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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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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Cliff Walk and the Breakers
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Colonial Walk of Newport
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Executive Collection Full Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Grand Mansions of Newport
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Newport Mansions Helicopter Tour
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent Choice
  • Newport Scenic Drive
    Seated Tour
  • Rose Island Lighthouse & Harbor Cruise
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Schooner Sail and Mimosa Cocktail
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Vanderbilt's Newport
    Moderate Activity/Walking

Cliff Walk and the Breakers

Light Activity /Walking

Duration: 3 hours

Tour Code: NEW-002

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. No photography of any kind is allowed inside The Breakers. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.