What To Expect
Soak in the beauty of the Ten Mile Ocean Drive. Take a look at the seventeenth century buildings and the marvelous mansions along beautiful Bellevue Avenue. Capture the lovely landscaped garden at Chateau-sur-Mer.
You will also visit two mansions chosen by guests on the bus!!
If weather permits, take a brief walk at the Cliff Walk/Forty steps.
Enjoy this fully narrated tour with detailed information on Summer residences of many prominent people.
An excerpt of what you will see during your tour...
Architectural History 1640-1915
eg. Richard Morris Hunt; Richard Munday; McKim, Mead, & White
Colony House where the death of King George II was announced and also The Declaration of Independence
Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House - oldest house in Newport.
Summer Residences of rich Southerners escaping the heat of New York City.
Newport's Famous Trees e.g. Beech Trees, Copper Beech, Cut Leaf Beech, Weeping Beech, Turkey Oak trees from Europe 151 years ago.
Touro Synagogue (1763) - oldest surviving synagogue in North America
Redwood Library designed by Peter Harrison, the first public library in America
The Reading Room, where Mr. Gordon Bennet New York Herald publisher and Augustus Candy made an interesting wager that got them kicked out of The Reading Room!
Newport Casino now known as the Tennis Hall of Fame
Newport Naval Academy
Kingscote (1839), Isaac Bell House (1883), Chateau-sur-Mer (1852), Watts Sherman House (1876), McCauley Hall (1896), The Breakers (1895), Rosecliff (1902), Marble House (1892), Belcourt Castle (1894)
Rough Point - Doris Duke's residence
Castle Hill - a summer house (1874) built for renowned scientist & explorer, Alexander Agassiz.
Hammersmith Farm built for John W. Auchincloss (1887). This Mansion was the unofficial Summer White House of the John F. Kennedy Presidency
Beacon Rock, Felix de Weldon's residence. An American sculptor whose most famous piece is the Marine Corps War Memorial of five U.S. Marines and one sailor raising the flag of the United States on Iwo Jima during World War Two.
Choices for the mansions are The Breakers, Marble House, The Elms, Rosecliff, Isaac Bell House, or Chateau-sur-Mer/
Meals and drinks
Tips and gratuities
Children below 4 years old are free of charge if accompanied by an adult.
All our card payments are protected by thawte to give you peace of mind.