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Historic Tour:  The Best of Boston
Lunch at the Union Oyster House
9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Sign up for this tour during your on-line registration.  Cost: $60.00

images courtesy of FAYFOTO, Inc. Boston, MA

Today you will be prompted to recall those American History classes as you tour historic Boston.  You will see and hear about events that shaped America into what it is today.  From the scenic waterfront to the rich history of the Back Bay, your discerning and savvy tour guide will remove the cobwebs of elementary school classes and bring this city to life.

On this tour you will encounter many historic sites, from the Old North Church, famous for the lanterns hung in its steeple, to the Old South Meeting House where the Colonists dressed as Indians before they dumped tea into Boston Harbor to protest "no taxation without representation."  You will see the famous cemeteries of Boston, including the Granary Burying Ground.  Among the many famous Bostonians interred here are the five signers of the Declaration of Independence and more modern characters such as Mother Goose.

You will experience some of the architectural feats of Boston.  While visiting Copley Square, you will tour Trinity Church and learn that it rests on 4500 wooden piles to keep it from sinking into the Back Bay.  The mirror that reflects the old architecture of Trinity is the new architecture of the John Hancock Tower, designed by I. M. Pei. 

Beacon Hill, Boston's most prestigious neighborhood, is Boston's cornerstone.  You will walk the slopes that are unequivocally and irreplaceably Old Boston, with its Federal style mansions and crowned gold dome of the State House.  Keep your eyes peeled for hidden bits of history such as boot scrapers, hitching posts, and the rare purple windowpanes.  You will also see the famed Acorn Street, Boston's most photographed block.

You will end your tour with lunch at the Union Oyster House.  America's oldest continuously operating restaurant, open to diners since 1826, Ye Olde Union Oyster House is steeped in history.  Complete with low ceilings, wooden booths, lobster tanks, and a raw bar (that has existed since it opened), the ambiance of the restaurant is casual and fun.  Even John F. Kennedy considered it one of his favorite spots and a booth has been dedicated in his name.

Shopping and Lunch on Newbury Street
9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Sign up for this tour during your on-line registration.  Cost: $55.00

images courtesy of FAYFOTO, Inc. Boston, MA

You will be transported to Newbury Street, Boston's Rodeo Drive, one of the city's best shopping areas. You will have the morning to peruse shops featuring fine clothiers like DKNY, Louis of Boston, Kate Spade, and Chanel and other specialty stores such as Simon Pierce, Cartier, Pottery Barn and Nike Town.  You will also find the largest concentration of fine art galleries and spa's on this 9-block strip.

Just blocks from Newbury Street is Copley Place, an upscale mall, featuring stores like The Sharper Image, Cache, Neiman Marcus and William Sonoma.

You will meet for a buffet lunch at Charley’s Eating & Drinking Saloon, Boston’s favorite gathering place on Newbury Street for the entire family. Located in the heart of Back Bay, Charley’s features traditional American classics, including burgers, steaks, signature dishes and delicious desserts, in a comfortable atmosphere.