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Escape the hustle of city life and get away to the tranquility of Newport, R.I., on a guided, small-group day tour from Boston. This quaint coastal town, also known as America’s First Resort, is the perfect getaway just 70 miles south of Beantown. Explore the grand mansions of the Vanderbilt family, the Breakers and Marble House. Learn about Newport’s history and heritage, its culture and architecture. Enjoy shopping and sightseeing, then travel along popular Ocean Drive for scenic views of stately mansions, yachts and the Atlantic Ocean.


  • Day trip from Boston to Newport, Rhode Island
  • Take in views of historic mansions, glamorous yachts and secluded coves along Ocean Drive
  • See why they call this famous New England summer resort city the 'Sailing Capital of the World'
  • Tour The Breakers and Marble House -- Newport's grandest mansions and both National Historic Landmarks
  • Hear stories about the rise of the famous Vanderbilt family
  • Stroll along Newport's beautiful waterfront for shopping and lunch on your own
  • Learn all about Newport's history, colonial heritage and architecture from your informative guide

What You Can Expect

Newport Mansions and Waterfront Sightseeing From Boston Plus Free Trolley Tour

The Marble House

After downtown Boston hotel pickup, relax on the 1.5-hour drive to Newport, Rhode Island. Learn about the city’s heritage and architecture. Enjoy breathtaking views of historic mansions, secluded beaches, impressive yachts and the Atlantic Ocean in the Ocean Drive Historic District, also known as Ten Mile Drive. The grand houses here were the summer homes of the cream of New York society in the 19th century.

The first stop is at the Breakers mansion, the grandest of Newport’s summer “cottages” and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family’s social and financial standing a century ago. Take a walking tour to learn all about it.

Then enjoy a couple hours for lunch, shopping or a leisurely walk along the waterfront to enjoy views of the harbor, complete with private yachts, racing sailboats and Newport’s fishing fleet.

From there, continue the tour at another Vanderbilt vacation home, Marble House, a 19th-century mansion made of white marble that is now also a U.S. National Historic Landmark. This Gilded Age marvel is the architectural landmark that ushered in Newport’s transformation from a quaint summer colony of wooden houses to its current status as a resort region of opulent mega-mansions.

Finally, enjoy Ten Mile Drive again, admiring the scenic beauty on the journey back to Boston. Hotel drop-off is included on this tour.

Note: This seasonal tour operates only from June to October.

Customer Reviews

Ying W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

My guide is very knowledgable, he explained us history and interesting facts not only limited to the 2 mansions, but also the towns that we passed by. Newport is beautiful, and hope to visit back there again.

Susan H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent driver and tour guide who shared great information and stories of the area!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

We had a terrific time on this tour. It made us want to go back to Newport for a vacation.

John P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Weather was marvellous and tour was very comprehensive. The driver David was very well informed and knowledgeable. Good recommendation for lunch.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Long day but it was excellent. Newport was so interesting. Thanks

Linda O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We love David our tour quite and Newport was beautiful!

Joanne W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great day, great city! As Dave, the tour director says, he's never had a bad day in Newport. Dave was very knowledgeable and we had fun. Great mansions from a bygone era.

Tina K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

I didn't know what to expect from Newport - but I was blown away - so much grandeur, history and wealth. I heard stories about Jacqui, JFK, the Rockerfellers and the Vanderbilts. I got to see mansions and I had a lovely lunch by the water. This was the highlight of my trip to Boston. If you have a day in Boston - you must do this tour.

Richard S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Newport is a fantastic destination for a day trip.
The opulence and splendor of the mansions are definitely worth seeing.

Jane M B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Our favourite tour of the 4 we did from Boston. This was a really excellent tour with a very ,experienced guide/driver. We saw two fantastic mansions belonging to the Vanderbilts as well as enjoying the waterfront at Newport and seeing the replica of the Mayflower.
We enjoyed it so much that I would do it all again tomorrow if I could.

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