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  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Duration:  10 hours (approx.)
Escape to the lovely coastal city of Newport, Rhode Island, on this day trip that includes both a guided tour and free time. Explore The Breakers mansion, the summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt II's family, as well as the French chateau-styled mansion of The Elms. See top Newport attractions such as St Mary's Parish, Ocean Drive and the Naval War College on a narrated tour. Then discover this quaint and historic city further on your own. This small-group tour is limited to 14 people for a more intimate experience.


  • 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 pickup from your central Boston hotel in a minibus, enjoy a morning snack during the 1.5-hour drive to Newport, Rhode Island. Listen to your informative guide provide historical commentary about Newport, which has been called 'America's First Resort'; feel free to ask questions in the relaxed company of your small group. You’ll also be given a guidebook and discount card, which will come in handy later on.

Arrive at The Breakers, the elegant summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt II and his family, to explore for two hours. Tour the remarkable mansion, which covers a full acre of the 13-acre (5.2-hectare) oceanfront estate. It's one of many local mansions that served as getaways for America's rich and famous during the 20th century. During this time, you may take part in a 1.5-hour self-guided audio tour (available in nine languages). Directly behind The Breakers, take in gorgeous ocean views at the Newport Cliff Walk for great photo opportunities.

Afterward, embark on an approx. 1-hour narrated city tour of Newport sights. See St Mary's Parish, where President John F Kennedy wed Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953. Drive by Touro Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in the US, and pass by Fort Adams and the Naval War College. Learn why Newport is considered a sailing mecca and admire lovely waterfront vistas from Ocean Drive. 

Finish your guided city tour at the Newport Visitors Center, where you can plan out your 1.5 hours of free time. Public transportation makes it easy to get around the city from this location, and take advantage of the guidebook and discount card provided earlier. See the International Tennis Hall of Fame at a discounted price, enjoy lunch on the oceanfront or browse the shops on the city's boardwalk (all at own expense).

Following this leisurely break, meet with your guide again and head to The Elms, the summer residence of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Julius Berwind, modeled after a mid-18th century French chateau and now a National Historic Landmark. During your two hours here, learn about Mr. Berwind, who made his fortune in the coal industry, and wind through the Berwinds' lavish Renaissance art collection. Stroll through the Classic Revival grounds, admiring marble pavilions, sculptures, a sunken garden and a carriage house along the way.

After The Elms, relax on the drive back to Boston and end your 10-hour tour with drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our driver was courteous and informative! The mansions were beautiful. Highly recommend it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Comprehensive, great tour guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great trip. Very well organized and Chris knew his stuff.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

A wonderful day. We were picked up in a small bus and driven to Newport. Our driver was very knowledgeable and gave us a wonderful day. The mansions were amazing. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

wonderful full day tour, get to see two mansions, quite different from each other. Plenty of free time, Our guide Chris was very accommodating and full of information regarding the area. Definitely recommend as you will see so much and get great value for the price.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

This was fantastic, Newport is so beautiful, not only the many wonderful mansions to tour but the town itself is very charming and quaint. Lots of great seafood restaurants. We had a little mix-up with the driver picking us up at the hotel, we were not sure who the driver was and were waiting for awhile, all the time he was walking around looking for us. Hello, we are the two people just standing by the lobby door waiting. Anyway, it was a wonderful tour. You have plenty of time to either go see more houses other than the Breakers that they take you to, and go to town. We had time enough to go to Marble House on the town shuttle and walk around town and have a great lunch. Takes about 1.5 - 2 hours to get there from Boston.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Tour guide was wonderful

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Newport is a beautiful place and has got a lot to offer. The trip was at the end of october, so we were very lucky with the weather. It was a perfect day. Lovely company and the guiding was very good. I came from Germany, so that excursion packed all the charm of New England in a day. Thank you very much!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Took the Newport Mansions day trip tour in mid-October and it exceeded my expectations. This company is very professional. They updated me on my pick-up time and arrived right on time . The tour also concluded right on time. Our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. It was an enjoyable trip in a 15 passenger van which looked new. I was surprised there were only 4 people on our trip and I was so grateful the company didn't cancel the trip because it was going to be the highlight of my vacation. Thank you for a wonderful day!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This trip was wonderful. The mansions were amazing!! During the free time on our own in Newport, our driver was nice enough to take us back to one of the houses (Marble House) so we could view this on our own. Then he came by to pick us up. He was a fabulous tour guide!!!! Would recommend this to everyone.

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