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In Newport and Newport County there is so much history to see, explore and learn about, we incorporate it into every private tour. In addition, on this tour you will see and learn about a wide range of many attractions from hidden vistas to favorite places enjoyed by locals. Your private tour will include a visit to the neighborhoods of The Historic Hill, The Point, The Harbor, Ocean Drive, and Bellevue Avenue, as well as the beaches that make the area famous. Your tour will also venture into the neighboring towns that make the area special. Our private tours go where group tours cannot. This is a three- or six-hour tour.
Newport has the largest collection in America of existing Colonial homes, inns, taverns, religious establishments, and other buildings. Some of the finest Victorian architecture in America was created in Newport and these stately homes, libraries and social clubs are yours to see on your private tour, not to mention the magnificent mansions on Ocean Drive and Bellevue Avenue. You will see masterful creations by famed architects and hear about their history as you drive-by, or elect to stop and take tours of the historic places. This is a three-hour tour, morning or afternoon.
The Newport area is blessed with a number of fine country coastal vineyards producing notable wine available for tasting. Not only will you taste and enjoy select wines, you can stroll among the vines, sip sitting on scenic outdoor patios, enjoy a meal at some locations, and make wine purchases before you leave. This is a half-day three-hour private tour or a full-day tour depending on the number of vineyards you plan to visit. If you select a half-day tour, we recommend the afternoon. (Morning tours will only include one vineyard). Ask about a private wine tasting and polo match combination tour only on Saturdays, June through September, subject to ticket availability.
The City by the Sea has been the summer home or vacation spot for numerous presidents, including JFK. On your private tour you will see: where Jack and Jackie were married; where her father became intoxicated and missed the wedding; her family’s summer home, site of the reception and later the summer White House; where JFK and Eisenhower played golf; where Jack trained to drive a PT Boat before being sent to the Pacific Theater in WWII, becoming a hero; a restaurant where as a young sailor he caroused in search of ladies. This is a three-hour tour morning or afternoon.
Discover the glorious history of America’s Cup competitions, and the home of numerous regattas and ocean-traversing races on your own private tour. Newport has long been an important location for the U.S. Navy. The history of the Navy aligns closely with the birth and establishment of the nation. Some of our most famous Navy men and women were born here, served, and are buried here, including the Perrys, Oliver and Matthew. You will visit notable America’s Cup locations, see the Navy’s presence including the Naval War College and tour its Museum; see the site of the U.S. Naval Academy, moved here during the Civil War. Newport is also the destination of some of the largest private yachts in the world and you may be lucky enough to catch a view of some of them. The Herreshoff Museum where most of the historic America’s Cup yachts were built is also an option. This is a three-hour tour, morning or afternoon.
Newport proper is resplendent with magnificent scenic wonders and natural attractions. In addition, many tourists never venture out into the rest of Newport County to experience the unparalleled variety of nature’s wonders outside of the city. Private tour stops can include, depending on available time for walking and hiking: Ocean Drive, The Cliff Walk, The Norman Bird Sanctuary, Purgatory Chasm, the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge, Fort Barton, the Emilie Ruecker Wildlife Refuge, and numerous beaches and hiking trails in Middletown, Portsmouth, Tiverton and Little Compton. This can be a three-hour private tour, or a six-hour tour with a stop for lunch.
Hollywood producers and directors have often taken advantage of Newport’s fabulous vistas, its reputation as a high society playground, and unique architecture. On your private tour, visit many of these sites, originally famous, or famous because of the Hollywood productions. Location sites and the stars and stories that accompany them may include those from movies and TV including:
Amistad, The Betsy, Code of Ethics, Dan in Real Life, Dark Shadows, Evening, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, The Great Gatsby, Heaven’s Gate, High Society, Irrational Man, Lolita (Stanley Kubrick Version), Me Myself and Irene, Moonlight Kingdom, Mr. North, Reversal of Fortune, Tanner Hall, True Lies, 27 Dresses, Wind.
This is a three-hour tour, morning or afternoon.
Newport has been a favorite of painters and other artists for centuries, not only for its scenic beauty but for the way that island light dances, plays, and reflects off of the ocean, producing dreamy, picturesque landscapes throughout Aquidneck Island. There are numerous museums and art galleries across the county featuring some of this magnificent landscape art. Depending on your interests, your private tour will include recommendations for visiting art galleries that feature a broad array of local and fine art. You may also request viewing historic portraiture from the likes of Gilbert Stuart. The Newport Art Museum and the Redwood Library and Athenaeum are popular destinations. This is a three-hour tour, morning or afternoon.
Many tourists who never venture out of the City of Newport never realize that beginning just outside of the city is a bucolic shoreline with farms, pastures, and fresh produce from local farm stands, befitting the moniker, “country coastal.” Aquidneck Island and towns on the east side of Narragansett Bay are replete with charming villages and verdant countryside. It is, in fact, one of the few locations in America where you can see livestock grazing down to the sea. (Don’t worry, the cows wear sunblock.) Your private tour will include views of these landscapes, as well as optional stops at an old general store, a farm stand, a lobster shack, a lighthouse, a horse farm, an artists’ enclave, a cheese shop, a winery, a family ice cream maker, and more. (Yes, this can become a food tour!) This private tour can be a three-hour, or a six-hour excursion, the latter with a stop at a scenic eatery for lunch or a beautiful location for a gourmet champagne picnic.
Rhode Island, Newport, and the rest of Newport County, hold a special place in the history of the birth of our nation. This tour will take you to occupied homes, to battlegrounds, to batteries, to forts, fortune, and misfortune. The British, while occupying Newport for three years, devastated many homes and public buildings, and shattered the local economy. You’ll see and hear about local defiance, the remnants of the occupation, the villains and the victors, and why some establishments escaped unharmed. This is a three-hour tour, morning or afternoon.
Newport is brimming with local lore related to interesting places, then and now, to imbibe. On this private tour you will hear about Newport’s libation history. It once housed dozens of distilleries; had a unique place during prohibition; and there are legendary stories about cocktail-enjoying socialites and sailors alike. You will be delivered in style (and safely) to current establishments that are lovely places, often with a majestic view or a notable place in history to sample their finest wines, cocktails and brews. A few are places that tourists sometimes never find; they are either hidden gems or known primarily by locals, or both. Dressing well is important please: No t-shirts or athletic shoes. This is a three-hour afternoon tour.