The following tours have been scheduled for the CRLA Conference attendees. You may sign up for the tours when you register for the conference.

Get me to the church on time!

Trinity Church, Copley Square- local history tour
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Cost is $7 per person ($5 for seniors with ID), pay at the church door, cash only
Time: 1:30 pm-3:30 pm or 2:30 pm-4:30 pm

Meet at the front desk of the hotel for a leisurely stroll to Copley Square where you will enjoy a private guided tour of Trinity Church Boston, one of the area’s most photographed buildings. The church is a .8 miles from the hotel. Approximate walking time 15-20 minutes.

Explore one of America’s "ten most important buildings," with an experienced docent and tour guide. Learn the fascinating story of Trinity’s commission by first rector, Philip Brooks, and its construction by Henry Hobson Richardson, creator of the Richardson Romanesque style and the first American architect to be emulated in Europe. Witness how this massive structure was built on the marshy Back Bay. Hear the story of mural painters sharing the scaffolding with builders as they worked together to complete the unheated tower in the deep of winter. Uncover the truth about who first incorporated luminescent glass into stained-glass making, and witness a rich variety of stained glass styles, from Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris, to John La Farge. Experience the sheer glory of an architectural and artistic masterpiece in the heart of Boston’s Copley Square.

Each tour is limited to 25 people on a first come, first served basis

Boston Colleges: Learning Opportunities for all Bunker Hill Community College & Suffolk University

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cost: $15.00 per person

Spend the afternoon visiting two of Boston’s outstanding colleges; Bunker Hill Community College and Suffolk University. The onsite tour at BHCC will be conducted by Margaret Bovill-Hawkins, the college’s Federal TRiO SSS Liaison and Success Program Director. At Suffolk University, the tour will be conducted by Michael Dickinson, the Director of the Ballotti Learning Center.

Bunker Hill Community College

Bunker Hill Community College, located in the historic Charlestown section of Boston, is the largest community college in the state system. Founded in 1973, BHCC currently enrolls more than 14,000 students in day, afternoon, evening, late-evening, midnight, weekend, and web-based and distance-learning courses and programs each semester.

BHCC is one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in Massachusetts. Sixty-seven percent of the students are people of color and more than half of BHCC's students are women.

Suffolk University

Suffolk University is a private, co-educational, non-sectarian university. Founded in 1906, the University offers bachelors, masters and doctoral degree programs in its Law School, College of Arts and Sciences and Sawyer Business School.

Suffolk University, located right in the heart of downtown Boston, gives its students unparalleled access to the city and all it offers. The college green is the Boston Common and the college is steps from dozens of historic sites like the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, and the Massachusetts State House. Truly an urban institution, Suffolk has no real boundaries—Boston and Suffolk blend together. That means Suffolk students have incredible access to a wealth of opportunities, whether it’s museums and restaurants or internships and co-ops.

At the same time, Suffolk takes pride in being a personal, student-centered school, where faculty and administrators know students by name. They take the time to recognize each student’s promise, figure out what makes him or her tick, and build important mentoring relationships.

Minimum of 30 people needed for the tour (maximum 50)

Did you always want to go to Harvard? Now you can!

Friday night Harvard University tour and dinner in Harvard Square Friday, November 8, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm -11:00 pm
Cost: $60.00 per person (including transportation, tour, dinner, soft drinks, tax and gratuity)

About the Harvard Experience

Trademark group tours of Harvard are hosted by charismatic Harvard undergraduates. Their dynamic and knowledgeable staff will entertain and inspire with stories about Harvard History and personal experience about the university they call home.

Tour Benefits
  • Student Host will meet us directly on campus
  • Tours last up to 90 minutes (tailored to our schedule)
  • Tours cover three main areas of campus: New Yard, Old Yard and Harvard Square
  • Tours cover 3 main themes – Harvard history, Harvard culture, and Famous Harvardians
  • Main sites include Johnston Gate, the John Harvard Statue, Massachusetts Hall, the Science Center, Memorial Church, Widener Library, The Harvard Lampoon, and Lowell House Bell Tower
  • Tours end at The Harvard COOP – Harvard’s historic bookstore and the best place for obtaining Harvard Merchandise
  • Dinner is just around the corner
Building Access: Schedule permitting, Private Tours go inside Memorial Hall - a historic civil war memorial and one of the most beautiful buildings on Harvard’s campus.

About the Dinner Experience

FiRE + iCE, the improvisational grill, is located in the heart of Cambridge’s Harvard Square … The unique and quirky atmosphere has been described by our patrons as an experience straight out of a Dr. Seuss book. If you’re wondering what’s on the menu, the answer is, “Whatever you want!” FiRE+iCE is a create-your-own-meal concept. We welcome our diners to an abundance of fresh produce, pastas, meats and seafood. Guests may select any ingredients they want, then pair it up with one of our internationally influenced sauces and hand it to our grillers. Our grill chefs will cook all the unique combinations to perfection while dazzling diners with spatula juggling and a fiery show!

Minimum 30 people needed (maximum 50)

You can see it all in one day!!

Private Historical Sightseeing Trolley Tour w/ stop at Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Saturday, November 9, 2013
1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Cost: $45.00 per person (excluding snacks & shopping)

Enjoy a private chartered sightseeing trolley tour of Boston’s most memorable historic sites, including a stop at Faneuil Hall Marketplace/Quincy Market for shopping, snacking and more sightseeing.

A private charter will pick us up at the hotel. We will be treated to a narrated tour of many historical sights. Our private trolley will pause along the way for you to take photographs of such iconic Boston sites as the State House; Kings Chapel and Burying Ground; site of the Boston Massacre, the U.S.S. Constitution; the historic Back Bay, the North End and so much more.

Just when you think you have seen it all, the trolley will stop at Faneuil Hall Marketplace/Quincy Market for an extended snacking and shopping break. You will have ample time to browse many of the 49 shops, 18 restaurants and pubs, 35 Colonnade eateries and 44 pushcarts that make up this exciting “must see” destination. Board the trolley and relax for the return trip to the hotel.

Minimum of 30 people (maximum of 37) per trolley needed – additional trolleys can be arranged