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““Boston North End, Historical Portrait of a City””

Context Boston Tours
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Museum of Fine Arts Small-Group Tour with Art Historian
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Owner description: 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.
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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10 reviews
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““Boston North End, Historical Portrait of a City””
Reviewed November 18, 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 to eat in the North End she took us to a couple and I had time to try some local fare. I do plan on returning to Boston and will take another context tour.

Visited November 2013
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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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“Boston North End, Historical Portrait of a City”
Reviewed September 24, 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 ambitious tours to keep an eye on, when staying abroad.

Visited September 2013
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Kingston, Canada
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4 attraction reviews
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“See Boston's North End through the eyes of a local”
Reviewed July 5, 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 so much about the architecture and history of the area, but also about living there today. She pointed out shops and restaurants that made us want to go back and explore. Note that the tours are flexible: it was a hot and muggy day, so halfway through, we popped into a neighbourhood coffee house for some much-needed iced cappuccino and a bathroom break.

Visited June 2013
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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“Enjoyable and Insightful Tour of Boston's North End”
Reviewed December 6, 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.

During a wonderful, fact-filled trip through Boston's North End, Dr. Goldfeld's expertise perhaps shone through best inside the Old North Church/Christ Church and at Copp's Hill Burying Ground, where he shared his knowledge from heritage and his studies to reveal things that no other casual visitors walked away knowing. At the Old North Church, Dr. Goldfeld explained far more than the docent at the lectern, as part of the price of admission, was able to tell us.

Dr. Goldfeld ably addressed the history and evolution of Boston's North End from its original English inhabitants through the Irish influx and its current role as the Little Italy of Boston, a late heritage that has lasted for the past 100 years.

Personal Magic for Me: Were it not for Dr. Goldfeld's tour, I would have not discovered the Green Dragon Tavern. The oft-written-about Union Oyster House will serve you six shucked oysters for an outrageous $16. Right around the corner, an immediate right turn down the next alley, beckons the Green Dragon Tavern, which also boasts as a place where the Sons of Liberty met. Having a meal in a place where the Sons of LIberty met was an item on my bucket list. Nearly as cool, an entire lobster dinner at the Green Dragon Tavern was only $13.50 with two sides. Adding a gin and tonic, the total tab was around $20... remarkable for a Boston experience.

I look forward to enjoying a Context Tour during future stays in major cities around the world. My next adventure may be in Washington, D.C. where there are three or four possible walking tours available.

Visited October 2012
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Sudbury Ontario, Canada
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“Great tour”
Reviewed September 23, 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

Visited August 2012
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