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Escape the hustle of the city and get away to the tranquility of Newport, Rhode Island, on a guided, small-group day tour from Boston. This quaint coastal town, known as America’s First Resort, is the perfect getaway and just 70 miles south of Beantown. Explore the Breakers mansion, the most grandiose of Newport’s summer mansions. Visit attractions like the Ocean Drive Historic District, the St Mary’s Church complex and the U.S. Naval War College, among others. Hotel pickup and drop-off plus a snack, guidebook and discount offer card are included.

Highlights

  • 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

Newport Mansions Small-Group Day Trip from Boston

Tennis Hall of Fame Lawn
© Discover Newport

After downtown Boston hotel pickup, begin the 1.5-hour drive to Newport, Rhode Island. Enjoy a snack and listen to the guide provide a bit of history about Newport, a sailing destination for many that’s known as America's First Resort. Receive a guidebook and discount card to use on this trip.

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.

Customer Reviews

Rose B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

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.

John M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

interesting to see some of these old mansions and the Newport area.

Alison P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

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.

Michael D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

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.

Rita F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We had a wonderful day!

Shelly O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our guide Chris was a great host, sharing lots of stories and interesting history throughout the tour.

Alastair G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

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.

Michael B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

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.

Michael G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

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.

Julius R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Perfect time allotment for the Mansions and other activities. Special thanks to Chris for getting around traffic when returning to Boston. Take this tour for the most efficient use of your time.

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