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Scenic Newport, RI Self-Driving Audio Tour

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Scenic Newport, RI Self-Driving Audio Tour

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icon1 to 2 hours  (approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Explore scenic Newport, Rhode Island at your own pace with this self-guided driving tour. Listen to enriching background on iconic historic mansions like the Bellevue House, the Elms, and the unmissable Vanderbilt estate known as The Breakers and visit public beaches and picturesque parks. Follow a live GPS map that works offline with customer support.
  • A self-guided driving tour of Newport, Rhode Island
  • Pay per car, not per person: families and friends can listen together
  • Enjoy customer support via email, messaging, and phone
  • Visit historic, natural, and cultural attractions at your own pace and rhythm
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Live GPS Map
Works Offline
Audios, Images, and Text
Family-friendly
Flexible Planning
Email, Chat, Call Support
Entrance Ticket
Vehicle Rental
Food, Drinks & Parking
Discover Newport , 44 Long Wharf Mall, Newport, RI 02840, USA

After booking the tour, please make sure that you have downloaded the app and the tour in advance. For the best experience, we advise doing this while you have a strong internet connection.

Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
7/20/2021 - 7/20/2023
Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Newport Public Library , 300 Spring St, Newport, RI 02840, USA
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No expiration — The tour comes with lifetime validity!
  • Most travelers can participate
  • After booking the tour, please make sure that you have downloaded the app and the tour in advance. For the best experience, we advise doing this while you have a strong internet connection.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Scenic Newport, RI Self-Driving Audio Tour?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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  • "This tour was affordable and we could do it at our own pace." See review

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star-4
Great, economical.
Katherine_S
, Jul 2022
Really enjoyed this especially for the price. It wasn’t perfect but fairly easy to follow. Really enjoyed the area and doing it at our own pace. It was easy to pull off to the side and listen to. Streets are fairly wide and people were moving at a slow pace.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks so much Katherine! I’m thrilled you enjoyed your visit to Newport with my tour. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to improve the tour and earn it that extra star!
star-4
Newport Visit
Christine_O
, Jul 2022
I enjoy utilizing self-driving audio tours. It was difficult to go the recommended 20 mph since cars piling up behind our car make you feel you need speed it up.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks Christine! Don’t worry about following the speed limit in Newport — everyone there knows exactly how much there is to see driving down Bellevue! Please let me know if there is anything I can do to improve the tour and earn it that extra star!
star-1
Stressful and a waste
Stacey_M
, Jun 2022
The guided tour was pretty much useless. It’s impossible to drive slowly enough in that area to hear the info without getting to the next point and it cutting off. There’s traffic and pedestrians and no place to pull over on a busy road. We were also so busy toggling back to the directions and worrying about getting into an accident to be able to pay attention to what was being said. Sometimes it told you to stop to look at a building when we already passed it. If it wants you to do that then it should tell you before you get to it. We found this drive very frustrating and stressful instead of relaxing.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for your feedback Stacey! The tour is timed to the speed limit (and summer traffic usually forces everyone to go even slower). Stories will seem to cut off if speeding though! A lot of folks worry about viewing the map instead of following the audio directions — I always encourage giving the app the benefit of the doubt and doing what it asks without manually playing with it. Since you didn’t have a great experience, I’m more than happy to exchange this tour for you! Please contact me!
star-2
The blue dot on the map...
Ronald_A
, Jun 2022
The blue dot on the map never moved from close to the starting point. Your request to drive less than 20 mph was met with horns blaring and nasty gestures. What we heard sounded great but nothing jibed with where we were.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for the feedback! The tour is timed with the speed limit and I’m sorry that other drivers wanted you to break that limit! Newport is a summer town full of tourists and tour buses slowly cruising Bellevue Ave to look at the mansions — it's very unusual for anyone to have a problem with that. If the blue dot wasn’t moving, it’s possible that location tracking permissions were denied to the app (they’re necessary for the tour to work). Please contact me for help!
star-5
Great leisurely way to see Newport
Dawn_S
, Jun 2022
This tour was perfect for us because we wanted to see the area but due to prior commitments we weren’t able to commit to a set time that day. We were able to drive, stop where we wished, walk around, and truly enjoy Newport at our own pace.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks Dawn! That sounds like an amazing trip, and a perfect fit for a self-guided experience. I also have self-guided tours for other scenic drives as well as parks, cities, and historic sites — hopefully you’ll get the chance to try them on your next vacation!
star-4
A good alternative to the Trolley
Kelly_f
, Jun 2022
Some interesting facts I am I like how the app gave you tips on where to pull over and parking lots of some of the mansions you can park at so you can get out and see them in person
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks Kelly! I’m thrilled my tour added so much value to your Newport visit. I hope you try out my other self-guided tours on your future travels!
star-4
Lost in Newport.
Barbara_L
, May 2022
Enjoyed the narration but had trouble following the route. Our cell phone died halfway through. Traffic was terrible.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
I'm sorry to hear that, this is why we strongly advise everyone to bring a power bank with them on the trip. I'm glad you liked my tour.
star-5
Perfect
Andel_E
, May 2022
Excellent Application, give a great deal of information, it is very accurate when your soled is 20 or less miles/h .
icon Response from Host , May 2022
I'm glad you enjoyed exploring Newport with my tour! I hope you'll try some of my other self-guided tours the next time you travel.
star-5
Clever idea. Easy to...
Val_S
, May 2022
Clever idea. Easy to follow, lots of great history and information. Super fun tour! Would recommend to anyone visiting Newport.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
I really appreciate it! I’m so glad that you had a good time. I I hope you give my other self-guided tours a try on your travels elsewhere!
star-4
We got lost, but got back...
David_W
, May 2022
We got lost, but got back on track fairly easy. Could not figure out how to pause to allow for pics. So rebooted.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks so much David! I'm glad you enjoyed your Newport drive with my tour. I hope you try out my other self-guided tours on your future travels!
star-5
Go for it
Amit_J
, Apr 2022
Best way to see Newport at your own pace. We stopped at breakers and marble mansions, and audio tour started from whatever place it stopped. Overall we spent four hours (including time spent at two mansions) to complete the tour. I would highly recommend it.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks Amit, so glad you enjoyed seeing Newport with our self-guided tour! Please feel free to check out our other self-guided tours on your future adventures. Thanks again!
star-5
Pleasant experience
James_B
, Mar 2022
Very informative, easy to use after getting the hang of it . Mansions and ocean drive beautiful. Took a little stroll along cliff wall
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Sounds like a perfect day in Newport! I’m so glad you enjoyed seeing the town with our tour. Hope you get the chance to try out another Action Tour Guide tour on your future travels!
star-5
Once we got the hang of...
Carol_D
, Mar 2022
Once we got the hang of the app, it was a wonderful experience. The information was very interesting. The narration kept up with our driving. We could also pause the tour when we spent more time. Some mansions the audio tour said were open were not. Perhaps that is because we are traveling off season. Definitely a good value for the money. Would do it again!!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thanks Carol! That’s exactly what we aimed for the Newport tour! I’m thrilled that you enjoyed our self-guided experience — I hope you try out our other Action Tour Guide tours on your future travels!
star-4
Best way to drive the Ocean Road
Lisa_H
, Feb 2022
A great way to drive the Ocean Road in Newport. The app was easy to use and the talk along the way was really interest and informative. Take your time. There is a lot to listen to that you can miss if you drive too quickly. Be ready to put on your hazard lights so people can pass by. You won’t want to miss anything!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Thanks Lisa! I’m so glad you loved the Newport tour and that it added so much to your visit! I hope you get the chance to try out some of our other tours at ActionTourGuide.com wherever you travel next.
star-3
Aggravating!
Bruce_S
, Dec 2021
It was hard to navigate! Any time we wanted to learn more it would throw the whole navigation system off! We went the 20 mph, and it kept skipping! We took the trip 3 times! It was informative, and we learned a lot, we wanted to stop at a mansion to see if we could just buy a book!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Hi Bruce, thanks for your feedback. We expected people would listen to the Learn More audios when safely paused/parked (especially since it requires a manual click). I see by your review that they are also being played while driving — and that would definitely throw off the smoothness of the tour. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.
star-3
Challenge to follow. Very inclusive and pretty routing.
Rita_Z
, Dec 2021
We had fun falling off the route and then getting back on where we had already been. We finally decided to just stick to the road without turning into anything. It would help if the GPS indicated that we needed to turn around. However the photos of each edifice helped us know we were back on the right track. After the mansions we were treated to a ride along the coast past a state park of phenomenal beauty. Obviously, the trip took a long time.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thanks for the feedback! Was the challenge mainly on Bellevue Ave? We will sometimes add “wrong direction” audio in key spots so if you could tell us approx where you were, we can help correct it!
star-5
Newport at your pace
Charles_C
, Dec 2021
We have visited Newport several times over the years and love the atmosphere. This was by far the best experience that permitted seeing the mansions and other points of interest as your own pace. The app worked perfect and the narration was clear, concise and very informative. I would highly recommend this self tour to everyone who wants to see amazing locations with the history of the site included. Time well spent and most enjoyable!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
That’s awesome! This is exactly why we made the tour! I’m so glad you enjoyed the tour and that we could make your Newport visit special. We have more self-guided audio tours across the country for your future travels at ActionTourGuide.com. Thanks again!
star-3
Using the tour was...
Olin_C
, Dec 2021
Using the tour was confusing. I would like to have been able to have a map. We were able to hear the audio over the car radio but no map appeared on our car play screen.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thanks for the feedback! Car Play unfortunately doesn’t allow the map/image tour display yet. But the map is visible on the phone screen!
star-5
I liked the ability to...
Allyson_P
, Nov 2021
I liked the ability to take our time stop when we want replay items in the tour and just take our time
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you, thank you! Thrilled to hear that you loved the tour! Newport has so much to offer so I’m glad we could make your trip special. We have more tours at ActionTourGuide.com. Thanks again!
star-4
Newport
Carol_H
, Oct 2021
This was a really great tour! A little confusing to get started and had to callViator to get password to start. Definitely a highlight and seeing Newport Rhode Island.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you so much! So glad you got to enjoy your Newport trip with our self-guided tour. Hope you get the chance to try out other tours across the country during your next travels - ActionTourGuide.com. Thanks again!

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