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Walking Tour: Downtown Freedom Trail plus Beacon Hill to Copley Square/Back Bay

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Walking Tour: Downtown Freedom Trail plus Beacon Hill to Copley Square/Back Bay

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icon2 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Travel back in time through the early years of American history during this guided walking tour of Boston’s famous Freedom Trail and its most iconic landmarks. Relive the events of the American Revolution as you pass Faneuil Hall, see the Old and New State Houses, and visit the setting of the infamous Boston Massacre. Then head downtown past Boston Common and the modern John Hancock Tower, finishing in Copley Square. A professional guide joins your trip to help add context.
  • Discover the historic sights of Boston during this walking tour along the famous Freedom Trail
  • Get a dose of early American History during this visit to some of Boston's most famous landmarks
  • Check colonial-era attractions like Faneuil Hall, the Old State House, and the site of the Boston Massacre
  • See modern Boston as you check out skyscrapers like the John Hancock Tower
  • Great way to get a sense for the numerous historic attractions of Boston
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2-Hour Walking Tour of the Freedom Trail in Downtown Boston
See popular sites between Faneuil Hall and Copley Square including Old State House & Quincy Market
Stroll through the Boston Public Garden and view the Swan Boats
See Victorian Brownstones throughout the Back Bay neighborhood
Professional/Local Guide
Gratuities
28 State Street , 28 State Street, 28 State St, Boston, MA 02109, USA

Departure Point: The corner of State and Congress Streets (outside 28 State Street), across from the Old State House Address: 28 State Street, Boston, MA 02109 Dates: Daily

10:00 AM
Boston Marathon Winners Memorial , 607 Boylston Street #LL, Boston, MA 02116, USA

Copley Square. Note that this tour does not return to the Starting Point.

Meet your knowledgeable guide in the morning across the street from Boston’s Old State House. Take your first steps along Boston’s iconic Freedom Trail, a historic walking path that snakes past many of Beantown’s most famous landmarks from the colonial and revolutionary-eras. Check out the stately Faneuil Hall and explore both Boston’s Old and New State Houses before stopping to pay your respects at the site of the 1770 Boston Massacre.

Continue by foot past the Old Corner Bookstore and King’s Chapel before heading toward Boston’s downtown area. As you head into the forest of skyscrapers, catch a few glimpses of the Boston of old along the way, including Boston Common, the Public Garden, and one of the world’s smallest suspension bridges.

Arriving downtown, gaze up at the John Hancock Tower before passing by the Boston Public Library and Trinity Church? Want to feel like a real winner? Make sure to take a ceremonial pass over the finish line location for the famous Boston Marathon. End your trip amidst the beautiful architecture of Copley Square.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Boston CityWalks
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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  • "There is allot of walking so if it's cold, could be challenging but our guide was so entertaining we didn't mind the weather." See review
  • "If you are looking for tour that covers some revolutionary war history and more recent Boston history, this is a great tour." See review

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star-4
Andrew was a great guide....
Mark_J
, May 2022
Andrew was a great guide. Really enjoyed the info on everything we saw. His commentary was very entertaining
star-3
Boston cliffs notes tour.
Jacqueline_J
, May 2022
This was a great tour, I think the error is in not describing it well enough. This is not walking the full length of the freedom trail and it's less history focused and more architecture forward. The tour guide was ok, very personable. It's an easy 2.3mi according to my Garmin, but it doesn't feel like that long of a walk as there are many stops. If you want a great overview of the main parts of Voston, this is a great tour. If you want deep history or a comprehensive freedom walk tour, this is not the tour for you.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
I am sorry, but nobody described this tour as the full length of the Freedom Trail. It is the Downtown Freedom Trail from Faneuil Hall to Boston Common plus Back Bay via Beacon Hill. And, yes, it does include architecture. And culture of Boston as well. And none of this is of the Cliff Notes variety. But I do agree that this is a great overview of Boston!!
star-4
Beautiful Architecture on Beacon Hill
patriciah_b
, May 2022
It was very interesting! Got to see and learn about the beautiful architecture of Boston & where some of the rich and famous lived on Beacon Hill.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Glad you enjoyed Beacon Hill but hope you also were enamored with the historic Freedom Trail and beautiful Back Bay.
star-5
Great tour! The guide was...
Erin_M
, May 2022
Great tour! The guide was really nice. I learned so much about the city and it was great to be able to see so much in 2 hours. Definitely a "must do" tour.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Really appreciate your "must do" rating! We try to give you a broad perspective of the city.
star-5
Awesome Tour Guide
Ashley_C
, May 2022
Our tour guide, Alan, was awesome! He was very knowledgeable and gave recommendations on what to do aground the city.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Awesome is Awesome! Thanks!!
star-5
Great way to learn about Boston and see the city!
Rebecca_P
, May 2022
Allen was a great guide. We learned so much and he kept it enjoyable! He kept us moving through Boston pointing out interesting points along the way.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks very much! Glad you found the so interesting..
star-5
Alan is a great guide....
Sensei_S
, Apr 2022
Alan is a great guide. Informative and friendly. Good tour that packs the right amount into 2 hours.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
I appreciate the great review!
star-5
Our tour guide was great...
MARTIN_M
, Apr 2022
Our tour guide was great at interacting with the group. He answered all my questions with good humor
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
But of course. We're happy to do that.
star-5
Alan was an awesome...
Theresa_S
, Apr 2022
Alan was an awesome guide! Very knowledgeable and fun! Felt like we saw so much in just 2 hours. Thank you!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
We try to share a whole lot of interesting things on the tour. Thanks for noticing!
star-4
Fun & interesting
Madison_M
, Apr 2022
Alan was very knowledgeable and made tour personable by connecting facts to where people on the tour were from.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
We try our best...
star-5
Must Do Freedom Trail Tour
Cassandra_P
, Apr 2022
Great tour guide! The history lesson was wonderful. I learned so many interesting things. I would highly recommend this tour. Would definitely do it again
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Glad you enjoyed the history and other points of interest.
star-3
AM Freedom Trail tour
Patricia_M
, Apr 2022
Nothing too memorable for us…the tour guide seemed knowledgeable, but there was no chemistry there. It was very cold for a 10 am two hour tour, so we ditched half way through and went into Emmett’s for Irish Coffee to warm us up. We finished up the freedom trail tour self guided, and looked up the info on the sites we saw on our phones.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Wondered what happened to you. Sorry the cold got to you. Maybe warmth would have allowed better chemistry for you. Hope the coffee helped.
star-5
Boston's Architectural and Historical Past
JENNIFER_C
, Mar 2022
The guide knew a great deal about architecture, and he dovetailed it with the history of the city, so that was a bonus!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
We appreciate that you appreciate that dovetailing of history, architecture and culture. Thanks!
star-1
Or guide did not show up.
Megan_C
, Mar 2022
I will say Viator want the problem. It seems like Boston City Walks was the problem. Our guide did not show up.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Megan, there were 11 other people that "found" the tour guide in the correct location on that day and successfully DID go on that tour. However, based on the assumption that you really ended up somewhere else, we did extend an offer to allow you to reschedule on another date.
star-5
Entertaining and Informative!
Jennifer_M
, Feb 2022
It was a chilly and windy February morning, but we still thoroughly enjoyed this walking tour. Our guide, Alec, was entertaining and knowledgeable. We learned a lot about the historic sites during the freedom trail portion of the tour. We loved walking through Beacon Hill and Back Bay, and found ourselves spending the afternoon there after the tour was over. We highly recommend this experience!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
I am glad you enjoyed the tour and you were able to do some exploration on your own afterwards.
star-5
Great way to experience the city!
Erik_B
, Feb 2022
Super Informative & interesting. Guide was really friendly, knowledgeable & funny. Learned a ton about the history of the city & its role in the Revolution. Would def recommend.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Thanks for your encouraging review!
star-5
Most interesting and...
frances_d
, Feb 2022
Most interesting and humorous guide. Learned a lot and saw many places of interest. Thank you. Fun morning indeed.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
I am glad you enjoyed it!
star-5
Good Way to Start Your Break in Boston
Dale_F
, Feb 2022
We were so lucky as there were only the 2 of us, it was like having a private tour with our guide, Alan. He is very knowledgeable about Boston’s history and we got an informative tour along with suggestions of other sites to see which were not included in this tour. We even shuffled the Boston Marathon in the snow on the commemorative circle in the footpath near Copley Square. Thanks Alan for a great couple of hours - we really got our bearings around your beautiful city.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
It was my pleasure to share my Boston with you. Hope the rest of your trip went well.
star-5
Great tour!
Brian_C
, Dec 2021
Andrew was very knowledgeable about the history of Boston and provided good anecdotes. Connected the past to the present well.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Andrew is very well liked and respected. Thanks for your perspective.
star-5
I did the tour with my...
Maya_H
, Dec 2021
I did the tour with my family. It was a great experience for us And my kids. The tour guy brought their history lessons to life. Highly recommended.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Happy everybody related to the tour and content. The kids were great, by the way!

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