A Gilded Age Christmas - Newport, RI

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Nonmember price from $990
3 days
New England
AAA Escorted

The magnificent spirit of Christmas past, present and future awaits you in Newport, Rhode Island at Christmastime. See this historic city sparkle in holiday splendor. Gorgeous at any time of the year, these magnificent mansions are simply spectacular when dressed in Christmas finery and glowing in candlelight. The glitter of gold and the sparkle of silver will dazzle you as enter. Grand holiday displays showcasing thousands of poinsettias, fresh flowers, elegant wreaths and beautifully decorated holiday trees await. Come and share in this magnificent gift of the seasons and enjoy a holiday tour, gilded in gold and filled with Christmas spirit and old world charm. The holiday magic of this amazing city awaits you.


  • Two nights accommodations at the Hampton Inn in Middletown, Rhode Island, breakfast at the hotel, Afternoon Tea at the Blithewold Mansion, two dinners, baggage handling, deluxe motorcoach transportation, driver’s and guide’s gratuity and AAA escort.
Not Included
  • Housekeeping gratuity
Member Benefits
  • AAA Member Discount: $15 per person

Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Pricing for single, triple and quad occupancy is available. A deposit of $100 per person is due upon reservation and is refundable up to final payment. Cancellation insurance is available at final payment. Balance is due by October 18, 2024 and trip becomes nonrefundable at that time. After October 18, 2024, space is based on availability. Itinerary is subject to change. All times are approximate. 

Day One - Friday, December 6, 2024

Morning: Board coach in Clifton Park at the Home Depot located at 4 Halfmoon Crossing at 6:30 am. Morning rest stop in route. Dining is on your own. Afternoon: Visit the Blithewold Mansion at Christmastime. The magic of Christmas comes alive as each room of the Mansion is filled with elaborate holiday decorations, and the gardens become a glimmering winter wonderland!”  After, enjoy Afternoon Tea as the Dining Room at Blithewold has always been a place where fine meals have been served to cherished guests. Today gather and exchange stories while delighting in a cup of tea, freshly baked scones with sweet cream, and a 3-tiered tray filled with sweet and savory treats. Simply luxurious! Arrive and check into the Hampton Inn located in Middletown, Rhode Island for a two night stay. Evening:  Enjoy an inclusive dinner this evening at a local Newport restaurant.


Saturday, December 7, 2024

Morning: Breakfast at your hotel. Enjoy a Newport Mansions Driving Tour to see where the most famous of the “American Aristocracy” had built their splendid summer palaces. Plus enjoy a morning tour of the famed Marble House built in 1888 by William K. Vanderbilt, all decked out in holiday finery. Afternoon: Lunch on your own and shopping at Newport’s harbor side Brick Marketplace containing over 25 unique shops and restaurants within its three rows of buildings where you can find everything your heart desires and also shop of some great holiday gifts too! Enjoy a visit to Newport’s Marble House, the home of Mr. and Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt. Enjoy a self guided audio tour of this grand mansion including its Chinese Tea House built on the seaside cliffs. Next, visit Newport’s Breakers Mansion, a 70-room estate built by leading American architect Richard Morris Hunt for Cornelius Vanderbilt II, patriarch of America’s wealthiest family. Its interiors include rich marbles and gilded rooms, with open-air terraces offering magnificent ocean views. See the 15-foot-tall poinsettia tree in the Great Hall made up of 150 poinsettia plants, that provides a perfect holiday photo opportunity. In addition, enjoy a stroll along the historic serpentine walk that surrounds the mansion to view "Sparkling Lights at the Breakers: An Outdoor Magical Wonderland" highlighting 40,000 holiday lights and enhancing the ambiance of a Gilded Age holiday. Evening:  Enjoy an inclusive dinner this evening at a local Newport restaurant.



Sunday, December 8, 2024

Morning: Breakfast at your hotel, prior to check out. More gilded Christmas magic awaits with a visit to Elms Mansion, an elegant French-style chateau that was the summer residence of Philadelphia coal magnate Edward J. Berwind and sits on a 10-acre park includes an elegantly restored French Classical Sunken Garden. Afternoon: Free time for lunch on your own and shopping at Newport’s harbor side Brick Marketplace. Next, visit Newport Vineyards for a tour and tasting. Enjoy a behind the scenes look at winemaking with a winery tour through the heart of the winery and learn each step of the winemaking process. Evening: Arrival back in Clifton Park at the Home Depot at 7:30 pm.


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