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Scenic Newport, RI Self-Driving Audio Tour

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From US$10.00

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  • 1 to 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Explore scenic Newport, Rhode Island at your own pace with this self-guided driving tour. Listen to enriching background on iconic historic mansions like the Bellevue House, the Elms, and the unmissable Vanderbilt estate known as The Breakers and visit public beaches and picturesque parks. Follow a live GPS map that works offline with customer support.
  • A self-guided driving tour of Newport, Rhode Island
  • Pay per car, not per person: families and friends can listen together
  • Enjoy customer support via email, messaging, and phone
  • Visit historic, natural, and cultural attractions at your own pace and rhythm

What's Included

  • Live GPS Map
  • Works Offline
  • Audios, Images, and Text
  • Family-friendly
  • Flexible Planning
  • Email, Chat, Call Support
  • Entrance Ticket
  • Vehicle Rental
  • Food, Drinks & Parking

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Discover Newport, 44 Long Wharf Mall, Newport, RI 02840, USA

    After booking the tour, please make sure that you have downloaded the app and the tour in advance. For the best experience, we advise doing this while you have a strong internet connection.

Departure Time

Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
7/20/2021 - 6/13/2023
Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Return Details

  • Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St, Newport, RI 02840, USA

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No expiration — The tour comes with lifetime validity!
  • Most travelers can participate
  • After booking the tour, please make sure that you have downloaded the app and the tour in advance. For the best experience, we advise doing this while you have a strong internet connection.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Scenic Newport, RI Self-Driving Audio Tour?

A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas

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Traveler Tips

This tour was affordable and we could do it at our own pace.
105 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers
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Andel_E, May 2022
Excellent Application, give a great deal of information, it is very accurate when your soled is 20 or less miles/h .
Response from Host, May 2022
I'm glad you enjoyed exploring Newport with my tour! I hope you'll try some of my other self-guided tours the next time you travel.
Clever idea. Easy to...
Val_S, May 2022
Clever idea. Easy to follow, lots of great history and information. Super fun tour! Would recommend to anyone visiting Newport.
Response from Host, May 2022
I really appreciate it! I’m so glad that you had a good time. I I hope you give my other self-guided tours a try on your travels elsewhere!
We got lost, but got back...
David_W, May 2022
We got lost, but got back on track fairly easy. Could not figure out how to pause to allow for pics. So rebooted.
Response from Host, May 2022
Thanks so much David! I'm glad you enjoyed your Newport drive with my tour. I hope you try out my other self-guided tours on your future travels!
Go for it
Amit_J, Apr 2022
Best way to see Newport at your own pace. We stopped at breakers and marble mansions, and audio tour started from whatever place it stopped. Overall we spent four hours (including time spent at two mansions) to complete the tour. I would highly recommend it.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Thanks Amit, so glad you enjoyed seeing Newport with our self-guided tour! Please feel free to check out our other self-guided tours on your future adventures. Thanks again!
Pleasant experience
James_B, Mar 2022
Very informative, easy to use after getting the hang of it . Mansions and ocean drive beautiful. Took a little stroll along cliff wall
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Sounds like a perfect day in Newport! I’m so glad you enjoyed seeing the town with our tour. Hope you get the chance to try out another Action Tour Guide tour on your future travels!
Once we got the hang of...
Carol_D, Mar 2022
Once we got the hang of the app, it was a wonderful experience. The information was very interesting. The narration kept up with our driving. We could also pause the tour when we spent more time. Some mansions the audio tour said were open were not. Perhaps that is because we are traveling off season. Definitely a good value for the money. Would do it again!!
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Thanks Carol! That’s exactly what we aimed for the Newport tour! I’m thrilled that you enjoyed our self-guided experience — I hope you try out our other Action Tour Guide tours on your future travels!
Best way to drive the Ocean Road
Lisa_H, Feb 2022
A great way to drive the Ocean Road in Newport. The app was easy to use and the talk along the way was really interest and informative. Take your time. There is a lot to listen to that you can miss if you drive too quickly. Be ready to put on your hazard lights so people can pass by. You won’t want to miss anything!
Response from Host, Feb 2022
Thanks Lisa! I’m so glad you loved the Newport tour and that it added so much to your visit! I hope you get the chance to try out some of our other tours at wherever you travel next.
Bruce_S, Dec 2021
It was hard to navigate! Any time we wanted to learn more it would throw the whole navigation system off! We went the 20 mph, and it kept skipping! We took the trip 3 times! It was informative, and we learned a lot, we wanted to stop at a mansion to see if we could just buy a book!
Response from Host, Jan 2022
Hi Bruce, thanks for your feedback. We expected people would listen to the Learn More audios when safely paused/parked (especially since it requires a manual click). I see by your review that they are also being played while driving — and that would definitely throw off the smoothness of the tour. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.
Challenge to follow. Very inclusive and pretty routing.
Rita_Z, Dec 2021
We had fun falling off the route and then getting back on where we had already been. We finally decided to just stick to the road without turning into anything. It would help if the GPS indicated that we needed to turn around. However the photos of each edifice helped us know we were back on the right track. After the mansions we were treated to a ride along the coast past a state park of phenomenal beauty. Obviously, the trip took a long time.
Response from Host, Dec 2021
Thanks for the feedback! Was the challenge mainly on Bellevue Ave? We will sometimes add “wrong direction” audio in key spots so if you could tell us approx where you were, we can help correct it!
Newport at your pace
Charles_C, Dec 2021
We have visited Newport several times over the years and love the atmosphere. This was by far the best experience that permitted seeing the mansions and other points of interest as your own pace. The app worked perfect and the narration was clear, concise and very informative. I would highly recommend this self tour to everyone who wants to see amazing locations with the history of the site included. Time well spent and most enjoyable!
Response from Host, Dec 2021
That’s awesome! This is exactly why we made the tour! I’m so glad you enjoyed the tour and that we could make your Newport visit special. We have more self-guided audio tours across the country for your future travels at Thanks again!
Using the tour was...
Olin_C, Dec 2021
Using the tour was confusing. I would like to have been able to have a map. We were able to hear the audio over the car radio but no map appeared on our car play screen.
Response from Host, Dec 2021
Thanks for the feedback! Car Play unfortunately doesn’t allow the map/image tour display yet. But the map is visible on the phone screen!
I liked the ability to...
Allyson_P, Nov 2021
I liked the ability to take our time stop when we want replay items in the tour and just take our time
Response from Host, Nov 2021
Thank you, thank you! Thrilled to hear that you loved the tour! Newport has so much to offer so I’m glad we could make your trip special. We have more tours at Thanks again!
Carol_H, Oct 2021
This was a really great tour! A little confusing to get started and had to callViator to get password to start. Definitely a highlight and seeing Newport Rhode Island.
Response from Host, Oct 2021
Thank you so much! So glad you got to enjoy your Newport trip with our self-guided tour. Hope you get the chance to try out other tours across the country during your next travels - Thanks again!
Download this tour to an...
Earl_K, Oct 2021
Download this tour to an iPad or laptop as parts don’t work on an iPhone screen. Note there is a very silly requirement to add more text to this comment
Response from Host, Oct 2021
This tour will not work on laptops or iPads without GPS. It is designed for phones. I’m not positive that you have had the chance to actually take our tour yet — please email us immediately to get you sorted out.
Andrea_L, Oct 2021
The app is not great but the tour was very good . Saw everything and narrated perfectly. Went at our own pace.
Response from Host, Oct 2021
So glad you enjoyed the stories! The app is designed for all ages so we’ve kept the buttons and visuals as simple as possible. Thanks for the review!
Newport in 2 Hours
John_M, Oct 2021
Enjoyed hearing the history of places in the route. Beautiful mansions were described and came to life with the your.
Response from Host, Oct 2021
Yay, so glad you enjoyed the tour and got to visit all of Newport! It’s a town that’s jam-packed with interesting stories and fun history. And if you enjoyed the self-guided experience, we have more such tours across the country at Thank you so much for the review!
Rough start, then pleasant experience
Gregory_B, Oct 2021
Struggled to get started but once we figured it out it was an informative tour. You need to provide clearer instructions on how to get started with the app, particularly the map portion. Thanks for a fun tour filled with interesting history.
Response from Host, Oct 2021
So glad that you enjoyed the tour! Thank you for the review! There’s certainly a ton of history to tell! We are working on a whole new starting point for the tour (now that Discover Newport is closed due to covid, getting starting from their location is much less clear). Thanks for the suggestion!
Not that interesting.
David_P, Oct 2021
Awkward app. It would show it was playing but we have to start it over to hear the first part of each stop.
Response from Host, Oct 2021
I’m not sure I fully understand what was playing and what wasn’t. Most of the audio issues we see are related to Bluetooth and I’d love to confirm if that’s what happened here — would you shoot us an e-mail with the details, so we can reproduce the problem and fix it ASAP?
Beautiful day for mansions
JAA, Aug 2021
Took a few minutes for us to find the starting point. After we were acclimated to the app , it was Easy to use. We would definitely use this again for touring.
Response from Host, Aug 2021
We’re so glad you had a pleasant time! Newport’s mansions are truly stunning, and there’s nothing we like more than introducing our listeners to stunning sights! We’re also in the process of updating this tour with a few quality-of-life tweaks, so we appreciate your feedback about the starting location. Next time you’d like to use our app for a tour, just visit to browse our full catalogue!
Kathy_C, Aug 2021
Informative audio tour. You get to see numerous beautiful mansions and ocean views. You can do at your own pace and choose to stop to explore further.
Response from Host, Aug 2021
Thanks for your review! Moving at your own pace is super important, especially in a place as beautiful as Newport. We hope you’ll consider using our tours again in the future! You can find all of them at


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