Old Town Trolley tour Boston?

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#1
Oklahoma City
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Does anyone have information to share about this tour, please? We are older and do not want to do a lot of walking. I have been to Boston several times, but my husband has never been. I'd like him to see some highlights, like the North Church and Quincy Market, etc. Any information would be appreciated.
#2
Boston area
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Are you buying the tour through the cruise line or are you buying it independently? Cruise line tours can be just riding around with no hop on hop off whereas if you buy it independently, you can hop on hop off. If it's a ship's tour, read the description carefully.

On cruise days the independent tours pickup near the cruise terminal. Post back about what you're looking at and I can tell you more about how it works. Ship and date would be nice and tour description, if it's a ship's tour.
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There's a Duck Boat that might be interesting!
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I am looking at Grandeur's tour that is shown as 1 hr. 45 min. Not really interested in getting off, just sight seeing. We usually do things on our own or an private tour, but we need to use some OBC.
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We were also considering the HOHO...however I've read that the traffic is a concern...yes/no
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#6
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Originally posted by 39august
I am looking at Grandeur's tour that is shown as 1 hr. 45 min. Not really interested in getting off, just sight seeing. We usually do things on our own or an private tour, but we need to use some OBC.
That is likely to be the nonstop trip just riding around Boston. I've seen the trolleys staged at the pier. However I don't know the exact route they follow. If they follow the regular Hoho route, there are a number of places you may not actually drive by like the Paul Revere House and North Church. The North End Streets are narrow and one way and I don't think the trolleys attempt to use them. Quincy Market is also not very visible from the surrounding streets.
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Originally posted by 39august
I am looking at Grandeur's tour that is shown as 1 hr. 45 min. Not really interested in getting off, just sight seeing. We usually do things on our own or an private tour, but we need to use some OBC.
We are also seniors upper 70s/60s & are doing on a Saturday which will probably have less traffic.
By not getting off you miss a lot IMO - pix @ Cheers, US Constitution ship & museum, freedom trail places, etc.

If the OBC is refundable use it to pay for the probably cheaper HOHO direct ~$75 for 2 seniors.
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Originally posted by IsanTom
There's a Duck Boat that might be interesting!
I have been on both and like the hop on hop off feature of the trolley (not purchased through the cruise line). If you are not planning to get off anyway, then the duck is a nice tour.
#9
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Thanks. Unrefundable OBC so need to use it. I'll look at the duck tour. Does this tour actually get views of Revere's house, Old North Church, etc.?
#10
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Originally posted by 39august
Thanks. Unrefundable OBC so need to use it. I'll look at the duck tour. Does this tour actually get views of Revere's house, Old North Church, etc.?
It looks like your sailing RCL Grandeur. How much OBC do you have? Why don't you just cash out your OBC in the casino and take the hit of a few dollars. Have you prepaid your gratuities? The OBC can be used for that. The RCL board can help you with other options like a cash account. Then you can just do exactly what you want in Boston.
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#11
Oklahoma City
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I know how to get cash. Interested in using OBC for other stuff. I have enough to cover gratuities and specialty dining. Not interested in buying tee shirts, spa, etc. I do want to do some sort of Boston tour.
#12
Columbia, MD USA
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Originally posted by 39august
Thanks. Unrefundable OBC so need to use it. I'll look at the duck tour. Does this tour actually get views of Revere's house, Old North Church, etc.?
Take a look at the map. I do not remember getting an up close view of the Old North Church on the Duck Tour.
#13
Boston area
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The Duck tour does not go through the North End. A major focus of the tour is splashing into the Charles River and cruising around for a bit.

Could you provide more details about how much walking you want to do? The Old Town Trolley Hoho stops about 6 blocks from the Paul Revere House and 8 blocks from the Old North Church and it's about 8 Blocks to walk between the two sites. This is Stop 2. The trolley also stops at the east (Stop 1) and west ends (Stop 5) of the Faneuil Hall Quincy Market area, which is about 5-6 blocks long.

The trolley also picks up at the pier, but you have to walk to the end of the ship in the direction of the traffic on Black Falcon Ave to get the trolley. This trolley is a connector trolley that takes you to Stop 1 at Faneuil Hall to connect with the main trolley route. Stop 2 is the stop for the North End.

If this sounds doable, then I still recommend that you cash out your OBC and use it to pay for the regular Hoho tour if it's not being offered by RCL.
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#14
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Thanks for all the detailed information. We can manage that walking if we decide to do this. Might try the Concord/Lexington ship tour instead.
#15
Columbia, MD USA
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I haven't been on the Lexington/Concord ship tour but I have been to both locations. If you have not been to Boston before I would recommend the trolley tour there before going to Lexington/Concord. Unless you are a super history buff there is just not that much to see.
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Boston area
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Could you post the description of the Lexington/Concord tour? I live in the area and love it, but as the previous poster said, it's a history based tour. The Battle Road is bucolic - gorgeous when the leaves turn. There are lots of historic houses/museums. It's nice to walk across the Old North Bridge and to see Walden Pond. The shops in downtown Concord are interesting. But...you have to like that kind of stuff and depending on where you go, there could be a bit of walking.
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Try the Duck tour.
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#18
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Originally posted by 39august
Does anyone have information to share about this tour, please? We are older and do not want to do a lot of walking. I have been to Boston several times, but my husband has never been. I'd like him to see some highlights, like the North Church and Quincy Market, etc. Any information would be appreciated.
We are the same when it comes to walking. I found their website online and booked directly through that. It was less expensive than through the crew ships or even through our travel agent. It is hop on hop off, but what we will do first is just do the full circuit and see if there is anywhere we want to go back to
#19
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We have done Old Town Trolly Tours twice and just booked again for October. On-line price for 2 seniors was $71.74 This is a wonderful 19 stop HOHO. There is nothing you won't get to see. I highly recommend them. I actually phoned them and the price is better than what showed online.
The Old Town Trolly picks up at the pier, so no transportation needed to get to the stop. They emailed me my ticket and said print it or just show driver your phone.
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Originally posted by ourturn
We have done Old Town Trolly Tours twice and just booked again for October. On-line price for 2 seniors was $71.74 This is a wonderful 19 stop HOHO. There is nothing you won't get to see. I highly recommend them. I actually phoned them and the price is better than what showed online.
The Old Town Trolly picks up at the pier, so no transportation needed to get to the stop. They emailed me my ticket and said print it or just show driver your phone.
What do you do with your luggage if you go immediately to the trolley from the pier?