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Martha's Vineyard Day Trip from Boston with Optional Island Tour (Small Group)

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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

Join Boston's only award-winning, original, Martha's Vineyard Day Trip! Leave the trouble of driving to someone else and enjoy a day trip to Martha’s Vineyard from Boston. Then, take a short cruise to Martha's Vineyard then enjoy free time to explore or upgrade to add an island tour. Complimentary snacks, bottled water, island guidebooks and a discount card with island perks are provided during the drive.
  • Hassle-free ride from Boston to Cape Cod aboard air-conditioned Mini Coach Bus
  • Panoramic ocean views on a cruise between Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard
  • Spend hours exploring Martha's Vineyard at your leisure - beaches, shopping, and dining available.
  • Narrated Island Tour upgrade available with stops in Edgartown and Gay Head Cliffs

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Explore the island at your own pace while someone else handles bus and ferry transport—or upgrade to a guided group tour.
Boston to Martha's Vineyard Day-Trip Excursion
Round-Trip Transportation on Air-Conditioned Mini Coach Bus
Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off included at select Boston hotels
3-Hour Narrated Martha's Vineyard Island Bus Tour (option available at checkout)
50-minute stop to explore downtown Edgartown at your leisure (Island Tour upgrade)
15-minute stop to view the Gay Head Cliffs in Aquinnah (Island Tour option)
See all 6 Martha's Vineyard Towns during your island tour including Vineyard Haven & Aquinnah
Drive through charming downtown Falmouth and along the Cape Cod Canal on the way to the ferry
Scenic 35-45 min ferry cruise from Cape Cod to Oak Bluffs or Vineyard Haven (based on travel date)
Bonus stop at Nobska Lighthouse in Falmouth in Cape Cod (based on travel date)
Complimentary Bottled Water, Snacks and Island Guidebooks
Narration during Mini Coach Bus Ride
Restroom stop halfway between Boston and Cape Cod
6 hours total time on the island
Gratuities
Lunch (dining options available on Martha's Vineyard)

Departure Point

Boston Marriott Long Wharf, 296 State St, Boston, MA 02109, USA

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Provided Boston Hotel Pick-Up Locations: Boston Harbor Hotel, Colonnade, Custom House, DoubleTree by Hilton Boston (Washington Street), Fairmont Copley Plaza, Hampton Inn & Suites Boston Crosstown Center, Hilton Back Bay, Hilton Boston Downtown (Financial District), Hotel 140, Hyatt Regency Boston, Intercontinental Boston, Liberty Hotel, Loews Hotel, Marriott Copley, Marriott Long Wharf, Millennium Bostonian Hotel, Omni Parker House, Park Plaza Hotel, Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, Revere Hotel, Seaport Hotel, Sheraton Boston Hotel, W Hotel, Westin Boston Waterfront, Wyndham Beacon Hill
*For those who do not require hotel pick-up, please meet at the  Marriott Long Wharf Hotel main entrance (must be confirmed as your pickup location)

Departure Time

6:15 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Begin with hotel pickup followed by relaxing drive by mini-coach from Boston to Falmouth, MA. Water and a morning snack and light commentary is provided on the trip.

Upon arrival in Falmouth, it’s off to the Island Queen Dock to board the ferry (ticket included) to Martha’s Vineyard. Enjoy a brief mini-cruise across Vineyard Sound to the island destination, Martha's Vineyard. From there, each passenger has ample time to explore Martha's Vineyard at their leisure.

For an introduction to the island, an optional tour is available. Visit the Gay Head Light, an iconic island lighthouse in Aquinnah. Travel through the beautiful historic village of Edgartown and learn about the area’s history from a guide.  After the tour, you have free time to continue to explore the island on our own.

Board the ferry for an afternoon departure and leisurely cruise back to Falmouth, where a return shuttle awaits to complete this great island experience. Water and a light snack is provided on the trip back to Boston and your designated hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Island Queen Ferry
Once in Falmouth, you'll be dropped off at the Island Queen Dock where you'll board the passenger ferry. Your ferry ticket is included so you won't have to wait in line at the dock. Relax on a short 35-minute mini-cruise as you sail across the sparkling waters off the coast of Massachusetts.
Duration: 35 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Oak Bluffs Town Beach
You will arrive at the island of Martha's Vineyard around 9:30am. You will then have approximately six hours to explore Martha's Vineyard on your own. Your bus driver will be happy to provide you with more information and maps of the area should you wish to book additional activities.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Gay Head Light (Aquinnah Light)
Upgrade to a 3-hour narrated island tour to get an initial overview of the island. On the tour you will have a 15-20-minute stop at the Gay Head cliffs in scenic Aquinnah, where the first lighthouse was built.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Aquinnah Cliffs
Upgrade to a 3-hour narrated island tour to get an initial overview of the island. On the tour you will have a 15-20-minute stop at the Gay Head cliffs in scenic Aquinnah, where the first lighthouse was built.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Gay Head
Upgrade to a 3-hour narrated island tour to get an initial overview of the island. On the tour you will have a 15-20-minute stop at the Gay Head cliffs in scenic Aquinnah, where the first lighthouse was built.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Edgartown Lighthouse
Next, you'll pass through the beautiful historic village of Edgartown. Along the way, enjoy the commentary from your professional tour guides as they share their knowledge of the island's history and present-day events. You will then have approximately 2.5 hours to explore Martha’s Vineyard on your own.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Martha's Vineyard Camp meeting Association (MVCMA)
Upon completion of your day on the Island, you will board the ferry which departs at 3:45pm for a relaxing sail back to Falmouth, where the shuttle will be waiting to complete the final leg of your unforgettable day trip experience. A light snack and water will be provided on your trip back to Boston.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
South Beach
Free time to explore Martha's Vineyard on your own.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Flying Horses Carousel
Free time to explore Martha's Vineyard on your own.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Steamship Authority
Please note: For departures from April 2-May 26 and October 11-October 30, ferry service will be provided by The Steamship Authority. For departure from May 27-October 10, ferry service will be provided by Island Queen Ferry. Ferry schedules and locations may vary slightly. Times will be advised during reconfirmation.
Duration: 35 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Steamship Authority - Martha's Vineyard
Please note: For departures from April 2-May 26 and October 11-October 30, ferry service will be provided by The Steamship Authority. For departure from May 27-October 10, ferry service will be provided by Island Queen Ferry. Ferry schedules and locations may vary slightly. Times will be advised during reconfirmation.
Duration: 35 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Provided Boston Hotel Pick-Up Locations: Boston Harbor Hotel, Colonnade, Custom House, DoubleTree by Hilton Boston (Washington Street), Fairmont Copley Plaza, Hampton Inn & Suites Boston Crosstown Center, Hilton Back Bay, Hilton Boston Downtown (Financial District), Hotel 140, Hyatt Regency Boston, Intercontinental Boston, Liberty Hotel, Loews Hotel, Marriott Copley, Marriott Long Wharf, Millennium Bostonian Hotel, Omni Parker House, Park Plaza Hotel, Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, Revere Hotel, Seaport Hotel, Sheraton Boston Hotel, W Hotel, Westin Boston Waterfront, Wyndham Beacon Hill
  • Please note: PICKUPS ARE ONLY PROVIDED AT HOTELS THAT ARE ON THE LIST.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY New England Trips Inc.

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Martha's Vineyard Day Trip from Boston with Optional Island Tour (Small Group)?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Martha's Vineyard Day Trip from Boston with Optional Island Tour (Small Group).
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Martha's Vineyard Day Trip from Boston with Optional Island Tour (Small Group)?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Martha's Vineyard Day Trip from Boston with Optional Island Tour (Small Group).
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Martha's Vineyard Day Trip from Boston with Optional Island Tour (Small Group)?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Martha's Vineyard Day Trip from Boston with Optional Island Tour (Small Group).
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Martha's Vineyard Day Trip from Boston with Optional Island Tour (Small Group)?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Martha's Vineyard Day Trip from Boston with Optional Island Tour (Small Group).
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Martha's Vineyard Day Trip from Boston with Optional Island Tour (Small Group)?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Martha's Vineyard Day Trip from Boston with Optional Island Tour (Small Group).

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Traveler Tips


  • "Check timetables for return trips - usually about every 20/30 minutes - this will save you time just sitting waiting at a bus stop." See review
  • "A full day and a lot of driving but well worth the effort." See review

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You don’t get what you pay for
Tavy_P
, Sep 2020
First of all. When we were picked up from Wharf Marriott the driver drove extremely too fast. Next when. We got to the Island we got on the tour van and the plastic obstructed the view it was not a 3 hour tour more like 2.25. Was not able to spend time and enjoy the sights more like a drive by tour. It was a bit deceitful. If I had known I would have certainly gotten on another tour group. However both drivers were very courteous. I feel I should be refunded a portion of my money back.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Hello, I apologize if you did not enjoy our 3 hour narrated tour. (And yes it was actually over 3 hours due to an extra stop made by our guide) When you initially booked your reservation, you did not purchase the 3 hour tour nor did you say that you wanted to take it the day before your trip when I called you to ask. You stated that you were not interested thus we planned for a maximum of 5 instead of 7. If we knew it was going to be 7 we may have substituted a larger vehicle. When you told our guide that morning you wanted to take the tour we let you because we always try to accommodate our guests whenever possible. For you to state that our tour was not 3 hours and deceitful is just not accuate at all. We pride ourselves on the level of service that we provide and I feel that what we provided is exactly what we advertise. This is the first under 4 star review that we have received this season. Though I am sorry that you did not enjoy the trip as most of our guests do, I honestly feel that your statements are certainly not an accurate description of our trip on that day or anyday. Thank you for taking the time to review us. Sincerely, Stephen M. Belcastro President New England Trips Inc.
star-5
Highly recommended
Lotoyus_B
, Sep 2020
Amazing first time at the vineyard!!! I wouldn’t change a thing, very diverse and engaging history lesson given by our local driver!!! Our driver from Boston to the ferry was detailed, invested and entertaining coming & going. There is no other way to experience the vineyard!! A must do Viator experience!!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Thank you for the AMAZING 5 Star review! I am so happy to hear how wonderful your day was. We take great pride in being the best at what we do and reviews like this are very gratifying. Your HIGH RECOMMENDATION is greatly appreciated. Kind Regards, Stephen M. Belcastro President New England Trips Inc.
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Great day trip
Madelaine_R
, Sep 2020
Great trip! Very convenient and the driver was awesome. We had stops on the way to stretch, restroom break and buy food. Organized and comfortably, social distancing and masks observed
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Thank you for the GREAT 5 Star Review! I am glad that you enjoyed your day. We continually strive to try and perfect our Martha's Vineyard day trip. This year has been a challenge but we believe that we have taken the necessary precautions to keep both our guests and our guides safe while still enjoying the day! Sincerely, Stephen M. Belcastro President New England Trips Inc.
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Awesome day
Larry
, Aug 2020
I really enjoyed my day trip to Martha's Vineyard .We took the Island Tour and our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. We learn a lot of facts about the island that we did not know .We also expecially love the colorful gingerbread cottages and gay head Cliffs was extremely beautiful . It was a awesome day.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Thank you for this AWESOME 5 Star Review! I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed your day with us. Our guides are the best around and we are lucky to have them. Martha's Vineyard is truly a wonderful place with so much to see and do. It really is the perfect day trip from Boston. Thank you for choosing New England Trips! Kind Regards, Stephen M. Belcastro President New England Trips Inc.
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Boston to Martha’s Vineyard
John_HH
, Aug 2020
The bus was very comfortable and on schedule. We had a wonderful time in Martha’s Vineyard. Our bus guide was very punctual and informative about historical landmarks along the ride and she is also a very nice person. Great experience and worth the money.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Thank you for taking the time to write this GREAT 5 Star Review. We are constantly updating our fleet of buses to ensure both dependability and our guests comfort. Our guides take great pride in the job that they do and that is crucial to the success of New England Trips. I am so happy that you had a wonderful day! Sincerely, Stephen M. Belcastro President New England Trips Inc.
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Beautiful island!
KRISTINE_M
, Aug 2020
This was a lovely and informative tour. We saw and learned a lot about the island. There was a nice amount of free time to wander on your own too.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Thank you so much for this 5 Star Review of our Martha's Vineyard day trip! So glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour. When this trip began operating in 2011, it was the first of it's kind in the City of Boston. We've always taken great pride in trying to ensure our guests a wonderful day on the island. Our itinerary is focused on guests being able to choose how they would like to spend their day. Hopefully you can someday experience one of our other New England Trips! Sincerely, Stephen M. Belcastro President New England Trips Inc.
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Had a wonderful trip.
Amy_F
, Aug 2020
The driver from Boston to Falmouth was great, very informative. The ferry ride was great in the morning but a little rough on return due to the weather. The tour guide on the island was great.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Thank you for this WONDERFUL 5 Star Review. I am glad that you had a great time on the Island and enjoyed both of our guides. Thanks again for taking the time to share your experience. Sincerely, Stephen M. Belcastro President New England Trips Inc.
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Enjoyable
Yolanda_P
, Aug 2020
From start to finish this was a well planned tour. This was the highlight of our trip to Boston. Our guides were very informative and it was clear that they take pride in what they do. Thank you for making this a great time for me and my daughters.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Thank you for this wonderful 5 star review of Boston's ORIGINAL Martha's Vineyard day trip. Since 2011 when we began operating this tour, it has evolved into one of the most popular day trips from Boston. As a company, we take great pride in providing our guests with an exceptional day and one that they will remember. I am so happy to hear that our trip was the highlight of your families Boston visit, as that is saying a lot. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. Kind Regards, Stephen M. Belcastro President New England Trips Inc.
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Great Experience!
Alyssa_B
, Aug 2020
This tour was a great way to head to Martha’s Vineyard. Our tour guide Kevin was very accommodating and explained our trip very well. I would definitely recommend this trip and any other trip using this service!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Thank you for taking the time to write this GREAT 5 star review. I am glad that you enjoyed your day on the wonderful island of Martha's Vineyard. Your recommendation is greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Stephen M. Belcastro President New England Trips Inc.
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The perfect little get away ❤️❤️❤️
Anonymous
, Jul 2020
I had so much fun!!! The ride down was good the ferry ride was beautiful, and the narrated tour was perfect. Both of our guides were very knowledgeable. I'd recommend this tour to anyone.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Thank you so much for this Perfect 5 Star review! Sounds like you had a great day! Our main goal as a company besides safety is to provide our guests with a memorable day trip experience. In order to do that you need great guides, which we certainly are lucky to have. Thanks again for the high recommendation. Sincerely, Stephen M. Belcastro President New England Trips Inc.

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