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South End Food Tasting and Walking Tour

Boston, MA

Item #: FDK-BOS-0045
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Taste your way through Boston's historic South End neighborhood on this delicious and informative walking food tour.

  • Tour has been featured on WCVB Channel 5’s Chronicle and is a top ranking tour on TripAdvisor and Yelp
  • Your fun, knowledgeable tour guide will provide historical, architectural and cultural information about the South End neighborhood throughout the tour
  • Visit 6 local eateries and enjoy both sweet and savory food tastings from these beloved neighborhood spots! 
South End - Boston, MA
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March - December:
Wednesdays through Saturdays: 1:45 PM

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    Essential Information
    • Gratuity for your guide is not included, but greatly appreciated if you enjoy the tour
    • Participants will be required to walk approximately 1.5 miles at a leisurely pace over the course of the tour
    • This tour is not recommended for children under 12 years of age
    • It is recommended to bring a bottle of water 
    • Substitutions can be provided with advance notice for vegetarians, nut allergies, shellfish allergies, and those who do not drink alcohol (please notify Virgin Experience Gifts at the time of booking)
    Approximately 3 hours
    Experience Provider Info
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    Maximum Participants
    You will be accompanied by other tour participants, with a maximum of 16 per tour. For groups larger than 4 please contact Virgin Experience Gifts directly for pricing.
    This experience is only for those on the tour.
    Weather Dependent
    The tour will run rain or shine. As New England weather can be unpredictable, please check the weather forecast and temperature on the day of your tour and choose your attire accordingly. In cases of inclement weather, rain gear, including a rain jacket and/or an umbrella are good items to bring along. Always contact the experience provider directly with any weather related questions.
    What To Wear
    Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes appropriate for the weather conditions.

    We are currently limiting our tours to 6 guests in total in the interest of social distancing. Face masks are a mandatory requirement for participation for both guests and guides. Tours will be largely conducted outdoors and, when seated, guests will only be seated at a table with their own party. Tables are at the required distance of 6 feet apart per the current requirements for restaurants and / or separated by a partition. All tastings are individual portions / servings, and will either be served on an individual plate, in a bag, or with a toothpick in the case of 1 appetizer tasting on the South End tour. Our team will be sanitizing our hands every 30 minutes at a minimum, and guests will be reminded to do the same throughout the experience. Tour guests will also be reminded to bring their own sanitizer, face masks and water in communications sent prior to the event date. These Covid-19 safety measures are subject to change.

    What should I bring with me on the day of the experience?

    It is recommended to bring a bottle of water, rain gear (a rain jacket and/or an umbrella are a good idea in cases of inclement weather), and your camera (the South End has beautiful parks, scenery and architecture that make for great photo opps).  

    Can children participate in the tour?

    Children may participate in the tour, however, parents should assess whether a 3-hour walking food tour is appropriate for their own children. As a general guideline, this tour is not recommended for children under 12 years of age.

    How much food is served on the tour?

    The tour includes 6 food tastings, which is enough for most participants to replace a meal.

    Are beverages included?
    Water will be provided at a couple of the tasting locations, but there are no beverage-specific tastings on the tour. There will be an opportunity to purchase a non-alcoholic beverage midway through, but guests can also feel free to bring their own bottle of water if they would like something to drink throughout the tour.
    What if it rains?
    Tours are held rain or shine. It is recommended to dress appropriately for expected weather.
    What if I have a dietary restriction or food allergy?

    Please be sure to let Virgin Experience Gifts know if anyone in your party has a dietary restriction or food allergy at the time of booking. Substitutions can be provided with advance notice for vegetarians, nut allergies, shellfish allergies, and those who do not drink alcohol. 

    Is the tour wheelchair and baby stroller accessible?

    Strollers are not allowed on this tour. The experience provider can accommodate guests in wheelchairs with advance notice. 

    Where does the tour begin and end?

    The exact meeting location will be provided at time of booking. The end of the tour is approximately a 5-10 minute walk from the starting location.

    Is parking available near the starting location of the tour?
    Parking is available, but limited in the South End. It is recommended to either use the MBTA or take a cab, but nearby parking options will be provided with the meeting location details once your date has been booked.
    Are restrooms available during the tour?
    Restrooms will be available at the beginning and end of the tour at the corresponding tasting locations.
    How much walking is involved? What is the walking pace like?
    The tour lasts approximately 3 hours and while you will be standing most of the time, there is seating at some of the tasting locations. The tour is conducted at a moderate pace, covering less than 2 miles and stopping frequently at tasting locations and neighborhood sites.
    Do we just walk around and sample food?
    No! You will learn about the rich history and cultural development of Boston's South End as well as learn about some of it's famous sites and residents. The tour is fully narrated by your guide who will discuss history, culture and architecture.
    Are cameras allowed on the tour?
    Yes, cameras are permitted and taking photos is highly encouraged.
    I live in or around Boston - is this tour for me?
    Absolutely! While you may be familiar with the route and some of the stops, you will have the opportunity to try new food items at the tasting locations and learn about the establishments. Additionally, your guide will be sharing fun facts about the neighborhood's history, architecture, and culture that you may find fascinating. Being a local, you have the unique opportunity to re-visit the eateries you'll stop at on the tour, as well other recommendations, at your leisure!
    Can I make purchases during the tour?
    The tour has been coordinated in advance to ensure an on-time tour and fresh food tastings; it is critical to stay on schedule during the tour. We ask that you refrain from shopping during the tour, but will provide all the information necessary for you to return to your favorite spots once the tour is over.
    Does the tour guide accept gratuities? Are they included in the ticket price?
    Gratuity is not included in the ticket price, but is graciously accepted and appreciated by the tour guides.

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    Once you have scheduled a date and have received a booking confirmation, all bookings are final and no rescheduling or cancellations will be allowed.

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