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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

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.

Dennis B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our guide was very knowledgable and friendly. His willingness to share personal stories added much to the stoc background info which was also worthwhile. The Breakers speaks for itself as a completely WOW experience, and the self- guided tour was exactly what we were looking for

sean m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our guide was excellent informative and funny . Mansions were amazing

Steven C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Very informative with great hosts. They went out of the way to make everything complete! Thank you!!

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