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From Boston: Newport Mansions Full-Day Trip

1. From Boston: Newport Mansions Full-Day Trip

Enjoy Newport on this van tour from Boston. See how the wealthiest families lived during the gilded age with a visit to the Vanderbilt summer home and the Elms Mansion. Along the way, enjoy some complimentary snacks and bottled water while reading over a provided Newport guide book. Begin with hotel pickup in a luxury minibus, where the approximately 2-hour journey to Newport starts. The first stop is the Breakers, the Vanderbilt family's summer home. Take a self-guided audio-tour and explore the 70-room summer cottage. Here, you can also spend some time exploring the cliffs on a scenic cliff walk. Next, it's back to the mini-coach for a bus tour of Newport, which passes St Mary's Parish, where John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier were married in 1953. After the bus tour, visit America's oldest existing synagogue, the Touro Synagogue. With your free time, you can do some shopping or have lunch on the waterfront. If you're a sports fan, you can enjoy discount admission to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Finally, visit the Elms Mansion, where you can take a 90-minute self-guided audio tour. After the tour, return to the minibus, sit back, and relax as you enjoy the ride back to Boston.

Newport: Colonial History Walking Tour with Museum Entry

2. Newport: Colonial History Walking Tour with Museum Entry

Trace the settlement history of Newport and visit the city's most enduring colonial sites. Beginning from the pre-colonial era, this tour will outline the diversity of people that have called Newport home for the past 400 years. The tour will begin inside of the Museum of Newport History which is housed inside of Newport's historic Brick Market building. From there, the tour will move through time as you walk through the Historical District. You'll visit the Great Friends Meeting House, the Touro Synagog, City Hall, Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House among others.

Newport: Touro Synagogue Entry and Guided Tour

3. Newport: Touro Synagogue Entry and Guided Tour

Explore America's oldest Jewish house of worship: Touro Synagogue. Your visit to this National Historic Site includes a history presentation, interactive exhibits, and access to the beautiful grounds. Learn why Touro Synagogue is considered one of the most architecturally distinguished buildings of 18th century America and why it stands as a symbol of religious freedom for all Americans. As you begin your visit at the Loeb Visitors Center, 52 Spring Street, you can explore interactive, multi-media exhibits that examine America’s first freedoms. Entrance into the synagogue is by tour only. Tours run every 45 minutes starting at 10:00 am until close. Discover how Newport’s colonial community laid the groundwork for our First Amendment Rights. Celebrate over 250 years of Touro Synagogue history, Newport’s colonial Jewish community, the origins of religious freedom and separation of church and state.

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What people are saying about Touro Synagogue

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4.8 / 5

based on 24 reviews

Pick-up was on time and the guide was excellent. Very knowledgeable and personable. A great way to spend the day. Both the Breakers and Marble House were absolutely amazing! Highly recommend

very informative, fun tour. 10 out of 10 would recommend

I loved all the history and the beautiful architecture.