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Ultimate Newport Self-Guided Combo Tour

Explore all of Newport, RI! Experience the iconic Cliff Walk, which winds past famous Gilded Age mansions like The Breakers and Marble House. Then hop into your car and drive down Bellevue Avenue and around Ocean Drive. Learn about the mansions, Newport's historic past, and iconic American millionaires like the Vanderbilts and Astors. This combo package offers the best value for those looking to get the most out of their trip to Newport, Rhode Island.

Recommended: Purchase one tour per vehicle. Everyone can listen together!

Within 30 mins, we'll send you a unique password and an app. Download the app onto your phone and enter password. Then download the tour inside. When you arrive, head over to the first stop. Once there, launch the app and simply follow the instructions from there! Stick to our recommended route and speed limit for the best experience.

The tour’s valid for 30 days from booking!

Check COVID rules and opening hours before your visit.

per adult from

$12

AUD

Duration

5 to 6 hours

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Mobile ticket

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  • What's included :
    • GPS Map
    • Audios and Text
    • Online Support
    • Bundled tours
    What's excluded :
    • Admission to Paid Attractions
    • Entry/Admission - International Tennis Hall of Fame
    • Entry/Admission - Audrain Auto Museum
    • Entry/Admission - The Bellevue House
    • Entry/Admission - Isaac Bell House
    • Entry/Admission - The Elms
    • Entry/Admission - Ochre Court
    • Entry/Admission - McAuley Hall
    • Entry/Admission - The Breakers
    • Entry/Admission - Chateau-sur-Mer
    • Entry/Admission - National Museum of American Illustration
    • Entry/Admission - Rosecliff
    • Entry/Admission - Marble House
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 Americas Cup Ave, Newport, RI 02840-3032

    Our journey begins in downtown Newport, just by the Newport Visitor Center. As we set off into the heart of Newport, we'll dive into the past to learn about Newport's hey-day: the Gilded Age. This era of nouveau-riche American elites like the Vanderbilts and Astors has been marked by gorgeous mansions. We'll explore the architecture and architects behind these designs as drive.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: International Tennis Hall of Fame, 194 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-3515

    At the International Tennis Hall of Fame intersection, we'll turn onto the famed Bellevue Avenue -- the most expensive avenue in America. We're about to see the most magnificent homes ever built in this country... facetiously known as "summer cottages". You can choose to pause here to check ou the Hall of Fame, which features tennis greats.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Audrain Auto Museum, 222 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840, USA

    As we head down Bellevue, we'll soon pass the Audrain Auto Museum and won't be able to help by admire it! It boasts both beautiful architecture and a frequent rotation of stunning cars.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Edward King House, 35 King St, Newport, RI 02840, USA

    We'll take a quick detour off of Bellevue to get a closer look at the Edward King House, just one block away. This is our introduction to the mansions of Newport.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Kingscote, 253 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840, USA

    As we head back to Bellevue, we'll see our very first Newport Mansion: Kingscote. We'll learn all about this summer home and it's inhabitants over the years. You can even take a tour of the inside.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: The Bellevue House, 14 Catherine St, Newport, RI 02840, USA

    Bellevue House is next on our journey. This gorgeous mansion has a rich facade - and a long history to match! Since it's not open for tours, we won't try to pause here.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Isaac Bell House, 70 Perry St, Newport, RI 02840, USA

    As we continue down Bellevue Avenue, we'll pass more eye-catching homes: Issac Bell House and Snug Harbor. We'll learn about the unique owners of both homes, and can choose to stop at Issac Bell House for an interior tour.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: The Elms, 367 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6915

    Finally, we'll see the Elms. This masterpiece was designed for the coal baron Edward Julius Berwind and inspired by France's Château d'Asnières. Here we'll want to slow down as much as possible to hear about the Berwinds -- and maybe pull inside for a tour!

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: 424 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840, USA

    When we spot Mr. Belmont's statue, we'll turn off Bellevue. We're now heading towards some of the largest and finest mansions in Newport -- and they're technically not even on this famously expensive avenue! As we drive, we'll learn a bit about Belmont -- whose fascinating story we'll pick back up when we see another grand house later on the tour.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Chepstow, Narragansett Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6954

    As we journey along, we'll pass Chepstow, a gorgeous Italianate house museum built-in 1860. Its original inhabitant isn't usually discussed in Newport histories... but has a long connection to both early American settlers and to the nouveau-riche of the Gilded Age. We can stop here for a tour as well.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Ochre Court, Newport, RI

    Ochre Court will immediately arrest our eyes! This châteauesque mansion cost of $4.5 million... in 1892. And it certainly shows! Now the centerpiece of the Salve Regina University, this mansion isn't open for tours... but that won't stop us from learning all about it's rich and fascinating history!

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: McAuley Hall, Newport, RI 02840, USA

    Vikings-inspired Vinland is now Salve Regina's McAuley Hall. As we pass this beautiful red-stone mansion, we'll learn all about it's inspiration and its unique owner.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: The Breakers, 44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6906

    Finally, we reach Newport's highlight: The Breakers. This Vanderbilt mansion is the biggest and the best of all of Newport's summer cottages -- and you can tell. We'll look past the towering wrought-iron gates, along the winding gravel drive, and up to the majestic and marvelous mansion's facade. We'll dive into the Vanderbilt backstory, the mansion's architectural wonders, and much more while here. This is another great opportunity to hop out for a tour.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Chateau-sur-Mer, Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840

    As we head back towards Bellevue Avenue, we'll pause to check out the delicate beauty of Chateau-sur-Mer. Not only is the first Gilded Age mansion in Newport, but it also boasts one of the most beautiful, green, sprawling gardens. Both the house and the gardens are open for an optional tour.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: National Museum of American Illustration, 492 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-4127

    Right on the corner of Bellevue, we'll pause once again for a glimpse of Vernon Court. This mansion holds a different type of treasure inside: the National Museum of American Illustrations. Norman Rockwell fans simply can't skip this hidden gem.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Frederick Law Olmsted Park, Newport, RI 02840, USA

    We continue our journey along Newport's Bellevue Avenue, passing the historic Frederick Law Olmstead Park and learning about this historic landscape architect -- and his Gilded Age gardens.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Rosecliff, 584 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-4265

    Rosecliff is next on our path. This is arguably the most beautiful of the Newport Mansions, and it contains a rotating exhibition gallery on it's top floor. If you pause here for a tour, you'll also be treated to phenomenal ocean views.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Beechwood (Astor mansion), 580 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840, USA

    As we continue, we'll pass the Astors' summer cottage: Beechwood. Mrs. Astor famously had a "300 List" - the definitive list of the 300 people she considered high society. Where did that number come from? Well, this ballroom actually! It fit 300 guests. We'll learn more about this list, the Astors, and the Gilded Age as we continue to drive down Newport's Bellevue Avenue.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Marble House, 596 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-4265

    Our journey now takes us past Marble House, one of the most opulent and magnificent of Newport's Mansions. This Gilded Age marvel is another Vanderbilt home, and actually has one of the most interesting histories of all the mansions here. We'll learn all about Marble House and it's owners as we continue onwards -- or you can pause here for a tour.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Belcourt of Newport, 657 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-4280

    We'll then pass three amazing homes in a row: Beaulieu House, Miramar, and Belcourt Castle. All three of these beautiful mansions were built in the 1800s and belonged to Gilded Age elites. Like the other Newport mansions, they were only ever intended to be used as summer homes, and left vacant for the rest of the year.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Rough Point Museum, 680 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-4283

    We're now at the end of Bellevue Avenue and can catch a glimpse of an English Manorial style home through the trees: that's Rough Point. Now a museum open for tours, we'll learn all about it's the eccentric (and possibly dangerous) owner.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Bailey’s Beach, Cliff Walk, Newport, RI 02840, USA

    Our tour along the beautiful Cliff Walk ends near another beach: Bailey's Beach. The northeast end of the beach, where the Cliff Walk ends, is open to the public, but Bailey’s Beach itself is private, welcoming only a very exclusive club.... reminiscent of Mrs. Astor’s “400” list. Perhaps the Gilded Age lives on in Newport!

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Gooseberry Beach, 130 Ocean Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6515

    As we meander along this scenic path, we'll enjoy the fresh ocean air and relative calm. As we drive, we'll dive into the history of seafaring, trading, and yachting in Newport -- much of which finds its roots in the Gilded Age. As we continue, we can choose to pause at some of the public beaches to stretch our legs.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Brenton Point State Park, Ocean Drive, Newport, RI 02840

    Our journey continues past Brenton Point State Park, which boasts magnificent ocean views and sprawling green lawns. We'll try to spot the lighthouse as we continue forward.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Castle Hill Inn, 590 Ocean Drive, Newport, RI 02840, USA

    We'll continue past Castle Hill Inn and it's a lighthouse, learning a bit more about Newport's history after the Gilded Age.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: OceanCliff Hotel, 65 Ridge Rd, Newport, RI 02840, USA

    Next up, we'll pass OceanCliff and the Newport Country Club. We're now at the farthest point along the Ocean Drive.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Hammersmith Farm, 225 Harrison Ave, Newport, RI 02840-3784

    Our journey brings us to Hammersmith Farm, the childhood home of Jackie Kennedy. Jackie and JFK would later return to summer here, enjoying the same scenery, views, and breeze that you feel today!

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: 80 Fort Adams Drive Fort Adams State Park Visitor Center, Newport, RI 02840-4388

    We'll continue both our history lesson and journey into Fort Adams, as we explore this historic site and it's significance to Newport's independence.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Beacon Rock, 147 Harrison Ave, Newport, RI 02840, USA

    As we turn the corner on Ocean Drive, we'll gatch a glimpse of Beacon Rock through the trees. We'll learn a little about this mansion's history as we admire it's facade.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Bonniecrest, 111 Harrison Ave, Newport, RI 02840, USA

    Our journey then brings us to BonnieCrest, home of the Worcestershire Sauce family! We'll then push forward to Harbor Court and finally, get some more scenic ocean views.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Ida Lewis Rock, Newport, RI 02840, USA

    Off the in the distance, we'll see Ida Lewis Rock. As we pass by, we'll learn all about Ida Lewis' heroic activities here.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Rochambeau Statue and Monument, Newport, RI 02840, USA

    We'll continue past the historic Rochambeau Monument, celebrating the French commander's assistance in the fight against the British for American independence.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Spencer Park, Newport, RI 02840, USA

    Our journey then brings us to Newport's Irish District or 5th Ward. Here we'll explore the lives behind the scenes -- those of the workers that made the Gilded Age possible.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St, Newport, RI 02840, USA

    Our tour through Newport finally ends at historic St. Mary's Church, almost a full circle to where we started out at the Newport Visitor Center!

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Easton's Beach, 175 Memorial Blvd, Newport, RI 02840-3659

    Embark on this scenic walk at the Cliff Walk entrance by Easton's Beach. We'll learn a little about Easton's Beach as we set off on this journey, followed immediately by a short look at the Chanler. As we continue along, we'll dive into Newport's history, the effect of the Gilded Age, and the Cliff Walk's creation. We'll also learn a little about the "old-money" families, like the Vanderbilts and Astors, whose grand summer cottages line the Cliff Walk.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Forty Steps, Newport, RI 02840, USA

    Our first major stop comes at the iconic Forty Steps. This is an alternative starting point for the tour and a wonderful opportunity to walk down these historic steps and appreciate the wild beauty of the crashing waves in front. We'll learn about the Gilded Age elites who tried to keep access to the Cliff Walk for themselves by building a wall -- and about the lower-class residents who tore those walls down! Thanks to their battles, this beautiful pathway has remained open to the public.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Lands End, Newport, RI 02840, USA

    As we near the end of the Cliff Walk, we'll see one final mansion: Land's End. This was the home of Edith Wharton, the gifted author who abhorred being a Gilded Age elite. We'll learn all about Wharton and her works as we continue.

    Duration: 10 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Discover Newport, 44 Long Wharf Mall, Newport, RI 02840, USA
    Departure Time :
    4/11/2020 - 1/11/2022
    Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English - Written, English - Audio

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

5

Organised by Sarla Analytics

Activity ID: V-259640P4

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