Private Group Tours
Group Tours of Harvard Square and Harvard
- Please wear a mask
- 90 Min
- 7 Days a Week
- Meet Up At Location
- Tour in English; Interpretation Services Available
- Listening Devices available
Private Group Tours of Harvard Square and Harvard University are open for business! We have taken dramatic steps to ensure the safety of our guests including adding remote listening devices, limiting group size to 10 people and re-routing our tour. Our dynamic and knowledgeable staff entertain and inspire with stories about Harvard history and personal experience at the University they call home.
- Guide greets your group at the tour start
- Audio listening device (returned at end of the tour) to promote social distancing. Headphones not included (but may be pre-purchased)
- Mask (or bring your own!)
- Hand sanitizer
- Complimentary temperature check
- Dedicated operations manager ensures that your event run smoothly
- Guide Tip
- Headphones (but may be pre-purchased)
- Transportation to and from starting location
What To Expect
Your tour guide will greet you at the starting location with individual audio devices. Please bring your own earphones, we can also provide them for you at a small charge.
Your private tour of Harvard will include three main themes:
- Harvard History: We dive deep into the rich tapestry of Harvard History.
- Harvard Culture: Our guides will teach you about what makes Harvard unique.
- Famous Harvardians: We’ll show you where Harvard’s famous alumni got their start.
Private Tour routes can be customized for your groups needs. Our standard tour stops include:
- Harvard Square
- Johnston Gate
- Cambridge Common
- Science Center
- Memorial Hall
- The Harvard Crimson
- The Harvard Lampoon
- River Dorm Bell Towers
- Harvard Business School
- Weeks Footbridge
- Weld Boathouse
How To Get There
Our typical starting location is 68 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge MA 02138
(The tour bus drop-off in Harvard Square)
We can customize this starting location to fit your needs.
How to Book/Cancellation Policy
Select Book Now to submit your booking request. We will respond same-day if submitted during business hours. Please allow 48 hours if submitted on the weekend.
For our standard tour, payment is due at least 24 hours prior to your tour. If you need to cancel, we will credit your payment towards any future tour.
How are you protecting guests from coronavirus?
We are abiding by all Massachusetts regulations including limiting group size to 10 guests, requiring the wearing of masks by our guests and guides, promoting social distancing through use of mobile audio transmitters, performing regular temperature checks of our staff and guests, and disinfecting our workspace regularly.
How do I book a tour or event?
For private tours the best way to book a tour is to click “Book Now” and fill out the order form. You will receive a response within 24 hours. (Please allow until Monday for requests sent on the weekend). A Trademark representative will personally attend to your questions and requests, and we will work with you to set up the perfect tour or package for your group.
For our public tours, click "Buy Tickets" to select your ticket and tour time. Complete the checkout process then bring your printed or digital ticket to the tour start.
Our team is also available to answer questions or book your tour by phone (855.455.8747) or email ([email protected]) Monday - Friday from 9AM-5PM EST.
Do I have to pay immediately in order to book?
Our ordering process for private group tours does not require immediate payment. After you submit a booking request you will receive a service confirmation and an invoice. Invoices can be paid by check or credit card in advance of the tour. If you are booking a custom package, camp, workshop or conference, deposits may be required. However, you can still make these initial bookings without immediate payment. Payment can be made up to 7 days in advance of a Private Tour.
How far in advance do you accept reservations?
We accept reservations up to one year in advance. We usually accommodate reservations with as little as 24-hours notice.
How long is a standard tour?
Our Tours last 90 minutes, and span about a mile and a half of walking.
For Private Tours The duration is flexible; we can make our tour longer or shorter depending on your schedule. We can also package tours, dining and attractions for longer visits.
Who typically takes your tours?
We serve all ages and group types. We are especially popular among students, families, corporate groups, and international groups. Special tour content can be customized for groups upon request.
Are your tours offered in multiple languages?
For private tours we offer tours and interpretive services in a number of languages including Mandarin, Japanese, Spanish & French. These tours must be reserved at least 1 week in advance and are subject to availability.
For public tours we offer full-text translations in Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Mandarin, which includes photographs of each stop, allowing foreign language speaking guests to read along with the tour guide in their native language. Translations are provided free of charge, upon request, to guests who have purchased tickets for The Hahvahd Tour.
Have your tours been reviewed?
In 2013 we were named a Small Business of the Year by the United States Small Business Administration. Our products have received praise in numerous national media outlets including The New York Times, National Public Radio, Forbes.com, NBC Radio, and the Boston Globe. We are a favorite on Tripadvisor (Harvard & MIT) and on Yelp (Harvard & MIT).
How do tour packages work?
We bundle our tours with a variety of popular activities including attractions, dining, transportation and lodging. These packages are customized based on the needs of our clients. Our goal is to save you time, money and energy so that your group can relax and have fun in your travels!
Do you offer transportation?
Yes, we can accommodate groups of any size transportation including coach buses, trolleys, turtle-tops vans, private cars, limousine rentals and even school buses!
Do you offer lodging?
Yes, we work with local hotels, inns and student dorms to provide convenient options for our groups. Group discounts are available.