Newport for the Holidays

Holiday Festivities and Mansions in Historic Newport

  • Date

    December 10-13, 2020 | Thu / Sun – 4 Days

  • Location

    Newport, RI

Overview

Most of us think of Newport, Rhode Island as a summer destination, touring opulent Gilded Age “summer cottages” and the Naval Station Newport. But “America’s Oldest Resort” town is much more than that. Christmas in Newport is a community collaboration fostering the historic traditions of the holiday season. The social scene by the turn of the century was organized by some of the nation’s wealthiest families who summered in Newport. People of great wealth – the Astors, Wideners and Vanderbilts, among them – built the mansions as summer homes. This was the time described by Edith Wharton in her novel The Age of Innocence. Ambassadair takes you to some of the season’s best celebrations and decorated mansions to inspire and delight.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • Witness The Elms and Marble House adorned with period-inspired decorations
  • Experience Holiday Evenings event at The Breakers
  • Christmas show at the Newport Playhouse
  • Tour Historic Trinity Church
  • Experience A Rough Point Christmas
  • Explore Historic Newport on a holiday lantern walking tour

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip commercial air from Indianapolis to Providence, Rhode Island
  • Escorted
  • 3 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Ground transportation
  • Hotel baggage handling

Note: Some Christmas in Newport activities have not been finalized and are subject to change. Some activities require a considerable amount of walking and/or standing.

Thu, Dec 10: Leave Indianapolis and fly to Boston, Massachusetts and transfer to Newport, Rhode Island. Enjoy a welcome lunch with the group at La Forge Restaurant within the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Here, a local guide will join the group and over dessert, hear about Christmas customs in Newport. Following lunch, a guided tour will familiarize you with the town before checking in to your hotel. (Meals: Lunch)

Fri, Dec 11: Today, tour The Elms and Marble House, two of Newport’s most famous grand “summer cottages.” The Elms, completed in 1901 by Pennsylvania coal baron Edward Julius Berwind, was modeled after a mid-18th century chateau outside Paris and was considered one of the most sophisticated homes of its time. Transfer to the Marble House. The home was built for William Kissam Vanderbilt, and $7 million of the $11 million cost was reportedly for the white marble construction. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to get a jump start on your Christmas shopping! This evening, enjoy dinner and a holiday-themed show at the Newport Playhouse. (D)

Sat, Dec 12: Morning and lunch on your own. This afternoon, enjoy a tour of historic Trinity Church. Built in 1726, the church has been visited by George Washington, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Andrew and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Step back in time on a guided lantern-lit stroll through the city’s historic hill and hear the history of early American holiday traditions on an evening walk. A group dinner is included before the highlight of the evening, a Holiday Evening at The Breakers. Cornelius Vanderbilt II built the 70-room cottage “The Breakers” in1893 for $7 million (in today’s dollars, about $150 million). The evening event recreates the ambience of an evening soiree during the Gilded Age. Stroll through the decorated home at your leisure enjoying live holiday music, cookies, eggnog and cider. (D)

Sun, Dec 13: After a morning at leisure, experience A Rough Point Holiday, at the Rough Point Mansion. Experience both the holiday traditions of the Duke family and the off-season routines of Newport summer cottages. The museum is decorated for the holidays as the Dukes and their staff would have celebrated, while in other parts of the home you can see the sort of work that was done to close the home after summer was over. Located on the picturesque Cliff Walk, enjoy stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean before transferring to the airport for your flight to Indianapolis.

Newport Marriott. Located on the harbor in the heart of historic Newport, the Marriott is just minutes from the mansions, shops and legendary attractions. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker, refrigerator, microwave • complimentary WiFi Internet access • restaurant • bar • indoor pool • fitness center.

Pricing

  • Package with Air
  • Double (2 people sharing a room) – $1,699 per person
  • Triple (3 people sharing a room) – $1,659 per person
  • Single – $1,949
  • Land Only
  • Double (2 people sharing a room) – $1,419 per person
  • Triple (3 people sharing a room) – $1,379 per person
  • Single – $1,669

* Subject to change due to fuel surcharge

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