Friday, October 7
Behind the Scenes at Fenway Park 11:00 am – 1:30 pm • Fee: $160
Get a behind-the-scenes tour of “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark,” the famous Fenway Park. See the home of Red Sox legends, visit Pesky’s pole, sit atop the Green Monster, learn exclusive fun facts about the Red Sox, Fenway Park and more! Enjoy a private ballpark tour with field-level access as well as plenty of fun surprises along the way! Note: this tour may be modified pending the 2016 MLB playoff schedule.
Boston Revealed 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm • Fee: $45
Your group will travel through Copley Square and the Back Bay, home of the Boston Public Library and Trinity Church. Disembark at the top of Beacon Hill for a stroll with an enchanting view of the Boston Common and Public Garden, with its graceful respite from the pace of the city, as well as the State House and the 54th Regiment Memorial. Guests will be guided past Kings Chapel and the Old Granary Burying Grounds, the final resting place for several original patriots. View the Old South Meeting House, where planning for the Tea Party took place, and the Old State House where the Declaration of Independence was recited to Boston residents.
Continue on to the heartbeat of the Italian community, the North End, and then to Faneuil Hall, known as “the cradle of liberty” for more than 240 years. This walking portion includes a unique experience in Boston’s famous Haymarket Square with live vendors.
Saturday, October 8
Call of the Whales 9:00 am – 1:30 pm • Fee: $95
Relax and enjoy a 3-hour whale watch cruise on a high-speed catamaran. The cruise will visit the East Coast’s most famous whale watching destination, Stellwagen Bank. Here, guests are able to view a variety of whales including the humpback,finback and minke while the whales frolic in their natural habitat. The whale watch is narrated by a naturalist from the noted Whale Center of New England and includes a narration of the Boston Harbor Islands. Take in some of the best views of Boston Harbor and catch sightings of the whales while aboard this whale watch!
“La Dolce Vita” North End Market Tour 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm • Fee: $160
A docent-guided tour will provide guests with insight on the infamous Little Italy of Boston, the North End. One of the oldest neighborhoods in America, the North End is made up of quaint and narrow cobblestone streets. As your group ambles along, stops are made at various shops which may include: a pastry shop, a confection store, a coffee/spice store, a greengrocer, asalumeria (deli) and a liquor store. Your guide will divulge secrets on how to spot authentic ingredients, where to buy them and how to prepare them.
Sunday, October 9
Bewitching Seaports 11:45 am – 5:30 pm • Fee: $130
“Salem” and “witches” are two words synonymous with New England, where witchcraft hysteria defined this seaside mecca’s place in history. First, enjoy a delicious lunch featuring savory seafood favorites at Turner’s Seafood. After lunch, a Witch Hysteria tour guide will walk you through the commons and graveyard, and delve into the historical significance of the Salem Witch Trials,witch hysteria and more. Learn about the witch trials and how they have shaped and influenced Salem today. The tour ends at the House of Seven Gables, the inspiration for Nathaniel Hawthorne’s great classic, for a docent-led tour highlighting the maritime history of the Salem Wharves and the true historical significance of Salem and the House of Seven Gables. Don’t miss this fascinating glimpse of 17th-century mob hysteria.
Boston Brewery Tour 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm • Fee: $200
This exclusive Boston Brewery tour takes guests to three local breweries for a tour and tasting at each location. Learn the brewing process; touch, see and smell hops; sample some fine beers and enjoy light bites at the end of your tour. Possible stops include visits to Harpoon Brewery, Samuel Adams, Brewery Cambridge Brewing Company, Idle Hands Craft Ales, Mystic Brewery, Night Shift Brewing, Blue Hills Brewery, Watch City Brewing Company and Mead Hall. Guests will tour each brewery and sample more than 15 styles of beer.
Post Convention Tour, October 11-14
Fall Foliage Tour Fee: $979 per person double occupancy, $1,273 per person single occupancy
The tour will set out Tuesday morning from Boston for Portland, Maine, where guests will have a hands-on class on lobster fishing. On Wednesday, the tour heads into New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains and includes lunch and a scenic ride on the Conway Railroad Valley Train. Thursday’s drive will head south through more of New Hampshire’s fall colors, stopping for a cruise on Squam Lake (from “On Golden Pond”) and ending in Portsmouth. The tour ends on Friday morning with a return to Boston’s Logan Airport. This tour requires separate registration through American Travel Association; contact Geoff or Phebe Robertson, phone: 706-663-2171 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also Available: Post-Meeting Fall Foliage Tour
Experience New England’s spectacular fall foliage. Tuesday morning we head to Portland, Maine, where we’ll have a “hands on” class on lobster fishing. Wednesday & Thursday find us in New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains. Friday morning we return home from Boston’s Logan Airport.