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A wonderful tour of the Mansions. Although I thought there was too much time for lunch and shopping I would recommend the tour.
The mansions are spectacular and so is the ocean drive. Can't believe how beautiful the scenery is. That being said the trip is a bit long and while the bus was comfortable and our driver was good, he talked a lot!! Also I was disappointed in Gray Line Tours pick up system. I was told that we would be picked up at the hotel and to be waiting in the lobby, we were but if my daughter had not gotten up to check outside we would not have known the bus was there as the driver just sat and waited outside, never came into the lobby to check for people. He proceeded to do the same thing at another hotel and when no one came outside he left. It also was not possible to get dropped off at the hotel where we were picked up so we had to take the T home. Can't do anything about people who don't listen once on the tour and don't get back on the bus on time so it causes everyone else to be late and then rushed. Not cool!! Oh well it still was a nice day and worth it to have someone else drive.
Well conducted trip and worth going just to see the holiday "cottages" of the rich and famous - sad to think people have to go to these lengths to impress their friends!
This was a good trip. The mansions were amazing. What an insight into how some people lived in those days! I liked the freedom to choose where we had lunch. The town of Newport certainly held enough to interest one during the free time. Be prepared to return late!
Our driver guide was absolutely brilliant - she was funny, and extremely interesting - I cant believe that she knew so much! However - the trip was too long - we were not back in the hotel until 8.15pm - it took away from the brilliant day because we were so tired.
The trip started later than was announced and the bus driver was sometimes unable to cope with the microphone and the bus at the same time (well, the driver should do the driving and somebody else should be the guide, in my opinion)
So we had the impression of some unprofessional activity with a lots of changing plans and delays.
However, the trip as such was great and can definitely be recommended!
The bus driver ruined this trip for us. He did not seem familiar with the tour. He spent most of his time visiting with a male passenger sitting up front. He even apologized for not knowing enough information and said that if we took the tour again he would be more educated on the subject. On the trip home, he drove far too fast and his personality became almost manic.