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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.

Portsmouth NH: Adventure to the Island & Harbor Guided Bike

2. Portsmouth NH: Adventure to the Island & Harbor Guided Bike

This tour is centered around the Piscataqua River and Atlantic Ocean where our early 1600s settlers became very rich, trading fish. We’ll explore both Portsmouth and New Castle stopping at sites like the famous Prescott Park, Four Tree and Pierce Islands, through the historic South End to New Castle Island. You will be in awe by the beautiful preserved historic houses and the pride that comes along with living in a historic city. Spend time outdoors and explore Portsmouth and New Castle New Hampshire, a dynamic port city at the mouth of the Piscataqua River and Bike to the former fishing village of New Castle Island New Hampshire. Hop onto your bike and follow your guide to dive into Portsmouth's colonial and nautical past. Meet your guide at the John Paul Jones Historic House 30 minutes prior to your tour departure time and get fitted for a 21-speed hybrid comfort bike. Then, get ready to set out on your tour of Portsmouth and New Castles' landmarks, monuments, and memorials.# Bike at an easy to moderate pace over relatively flat terrain. Stop en route to hear interesting facts about each of the places that you visit, including Prescott Park, Four Tree Island, Historic South End, Wentworth by the Sea, Fort Stark, and Great Island Common. Learn about the these two remarkably preserved city and town with features of historic homes as you bike your way through Prescott Park, Four Tree Island, Pierce Island, the Historic South End, and make our way out to New Castle Island. We’ll stop along the way to admire the beautifully preserved architecture of Georgian, Federal, and Colonial-style homes. We’ll stop in parks, forts, the Great Island Common and Fort Stark.

Plymouth: Historic Self-Guided Walking Tour

3. 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.

Portsmouth: Self-Guided Haunted Walking Audio Tour

4. Portsmouth: Self-Guided Haunted Walking Audio Tour

Discover the haunted locations of Portsmouth with a self-guided GPS Audio application tour. Explore the area at your own pace and visit famous haunted attractions like The Huntsman, Sheafe Street Inn, Deadwicks, 111 State Street, and more. You will receive the downloading instructions on your voucher after booking. Walk from one location to the other as spooky music plays in the background. Listen to the sinister stories of ghosts shared through your smartphone. Visit the Old Red Light District, The Rockingham, John Paul Jones House, Portsmouth Music Hall, and other popular locations. See the African Burial Ground and learn about its history and discovery. You will hear tales of the haunted port city while strolling through the streets of Portsmouth. Walk at your own pace and uncover the secrets of the stops on the Underground Railroad. During the tour, choose to pause the app to take a break at a haunted brewery or bakery. Start the tour again whenever you're ready to continue. Throughout the tour, you will see the spookiest and most historic sites of Portsmouth. Explore one of America's oldest cities'' haunted locations and learn about its spooky past. 

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4.6 / 5

based on 22 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.

The provided snacks and water as well as the driver’s suttle humor created a casual yet friendly atmosphere. We saw a variety of New England houses and gained a better understanding of early life in Massachusetts. The icing on the cake was spending time on the Mayflower, seeing Plymouth Rock, and listening to the Plymouth citizens share what their day-to-day responsibilities are while creating a life in America.

Our guide was Kristin. The weather was awful but she made a great effort to arrange the day around the weather . We saw the pilgrim’s village before the rain and everything else between showers. She was very informative and knowledgeable. A very interesting day out , learned a lot of American history and saw lots of beautiful New England. Thanks Kristen

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.

Kristen did a fantastic job of sharing lots of stories along the way and taking us on a pictuesque route.