Grand Mansion of Newport Viking Trolley Tour
Take a tour of Newport, Rhode Island, a beautiful New England seaside town. See mansions from the 'Era of Opulence' (also known as the 'Gilded Age.') Tour the grandiose summer cottages of families like the Vanderbilts, Astors, and the Wideners.
Take a trolley tour of historic Newport, Rhode Island. See downtown historic 1600's buildings, nestled in with 1800's buildings, and modern buildings. This area is rich with history, and only 1 1/2 hours south of Boston. See The White Horse Tavern, built in 1673, and believed to be the oldest tavern in America, And view many colonial and Georgian homes and storefronts located throughout Newport.
Head on to Mansion Alley. The tour will take the famous Ten-Mile Ocean Drive past many mansions, summer cottages for the rich and famous, and will lead you to Belleview Avenue, an exclusive, tree-lined neighborhood where the you find homes where the very rich lived, including the Vanderbilts, the Astors, and more. The grandiose designs of the homes demonstrate how the rich oftentimes tried to 'one-up' their neighbors. Many design styles are exhibited, including Italian marble, French Provencial, Gothic Revival, 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.'
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 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 mansion of choice for your trolley tour, 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.
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.
Make your vacation complete with a gained appreciation of 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
- Transportation by trolley
- Visit to William K Vanderbilt's Marble House
- Professional guide
Does not include:
- Gratuities (optional)
- 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