Offered By: Park Tours
Climb aboard as we Journey to the Grand Vistas of the Gilded Age when the trip was as splendid as the destination!
Operates: Jun 25 2014
Tour Length: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Departs From: Dunbar, WV * Parkersburg, WV * Ripley, WV
Single Room - $869.00
Double Room - $642.00
Triple Room - $580.00
Quad Room - $548.00
Description: Photos courtesy of Gavin Ashworth & the Preservation Society of Newport County
We are so pleased to offer this colorful new trip to Newport, RI. Held on the grounds of Rosecliff, one of the city's most spectacular mansions, the Newport Flower Show is a breathtaking floral display set amidst an architectural masterpiece, built in 1902. This year's theme, Journey: Grand Vistas, is a display of exotic plants and elegant designs inspired by the lavish travel typical of the Gilded Age elite. For over two centuries, mansions like Rosecliff have represented the best of gracious living and entertaining. William Vanderbilt spared no expense when he built Marble House as a gift to his wife. The Breakers, built as a summer "cottage" for the Vanderbilt's sits on a 13-acre estate overlooking a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean. As you will see while touring, each home is a unique icon of one of the great eras of American history. Our tour of The Elms takes a different perspective - that from the view of a servant. While the palatial home was a showy display of marble and gold, the third floor servant's quarters were simple, bare-bones spaces. The tour moves from the basement kitchens, coal cellar and boiler room, to the third floor, where new exhibits on view help to bring some of the staff personalities to life. Enjoy a breathtaking tour of Newport waters on a lighthouse cruise, dine on the rails while relaxing on a sentimental journey along scenic Narragansett Bay, and take in some of the city's best sights while walking along Cliff Walk. Named one of "50 Places of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler, this picturesque walk wraps itself along Newport's spectacular Atlantic coastline with the crashing surf on one side of the trail and the magnificent Gilded Age mansions on the other. **Please be aware that there is extensive walking on this tour that includes steps.
Wednesday, June 25: We are so pleased to offer this colorful new trip to Newport, RI. In order to maximize our time in Rhode Island, we’ll have an early morning departure and a full day of travel. Enjoy the delightful summer scenery and pleasant company along the way. Rest breaks and meal stops (on own) will be made for your convenience. Tonight, we check-in and unpack for a 3-night stay.
Thursday, June 26: Following a tasty breakfast at the hotel, we’ll head for Banister’s Wharf, lined with stores boutiques, and galleries. The wharf was once the home port for some of the world’s most famous yachts including Endeavour, Ticonderoga, and Dennis Connor’s Stars and Stripes; Bannister’s Wharf is the most coveted deep water dock space located in the center of Newport Harbor. Have your camera handy, we’ll be passing by St. Mary’s Church, the wedding site of President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier. Following free time at the wharf, we’ll get together for a lighthouse cruise. Enjoy a breathtaking classic motor yacht tour of Newport Harbor aboard the Rum Runner II. Built in 1929 during the height of Prohibition, the yacht was built for two New Jersey mobsters trying to elude the Coast Guard. Cruise by Newport mansions, former speakeasies that were fueled by seaborne smugglers and learn the history of lighthouses in the harbor and along Narragansett Bay. Back on the wharf, enjoy a leisurely lunch (on own) at one of the fine eateries.
Our first glimpse into the privileged life begins at Marble House which was built between 1888 and 1892 for Mr. and Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt. It was a summer house, or "cottage," as Newporters called them in remembrance of the modest houses of the early 19th century. But Marble House was much more; 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. From there, we’ll move on to The Breakers. The 70-room estate is the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages" and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family's social and financial preeminence in turn of the century America. The Breakers was given its name for the waves that continually crash into the cliffs below. Unfortunately, it’s time to depart the opulent lifestyle of the wealthy and get back to reality, dinner is own your own this evening. (B)
Friday, June 27: Wake up to a delightful breakfast at the hotel. Today, our tour of The Elms takes a different perspective – that from the view of the servant. While the palatial home was a showy display of marble and gold, the third floor servant’s quarters were simple, bare-bones spaces. Hear stories of the men and women who worked to service the social whirl of Newport during the Gilded Age. The tour moves from the basement kitchens, coal cellar and boiler room, to the third floor, where new exhibits on view help to bring some of the staff personalities to life. Enjoy a box lunch at The Elms café before we depart the estate. Please note, this is a true upstairs/downstairs tour; you will climb several flights of stairs.
On to the main event – the Newport Flower Show. Held on the grounds of Rosecliff, one of the city’s most spectacular mansions, the affair is a breathtaking floral display set amidst an architectural masterpiece, built in 1902. The same titans who built the summer cottages of Newport joined forces to create luxurious travel while also building the infrastructure which would forever change industry in America and become a model for the world. This year’s theme, Journey: Grand Vistas, is a spectacle of exotic plants and elegant designs inspired by the lavish travel typical of the Gilded Age elite. All aboard…the Newport Dinner Train for a unique adventure in dining and travel. Step back in time as we board the classically restored rail coaches that authentically reflect the ambiance of the Golden Age of Railroading. Enjoy the sights and sounds along scenic Narragansett Bay on a 22-mile round journey while dining in gracious style. (B, L, D)
Saturday, June 28: Following breakfast at the hotel, it’s time to check-out. Before departing the area we’ll make a stop at Cliff Walk. Named one of "50 Places of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler, this 3.5-mile picturesque walk that wraps itself along Newport's spectacular Atlantic coastline with the crashing surf on one side of the trail and the magnificent Gilded Age mansions on the other. In 1975, the Cliff Walk was designated a National Recreation Trail. Located less than a mile from the start of the beautiful Cliff Walk are the Forty Steps, a dramatic stone staircase that drops about two-thirds of the way down the side of the cliff to a balcony over the sea. Used as a gathering place for the servants who worked at the Newport mansions, the staff enjoyed themselves with dancing, music, and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.
As we begin the journey home, there is one more stop to make at Sweet Berry Farm, a post-and-beam farm market sitting on 100 acres of preserved farmland. The farm is filled with seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables ripe for the picking. There is time to pick your own strawberries or purchase fresh home-made jams, honey, jellies, and other goodies. Back on the bus, today’s travel home is filled with new found friends and memories of a wonderful summer escape. Rest breaks and meal stops (on own) will be made for your convenience. (B)
3 Nights Lodging
3 Breakfasts, 1 Box Lunch
Newport Dinner Train
Newport Flower Show
Marble House Tour
Elms - Servant Life Tour
Sweet Berry Farm
Please keep in mind that tour itineraries are prepared up to a year in advance and circumstances can arise that are beyond our control. Although every effort is made to adhere to the published itinerary, Central Cab reserves the right to cancel or alter any portion of this tour if necessary.
Terms and Conditions:
MOTORCOACH CANCELLATION & TRANSFER POLICY:
We cannot guarantee a refund on prepaid attractions, such as theatre tickets.
All cancellations must be received during normal business days/hours. If deadline falls on weekend/holiday, notice must be received on business day prior.
Park Tours acts only in the capacity of agent in arranging transportation or any sightseeing tours, cruises, etc., and as such is not responsible for any damages, loss, delay, injury, or accident due to weather, or any act of default of any company or person engaged in providing services included in our tours. We reserve the right to cancel any tour or make changes in any itinerary, as we deem necessary. This brochure is prepared up to a year in advance of some scheduled tours and circumstances can arise that are beyond our control. Park Tours is not responsible to any person for expense, loss of time or money or other circumstances resulting from a change in itinerary or change of tour arrangements.
Optional tours, transportation, and admissions not included in the group package are the responsibility of the passenger.
Payment of telephone calls, room service, and other incidentals at places of lodging are the responsibility of the passenger.
Each passenger is allowed one standard size suitcase to be handled by the hotel and stored in the motorcoach luggage bay. You may also bring a carry-on for which you are responsible for at all times. Park Tours cannot accept responsibility for baggage which may be mishandled (damaged) or which you choose to leave in the motorcoach overnight. Vehicle luggage bays can be broken into, so carry important or valuable items separately. When ending your tour, please be sure to retrieve all items before departing the motorcoach. Park Tours will not accept responsibility for returning or locating lost items.
Park Tours reserves the right to refuse transportation to persons who are under the influence of intoxicating substances, to unattended persons incapable of providing basic self-care, or to those persons whose conduct is disruptive to the driver or other passengers. This includes all passengers who do not comply with the simple practices regarding general safety, smoking, or tardiness causing frequent delays to the group. In such a situation, Park Tours will arrange transportation home for the individual at his or her expense and there will be no refund for any unused portion of the tour.
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SMOKING IS PROHIBITED ON THE COACH:
Frequent stops will be made to accommodate smokers.