelon views the city from atop Beacon Hill, and gaze at the Swan Boats as they go under the world’s smallest suspension bridge while we stroll through the Public Garden.

Your guide will weave tales of the past, including the when, why and how the Back Bay was filled before you lose yourself in admiration of the elegant Copley Square.

At the end of the tour we'll set you loose in the Back Bay, a vibrant home to many a fine restaurant, shopping opportunity and cultural attraction.

Ask your guide for recommendations before you have lunch at an outdoor café on Newbury Street, shop in Copley Place and Prudential Center, or visit one of Boston’s fine Back Bay museums.

Meeting Location

Near the intersection of State & Congress Streets (Downtown Boston, MA) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)

Reviews

114 Reviews Rating: 4.9 4.9 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Excellent walk through Boston's history
MattRaggatt Tue, Sep 23  10:00 AM Male 20-29 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
Highly recommend this tour by Boston CityWalks. Tour guide Alan was very knowledgeable and knew all the details about the 18th century background to many of the sites and all the players that made the city famous, through to the current day aspects, such as the building used for the Boston Legal TV façade. Revere, Hancock, JFK sites all pointed out. Only aspect I'd suggest change on is allowing a couple of minutes to directly walk past the homes John Kerry and JFK live and lived in, rather than point to them from a block away (I imagine the guide was hoping to preserve some privacy). There are several tour options for Boston but doing it on foot allowed you to go to the backstreets that the buses didn't reach.
Rating: 5
Great tour
cbalsano Tue, Sep 23  10:00 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
Tour guide was knowledgeable. Tour was a good pace. Covered a lot of ground but felt we got a great overview of Boston.
Rating: 5
Great History Lesson
mayrag48 Sat, Sep 20  10:00 AM Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
 
Alan, our tour guide, was entertaining and informative. Having been the first time in Boston, this walk allowed me to see the beautiful city and learn so much about it. I would definitely recommend the walk tour - you get your money's worth and a great history lesson!
Rating: 5
A Wonderful Overview
MichelleR9 Fri, Aug 29  10:00 AM Female 50-59 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
We really enjoyed our recent walking tour. Alan was a great guide and brought the sites of Boston to life with great stories. The pace was good, although a washroom break/breaks and chance for a coffee/water would have been welcome. Would definitely recommend.
Rating: 5
The tour guide was knowledgeable and fun.
Silvia1124 Mon, Aug 25  10:00 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
It was a very interesting tour.
Rating: 5
An excellent hotel
mirette Fri, Aug 22  10:00 AM Female 60-69 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
Great location, very friendly staff and well appointed rooms.
Rating: 4
WORTHWHILE WALK
lollyg144 Thu, Aug 14  10:00 AM Unspecified 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
 
I appreciated Alan's unexpected individual tour he gave me of downtown Boston. He was a very nice man and made an effort to cover those things I was most interested in seeing, i.e. architectural features. Also included were many historical facts, events, and misconceptions one might have been taught or heard. We covered a lot of territory in our 2 hours, and I saw both the "old" (buildings, statues, plaques, headstones) and the "new" (I.M. Pei's catastrophe, Boston Marathon memorial, gardens of fresh flowers) of Boston. His stories were interesting and informative, and I learned a lot that I had never been aware of.
Rating: 4
Great way to spend 2 hours
username1234 Wed, Jul 23  10:00 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
 
This was our first time to Boston so we wanted to find a comprehensive tour that not only would provide some history of the city, but would also expose us to the various downtown neighborhoods so that we could target more time in certain ones, later in the trip. This tour did both and we would recommend it to anyone new to the city. If you are familiar with the city and history, this tour might be too much of a broad overview for your liking.
Rating: 5
ranks just behind our tour of the Sam Adams Brew H
dogsledjim Fri, Jul 11  10:00 AM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
That's Brew House. Who know Mother Goose was a real person, buried in Boston?
Rating: 5
Highly Recommended
kmchugh8 Tue, Jul 1  10:00 AM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
Excellent walking tour. The guide was personable, informative and extremely helpful. The walk is an easy stroll and the 2 hours and 2 miles fly right by!
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Is advance purchase necessary?
You must purchase your tickets in advance in order to guarantee your space on the tour. Please book well in advance to maximize your chances of getting the date and time you prefer.
How long do the walking tours last?
Tours last approximately 2 hours, but can vary depending upon the number of people, questions asked, etc.
How far do we actually walk?
This tour is approximately 2 miles in length.
Do we walk at a leisurely pace?
Yes, tours move at a leisurely place. Though at times we might move faster because there is so much to see and talk about, we do stop frequently and we promise not to overwork you!! We try whenever possible to stop in the shade when it's hot and in the sun when it's cool. And where there are benches, we'll point them out.
What specific Historic Sites will we see?
These are just some of the sites you’ll see: Faneuil Hall, the Old and New State Houses, Boston Massacre Site, the Old and New City Halls, the Old South Meeting House, the Old Corner Bookstore, King’s Chapel, Old Granary Burial Ground, Park Street Church, Boston Common, Beacon Hill, Louisburg Square, Acorn Street, Boston Public Garden, Swan Boats, Cheers, Commonwealth Avenue Mall, Newbury Street, the John Hancock Tower, Boston Public Library, Trinity Church, the Boston Marathon Finish Line, and Copley Square.
What if I have a particular area of interest?
If you have a particular area of interest, like history or architecture, please let the guide know and they will likely be able to emphasize that area(s) for the enjoyment of the whole group.
Are there restrooms on the tour?
There are restrooms at both the start and end points of the tour. While there are no prescheduled stops along the way, we will make every reasonable effort to meet requests for a stop.
Will we be able to purchase water along the way?
On most tours, we will pass by street vendors selling drinks. We will stop there upon request. Make sure to bring extra cash if you might want to purchase from these vendors!
Will there be food available on the tour?
No, but there will be restaurants and other food services available where the tour ends. Please have breakfast before we begin, so that we don't inconvenience others on the tour by taking time away for you to get something to eat. If a snack is required, you could purchase one from a street vendor when we stop for drinks.
Can we do shopping along the way?
While the tour does pass through shopping areas, we request that you save all shopping until after the tour has finished. At the conclusion of the tour, we will be happy to give you directions to get back to specific shops and locations.
Can I ask questions?
YES!!! Questions are always welcome.
Do I need to purchase a ticket for my child?
Yes, please purchase a reduced price Child ticket for children ages 5 to 16. Children under the age of 5 may come on the tour for free, but please let us know if you are bringing any young children when you purchase your tickets. Remember to bring a stroller!
Will my toddler survive the tour?
Well, it's a long way for a toddler to go, so I can't recommend it. But you know your child best - if you think they'll enjoy it and they'll behave, go ahead and bring 'em along. We'll try and make it as pleasant as we can for both you and them.
Is the tour stroller accessible?
Most of the tour is accessible to strollers and we do recommend them for small children. Please keep in mind, however, that many areas are uneven and there is one set of stairs, but you should be able to carry your children over these short distances.
Is this tour wheelchair accessible?
Unfortunately, we do not recommend wheelchairs on these tours because we pass through many old, historic areas with brick and cobblestone paving that can be uneven and make travel in a wheelchair difficult. There is one set of steps.
What happens if it rains or snows?
The tour runs rain or shine. If precipitation starts during the tour, rain ponchos are usually available from the guide. If really severe weather forces us to cancel the tour, you will be able to reschedule to another date or receive credit for a future event.
How do I get back to my hotel after the tour?
Your guide will give you specific directions following the tour. If either walking or taking the "T" subway are possibilities, your guide will describe both options for you. Maps will be provided upon request.
Where does the tour end?
This tour ends in beautiful Copley Square, which is in the center of the Back Bay, Boston's "newest" area. It was created during the 19th century and is one of the city's major shopping and cultural areas. You'll love just being there!!
What are the differences between the offered tours?
The Downtown Boston to Back Bay and the Back Bay to Downtown Tours cover many of the same sites. The first, as its name indicates, leaves from Downtown and the second from Copley Square in the Back Bay. So you can choose based on which starting point is closest to your hotel or which time offered best meets your needs. The North End, Waterfront and Downtown Tour includes the original settled area of Boston and then proceeds to the North End and winds up on the Waterfront. This is a lovely historic tour that goes beyond where the others leave off. It includes Paul Revere's House, the Old North Church, Boston's Italian Area and the oldest commercial block in the city. If you want to sneak in some Italian food, you might want to consider that, too. The Harvard Square Evening Excursion goes to the lovely town of Cambridge, so is very different than our other tours. You'll learn about its history and see the interesting architecture of Harvard Square and Harvard University.
Does the tour have anything to offer a native Bostonian?
Absolutely! Boston is full of little known secrets and treasures. Its nooks and crannies provide a wealth of sights and stories that go along with them. The anecdotal history your guide will share with you is sure to add new nuances to what you thought you already knew. You'll see a side of the city you never knew existed!
Are gift certificates available?
Of course. You can reach Boston CityWalks with the "Contact BostonWalks" link.
Are private tours available for Boston CityWalks tours?
We would love to create just the right tour for you or your group. Please click on the "Contact BostonWalks" link to make arrangements!

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Boston CityWalks

Boston CityWalks gives just the right mix of history, architecture and culture to bring Boston’s personality alive and make you feel a part of the city. We share our love for the city with facts, stories and humor that reflect the quirky nature that IS Boston.

The Downtown Boston to Back Bay Tour is a particular favorite of folks who really want to get to know Boston. You not only see the famous Historic Sites, but you learn the history and happenings in context.

Boston CityWalks also does customized tours to your specifications. These personalized walking tours are perfect for weddings, engagement parties, birthdays, anniversaries, reunions, and other special events.
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