Private History in the Making

From $120.00/person to $245.00/person (Select "Individuals" below) Price varies based on number of individuals in your group
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Summary
Shore Excursion Size ? Private
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Active, Scenic, Walking
Shore Excursion Duration 2 Hours
Activity Level ? Easy
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? An approximately 15 minute taxi (not included, approximately $20 USD each way) is required to reach your departure location.
Food/Beverage Provided Snack, Beverage
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and sensible flat-soled walking shoes.
Restrictions The minimum age to participate is 6 years old. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

Private History in the Making

Go off the beaten path with this private tour of Baltimore's vibrant Mount Vernon neighborhood. Where you will soon learn about Baltimore's place in early American history. See filming locations for several popular television shows, marvel at the beauty of America's first Roman Catholic Church and grab a snack from a vendor at one of the city's most bustling markets. Your small group is purposely kept to no more than 12 guests at a time to ensure a very personal experience, all at your own pace!

Your enlightening private tour of the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore begins at the city's Washington Monument: the first monument erected to honor George Washington and it just so happens to be the predecessor to the famous monument that stands on the National Mall in Washington DC. Along with your local, knowledgeable and friendly guide you will through the history of the neighborhood, the diverse and changing architecture and the modern-day interests that stem from the area.

From here, make your way down Charles Street, one of the main thoroughfares in Baltimore, towards the birthplace of an enduring and familiar staple of the paranormal world (and many a school sleepover!). Along the way, your guide will point out several buildings of interest, such as filming locations for some of TV's most popular shows. Fun fact, did you know? Many shows that are supposed to be set in Washington DC are filmed in Baltimore because of the similarities in their neighborhoods' architecture.

Soon you will arrive at the Baltimore Basilica, or to use its full name: Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This stately neoclassical building was the very first Roman Catholic Church built in the United States. Conditions permitting, your guide will take you inside the columned entrance to marvel at the domed ceilings, marble and granite construction, prayer chapels and works of art.

Your next destination is inside the Mount Vernon Marketplace, part of the regrowth of the neighborhood. Inside this former warehouse is one of the city's most popular new stops for artisanal food and drinks of all kinds. Your guide will show you to his or her favorite spot and order up a bite for the group to enjoy.

Need one final history and architecture fix? Make your way back out to see a few more sights before making the final stop for a coffee or tea at a nearby coffeehouse with an international flare. Your guide will happily suggest their favorite cookie to go along with your beverage of choice. Before you say goodbye, make sure to ask your guide for lunch recommendations in the neighborhood.