Excursion - Boston, Massachusetts, USA   

Marblehead & Salem

Today’s excursion offers not only a look at some of New England’s most beautiful scenery, but also affords a glimpse into the era of the Salem witch trials and a visit to the House of the Seven Gables, made famous by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s book of the same name.

Price varies by year
  • Code
    BOS-M
  • Level
    Moderate
  • Approximate Duration
    4 3/4 Hours

Travel by air-conditioned motor coach to Boston’s North Shore and then to Marblehead, where you will enjoy a short drive through this quaint seaside village. Originally settled in 1629 by fishermen, the port became a flourishing center of trade and shipbuilding. Today, many of the wooden homes built in the 1700s are still standing.

Continue to adjacent Salem, where your motor coach will venture down Chestnut Street, a National Historic District known for its Federal architecture. Salem is also home to the circa 1651 Pickering House, believed to be the oldest house in the United States continuously occupied by one family. With such history, it is no wonder the home is on the U.S. National Registry of Historic Places.

Salem, of course, is also famous for the witchcraft trials of 1692. Learn of the unsettling hysteria and accusations that plagued the town as you pass sights related to the trials, such as the Witch House, the 17th-century home of Judge Corwin who presided over the trials.

Next, you will stop at the Salem Witch Museum for a step back into the dark time. Using stage settings and the recorded voices of actors and actresses, the museum presents eerily accurate portrayals of the events of 1692.

You will then visit the legendary House of the Seven Gables. Built by a Salem sea captain in 1668, the home came to be owned by a cousin of Nathaniel Hawthorne. 

Since being restored and becoming a museum, the house and its grounds now accommodate five other historic homes made available for touring, including the home in which Hawthorne was born. The museum complex also features over 2,000 artifacts, 40 framed works, 150 historic photographs and glass-plate negatives, and a 50-volume rare book library.

Today’s fascinating story of Salem drawing to a close, rejoin your motor coach for the return journey to the pier and your Crystal ship.

Important Notes: 
As this excursion involves extensive walking over uneven surfaces, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. 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.