Viking Tours of Newport

Newport's most popular tours

Viking Tours of Newport has been

the tour company in the "City by the Sea" ever since I can remember. They've been around for 40 years, which is still longer than I've been alive :)

In fact, I'm not sure what you see more of around town: Viking's black and red Newport Trolleys and tour buses or the local taxis and the city buses.

Newport Trolley treating tourists to a view of Newport Harbor

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No matter what your transportation needs, Viking Tours can get you wherever you're going with their various services:

Sightseeing Tours
Meetings, Conventions and Charter Services
Guide/Receptive Services
The Wedding Trolley

Sightseeing Tours

The specialty tours, aboard old-fashioned trolleys and modern motor coaches, take you back in time to the Gilded Age of Newport. There are 3 types of tours:

Tour 1 - Scenic Overview Tour

This narrated tour covers over 150 points of interest, including:

The Breakers - Summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt

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Tour 2 - Grand Mansion Tour

This tour includes everything in the Scenic Overview Tour above, plus a visit to one of the following Newport mansions:

Marble House - Summer estate of William K. Vanderbilt

Rosecliff - “The Great Gatsby” and "True Lies were filmed here


The Breakers - The elaborate estate of Cornelius Vanderbilt

Marble House - Main entrance

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Tour 3 - Deluxe Newport Tour

The Deluxe Newport Tour allows you to see all the sights of Tour 1, plus you can see any 2 mansions of your choice!

If I had my choice, I'd go with The Breakers and Marble House. But feel free to pick whichever appeal to you more.

Public tours leave from the Newport Visitor Center, 23 America’s Cup Avenue (next to the Marriott Hotel). Tickets may be purchased at the Visitor Center on the day of the tour.

Groups of 20 or more may arrange for private tours by contacting the meeting and convention department.

Meetings, Conventions and Charter Services

Viking Tours can handle groups of all sizes, whether your party is attending a meeting or convention in town or wants to charter a trip to New York, Cape Cod or Boston.

Rosecliff - Main entrance

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Viking Tours' fleet is ready to handle your group, with its 47-passenger motorcoaches and 24-passenger minicoaches and smaller trolleys.

All coaches are equipped with A/C, heat and a public address system, and for longer trips:

  • Lavatories
  • Radio communications/control center
  • Reclining seats
  • Cellular phones
  • VCRs
  • Luggage areas

Viking's 30-passenger red and green trolleys are perfect for small groups and wedding parties to tour the historic "City by the Sea".

The Fleet

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Guide and Receptive Services

If you're visiting Newport in your own motorcoach, Viking Tours offers a number of services, including step-on tour guide service and full itinerary planning.

Check out the most popular tour packages below:

Newport Sampler

This narrated tour, which lasts about 3 hours, includes the colonial section of Newport, the breathtaking Ten-Mile Ocean Drive, Bellevue Avenue mansion area and a visit to one of the Newport mansions.

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The Vanderbilts’ Newport

This narrated tour takes about 4 1/2 hours. You'll see the Ten-Mile Ocean Drive, Bellevue Avenue mansion area and you'll visit 2 Gilded Age mansions:

The Breakers (Cornelius Vanderbilt)
Marble House (William K. Vanderbilt)

Tea with Mrs. Astor

This 4 hour tour also includes the Ten-Mile Ocean Drive and Bellevue Avenue mansion area, plus, you'll stop in for tea with "The" Mrs. Astor at her Beechwood mansion.

***Note: Beechwood mansion was purchased by billionaire Oracle founder Larry Ellison, and it seems that 2010 may be the last summer that tours and events will be conducted here.

Astors' Beechwood mansion

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The Wedding Trolley

The Viking Tours Wedding Trolley is the perfect mode of transportation for your special day or even your rehearsal dinner. The unique and elegant red and green trolley is clean, comfortable and air-conditioned, seating 30 on its old-fashioned wooden benches.

Available year round throughout Rhode Island and Southern New England, the trolley features:

  • Fully enclosed with etched glass windows
  • Modern conveniences
  • Polished brass handrails
  • Oak seating
  • Handicapped access
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If you'd like to reserve the trolley for your wedding day, I'd advise you to book it as far in advance as possible (10-18 months). Saturdays and holiday weekends in the summer and fall are always the busiest, so plan accordingly!

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Viking Tours of Newport
P.O. Box 330
Newport, RI 02840

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