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icon12 hours  (approx.)
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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.
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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)
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Boston Marriott Long Wharf , 296 State St, Boston, MA 02109, USA

*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). Boston Marriott Long Wharf, 296 State St, Boston, MA 02109, USA

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6:15 AM
This activity will end right where it started.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)
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.
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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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 Daytrip from Boston with Round-Trip Ferry & Island Tour Option?
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 Daytrip from Boston with Round-Trip Ferry & Island Tour Option.

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  • "A full day and a lot of driving but well worth the effort." See review
  • "Be aware that in mid October, many shops have closed up for the season." See review

Reviews

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1,208 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-2
Great place to visit and Viator needs improvement
Selvi_K
, May 2022
Martha's vineyards is an amazing place to visit. But the tour run by Viator definitely has alot of room for improvement. In general-There needs to be clear outline of the itinerary. This was not available on website neither in the voucher handed when boarding bus. There needs to be at least 2 optional return times to Boston - giving customers a bit more time to enjoy without rushing. Program was very rushed. Restaurants were very busy leading to rushed eat or none. Edgertown we hardly had time. Specifically to the tour I took, the guide seemed totally disinterested and gave incorrect bus number and very little guidance. We are tourist keen and the lack of enthusiasm is poor. We were not warned on capacity on ferry and if we missed that we would have missed the transport back to Boston. All in all a very expensive tour with little value in return. Worth a rethink Viator. Having said that Martha's Island is a nice day out or even an overnight.....if accommodation is available.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for the review. The itinerary is made clear to all of our guests. You are even handed a printed ferry schedule with your ferry times highlighted so that there are no questions. There are a lot of operational reasons that we offer one return time. To the vast majority of our guests this is the perfect day planned out for them, not too short and not too long. You are certainly entitled to your opinion. If you wanted to stay longer you could have stayed as long as you wanted and just returned to Boston via another mode of transportation. Some of our guests do that. (very rare but does happen now and then) Your tour guide is the same tour guide that gets 5 star review after 5 star review with guests saying how amazing the tour was. You keep mentioning "we" when you were in fact a solo traveler on this trip. I am not sure who else you are referring to. We are very aware of the ferry operations and you were never in any danger of the ferry reaching capacity limits. About the cost, $160 for (2) 80 mile bus rides and your roundtrip ferry tickets and a 3 hour island tour is in fact very inexpensive. Have you priced out this trip via any other transportation services? An Uber or car service one way would cost you over $200. The going rate for a 3 hour island tour is $55-60. Perhaps you are tourist keen but judging by our consistent 4-5 star review status you are not of the majority. All of us here at New England Trips take great pride in the service that we provide and NO ONE within our operation is disinterested in what they do. I apologize if you did not enjoy your day as much as our guests usually do. Sincerely, Stephen M. Belcastro President New England Trips Inc.
star-5
Fun day
Marilyn_G
, May 2022
The guide, Tom, and his knowledge and enthusiasm for MV. We enjoyed learning about how MV preserves its land. It is a beautiful place and the weather cooperated
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for writing this wonderful 5 star review of our Martha's Vineyard day trip from Boston. I am glad that you enjoyed your day with us. I appreciate you sharing your experience. Kind Regards, Stephen M. Belcastro President New England Trips Inc.
star-5
Martha’s Vineyard day trip
Shannon_W
, May 2022
Tom was a great tour guide! So very knowledgeable and informative about the area. Martha’s Vineyard is beautiful and the day trip is definitely worth the time and money.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for this GREAT 5 star review of Boston's ORIGINAL Martha's Vineyard day trip. I am very happy to hear how much that you enjoyed Tom's Tour and your day on Martha's Vineyard. Your kind words are greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Stephen M. Belcastro President New England Trips Inc.
star-5
Jay the driver was so...
Lorna_P
, May 2022
Jay the driver was so attentive and funny. Jay at Martha’s was just so full of knowledge and first hand experience and you can tell he loves the place and his life! Great service, great island, great day!!!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for writing this GREAT 5 star review of our Martha's Vineyard day trip from Boston. Jay is certainly a marvelous host and a valuable member of the New England Trips Team. I am happy to hear how much that you enjoyed your day with us! Sincerely, Stephen M. Belcastro President New England Trips Inc.
star-5
Such a wonderful experience will be back for more
adriane_h
, May 2022
At Martha's Vineyard our bus driver Tom was the most informative fun tour guide I have ever met he lives on the island works on the island and knows the island. So enjoyable.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for taking the time to write this WONDERFUL 5 star review of Boston's ORIGINAL Martha's Vineyard day trip. I am happy to hear how much that you enjoyed Tom's tour. I appreciate you sharing your experience. Kind Regards, Stephen M. Belcastro President New England Trips Inc.
star-4
Vineyard trip
Diane_P
, May 2022
Lucia was so considerate and delightful and very knowledgeable., 4star due to weather which didn’t allow for full enjoyment and exploration. Otherwise NE tours is highly recommended.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for the 4 star review of our Martha's Vineyard day trip from Boston. I am sorry that we couldn't have given you a beautiful sunny day. We tried our best! Your HIGH RECOMMENDATION however, is greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Stephen M. Belcastro President New England Trips Inc.
star-5
Best Tour Guide Ever
Charlotte_F
, May 2022
Well organized and worth the money. Friendly staff and the tour guide was the best!!! He was very knowledgeable about the rich history of Martha’s Vineyard.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for this wonderful 5 star review of Boston's ORIGINAL Martha's Vineyard day trip. I am glad that you enjoyed your day with us. I certainly agree wholeheartedly with your opinion that Tom is the BEST! I really appreciate you sharing your experience. Sincerely, Stephen M. Belcastro President New England Trips Inc.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
We enjoyed our tour guide...
Jane_C
, May 2022
We enjoyed our tour guide around martha's Vinyard. He was informative, knowledgeable and enjoyable to listen to.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for this 4 star review of our Martha's Vineyard day trip from Boston. I am glad that you enjoyed your time with our guide. Kind Regards, Stephen M. Belcastro President New England Trips Inc.
star-4
Ok
Jean_H
, May 2022
Good value for the money spent. We did not do the extra island tour. Gave 4 stars because I feel the tour operator could've better prepared us with island maps as well as a local bus map. Instead we were dropped at the ferry and left to our own resources.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for this 4 star review of our Martha's Vineyard day trip. I apologize for our island guidebooks not being available. Due to covid not as many have been printed and we were left short until our next order arrives. I am happy that it seems like you enjoyed your day. Kind Regards, Stephen M. Belcastro President New England Trips Inc.
star-5
Little hiccup worked out fine
RUSSELL_F
, May 2022
Jenn did a great job getting us to our destination providing information along the way. Toilets to the right and ship to the left. Unfortunately for us there were two ships going to the island and most of us got on the wrong ship and ended up in Vineyard Haven inlue of Oak Bluffs. Called Steve on the number provided and he walked us through the steps to find Oak Bluffs. Our guide on the island, Tom, was very informative. Great day for a great trip. Thank you all!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for this GREAT 5 Star review of our Martha's Vineyard Day trip from Boston. Unfortunately, on the morning of your trip an earlier ferry had been delayed and was still on the dock when you were dropped off by your guide Jenn. As you stated some of our guests boarded the incorrect ferry and ended up in the wrong island town. Having been operating these trips for 12 years, I realize that things may not always go as planned but there is always a solution. I am glad that it worked out and that you all ended up having an enjoyable day. Thanks for your help in being the leader for the group. Much appreciated! Kind Regards, Stephen M. Belcastro President New England Trips Inc.

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