Private Salem and North Shore Tour

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  • 6 Hours
  • Driving Tour
  • Group Price up to 6Groups of 7+ call to book
  • Private Tour
  • Daily

Summary

Enjoy a completely private driving tour for you and your group from anywhere in the Boston area to Salem and the picturesque North Shore with a local tour guide! As we journey northward along the Atlantic Coast, you’ll have the chance to stop in several seaside towns to explore their maritime heritage, pristine beaches, charming streets, and historic homes.

A top destination and a must-visit for your tour from Boston is the town of Salem. Discover the real stories behind Salem’s most infamous event, the Salem Witch Trials, at the sites where they occurred. Your Salem tour can also include a stop at a Salem cemetery where several notable residents, including a notorious judge who presided over the Salem Witch Trials, are buried.

Other possible things to see in Salem include The House of the Seven Gables, the Salem Witch Museum, and Essex Street, Salem’s vibrant downtown district. Visiting these historic sites will transport you to colonial New England during a time of hysteria and superstition that led to one of the most well-known tragedies in American history.

Next, we can venture to Cape Ann peninsula, which includes idyllic Manchester-by-the-Sea, known for its beaches and upscale boutiques, and Gloucester, a bustling port with historic lighthouses and thriving art scene. The postcard-perfect village of Rockport is a perfect place to enjoy ocean views, listen to the waves crashing on the shore, and see the most-painted building in America, Motif No. 1. Forget Cape Cod – these are the true hidden gems of Massachusetts’ shoreline!

Your driving tour will include plenty of time outside of the vehicle to explore other quaint towns like Marblehead, another colonial gem adorned with elegant mansions and rocky shores. And your tour guide will be happy to recommend spots to indulge in the New England seafood scene during your North Shore tour.

Whether captivated by maritime history, haunting stories, or pure New England coastal beauty, you’re sure to have an unforgettable North Shore experience!

Community Impact

This tour educates guests and dispels myths about one of early-America’s darkest events

 

Our experience is designed to support small businesses and family-owned businesses in lesser known communities in towns outside of Boston

 

Tours in small groups in our minivan means less pollution than the common large bus tours 

 

This tour educates guests on the diverse community that existed in Salem and the surrounding area during pre-Revolutionary War time, highlighting the contributions of underrepresented groups in history such as women, Native Americans, and enslaved people

Highlights

The House of the Seven Gables

Our tour will pass by this Salem museum that served as the inspiration for one of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s most famous works.

Salem Witch Trials Memorial

Our Salem tour will stop at this moving memorial dedicated to the victims of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and where we can reflect on a darker, often misunderstood period of the area’s history.

Old Burying Point Cemetery (Charter Street Cemetery)

Also known as the Charter Street Cemetery, this burial ground is the resting place for many notable residents of the area, including a Mayflower sea captain, American Revolutionary War soldier, and infamous judge connected to the Salem Witch Trials.

Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery

If you’re a film fanatic with a love for horror movies, this museum is a must-visit for you! Let your tour guide know if you’d like to stop at this museum filled with horror film props and memorabilia.

The Witch House at Salem

One of the top things to do in Salem is to visit this historic structure, one of the remaining houses with ties to the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Arrange admission in advance or pay at the door to enter the museum and learn more about one of the most notorious events of colonial American history.

Witch Dungeon Salem

Our tour of Salem will pass by this museum and house built to simulate the experience of Salem, Massachusetts, a time of paranoia and literal witch hunts.

Bewitched Statue of Elizabeth Montgomery

Visit this beloved statue dedicated to the 60s sitcom Bewitched and hear some background on its connection to the town by your local tour guide.

Salem Witch Museum

Our private Salem tour will pass by this museum dedicated to the history of witchcraft and the Salem Witch Trials. You’ll learn all about the myths and facts behind the trials and their tragic aftermath.

Peabody Essex Museum

For any art aficionados in the group, we’ll be happy to arrange admission or stop at this museum, one of the oldest continuously operating museums in the United States and which features an amazing collection of art from all over the world.

Pickering Wharf

This historic wharf in Salem is home to a variety of shops and restaurants where you can enjoy some New England seafood with views of the marina.

Salem Maritime National Historic Site

Our history buffs will appreciate a tour stop at this national historic site which preserves a number of colonial America houses, an 1871 lighthouse, and a replica tall-ship.

Phillips House

This handsome historic New England home is located on Salem’s famous Chestnut Street, where you’ll have a chance to stroll down what is considered one of America’s most beautiful streets! You’ll learn about some of the architectural aspects and history of this street’s most iconic houses.

Essex Street Pedestrian Mall

Enjoy a walk down this pedestrian-only cobblestone-and-brick street where you can learn about its history and enjoy some shopping and dining along the way.

Ropes Mansion and Garden

Take a tour of this 18th-century mansion once home to three generations of the Ropes family and made famous more recently in the film Hocus Pocus.

Salem Common

You might want to stretch your legs and take a break at this grassy lawn that has served as a common area and militia training site in Salem since the 16th and 17th centuries.

Bearskin Neck

Your North Shore tour will stop at this peninsula which has ties to the War of 1812 is now a tourist destination with a variety of shops and restaurants. Ask your tour guide where you can stop for some great New England seafood!

Fishermen's Memorial Monument

We’ll stop for tour photos and some historical background on this iconic eight-foot-tall statue located on Gloucester’s Stacy Esplanade.

Singing Beach

Discover the story behind this oddly named beach in Manchester-by-the-Sea. Please note this is a popular beach, with limited parking during high season. The North Shore has plenty of beach and natural area options for your driving tour!

Motif Number 1

Learn from your tour guide why this Rockport fishing shack is one of the top destinations of the North Shore for artists and has earned the title of “the most often-painted building in America.”

Price Includes

Price Excludes

  • Local, English-speaking guide
  • Private Transportation
  • Additional food and drink
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips and gratuities for the guide
  • Museum Admissions

Pickup Information

Start times: We offer pick up anytime between 9am-12pm

Pickup: This tour offers custom pick up and drop off (hotel,airports,etc)

 

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