Set sail on a thrilling whale watching cruise, climb aboard the last wooden Whale Ship in the world and see the magnificent Tall Ships in Boston Harbor with Martz! We’re inviting you to come on a tour of New England with us to see the historic city of Boston, beautiful North Shore of Massachusetts and wonderful Mystic Seaport from June 19-22, 2017. Below is your guide to all the amazing things you can do on this multi-day trip to New England.
Early morning views of a moored Tall Ship in Boston Harbor.
Tall Ships, Whales and Sails Tour: Monday – June 19
Hop aboard our Martz tour bus to experience the trip of a lifetime! The first day of our tour will be dedicated to traveling to Massachusetts, where we will be staying at Doubletree by Hilton Inn Boston/North Shore (3N). Newly renovated in 2013, the hotel offers many amenities and more, including one of the largest waterparks in New England – CoCo Key Boston North Shore.
Tall Ships, Whales and Sails Tour: Tuesday – June 20
Driving Tour of Boston
On the second day of our trip, the real fun begins! We’ll take a driving tour of Boston, highlighting the Freedom Trail, and set sail on a cruise to view the Tall Ships of Boston Harbor.
Walk into history on the Freedom Trail! This 2.5 trail leads you to 16 historical sites from the Colonial and Revolutionary era. As a group, we’ll discover the rich history of the American Revolution, as it began in Boston – each step telling a story along the way. Below are some of the historical sites we’ll come across.
· Boston Common
Founded in 1634, Boston Common is America’s oldest public park and one of the most extraordinary historical sites in the country. It was here over 1000 Redcoats made camp for eight years during the British occupation of Boston in 1775, before making the trip to Lexington and Concord. Fireworks celebrated the repeal of the Stamp Act and the end of the Revolutionary War. Anti-Vietnam War and civil right rallies were also held here, including one led by Martin Luther King, Jr.
· Bunker Hill Monument
The Bunker Hill Monument was built to pay tribute to the Battle of Bunker Hill, which was the first major battle between the British and Patriot forces in the American Revolutionary War on June 17, 1775. It took over 17 years to complete, but it still stands to this day on the battlefield, atop of the famous Breed’s Hill.
· Old North Church
Old North Church is the oldest standing church building in Boston, having first opened its doors on December 29, 1723. Its 191-foot steeple is the tallest in the city, and would play a significant role in the American Revolution. It will forever be immortalized in Henry Longfellow’s poem The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.
After exploring the Freedom Trail, you’ll have free time to shop and have lunch at Boston’s #1 attraction, Quincy Market. Also known as Faneuil Hall Market, Quincy Market is Boston shopping at its best. With over 100 shops, you’ll find local treasures, nationally recognized retailers and the Bullmarket – the world’s first fleet of unique pushcarts, featuring New England artisans.
Tall Ships Cruise of Boston Harbor
After a wonderful afternoon in Quincy Market, we’ll set sail on a delightful 90-minute Tall Ships viewing cruise of Boston Harbor. Did you know Boston is the only stop in the U.S. on the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta? The Regatta is a 7,000 nautical mile trans-Atlantic race that visits six whole countries, and you’ll be there to witness it! In addition to seeing the magnificent Tall Ships, you’ll also be able to see famous points of interest including the USS Constitution “Old Ironsides,” Boston Light and the Harbor Islands National Park Area.
Do you feel hungry after all that sailing? Don’t worry – the last stop of our day is to the iconic pub in Boston “where everybody knows your name.” Inspired by the hit TV series, Cheers offers great food and the best beers in town – even Norm would agree! Use #cheersboston on social media and you may even be featured on the Cheers Wall.
Tall Ships, Whales and Sails Tour: Wednesday – June 21
Tour of the North Shore
On day three of our trip, we’ll tour the beautiful and picturesque North Shore of Massachusetts. Along the way, we’ll travel through the town of Ipswich – home to stunning panoramas of marsh, rolling fields, estuary and ocean, and the town of Essex home of the fried clam! We’ll also stop for pictures at the Fisherman’s Memorial honoring “they that go down to the sea in ships.”
Lunch at Rockport
Enjoy some free time for lunch and shopping in Rockport. This picturesque village consists of rocky beaches, quaint fishing shacks and colorful fishing boats. Fun fact, a red fishing shack in Rockport known as ‘Motif Number 1,’ is the most painted building in America!
Experience a Thrilling Whale Watching Cruise
As you depart from the docks and cruise to Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, you’ll learn about Gloucester’s working harbor, and see historic Ten Pound Island, Hammond Castle and Eastern Point Lighthouse. Each whale-watching cruise is staffed with a Naturalist who will introduce you to the wildlife you meet on your trip. They’ll provide insight into the lives of the whales you see and explain the behaviors they engaged in.
Tall Ships, Whales and Sails Tour: Thursday – June 22
Depart to Connecticut
On the last day of our tour, we’ll travel to lovely Connecticut. Here, we’ll stop at the famous Mystic Seaport Museum and then depart for home.
Mystic Seaport Museum
Enjoy the beautiful riverfront of Mystic Seaport, as you wander through the re-created 19th century community. Visit the original buildings where historians, musicians, and storytellers bring its seafaring past to life. We’ll provide you with a map of the Seaport and a list of daily activities and demonstrations to partake in. Be sure to check out the Charles W. Morgan, the last wooden Whale Ship in the world!
Discover New England
Discover what New England has to offer and join us on our Tall Ships, Whales and Sails tour. Reserve your seats now and experience a side of New England you never have before! Contact us today for any questions you may have. We’re more than happy to help!