Newport, Rhode Island – Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

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Newport, Rhode Island – Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Canandaigua, NY

After crossing the border at Buffalo, we travel to Canandaigua, NY. Here we visit Sonnenberg Mansion and Gardens. Much of the signature floral design and landscaping seen today throughout the nine formal gardens bears the imprint of philanthropist Mary Clark Thompson, who brought home ideas and art from her many trips to European and Asian locales. Take time to visit the 40-room Queen Anne-style mansion and the Greenhouse complex. Built between 1903 and 1915, its one of the few remaining intact Lord and Burnham Greenhouses in the United States.

Day 2 Newport, RI

This morning we travel through the Finger Lakes, a region that has become world-renowned for its cool climate white wines, particularly Riesling and Gewurztraminer. Continuing towards the eastern seaboard, we arrive in Newport Rhode Island, our home for the next three nights. Dinner included this evening at hotel. (B,D)

Day 3 Newport, RI

Our day begins with a visit to The Elms mansion, former summer residence of Edward Julius Berwind, and modeled after the mid-18th century French chateau d'Asnieres outside Paris. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the mansion followed by a stroll through the elaborate Classical Revival gardens and Topiaries. This afternoon, a visit to Rosecliff, one of America’s most beautiful and storied Gilded Age Mansions. Commissioned in 1899, architect Stanford White modeled Rosecliff after the Grand Trianon, the garden retreat of French kings at Versailles. It offers a spectacular view overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. (B)

Day 4 Newport, RI

This morning we set out on a guided tour of Newport. We will travel Ten Mile Ocean Drive, the scenic route along the dramatic Atlantic shoreline that circles Newport, and marvel at the gorgeous mansions along Bellevue Avenue. See the Cliff Walk, Fort Adams, and much more. Learn how America’s most affluent families created this getaway for the rich and famous! Your day includes a visit to the magnificent Vanderbilt mansion - The Breakers. Late afternoon, we visit the Audrain Automobile Museum. Noted as “More of an Art Museum than a Car Museum,” Audrain celebrates the Machine Age, when art and automobiles came together. With more than 300 of the most remarkable and rare vehicles ever made, the Museum takes pride in its ability to display automobiles from 1899 to modern day. Displaying 15-20 cars at a time, the Museum gives enthusiasts of all ages a completely unique experience. (B)

Day 5 Scranton, PA

A short drive takes us to Hartford Connecticut. Here we enjoy a guided tour of the Mark Twain House and Museum. Once home of America’s greatest author, Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) and his family, it is where Twain lived when he wrote his most important works, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. It is a stunning example of early Stick-Style architecture. National Geographic named it “one of the ten best historic homes in the world,” and TIME magazine dubbed it “Downton Abbey’s American Cousin.” We continue to Scranton for our final night away. Farewell Dinner included. (B,D)

Day 6 Home

This morning we begin our journey home after an exciting visit into the lives of the rich and famous. (B)