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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

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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent tour of Newport and the mansions! Unfortunately, it rained 2 inches the day we went! Our bus was old and the air conditioning had to be on the whole time so the driver could see out the window. We were freezing, but the driver got us all back safe!

Pamela L S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Wonderful tour! Our guide David was fabulous. So interesting, knowledgable and enthusiastic.

Salvador P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Newport is a beautiful place , and the mansions are like little palaces . Tour guide was excellent , we had a problem with the bus and it was taken care of seamlessly , we were very impressed with the service


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This trip was beyond amazing! Our coach driver/guide had so much knowledge it was worth the money. The Mansions take your breath away. Our only negative point is there just was not enough time at the Mansions. We didn't have time to go into the grounds or spend any time in the shop at each house. We don't know how the time at the mansions could be improved upon - there just isn't enough hours in the day. Our only suggestion would be the trip leave Boston earlier! Fabulous day out!

Connie N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Driver gave a history of the area as we drove past homes. Very informative!

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

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