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Good tour of the Newport area and insights into the history behind the mansions. Also took the tour of the Breakers and Elms mansions - both were very informative. Would suggest the addition of the tour behind the scenes at the Elms to see how the servants worked. Tours take a good 2-3 hours each so plan accordingly - we were able to work this over two days since the tour tickets do not expire. Great experience!
The man who drove the van and his helper were very knowledgeable and helpful!! The mansions which we got to see 3 of them were very interesting, we even entered more numbers into audio tour to get more information on different areas of interest.
My fiancee and myself went on this tour and it was excellent ! The van was spotless.The tour guide was excellent and very well informed. The drive along Ocean Drive was beautiful.
We went on to tour The Breakers and Marble House ..it was very beautiful, informative and was so very ostentatious.
Newport is full of history and how much wealth and privilege some acquired at that moment in time.
Will definitely return !
The enjoyed our tour of Ocean Drive Newport RI. The minivan held 10 passengers so we were not in a large, cumbersome group. We visited two mansions individually as part of our tour. The driver dropped us at Breakers and we had tickets for bus transport to the next mansion and back to the port. We had a great tour and a fun day at Newport.
The tour starts at the Visitors Center which was easy to find and had parking. Cost of parking was expensive. Our tour guide Bob provided a wealth of information on the history and people of Newport. I felt that he "knew" the info as opposed to reciting a script. He stopped and let us step off the bus at several spots to get good pictures. He gave us detailed directions on what to do when he let us off at the mansion for the tour and how to get back to town by bus at the end of the tour. He also recommended some places to see and eat. We had a choice of mansions to see. It was a treat to see the architecture and furnishings up close. The tour was done with an audio headphone. In most rooms there were "featured spots" where you cold listen to even more details on the period or people. This allowed you to go at your own pace. You could walk through the garden to the lawn overlooking the ocean. The breeze showed us why these city people enjoyed their summers here. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour which was well worth the money.
Driver was really nice and really knew his stuff. Lots of cool information and a nice tour. BREAKERS!!!!!!!!!!! was epic and really worth every penny.
This is the standard mansion tour we pre-booked to ensure the tours were not sold out on a beautiful fall weekend with cruise ships in town. The tour covers the Bellevue mansion area only. It allows a visit to one or two mansions depending on your preference. We toured the always fabulous Breakers and the veru unusual Marble House. Tickets are supplied for the return trip to the visitors center.
Felt a little put off as we were left to fend for our own return transportation, but it turned out OK
Interesting historical tour of Newport and the mansions. Enjoyed the experience.
The guided tour on Ocean Drive was great. The driver was knowledgable and friendly. Only con - he was bashing the president which was inappropriate. He dropped us at The Breakers and we did not realize we had to use the public buses to get to our next mansion and back. The buses were overcrowded.
We had a great time. Our guide Nancy was so nice and informative. It's a very pleasant way to spend a couple of hours.
Guide was knowledgable and professional. Pickup and return was on time. Only complaint was that we waited for tour INSIDE the visitor center and the guide was waiting for us in the parking spot OUTSIDE the visitor center.........no big problem once we spotted the van outside. Enjoyed the tour.
The Breakers was fantastic. The driving tour showed hard to see mansions behind fences and hedges passed at lightning speed. Not what I had hoped for. The tour guide was knowledgeable.
The tour was just mediocre. First of all, it had not been made clear to us that the van would not provide our transportation back to the visitor center, and that we were on our own to hop the local bus it was a cold street corner wait with nowhere to sit while waiting. The van ride itself was very bumpy for some reason ? schock absorbers.The tour operator and guide were fairly knowledgeable, but a little confused as to the route, etc. We did enjoy the tour of The Breakers. Next time we would probably go directly to the mansions and forget the tour.
Problem ! They only take you there - one way You have to catch the local bus back. Buses were NOT frequent
it was ok not what I was expecting I paid for two mansion tours got dropped off and had to catch the bus to the next mansion then back to where we took off from would not recommend this