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From Boston: Quincy, Plymouth, and Mayflower II Day Trip

1. From Boston: Quincy, Plymouth, and Mayflower II Day Trip

Start with a pickup from downtown Boston in a comfortable, air-conditioned, latest model minibus. Travel 30 minutes south to the historic city of Quincy to visit the birthplaces of two former US Presidents, John Adams and his son, John Quincy Adams. Next, enjoy a scenic view of New England's coastline as you travel through Cohasset to the town of Scituate. Once in Scituate, you will have the opportunity to visit the Scituate Lighthouse and hear the amazing story of the "American Army of Two." Then, travel along the beautiful New England coastline towards Plymouth. Visit coastal towns, waterfront mansions, and a lighthouse. Once you arrive in "America's Hometown," visit Plymouth Rock. Benefit from admission to the Mayflower II and Plimoth Patuxet and learn about the site where New England was first established in 1620. Climb back on the bus for a relaxing return trip to Boston.

Plymouth: Historic Self-Guided Walking Tour

2. Plymouth: Historic Self-Guided Walking Tour

With an app that functions as your guide, audio tour, and map all in one, this self-guided walking tour of Plymouth is flexible and customizable. Discover this quaint yet historical town at your own pace. Your journey back in time begins at the Plymouth Visitor Center, where you can get acquainted with the town you’re about to explore. From there, stroll along the waterfront and get a crash course in who the Pilgrims really were and how they built a society. The first major stop is a real treat: a replica of the Mayflower, on which the Pilgrims sailed from England to Massachusetts. Here, you’ll also get the scoop on the Mayflower passengers who weren’t Pilgrims ─ people who were called The Strangers. Afterward, come to Plymouth’s most famous attraction: Plymouth Rock. According to legend, this is the spot where the Pilgrims disembarked to establish the colony of Plymouth. Learn the interesting history behind this timeless historical artifact. Then, continue on to the statue of Chief Massasoit and learn the true story of the alliance between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag tribe, as well the dramatic events which prompted the unusual friendship. Next, pass through the beautiful Brewster Gardens and see the Pilgrim Maiden statue, one of the few surviving sculptures depicting women from this era. As you make your way inland, learn the truth about the first Thanksgiving and what most people get wrong about it today. Later, pass the Burial Hill Cemetery, where many of the town’s earliest settlers have been laid to rest. Finally, you’ll arrive at the Plymouth Grist Mill, which is open to visitors and offers a glimpse back at how the Pilgrims went about their day-to-day lives. As an added perk throughout your tour, enjoy animated videos of most stops, allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots of different centuries or interior rooms.

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4.7 / 5

based on 17 reviews

Kristen was an excellent tour guide. The route out & returning with points of interest narrated. Trail of Quincy: birthplaces of former U.S. Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, listened to a historian about burial ground, town hall & church. Nice beach stop for rockhounds. Situate Lighthouse. Eat at the Yellow Deli in Plymouth. Plimoth Patuxet Museum: people dressed in character village depicting Pilgrim life and Mayflower Il: replica of original ship. Plymouth Rock. Great trip. Highly recommend. New England tours should post maps of these places or Google - way more than we expected. Enjoyable journey through history. Kristen told all about the area and beyond.

Kristin was our guide and she was fantastic! We saw lots of interesting things in and around Quincey, with historic info from Kristin, then headed to Mayflower II. This was interesting, though a short part of the day. Next we went to Patuxet, which we loved! It's very well done, guides/historians were very knowledgeable and more than happy to answer questions. All in all, a fascinating day in a very historic part of the country. Kirstin provided us with great information, fun stories, some snacks, and her winning and very fun personality. I highly recommend this tour!!

Kristin was a great guide, informative, funny and tailored the trip so some descendants of the Mayflower learned more about thei families. Made it more personal for all of us. Loved how she presented the Monument from our forefathers

Lovely trip, knowledgeable driver, and plenty of interesting stops while driving up the coast to Plymouth. Great way to spend a stress free day exploring the sites of Massachusetts!

Kristin, our quiche was fantastic, funny, informative and we never felt rushed. If your in the Boston area book this tour and you won’t be disappointed.