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Day two: Boston’s land and water highlights

C&IT heads to the US for the Boston & Chicago fam trip and Imex America with Fairmont, Virgin Atlantic and Allied PRA…

DAY TWO

We meet for a private breakfast at the hotel before embarking on a Duck Tour, with lively commentary on Boston history from the Jack-Blackesque Bogey. We take in land sights and venues including Mooo steakhouse, King’s Chapel and the Stock Exchange, heading through the historic North End district, Charlestown and Cambridge, before splashing onto the Charles River. The tour ends at the pub which originally inspired TV show Cheers – time for a group photo.
From here, we take a tour of a private home in Beacon Hill, an upmarket and historical area of Boston. Next stop is the Fairmont Battery Wharf, a four-year-old property set in a campus of buildings next to the North End.
Time for lunch and a site inspection before our North End tour. Our guide Michele takes us through the neighbourhood, where the large Italian population makes it a foodie haven, with around 100 eateries in less than one square mile. Highlights include trying delicious macaroons at Maria’s and “genuine” olive oil (who knew olive oil fraud was such a wide spread issue!).
Then back to the hotel for a fabulous spa treatment before we walk back into the North End for dinner at the Four-Diamond-rated Mamma Maria. After a lively meal, where we use our newfound Italian knowledge to order bitter amaro shots, we decide on early nights all round ahead of our 6am departure the next day.