Excursion - Boston, Massachusetts, USA   

Colonial Countryside, Lexington & Concord

Rich in military and literary history, the countryside outside Boston is not only beautiful, it is also culturally significant. We invite you to board an air-conditioned motor coach for a journey to the fields, bridges and authors’ homes that make the region reverberate with history.

Price varies by year
  • Code
    BOS-J
  • Level
    Soft
  • Approximate Duration
    4 Hours

From the pier, travel through upscale bedroom communities to Cambridge for your look at Harvard University’s hallowed buildings, elegant statuary and green lawns. Meanwhile, your knowledgeable guide will offer insights into the history of the venerated institution.

Continuing on, pause at the Georgian-style mansion of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and then view wealthy Tory Row and lovely Mount Auburn, the first garden-style cemetery in the country.

Arriving in Lexington, follow your guide by foot across Lexington Green, the very place where Minutemen dared to face British troops on April 19, 1775. Learn the story of the heroic men as you stand on the Green, surrounded by authentic pre-Revolution homes. After examining the plaques and monuments, proceed to the Visitors’ Center for a viewing of the detailed diorama depicting the historic skirmish.

Rejoining your motor coach, travel through the literary territory of the renowned authors of the 19th century, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry David Thoreau. You will venture along Authors’ Row and pause at a few of the writers’ homes.

In rural Concord, stop at the Park Service Center, where you will survey its historic models and artifacts before taking a stroll to the wooden North Bridge. Spanning the serene Concord River, the bridge is where the “shot heard around the world” was fired by the embattled farmer, depicted in the Minuteman Statue overlooking the scene. 

With a new appreciation for New England’s vibrant history, return to your Crystal ship.

Important Notes: 
This excursion is manual wheelchair accessible only with advance notice. Please contact the Shore Excursions Desk to ensure accommodation and availability. It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. Guests should also bring raingear in case of inclement weather. The order of sights visited may vary. A minimum number of bookings is required for this excursion to operate. See information concerning special cancellation conditions. This Crystal Boutique Adventure MUST be pre-reserved.