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Overview

Enjoy a deep dive into two of New England’s most historic seaside towns, Plymouth and Newport, during this full day excursion. Travel back to the earliest days of American history and the Pilgrims as you visit Plymouth Rock, check out Plymouth Plantation and discover a recreation of a 17th-century English village. Then continue to nearby Newport, Rhode Island, long home to some of America’s elite, to explore the opulent seaside Breakers Mansion. Round-trip shared transport from Boston is included.
  • Discover historic Plymouth, Massachusetts and Newport, Rhode Island on a full-day tour
  • Follow the path of the Pilgrims as you explore Plymouth, the home of their 17th-century colony
  • See the Plymouth II, a replica of the Pilgrims' famous sailing ship
  • Explore the Plimouth Grist Mill, a water-powered corn grinding mill built in 1636
  • Check out Plymouth Rock, the founding site for the Pilgrims' colony
  • Explore the opulent Breakers Mansion, built by the Vanderbilt family, in Newport, Rhode Island
  • Great chance to explore early American history and the seaside landscape of New England
Depart from Boston or Quincy in the morning, continuing via shared transportation to your first stop in Plymouth, Massachusetts. This historic coastal village is renowned for its linkage with the Pilgrims, who founded one of the continents’ first European colonies in the 17th century.

Admire the charming architecture of Plymouth’s recreated 17th-century farming and fishing village, stopping by the Plimouth Grist Mill, a water-powered corn grinding mill that dates to 1636. You’ll also have time to visit the famous Plymouth Rock and check out the Mayflower II, a full-scale reproduction of the historic Pilgrim sailing ship that brought the Pilgrims to America in 1620.

Continue your day by crossing the border into nearby Rhode Island as you head to historic Newport to visit the Breakers Mansion. This luxurious estate offers a great example of the extravagant homes built by wealthy families like the Vanderbilts in the late 19th century. Explore the mansion’s 45-foot (13-meter) high central Great Hall and its beautiful French- and Italian-influenced interior design, much of which was created and assembled in Europe before being shipped to the United States.

At the conclusion of your visit to Newport, you’ll proceed back to your starting point in either Quincy or Boston to end the day.

Please note: all site admission fees are at the visitor’s expense

Reviews

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B
, Oct 2017

The Plimouth village was very run-down and scruffy, not in an 'original' way the Puritans would have been very diligent to keep their places clean but in careless neglect, weeds, decay. Disappointing waste of good potential!

R
, Oct 2017

Our tour guide didn't speak English so he was silent the whole trip. Only time he talked was when he wanted money. We didn't know we had to pay him for the tours and he picked a Chinese Banquet in an old shopping center. We decided to go next door and have a cheaper lunch, than the one he took us to. We had to ask where we were during the whole trip!

R
, Aug 2017

This tour is run by Sunshine tours a Chinese owned company. There is no guide but a driver who speaks Chinese/American, but rarely says anything. We paid for our ticket but just as well we had extra cash as the ticket did not include entrance to Breakers Mansion or Plimouth Plantation and Grist Mill. Lunch was not included in price and choices were KFC, McDonalds which none of us wanted so driver took us to Chinese restaurant where we had a very enjoyable, plentiful buffet. Back in the car to be dropped at a Plymouth Rock and a walk around. We couldn't see Plymouth 11 ship as it was being refurbished. We didn't realise there was so much driving around as driver never conversed with us. Sights were good but should be better planned. Today we expect more for our money. Unless they improve this tour don't waste your money.

k
, Jul 2017

I was not impressed with this tour. First I was told three different times to meet and the meetup place is outside a restaurant which is not made clear in any prior communication.

I expected it to just be basically a bus ride with maybe a bit of additional information and then an opportunity to explore different places either pay for the main attractions or just check out the town. It was just a bus ride with no additional information and they take you to a mansion and the the plantation and they literally your only option because they are so far away from everything else so it's about 75 more dollars but you have to pay the tour guide in cash. If you aren't going to give people options then just include the price upfront.

Our tour guide was nice but he was texting and driving the entire drive there and on the way back he set up his phone on the dashboard and was watching a movie! It was shocking! He also smoked so the van smelled, which didn't really bother me but I think is important to note.

Overall, I highly recommend avoiding this tour and just taking a bus or renting a car if you want to go to any of these places.

R
, Jun 2017

It was ok, but not great. I was a little disappointed that this was the way I introduced my parents to the Breakers.
It states on the add that the guests are responsible for the ticket fees to get into the sights and the cost of food.
I was completely expecting that. What I was not expecting was to have the tour bus driver explain that we are also going to the Grist Mill in Plymouth an addition 7 per person, the Plymouth Rock and a Chinese sushi/BBQ buffet for lunch an additional 15 per person and that every guest had to pay him 83 in cash to cover the cost of all these things. He then put out his hand and said I owed him 332 in cash for my group. I explained that I didn't have cash with me, I was planning on using my credit card to pay for the tickets when we got to the site. He said that was not how it worked, and then pulled the entire bus over to a bank so I could go to an ATM, I explained I didn't have an ATM card with me, I had a credit card. He said I could do a cash withdrawal from the ATM with my credit card. It's certainly not how I would have wanted to do things, but they entire bus was waiting on us and it made it really awkward for my parents, so my husband and I just did it.
When we got to the Breakers we had 1 hour, which was not nearly enough time to get through the whole thing. Then we went to the Chinese Buffet for lunch. We had 1 person with a seafood allergy in our party me and they couldn't guarantee no cross contamination. My mother doesn't eat at buffets or anyplace that employs a sneeze guard - she is admittedly a germafobe. There were apparently no other options so for 60 for lunch, only 2 of us actually got to eat a meal. The tour guide asked what we had expected, I told him we had expected to be able to stop and pick up lunch at one of the sites. Nothing more.
We got to Plymouth Plantation and had just over an hour, so we didn't get to see the whole thing. It had started to rain which slowed things up no one's fault obviously but then the Grist Mill was closing, so we were given 5 minutes in there and then had to leave. Not really worth having left the Plantation without having been able to see the whole thing for. Certainly not worth the money.
Then we went over to Plymouth Rock. It was cool, but again pouring, so no one else in my tour group really wanted to stay and see it. So the 4 of us and 2 others got out to walk Plymouth Harbor and see the rock while the tour bus followed us down the road waiting for us to be finished...
I had high hopes for this trip. Maybe too high. I thought we were going down to the Breakers for the morning, to the Plantation for the afternoon and then home. The tour guide was very nice, but that was totally not what I got. Instead we spent the day saying, Well, we can always plan another trip on our own to come back and see this.
A more detailed itinerary or break down of expectation of costs and payment methods if they are going to be so specific as to cash paid to driver and include more than what is actually included in the tour would be helpful!

D
, May 2017

Really just a bus trip. Enjoyed the foreshore of Newport while most visited the Breakers mansion. Also enjoyed the history of the Plymouth visits but thought it was quite expensive for what you got.

d
, May 2017

I was very disappointed with my trip because my guide spoke very little english and we could not communicate. The man was very nice and did his best but when I asked if we would see the Mayflower he said today not open when we arrived at Plymouth rock there was no Mayflower in sight. He also collected a 9.00 gratuity from everyone and I thought the gratuity was included not sure The cost of the trip covered a driver who took us from one place to the next and gave no explanation about anything. Entrance fees, gratuity and lunch cost me another 76 over and above the cost of the trip.

To be fair, I took a Viator trolley tour in DC which was great and I would recommend it - this trip was not very good at all.

L
, Sep 2016

Nice day. The only negative was that the tour was mostly done in Chinese. Signed up for tour through Viator, but they sell it / outsource it to a group called Sunshine. My 76 year old mom and I thought it was odd that we were picked up in Chinatown and then even more odd that everyone else on the tour spoke only Chinese. The tour guide was very sweet and he translated a lot of what he said into English for us.

L
, Sep 2016

The tour guide was excellent. He was very thorough in his explanations. I enjoyed it very much.

a
, Aug 2016

É um passeio bem histórico, mas interessante.


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