Escape to the lovely coastal city of Newport, Rhode Island, on this day trip that includes both a guided tour and free time. Explore The Breakers mansion, the summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt II's family. See top Newport attractions such as St Mary's Parish, Ocean Drive and the Naval War College on a narrated city tour. Then spend the afternoon exploring more of this quaint and historic city on your own. This small-group tour is limited to 14 people for a more intimate, interactive experience.
After pickup from your central Boston hotel in a minibus, enjoy a morning snack during the 1.5-hour drive to Newport, Rhode Island. Listen to your informative guide provide historical commentary about Newport, which has been called 'America's First Resort'; feel free to ask questions in the relaxed company of your small group.
Arrive at The Breakers, the elegant summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt II and his family, to explore for 2-hours. Tour the remarkable mansion, which covers a full acre of the 13-acre (5.2-hectare) oceanfront estate. It's one of many local mansions that served as getaways for America's rich and famous during the 20th century. During this time, you may take part in a 1.5-hour self-guided audio tour (available in 9 languages). Directly behind The Breakers, take in gorgeous ocean views at the Newport Cliff Walk for great photo opportunities.
After, embark on a 1-hour narrated city tour of Newport sights. See St Mary's Parish, where President John F Kennedy wed Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953. Drive by Touro Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in the US, and see Fort Adams and the Naval War College. Learn why Newport is considered a sailing mecca and admire lovely waterfront vistas from Ocean Drive.
Finish your guided city tour at the Newport Visitors Center, where you can plan out your 3.5 hours of free time. Public transportation makes it easy to get around the city from this location. Use your free time to visit another Newport mansion of your choice, you may choose to see the International Tennis Hall of Fame (at a discounted price) orr take a lunchtime cruise, dine on the oceanfront and browse the shops on the city's boardwalk (all at own expense). Take advantage of the guidebook and discount card included with your tour during your free time in Newport. In the late afternoon, you will meet back at the Newport Visitors Center for the drive back to Boston.