Boston by foot had been recommended in another travel guide so we went to some trouble to do this tour over others that were available. It turned out to be a bitter dissapointment. The tour departed from outside Faneuil Hall in Boston, which also houses the local National Parks Service (NPS) who offer free tours. The tour started with an explanation that Boston by Foot is a non profit organisation, which did leave me wondering where the $12 USD per person fee was going. There were about 16 starters for the tour, scheduled to last for 90 minutes. After about 50 minutes and several stops at well known landmarks, accompanied by short explanations, the tour came to an abrupt end. The young woman leading the tour stated that this was the end but that it was a "little" shorter than usual because it was her first tour! Although unsurprising given her apparent lack of confidence, this is information that should have been made available before starting. No discount was offered and we were left feeling ripped off, not because of the fee but because we'd wasted our time. Later the same day we had the good fortune to do a free walking tour with the NPS and it was absolutely first rate. The informed and enthusiastic NPS officer brought the local history to life, it provided a stark contrast to our Boston by Foot experience.
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