What is a food tour?
A food tour is a tour of food-related businesses with one or more tasting samples at each stop. Most of our tours amount to an entire meal, which often means that you won’t require lunch or dinner elsewhere. We suggest that you read the tour description closely so that you can prepare accordingly.
Are these walking tours?
Yes, our current tours are all walking tours. Guests should be physically capable of walking tour distances, which are generally 1-2 miles.
Are the tours handicap accessible?
Unfortunately, buildings in Boston’s more historic neighborhoods often require climbing a few stairs for entry. That being said, our Market District Tour is handicap accessible throughout.
How long is a food tour?
Times vary depending upon the tour. Tours range from 5-7 stops at a somewhat leisurely pace so that guests can fully enjoy the experience. Tours generally run from a minimum of three hours, to a “two-tours-in-one” 5 hours, for those who wish to cover more ground in one day.
Do the tours start and end at the same place?
Not necessarily, but close by, whether a few blocks away from the starting point, or simply at the opposite end of the street. At the conclusion of the tour, our tour guides will direct guests to their next stops as appropriate, including to public transportation, which is easily accessible.
Is there parking near tour meeting/ending places?
While we strongly encourage guests to take public transportation, there are parking garages/lots available within close proximity to tour meeting and ending places. Our tour confirmation will note parking options, including discounts offered by our partner hotels.
Are there restrooms available on tours?
Guests will have access to hotel and restaurant restrooms on each tour.
Can I shop on the tour?
Yes! While you may have limited time to do so depending upon group size and itinerary, our tour partners welcome your business, and may even offer you a discount!
Should I eat before the food tour?
We suggest that you have a light meal only. Our intention is to provide you with an adequate amount of tasting samples, and, most often, a course or two. Should you start to feel full, we suggest that you take some samples home, and enjoy them at a later time.
Are there options for those with restricted diets?
While we do confirm dietary restrictions at time of ticket purchase, and can be largely accommodating, on limited occasions we may not have a swap. If any questions, we suggest that you contact us with questions beforehand to determine which tour is the best fit for you and/or your guests.
Are the tours always the same?
Largely, yes, though, we may change tour stops depending upon partners’ schedule changes, openings, and closings. We also may vary tastings and takeaways, if any.
Are the tours ever cancelled?
Tours run rain or shine with the exception of anticipated or current extreme weather conditions, or if we fail to meet our minimum enrollment requirement of four guests. On the rare occasion that a tour is cancelled, guests are provided with the option of transferring their tickets to another preferred date, or of receiving a full refund.
Do you offer private tours?
Yes! We offer standard and customized tours for private groups. We also offer VIP tours with hotel pick up.
Does the tour guide accept gratuities?
If you feel that your tour guide has done a good job, he/she would welcome gratuities. Industry standard is 15%-20% of ticket cost.
How can I learn about future tours?
We encourage guests to sign up for our newsletter at www.bostonfoodietours.com.