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Majestic Mansion Tour

by Historic Tours of Newport Duration 3h Free cancellation available No booking or credit card fees
per adult Price is $46

Take in the elegance and heritage of the Ocean Drive Historic District as you cruise past 10 miles (16 km) of yacht-dotted coastline and long-standing estates. Hear about the who's-who of “The Drive,” and stop for an up-close look at one famed mansion.

Meet up with your guide in Newport and hop in a comfortable vehicle for a fully narrated ride along the so-called Ten Mile Drive, a wealthy summer community established by New England's elite escaping the cities back in the 1850s. Ride by the marvelous mansions of Bellevue Avenue and admire the lovely gardens of Chateau-sur-Mer as your guide describes the prominent figures who have spent time in these homes.

Learn about the upper crust of NYC who transformed a quiet stretch of coastline into a famed resort area, and then take your pick of one of 3 mansions—the Breakers, Marble House, or Rosecliff—to head onto the grounds for a closer look. The Breakers and the Marble House both belonged to the Vanderbilts and stand as tony symbols of the family's wealth at the turn of the century; Rosecliff, commissioned by a silver heiress in 1899, is modeled after the Grand Trianon at Versailles, in France.

Take in the elegance and heritage of the Ocean Drive Historic District as you cruise past 10 miles (16 km) of yacht-dotted coastline and long-standing estates. Hear about the who's-who of “The Drive,” and stop for an up-close look at one famed mansion.

Meet up with your guide in Newport and hop in a comfortable vehicle for a fully narrated ride along the so-called Ten Mile Drive, a wealthy summer community established by New England's elite escaping the cities back in the 1850s. Ride by the marvelous mansions of Bellevue Avenue and admire the lovely gardens of Chateau-sur-Mer as your guide describes the prominent figures who have spent time in these homes.

Learn about the upper crust of NYC who transformed a quiet stretch of coastline into a famed resort area, and then take your pick of one of 3 mansions—the Breakers, Marble House, or Rosecliff—to head onto the grounds for a closer look. The Breakers and the Marble House both belonged to the Vanderbilts and stand as tony symbols of the family's wealth at the turn of the century; Rosecliff, commissioned by a silver heiress in 1899, is modeled after the Grand Trianon at Versailles, in France.

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2:00 PM, Tour in English

Duration 3h No booking or credit card fees

Live Commentary in English.

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per adult
$46

Total price is $46, taxes included

It only takes 2 minutes

Majestic Mansion Tour

Activity Location

HTN Visitor Center

850 Aquidneck Avenue

Middletown 02842

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Historic Tours of Newport's Visitors Center

    850 Aquidneck Avenue

    Middletown 02842


Highlights

  • Relaxing ride along picturesque 10-mile (16-km) Ocean Drive

  • Up-close look at The Breakers, Marble House, or Rosecliff

  • Grand architecture & lavish interiors of coastal estates

  • History of New York's upper crust, who summered in Newport

  • Grand mansions & opulent gardens along Bellevue Avenue


Inclusions

  • Guided bus tour of the Ten Mile Drive

  • Admission to The Breakers, Marble House, or Rosecliff

  • Live tour commentary provided in English


Know Before You Book

  • Children 3 and younger are complimentary.

  • Your tour group will select which mansion to visit on the day of the activity, at the beginning of the tour.

  • Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.

  • Depending on group size, tours may be run in a van.


Majestic Mansion Tour ratings based on 5 Verified Reviews

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3.6 out of 5

1/5 May 4, 2019

The guide was not accurate about information she was sharing. She was not able to answer basic questions. The tour was not about the mansions. Instead it was a drive around town. Truly, the worst paid tour I have ever taken in my life.

5/5 Sep 6, 2018

This was the most informative 3 hours. Due to trolleys breaking down they picked us up in a van which was cool and perfect and felt more like a private tour!! In the van we were able to drive through some of the smaller mansions up close. The biggest assets was our tour guide Troy!! You were awesome and since he had spent 14 years vacationing here as a child he had so much information. Really can’t say enough about Troy. My mom uses a walker and he was so helpful getting her in and our of van. We will definelty recommend to everyone!!