Itinerary: (Subject to change due to local conditions, unforeseen events, or more interesting, as-yet unplanned awesome experiences that become available)
A Coastal Christmas in Newport
The Breakers ~ The Elms ~ Marble House
Two Day Tour ~ December 17-18, 2020
Highlights: All Three Newport Mansions Will be Decorated For The Holidays – The Breakers – The Elms – Marble House • Harborfront Accommodations • Free Time to Browse in Newport • Ocean Drive • Holiday Shopping • All Admissions • One Breakfast • One Dinner • Fully Escorted
Think cobblestone streets with the glow of white lights, the glitter and gold of Gilded Age mansions dazzled with dozens of Christmas trees along with thousands of poinsettias, and warm, quaint shops with candlelit windows and you will get a sense of the enchantment of the holiday season in coastal Newport. This historic New England seaport abounds with history, elegance and beauty, and possesses more historic houses dating from before the American Revolution, than any other city in America. You will experience Newport’s old-world charm throughout its numerous shops and restaurants. Wandering through this charming town and within the sparkling opulence of each festively decorated mansion will be the perfect way to capture that holiday magic!
Day 1. Our route, this morning, will take us northeast along the Atlantic coastline; our destination is Newport, Rhode Island. Upon arrival, we enjoy time to lunch on our own and browse in the downtown, waterfront area. Next, we tour the magnificent Elms (1901), built for America’s coal king, Edward J. Berwind, and modeled after an 18th Century French Chateau. From the moment we enter this opulent home, we realize it is a residence that is truly fit for a king. The grand entrance, antique furnishings, art objects, ballroom and conservatory will astound us. Next, visit The Breakers. This is the most opulent and well-known of the Newport Summer Cottages. It is a 70-room cottage that must be seen to be believed. Upon entering The Breakers, we will be given a written script of the house with brief descriptions of each room. We are free to roam the house as we wish. After, we check into our waterfront accommodations, The Newport Harbor Hotel which is in the perfect location to explore this city, being near dozens of restaurants and shops and in the heart of the downtown. Dinner is included in the warm comfort of our hotel.
Day 2. We begin our day with a memorable drive along Ocean Drive and Bellevue Avenue. While keeping warm and cozy in our motorcoach, we view the homes of Newport’s rich and famous and hear fascinating stories of its many famous homes and people. This morning we visit the Marble House, built between 1888 and 1892, for Mr. and Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt. It was a social and architectural landmark that set the pace for Newport’s subsequent transformation from a quiet summer colony of wooden houses to the legendary resort of opulent stone palaces. The cost of the house was reported in contemporary press accounts to be $11 million, of which $7 million was spent on 500,000 cubic feet of marble. Our next stop will be filled with surprises as we visit a fantastic place to holiday shop and have lunch on our own. Now full of Christmas cheer and the wonderful holiday spirit, our return drive passes quickly as we reflect on the magic we’ve experienced on our two-day getaway.
Departs South Plainfield High School at 7:15 AM and returns at approximately 7:15 PM.
Departs Chatham Middle School at 480 Main Street (behind the Methodist Church) at 7:45 AM and returns at approximately 6:45 PM.
Departs Ridgewood’s Graydon Pool (corner of Linwood Avenue and Northern Parkway) at 8:30 AM and returns at approximately 6:00 PM.
Price per person is $520.00 Twin & $670.00 Single. No reservations accepted without a deposit of $150.00 per person. Make checks payable to “Group Tours & Travel” and mail to the address below. Final payment is due on October 9, 2020. Deposits are fully refundable until October 9, 2020. If cancellation occurs after October 9, 2020, there are no refunds. Travel protection/cancellation coverage is available and highly recommended (cost is approximately 10% of the total cost of the tour) but not included. One piece of luggage per person and one small carry-on are permitted. Group Tours is not responsible for any delays, cancellations, injuries or circumstances beyond its control and reserves the right to change this itinerary. All trip components are subject to change in accordance with Government, State and Local guidelines and/or mandates. This tour will run rain or shine.
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