Known as the ‘Queen of Summer Resorts’, Newport was home to many of America’s wealthiest Gilded Age tycoons including the Astors, Belmonts and Vanderbilts. Today, the traveler can tour these opulent mansions, carefully restored by the Newport Preservation Society. Walking tours of Newport showcase a fine collection of pre-Revolutionary War buildings in the Colonial Downtown section, sophisticated boutiques and excellent restaurants.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 10 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 10 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Newport Scenic Drive

    Explore the rich history and splendid scenery of Newport from Colonial times through the Gilded Age during this picturesque tour of the city.

    Depart the pier for the drive through Newport, which features more than 150 points of interest. As you drive through the historic district, you will encounter fine examples of Colonial, Federal and Victorian homes, many of which have been designated as National Historic Sites. Other landmarks to be seen include Trinity Church, Redwood Library and the Gothic Church of Saint Mary's, where Jacqueline Bouvier married Senator John F. Kennedy.

    Next, you will continue along the world-famous 10-mile Ocean Drive, where you will take in spectacular views of the rocky coastline. Time permitting, a photo stop is made at Fort Adams, the largest coastal fortification in the United States, and home to generations of soldiers from 1824 to 1950. Driving along Bellevue Avenue, you will see where society's millionaires of the early-20th century built their grand summer residences. You will then pass by the opulent mansions of the Vanderbilts, Astors and Morgans, many of which have been beautifully preserved by the Newport Preservation Society.

    Please note: This tour is mostly panoramic with very limited walking. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable shoes are suggested. The order of the sights viewed or visited may vary.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Newport Mansions Helicopter Tour

    Take an exhilarating helicopter ride over some of the most beautiful parts of Newport, including the lavish oceanfront mansions, sprawling Fort Adams and the harbor.

    After departing from the pier, you will soon arrive at the airport and after receiving a safety briefing, prepare to board a helicopter for a flight over Newport and other parts of Aquidneck Island. Only three guests at a time will be on each flight, which adds to the intimacy of the experience.

    When it’s time for your group, you will hop aboard and take off on a breathtaking 10 minute flight that offers a birds-eye view of Newport’s most spectacular sights. As you fly above the harbor, your pilot will provide commentary. During your flight you will see the Newport Bridge, the suspension bridge that connects Newport and Jamestown on neighboring Conanicut Island. You can also easily spot Fort Adams, America’s largest coastal fortification and a National Historic Landmark.

    Being in a helicopter offers the rare opportunity to soar above Newport’s famed summer “cottages” built by America’s leading industrialists in the late 19th century. The opulent homes include The Breakers for the Vanderbilt family and Rosecliff, which renowned architect Stanford White designed for a Nevada silver heiress. You can also expect to see Hammersmith Farm, the childhood home of Jacqueline Bouvier and the site of the reception for her 1953 wedding to John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

    Before returning to the airport, you will also fly past Cliffwalk, the gorgeous walking path that follows the shoreline, and you will see sections of the coastal road - Ten Mile Drive.

    Please note: This tour includes limited walking but guest will need to negotiate a high step to get on and off the helicopter with limited assistance. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. This tour operates weather permitting and may be cancelled at the last minute due to Air Traffic restrictions. The total weight of all passengers (3 guests) cannot exceed 600 lbs. No one guest can weigh more than 300 lbs. Persons traveling together may not be able to be accommodated on the same flight. This tour operates weather permitting and may be cancelled at the last minute due to Air Traffic restrictions.

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  • Grand Mansions of Newport

    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. Selfie sticks, flash photography & tripods are not permitted inside the mansions.

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  • Vanderbilt's Newport

    Discover Vanderbilt's Newport on this delightful tour that has you visiting two of the grandest mansions ever built in the United States, The Breakers and Marble House.

    Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794-1877) established the Vanderbilt family fortune in steamships and later, in the New York Central Railroad. As the industrial revolution reached its zenith in the late 19th century, the Vanderbilts soon became the wealthiest family in America and chose Newport as their summer playground.

    Departing the pier, you will first drive to Marble House. Completed in 1892, Marble House was modeled after the Petit Trianon in Versailles. Mr. Vanderbilt instructed his architect, Richard Morris Hunt to build "the very best living accommodations that money could buy". After nearly four years of work, and a total cost exceeding $11 million, the mansion was completed in 1892 and given to his wife, Mrs. Alva Vanderbilt, leading hostess of Newport Society, for her 39th birthday. This striking Mansion became the social and architectural landmark that set the pace for Newport's transformation from a quiet summer colony of wooden houses to the legendary resort of opulent stone palaces. You will enjoy the stories of the elaborate parties of the Gilded Age as you tour the public rooms and grounds of Marble House.

    Continuing on, you will next visit The Breakers , the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages", The Breakers was commissioned by the Commodore's grandson, Cornelius Vanderbilt II, Chairman and President of the New York Central Railroad. Inspired by the 16th century palaces of Genoa and Turin, the 70 room Italian Renaissance-style villa was designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt who directed an international team of craftsmen and artisans. Completed in 1895, the mansion is situated on a 13-acre estate overlooking a magnificent view of the rugged Atlantic Coastline.

    The self-guided audio tours of the mansions provide insight into the life of this fascinating time in American History at your own pace. Time is afforded to browse the mansions' gift shops 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. Selfie sticks, flash photography & tripods are not permitted inside the mansions. Rosecliff House will be visited on days the Marble House is unavailable.

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  • Rose Island Lighthouse & Harbor Cruise

    Enjoy a scenic harbor cruise to nearby Rose Island to explore this fully restored lighthouse and view the remains of 200-year-old Fort Hamilton, now an important wildlife sanctuary.

    Depart into the fresh sea breeze and beautiful scenery of Naragansett Bay en route to Rose Island. During your 50-minute cruise to the Island, your captain will share some of the 350-year history of the 'City-by-the-Sea' and how it earned the title 'Yachting Capital of the World'. First lit in 1870, the lighthouse was lovingly restored to its original turn-of-the-last century ambiance in 1993 and remains a classic example of American maritime architecture. Due to its strategic location, Rose Island has been of military importance since the Revolutionary War. Today, it plays an important role as home to a number of migrating birds. A visit to this "living museum" offers insight into a by-gone way of life spent tending the light and raising families in dedicated self-sufficiency.

    Following your visit to the lighthouse, you will join your naturalist guide for a leisurely walk before re-boarding your vessel for the return to the pier. Rich in maritime heritage, past and present, a scenic cruise on the bay is an excellent way to appreciate Newport's colonial heritage, yachting history and opulent estates.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of walking and/or standing, half of which is along dirt pathways. The tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair and not recommended for those guests with mobility concerns. Participants should be in good physical condition. Since Rose Island is exposed to weather, we suggest you wear comfortable non-slip footwear as well as a windbreaker or rain jacket. The tour will operate rain or shine.

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  • Schooner Sail and Mimosa Cocktail

    Sail a sleek schooner around beautiful Narragansett Bay, admiring the coastal homes and landmarks, while learning about Newport’s fascinating history.

    A short walk from the pier brings you to Bowen’s Wharf, where you will board the Adirondack II, an elegant 80-foot schooner with mahogany trim and teak decks. Although built in 1999, the vessel looks similar to a turn-of-the-century schooner, but equipped with today’s technology.

    Once you settle in, off you will go; reaching speeds of up to 10 knots if the conditions permit. You can expect a lively, immensely comfortable ride around Narragansett Bay, made even more enjoyable with a mimosa cocktail or another beverage in hand.

    As you sail through Newport Harbor, you will pass imposing Fort Adams, America’s largest coastal fortification and a National Historic Landmark. It’s quite the sight and especially intriguing once you learn its history, starting in colonial times.

    The captain and crew will regale you with stories about Newport, the famous people that have resided here, and the landmarks that dot the shore. The Victorian-style home at Hammersmith Farm is one of the most renowned residences, as it was the childhood home of Jacqueline Bouvier and the site of the reception for her 1953 wedding to John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

    The bay island due west of Newport is Goat Island, named for the goats that residents once pastured there. As you sail back to the pier, you may spot its lighthouse, built on the island’s breakwater in 1842.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 30 minutes of easy walking; however, guests must have enough agility to negotiate the large steps required to get on and off the schooner with limited assistance. Additionally, there are 7 stair steps to access the onboard restroom. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Those who suffer from motion sickness should take the necessary precautions prior to commencement of the tour. Weather appropriate clothing to include a light windbreaker; sun cap; sunscreen; and sunglasses are recommended. Flat, comfortable shoes with a non-slip sole are essential. Guests must be at least 21 years of age to be served any alcoholic beverages. This tour operates rain or shine.

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  • Colonial Walk of Newport

    The City of Newport is not only one of America's oldest cities, it also has the distinction of having more original colonial period buildings than any other early American City. This lovely walking tour gives you the opportunity to experience Newport's unique charm up close.

    Your guided stroll through the heart of Newport's National Registered Historic Landmarks District takes you past some of the city's most notable landmarks while your guide shares with you the stories of how this long neglected neighborhood became a model for historic preservation. With the help of tobacco heiress Doris Duke, who personally financed much of the restoration, the Historic District is now home to over 80 fully restored colonial homes. Along the way, you will pass architect Peter Harrison's Brick Market Museum, the Old Colony House, the White Horse Tavern, and the Quaker Meeting House. You will also make your way past the Touro Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in the country and one of the many sites visited by President George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and others.

    Your return to the pier has you traveling via the square where Hollywood producer-director Steven Spielberg filmed the movie Amistad in 1997, using the city's most picturesque landmarks.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of walking and is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair or those guests with mobility concerns. It is suggested that participants dress in layers and wear flat, comfortable walking shoes. The tour will operate rain or shine.

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  • Cliff Walk and the Breakers

    Enjoy the riches of Newport with this tour that takes you along a portion of its spectacular Cliff Walk trail and visits one of its most elegant mansions.

    Depart the pier for a short drive to the Cliff Walk where you will have New England's rocky shore and crashing surf on one side, and Newport's most extravagant mansions on the other. This wonderful walk remains one of the top attractions in Newport and is enjoyed by people of all ages. Your guide will be happy to share the stories of America's Gilded Age and the cast of characters that made Newport one of the nation's wealthiest summer resorts.

    Next, your leisurely walk takes you to The Breakers, the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages." The Breakers was commissioned by Cornelius Vanderbilt II, Chairman and President of the New York Central Railroad. Inspired by the 16th century palaces of Genoa and Turin, the 70 room Italian Renaissance-style villa was designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt who directed an international team of craftsmen and artisans. Completed in 1895, the mansion is situated on a 13 acre estate overlooking a magnificent view of the rugged Atlantic Coastline.

    The self-guided audio tour of the mansion provides insight into the life of this fascinating time in American History at your own pace. Time is afforded to browse the mansion's gift shop before returning 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. This tour includes approximately 2.5 hours of walking - at times on uneven ground. The tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. A windbreaker or light jacket and comfortable, flat walking shoes are strongly recommended. Selfie sticks, flash photography & tripods are not permitted inside the mansion. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

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