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Tour code: 6026MANS
Discover Newport’s Ocean Drive (10-Mile Drive), lined with jaw-dropping million-dollar mansions that were once the 19th-century summer houses of the New York elite. On this half-day guided tour, hear historical facts and anecdotes about the Newport mansions inspired by Italian, French and Victorian architecture. Rather than simply driving by, you’ll actually enter one or two of these mansions. Feel like royalty as you pass the grand exteriors and stroll through the lavish interior décor and opulent gardens. 

Highlights

  • Mansion tour along Ocean Drive in Newport
  • Enjoy a scenic drive down historic Ocean Drive with your informative guide
  • Take a walking tour of The Breakers, Marble House, The Elms, Rosecliff, Isaac Bell House or Chateau-sur-Mer
  • Marvel at the ornate, lavish interior furnishings and walk through the sculpted gardens
  • Learn about the history of the families who built these iconic Newport landmarks
  • Choose one or two mansions to visit

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What You Can Expect

Newport Mansion Tour Along Ocean Drive

Newport Mansions

This half-day Newport mansions tour is offered at a variety of departure times. At your chosen time, make your way to the Newport Visitor’s Center and hop aboard a coach or minivan for your drive along Newport’s Ocean Drive (also known as 10-Mile Drive). At the time of booking, decide if you’d like to visit one or two mansions, and then let your guide know at the start of your tour which ones interest you.

En route, hear about the New York upper crust who escaped to Rhode Island during the summers and how their 19th-century mansions transformed Newport’s quiet coastal colony into a famous resort town full of palatial homes:

Chateau-sur-Mer is a landmark of High Victorian architecture, furniture, wallpapers, ceramics and stenciling. It was the most palatial residence in Newport from its completion in 1852 until the appearance of the Vanderbilt houses in the 1890s, and hosted many elaborate, lavish parties.

The Isaac Bell House is one of the country's best surviving examples of shingle-style architecture. Designed for Isaac Bell, a wealthy cotton broker and investor, this mansion is also a US National Historic Landmark.

Visit either of the Vanderbilt family’s homes: The Breakers, the grandest of Newport's summer houses, or Marble House, both US National Historic Landmarks. These were symbols of the family's social and financial reputation at turn of the century.

Commissioned by Nevada silver heiress Theresa Fair Oelrichs in 1899, architect Stanford White modeled Rosecliff after the Grand Trianon, the garden retreat of French kings at Versailles.

Modeled after the mid-18th-century French chateau d'Asnieres outside Paris, The Elms was the summer residence of the Berwind family, who made their fortune in the Pennsylvania coast industry. Be sure to take a walk through the elaborate Classical Revival gardens.

Your Newport mansions tour ends with return transport to the departure point.

Customer Reviews

Michael S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

I was picked up on time and in an easy to find location near the tourist office. Since I was the only person on this tour, I was picked up in a white van and taken to the two mansions that I wanted to see. I chose the Breakers and the Chateau-sur-Meur. Both were great contrasts to see and then the tour guide took me to my hotel. We did drive around Newport, but I was advised to wait until the next day, as I would be taking the tour with the same tour company, but with a trolley for better view of Newport. Overall, a very nice day.

Michael S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

I really liked this tour. Was scheduled for 10:00 am departure and was picked up by Nate, the tour guide. He did a great job driving us around and letting us take in the views of the ocean drive and we even did a snack stop at an old fort. The second half of the tour we were given tickets for a mansion tour and allowed to go to which ever ones we chose. Since I had seen the Breakers the day before, I picked the Marble House and the Rosecliff. Both were great to see. Well done!

Michael E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our tour guide was extremely knowledgable and friendly. We enjoyed our tour, and learned quite a bit about Newport. The trolley was comfortable and easy to take pictures from. I would recommend this tour.

Shelley H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

The tour was very informative and interesting. We saw a lot more than we could of on our own,

Rj B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent tour and driver/guide!

Jean P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The tour was awesome. Our driver, Gene, was a native of Newport and knew everything about the town. The mansions were beautiful.

Barbara A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We loved this tour. The general tour of the city was very good and then we
visited The Breakers and The Elms and loved them both. All arrangements
by the tour company were handled very nicely.

Mark K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The Breaker Mansion was awesome! Fog along Ocean Drive prevented us from see much. Driver/tour guide was ok. Mansion tour was the best part and worth the price.

DAVID L. S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Good value for the money spent on this tour.

John M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We completely enjoyed this trip. It was longer and more comprehensive than we had expected, but very informative and interesting.

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