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Hahvahd vs. Harvard Tour

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Hahvahd vs. Harvard Tour

What is the difference between these two tours?

Hahvahd - 70 Minutes


Guided Historical Tour - 60 minutes


It looks like the first one is a $10 fee and registration is required. The second is no fee and registration is not required. That is OK with me if it is better that the second.

Any thoughts?

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1. Re: Hahvahd vs. Harvard Tour

I am not reading what you are. seems both want you to register. one charges up front and the other suggests that you tip $10 at the end. So cost is the same or maybe less if you have to pay and tip also. One seems more staid as it is the "official" tour and the other a little more (maybe much more) laidback. haven't taken either but seems you just need to pick the one that fits your personality.

The other difference is 10 minutes.

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2. Re: Hahvahd vs. Harvard Tour

The "Hahvahd" tour is run by a group of students. I've never taken their tour, but I've seen them assembled in the Square. It is designed to be fun and irreverent and you can see the folks laughing at their material. They don't have a set fee, but ask that you tip the tour guide.

The other tour is the official university tour for visitors and prospective students. These are also usually led by students and I've heard that it is also very good at giving a perspective on college life and the history of Harvard.

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3. Re: Hahvahd vs. Harvard Tour

We did the official Harvard Tour last November, but we didn't pre register & there was no charge. We went to the office that morning & signed up for it, then wandered over to the Natural History museum until it was tour time. We found it really interesting, lot's of history & a good overview of college life. We enjoyed it & I'd recommend it.

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4. Re: Hahvahd vs. Harvard Tour

We did the "Hahvahd" tour this past Thursday and it was a huge waste of time. Our hotel concierge recommended it, and I haven't a clue why. We took the metro into cambridge and met the group right at the top of the Harvard Square stop. The students guiding the tour were very stuck-up, arrogant, and pretentious. They made comments the entire time about how prestigious the campus is and how smart they all are. If this braggart attitude is what you want (or how you are...) then this is the tour for you. And, if it's as hot as it was on our tour (102*F), they don't go in any buildings.

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