Narrated Trolley Tours
Since 1962, Viking Tours has been showing visitors to Newport the amazing history of our city. We invite you to travel from the Modern Age to the Gilded Age during one of our specialty tours. Only Viking Tours gives you an insider’s look into Newport aboard our old-fashioned trolleys and modern motorcoaches. Voted by the readers of Newport Life Magazine as Best Tour – Land, Sea or Sky 2009, 2011 & 2013!
Tour 1 – Scenic Overview Tour
Enjoy the charm of Newport’s historic buildings and restored homes on this narrated tour covering over 150 points of interest. Take in the rugged beauty of Ten-Mile Ocean Drive and the fabulous mansions along tree-lined Bellevue Avenue. (Approximately 90 minutes)
Adult $25.00 Senior $23.00 Youth (6-17) $15.00
Monday Scenic Tour Special – Only $19.62!
Tour 2 – Grand Mansion Tour
All the fun of our SCENIC OVERVIEW TOUR, plus a visit to one mansion of your choice. (Approximately 3 hours)
A) – Visit Marble House, summer estate of William K. Vanderbilt, or Rosecliff, where “The Great Gatsby” was filmed.
Adult $39.00 Senior (62+) $37.00 Youth (6-17) $19.00
B) – Tour The Breakers, the elaborate estate of Cornelius Vanderbilt.
Adult $41.00 Senior (62+) $39.00 Youth (6-17) $19.00
Tour 3 – Deluxe Newport Tour
This tour includes all the sights of Tour 1, plus tours of any two mansions of your choice. (Approximately 4 hours)
Adult $52.00 Senior (62+) $50.00 Youth (6-17) $23.00
Do you have any questions in regards to our Sightseeing tours?
Check out our Sightseeing FAQ
Are you visiting Newport on a Cruise Ship?
2013 TROLLEY TOUR RATES & SCHEDULE
|Nov 1 – Mar 31
Tuesdays & Saturdays
|April 1 – June 15||June 16 – Oct 31|
|Tour 1 (1.5 hrs)
Youth (6-17) $15.00
|11:00 am||10:00 am
|10:00, 11:00 am
12:30, 1:30, 3:00 pm
|Tour 2 (3 hrs)
Option A: Adults $39.00
Option B: Adults $41.00
|11:00 am||10:00 am
|10:00, 11:00 am
12:30, 1:30 pm
|Tour 3 (4 hrs)
Public tours leave from the Newport Visitor Center, 23 America’s Cup Avenue (next to the Marriott Hotel). Tickets may also be purchased at the Visitor Center on day of tour. Groups of 20 or more may arrange for private tours by contacting our meeting & convention department.
Sightseeing Tour FAQ’s
Do you sell tickets on your website for the Trolley Tours?
Yes! You can purchase tickets for our Trolley Tours up to 3 days (72 hours) in advance through our website.
Is my personal information safe?
Yes, our ticket sales are hosted through Vendini, an online ticketing software agency that has a long track record with other successful national businesses. Knowing that our client’s data was secure was a huge draw for Viking Tours in selecting an online ticket agent.
Does this mean that ticket sales are only online?
Not at all – tickets will still be available for purchase on the day of the tour inside the Newport Visitor Information Center, where our trolleys depart. We do recommend that you arrive at the Visitor Center at least 30 minutes in advance of your tour to purchase tickets in person.
I purchased online tickets – now what?
After completing your order, please make sure that you print out your confirmation sheet and bring it with you the day of your tour. You will need to give this sheet to your trolley driver before you board the trolley. The confirmation sheet is the only way that you will be able to board the trolley on the day of your tour so make sure that you have a paper copy!
Where do the Trolley Tours leave from?
Our trolley tours depart from the Newport Visitor and Information Center, 23 America’s Cup Avenue, adjacent to the Newport Marriott in downtown Newport. There is a parking garage (daily/hourly rates apply) located at the Visitor Center as well as additional parking lots (daily fee) located within a block or two of the Visitor Center.
What happens if I miss my pre-purchased scheduled tour?
Unfortunately, because all of our tours are sold on a limited inventory basis we cannot exchange tickets for tour times other than what has been purchased.
I am taking the Grand Mansion Tour (Tour 2A or 2B) – after visiting the Mansion how do I get back to the Visitor Center?
Once you finish your tour of the mansion, your trolley will be outside waiting for you to re-board and continue your tour.
I am taking the Deluxe Newport Tour (Tour 3) – Do I have to walk between the two Mansions?
Of course not! The trolley will be at each stop to continue your tour and return you in a timely manner to the Visitor Center.
Why are Monday tickets discounted to $19.62?
In 2012, Viking Tours proudly celebrated our 50th Anniversary and as part of the celebration, we offered our Scenic Tours (Tour #1) on Mondays for a reduced price of $19.62 – in honor of our founding year! We had such a positive turnout for these dates; we have decided to continue it again for the 2013 season!
I am visiting Newport on a Cruise Ship – Can I purchase tickets in advance?
On certain dates, such as when large cruise ships are in port, tickets are not available for purchase on line or in advance. On these dates, tickets may be purchased at the Newport Visitors Center on the day of the tour. We do this for a number of reasons, but mainly, because Newport is a tender port and there is no pier or terminal for the cruise ships to dock. Being a tender port, some guests might experience brief delays in getting off of the cruise ship and into Newport for the selected tours. Unfortunately, we cannot accept your ticket for a time other than the one purchased. The Visitor Center is just one block from the tender pier and tickets are available at the ticket counter inside the building. The Center opens at 9:00 AM every morning.
On Cruise Ship days – are there additional Trolley Tours and times?
We normally try to add a few additional trolley departures on days when a cruise ship is in port. You’ll be able to get all the available offerings and times at the Visitors Center – plus all the information you need to make your visit to Newport enjoyable! We feel that it is in everyone’s best interest to head to the Visitor Center once they arrive in Newport and purchase their tickets for the next available tour.
Are the Trolleys ADA Compliant?
Some of our trolleys have ADA compliant lifts and we always try to run at least one tour a day with a wheelchair lift.
Can I bring a beverage on the Trolley with me?
Yes, you are more than welcome to bring a soft drink, water or coffee onboard the trolley with you. We just ask you to please place your empty bottle or cup in the trash at the front of the trolley when you are finished with it.
I have a large group that wants to take a private Trolley Tour, is this available?
For larger groups who would like to arrange a private trolley tour for their group or convention here in Newport, we suggest that you contact our sales office Any of our helpful staff will be happy to arrange a trolley tour to fit your needs as well as a convenient time frame. Since this is a private tour for just your group, we can arrange the itinerary based on your time needs as well as picking your group up at your host hotel or other location.