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    Newport Mansions Tour

    Escape to the lovely coastal city of Newport, Rhode Island, on this day trip that includes both a guided tour and free time. Explore The Breakers mansion, the summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt II's family. See top Newport attractions such as St Mary's Parish, Ocean Drive and the Naval War College on a narrated city tour. Then spend the afternoon exploring more of this quaint and historic city on your own. This small-group tour is limited to 14 people for a more intimate, interactive experience. After pickup from your central Boston hotel in a minibus, enjoy a morning snack during the 1.5-hour drive to Newport, Rhode Island. Listen to your informative guide provide historical commentary about Newport, which has been called 'America's First Resort'; feel free to ask questions in the relaxed company of your small group. Arrive at The Breakers, the elegant summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt II and his family, to explore for 2-hours. Tour the remarkable mansion, which covers a full acre of the 13-acre (5.2-hectare) oceanfront estate. It's one of many local mansions that served as getaways for America's rich and famous during the 20th century. During this time, you may take part in a 1.5-hour self-guided audio tour (available in 9 languages). Directly behind The Breakers, take in gorgeous ocean views at the Newport Cliff Walk for great photo opportunities. After, embark on a 1-hour narrated city tour of Newport sights. See St Mary's Parish, where President John F Kennedy wed Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953. Drive by Touro Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in the US, and see Fort Adams and the Naval War College. Learn why Newport is considered a sailing mecca and admire lovely waterfront vistas from Ocean Drive. Finish your guided city tour at the Newport Visitors Center, where you can plan out your 3.5 hours of free time. Public transportation makes it easy to get around the city from this location. Use your free time to visit another Newport mansion of your choice, you may choose to see the International Tennis Hall of Fame (at a discounted price) orr take a lunchtime cruise, dine on the oceanfront and browse the shops on the city's boardwalk (all at own expense). Take advantage of the guidebook and discount card included with your tour during your free time in Newport. In the late afternoon, you will meet back at the Newport Visitors Center for the drive back to Boston.
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    Back Bay to Downtown Boston Walking Tour

    Boston CityWalks
    This tour begins in the elegant Back Bay, which is filled with a beautiful collection of Victorian Era architecture. From there, you'll pass stately Beacon Hill, known for its importance in the American Revolution. Finally, you will enter the Downtown Area, which houses the major points of the Freedom Trail, filled with Revolutionary War sites from Boston Common to Faneuil Hall. Along the way, you'll encounter unique colonial streets and 18th century buildings that connect this city to sterling skyscrapers, learning about the city's important history. Learn about not only the history of Boston but also the founding of this great nation.
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    North End Guided Walking Tour

    On this small-group walking tour of Boston's North End district, listen as your expert historian guide gives you an interesting historical account of the crucial role this area of Boston played in American history. Begin your tour near Blackstone Block, a small network of alleyways and structures in a neighborhood that John Hancock once called home. Marvel at several of the 18th-century buildings still standing relatively unaltered. Work your way through a maze of winding colonial-era streets and learn about some of the most significant moments in American history, such as the American Revolution and the Boston Tea Party. You'll also walk through Haymarket, one of the longest standing outdoor markets where many in the North End can still buy their groceries.Discover how longshoremen (dock workers) came to call the North End home as the city's shipping industry developed over time. Once home to African slaves, the area soon filled with Portuguese, Jewish, Irish and Italian immigrants. Learn how the area's diverse ethnic and racial influences have evolved since the country's inception more than 200 years ago. After your walking tour, grab a bite to eat at one of the many delicious Italian restaurants -- the North End is known for exquisite Italian cuisine!
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    Cambridge, Lexington and Concord Sightseeing Tour

    You'll drive along 'Tory Row' to admire 18th-century Colonial mansions and learn about the American Revolutionary War from your expert local guide. Visit Cambridge Common, where George Washington gathered his troops. Spot the former home of writer Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, whose famous 1860 poem, 'Paul Revere's Ride,' commemorates Paul Revere for riding through Boston, warning the patriots of an oncoming British attack. Then, arrive at the oldest part of Harvard University: Harvard Yard, a beautiful grassy area spanning 25 acres (10 hectares).Visit Lexington Green, the site of the Battle of Lexington where some of the war's first shots were fired in 1775. Learn how Captain John Parker commanded the Lexington militia during the Battle of Lexington on April 19, 1775. In Concord, journey past the homes of world-renowned writers and poets like Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women. Visit a famous battle trail from the Revolutionary War and listen as your guide illustrates interesting historical anecdotes. Finally, make your way to the Old North Bridge, now part of the Minute Man National Historical Park.
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    Little Italy Food Tour

    Free Tours by Foot (MA)
    On this walking tour, emphasis is always placed on fresh ingredients, not fancy décor, to ensure you enjoy the best-tasting foods in comfortable, authentic settings. Sample pizza from shops specializing in thin crust and Sicilian and refresh yourself with the Polcari family's famous lemon slush, all before ending on a sweet note with a world famous cannoli! Explore the North End's famous Hanover Street down through quaint side streets on your way to various family owned shops, all of which have been serving their own secret recipes for generations. Pass by the country's oldest continuously operated restaurant as well as a tavern that used to be frequented by Paul Revere -- and even get to eat some pizza right outside his home while hearing stories of puritans and patriots from your expert guide. What a perfect combination of food and facts!
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