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
Comfortable transportation in a full-sized, temperature-controlled motorcoach with lavatory
Transport by luxury air-conditioned coach with lavatory
Live commentary on board
Hotel pickup and drop-off (select hotels only)
Entry/Admission - The Breakers
Entry/Admission - Marble House
Food and drinks
Departure & Return
8 Park Plaza
Traveler pickup is offered
What To Expect
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.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
Infant rates apply to those under the age of 3 who do not occupy a seat. If your child requires a seat, please purchase a child ticket.
This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Viator Traveler's Reviews
, Oct 2018
James Allen was our guide, and we were entertained and enlightened by his constant attention to all the details of the Newport tour. We learned so much. Everyone had such a good time due to the attention Mr. Allen paid to each of us and his ability to include everyone in his presentation. I would certainly recommend this tour to anyone coming to a Boston.
There was ample time to tour a third mansion. I would suggest adding one more mansion to the tour. Out tour left from Boston, slightly late and we had more than enough time for lunch and shopping. I would have enjoyed seeing a third mansion since we drove so far to get there.
Out of our whole time in Boston, this was our favorite tour! It is about an 1.5 hour drive each way, but it is worth it. The mansions are amazing- so elaborate and arguably fancier than Buckingham Palace on the inside. The Marble House was the better of the two, but the Breakers was enjoyable as well. You also get a decent amount of time to walk around the town and grab a bite to eat. It's a very cute town and definitely worth the visit. Highly recommend!
I would NOT recommend this tour to anyone.
The tours of the two homes were the only enjoyable part of the tour. This was because of the operators at the SITES. Not the tour staff.
Our guide was inarticulate and disorganized. At the lunch break, she disappeared before we were even off the bus, to ask her suggestions for where we could go.
The bus was smelly of urine, we were seated near the back and the heat was not working. It was a cool and rainy day, so the driver was running the air conditioning to keep the windows clear, but FREEZING us.
The driver HIT a sign at the second property we visited, and I was disappointed that he ignored his mistake and kept going. He didn't check the bus, or notify the museum of his accident.
The lunch time was RUSHED! We only had one hour to eat, in a very busy Newport where there were waits to get into restaurants. There was no time for shopping or walking by the Harbour.
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!