Private Group Tours
Student-Led Campus Tours of Harvard University
- 1 Hr 30 Min
- Meet Up At Location
- Interpretation Services Available
- 7 Days a Week
Group tours of Harvard are hosted by charismatic Harvard students. Dynamic and knowledgeable staff entertain and inspire with stories about Harvard history and personal experience at the University they call home.
- Harvard student guides greet your group on campus
- Multiple guides available for large groups
- Dedicated operations manager ensures that your event run smoothly
- Guide Tip
- Transportation to and from starting location
- Add a Harvard Square Lunch Voucher for flexible dining!
What To Expect
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
- Old Yard
- Massachusetts Hall
- John Harvard Statue
- Science Center
- Memorial Hall
- New Yard
- Memorial Church
- Widener Library
- New College Theater
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 by completing our simple order form. 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. For half-day, full-day or multi-day programs, payment is due 7 days prior to your event. If you need to cancel, we will credit your payment towards any future tour.
- Please Describe Your Tour
The Hahvahd Tour is the most popular walking tour of Harvard University. Guided by current Harvard undergrads, it is a 70-minute historic tour of Harvard Yard and the surrounding neighborhood of Harvard Square. Entertaining and educational, the Hahvahd Tour is in its 11th year of operation. The Hahvahd Tour has been educating and entertaining guests since 2006. The Tour receives consistent praise from guests and major media outlets. Trip Advisor rates the tour as the number one attraction in Cambridge.
- Where does the tour start?
Our tour starts directly outside the main Harvard Red Line Subway Station. The closest street address is 1376 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge MA 02138. Our managers and signs are easy to spot next to the Cambridge Information Kiosk and the historic Out of Town News Kiosk.
- How much does the tour cost?
Tickets booked online cost $14 per adult, $11.50 per senior or student, $11.50 per child (12 or under). If you do not reserve tickets ahead of time, tickets cost $14 per person on site.
- How do I make a reservation?
To book and print tickets online, please visit our Booking Page. From there, you can select your tour date, the amount of guests in your party, pay by credit card, and print out your tickets right at home.
- Do I have to reserve in advance?
You do not have to reserve in advance. But when you reserve online you save time on the day of the tour and you receive advance tour instructions, and gain peace of mind in your planning.
- What is included on the tour?
Our walking tour of Harvard is a 70 minute adventure led by a Harvard Student. The tour is partly-scripted to be a theatrical, entertaining performance! Tour themes include Harvard History, Insider Information & Famous Harvardians. The tour covers major Harvard landmarks including Johnston Gate, John Harvard Statue, Memorial Hall, Widener Library, Memorial Church, Harvard Lampoon, and the historic Winthrop Park.
- What is your relationship with Harvard?
Founded in 2006 by Harvard Alumni, we are a private company that employs over 100 Harvard students. We are an official partner of Harvard Student Agencies, The Harvard COOP, The Harvard Museum of Natural History and The Harvard Art Museums. We provide tours for nearly every Harvard graduate school. Our founder is a Board Member with the Harvard Square Business Association. We are proud to serve Harvard.
- Who leads our tours?
Our tour guides are current Harvard Students! When you join our tour, you’re getting the inside scoop from someone who knows the ins and outs of Harvard University. As current students, our guides are a resource to guests who want to learn more about the Harvard experience.
- How far will I walk on the tour?
The tour route is less than one mile. We walk at a leisurely pace through campus.
- Is the tour handicap accessible?
Yes, the terrain of the tour route is handicap accessible at nearly every stop. If someone in your party has a disability, please contact us before the tour and we will do our best to serve you. We cannot provide wheelchairs on site.
- Are there places to sit on the tour?
Yes, at the halfway point, the group will be given an opportunity to sit outside the doors of the famous Widener Library.
- Are tours ever canceled due to inclement weather?
We operate rain or shine year-round. During severe thunderstorms with lightning our public walking tours do close for the safety and comfort of our guests. Don’t worry - storms never last long in New England!
- Is this a good tour for prospective students to take?
Yes, in fact, National Public Radio has called the Hahvahd Tour “the real deal” for prospective students. However, it is important to note that we are not the Harvard Admissions tour. We encourage all prospective students to visit the admissions office at some point on their visit to Harvard. While our tour is geared toward guests of all ages from across the globe, prospective students can gain a lot of insight about the University and Harvard culture. Your guide is a current student and is happy to answer your questions!
- Is this tour suitable for children?
Yes! Our tour is scripted to entertain both adults and children. AAA Magazine called us “great for families!” We strive to serve guests of all ages, and families really enjoy our friendly, interactive tour guides!
- Does the tour go inside any buildings?
The Hahvahd Tour does not tour the interior of the buildings. We show our guests all the key highlights of the Harvard campus, leaving time to absorb the rich history and lore given at each stop.
- When are tours running?
Tours are offered 7 days a week, Year-Round. Typically tours run between 10am - 4pm, from March - November, and on a limited schedule from December - February. Please view our current schedule.
- Is there parking?
There is limited street parking in the area, but there are several parking garages close to our tour. Here is a link to what is available for parking garages. We suggest taking public transportation if and when possible.
- Have your tours been reviewed?
Our tours have been praised by NPR, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Forbes Magazine, AAA and the History Channel. We have a Yelp page, and we are considered the #1 Tour in Cambridge according to Trip Advisor.
- Do you offer private tours?
Our parent company, Trademark Tours, deals exclusively with private group events at Harvard University, the MIT Campus, and the City of Boston. If you would like more information regarding private tours and events, please visit www.trademarktours.com
for the first 1-20 guests
For groups of more than 20 guests:
- $12 Per Student
- $14 Per Adult
- Minimum of $250
Tour Operators booking multiple tours can request special rates.