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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.
Newport is a fantastic destination for a day trip.
The opulence and splendor of the mansions are definitely worth seeing.
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.
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.
absolutely wonderful, would highly recommend it, especially on a sunny day!
Excellent trip wonderful guide in Mark very knowledgeable and seemed to really enjoy showing us around went out of his way to explain everything to us and nothing was a problem to him. Tell him well done.
Very nice day out of Boston. You get to see how the other half lived and stop in a Newport. We had 2.5 hours there but I could have easily spent more time there. Quaint sea side town, many restaurants and plenty of shops to see. Would recommend this tour. Tour includes admission to 2 mansions. Cant take photos though- so be prepared.
Excellent tour. Both mansions were well worth seeing. Plenty of time in Newport to have lunch and shop.
The Tour guide was very professional and took the time to go around and find one of the tourist who didnot show up at the specified site .( Was waiting at the site we were dropped.)
This was a wonderful trip! The driver was amazing and very knowledgeable. He showed us so many things and had many interesting little facts to share along the way. The mansions were very interesting to explore. We also had a nice time walking through Newport and having lunch. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone. I might actually go again during the holiday season!
My sister and I will be talking about this trip for a long time. Wonderful time so much to see, we could do it again. The driver was very informative pointing out details along the way, history, and human interests. Just wish the buses were newer, the seats weren't that comfortable and somewhat bumpy. But we enjoyed the trip and would recomend highly. Nice to have someone else do the driving!
I thought that The Newport Mansions Tour was excellent. I would definitely do it again upon my return to Boston as I couldn't get enough of Newport in one day. The Mansions were exquisite and the tour guide was extremely informative both going and returning on our trip. I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Boston. I give it a 5 star rating!
To have the chance to visit only 2 of the many stately houses in Newport really opened our eyes to the way the elite past wealthy residents of other cities enjoyed their summer vacations. The tour guide was knowledgeable and imparted that information to us. He gave us more than sufficient time to see and experience what was available to view. Add this tour to your itinerary as it was extremely entertaining.
It's a realized American dream.
Helen Mae A
Was a wonderful way to spend a day. They sure knew how to live. Tour also showed that being rich did not bring you happiness.
Great opportunity to see how the 'other half' live! Could have used a little more time for lunch and shopping in Newport.
Great day trip from Boston. Two wonderful mansions, a comprehensive tour of Newport and enough free time for lunch and shopping.
My parents were visiting me from India and they went to this day-long trip to Newport. They came back quite happy and satisfied with the place and the organizing company's coordination. For a bright sunny, leisurely day, I would recommend this trip. The organizer could, although, consider replacing tour of Marble House with that of another mansion the the town.
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.