Explore Newport, Rhode Island during the holidays and experience the gloriously decorated Breakers and Marble House mansions, a live retelling of A Christmas Carol aboard the Dickens Train and a ride on The Polar Express.
1 Arrive in Rhode Island
Arrive today at Providence, Rhode Island’s T. F. Green Airport and
transfer to your hotel in Newport. Meet your fellow
travelers at 6:00 p.m. in the hotel lobby for a welcome
dinner hosted by your Tour Manager. Meal: D
2 The Breakers Mansion, The Dickens Train and Holiday Lantern Tour
Begin the day with a drive along Newport’s famous ten-mile long Ocean Drive. Take
in the rugged beauty of the shoreline’s scenery and see
the fabulous homes along Bellevue Avenue. Then stop
at The Breakers Mansion, the grandest of Newport’s
summer “cottages” and symbol of the Vanderbilt family’s
social and financial preeminence in turn-of-the-century
America. The glitter of gold and sparkle of holiday silver
will dazzle you as the mansion is decked out in Yuletide
finery. Music and spectacular decorations highlight the
celebration of Christmas at The Breakers.
In the afternoon, take a Holiday Lantern Tour to hear the history of early
American Holiday traditions during a stroll through town.
Later, climb aboard the Newport Dinner Train for an
evening of humbugs, ghosts and redemption. The Marley Bridges Theatre hosts an interactive retelling of Dickens’
A Christmas Carol
in an evening of music, laughter, food and spirits aboard this custom-designed theatre car. Meals: B, D
3 Marble House, Newport Vineyard and the Newport Playhouse
Begin at Marble House Mansion, another summer cottage of the Vanderbilt family, completed in 1892. See this icon of the American Gilded Age filled with hundreds of poinsettias, evergreens and wreaths. Decorated Christmas trees reflect the magnificent décor and dining tables with period silver and china complete the elegant setting.
Then, stop at Newport Vineyard to sip and savor the fine products at this local winery. Get a behind-the scenes winery tour and sample some of the estate-grown wines. Enjoy some free time for lunch and shopping. In the evening, you are treated to the Newport Playhouse for an evening which includes an extensive hearty buffet, a spectacular holiday-themed live performance and a fun-filled cabaret. Meals: B, D
4 Blithewold Garden, Linden Place Mansion and The Polar Express
Today is spent in Bristol, Rhode Island, a picturesque colonial village draped with holiday spirit. During the holidays, Blithewold Garden
is transformed into a dazzling display with each room filled with elaborate decorations. Later, visit Linden Place Mansion where a towering Christmas tree framed by
a four-story spiral staircase, elegant decorations and original artwork by local artists. Then it’s off to Blackstone Valley for a fun excursion aboard The Polar Express
. Enjoy storytelling, sing-a-longs, holiday games and even a visit from old Saint Nick himself. Tonight, enjoy
a delicious holiday feast in Bristol at a special farewell dinner hosted by your Tour Manager. Meals: B, D
5 Travel Home
Your holiday ends with a group transfer to Providence’s T. F. Green Airport at 9:00 a.m.
for flights out after 12:00 p.m. Meal: B