CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL in NEWPORT
December 6-9, 2018
Day 1: We board our plane for the flight to Providence, Rhode Island. Upon landing we are transferred to our hotel, the Hyatt Newport where we have accommodations for the next 3 evenings. Known as the playground of the "Rich & Famous," Newport is the home of some of the world's most magnificent mansions; and their splendor is even more evident when decorated for Christmas. There are a total of 24 decorated Christmas trees reflecting individual room decor in the mansions. Dining tables are set with period silver and china with mansion windows lit with individual white candles, in keeping with the colonial tradition. We visit one of these mansions - the Elms, which was the residence of the coal magnate - Edward Berwind. The elaborate home was modeled after a 19th century French chateau and it features Oriental jades, Venetian paintings, marble pavilions, fountains and a sunken garden. We are then treated to a delicious welcome dinner in one of Newport's finer restaurants.
Day 2: We drive to Boston, the city known as the "Cradle of Liberty," that has more than a touch of the vintage New England Christmas atmosphere. We take the "Freedom Trail" and see, among other things, Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, the Old North Church - immortalized by Longfellow's "Midnight Ride of Paul Revere," the U.S.S. Constitution, Boston Common, Cambridge, the site of the Boston Massacre and the Bunker Hill Monument. And perhaps nowhere is Christmas more elegantly on display than in the historic neighborhood of Beacon Hill, with its shiny brass door knockers, handsome black shutters and red-ribboned wreaths that decorate rows of stately Federal brick townhouses. Mid-afternoon has us returning to Newport where we enjoy a tasty Christmas dinner.
Day 3: We take a full day tour of Newport today, exploring the city's historic riches and getting an understanding for why it became such a popular vacation retreat. We'll see the famous Newport Waterfront, elegant churches, Fort Adams State Park, Touro Synagogue, Newport Colony House, Trinity Church - the nation's first church steeple, the preserved colonial homes and, of course, the many Gilded Age mansions along Bellevue Avenue. We take the famous 11 mile Ocean Drive during which we see many more opulent homes as well as panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, Newport Harbor, the city and Newport Bridge. We'll enjoy a visit to the many galleries, boutiques, shops and restaurants in the Brick Market and along Thames Street. A highlight of the day is the visit to another incredible mansion - Marble House. Built in the late 19th century, this was the summer house, or "cottage" as it was known, of Mr. & Mrs. William Vanderbilt, grandson of Cornelius Vanderbit who established the family's fortune in steamships and the New York Central Railroad. Another fine dinner precedes a delightful evening of Christmas music that rings in the festive holiday season and highlights our Christmas tour of Newport.
Day 4: A tour of Newport would not be complete without a visit to its most spectacular mansion, The Breakers - especially at Christmas. The mansion was built by another of Cornelius Vanderbilt's grandsons, Cornelius II in 1893. This 70 room Italian Renaissance-style palazzo is filled with Christmas trees, hundreds of poinsettias, fresh flowers and wreaths. The second floor features a working scale model of the family's N.Y. Central Railroad, traveling through a village made up of gingerbread replicas of some of the Newport Mansions. Following our visit we drive to Providence to board our plane for the flight home.
Price: $1,289 per person, double occupancy; single supplement: $245 includes First Class accommodations for 3 evenings, tour of Newport,
Boston "Freedom Trail" tour, an evening of Christmas entertainment, 3 dinners, 3 breakfasts, gratuities for the meals, sightseeing & admissions
(including visits to 3 mansions: the Breakers, Marble House & the Elms), baggage handling, transfers in Rhode Island and tax. Airfare is additional.
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