CANADA in the WILD

Itinerary for September 17, 2016

 Boston, Irish for a weekend

Your March 13, 2020 Itinerary

You have made a great purchase! Ready to have loads of fun? 

PREPARING FOR THE TRIP.

   What to do before you come to Boston: 

  • Pack a valid Passport  

  • Exchange Money. You are going to need US dollars.

  • Health insurance. Check if your current health insurance covers trips to the US, if not we recommend you purchase some. Visit Guard.me for more details.

  • NOT CANADIAN? 

    • You will need an I-94 entry permit in order to be admitted into the US. You could get your I-94 entry permit online. By doing this you will speed up the border crossing process and it will be less stressful for you. Please note that even though an ESTA is not needed if you don't have one you won't be able to get the i94 online. If you have an ESTA you can use the following link: US Border and Customs I-94 Website    

    • American Visa if your passport is not from a Visa Waiver Country

    • Student or Work permit if you are residing temporarily  in Canada.

    • Are you a student staying in Canada less than 6 months? You might be asked by Canadian border authorities (on the way back) to prove your status in Canada. Bring copies of the following documents: Letter of acceptance of the University, Student Card, details of the return flight to your home country. 

    • Bring a photocopy of your passport, as this will speed the check in process at the hotel

1- Keep connected and informed

We have created a What's app group for all members attending the trip. Please  download the app if you don't have it and join this group:

https://chat.whatsapp.com/HZmBz8oVaIbFmmN6sRhlcC

It is important to stay in touch while traveling; especially if there are any last minute changes to be announced by your Tour Leaders (like bus pickup addresses), you become separated from the group or are going to be late for a rendezvous.

This what's app group will also be good for anyone in the trip to share photos, let others know of cool spots you've come across while exploring, restaurants recommendations and pretty much anything we want. 

2- Hotel Details

Holiday Inn Express Boston . 69 Boston St, Boston, MA 02125, United States

Phone: +1 617-288-3030

3- Tips

In North America is customary to give a little something to the driver and Guides for their good service as a token of appreciation. This is optional. We propose to give $5 at the end of the trip. If you think you got good service please make your contribution to any of your Guides at the end of the trip. 

4-What to bring

  • Passport

  • Other documents to prove status in Canada if not Canadian (See previous section)

  • Your camera 

  • Water bottle

  • Good walking shoes

  • Warm clothes (check the weather forecast and pack accordingly) 

  • Snacks for the bus ride

  • Rain jacket just in case it rains

  • Your adventurous spirit and extra money for food and souvenirs!

Your Itinerary

DAY 1

6.45 am Meet us at 90 University Private, Ottawa, K1N 6N5. This is a residence building on the University of Ottawa campus [See our map below]. The Ottawa Residences Building is right in front of a big parking lot where our bus will pick us up. Here you will have a chance to gather and get to know your fellow travellers before we set out.

7.00 am The bus departs at 7.00 am. Make sure you are at the departure location on time, we will not be able to wait for you and we do not want you to miss this awesome trip.

We will cross the American Border. For a smooth transition you must have with you the appropriate travel document(s):

Canadian? You need your valid passport

Not Canadian? You will need: Visas (if required) and $6 US dollars cash -if needed.

You should expect to get off the bus and go through the border crossing process where the authorities will review your travel documents. After being admitted to the US, we'll get back on the bus and continue the journey. 

We will make one more stop after customs to get food, stretch our legs and use the restrooms.

4 pm Arrive to our hotel, check in and get ready to start the adventure in Boston!

All activities proposed throughout the trip are OPTIONAL and it is up to you to join them or do something different.

5 pm Meet at the lobby of the hotel if you want to join the group and explore beautiful and historic downtown Boston. Our Tour Leaders will take you on an Orientation Walk to explore parts of the famed Freedom Trail. They will also take you to some of the most photogenic spots in this part of the city. The walk is approximately 3.5 km and about 1.5 hours long. 

Foodies Tips- Authentic Boston Fares 

Boston Cream Pie

Where to get it:

 

Omni Parker House: 60 School St

Magnolia Bakery: 200 Fanueil Hall

This dessert identifies more as a cake than a pie. Sweet custard is layered between yellow butter cake, and glazed with chocolate.

Clam chowder

Where to get it:

Legal Sea Foods: 255 State St

Mooncusser Fish House: 304 Stwart St

True New England clam chowder is a rich and thick concoction of shellfish, salt pork or bacon, potatoes, and cream. 

Lobster mac ‘n cheese

Where to get it:

jm Curley:  21 Temple Pl

Outlook: 70 Sleeper St

American classic with a  Boston twist. Adding lobster to its melty goodness is a recent New England tradition that’s sure to stick around.

DAY 2

 

Today we will visit MIT, Harvard, Bunker Hill and more.

Complimentary breakfast is offered at the hotel.

 

9.30 am Meet your Tour leader by the lobby and get ready to board the bus. 

Our first stop will be MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) where we will stop for 20 minutes allowing you to take some pics in front of the iconic MIT dome. 

10 am  Board the bus and let's explore Cambridge town and Harvard University.  Here we will lead a group walk to discover some of the most important buildings on campus. Feel free to join us for the whole length of the walk (approx 1.2 km and 30 min long) or just part of it. You will have some free time to keep exploring and have some lunch. 

1 pm Meet up by Cambridge Square, board the bus and let's go to Bunker Hill and USS Constitution ship, two stops on the Freedom Trail.

4 pm By the end of the visit to the USS Constitution Ship our bus will be waiting to take us back to the hotel for a rest. Not ready to depart yet? That's OK keep exploring on your own. 

6.30 pm Ready to go for dinner and have a fun night out? Our bus departs the hotel at this time to take you downtown.

9 pm Ready to head back to the hotel? The bus will pick you up at the predetermined spot and take you back.

Want to enjoy the Boston nightlife? Ask your guides for information and plans for tonight! 

Return to the hotel on your own.  

Foodies Tips- Authentic Boston Fares 

Roast beef sandwich

Where to get it:

Cusser's Roast Beef: 304 Stuart St

Not for the faint of appetite, the area’s roast beef sandwiches are stacked with heaps upon heaps of roast beef.

Traditional clambake

Where to get it:

The Barking Crab: 88 Sleeper St

Neptune Oyster: 63 Salem St

A typical clambake includes lobster, clams, corn, and red potatoes wrapped together and steamed over a fire.

Cannoli

Where to get it:

Eataly:  800 Boylston St

Modern Pastry: 257 Hanover St

With an Italian neighborhood like the North End within its city limits, it’s no wonder Boston loves these pastry and cream masterpieces.

Night out Tips- Rooftops, Irish Music or Comedy shows?

Lookout Rooftop

70 Sleeper St, Boston

Boston’s premier outdoor destination offering expansive views of the Boston skyline and waterfront

The Black Rose

160 State St

Traditional neighborhood tavern offering hearty Irish plates, ales & live music in a comfy setting.

 

Laugh Boston

425 Summer St

Stand-up & improv comedy club providing bar bites, light dinner entrees & joke-themed cocktails

DAY 3

Complimentary breakfast is offered at the hotel.

Today is our last day in Boston and you have free time to choose your destination. We recommend you check out the St Patrick's Parade which starts at 1 PM from the Broadway Subway Station on West Broadway St

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Checkout time is 11 AM. The hotel will provide a room where we can keep our luggage safe until departure time. 

2.45 pm Meet at the hotel, collect your bags and let's go back to Ottawa after a fantastic holiday! Bus departs at 3 PM

 

Get in touch with us!

info@roundtours.ca

2013 Olympia Cres, Ottawa. ON

K1G 2B3

1-888-535-7775

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