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The Revolutionary Story Tour
The unique aspect of this tour is that the sights are arranged chronologically so you experience one sustained story the whole way. Instead of random facts and dates, we will focus on recapturing the passions, recreating the personalities, and reliving the drama of the American Revolution. The sightseeing is synchronized with and unfolds through the storytelling. It's not only much more enjoyable it's also the most effective way to both explore Boston and explain America. The entire experience has been built with the aspirations and anxieties of a fellow tourist in mind: the groups are kept small so you aren't herded around; we cover both the major sights and the hidden gems; extensive visual aids and props help you grasp the material; and you'll enjoy the charm of the original neighborhoods while getting a sense of the beautiful and booming modern city as well. The tour is orientated towards adults but enthusiastic younger audience, usually with some level of exposure to the material will enjoy it as well. This tour is NOT for those looking to just scratch the surface or check a box. There are no actors, costumes, scripts, or kitsch. It's wide ranging, in depth, and FUN. 3:45 minutes. (Standard tour is 9:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. with a 15-minute restroom break in the middle)
Sail on the Schooner Fame of Salem
Haul up the sails! Take the tiller! Or just chill out with a local craft beer or Deacon Stormy while our historic schooner slides through Salem Sound past lighthouses, forts, and waterfront homes. The captain and crew will explain the significance of the FAME, privateering, and the War of 1812. The firing of the cannon is always a highlight! We'll motor out from Pickering Wharf in downtown Salem and call for volunteers to help raise the sails. Depending on the wind, we may shape a course toward Beverly... or Marblehead... or head straight out toward the islands! Our interactive crew point out landmarks, explain the operation of the schooner, and mix drinks with equal facility. The sails last roughly an hour and forty minutes. When we return to Pickering Wharf, you're right in the heart of downtown Salem — perfectly placed for a meal, a drink, or a stroll! Note: We will not sail if steady rain, high winds, or thick fog are expected; you will be refunded. Message us if you are unsure about the forecast. Dress for the weather — you are exposed to the elements on our 1812 schooner! This trip is NOT appropriate for infants or toddlers. But once kids are 4-5 years old, they really enjoy it! The schooner is certified for 49 passengers plus crew, but since 2021 we are sailing at 60% capacity, which means there will be a maximum of 29 guests on your sail.
North End Little Italy Food Tour
The oldest neighborhood in Boston"s North End( Llittle Italy) We will experience lots of hidden gems but also the famous Hanover and Salem streets where the best of the best restaurants pastry shops salumerias (Italian Deli) bakeries and caffes. COME HUNGRY because we eat on this tour equivalent to a full lunch. FEAST ON FOOD ** Discover the only woodfired brick oven pizzaria in little italy. ** Tour thru the oldest bakery where the first pizza in Boston was baked in 1907. ** Get all your senses sharpened at an coffee and spice shop.since 1932. ** Experience the Salumeria"s (italian deli"s) specializing in imported cheeses from Italy dry cured meets (salami sopprasata prosciutto cappicola and mortadella) homemade pasta homemade mozzarella and many marinated italian delights in extra virgin olive oil. ** Visit the only Butcher Shop left in the neighborhood. ** Can"t forget about dessert we will cut the line at one of famous Pastry Shops for a ricotta cannoli. ** Along the way we will pass by the Paul Revere Statue Old North Church and the first Italian Church built by Italian immigrants in 1873. **** READ REVIEWS**** ON**** TRIPADVISOR**** GOOGLE**** YELP**** Other things to note Let me know if any guest have food allergies.
E-bike tour of Boston
See Boston from an electric bike ("e-bike") in a small group setting! I provide a quality e-bike, bike helmet, and bottle of water. All bikes have hand brakes and gears, so for safety, all riders MUST be comfortable using both. All riders should wear a helmet for safety. We'll adjust and test the bikes for 15-20 minutes, and then we will set out on our ride. Most of our ride is on paved cycle routes with no cars, some of it in the Emerald Necklace Park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, and on the Esplanade along the Charles River. We will cycle along both sides of the river. We can stop for coffee and then ride back through Cambridge and Brookline to Jamaica Plain. There are a few places where we walk the bikes for 2-3 blocks, so guests need to be able to walk a bit. The tour lasts about 3 1/2 hours, depending on how many stops we make and how long we spend at the cafe. This tour will allow you to try an electric bike in a low-stress cycling environment. I hope to see you with the famous "e-bike grin" as you glide along! I can accommodate anyone 16 and over and taller than about 4'8". I can often accommodate different dates and times. New England weather is unpredictable so if the weather conditions are not safe for cycling, I will cancel the tour and you'll receive a full refund.
Explore Salem with a Local
Let's explore my hometown together! Salem is a beautiful, historic city best known for its tragic 'Witch' Trials. Our walk and talk will provide an overview from our origin as Naumkeag to our European founding in 1626 to the Witch Hysteria of 1692 through the current day, with some sites from Hocus Pocus tossed in. I'm happy to adjust the tour route based on the interests of the attendees. The tour length is about 1 hour and 45 minutes, depending on the interaction and the pace of the group. We'll cover about 1 1/2 miles. As a resident, I share a local perspective to help bring Salem alive for you and help with any tips that may make your visit more enjoyable. Our tour is historical, but I may sprinkle in a few legends and hauntings along the way. I am very flexible with my tour dates and times, so drop me a note if you don't see something that works for you. I usually open up dates 2 or 3 months at a time. If you would like a summer or fall date, send me a note.

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The Revolutionary Story Tour
The unique aspect of this tour is that the sights are arranged chronologically so you experience one sustained story the whole way. Instead of random facts and dates, we will focus on recapturing the passions, recreating the personalities, and reliving the drama of the American Revolution. The sightseeing is synchronized with and unfolds through the storytelling. It's not only much more enjoyable it's also the most effective way to both explore Boston and explain America. The entire experience has been built with the aspirations and anxieties of a fellow tourist in mind: the groups are kept small so you aren't herded around; we cover both the major sights and the hidden gems; extensive visual aids and props help you grasp the material; and you'll enjoy the charm of the original neighborhoods while getting a sense of the beautiful and booming modern city as well. The tour is orientated towards adults but enthusiastic younger audience, usually with some level of exposure to the material will enjoy it as well. This tour is NOT for those looking to just scratch the surface or check a box. There are no actors, costumes, scripts, or kitsch. It's wide ranging, in depth, and FUN. 3:45 minutes. (Standard tour is 9:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. with a 15-minute restroom break in the middle)
Sail on the Schooner Fame of Salem
Haul up the sails! Take the tiller! Or just chill out with a local craft beer or Deacon Stormy while our historic schooner slides through Salem Sound past lighthouses, forts, and waterfront homes. The captain and crew will explain the significance of the FAME, privateering, and the War of 1812. The firing of the cannon is always a highlight! We'll motor out from Pickering Wharf in downtown Salem and call for volunteers to help raise the sails. Depending on the wind, we may shape a course toward Beverly... or Marblehead... or head straight out toward the islands! Our interactive crew point out landmarks, explain the operation of the schooner, and mix drinks with equal facility. The sails last roughly an hour and forty minutes. When we return to Pickering Wharf, you're right in the heart of downtown Salem — perfectly placed for a meal, a drink, or a stroll! Note: We will not sail if steady rain, high winds, or thick fog are expected; you will be refunded. Message us if you are unsure about the forecast. Dress for the weather — you are exposed to the elements on our 1812 schooner! This trip is NOT appropriate for infants or toddlers. But once kids are 4-5 years old, they really enjoy it! The schooner is certified for 49 passengers plus crew, but since 2021 we are sailing at 60% capacity, which means there will be a maximum of 29 guests on your sail.
North End Little Italy Food Tour
The oldest neighborhood in Boston"s North End( Llittle Italy) We will experience lots of hidden gems but also the famous Hanover and Salem streets where the best of the best restaurants pastry shops salumerias (Italian Deli) bakeries and caffes. COME HUNGRY because we eat on this tour equivalent to a full lunch. FEAST ON FOOD ** Discover the only woodfired brick oven pizzaria in little italy. ** Tour thru the oldest bakery where the first pizza in Boston was baked in 1907. ** Get all your senses sharpened at an coffee and spice shop.since 1932. ** Experience the Salumeria"s (italian deli"s) specializing in imported cheeses from Italy dry cured meets (salami sopprasata prosciutto cappicola and mortadella) homemade pasta homemade mozzarella and many marinated italian delights in extra virgin olive oil. ** Visit the only Butcher Shop left in the neighborhood. ** Can"t forget about dessert we will cut the line at one of famous Pastry Shops for a ricotta cannoli. ** Along the way we will pass by the Paul Revere Statue Old North Church and the first Italian Church built by Italian immigrants in 1873. **** READ REVIEWS**** ON**** TRIPADVISOR**** GOOGLE**** YELP**** Other things to note Let me know if any guest have food allergies.
Every Site on the Freedom Trail
See all 16 of Boston's Iconic Freedom Trail sites in a single 2.5 hour tour! Join the most comprehensive walking tour of the Freedom Trail available, and learn about icons like Paul Revere and John Hancock, along with lesser known stories of women, African Americans, and immigrant patriots and pioneers. Rebels, gangs, Midnight Riders (and a few cheap dad jokes) all feature in the tales on this tour. Tour goers will leave with an understanding of Boston's role in the American Revolution, but also how Boston has pioneered abolition, American education, and immigration. It all happened at these famous sites along the iconic red brick line. This highly interactive tour will begin opposite the Massachusetts State House and conclude in the North End with the best view of the Charlestown Freedom Trail sites. Along the way you'll experience the explosive events of the American Revolution like the Boston Tea Party and the Boston Massacre in the places they happened. Be sure to bring your best questions for our veteran guides! 10:30 am - 1:00 pm, Friday Saturday Sunday May 1st - November 30th. Experience the Revolution with Cambridge Historical Tours!
E-bike tour of Boston
See Boston from an electric bike ("e-bike") in a small group setting! I provide a quality e-bike, bike helmet, and bottle of water. All bikes have hand brakes and gears, so for safety, all riders MUST be comfortable using both. All riders should wear a helmet for safety. We'll adjust and test the bikes for 15-20 minutes, and then we will set out on our ride. Most of our ride is on paved cycle routes with no cars, some of it in the Emerald Necklace Park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, and on the Esplanade along the Charles River. We will cycle along both sides of the river. We can stop for coffee and then ride back through Cambridge and Brookline to Jamaica Plain. There are a few places where we walk the bikes for 2-3 blocks, so guests need to be able to walk a bit. The tour lasts about 3 1/2 hours, depending on how many stops we make and how long we spend at the cafe. This tour will allow you to try an electric bike in a low-stress cycling environment. I hope to see you with the famous "e-bike grin" as you glide along! I can accommodate anyone 16 and over and taller than about 4'8". I can often accommodate different dates and times. New England weather is unpredictable so if the weather conditions are not safe for cycling, I will cancel the tour and you'll receive a full refund.
Pizza, Beer, and Paul Revere
We start off in Bostons historic North End, other wise known as Little Italy, home to amazing history and unbelievable pizza!! We’ll make our way through cobblestone streets and back alleys, seeking out brick oven pizza and super locals only style bars, while checking out Paul Reveres old stomping grounds. I’ll show you the locals only version of our city, the awesome little nooks and crannies, small bakeries, hidden history, and fantastic views that most major tour companies can’t get into, because of their large group size. I know when I travel, I typically ask the concierge or Airbnb host where THEY go out for a beer and to get a bite. My whole reason for doing this tour is to share with you, the city that I love. The nuance and locals point of view. I hope you come grab a slice and drink a beer! Note: As we move into the winter season, this tour will continue to run every day at noon. One of our stops includes having a slice of pizza outside. While not a big deal in the summer, it can get pretty chilly, so all parties should make sure to dress warm!!
Boston's Underground Donut Tour
On this tour, you'll join me as we explore the city and food culture through the medium of donuts. You'll learn history of Boston, each donut location, how they fit into the larger food scene, as well as try some amazing donuts. We start in Boston's financial district at Kane's Donuts. After sampling some delicious donuts, we'll walk along the harbor on our way to Boston's Public Market, where we'll try some amazing apple cider and apple cider donuts. Fresh every day! After that, we'll sample some of the best artisanal donuts you'll have in the entire city at Union Square Donuts. For the last portion of our tour, we'll walk through Boston's North End or Little Italy learning about the history of the neighborhood along the way. Once there, we'll visit one of the North End's oldest bakeries, Bova's where we'll have a uniquely Boston treat. We hope you can join us! Other things to note Currently, many of these shops do not have gluten free or dairy free donuts available. We will try to accommodate allergies, but it has been difficult recently. We still welcome you to come on the tour though.
Explore Salem with a Local
Let's explore my hometown together! Salem is a beautiful, historic city best known for its tragic 'Witch' Trials. Our walk and talk will provide an overview from our origin as Naumkeag to our European founding in 1626 to the Witch Hysteria of 1692 through the current day, with some sites from Hocus Pocus tossed in. I'm happy to adjust the tour route based on the interests of the attendees. The tour length is about 1 hour and 45 minutes, depending on the interaction and the pace of the group. We'll cover about 1 1/2 miles. As a resident, I share a local perspective to help bring Salem alive for you and help with any tips that may make your visit more enjoyable. Our tour is historical, but I may sprinkle in a few legends and hauntings along the way. I am very flexible with my tour dates and times, so drop me a note if you don't see something that works for you. I usually open up dates 2 or 3 months at a time. If you would like a summer or fall date, send me a note.
Ghosts -- Boston Beyond the Grave
The past, the present and the future -- everyone and everything is interconnected. Walk the very streets where Boston's most terrifying killer stalked his victims. Step through the grounds where witches and martyrs were hanged. Hear the stories of our most haunting history and awaken our ghosts -- the broken, the beloved and the betrayed -- their fights for justice and their quests for vengeance. Ask about a Boston Cream Pie at the Omni Parker House, where the dessert originated and one of the most haunted places in Boston! All for the original ticket price, when you book a private tour.* Looking for a time that isn't listed? Send me a message and maybe we can work something out. Dig through the bones of the past, and piece together the fossilized memories of our community. Live the legends that no one has been able to explain or disprove. And try on you own to piece together the form, the footprints, the blood, and eventually the DNA of these crimes. This is more than traditional history. These are the personal records of the rarest kind of human experience, Boston's adventures into the world of the unknown, that mysterious psychic world beyond the five senses. *Food costs will not be billed through Airbnb.
Bloodlust: Mysteries of Victorian Boston
In the late 1800s, Boston experienced a rash of gruesome murders and unexplained phenomena. The “Boston Medical and Surgical Journal” observed, “The increase in the number of the criminally insane has been exceptionally rapid…” Most interesting was the way one community reacted to this – The South End, the country’s oldest and largest Victorian neighborhood. Not only was there a reawakening of the notorious Witchcraft Trials that happened 200 years earlier, but people were also accused of being vampires and conversing with the dead – all while serial murders and molesters lurked just out of sight. Explore this quaint post-Civil War suburb, its architectural gems and strange statuary that tourist rarely get to see. Then delve into the concerns of the people who lived here, their art, science, politics and stories of true crime, with demonstrations on Victorian phantasmagoria and the new fields of forensics and toxicology. Did you know that one of Boston’s wealthiest entrepreneurs was a woman? So was America’s first accused vampire. We’ve also hosted mad scientists, homicidal healthcare workers and psychologists who treated the mentally ill in unsavory ways. Buried the beneath this neighborhood's eye-catching English gardens and breathtaking brick rowhouses is a unique experience you won’t want to miss, and all within a few blocks of Copley Square and Back Bay. Other things to note We will walk outside, about a mile, through the streets and parks of the South End. We will see architecturally significant homes and churches, the background for a number of historic movie and shows. There will be some graphic discussion of violence and murder. Participant discretion is advised.
Mobsters, mayhem and murder in Boston
The tour will take you on a scenic route through the heart of Boston, and off the beaten path to areas most tourists do not venture. The tour is an approximately 2.5 hour walk with frequent stops to sit. Omar will tell you not only about general Boston history, but the darker side of Boston's history. This will in include stories about Whitey Bulger, the Boston Strangler, the Mafia and more! There is mature language on this tour, similar to an R-rated movie/TV-MA show. It is not recommended for children under 12. Parental discretion is advised. Other things to note Walking shoes, water, umbrella in case of rain. Be on time, tour starts promptly at the time indicated for the consideration of other guests. This tour will take you off the beaten path and leave you with memories, a knowledge of Boston crime history and at least one funny joke. As someone who grew up here, I can also provide suggestions of local restaurants or places to visit that are hidden gems.
Boston's Politically Incorrect North End Food Tour
We will spend 3 hours exploring one of Boston's oldest and beloved area "The North End" aka Little Italy. We will visit hidden gems, unique neighborhood shops and local hangouts. Anthony your local guide will entertain you with his no bullshit politically Incorrect style. Come hungry because there will be many food stops (8) . Don't eat breakfast .You will enjoy delicious Italian cuisine all while laughing your ass off.We will have many interactions with locals since i was born and raised here. A true local ! - We will eat our way through Hanover Street where we will discover the best pasticcerias that offer the best cannoli, biscotti, and other Italian favorites. We will discuss the best of the best restaurants and coffee shops. With my culinary background and years of living here and of course eating here you will learn how to not get caught up in the tourist traps. •We will visit authentic Salumeria (Italian Deli) where you will sample best Italian sub ever. -We will visit hidden gems where you will discover a bakery in a basement of 100-year-ol structure •Visit a very unique 80- coffee and spice shop. -Also some secret stops that we will keep as a surprise. -Most of all you will taste great foods and you will laugh all day long. Other things to note Fun adults only . Sorry no one under 13 . NO WHINNY KIDS.LOL It is a Politically Incorrect tour so some adult content.
Master Sushi-Making with a Sushi Chef
Join Chef Harold for the ultimate sushi-making extravaganza! You'll head to an awesome local brewery to enjoy a beginner-friendly hands-on cooking class led by a true expert on all things sushi. Upgrade your dinner date, celebrate a special occasion, or make unforgettable memories with friends as you tie up your aprons and roll up your sleeves to craft fresh, restaurant-worthy sushi rolls. You'll kick off class by learning a foolproof recipe for savory miso soup before using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients to put together three classic sushi rolls including uramaki (inside-out rolls) and temaki (hand rolls). After learning the secrets to preparing the perfect sushi rice, you'll master the art of tempura by frying succulent shrimp to crispy, golden perfection. Next, you'll practice knife skills to slice up fresh avocado, crisp cucumber, and carrot to roll up an impressive uramaki roll. Wrap up this tantalizing sushi spread by making a classic spicy tuna roll just like your favorite Japanese restaurant makes. Treat yourself to crisp craft beers or tasty cocktails to sip on throughout the class and say cheers to a meal more special than the rest!
Welcome to the Freedom Trail Tour
You have picked a great time to visit Boston! Boston is one of the most walkable cities in America - it’s lovely to explore on foot. We’ll be walking about 3,000 steps/1 mile. We will meet at a coffee shop along the Freedom Trail. Feel free to buy something there while we get acquainted & start our exploration of the people & events of the founding of Boston & the early years of the American Revolution. We will head out on foot to walk a portion of the Freedom Trail. You will see & learn about the Old State House & the Boston Massacre, the Old Corner Bookstore & the Irish Famine Memorial & the Old South Meeting House - where the Tea Party started. Next, we head up School Street to learn about the Old City Hall & visit the site of the first public school in America. We’ll step into the oldest continuously run hotel in America & explore the rich history of this beautiful hotel. Onto King’s Chapel Church & the oldest burial ground in Boston. We will see the brutalist masterpiece- New City Hall & conclude at the Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market area. You might want to shop or get a drink or meal at one of the many restaurants & bars at the end of the tour. I will share recommendations for things to do & places to eat. Join me to explore Boston & the Freedom Trail. Boston is a beautiful city - rich in history & stories that I want to share with you! Other things to note Whether you are a history buff or just interested in learning more about Boston, join me for a few hours to expand your knowledge of the city in general and the Freedom Trail specifically, including the events of the early Revolution here in Boston.
Dumpling Party
Chef Marco and Chef Patty will intermingle skill. sets with practical hands on tips, and tell quite a few personal stories on the way! As former restaurateurs and the founders of the Joyce Chen Dumpling Festival, they have made millions of dumplings and entertained hundreds of groups In the introduction or "Nosh"we'll explore Taiwan, through its street food culture, sampling a sampling of Marc and Patty's street food snacks. The skillset section covers roll stuff fold and cook The dumpling making part goes over 5 specific shapes, and 3 distinct stuffings: pork and ginger, pork soup dumplings, and vegan. Each round has a break for stuffing the students, too! The competition is fierce, and there will be awards and trivia prizes throughout the event. If you happen to be the first to mention a "trigger word" in the story section, you will win a coveted "Make Way for Dumplings" tee shirt! Finally, the closing ceremony, where we encourage students to take home left-overs (if there are any!) Other things to note If you have gluten sensitivity, we do not offer gluten free options, at this time. Currently we offer the class with pork filling and vegetarian filling. Custom fillings are possible for lg groups. If you would like to bring a bottle of wine or some beer, it is BYO.