It was a great way to visit Newport and to see 2 of the mansions. I think the driver spent too much time driving us around Newport and therefore we only had about an hour at each mansion. You really need at least 1 1/2 hours to see the house and also walk the grounds. Also spent about 3 hours in Newport for our lunch break - not sure that amount of time is needed. Would have rather visited a 3rd mansion.
Also, if you go get back to the bus on time, we had people late on 2 of the stops and the driver was not happy !!!
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.
Well conducted trip and worth going just to see the holiday "cottages" of the rich and famous - sad to think people have to go to these lengths to impress their friends!
This was a good trip. The mansions were amazing. What an insight into how some people lived in those days! I liked the freedom to choose where we had lunch. The town of Newport certainly held enough to interest one during the free time. Be prepared to return late!
Rena G Ireland
Our driver guide was absolutely brilliant - she was funny, and extremely interesting - I cant believe that she knew so much! However - the trip was too long - we were not back in the hotel until 8.15pm - it took away from the brilliant day because we were so tired.
Tour guide and bus driver was fantastic. It was an ok tour although not my favorite
The trip started later than was announced and the bus driver was sometimes unable to cope with the microphone and the bus at the same time (well, the driver should do the driving and somebody else should be the guide, in my opinion)
So we had the impression of some unprofessional activity with a lots of changing plans and delays.
However, the trip as such was great and can definitely be recommended!
The bus driver ruined this trip for us. He did not seem familiar with the tour. He spent most of his time visiting with a male passenger sitting up front. He even apologized for not knowing enough information and said that if we took the tour again he would be more educated on the subject. On the trip home, he drove far too fast and his personality became almost manic.