In an effort to keep everyone as safe as possible, the following tours are offered as "Bubble" tours, or Private Tours. The prices listed are set prices per tour. This allows you to control who is on the tour, allowing you to spend time with those in your "bubble" for Covid safety.
At this time we'd like to keep tours to roughly 6 people, so that there is enough space for everyone on sidewalks. Feel free to contact us with any questions!
Rogues and Rakes of Bellevue Avenue
This walk will focus on the characters of Newport who lived in, or frequented, the area during the period of history referred to as The Gilded Age. You'll hear stories of the people who owned the "summer cottages," as well as stories about the staff who made the running of these estates possible, and the architects and artists who designed them. The walk is roughly 1.5 miles long and lasts about 2 hours. As this is a private tour, the length of the walk can be customized to your preferences.
This is available as two options; As a walking tour, viewing all mansions from the exterior - or a walking tour plus admission for two to the mansion of your choice (Parties larger than two can be accommodated, please contact me for customized price if interested in mansion admission, walk-only price is valid regardless of party size.) Walk with mansion admission included is roughly 3 hours long.
Recommended starting location: Outside Rough Point on Bellevue Ave.
Walk Only: $125
Walk Including Admission for Two to Mansion: $175
The Quieter Side of Newport
Step off the beaten path and hear about the history of the downtown Newport area while staying away from the crowds. This walk will leave the busy waterfront district and Thames St. area to highlight the colonial history of Newport and Rhode Island. You will see architecture from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, including buildings visited by George Washington and homes of early abolitionists. Along the way you'll hear stories about the historical figures that helped to shape the Newport that we know today. This walk is approximately 1 mile and last about an hour and thirty minutes.
Recommended starting location: outside the Newport Gateway Center
Slave Trade, Slavery, and Abolition in Rhode Island
Rhode Island played a major role in the Atlantic slave trade, and continued to support the institution of slavery long after the trade was ended. This walk through downtown Newport will discuss this history along with Abolitionist endeavors of the area. Walk is roughly 1.5-2 hours long.
Recommended starting location: Long Wharf near the harbor.
Providence's East Side
Stroll the quaint historic neighborhood of the East Side to learn about Roger Williams, the founding of Providence, and bustling Colonial Rhode Island. This walk is about 1 mile and lasts about an hour and thirty minutes. Please note that the East Side is a very hilly area and we will be climbing some of those hills.
Recommended starting location: Roger Williams National Memorial Park