Experience Christmas in Newport, Rhode Island, one of America’s most enthralling cities. Voted by ABC’s "Good Morning America" as one of the top ten most beautiful places during the Holiday Season. Thousands of poinsettia plants, spectacular evergreen trees, wreaths, fresh flowers, and 19th century style oraments turn the mansions in Newport into a Christmas Wonderland. In the morning, visit The Breakers, a 70 room mansion on 11 acres of oceanfront land. See the mansions fully decorated in their Yule time finest.
Time is then provided for lunch and shopping (on your own - approximately 2 hours) at the beautiful waterfront area. Continue your adventure with a visit to William K. Vanderbilts’ summer home, Marble House - built in 1892 with 500,000 cubic feet of white marble. Sit back and relax as you drive along ten mile Ocean Drive and admire the spectacular views of mansions and coves before returning home to Boston.
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Stop At: Brush Hill Tours, 8 Park Plz, Boston, MA 02116-3952
After meeting at Park Plaza or being picked up from your select downtown Boston hotel, your guide will take you by air-conditioned coach to Newport, located 1.5 hours away. This New England city has been known for decades as a popular vacation resort for the rich and famous, and is truly a dazzling sight during the holidays.
Stop At: The Breakers, 44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6906
Enter The Breakers, a 70-room mansion on 11 acres (4.5 hectares) of oceanfront land. Learn how this was the vacation home of Cornelius Vanderbilt II of the famous Vanderbilts, a 19th-century American family who rose to social nobility due to their enormous success in the railroad and shipping industry. Have your camera ready as you admire the elaborate holiday decorations of this opulent palace -- the grandest of Newport's summer 'cottages' of the New York elite.
Stop At: Bowen's Wharf, 13 Bowens Wharf, Newport, RI 02840-3004
You’ll have 2 hours of free time to grab lunch, browse local shops for last-minute holiday gifts, and sip a cup of cocoa on a stroll along the waterfront.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Bellevue Avenue, Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI
Travel down historic Bellevue Avenue, home of the famous Newport Mansions.
Stop At: Marble House, 596 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-4265
Afterward, continue your tour to William K Vanderbilt’s vacation home, Marble House, a 19th-century mansion made of white marble. Observe the stately exterior and be amazed by the house's elaborate Christmas decorations as you tour the lavish interior. This gilded mansion is said to have been inspired by the 18th-century Petit Trianon at Versailles. Your guide will explain how William carried on his family’s fortune to become the richest man in the world by the time of his death in 1877.
Stop At: Ocean Drive, Newport, RI
After your tour, sit back and relax as you drive along Ocean Drive (10-Mile Drive) and admire the spectacular views of mansions and coves dusted with snow before returning to Boston.