With Mansions representing more than 250 years of social and architectural history, this tour combines all the highlights of Newport, topped off with a visit to one of the Grand Mansions.
Depart the pier, your tour begins with a scenic overview of Newport, passing first through the historic colonial section. Next, pass through Fort Adams, the largest coastal fortification in the United States, and home to generations of soldiers from 1824 to 1950. As Newport emerged as a leading seaport in the 18th century, wealthy sea captains and merchants built beautiful homes, many of which have been restored and preserved to their original splendor. Enjoy the wonderful scenery as you travel along the world-famous Ocean Drive, that offers up spectacular views of Newport's rocky coastline.
Immerse yourself in a world of wealth and power as it existed at the dawn of the 20th century with a visit to one of the grand summer "cottages" along Bellevue Avenue that once defined the era known as "the Age of Beauty." Depending on local conditions, you'll tour either The Elms or Rosecliff, both of which represented the height of gracious living and entertaining by America's elite. Imagine yourself at a fabulous party in a magnificent ballroom or perhaps at a fairy tale dinner with entertainment featuring the famed magician Harry Houdini. Your tour is sure to provide insight into the life of this fascinating time in American History. Time is afforded to browse the mansion's gift shop before making the return drive to the pier.
Please note: Due to the popularity of the Newport Mansions, please anticipate a wait of approximately 30 minutes. This tour may operate in reverse order The sites on this tour are only partially wheelchair accessible. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. It is recommended that guests wear comfortable walking shoes. Photography is not permitted in the mansions.