In addition to the self guided tours, Urban Trekking has some of them as guided tours, in French or English.

Dominique will be your guide and he’ll tell you everything he could not put in the description of these treks, in particular:

  • how he has discovered these places off the beaten path, why he loves them and what events or anecdotes make them even more interesting.
  • how the present state of things is explained by the events that preceded it.
  • why the city can be read as a work of art in constant evolution and in which ways individual or collective decisions influence its evolution

It will be an opportunity to walk a lot, to go up and down stairs, to go from one place to another, and to think a little about human affairs when enjoying the discoveries.

To make these visits, you can:

  • join groups in French or English ($15/person, 2 hours of visit)
  • hire him ($140 for 2 hours, $50/hour after 2 hours)

He also offers a “1st steps in Boston ” option for your visiting relatives and friends (details below)

 

1) Visits with a group, in French, 8-12 persons

It will be with Boston Accueil, an association for French expatriates, and you’ll find Dominique under the tab “Découvertes et visites urbaines”.

On the menu in September 2017:

  • The North End trek (Sept 22nd and 29th, 10am-noon): the tour will end at Haymarket (instead of starting there as described in the self guided tour), so you’ll be able to buy some fruits and vegetables after the visit.

On the menu in October 2017:

  • The Charlestown trek (Oct 3rd and 11th, 10am-noon ): bring your sneakers and a camera, it’ll be a rather long but photogenic tour.

On the menu in November 2017:

  • The MIT trek (TBA, 10am-noon): this will be an extended trek compared to the self-guided one, with more stops inside the University, and less time outside due to the weather in November.

FYI:

  • Ending times are estimates, allow 1/4 hour more as there’s often unexpected additions to the tours. Yet, of course, you can leave before the end!
  • On top of the $15/person, add $45 for the annual membership to the association (with tens of other activities available, and other visits, many in English)
  • Registration and details on the Boston Accueil site (see link above)

2) Visits with a group, in English, 8-12 persons maxi

TBA

3) Private tours, 2 hours minimum, 10 persons maxi, in French or English

(not before mid-September 2017)

At the menu:

Price: $140 for the 1st two hours, $50/hour after if you want to combine two tours (when it’s possible).

To talk with Dominique about the details of these visits, use ImagesVoyagesImpressions@gmail.com and tell him what you’d like to do and when.

 He’ll tell you if he is available.

Best days and hours for these visits: from Monday to Friday, and from 9:30 am to 1 pm

4) ” 1st Steps in Boston”

(not before mid-September 2017)

Your friends and relatives have just arrived for a few days visit but you don’t have time to tell them in details how to go to Boston and what to do once there.

Dominique will:

  • come to your home and walk them to the nearest bus, train, or T.station, or drive them there if it’s too far.
  • buy a Charlie card and/or a train ticket with them and show them how to use it and buy some more.
  • go with them by train or subway to downtown Boston, probably to the Park St or Government Center T.stop depending on your location, or North Station.
  • show them where to go shopping on Washington St., how to go to Faneuil Hall, the Waterfront, Beacon Hill, and get info about the Freedom Trail and the Boston Historical National parks.
  • return with them to your home.
  • provide, as an option, a smart phone with Maps, Translate, Citymapper, Currency plus, a link to Urban Trekking Boston so they can keep exploring on their own, 500MB of data and 100 minutes of communication for the USA. He will also show them how to use it.
  • tell them stories about the city and answer their questions the best he can.

Price for a 2:30 hours introduction to the city: $150, transportation not included.

Price for renting the phone for 8 days: $100 of which $75 will be refund upon return of this phone ($75 security deposit in cash or check)

Price to keep the phone longer: $25 per additional week

To talk with Dominique about the details of this option, use ImagesVoyagesImpressions@gmail.com and tell him which day you’d like him to come.

 He’ll tell you if he is available.

Best days and hours for these visits: from Monday to Friday, and from 9 am to 12:30 pm