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Martha's Vineyard: 6 Town Island Group Tour

1. Martha's Vineyard: 6 Town Island Group Tour

Tour the 100 square mile island of Martha's Vineyard and hear the charming history of its 6 towns from a local guide. As you drive across the picturesque island, admire curiosities like America's oldest carousel and the cliffs of Aquinnah. Start in Oak Bluffs, known for its distinctive Victorian architecture with 300 colorful cottages designed to look like gingerbread houses. Turn a corner and see "The Flying Horse Carousel," America’s oldest carousel, operating since 1876. Continue to Edgartown, with its quaint harbor complete with an 80-year-old lighthouse. A former hub for the whaling industry, admire the stately Greek revival mansions built by ship captains. Travel along the idyllic countryside and small fishing villages before stopping for some clam chowder or lobster bisque in Menemsha. Next, arrive at the technicolor cliffs of Aquinnah before swinging by the bridge made famous in the movie Jaws.

From Boston: Martha's Vineyard with Optional Island Tour

2. From Boston: Martha's Vineyard with Optional Island Tour

Start your day with pickup from your downtown Boston hotel in a mini-coach for the 1.5-hour journey to the ferry in Falmouth, Cape Cod. Enjoy complimentary snacks and bottled water while browsing the Martha’s Vineyard guidebook as you plan your 6 hours on the island. After a short ferry ride, prepare to discover the beautiful island. Choose from either joining a 3-hour guided tour or exploring it at your leisure. For both options, you will be provided with a discount card valid at some of the island's restaurants and attractions. Be sure to visit the amazing gingerbread cottages in the town of Oak Bluffs. See the town of Edgartown known for its whaling captains' homes and quaint downtown shops. Head to breathtaking Gay Head Cliffs and see the famous lighthouse in the town of Aquinnah. Bike and jeep rentals are available for purchase or use public transportation to see the island. After your day on Martha's Vineyard is complete and you return on the ferry, sit back and relax on your comfortable minibus ride back to Boston.

Boston: Martha's Vineyard Day Trip with Optional Island Tour

3. Boston: Martha's Vineyard Day Trip with Optional Island Tour

Start the tour, with an early morning pick-up at your hotel between 6:45 and 7:30 AM. Take advantage of the complimentary snacks, water, maps, and discount food cards that are included in the vehicle. Arrive at the Martha's Vineyard Steamship Authority Ferry in Woods Hole, MA. Before boarding, there will be time for a spot of shopping or to enjoy breakfast. The vessel departs at 9:30 AM. Take an enjoyable 45-minute ferry ride to Oak Bluffs or Vineyard Haven, Martha's Vineyard. Food and drinks are available on the ferry, at your own expense. Inside air-conditioned seating, as well as outside sun deck seating, is available. There is plenty of room on this vessel to explore and take many pictures. Upon arrival at Martha's Vineyard, spend approximately 6 hours exploring the beautiful island. Guests who have chosen to take the 3-hour island tour will be greeted directly at the ferry dock. Everyone will depart Martha's Vineyard at 3:45 PM on the Steamship Authority Ferry. When you arrive back at Woods Hole, your guide will be waiting to take you back to Boston.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 108 reviews

I was really interested in getting an overview of the whole island. That’s what we got and our pleasant guide, RichM gave us insights which we never would have known had he not given so much effort to his presentation. I was mainly interested in Oak Bluffs and Edgartown and both of these towns were covered in detail. Thank you, RichM ‼️

A long but wonderful day. Our van driver, David, was personable and informative. We opted for 3/hr Vineyard tour and Tom, a local, had a ton of interesting anecdotes. The ferry ride to & from the island was a perfect way to observe the pristine beauty of the land & sea.

Our guide, Jim, was knowledgeable, personable, and accommodating. This tour was worth the price especially on a gloomy day. I only wish we were able to spend some time in Edgartown.

Jenny was fabulous and was very knowledgeable and personable. The ferry to the Martha’s Vineyard was great with plenty of free time.

Everything was on time. Bus driver was very informative and pleasant.