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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

Martin K United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The tour was good but a bit over priced.

Patricia M USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Although we received a last minute text message that the 10 am tour was cancelled and we should re-book on the 11 am tour, that was the only downside to this great tour. Our guide provided lots of insight into the history of the Newport area and took us to locations that are not normally included in a typical tour. We ended our excursion at The Breakers mansion. It was awesome and we were able to do a self-guided tour of this fabulous and ornate summer cottage. We definitely got our money's worth.

Dennis T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The mansions are the real deal and kept in wonderfully authentic condition. Well worth the time and .

Sue

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Nate was great! Very knowledgeable. Great way to see the area in a short time.

Leandra M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great tour!

Reba K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent tour of the mansions. Wonderful guide and the coach ride was very pleasant as well.

Pratik J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Awesome trip . The mansions are beautiful. Will visit again.

Adelheid R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The tour was great and we saw very nice mansions. The tour guide gave us a lot of interesting information. We enjoyed it very much.

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!!!

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