Take a tour of Newport, Rhode Island, a beautiful New England seaside town. See mansions from the "Era of Opulence". This was also known as the "Gilded Age". People like the Vanderbilts, Astors, and Widener, built grandiose Summer cottages.
Take a trolley tour of historic Newport, Rhode Islands. See the historic 1600's buildings, nestled in with 1800's, and modern buildings downtown. This area is rich with history, and only 1 1/2 hours south of Boston. The believed to be, oldest tavern in America, The White Horse Tavern was built in 1673. There are many colonial and Georgian homes, and storefronts located throughout Newport.
Head on to Mansion alley. The tour will take the Ten-Mile Ocean Drive, past many mansion, summer cottages, for the rich and famous, and will lead you to Belleview Avenue, an exclusively, very rich, tree lined neighborhood. This where the very rich lived, such as the Vanderbilts, Astors, and more. They all always tried to "one up" each other with their grandiose designs. There were man different designs, Italian marble, French Provencial, Gothic Revival, and Old English combined with European, and Colonial America.
Listen as your guide tells about the fascinating and colorful histories of these "Cottages", both past and present. See the "Rosecliff", which was used in the filming of "The Great Gatsby". This mansion and others were used in many different films. Enjoy the ride, as you imagine being a guest at one of their opulent lawn parties during the "Gilded Age".
The tour lasts 3 hours, includes transportation, entrance to the "Marble house", and your professional guide, and costs $21.00 for ages 6-17, and 18+ at $46.00.
After choosing the best day,time, and your mansion of choice for your trolley tour of Newport, meet your guide at the Newport Visitor Center, located at 23 America's Cup Avenue. Make yourself comfortable in the trolley, and then begin your 3-hour tour.
As you go past historical buildings and restored homes, listen to your professional guide recount their incredible stories and fascinating details about Newport. Take in over 150 points of interest as you wind through the streets of Newport. Enjoy the rugged beauty of Ten-Mile Ocean Drive and the mansions along tree-lined Bellevue Avenue.
The three different mansions available to visit are below:
Stop at William K Vanderbilt's Marble House, an absolutely gorgeous mansion filled with history, for a visit.
Go to Rosecliff and experience the location where the Great Gatsby was filmed.
Visit The Breakers, the elaborate estate of Cornelius Vanderbilt.
Gain an appreciation for the history and charm of Newport on this 3-hour tour.
Pickup & Return:
Newport Visitor Center.
Departure Times: 10am, 10:30am, 11am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, and 3pm
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
Does not include:
- Transportation by trolley
- Visit to William K Vanderbilt's Marble House
- Professional guide
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
- Wheelchair accessible