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“Excellent for overview of Boston”

Old Town Trolley Tours
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Owner description: Old Town Trolley Tours of Boston shows you the best of Boston on their 100-minute, fully narrated tour. As the official tour of the Boston Red Sox, guests will enjoy 19 stops, including Fenway Park, where you may disembark for shopping, dining and attractions. Each ticket comes with free admission to a 45 minute cruise of Boston Harbor, the Old State House Museum and coupons worth over $50 in savings. Old Town Trolley Tours has a 100% money back guarantee.
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

Chose Old Town Trolley after reading reviews for all tour companies on Trip Advisor. Did not purchase tickets in advance to be sure of the weather. Parked in a garage nearby and walked to the #1 stop (Marriott Long Wharf/Aquarium/Faneuil Hall). Quick and easy ticket purchase around 9:00 a.m. on a fair weather Saturday and we were on our way in under 5 minutes. Trolley had about 10 riders when we boarded and Buck was our driver. Can't say enough about Buck...he was absolutely great! Very knowledgeable, humorous, courteous and it was great fun to ride on his trolley. We enjoyed learning all about the historic sights as we made our way around Boston.

At each stop more passengers boarded and by the #5 or #6 stop the trolley was full and passengers wanting to board had to wait for another trolley. Buck always checked if there were empty seats at each stop and was courteous to those having to wait for another trolley. He stated about 10 minutes for another one. This is the only reason for the 4 star rather then 5 star rating. The trolley was full at many stops with most people staying on board therefore no spots for those waiting. Many of those sitting around us were going for the full loop tour to see everything first then hop on/off the second go round.

Stop #12 (Fenway Park) was our first goal for the day. After the tour we returned to the location where we were dropped off (#12) and there was a trolley sign (noted some others mentioned there weren't signs....there was at stop #12 but can't say for other stops). We were the only 2 people waiting and within a few minutes a trolley arrived and Lil Bean (driver/guide) said there were 2 seats on the very back row which is a bench seat. This seat can hold various numbers of people depending on size (more if children). We were able fit in the middle and off we went. Only problem with this seating is you cannot see as much and can't really get any photos. Next two stops had people waiting and there was no room. Eventually a few passengers got off the trolley and we moved to an empty row in order to see better and take photos.

After leaving the trolley at Stop #1 where we started the day we did the free Harbor Cruise that is part of your trolley ticket. Thouroughly enjoyed the cruise! You get beautiful views of the city and get to see the USS Constitution. Be sure to take advantage of this freebie if it's part of the ticket when you visit.

We only had 1 day to visit Boston so Old Town Trolley was perfect for this visit giving us an overview of the historic sights around town and a drop off at Fenway Park....and all without having to navigate and drive your own vehicle. Definitely would have used the free second day if possible to visit a few other places along the route if time had allowed.

While waiting for a trolley with room might be a possible drawback to those with limited time, I still recommend Old Town Trolley tours if you want a fun way to see the city with great guides who can entertain and educate while navigating city traffic and narrow streets. We enjoyed our experience and it sure beat trying to drive around town to see all these locations.

Thank pbUSA
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BostonTrolleyTours, General Manager at Old Town Trolley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2012

Thank you for taking time to write such a destailed descriptive review of your Old Town Trolley Tour of Boston. I will be sure to pass along your postive comments to both Buck and Lil Bean....I know your appreciation will mean a lot to them.

It sounds like you were here on an unusually busy day. Overflows do occasionally occur, but with the largest fleet of sightseeing vehicles in the city, we're able to run a very frequent schedule and insert empty trolleys at key points to insure that guests get on board in a timely manner.

Thank you again for recommendation. Here's hoping we see you in Boston soon again!


Matthew Murphy

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Reviewed October 8, 2012

We've taking three different tours of Boston and Old Town was the best. It had more stops and completely different stops than the other tours.

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Reviewed October 8, 2012

I was in Boston for two days of meetings and my wife was able to come along. We only had Saturday morning to do sightseeing so we selected the Old Town Trolley Tour to maximize the amount of things we could see. The ability to get off and re-board on other trolleys is a big plus if there is something you want to explore further. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and very entertaining. We encourage everyone to take advantage of the free harbor tour that is included in the package. You will not be disappointed!

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Reviewed October 6, 2012

We only had 3 days in Boston so needed to be efficient with our time. to get a good overview of the place we went on the Old Town Trolley and had Mr T as our driver/guide. He was very interesting and well informed and we spent a couple of hours having a lesson in history. after doing the rounds we had an all inclusive harbour boat ride and then did a few hop on hop off rides to things we wanted to spend more time at. It was a really good way to get orientated to the city. Well done old Trolley Tours.

Thank soozeph
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Reviewed October 6, 2012 via mobile

My wife and i used old town trolley during our cruise stop in boston. I booked on line and when we arrived in port every thing went prrfectly. Service was exceptional and they went the extra mile for the older generation who needed a hand. Ee will use them again.

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