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Tour of Lexington and Concord from Boston USA

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Cambridge, US
4.8 (20)
Cambridge, US
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Experience the true start of the American Revolution with Great Boston Tours' Tour of Lexington and Concord. Led by a local American history expert, this day tour offers an unparalleled level of information and attention to detail that cannot be found anywhere else in the Boston area. Explore Lexington, Concord, and more as you journey through the key moments that changed the world forever. From the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, to the Battle Green and the Old North Bridge, you'll witness the historic sites where the American Revolution began. Immerse yourself in the stories of bravery and sacrifice as you follow the footsteps of the Minutemen and learn about the birth of a new nation. This tour is a must for all history enthusiasts seeking an unforgettable experience in the heart of American history.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 8 hours - 9 hours
  • Suitable for 1-14 Participants
  • Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Explore the historic Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Discover the prestigious Harvard University campus
  • Walk in the footsteps of William Dawes at Cambridge Common
  • Learn about the planning of the Siege of Boston at Washington's Headquarters
  • Visit the oldest military burial site in America at Battle Green
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Lunch

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Introduction

Embark on a journey through history with Great Boston Tours' Tour of Lexington and Concord from Boston USA. Operated by a local American history expert, this day tour offers an unparalleled level of information and attention to detail that cannot be found anywhere else in the Boston area. Discover the true start of the American Revolution and delve into the key moments that changed the world forever.

What to expect?

During this immersive experience, you can anticipate a total duration of 480 to 540 minutes. The tour will take you on a comprehensive itinerary that includes visits to renowned educational institutions like Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University. Follow in the footsteps of history by exploring Cambridge Common, where George Washington assumed command of the Continental Army. You'll also discover important landmarks such as Washington's Headquarters on Brattle Street and the Battle Green - the oldest military burial site in America. A highlight of the tour is a visit to Lexington, where you'll witness a battle diorama depicting the fateful morning of April 19, 1775, when 77 Minutemen faced off against 700 Redcoats. Additionally, you'll explore the five-mile Battle Road Trail, retracing the steps of the Colonial Militia and British Regulars during their bloody engagement. The tour concludes in Concord, where you'll have the chance to see Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House and visit The Old North Bridge, known as the location of the "shot heard round the world."

Who is this for?

This tour is perfect for history enthusiasts, American Revolution buffs, and anyone eager to gain a deeper understanding of the birth of a nation. Whether you're a history student, a traveler seeking cultural enrichment, or simply curious about the events that shaped the United States, this tour caters to all ages and interests. Great Boston Tours invites locals and tourists alike to join this educational and immersive experience.

Why book this?

Booking this tour offers an opportunity to explore historical sites under the guidance of a knowledgeable local expert. With Great Boston Tours, you can expect a level of detail and insight that goes beyond regular tours. Immerse yourself in the rich history of Lexington and Concord and gain a profound understanding of the events that led to the American Revolution. This tour allows you to step back in time and witness firsthand the locations where it all unfolded, providing a unique perspective that textbooks simply can't offer.

Good to know

During the tour, you'll pass by iconic institutions such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University, providing a glimpse into the academic excellence that thrives in this region. The itinerary also includes notable landmarks associated with influential figures like Louisa May Alcott and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Prepare for an enriching experience filled with memorable encounters and the chance to make lifelong connections to the history of the United States.

Reviews

Customers who have embarked on this Tour of Lexington and Concord from Boston USA commend Great Boston Tours for providing an exceptional historical journey. They praise the expertise and passion of the local American history expert who leads the tour, offering deep insights into the American Revolution. Travelers have expressed how the tour brought history to life and provided a profound appreciation for the sacrifices made by those who fought for independence. Visitors consistently rate this tour as a must-do experience for anyone visiting the Boston area, acknowledging its ability to transport them back in time and make history come alive.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

(Pass by)

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, rated the fifth best university in the world.

Harvard University

(Pass by)

America's oldest College from 1637.

Cambridge Common

(Pass by)

Follow in the footsteps of William Dawes on his ride through Harvard Square to sound the alarm: "the regulars are about"! See Harvard College, America's oldest college (1637). The Common is where George Washington assumed command of the Continental Army.

Longfellow House Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site

(Pass by)

Washington's Headquarters on Brattle Street (Tory Row) is where the general planned out over several months the Siege of Boston.

Lexington Green

Battle Green is the oldest military burial site in America, where 77 brave Minutemen under command of Captain John Parker were gunned down on the morning of April 19, 1775 that would lead to the American Revolution and birth of a new nation.

Lexington Visitors Center

Operated by the Town of Lexington, there is a battle diorama depicting the events of that fateful morning of April 19, 1775 when 77 Minutemen faced off against 700 Redcoats, leading to the American Revolution.

Battle Road Trail

The Battle Road Trail is a five-mile trail connecting historic sites from Meriam’s Corner in Concord to the eastern boundary of the park in Lexington. Much of the trail follows the original remnants of the Battle Road, where thousands of Colonial Militia and British Regulars fought a bloody engagement on April 19, 1775. In some areas, the trail leaves the historic road to follow the route of the Minute Men, traversing farming fields, wetlands, and forests.

Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House

(Pass by)

See the homestead of the author of "Little Women", Louisa May Alcott.

Ralph Waldo Emerson House

(Pass by)

See the home of Ralph Waldo Emerson, the poet who enshrined our collective memory of Paul Revere and the American Revolution.

Wright Tavern Center

(Pass by)

Home of the secretive shadow government being established to challenge British Rule and temporary field headquarters of the British Red Coats on April 19, 1775.

The Old North Bridge

The North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts, is often referred to as the location of the "shot heard round the world" and the beginning of the American War for Independence. We will see the grave of fallen British soldiers, the Old Manse, and we will visit the National Park Service North Bridge Visitor Center.

USS Constitution

You'll complete your historic adventure with an onboard tour of the USS Constitution aka "Old Ironsides", oldest active warship in the world (1797).

Reviews

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4.8 (20)

Roving35699328394

This gets a 5 because of Coach, who did an outstanding job of making this a fun, engaging, and active experience. I think Lexington and Concord actually dealt him a very bad hand, as none of the historic homes were open or appeared to be staffed. Despite the fact that we really couldn’t go into any of the indoor sites, he managed to give a rich sense of the historical significance of the sites and a vivid portrayal of the battles, the principal figures involved, and their historical context. I think people booking this experience really need to consider that you will mostly be outside looking at a monument or an exterior of a house, or in the van, for virtually the entire tour except for rest stops and lunch. If you know that in advance, that will help avoid any frustration with the tour.

Patrick_M

Coach was amazing. Incredible amounts of information. Didn’t really know what to expect when we booked but HIGHLY recommend the tour. So much history to see

Stephen_L

Richard's a great tour guide and had a lot of fun stories. I did the tour with one other person and we were coincidentally the only people on the tour, so he was really flexible with us with what time we'd get lunch, wanting to see specific places not on the agenda, etc. I'm guessing this won't be the case if there are multiple groups since you can't please everybody, will probably stick close to the agenda. But it's still really interesting to see the historic sites, he's a wealth of knowledge and also gives random information on things like when we passed a ritzy part of town, this is where Tom Brady used to live, etc.

Steven_P

“Coach” was an excellent guide and driver. Extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and funny. I learned a lot more than I previously did from precious visits.

Clifford_H

Coach (our guide) brought the story to lure and shared details along the entire trail from Boston to Concord. The story was well told and explained both the English and Colonist side very well and evenly. Truly a delight!

Sandra_H

Liked the recounting of the Lexington battle. Captain, our tour guide, was personable and knowledgeable. While driving, if there was no history in the area, he filled in with other interesting facts about the area. The only thing missing was being able to actually go inside some of the open exhibits/houses etc. Loved the small group as we could go where buses cannot

Keith_S

Great descriptions by driver recounting the events. Beautiful scenery and comfortable trip. Enjoyed the stops and walking trips

GrandTour452506

For us this was the best option to see and learn more about Lexington and Concord. We stayed in Dorchester so we had to find our way to one of the three meeting points in downtown Boston, but this wasn't a deal breaker as getting around on public transportation was easy. Richard was right on time to pick us up. His instructions to us beforehand were great. He let us know where to meet and what was in that area including a place inside to wait and places to eat in the area if we needed that. This was helpful. Once in the van he started giving us information about everything we were seeing. At this time we were just on the way to pick up another passenger. We ended up with 13 total in the tour which is another thing we like as it is a smaller group. Richard gave us information as we went. Not just about the Revolutionary War but about Boston history overall. This was a plus too. Learning about buildings, neighborhoods and the culture made this experience way better for us. As we made our way Richard talked about everything we were seeing. He answered the many questions well. He stopped in a couple of places that the big tour busses would just pass by as they were too big to get into. As it was raining he tried to get as close as possible to the stops. The overall tour was great. Having Richard as guide made it even better. Our biggest plus was again the information that Richard gave us about everything we drove past, not just Lexington and Concord! We will recommend this tour to anyone who asks.

baggage001

In our opinion, we had mixed reviews about this tour. Here was what we enjoyed: 1. We appreciated that they picked us up from our small hotel. Thanks! 2. They texted with recommendations for lunch that would handle our dietary concerns, which took away any concerns we had about where to eat. 3. Coach, our tour guide, had an easy going personality. He made jokes and handled Boston traffic with ease (people take traffic signals as mere suggestions here. We felt safe with Coach driving). 4. We didn't expect the drive through Cambridge, which was really informative. 5. It was a small group (only 7 total), so it felt really personal. We felt comfortable asking questions. 6. The Lexington stop was very informative. 7. We enjoyed learning about Louisa May Alcott (yes, I know it's not part of the battle, but it was interesting to us). 8. We had plenty of bathroom breaks. :) Here was what we were disappointed with... 1. We didn't get to go into any of the houses/museums. We got to peek in the windows of a tavern that was closed, but it would have been nice to get to go inside. Maybe we misunderstood the tour setup, but their website clearly states the tour covers all entrance fees to museums and sites. 2. Coach provided us a LOT of great information while he was driving, but it was overwhelming keeping all the names/facts straight. 3. We spent a lot of time in the tour van. When we did stop, we felt like we were rushed for time. There were historical markers, but we ended up having to take photos of them to read later. Overall, we're glad we went to see such historical sites, but hearing an info dump in a van with only like 4-5 stops made for a long day. Maybe if we had a map to follow along and a timeline, that would have been helpful. In addition, a directory of the people he discussed would have been appreciated. I'm glad I was a history major, or I would have been lost! For the price of taking a family, we could have rented a car and drove to the sites ourselves. Upon reflecting on the experience, we just didn't see the value add with taking a tour (if there was more than one person in the party) since our tour didn't get us into any museums/sites/houses. There were park rangers at the Concord stop, along with historical markers, to ask questions. And, there are tons of maps/books/websites to help, too.

RogerB578

Great trip but narrator didn't use mic so most of us couldn't hear what he said and he didn't even ask those in the van if they could hear what he was saying nor did he say anything to one individual who talked constantly.
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