A fall escape to the Museum of Fine Arts – one of the world’s greatest Ancient Egypt collections, plus Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum & Boston’s Freedom Trail
Friday May 4 to Sunday May 6, 2018 $625USD Per person based on twin
Includes 2 nights accommodation, entrance fees & 3 museum/cultural tours!
Friday May 4
Arrive and transfer on your own to your hotel – the Doubletree Club by Hilton Boston Bayside. At 5pm, the group will assemble in the lobby where Laura will give a welcome to Boston talk – with some ‘museum’ background. Two options are suggested for people Friday evening: Visit either the Museum of Science or the lovely Institute of Contemporary Art– with spectacular views jutting over the Boston Harbor — both are open til 9pm on Fridays. The hotel has a free airport shuttle and is 2 blocks from public transit.
Overnight Doubletree Club by Hilton Boston Bayside
Saturday May 5
After breakfast (own expense) we will assemble in the lobby at 9:00am to transfer by public transit or taxi/uber (price not included) to the wonderful Museum of Fine Arts. The Museum’s Egyptian collection is one of the most important in the world, excelling in both depth and breadth. Much of the collection derives from excavations conducted by Dr. George A. Reisner, from 1905-1942, on behalf of the Museum and Harvard University. At 10 am, we will be treated to a private tour of the Egyptian collection by Dr. Denise Doxey, curator of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian and Near Eastern art. One of the world’s premiere encyclopedic collections of antiquities, The MFA features more than 85,000 works of art from Egypt, Nubia, the Near East, Greece, Italy, Cyprus, and Anatolia. These works range in date from about 6500 BC to AD 600 and include diverse media—sculpture, jewelry, coffins, mummies, coins, weapons, architecture, vases, carved gems, musical instruments, and mosaics. Special strengths of the collection are Old Kingdom Egyptian art, Nubian art of all periods, Greek vases, coins and gems, and Roman funerary art and imperial portraiture. After the tour we will break for lunch (optional) and have the rest of the afternoon to continue exploring this vast museum. In the evening, we will also have optional group dinner plans.
Overnight Doubletree Club by Hilton Boston Bayside
Our special guest and tour guide Dr. Denise Doxey, is Curator, Ancient Egyptian, Nubian & Near Eastern Art at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston. She received her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was the Keeper of Collections in the Egyptian Section of the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology. Dr. Doxey also served as Adjunct Assistant Professor & Lecturer in Egyptology at U. Penn until her move to the MFA in 1999. She has excavated at Abydos and Saqqara in Egypt as well as in Greece.
Sunday May 6
After breakfast (your own expense), we will check out of our hotel, storing our bags at the front desk and assemble at 9:30 and grab a taxi or uber (cost not included) to reach the starting point for our first adventure: a rich and invigorating 90-120 minute walking tour of Boston’s historic Freedom Trail. The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile, red-lined route that leads you to 16 historically significant sites — each one an authentic treasure. We’ll explore museums and meeting houses, churches, and burial grounds. We’ll learn about the brave people who founded and shaped America. And discover the rich history of the American Revolution, as it began in Boston. After the tour, we will take a lunch break (own expense) at the colourful and historic Quincy market – with an abundance of shops stalls, food stands and restaurants offering New England favourites, from crab rolls to Boston ‘chowda’. Or check out the 200-year Old Durgin Park restaurant with its long communal dining tables serving hearty Boston fare – like (tour leader favourite): bowls of steamed clams.
After lunch, we will proceed by taxi or uber (cost not included) to the breathtaking Isabella Stewart Gardner museum, sometimes described as an “inside-out” Venetian palazza. We’ll view works of art by Rembrandt, Dante, Degas, Raphael and Michelangelo as well as the many others that are on display from the personal collection of Ms. Gardner. Once her home, it is more like a mansion than a museum. The art inside reflects Ms. Gardner’s personal passion for Italian and Dutch artwork, and set-up as galleries that surround a central courtyard. It will be a gorgeous place to pass a Sunday afternoon and conclude our tour of Boston. After this tour, we will return to the hotel (cost not included) to pick up our bags (in storage) and transfer to our flights home. The hotel has a shuttle bus to the airport.
Tour cost $625USD per person based on twin share.
Non refundable Deposit of $100USD due at time of booking. Final payment 1 month prior.
Tour price includes:
2 nights Accommodation at the Doubletree Club by Hilton Boston Bayside
Intro lecture on MFA Egypt collection and Boston overview by Laura (15 trips to Boston)
Three cultural tours with admission;
Museum of Fine Arts – world- leading archaeological museum & Egypt collection
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum – a stunning 15th-century Venetian-style palace with three stories of galleries surrounding a sun and flower-filled courtyard
Freedom Trail Walking Tour – Discover the rich 400-year history of Boston in a fascinating 90-120 minute walking tour (including building entrances)
Private tour of the Museum of Fine Arts Egyptian Collection with renowned curator Dr. Denise Doxey
Airfare or transportation to Boston, or transportation once in Boston
No meals included
Insurance and any items of a personal nature or extra sightseeing.
Single supplement $250USD
Cancellation details –
31days or more $100 non refundable,
30days – 8 days $200 nonrefundable
7days or less 100% non refundable