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One of the most picturesque neighborhoods in Boston, Back Bay is famous for its architecturally significant buildings, including a series of Victorian brownstone homes. Back Bay is considered one of America’s most desirable areas, and it’s not uncommon to spot celebrities along the prime shopping streets. With that, one of the best ways to explore the neighborhood is to book a Back Bay photography tour, which will take you to the most important and significant buildings.

Some of the most exclusive real estate in Boston is located in Back Bay, which was once just a stagnant pool of water behind the Public Garden. Newbury Street, Boylston Street and Commonwealth Avenue are now among the most popular spots in the area.

Be sure to visit the Boston Public Garden, the largest and oldest botanical garden in the country, established in 1837. It's where many visitors start their tour of Back Bay. Another landmark to visit is the Old South Church at Copley Square, which holds local historical significance as one of the original meeting places of the Sons of Liberty during the Revolutionary War period, and it’s also an important example of classic Northern Italian Gothic architecture. Other buildings worth visiting in Back Bay include Trinity Church and the Boston Public Library, and the neighborhood is also home to the John Hancock Tower and Prudential Center, the two tallest buildings in Boston’s skyline. For shopping, hit Newbury Street, which runs the length of the entire neighborhood. This street is where you will find the historic brownstones and lots of shopping and restaurants.

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

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

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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.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Boston City View Bicycle Tour by Urban AdvenTours

Boston City View Bicycle Tour by Urban AdvenTours

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Discover Boston’s top attractions on this comprehensive guided bike tour around the city. See the unique character and charm of each community up close, like the beautiful brownstones in Back Bay and the South End. Visit Boston’s historic North End and pedal past Copley Square and Fenway Park. Cross the Freedom Trail, passing significant locations to United States history.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Guided Walking Tour of Copley Square to Downtown Boston Freedom Trail
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Guided Walking Tour of Copley Square to Downtown Boston Freedom Trail

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Explore elegant neighborhoods, historic streets, and American landmarks on a Boston walking tour from the Back Bay to Beacon Hill and downtown portions of the Freedom Trail. Learn about Boston’s history and culture as you stroll brownstone-lined avenues and walk the shady paths of the Boston Public Garden. Step into Boston’s Revolutionary history in the churches, cemeteries, and battlegrounds of the American struggle for independence.
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  • 2 hours
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Boston's Architectural Landmarks, History + Photo Walking Tour (Small Group)

Boston's Architectural Landmarks, History + Photo Walking Tour (Small Group)

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Discover the must-see attractions on a Boston history and architecture walking tour that includes fascinating commentary and creative photo tips. Bring your camera or smartphone and capture amazing pictures in Back Bay of the interior of the Boston Public Library and the iconic architectural landmarks in Copley Square. We’ll also explore the Public Garden’s natural beauty and visit Beacon Hill for the grand finale, Acorn Street, the most photographed street in Boston. (NOTE: During the Public Garden's off-season, scenic sites will be added to the Beacon Hill portion of the tour.) Find out what makes this PhotoWalks tour an eye-opening experience! All ages and skill levels are welcome. Advance reservations required. Space is limited to a small group for a more personalized experience. **Please note that most group tours are about 10 people or less. There may be up to 20 people on tour.**
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  • 2 hours
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Tour-in-Four -- A Private four hour walking & driving city tour

Tour-in-Four -- A Private four hour walking & driving city tour

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Get a comprehensive overview of Boston’s key landmarks during this half-day tour of the city. Combine a walking tour with a driving tour to cover more ground than you would if you just did one. See important sights like the USS Constitution, Old North Church, and the Paul Revere House and learn about the city’s history from your tour guide.
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  • 4 hours
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Boston Sightseeing Tour - a fully-narrated driving tour

Boston Sightseeing Tour - a fully-narrated driving tour

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This tour will begin at your home, hotel or cruise ship and take you past the most interesting places in Boston including the Paul Revere House, the USS Constitution, the Bunker Hill Battle Monument, Copley Square and Fenway Park. Along the way you’ll see the historic homes and churches of the Back Bay, the South End, and Beacon Hill. You’ll hear the stories behind Paul Revere’s ride, the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party. You’ll see Boston’s most prominent buildings and neighborhoods as well as some lesser-known points of interest. This is the best way to see as much of Boston as possible in a brief time and do so at a pace you will enjoy.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$414.35
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Boston to New York Private Chauffeur Service

Boston to New York Private Chauffeur Service

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Door-to-door Boston to New York City "flat rate" service is easy and affordable. Forget about dealing with traffic and paying for parking, when you can book our Point to Point service for close to the same cost. Time is money, start traveling in style and get some work done on the way or just enjoy the scenery. *Flat rates are available for most Transfers, depending on drive time and geography, only hourly rates may be available. THIS VOUCHER COVERS THE BASE FARE PLUS 20% GRATUITY AND $3.00 STC FEE. FOR A ONE WAY TRIP FROM BOSTON TO NEW YORK CITY.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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US$955.71
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3-Hour Private

3-Hour Private "Cold Weather- Warm Van" Driving Tour of Boston

This tour will begin at your home, hotel or cruise ship and will be conducted in a comfortable heated minivan, no matter the weather. I'll take you past the most interesting places in Boston including the Paul Revere House, the USS Constitution, the Bunker Hill Battle Monument, Copley Square and Fenway Park. Along the way you’ll see the historic homes and churches of the Back Bay, the South End, and Beacon Hill. You’ll hear the stories behind Paul Revere’s ride, the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party. You’ll see Boston’s most prominent buildings and neighborhoods as well as some lesser-known points of interest. This is the best way to see as much of Boston as possible in a brief time, comfortably, and at a pace you will enjoy.
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  • 3 hours
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