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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.

Cambridge: Harvard University and MIT Combo Walking Tour

2. Cambridge: Harvard University and MIT Combo Walking Tour

Get unique insights into life at Harvard and MIT on a student-led walking tour. Discover the secrets and traditions of each school from your guides, current students that were once visitors themselves, and understand what you want to see and learn.  Your tour begins with a visit to Harvard. Set out to explore the ivy league school, learning about its history, culture, and famous alumni. See sights like Harvard Square, Johnston Gate, Harvard Yard, the Science Center, Memorial Hall, the Harvard Lampoon, the John Harvard statue, and more.  Next, head to Kendall Square to begin your tour of MIT. Meet the students creating the science and technology of tomorrow and hear about the history of another of America's top institutions. Learn about MIT traditions and culture as well as famous inventions and the MIT alumni that came up with them. 

Boston: Hop-on Hop-off Old Town Trolley Tour

3. Boston: Hop-on Hop-off Old Town Trolley Tour

Enjoy a hop-on hop-off tour 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 sights like the Boston State House, Liberty Wharf, and the Charlestown Navy Yard. Take in double-decker height views while protected from the elements. The comfortable enclosed trolleys allow you to experience elevated viewing come rain, snow, or shine. Choose between 1-day and 2-day ticket options with free unlimited re-boarding. The Boston Trolley tour covers all the major areas including downtown, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, the theater district, and the waterfront. 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: • Stop 1: New England Aquarium/Faneuil Hall Marketplace • Stop 2: Historic North End • Stop 3: USS Constitution/Charlestown Navy Yard • Stop 4: North Station/TD Bank Garden • Stop 5: Old State House * Stop 6: Beacon Hill/Antique Row • Stop 7: Cheers Bar "The Original" • Stop 8: Prudential Center/Skywalk Observatory • Stop 9: Christian Science Plaza/Symphony Hall • Stop 10: Copley Place Shopping Galleries • Stop 11: Copley Square/Trinity Church • Stop 12: Old Town Trolley Welcome Center • Stop 13: Boston State House/ Boston Common/Beacon Hill • Stop 14: Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum (discounted admission included) • Stop 15: Boston Convention center - available 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM. Return shuttle leaves Stop 1 at 5:00 PM daily • Stop 16: Massport/Black Falcon Cruise Ship Terminal - this stop is part of the Seaport Loop - available 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM. Return shuttle leaves stop #1 at 5:00 PM daily • Stop 17: Boston Fish Pier - available 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM. Return shuttle leaves Stop #1 at 5:00 PM daily • Stop 18: South Station - available 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM. Return shuttle leaves Stop #1 at 5:00 PM daily

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.

From New York City: Boston in One Day Tour

5. 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 Market Start 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 visit Harvard University's main campus.

Cambridge: Harvard Campus Self-Guided Walking Tour

6. 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.

Cambridge: Harvard and MIT Guided Walking Tour

7. Cambridge: Harvard and MIT Guided Walking Tour

Enjoy a guided walking tour of the two most prestigious American universities, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Discover the history of both of these important institutions as you stroll through the school grounds witnessing significant landmarks and hearing anecdotes. Start your adventure by meeting your guide at the Harvard Coop. Stroll through the famous Harvard yard and listen to riveting stories of mischief, invention, extreme wealth, celebrities, pranks, war heroics, and tragedy. Hop aboard the "T", the oldest subway system in America that is still used to this day. Venture to MIT before exploring the campus grounds. Hear of the age-old rivalry between the two schools and learn about the various achievements of its many high-profile alumni. During the tour, see the Johnston Gate, the John Harvard Statue, Widener Memorial Library, Memorial Church, Memorial Hall, Harvard Law School, Holden Chapel, Kendall Square, Koch Center, Wiesner Building/MIT Media Lab, Infinite Corridor/Mr. Smith, The Great Dome/Killian Court, and more. Conclude your tour at Killian Court. This tour is ideal for families exploring the possibility of attending these schools and tourists with a curiosity for the history of these storied institutions.

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. 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 College, 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.

Boston: Guided Historical City Tour with Pickup and Drop-off

9. Boston: Guided Historical City Tour with Pickup and Drop-off

Immerse yourself in the Revolutionary War with a guided tour of Boston’s historic sites and attractions, with all admission fees and hotel transfers included. Walk the Freedom Trail, visit the Bunker Hill Monument, and enter the USS Constitution with an expert guide by your side. Begin with a downtown Boston hotel pickup in the comfort of a Mercedes Metris van. Kick off the tour with a narrated drive through the city, passing by the Ivy League school Harvard, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Next, follow your guide to the beginning of the famous Freedom Trail at Bunker Hill Monument, a 221-foot granite obelisk that commemorates one of the first battles in the American Revolutionary War, fought in 1775. Avoid long wait lines with skip-the-line entry. Continue to your final stop of the tour, the USS Constitution, the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat. After admiring this three-masted wooden-hulled beauty, bid farewell to your guide and be taken back to your downtown hotel.

Boston: Private City Highlights Tour

10. Boston: Private City Highlights Tour

Enjoy a private tour with custom itinerary, created just for you and your group. A private city tour of Boston can be from 2 hours - 10 hours, depending on the destination. Pick-up and drop-off locations are the group’s choice. While many visitors to Boston have specific sites they would like to see, many are happy to let our team create a custom itinerary that fits their interests, budget, mobility, and timeline. Typically, tours spend most of their time in and around central Boston, but we welcome any ideas for your dream tour. No two groups are alike and we will plan a trip tailored to your group's interests, budget, and needs. Below are some sample itineraries to use as inspiration for your perfect tour: Highlights Tour: A 2-3–hour tour designed to hit some of Boston’s must-see spots may include a ride-along Boston Harbor and through the historic downtown area, a stop for a photo at King’s Chapel or the Old State House, or a drive through Beacon Hill, for a peek down some picturesque cobblestone streets. These shorter tours are usually focused on driving, with limited time to explore on foot. Half-Day Tour: A half-day tour (4-6 hours) allows more opportunity for you to take full advantage of being on a driving tour. You'll visit all of the must-see spots, as well as having time to explore even more famous sites and other neighborhoods - like checking out Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, getting out of the van to walk through the beautiful Boston Public Garden, exploring neighborhoods like the Back Bay or North End (maybe to grab a quick bite), or heading to the revitalized Seaport neighborhood with fantastic views of the harbor. Full-Day Tour: A full-day tour (7-10 hours) gives you the chance to explore all of the must-see spots of Boston to their fullest: go inside the inspiring, historic, and beautiful Massachusetts State House (when open to the public), grab lunch at Quincy Market and take the time to shop its incredible selection of products and food, do a “lobstah roll” taste-test at a different spots around the city, explore iconic Harvard and Cambridge, or check out world-famous Fenway Park (perhaps taking a tour, if possible).

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What people are saying about Harvard University

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So FUN and educational! Molly, a Brit studying engineering, was a fabulous guide. It was an incredibly hot day and she guided the group to shady spots whenever possible. She was full of fun facts and historical information, many told in fun anecdotal way so that the 70 minutes flew by. We learned about how Harvard U began, who Harvard was, how women were treated as students then and now, superstitions and finally, about Primal Scream!

Nice introduction to Harvard. Guided tour of the central area. Our guide Brandon was great and had a lot to say about college life and studying at Harvard.

Very interesting tour. The tour guide even held the tour on his own 19th birthday.

Very interesting facts on the tour and super helpful and lovely guide!

Great tour our student tour guide was very knowledgeable.