Best of Newport, The Breakers & Marble House

3.75 hours | Newport | N P T - 1 0 0
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Points of Interest

  • The Breakers
  • Marble House
Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Board your comfortable transportation for a scenic drive through the historic section of Newport. This well-preserved, historic area has been authentically restored, and showcases wonderful examples of 18th-century design. Newport is home to magnificent coastal scenery, dramatic architecture, a thriving waterfront and welcoming hospitality. The city's symbol is the pineapple, which harkens back to the time of Newport's great commercial significance. Traders from the West Indies would put fragrant pineapples outside of their doors to entice buyers to visit their warehouses. Today you will notice the symbol on a number of sights that you see. A plethora of historic and cultural attractions await as you discovery this gem of New England.

From the 1870s to the 1920s, the Vanderbilts, one of America's most affluent families, commissioned the most prestigious architectural firms to build a series of homes for them across the East Coast. In Newport, two homes, amusingly called "cottages," were built, unparalleled in historic significance and beauty. Constructed during the "Gilded Age," they are now designated as National Historic Landmarks. Your tour takes you to these two magnificent homes for views of their deluxe interiors and spectacular grounds.

The most-visited attraction in Newport, The Breakers is considered the grandest of all of the Newport summer cottages. Designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt for Cornelius Vanderbilt II, this Italian Renaissance palace was completed in 1895 in less than three years at a cost of approximately 7 million dollars, which would be over $200 million today! You will also visit the magnificent Marble House, one of the most opulent estates in America. Built by William K. Vanderbilt for his wife Alva's birthday in 1892, Marble House features more than 500,000 square feet of white marble and was intended as Vanderbilt's "Temple of the Arts." At the completion of your tour of these palatial historic homes, enjoy a short scenic drive back to the pier.

Special Notes:

Accessibility Note:
Mobility Device considerations - Breakers: Elevator Dimensions - 46"Deep, 33" Wide.
/Marble house dimensions:58"deep 35"wide

Due to the popularity of the Newport cottages, anticipate a wait of up to 30 minutes for your tour.

No flash photography, selfie sticks or tripods are allowed inside any mansion.

Child Price:

12 & under reduced

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart the ship for Breakers / Marble House

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
46
Travel time:
00:15
Time at site:
01:45
Free time at site:
15
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
200
Steps:
5
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
No

Depart the first house to travel to the next either Marble house or Breakers

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
46
Travel time:
00:15
Time at site:
01:15
Free time at site:
15
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
200
Steps:
5
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
No

Depart the second house and return to the pier

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
46
Travel time:
00:15
Air conditioned:
Yes
Wheelchair accessible:
No