Private Day Trip to Concord: A Classic Literary Tour

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  • Private Tour
  • 5 hr

Enjoy one of America's early towns, made famous by the authors who called it home -- Emerson, Thoreau, and Alcott.

Itinerary Details

From its revolutionary history to its literary history, Concord is a must-see for any history or literary buff. On your private excursion to Concord

  • Enjoy hotel pick up, and then be driven to the historic town of Concord.
  • Stand at the site of the first battle of the American Revolutionary War, Old North Bridge.
  • Visit the Old Manse grounds, famous for its American historical and literary associations.
  • Step back in time at Walden Pond where 18th-century author Henry David Thoreau's Walden followed his yearning for the simple life.
  • Enjoy lunch in the centre of town, at a place recommended by your private guide (not included in tour price).
  • Stroll scenic Sleepy Hollow Cemetery - the final resting place for the Alcott family, Thoreau, and Emerson at Author’s Ridge.
  • Visit author Louisa May Alcott’s charming Orchard House and enjoy their guided tour of the historic home. 

Concord, a town to the northwest of Boston, has a key place in US history, as a town shaped by rebellion, militiamen and revolutionary spirit. It is here that around 2,000 militiamen - dubbed “minutemen” for their ability to be ready for action in a moment’s notice - gathered to pursue British troops. The town’s North Bridge has significant national importance, as the historical site in the Battle of Concord on the first day of the American War of Independence. When news of the battle reached London, it made a strong statement regarding the grit of patriot forces. Honoured in American history today, as the American Revolutionary War’s first military engagement, Concord paved the way for the Liberty and creation of the United States of America.

However, aside from its revolutionary history, the old town of Concord is known as being the home of several authors and the transcendentalist movement. The town was where Thoreau wrote On Walden Pond, where The Scarlet Letter author, Hawthorne, lived, and where Louisa May Alcott grew up in Orchard House, one of the stars of her novel, Little Women. On your tour, you will have the chance to visit Orchard House, with tickets included for you to explore the house. Delve into the fascinating literary history of the area by visiting Author’s Ridge and the home of Louisa May Alcott. For the true literary enthusiast, we suggest visiting The Concord Bookshop, where you can even acquire works by all the authors who famously lived in the town.

Tour duration
5 hours

Type of tour
Excursion with Driver tour - you will have your own luxury private vehicle accompanying you throughout the tour.

Tickets included
Entrance to Orchard House

Other inclusions
Gratuities not included
Food & drink not included

Suitable for
Family, Friends, History Buffs, Intellectually Curious

Attractions along this route:

Walden Pond
Made famous by Thoreau, who had a home on the north side of the lake, Walden Pond is now a National Historic Landmark.

Old North Bridge
Made famous as the site of the first day of the Revolutionary War, Old North Bridge lives in history as the place where “the shot heard ‘round the world” was fired.

Orchard House
Formerly the home of Louisa May Alcott, Orchard House appeared in both Little Women films, and is the setting of many of the books’ famed moments.

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Though it is the burial place of several notable writers, and has an area devoted to them called ‘Author’s Ridge’, the cemetery remains in use today by the people of Concord.

Concord, MA
A small town outside of Boston, Concord is known primarily for its role in the Revolutionary War and the transcendentalist movement.

The Old Manse
This famous mansion has been the home of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s grandfather, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and has a garden constructed by Henry David Thoreau.
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