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Boston Freedom Trail Day Trip from New York City

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Swap the Big Apple for a day in history-steeped Boston undistracted by transportation worries. Travel to the city by comfortable vehicle, and enjoy a comprehensive tour of its highlights with the benefit of a guide for commentary. Stroll around Cambridge’s Harvard Yard, admire the city’s Revolutionary-era landmarks along the Freedom Trail, and enjoy free time for a lunch of local favorites such as clam chowder at Quincy Market.
  • Explore historical Boston on a day trip from New York City
  • No planning needed: go by luxe vehicle and hear about the sites via a guide
  • Tour Harvard, walk the Freedom Trail, and see the Boston Tea Party site
  • Time for local seafood meal (own cost) such as lobster roll at Quincy Market
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Professional tour guide
Transportation by 15-passenger van or a full-sized bus
Sightseeing in Boston
Wi-Fi on bus only
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

330 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036, USA

6:30 AM Departure In front of Port Authority Bus Terminal building, 42nd Street (between 8th & 9th Avenue)

Departure Time

6:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
When visiting New York, take advantage of the city's proximity to Boston and experience one of the most historical cities in the USA. Your full-day tour begins in Midtown Manhattan, where you’ll board a comfortable minivan or bus and meet your knowledgeable guide. Then, travel along the scenic Connecticut coast and through inland countryside on your approximately 4.5-hour journey to Boston.

Get a taste of Ivy League prestige with a stop in Cambridge to tour highlights of Harvard University, including Harvard Yard and the massive Widener Library. You’ll also drive by the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Cambridge College. 

After crossing the Charles River into Boston, see local landmarks like Trinity Church and stretch your legs with a stroll along the 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) Freedom Trail. This commemorative path takes you to 16 sites that played a pivotal role in the American Revolution. See the locations of the Boston  Massacre and the Boston Tea Party; Faneuil Hall, and Boston Common. Along the way, your guide will share legends and facts about Boston’s historic legacy.

Midday, enjoy a bit of leisure time to explore downtown Boston on your own. For lunch, try local seafood favorites like lobster rolls or clam chowder at Quincy Market (own expense). After several hours in Boston, reboard the minivan and relax on the return drive to Manhattan, where your 13-hour tour concludes in the evening.
Stop At:  
Harvard University
Depart New York and trace the Eastern Coast through Connecticut to Massachusetts and its capital, Boston. Our first stop is the city of Cambridge where you'll find one of the most famous and most prestigious universities in the world—Harvard. Our tour starts with a walk in Harvard Yard, the oldest academic ground in America.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
John Harvard Statue
See Widener library and rub the shoe of John Harvard for good luck.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
We continue on a panoramic tour that takes you past City Hall, MIT, and Cambridge College, before crossing over the Charles River and arriving in the center of Boston—considered the intellectual capital of the USA.
Stop At:  
Trinity Church
Visit Copley Square with its beautiful Trinity Church, and then continue with a walk along the historical Freedom Trail through Boston Common Park. Afterward, break for lunch (own cost) at Quincy Market, perhaps opting to try the city's world-famous clam chowder or a lobster roll.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
After lunch, continue to the site of the famous BostonTea Party. In the late afternoon, rejoin your vehicle to your departure southwestward back to New York, where you'll arrive in the evening.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair transportation must be requested in advance
  • Tours can be bilingual/multilingual as they are offered in many different languages
  • Children under the age of 2 are free, please advise at time of booking if infant is traveling
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • For tours with fewer guests, vans may be substituted
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • In the event that parts of this itnerary remain inaccessable due to COVID 19 an alternate itinerary will be followed. Final details will be available prior to each departure. On our tours we use a wide variety of attractions which all have different policies regarding Covid 19. In order to enjoy the full experience of the tour it is recommended to bring a face covering as it may be required for entry at certain locations.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Empire Vacations
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Boston Freedom Trail Day Trip from New York City?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Boston Freedom Trail Day Trip from New York City?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Boston in a nutshell
, Oct 2021
Boston is such a city full of history. Our guide was so knowledgeable of Harvard University plus the American Revolution. It was a full day of great pictures. We returned 2 hours later but it was because we weren’t rushed ever. A few of our stops were closed due to the pandemic but he was quick to find other places to go including the USS Constitution. I would definitely use Empire Vacations again!
, Dec 2019
We recently enjoyed this tour thanks to our wonderful guide - Jonathan who was so knowledgeable on all things Boston, NYC and USA history. I would recommend this tour to anyone looking to see Boston in one day from nyc!
Excellent Trip
, Sep 2019
Tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Bus driver was lovely and humorous. They even gave us discounts vouchers for lunch. 5 stars service. Highly recommend.
day trip to Boston from NY city with Empire Vacations
Lorna T
, Sep 2019
worst ever day trip No way is Empire Vacations Professional when these tour reps turned up 6.30am lets starts with Pick Up...French and Italian first to get to buses that had been parked on other side of the road 3 blocks down then English speaking folk next along with 1 German we then had to cross 4 lanes traffic to get to our bus parked down a side street. I was met by a scruffy looking woman who said im your guide in English i started to wonder what she meant then she said to me and 2 Australians to go sit back of bus i said Why the back i was told that all the front was for Italians and French tourists Trip Itself...Nightmare constant talking with a microphone by Eddie the tour guide for the French and Italian this was loud and constant muttering i timed an episode of him talking and it was 40mins non stop i said to Christine the english guide can you ask him to stop talking as its constant and loud she said he is talking all about Harvard University and she would try to speak to him however this didnt happen and my ears were ringing from his constant talking . on the way back to NY i was so glad to be getting back to my hotel the English guide started on about needing Tips and they all depend on tips this was the most talking she did on the bus {saying that she couldnt get a word in edgeways with Eddie showing off talking French X Italian} The Bus Itself... The bus had No Seatbelts the 2 Drivers for the journey didnt hav any uniform on This Trip was Tacky and Unprofessional i Booked this trip Viator like many other trips i been on and this Trip was Sub Standard it said on booking information A Professional Trip English Speaking Please forward this on to Empire Vacations
1 traveler found this review helpful
just ok
, Jul 2019
felt rushed all through tour, guide was not so was a ok tour nothing special . Guide walked fast and way ahead of group and we all needed to catch up. Quincy Market was the only highlight and we were on our own for about 2hrs or so.
Inexperienced guides
, Jul 2019
Too old to be college students too young to understand what it takes to guide a group of people nor how to behave as a guide instead of a baby sitter. English not up to par for a tour guide. Often not know what the right words to choose to describe what they want to convey.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Not worth the money
, Mar 2019
We enjoyed seeing the sights. However, the guide had an accent, was hard to understand, boring and repeated himself. We speak English but the other translator was translating so half the time we couldn't hear. For $169 pp, we had higher expectations. Very disappointing.
icon Response from Host , May 2019
Thank you for bringing this to our attention. All of our guides are carefully selected, trained and constantly monitored. Will definitely investigate. Thanks Mike Empire Team
Nice places but guide...
, Mar 2019
I got an overall impression thanks to my own knowledge beforehand. Otherwise I would be wondering all the time . There were 4 English speakers but everything was explained only to the first row of seats, pictures were shown to them etc. Also guide`s English was far from normal and very hard to understand (when heard)
Visit to Boston
Lydia P
, Nov 2018
In all the visit was good but the van used for transportation is not adequate for such long distances, the seats are narrow and there is no place to put your handbags/backpacks or similar.
Snap shot
Mandy S
, Nov 2018
We really enjoyed this day trip. A snap shot of Boston but well organised and informative .Guide was good. Watched a DVD on long evening drive back to NYC.

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