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Context Boston Tours

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Address: 145 Fulton St, Boston, MA 02109-1356
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09:00 - 17:00
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Context organizes scholar-led walking tours of Boston focused on the...

Context organizes scholar-led walking tours of Boston focused on the history, culture, and art of the city. Groups are limited to six people in order to create a dynamic learning environment. With a network of historians, archaeologists, architects, and art historians, Context focuses on thematic walks that uncover Boston for the curious traveler.

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Small-Group Historical Walking Tour of Boston’s North End
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My family enjoyed touring Boston's North End with Jessica. She was able to share the history and current culture of this area with my husband and I and our two daughters ages 10... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 July 2015

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2015

My family enjoyed touring Boston's North End with Jessica. She was able to share the history and current culture of this area with my husband and I and our two daughters ages 10 and 14. Jessica was easy to talk with and she connected well with both adults and children. She showed us some elements of the North End that... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2013

I took the 3 hour tour with our docent Jessica dello Russo. She is from that area of Boston so is very familiar with it. Not only did we get history of Boston but information about the architecture, customs of the time, who important people of the time were (besides those learned about in US History). When asked about places... More 

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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2013

Our docent, Dr. Alex Goldberg, easily managed to narrate and explain the truly complex moves of Boston's history in its interdependency with North American history. And - in my imagintion - he drew a vivid picture, which one-by-one became real during the course of the walk. Any questions, be them as unexpected as imaginable, were completely answered. Context Travel offers... More 

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Kingston, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2013

We took a tour of Boston's North End with Context guide Jessica on June 29th. While it's true that Context tours are more expensive than other walking tours we have taken, we feel it is good value for money. Jessica is a local, born and raised in the North End, who is passionate and knowledgeable about the area. We learned... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2012

I am so glad that I read about Context Travel's walking tours in Arthur Frommer's syndicated newspaper travel column that was carried, in my case, in the travel section of the Palm Beach Post. Dr. Alex Goldfeld was a very personable guide who had the expertise to factually answer any question that came up within our group of seven guests.... More 

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Sudbury Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2012

We spent the day on a guided tour of Boston. Very informative and well worth spending the day here. The tour guide did a good job showing us things and explaining them. The only history missing was the Boston Tea Party

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washington, dc
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2011

I highly recommend Context tours. We took one Context tour in Rome which was outstanding. I proceeded to break my foot in Rome (NOT on the Context tour!) and so Context allowed us to take another tour with them one and a half years later (this time in Boston). I appreciate Context's customer service and I also appreciate their outstanding,... More 

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paul_bennett_123, Owner at Context Boston Tours, responded to this review

Berg3, So glad you loved the walking seminar in Boston. It's one of our newest cities (only a year old) but one of our favorites. The Rome of the United States, one might say, in terms of the layers of history. Glad your foot is better, too. Keep in touch. Best, Context More 

Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2011

Jessica from Context Tours guided us through the Irish famine, past Uncle Tom Cabin's publisher's digs, the scull and crossbone tombstones next to Paul Revere's tomb and so much more. She's a walking story teller of the trials and tribulations of the Tea Party, the Massacre, and Washington's school years at the same school she attended. She lives and breaths... More 

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Stonington, CT
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2010

We took the tour which was led by Jessica Dello Russo. Jessica is a Boston native with a degree in architecture and graduate work at Harvard and overseas. She was an engaging guide with an extensive knowledge of the sites and players that made Boston history so compelling. We visited King's Chapel, the Granery Burial Ground and the Boston Atheneum... More 

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Hopkinton, Ma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2010

We spent a perfect day in Boston with our wonderful guide,Jessica, from Context Boston. She is engaging, warm and very informative. We took the North End tour of Boston which seemed to fly by even though we went over the three hours, only because my husband has so many questions. We went to Fanueil Hall, Quincy marketplace, Old North Church,... More 

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North End
Wandering around Boston’s North End can feel like being transported to Europe. Stroll down Hanover and Salem streets for the finest Italian restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and a few boutique shops. Take part in the big debate as to whether Modern Pastry or Mike’s serves a better cannoli. Before your food coma sets in, make sure to stop by historic Paul Revere’s home, and follow the Freedom Trail to Old North Church and Copp’s Hill Burying Ground. Take a rest in a cafe on Hanover street and observe the quirky, European character of the North End.
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