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  • Location:Boston, Massachusetts
  • Duration:9 hours (approx.)

Newport Mansions and Waterfront Sightseeing Tour from Boston

On this day trip from Boston to Rhode Island, view the gilded mansions, million-dollar yachts and gorgeous beaches of Newport, home to the famous Newport Mansions. Enjoy the beauty of this fabulous New England summer resort as you travel along Ocean Drive (10-Mile Drive), and stop to take walking tours of breathtaking Marble House and The Breakers, two grand, historic mansions once owned by the famous Vanderbilt family. Stroll along the Newport waterfront for free time to shop and dine as you please, and learn about the city's history, colonial heritage, culture and architecture from your knowledgeable guide.


  • Day trip from Boston to Newport, Rhode Island
  • Take in views of historic mansions, glamorous yachts and secluded coves along Ocean Drive
  • See why they call this famous New England summer resort city the 'Sailing Capital of the World'
  • Tour The Breakers and Marble House -- Newport's grandest mansions and both National Historic Landmarks
  • Hear stories about the rise of the famous Vanderbilt family
  • Stroll along Newport's beautiful waterfront for shopping and lunch on your own
  • Learn all about Newport's history, colonial heritage and architecture from your informative guide

What You Can Expect

Newport Mansions and Waterfront Sightseeing Tour from Boston

The Marble House

After pickup from your Boston hotel, sit back and relax on the 1.5-hour drive south to Newport, Rhode Island. When you arrive, you'll see why this fabulous New England resort city is nicknamed the 'Sailing Capital of the World.'

Learn about the city's colonial heritage on your scenic drive along Ocean Drive (10-Mile Drive), affording views of historic mansions, beaches and secluded coves. This epic stretch of road is lined with jaw-dropping million-dollar mansions that were once the 19th-century houses of the New York elite, who fled the big city during the summer to Rhode Island. These mega-mansions played a role in transforming Newport’s coast from a quiet summer colony of quaint cottages to a legendary resort town brimming with opulent estates.

Your first stop is The Breakers, the former home of the Vanderbilt family and a US National Historic Landmark. As you'll learn on your walking tour, this is the grandest of Newport's summer 'cottages,' and was a symbol of the family's social and financial reputation at turn of the century.

Next, enjoy free time to stroll along Newport's beautifully restored waterfront. Spend time shopping and dining on your own, and enjoy views of the harbor dotted with glamorous private yachts, modern racing sailboats and Newport's fishing fleet and ships from around the world.

In the afternoon, you'll visit a second mansion, Marble House, another home of the Vanderbilt family and a US National Historic Landmark. Take a guided walking tour to fully appreciate the grandiose of this majestic piece of property; the interior of this Gilded Age mansion is a sight to be seen.

After your tour, enjoy more views of Newport's mansions and beaches from afar on your return journey along Ocean Drive back to Boston.

This tour is seasonal and only operates from June to October.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Weather was marvellous and tour was very comprehensive. The driver David was very well informed and knowledgeable. Good recommendation for lunch.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Long day but it was excellent. Newport was so interesting. Thanks

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We love David our tour quite and Newport was beautiful!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great day, great city! As Dave, the tour director says, he's never had a bad day in Newport. Dave was very knowledgeable and we had fun. Great mansions from a bygone era.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

I didn't know what to expect from Newport - but I was blown away - so much grandeur, history and wealth. I heard stories about Jacqui, JFK, the Rockerfellers and the Vanderbilts. I got to see mansions and I had a lovely lunch by the water. This was the highlight of my trip to Boston. If you have a day in Boston - you must do this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Newport is a fantastic destination for a day trip.
The opulence and splendor of the mansions are definitely worth seeing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Our favourite tour of the 4 we did from Boston. This was a really excellent tour with a very ,experienced guide/driver. We saw two fantastic mansions belonging to the Vanderbilts as well as enjoying the waterfront at Newport and seeing the replica of the Mayflower.
We enjoyed it so much that I would do it all again tomorrow if I could.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

It was informative and Dave did a great job as driver and guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

This trip is a must if you have time in the Boston area to do it. Newport is a beautiful coastal town with typical touristy businesses that do not disappoint. Our driver/guide, Dave, was very knowledgeable about every home on the coastal tour and historical happenings during the Guilded Age of history. We toured the Breakers and The Marble House. We had a 2 hour lunch stop and ate at The Black Pearl, a small restaurant with the best clam chowder and crab cakes! The peak fall foliage and warm temperatures make this tour fabulous! This would also be beautiful to see during the Christmas season.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

absolutely wonderful, would highly recommend it, especially on a sunny day!

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