Use of MBTA public transportation system, stepping on/off subway cars; climbing up/down flights of stairs at stations without elevators. Walking up to 2 miles throughout the day including up/down hills and over cobblestones, paved streets and sidewalks, grass; standing at various sites. At Old North Church, two steep flights of stairs to bell tower.
At the hotel, enjoy a breakfast buffet with juice, coffee, tea, water included.
We’ll take MBTA and step back in time as we stroll the streets of Boston’s North End neighborhood where Paul Revere spent much of his life. Today, it includes some of the most historic sites on the Freedom Trail. We’ll see Old North Church (and explore there in the afternoon), learn the meaning of the phrase "One if by land, two if by Sea," hear stories of what life was like in the Paul Revere home, and much more. Start the morning at Paul Revere's House and retrace the beginning of his famous Midnight Ride in 1775. In April 1775, tensions between the Americans and British reached their breaking point. British troops were waiting to march on the rebels, capture their leaders, and take their ammunition. The Americans made plans to warn their compatriots when that happened. On the night of April 18, two men from Old North were alerted, climbed the steeple, and displayed two lanterns as a signal that British troops were coming by sea. (It would have been one lantern if by land.) It was the signal for Paul Revere’s ride and launched the American Revolution.
At Mariners House, we’ll have plated table service with sodas and water included. This unique inn was founded in 1847 and has provided hospitality and guidance to mariners (professional seamen and women) ever since.
After lunch, we'll visit Old North Church where we’ll go top to bottom and learn all about Boston’s oldest surviving church building (1723), and the history that surrounds it. Led by a church docent, the brave and strong can climb all the way to the top of the steeple and learn about the ringing of the bells. We’ll then explore the crypt beneath the church. We’ll then go next door to one of Boston’s oldest surviving brick residences, Clough House (1713), that contains Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop. Costumed interpreters will explain how popular chocolate was for Revolutionary-era Bostonians and other aspects of daily life.
Have dinner with the group at a local restaurant.
At leisure. You might like to do some more exploring on your own, enjoy the hotel’s amenities, or just relax.