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Escape the hustle of the city and get away to the tranquility of Newport, Rhode Island, on a guided, small-group day tour from Boston. This quaint coastal town, known as America’s First Resort, is the perfect getaway and just 70 miles south of Beantown. Explore the Breakers mansion, the most grandiose of Newport’s summer mansions. Visit attractions like the Ocean Drive Historic District, the St Mary’s Church complex and the U.S. Naval War College, among others. Hotel pickup and drop-off plus a snack, guidebook and discount offer card are included.

Highlights

  • Day trip to Newport, Rhode Island, including mansions and a narrated tour, from Boston
  • Take a self-guided tour of The Breakers mansion and capture photos at the Cliff Walk
  • Wander the elaborate grounds of The Elms mansion and admire beautiful Renaissance art inside
  • See major Newport sights including St Mary's Parish, Fort Adams and the Naval War College during a 1-hr narrated mini-coach tour
  • Enjoy 1.5 hours of free time to explore Newport on your own
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off, snack, guidebook and discount offer card included
  • Small-group tour limited to 14 people to ensure more personalized attention from your guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Guests at The Breakers will receive 10% off at the gift shop when they show their discount card!

What You Can Expect

Newport Mansions Small-Group Day Trip from Boston

Tennis Hall of Fame Lawn
© Discover Newport

After downtown Boston hotel pickup, begin the 1.5-hour drive to Newport, Rhode Island. Enjoy a snack and listen to the guide provide a bit of history about Newport, a sailing destination for many that’s known as America's First Resort. Receive a guidebook and discount card to use on this trip.

The first stop is at the Breakers mansion, the grandest of Newport’s summer mansions and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family’s social and financial preeminence in turn-of-the-century America. Spend two hours here, part of which can be enjoyed with a self-guided audio tour. Don’t forget the photo-worthy ocean view behind the mansion.

Then take a 1-hour narrated city tour of some other Newport sites. See the St. Mary’s Church complex. This National Historic Shrine is where President John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Bouvier on September 12, 1953. There’s the Touro Synagogue, a National Historic Site that is the oldest synagogue building still standing in the United States. It’s also the oldest surviving Jewish synagogue building in North America. Also check out Fort Adams, a former U.S. Army post, and the U.S. Naval War College, the staff college and “Home of Thought” for the United States Navy. The guided city tour ends at the Discover Newport Visitor Center to plan some free time with the help of the aforementioned guidebook.

Finally, take a 2-hour tour of the Elms, a National Historic Landmark that was the summer home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Julius Berwind of Philadelphia and New York. He made his fortune in the coal industry and would call upon Philadelphia architect Horace Trumbauer to fashion a house after the mid-18th-century French Chateau d’Asnieres outside Paris. Construction was completed in 1901 at a cost of roughly $1.4 million.

After a long day of sightseeing, relax on the journey back to Boston.

Customer Reviews

jralbosky

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This is the third time I am writing a review for all the excursions we took in Boston. This review pertains to all 4 excursions. All the excursions were very interesting. My wife and I had never been to Boston before and I must commend the advisors at Viator for their invaluable assistance when I called in to book these excursions. The first gentleman at Viator that I spoke to was from Boston and booked our hotel pickups at a hotel very near the hotel where we were staying.
All the tour drivers were very knowledgeable about the area and provided invaluable insight to what we were seeing. They were very courteous and answered all the questions posed to them.

Beth W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The day was beautifully organized. Our tour guide, Chris, was pleasant and informative. It was a wonderful experience for all of us and we couldn't have asked for a better day.

Colleen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Fantastic day. The mansions were magnificent and well worth seeing. The town itself was picture postcard and lived up to expectations and more. Our driver was extremely knowledgable and courteous throughout even adapting the timetable slightly for individuals because of the weather without disrupting the tour itinerary. A value packed day. Thank you all!

barne061

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Enjoyable day visiting the Elms and Breakers. The driver also drove us around Providence and was knowledgable on history. We had a nice lunch in town and visited the shops and ended with a nice walk on a portion of the Cliff Walk.

NYC PARIS

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I booked this tour because it was challenging for me to get to Newport on my own. I would say the tour was worth it. The tour guide showed up at my hotel on time as scheduled. After picking up two other groups we were on our way. There were itineraries on our seats with the full schedule for the day. We were offered snacks and water on the trip. There was one pit stop on the way to Newport and we arrived by 9:30 am. We had 1 hour 45 min to tour the Breakers which was enough time to do the audio tour which was included and the grounds. Then we did a driving tour for about 1.5 hours which included a couple stops for photo ops. We had a 1 hour 15 minute lunch break then the option of doing the cliff walk or staying in town. By 3pm we were at the Elms and had 1.5 hours to tour that mansion. For me, touring the Elms felt a little rushed. It may be because it was the end of the day and I was moving slower but I had to rush through the grounds to make it back to the bus. I was exhausted by the end of the day. We were back in Boston by 6:30pm. The tour was great! I would love to see the other mansions and would consider this tour again. Highly recommended.

Linette C M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A wonderful day, beautiful scenery, an interesting and informative driver and 2 amazing old homes plus a delicious lunch in Newport. A tour I'd recommend to everyone. Than you

C Lynne T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was wonderful!

John D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our trip to the Newport mansions was outstanding. Our guide, Chris, was a source of much interesting information and the mansions themselves were awe-inspiring. The colonial town of Newport, also part of this greatly varied experience, was also fascinating. We particularly appreciated Chris's flexibility which enabled everyone on the tour to fill their free time as they wished, and allowed us in particular to tour a third mansion. A top-quality experience

Rose B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This trip was well timed and well executed. Our driver and guide Chris was excellent both on the road and with his local and historical knowledge. There was a full itinerary with two mansions, a drive around Newport, time for lunch and/or shopping and the opportunity for a short cliff walk. I would highly recommend with the proviso that travelling in April probably means there is significantly less traffic on the roads, and fewer visitors in and around the mansions and Newport.

John M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

interesting to see some of these old mansions and the Newport area.

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