Escorted Trip - Spotlight on Boston
Limited spots available - call me at 302-893-4571 or email me at margo@blueskiestravelcenter.com
 

Thursday, September 22 to Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Visit the places where the American Revolution took root, and view Boston's must-see sites like the Old South Meeting House, Boston Common, and Beacon Hill. Venture out to Lexington & Concord, where the “shot heard ‘round the world” was fired and the fight for liberty began. Walk the grounds of Harvard University. Head to Salem and choose from two different included tours. Plus, on another day, you can choose to visit the presidential library of John F. Kennedy or take a photo adventure through picturesque neighborhoods.

We will explore Boston in-depth as well as visit:

Cambridge

Salem 

Lexington

Concord

 

Partnering with Collette on this 6-day trip.

Just $1,799 based on double occupancy.

Travel protection $269 per person.

Itinerary:

 

Day 1

Travel Day with Evening in Boston

Grab a book or download a movie and take a 5 ½ hour Acela Amtrak ride with me and other group members to Boston. Or, feel free to join us in Boston by car, air or a different train schedule. There will be plenty of time to unpack and settle into our accommodations, which we will enjoy for the next five nights. Welcome reception with our Collette tour director at 6 p.m. Dinner is on your own tonight so I am happy to help you with recommendations and reservations.

Day 2

Take in Boston this morning on a panoramic city tour. You’ll see and learn more about the Old South Meeting House, Boston Common, and the Federal-style rowhouses of Beacon Hill. Our tour ends in Faneuil Hall, where you’ll have free time to explore and try a local lunch favorite, like clam chowder. The true heart of Boston, Faneuil Hall has been a marketplace and meeting hall since 1743.

After that, it’s your time to discover Boston on your own. Perhaps you’ll follow the Freedom Trail from Faneuil Hall to “Old Ironsides,” the USS Constitution. Or, you could use your included Uber voucher to head to Fenway Park for a tour, or Uber to the Museum of Fine Arts. Tonight, sit down to dinner at a local restaurant with your fellow travelers and toast new friends.

Breakfast & Dinner included.

Day 3

Today we head to Lexington and Concord. Our first stop will be Minute Man National Historic Park, named for the militiamen who could be “ready in a minute’s notice.”  We will enjoy an in-depth multi-media presentation.

Afterwards, head to the exact spot where the “shot heard ‘round the world” was fired, the Old North Bridge. Then, we’re off to nearby Lexington to visit Buckman’s Tavern and the Lexington Battle Green. 

Enjoy free time for lunch in the timeless atmosphere of downtown Lexington, before departing to Cambridge. Enjoy a tour of one of the most storied institutions of learning in the world – Harvard University. Get an insider’s perspective straight from a student, as they lead us on a tour, highlighting the history, culture, and famous figures of the school. Evening in Boston at leisure, or add an optional Boston Harbor sunset cruise. 

Breakfast included.

 

Day 4

Today we head to the North Shore, to the city of Salem. When we arrive, it’s your choice! Choose a tour focusing on the dangerous but profitable maritime trade that built not only mansions, but Salem’s rich culture. Or, visit the sites of the Salem Witch Trials, where neighbor turned on neighbor in a frenzy of suspicion.

Afterwards, take a stroll down the cobblestones of Essex Street to enjoy the quirky shops and great dining, or just relax and admire views of the harbor. You’ll have time to tour the House of the Seven Gables, made famous by Nathaniel Hawthorne. 

Breakfast & lunch included.

Day 5

 

Start the day your way -- it’s your choice! Visit the Presidential Library & Museum of John F. Kennedy, built by legendary architect I.M. Pei. Or, discover the highlights and hidden gems of Boston with a photo walking tour that will take you through Copley Square, the Public Garden, Beacon Hill, and some off-the-beaten-path stops too. This afternoon, we’ll have free time to explore Boston on our own. I can help you arrange to visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, a mansion-turned-museum with a lush inner courtyard, infamous for a legendary art heist. Or, I can steer you to the best shopping blocks in the city on Newbury Street. Afterwards, we will gather for a farewell dinner with our fellow travelers.

Breakfast & Dinner included.

Day 6

Enjoy a leisurely included breakfast before a mid-morning departure on Acela Amtrak, for those who wish to return to Wilmington with the group.

 

Hotel for All 5 Nights

Unpack once & enjoy this 4-star hotel in a scenic waterfront location.

 

Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel

The Renaissance blends contemporary design with state-of-the-art technological enhancements. Inspired by the sea, this newly acclaimed Boston Harbor hotel boasts luxurious guestrooms with the latest amenities. Start your morning in the fitness center or with a dip in the indoor pool or enjoy these and other amenities after our days of touring.     

Price per person:

$1,899 based on double occupancy.

$2,599 single room option.

$1,869 triple room option.

Travel protection $269 per person.

Amtrak fares are running around $170 roundtrip for September travel on the Acela.

An Important Note about Travel on Amtrak:

Travel by train is easy – no long lines to navigate like one may find at the airport, and no middle seats like on an airplane! We will be using Amtrak’s complimentary Red Cap service to make our travel even easier. Both the Wilmington and Boston stations offer this service: https://www.amtrak.com/onboard/baggage-policy/at-station-baggage-services.html.

 

There are baggage areas at the front and back of each rail car so your bags stay with you throughout our train trip.  Once we arrive in Boston, Collette offers complimentary transfers to our hotel, which includes bag handling.  When it’s time to depart, Collette again will transport our group – and our bags -- to the train station.

 

About Your Group Trip Coordinator 

Margo McDonough started Blue Skies Travel Center in 2016, after earlier stints in the travel industry for such companies as J.P. Morgan Chase.  She has planned and escorted two trips for University of Delaware's Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning (OLLI),  a Paris to Normandy river cruise in October 2018, facilitated by special guest expert Professor Ray Callahan, and a trip to the Tournament of Roses Parade in December 2019. She has more trips in the works for OLLI as well as a new partnership with the Claymore Senior Center for group trips.

McDonough is a member of the American Society of Travel Advisors, is fully insured, and is supported by host agency Uniglobe Travel Center, and Virtuoso, a luxury travel consortium.

 

All travelers on Blue Skies Travel Center tours must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, and, if it should be recommended at time of travel, proof of a COVID-19 booster. There will be no exception to this policy for any reason. Additionally, travelers are asked to purchase a travel protection plan.

Terms and conditions subject to change until booking.

As you are planning your vacation, and before finalizing any booking with Blue Skies Travel, check for travel warnings and alerts. These are available through

sites like the U.S. State Department 

https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.html

and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/travel.