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Boston: Harvard University Guided Walking Tour with Student

1. Boston: Harvard University Guided Walking Tour with Student

Join a student-led walking tour of America's oldest university, Harvard. See the historic campus through the eyes of a student and visit highlights, including the John Harvard Statue and Memorial Hall. Beginning in the heart of Harvard Square, you'll be led into the 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.

Boston and the Freedom Trail from New York: Day Trip

2. 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

3. 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.

Private 90-Minute Tour of Harvard

4. Private 90-Minute Tour of Harvard

Enjoy this 90-minute, private tour of Harvard University for you and your guests! The tour is completely customizable to fit your group’s needs. Throughout this tour, your informative guide – a current university student – will offer a unique perspective of college life at the famed institution, of which 44 current and former faculty members are Nobel laureates. Head to the 25-acre (10-hectare) Harvard Yard, the oldest section of the university, and view the brick facades of the dormitories, libraries and classrooms. Your guide will point out Old Yard, including Harvard’s oldest standing building – Massachusetts Hall, constructed in 1720 – as well as New Yard. See historical edifices like Memorial Hall, Sever Hall, the Widener Library and the Harvard Lampoon, as well as the statue of John Harvard – the university’s founder. As you tour the grounds, be entertained by your guide’s stories and Harvard lore – partly scripted and partly shared from personal experience. Learn about the most famous people that attended Harvard, hear historical anecdotes and get an insider’s view on current college life. After a stop at the Plaza, Winthrop Park and Mt Auburn Street in Harvard Square, complete your tour at the Harvard Cooperative Society (COOP), the University’s official bookstore.

Harvard Yard: The Mysterious Porcelain Club Exploration Game

5. Harvard Yard: The Mysterious Porcelain Club Exploration Game

Explore the Harvard Yard in a unique way with an exploration game downloaded on your smartphone. Discover mysterious clues, solve puzzles, and use logic to lead you to the next destination. See Boston's iconic locations, tease your brain, and have a little fun. Begin the game at Harvard Square by opening the application on your phone. The tour takes between 1.5 and 2 hours, but feel free to explore at your own pace. Pause the game and resume anytime from your last visited location. Solve challenges and allow the story to unfold in front of you. Follow the exact directions and get the next code to crack. Find yourself exploring the Widener Library, pondering the statue of John Harvard, and learning the truth of The Statue of Three Lies. Figure out who keeps stealing the chair of the president of The Harvard Crimson and finish the tour at Harvard Lampoon Building. Play on your own, in a small group, or divide all your friends into groups and compete against each other. Try something new and go on an adventure in Boston.

Boston: Harvard & Cambridge University Private Walking Tour

6. Boston: Harvard & Cambridge University Private Walking Tour

Enjoy a private walking tour of Harvard Harvard University & Cambridge designed to give you a taste of  Harvard life. See the campus, beautiful, gothic Memorial Hall, and charming Memorial Church. Admire the views of other campus buildings, Sever hall, or stroll across the Havahd Yahd. You may even have time to explore the lush Cambridge Common or Harvard Square, a favorite shopping and socializing spot for students. Choose a shorter duration to explore the campus and public buildings. Hear stories from the alumni or stop for lunch or a coffee in Harvard Square. Discover the picturesque town of Cambridge or sample a sweet treat created in this college town inside a big city. Pick a longer duration tour to explore more of Boston, with Harvard and Cambridge. Take part in a Crimson sporting event, venture to the hip Seaport District for Boston Harbor views, or soak in the early American history in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. You can also take some time to see other iconic spots around Boston or taste a lobster roll at the best place in town.

Cambridge: Self-Guided GPS Driving Audio Tour

7. Cambridge: Self-Guided GPS Driving Audio Tour

Start your tour of Cambridge by downloading your app, which functions as a tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Enjoy a tour developed by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists and stop to watch videos along the way. First, discover Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood before crossing the Charles River and entering Cambridge. Discover MIT and head onto Broadway, where you’ll find some serious history as well as the cutting-edge Draper Laboratory. Pass by buildings built in the 1880s and get your first look at Harvard, as well as a redoubt used by General George Washington during the Revolutionary War. Then, see the high school attended by celebrities like Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. See Harvard’s Memorial Hall and the Cambridge Common. In Kerry Corner, learn about Cambridge’s Irish history, before seeing Cambridge City Hall. Pass the First Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King, Jr. attended services, before returning to MIT.

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What people are saying about Harvard Yard, Cambridge

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Excellent overview of Havard from a current student. She knew the history of Havard and was very friendly.

Lily did a great job leading our tour group and she provided excellent information!

Our guide Molly was great. Super with it to just see the essentials and come back.

Alma was exceptional. Very knowledgeable and tailored content to tour group

really nice tour. jasmine was a great guide with good information