Boston Pops Spectacular

A Boston Pops Salute to Our Heroes celebrates the everyday heroes among us through music, shout outs, and a fireworks display. The Fireworks Spectacular is one of this country's largest and oldest public Fourth of July events and one of the biggest annual outdoor concerts anywhere in the world. The program will feature chorus members and symphony orchestras. The tradition includes a major 20-minute firework show accompanied by the music of the Boston Pops and other popular music of the past and present.

8 Days /7 Nights

Group size

Estimated Tour Pricing Inclusions: 7 nights’ accommodation; 7 breakfasts; 6 dinners; admissions, entrance, and guide fees as stated in the itinerary, including taxes, and gratuity. Except gratuity for guide fees is not included on adult tours unless otherwise requested.
  • Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum
  • Mystic Seaport Museum
  • Boston Freedom Trail
  • Colonial Section of Olde Boston
  • USS Constitution
  • Whale Watching Cruise
  • John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
  • Boston Pops Orchestra Concert and Fireworks Spectacular
  • Private Dinner Cruise
  • Harvard University Guided Tour
  • Peabody Essex Museum
  • deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
  • Old Sturbridge Village

Sample Itinerary:
Day 1:
  • Arrive to the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, regarded as one of the earliest and most significant Second Empire Style country houses in the United States. Built by renowned financier and railroad tycoon LeGrand Lockwood from 1864-1868, the Mansion, with its unparalleled architecture and interiors, illustrates magnificently the beauty and splendor of the Victorian Era. The Mansion was a technological marvel of its time having indoor hot and cold plumbing, gas lighting, ventilation, and a central heating system.
  • Enjoy an included Welcome Lobster Bake for dinner this evening.
  • After a wonderful feast, check-in to your local area hotel. (Meals: D)
Day 2:
  • Prior to checking out, enjoy a breakfast buffet in the hotel.
  • Depart via motor coach and arrive to Mystic Seaport Museum. Mystic Seaport Museum brings to life the joy of discovery and our need for connection. Our interactive campus is a portal into an unexpected, authentic world, inspiring an enduring connection to the American maritime experience.
  • Enjoy lunch on own while you visit the museum today then depart for Boston, MA.
  • Meet your ESCORT to start your combined driving/walking tour of the Freedom Trail.
  • View the State House atop Beacon Hill. Walk through the Boston Common, American’s oldest public park, where cows grazed, the militia was trained, witches and pirates were hanged, and nagging wives were dunked in the local pond!
  • Continue past Park Street Church (1809) where William Lloyd Garrison gave his first public anti-slavery speech and “America” was sung by schoolchildren.
  • Visit the Old Granary Burial Ground, resting place of Paul Revere, Sam Adams, John Hancock, the Boston Massacre Victims, and Mother Goose. Have fun learning the meanings of the headstone symbols.
  • Walk through the Colonial Section of Olde Boston. Learn of the events, protests, and town meetings that took place in the Old South Meeting House where the Sons of Liberty rallied to debate the famous Boston Tea Party!
  • View the Old South Meeting House (exterior only). No tax on tea! The decision was made on December 16, 1773, when 5,000 angry colonists gathered at the Old South Meeting House to protest a tax and started a revolution with the Boston Tea Party. Built in 1729, the Old South Meeting House was the largest building in colonial Boston and provided a stage for the drama of the American Revolution. Stand on the Boston Massacre site where men and women lost their lives in an act of defiance.
  • View the Old State House (exterior only), the oldest surviving public building in Boston, it was built in 1713 to house the government offices of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
  • Depart on motor coach and visit the USS Constitution.
  • Enjoy dinner on own this evening in Boston, explore, and see historical areas then check-in to your Boston hotel. (Meals: B)
Day 3:
  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart with ESCORT via motor coach then arrive to Boston Harbor Cruises and check-in for your Whale Watch Cruise. Set sail with us for the whale watch experience of a lifetime. Our destination: Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary, a rich feeding ground for whales, dolphins, sea birds, and other marine creatures.
  • View several different species of large whales, including humpbacks, finbacks, minkes, pilot whales, and the critically endangered right whales. And you’ll learn about them from New England Aquarium naturalists who are always on board to share knowledge, answer your questions and explain the mind-blowing behaviors of these truly magnificent mammals.
  • Enjoy lunch on your own at the snack bar on board while you cruise today.
  • Disembark, board motor coach, and depart for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Tour the museum which portrays the life, leadership, and legacy of President Kennedy, conveys his enthusiasm for politics and public service, and illustrates the nature of the Office of the President.
  • Depart for your hotel to rest and freshen up then enjoy dinner included at a local favorite! Retrieve blankets and chairs from motor coach and depart on foot across the Arthur Fielder Footbridge and arrive to the DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade for the Boston Pops Orchestra Rehearsal Concert.
  • Enjoy the Boston Pops Concert this evening, then board your motor coach, depart, and return to hotel. (Meals: B, D)
Day 4:
  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and board your motor coach.
  • Depart with ESCORT and arrive to Old North Church. Listen to a Dramatic Reading of the Declaration of Independence by a costumed re-enactor.
  • Attend the Harborfest at Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
  • Enjoy lunch on your own at the market today then your afternoon is free to explore or hang out in the hotel.
  • Later, board motor coach and depart for Rowes Wharf. Arrive and board the Lexington, a custom designed 75′ authentic two-level paddle wheel boat perfect for cruising the Boston Harbor for a private dinner charter cruise down the Charles River and into Boston Harbor.
  • Enjoy a leisurely cruise down the Charles River and through the Charles River Locks while your Captain narrates and points out various buildings and monuments of note. Anchor in the Boston Harbor and enjoy your buffet dinner aboard the Lexington.
  • The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular begins, watch as the Boston Harbor is lit up with thousands of fireworks from your boat, and listen to the Boston Pops Orchestra from aboard your private charter.
  • Afterwards, board your MARS-arranged motor coach and return to hotel for the evening. (Meals: B, D)
Day 5:
  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and board motor coach.
  • Depart with ESCORT and arrive at Harvard University for a guided tour.
  • Depart and arrive to the Salem Witch Museum, explore the 1692 Salem witch trials and witchcraft today.
  • Enjoy lunch on your own in Salem.
  • Arrive to House of Seven Gables for a tour. In 1668, merchant and ship-owner John Turner built a house on Salem Harbor destined to become one of America’s most beloved historic homes. Designated a National Historic Landmark District in 2007, The House of the Seven Gables is best known today as the setting of world-renowned American author Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1851 novel.
  • Visit the Peabody Essex Museum. The roots of the Peabody Essex Museum date to the 1799 founding of the East India Marine Society, an organization of Salem captains and supercargoes who had sailed beyond either the Cape of Good Hope or Cape Horn.
  • Enjoy an included lobster bake this evening. Depart and return to your hotel. (Meals: B, D)
Day 6:
  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then depart with ESCORT.
  • Visit the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. Established in 1950, it is the largest park of its kind in New England encompassing 30 acres, 20 miles west of Boston. Providing a constantly changing landscape of large-scale, outdoor, modern, and contemporary sculpture and site-specific installations, the Sculpture Park hosts more than 60 works, the majority of which are on loan to the Museum. Inside, the Museum features a robust slate of rotating exhibitions and innovative interpretive programming.
  • Enjoy lunch on own in Lexington. After lunch, tour the Lexington Battle Green.
  • Next, enjoy a guided tour of The Old Manse House. Famous for its history and literary associations, The Old Manse sits near the banks of the Concord River among rolling fields edged by centuries-old stone walls, and graced by an orchard. From upstairs, you can look out over the North Bridge, where the famous battle of April 19, 1775, took place. Visit Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House.
  • Enjoy dinner included this evening at a Historical Inn. Depart via motor coach and return to your hotel for the evening. (Meals: B, D)
Day 7:
  • Prior to checking out, enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Board motor coach and depart.
  • Arrive to Old Sturbridge Village, New England’s largest outdoor living history museum. Put your hands on history and be inspired by our costumed historians at work on the farm, in trade shops, and in charming homes.
  • Enjoy lunch on your own during your visit today. Afternoon check-in to your local area hotel. Enjoy dinner included at a local favorite then return to your hotel for the evening. (Meals: B, D)
Day 8:
  • Prior to checking out, enjoy breakfast at the hotel and depart for home. (Meals: B)

Base rate does not include motor coach transportation, airfare, airport transfers, driver gratuity, guide gratuity, (student groups exempt) or any upgrades or add-ons unlisted from itinerary as stated. Pricing may vary based on day of arrival or other conditions. Personalized itineraries with custom pricing and/or additional transportation can be created and added based on client needs and upon client’s request. MARS will customize quotes or personalize itineraries for FREE.

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