Newport: Gilded Age Trolley Tour & Optional Breakers Entry

4.9 / 5

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Newport: Gilded Age Trolley Tour & Optional Breakers Entry

From $26.75 per person

Board a luxury white trolley for a 90-minute narrated tour of Newport's Colonial Downtown, Ocean Drive, and the Gilded Age Mansions along Bellevue Ave. Learn how America’s most affluent families created this enclave of the rich and famous.

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Duration 1.5 - 3 hours
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  • Enjoy an overview tour of Newport's rich history and current events
  • Marvel at the mansions from the Gilded Age along 10-Mile Drive
  • See over 150 points of interest, including Newport's scenic Ocean Drive, Mansion Row, and Colonial Downtown
  • Visit 16 of Newport's movie settings locations
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Your 90 minutes tour departs from the Visitor Center of Newport and travels south on America’s Cup Avenue and Lower Thames Street. Visit Newport’s colonial district, where you’ll learn about and see some of America’s oldest homes and church buildings, including Saint Mary’s church where John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier were married. Your tour guide will point out some of the best places for eating and shopping in the area. Leaving the colonial district behind, you’ll continue on to Wellington Avenue and then north on Bellevue Avenue. This begins your tour of the beautiful and world-famous 10-Mile Drive, where most of the mansions of the Gilded Age were built. Your guide will share stories about these homes built in the 19th century, as well as stories about their former owners, who were the most affluent people in America at the time. At the end of Bellevue Avenue, you’ll see the International Tennis Hall of Fame, the oldest synagogue in America, and Washington Square. Throughout the tour, the guide will cover 16 television and movie sets, and the current events such as Jay Leno's annual giant classic car show and celebrity weddings. The tour ends in the heart of Newport's downtown waterfront America's Cup Ave, where all of today's happenings are covered such as shopping, dining, and waterfront activities and events.
  • Transport in a luxurious trolley with leather captain's chairs
  • Entry to The Breakers (if option is selected)
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • Wheelchair users
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    • Rhode Island will lift restrictions on social gatherings on May 28, 2021
    • As of May 28, 2021, all trolley rows and seats will be fully utilized
    • This tour is for ages 5+ only
    • Tours may be cancelled due to severe weather or traffic conditions, a full refund provided in such situations
    Customer reviews

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    4.9 /5

    based on 26 reviews

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    The tour was well designed and executed by our tour operator and driver . There is a very good overview of the history of Newport and the tour of the Breakers mansion is breathtaking. Good value for the money. The tour bus ride and overview was just about the right amount of time. In addy, we had plenty of time to explore breakers before getting back on our tour bus and returning to our car. Well done.

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    July 27, 2021

    We booked the tour with optional Breakers Entry. It was very easy to find the pick-up location. Beware! The public parking is expensive. The trolley was very comfortable (enclosed and air conditioned). We are very glad we took the tour. Our guide, Troy, was excellent! We learned so much more than if we had tried to sightsee on our own. He had a great sense of humor, and he was friendly from beginning to end. I highly recommend this tour.

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    July 19, 2021

    I enjoyed the blend of seeing downtown, coast and mansion fronts.

    Joey, our driver and guide, was patient and informative. However, we were aware of some untrue information he stated as facts and he gave too much information about celebrities and the darker side of their lives, especially with young children in the group. I would have preferred historical facts without the drama. Overall, a good tour.

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    August 19, 2016

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