Companion Program

C’mon Board! It’s A Road Trip

Following the success of recent “Road Trips,” join us as we explore a variety of different areas in and around Boston during this series of APS Companion Program “Road Trips.” Think of these as "mystery bus tours," but going in with eyes wide open.

Each day an executive mini-coach and guide will arrive at The Westin Boston Waterfront to escort the group to a different local destination. Upon arrival at each destination, you will be responsible for purchasing your own entry tickets, if applicable, and will have time to explore on your own (fees are noted below). You may return with the group to the hotel at an appointed time or stay in town and return at your leisure by taxi, Uber, MBTA’s “T” system or a leisurely stroll.

Register for one day, two days or all five. Fees are noted for each event, including whether or not you’ll register on the symposium website (such as the Day Trip to Salem on Tuesday, July 10) or through the particular day’s destination website (such as the Boston Foodie Tour on Wednesday, July 11).

Walking Tour Along the Freedom Trail - Sunday, July 8

No, not a Road Trip, but a Walking Tour Along the Freedom Trail, with Historic Figures Narrating! Walk through 16 of America’s most historic sites along Boston’s world-famous Freedom Trail (you’ll see The Bunker Hill Monument to the right). The Freedom Trail Foundation guided tours led by Freedom Trail Players – the Foundation’s troupe of 18th Century costumed actor-historian guides – are the perfect way for visitors to enjoy learning more American history. It’s the only place in the United States your guests will experience this exciting and complete story. (NOTE: This is a private tour for APS attendees and guests only.)

NOTE: Transportation will not be provided for this tour. Please arrange to meet at the Boston Common Visitor Information Center, 139 Tremont Street at 10:00am.

Walking – 1.4 miles straight down Summer Street. This takes you directly to into the Boston Commons (approximately 25-30 minutes)

Public Transit - #7 Bus Inbound on Summer Street – depart the bus at Otis and Summer Streets and walk to Boston Commons (20 minutes without delays)

MBTA – the “T” system – Silver Line to South Station/Red Line – transfer to Alewife from South Station to Park Street and exit onto Boston Common (15 minutes without delays).

Cab – from the hotel, approximately 13 minutes

For more information, please visit

Tour Length90 minutes
Approximate ReturnAt your leisure based on the length of the tour and your activities in town.

Old Town Trolley Tour - Monday, July 9

Your dedicated vehicle to start the day! Jump on board for the beginning of the tour with your friends, family and colleagues for the start of the two-hour tour loop. You are purchasing an on/off ticket, which gives you the opportunity to disembark at points of interest, or continue on to the destination of your choice. This ticket lasts throughout the day; however, this tour starts with the APS group only! Enjoy the beginning of the tour together! For more information about the sites, please visit the Old Town Trolley Tour website at

DateMonday, July 9
Departure Time10:00am (please be at the front of the hotel at 9:45am)
Tour LengthTwo hours, if you do not disembark at any point. You are free to “hop off” and “hop back on” later based on the sites you wish to visit.
Approximate Return3:30pm

Day Trip to Salem, Massachusetts and the Peabody-Essex Museum - Tuesday, July 10

Located a mere 16 miles north of Boston, you’ll join us for a journey through New England’s grand and storied past at this stunning museum in historic Salem, Massachusetts. Explore the regions connections to the art and culture of China, Japan, India and beyond. Included in this private tour will be a visit to the Yin Yu Tang, a 200 year-old Chinese house, as well as highlights of the Peabody-Essex Museum itself.

Other sites of note in Salem, which you can visit at your leisure, include The Witch Museum; The Nathaniel Hawthorne House – The House of Seven Gables; The Philips House.

Lunch recommendations can be found on this website -

DateTuesday, July 10
Departure Time8:30am
Tour Length90 minutes (this combines the Museum itself and The Chinese House – following the tour, you are at your leisure to tour Salem and have lunch)
Fee$38.00 – includes museum ticket and private tour ($23.00) and transportation ($15.00)
Approximate Return3:30pm

Boston Foodie Tours - Wednesday, July 11

Register directly through Boston Foodie Tours for the Boston Public Market & North End (Little Italy) Tour (featuring Lobster Roll and Iconic Chowder)…and bring a friend! Meet at the Boston Bostonian Hotel (26 North Street, Boston) at 9:45am for this three-hour event.

As discussed with Boston Foodie Tours, their “focus is three-fold: recognized, award-winning best eats, culinary education and the city’s rich history. Their tour partners include many Best of Boston winners, some James Beard Award winners, food institutions and the like. BFT has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor for 2013 – 2017, and maintains a 5-star guest rating on Yelp!

The more APS companions who book this tour, the more “private” the event becomes. Bring your appetite and register on the Boston Foodie Tour site today!

Please note, too, that...

The Wednesday excursion will not interfere with attendance at the Awards Presentation and Celebratory Dinner (scheduled this year for Wednesday, July 11, beginning at 6:30pm), if you are planning to purchase tickets for that event.

DateWednesday, July 11
Departure Time9:45am (this is the meeting time at the Bostonian Boston Hotel)
Tour LengthThree hours
Fee$68.00 - purchase your tickets at the link below for Wednesday, July 11
Approximate Return3:30pm (this will depend on your desire to return to the hotel immediately following the tour – please remember you are on own for transportation to the departure point of the tour)

Shear Madness – Boston’s hottest theater event! - Wednesday, July 11 and Thursday, July 12

Get Tickets Now to See Shear Madness – Boston’s hottest theater event!

Two blocks of reduced price tickets are available for Wednesday and Thursday evenings, July 11 and 12, for Shear Madness, the longest running non-musical play in U.S. theater history. Originally written by German playwright, Paul Pörtner in 1963 and titled “Scherenschnitt,” this serious murder mystery became a hilarious whodunit set in a unisex hairstyling salon, where the audience gets to solve the crime. The play is filled with up-to-the-minute spontaneous humor and is different every time you see it.

For more information about this great show, please visit

Please note that you are on own for transportation to this event. The theater is approximately 2.4 miles from the hotel (16 minutes via taxi or Uber).

DateWednesday, July 11 and Thursday, July 12
Time19:30 arrival time; show begins at 20:00
Location74 Warrenton Street, Boston – Charles Playhouse Stage II
Fee$36.00 per ticket

An Afternoon in Cambridge and Visits to the Harvard Art Museums - Thursday, July 12

Browse the collections of the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger and Arthur M. Sackler Museums, which collectively include more than 250,000 objects. You are at your leisure to plan your visits through these three museums, as well as taking time to stroll Harvard University’s historic campus.

For more information, please visit:

DateThursday, July 12
Departure Time9:30am
Tour LengthBegins at 10:00am – you will tour at your leisure.
Fee$14.00 for Adults; $13.00 for Seniors; $10.00 for Non-Harvard students (18+); No fee for children under 18. Tickets will be paid for at the museum. Please register here for transportation - $15.00 per person.
Approximate Return2:00pm

An Art and Architecture Tour at the Boston Public Library and Tea at The Courtyard Restaurant - Friday, July 13

Join a privately scheduled tour of the spectacular Boston Public Library, America’s first public library serving the city of Boston, with 27 branches and a collection of over 33,000,000 items. The Art and Architecture Tour starts by taking you through the McKim Building, one of the city’s iconic landmarks, showcasing the architecture of Charles Follen McKim and housing works by famed sculptors and painters. The works of notable American and European designers and artists such as Rafael Guastavino, Frederick MacMonnies, Daniel Chester French and Louis Saint-Gaudens are featured within the library’s entrance hall, courtyard, vestibule and main staircase. Please visit this site for a preview of what you’ll visit during the tour –

Following the tour, you and your friends will meet in The Courtyard Restaurant, a venue steeped in history, where you’ll enjoy an exciting new tea menu featuring items such as the Savory Roasted Portobello Mushroom & Herbed Goat Cheese Crostini and Lemony Shrimp Salad on Brioche, as well as delectable sweet treats – Earl Grey Shortbread Macarons or Fruited Spice Cake and more. Select from Black, Green, Oolong, White and Herbal Teas. Live music is featured on Fridays during the summer months. This will be an afternoon to remember!

DateFriday, July 13
Departure Time9:30am
Tour Length90 minutes, plus the time for afternoon tea (10:00am tour, 11:30am tea)
Fee$65.00; for children under 12 - (includes roundtrip coach transportation, private tour guide, afternoon tea, taxes and gratuities) - purchase through the symposium registration site here
Approximate Return2:00pm