- Day trip to Newport, Rhode Island, including mansions and a narrated tour, from Boston
- Take a self-guided tour of The Breakers mansion and capture photos at the Cliff Walk
- Wander the elaborate grounds of The Elms mansion and admire beautiful Renaissance art inside
- See major Newport sights including St Mary's Parish, Fort Adams and the Naval War College during a 1-hr narrated mini-coach tour
- Enjoy 1.5 hours of free time to explore Newport on your own
- Hotel pickup and drop-off, snack, guidebook and discount offer card included
- Small-group tour limited to 14 people to ensure more personalized attention from your guide
Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour
Guests at The Breakers will receive 10% off at the gift shop when they show their discount card!
What You Can Expect
The first stop is at the Breakers mansion, the grandest of Newport’s summer mansions and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family’s social and financial preeminence in turn-of-the-century America. Spend two hours here, part of which can be enjoyed with a self-guided audio tour. Don’t forget the photo-worthy ocean view behind the mansion.
Then take a 1-hour narrated city tour of some other Newport sites. See the St. Mary’s Church complex. This National Historic Shrine is where President John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Bouvier on September 12, 1953. There’s the Touro Synagogue, a National Historic Site that is the oldest synagogue building still standing in the United States. It’s also the oldest surviving Jewish synagogue building in North America. Also check out Fort Adams, a former U.S. Army post, and the U.S. Naval War College, the staff college and “Home of Thought” for the United States Navy. The guided city tour ends at the Discover Newport Visitor Center to plan some free time with the help of the aforementioned guidebook.
Finally, take a 2-hour tour of the Elms, a National Historic Landmark that was the summer home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Julius Berwind of Philadelphia and New York. He made his fortune in the coal industry and would call upon Philadelphia architect Horace Trumbauer to fashion a house after the mid-18th-century French Chateau d’Asnieres outside Paris. Construction was completed in 1901 at a cost of roughly $1.4 million.
After a long day of sightseeing, relax on the journey back to Boston.
Our trip to the Newport mansions was outstanding. Our guide, Chris, was a source of much interesting information and the mansions themselves were awe-inspiring. The colonial town of Newport, also part of this greatly varied experience, was also fascinating. We particularly appreciated Chris's flexibility which enabled everyone on the tour to fill their free time as they wished, and allowed us in particular to tour a third mansion. A top-quality experience
This trip was well timed and well executed. Our driver and guide Chris was excellent both on the road and with his local and historical knowledge. There was a full itinerary with two mansions, a drive around Newport, time for lunch and/or shopping and the opportunity for a short cliff walk. I would highly recommend with the proviso that travelling in April probably means there is significantly less traffic on the roads, and fewer visitors in and around the mansions and Newport.
interesting to see some of these old mansions and the Newport area.
Loved this tour and our tour guide was wonderful. He was so knowedgeable about the whole area and history which made it very interesting. Loved the mansions and imagining days gone by. Well worth it.
Excellent tour! Our guide was great and the mansions so beautiful. In the afternoon we got a choice of free time or a side trip so really nice to have a choice. l would definitely recommend this company again.
We had a wonderful day!
Our guide Chris was a great host, sharing lots of stories and interesting history throughout the tour.
We had a great trip with our driver who made it all run smoothly
He arranged for an additional visit for us and was very informative about Newport and its history
We also had water suppled on a very hot day.
Wonderful tour of the way it was in the gilded age. The Breakers is a spectacular home to tour. I recommend this tour for those who want to see the beauty of Newport and a lifestyle not common.
Excellent tour.It was fun to see how the rich American lived and how they tried to copy the old European style chataux. It is recommended if you are interested in American culture.