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Discover Newport’s Ocean Drive (10-Mile Drive), lined with jaw-dropping million-dollar mansions that were once the 19th-century summer houses of the New York elite. On this half-day guided tour, hear historical facts and anecdotes about the Newport mansions inspired by Italian, French and Victorian architecture. Rather than simply driving by, you’ll actually enter one or two of these mansions. Feel like royalty as you pass the grand exteriors and stroll through the lavish interior décor and opulent gardens.

Highlights

  • Mansion tour along Ocean Drive in Newport
  • Enjoy a scenic drive down historic Ocean Drive with your informative guide
  • Take a walking tour of The Breakers, Marble House, The Elms, Rosecliff, Isaac Bell House or Chateau-sur-Mer
  • Marvel at the ornate, lavish interior furnishings and walk through the sculpted gardens
  • Learn about the history of the families who built these iconic Newport landmarks
  • Choose one or two mansions to visit

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What You Can Expect

Newport Mansion Tour Along Ocean Drive

Newport Mansions

This half-day Newport mansions tour is offered at a variety of departure times. At your chosen time, make your way to the Newport Visitor’s Center to begin your drive along Newport’s Ocean Drive (also known as 10-Mile Drive). At the time of booking, decide if you’d like to visit one or two mansions, and then let your guide know at the start of your tour which ones interest you.

En route, hear about the New York upper crust who escaped to Rhode Island during the summers and how their 19th-century mansions transformed Newport’s quiet coastal colony into a famous resort town full of palatial homes:

Chateau-sur-Mer is a landmark of High Victorian architecture, furniture, wallpapers, ceramics and stenciling. It was the most palatial residence in Newport from its completion in 1852 until the appearance of the Vanderbilt houses in the 1890s, and hosted many elaborate, lavish parties.

The Isaac Bell House is one of the country's best surviving examples of shingle-style architecture. Designed for Isaac Bell, a wealthy cotton broker and investor, this mansion is also a US National Historic Landmark.

Visit either of the Vanderbilt family’s homes: The Breakers, the grandest of Newport's summer houses, or Marble House, both US National Historic Landmarks. These were symbols of the family's social and financial reputation at turn of the century.

Commissioned by Nevada silver heiress Theresa Fair Oelrichs in 1899, architect Stanford White modeled Rosecliff after the Grand Trianon, the garden retreat of French kings at Versailles.

Modeled after the mid-18th-century French chateau d'Asnieres outside Paris, The Elms was the summer residence of the Berwind family, who made their fortune in the Pennsylvania coast industry. Be sure to take a walk through the elaborate Classical Revival gardens.

Your Newport mansions tour ends with return transport to the departure point.

Customer Reviews

Diane M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Everything went very well. Our guide was charming and informative. We learned a lot and enjoyed the amazing mansions and the ocean view drive.

Narda C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Worth seeing!!!

Judith D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Nate and Elrod were both awesome drivers and were very knowledgable

Mary G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Had fabulous weather and really enjoyed the bus tour around Newport. Our guide was friendly, knowledgeable and entertaining. We then toured The Breakers and Rosecliff. I love this stuff but, truthfully, 2 or 3 mansions is all you need!

Kristine R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The tour was wonderful and Nate was very knowledgeable about the area which was a bonus.

Mary Ann D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We did the tour plus 2 mansions. Nate, our driver and tour guide, was very personable and funny. Highly recommend this tour.

judy.turbin

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

our tour leader, jake was terrific. he knows his stuff and shared it with lots of humor and fact. a pleasure.

Lindsay S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

definitely recommend

Barbara W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Nate, our driver and tour guide, was excellent. He was very versed in local history and could relate the history to the properties we were seeing. The tour guide can make or break a bus tour, and this one was very rewarding because of his narration during the tour.

Robert P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

A must see. it on your bucket list.

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