Private Harvard, MIT, and Cambridge Day Tour

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  • 4-8 Hours
  • Driving Tour
  • Group price for up to 6Groups of 7+ call to book
  • Private Tour
  • Daily

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Capture the historical, intellectual, and cultural history of two world-renowned institutions, Harvard and MIT, on this private driving tour with a local guide!

Your tour will take you to the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, more colloquially called MIT. Here, you’ll take in its public artworks and architectural wonders by famed architects like Frank Gehry and IM Pei, a nod to the institute’s history of innovation and cutting-edge technology. 

You’ll also have the opportunity to arrange advance admission or purchase tickets for the MIT museum, where you can explore exhibits on AI, robotics, and more.

We’ll get another look at university life at another nearby renowned institution, Harvard University. We can spend some time walking around Harvard’s classic campus and learn the origins of this very first American college.  

Our Harvard tour – or should be say, Hahvahd Tour – will be a mix of history and architecture. You can expect beautiful gothic styles, including Memorial Hall and charming Memorial Church. Your guide will even let you in on the secret of the whispering arch at Sever Hall.

As we pass by Widener Library, your tour guide will fill you in on the background of this impressive Beaux-Arts building, which houses over 3.5 million books! Among the sculptures found throughout the campus, you’ll learn about the world-famous statue of John Harvard and dispel some oft-repeated myths.

We’ll then take a stroll across Harvard Yard, as seen in movies such as Good Will Hunting and The Firm, and learn the long list of dignitaries who graduated from this prestigious university. Although the list of Harvard drop-outs is just as fascinating! You may be enticed to buy a crimson sweatshirt at the world-famous Harvard Coop to show your support for the school!

Adjacent to the Yard is Harvard Square, a favorite shopping and socializing spot for students and locals alike.

The city of Cambridge has several sites connected to the American Revolution, and our tour will take you to the training site of the Continental Army, Cambridge Common. Here, you’ll see several monuments representing famous Revolutionary War figures and relics scattered throughout the 16-acre park.

We’ll also have time to experience historic Brattle Street, perhaps the most beautiful street in Cambridge, lined by many colonial mansions with various architectural styles and beautiful tree-lined sidewalks.

We love to show our travelers the hidden gems not often visited on other tours, so we’ll be sure to stop at Mount Auburn Cemetery, a unique National Historic Landmark known for its natural beauty and notable burials.

After discovering the historical, architectural, and intellectual side of Cambridge, you’ll be ready for a relaxing drive along the scenic Charles River back to any ending location of your choosing!

Community Impact

We mindfully design our tours to explore areas on foot, thus doing our part to lessen our environmental impact. Additionally, your guide will share information about Harvard University’s ongoing efforts in supporting environmental issues and leading the way in creating a cleaner and more sustainable living space.

We are committed to a “360-degree view” of storytelling, featuring stories about under-represented groups, such as women, immigrants, and people of various ethnicities, ages, religions, and sexual orientations.

During our visit to Harvard, we will provide recommendations and offer opportunities to patronize small and local businesses to help them continue to thrive against rising gentrification.

Your guide will share information on how Harvard attracts hundreds of millions of dollars in research funding to Massachusetts, fueling science, medical discoveries, and spending in the regional economy.

Highlights

Harvard University

Your Harvard tour takes place in and around this Ivy League university that is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The school is known for its beautiful campus, historic buildings, many styles of architecture, movie filming locations, and its long history of notable graduates.

Harvard Square

The plaza in the heart of Harvard Square serves as a meeting point for local residents and, in particular, Harvard students, who come here to enjoy the area’s many stores, coffee shops, and entertainment venues.

John Harvard Statue

Your Hahvahd Tour will pass by this stately bronze likeness of John Harvard, an English minister who supported the school in the early days of America’s colonial period. The sculpture is also interestingly nicknamed the “statue of three lies”…

Cambridge Common

This 16-acre public park near Harvard Square once served as a pasture during the U.S.’s colonial days and is now a green oasis for recreation and respite from urban living.

Harvard Cooperative Society

You’ll have a chance to pop into this long-standing bookshop serving the students of Harvard and MIT, with roots dating back to 1882. It’s also where you can grab some crimson garb or adhesive stickers to show your support for the school!

Harvard Memorial Church

You’ll pass by this steepled inter-denominational Protestant church built in 1932 to honor the men and women of Harvard University who died in the first world war.

Memorial Hall

You’ll pass by this beautiful gothic masterpiece built between 1870 and 1877 in memory of Harvard men who had fought for the Union in the American Civil War.

First Parish Cambridge Unitarian Universalist

You’ll begin your Harvard and Cambridge tour at this church known for its 400-year history, during which it has played a role in state government, aided in the creation of Harvard, and has evolved in its perspectives on LGBTQ matters in religious thought. You’ll learn the history behind this religious institution as well as the lesser-known story behind the Paul Revere bell housed within.

Price Includes

Price Excludes

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Private Transportation
  • Food and drink
  • Museum/site admission
  • Souvenir and guide gratuity

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