• Location: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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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.


  • 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

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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

Patricia J W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

We took this tour on a very rainy day in October but it was a great excursion! Chris showed up in a small bus and we saw fall foilage colors along the 1 1/2 hour drive. We had entrance to two mansions in the town and learned lots of information about Newport and the gilded age. We were given a couple of hours for lunch and shopping between visiting the two mansions. Only downside was the weather..,

Helen H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This was a worth while trip and I would definitely recommend it. Chris our driver was a wealth of interesting information. The two mansions we visited were mind blowing as they were only used for 8 weeks every year. We enjoyed the lunch we had in Newport on the pierLobster rolls There was no rush to get back to the coach at each stop off, the whole experience was quite chilled. The fact that the weather was glorious might have also added to the trip.

Judy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Chris was a local so very informative.

Cheryl W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

This was a very well organized and excellent tour! Our guide was very good. One caution the Cliff Walk does have one difficult section of rocks. Make sure you have good shoes and feel comfortable walking on uneven rocks. The mansions and ocean views are spectacular! This was a great day tour!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Loved our tour guide Kevin...he was great and very informative. The mansions are beautiful..I definitely recommend this tour!

Cynthia B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Excellent tour. Guide was great. Mansions were amazing!

Lynda D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

We didn't have the best weather, but it was a terrific day nonetheless. Chris was an experienced, knowledgeable guide who provided a wealth of information. He did a great job leading a double group...evidently a previous day's tour had been cancelled so our group was twice the size that would be typical. But he handled it all very well, and we enjoyed ourselves. And of course, the mansions are spectacular. Just wish the weather had cooperated so we could have done the cliff walk.

Patricia B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

This tour was amazing.The tour guide,Chris knew history and trivia about every town we passed through.He drove
The back roads of Newport and shared beautiful views of farms and stone walls back to 17 th century. He supplied water and snacks. MANSIONS WERE FABULOUS. Chris offered 3 choices of activity due to bad weather in afternoon.So we added in a tour of the Marble House. Coming home he got us through a severe rain storm safely and went off express way to get out of traffic jam.He continued his trivia all through Boston and I learned more about my favorite city. We were so I impressed we are booking another tour to Martha's Vineyard. I highly recommend this tour.


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.

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