Packages Available: Spring, Summer and Fall. Tour Length: 4 Days/3 Nights plus travel days into the area. This trip will give you the best Rhode Island has to offer. Tickle your taste buds in Providence, known for is delectable eats and being the Cultural Mecca of Rhode Island. Move onto Newport, where you will see the summer “cottages” of the gilded age. Step back in time as you stroll through the Vanderbilt’s libraries and terraces. On Block Island, you will sit back and relax by the sea. Let this island whisk you into history as you learn about the early settlers, view scenic lighthouses, and gaze in awe at the Victorian Architecture.
Travel to Providence, the capital of Rhode Island and one of the oldest cities in the United States. Lunch at the renowned Pizza Co., where you will partake in table-side demonstration. Witness the techniques of making the perfect dough and grilling the perfect pizza. Then indulge in a traditional Tuscan-style lunch, featuring a variety of appetizers, entree items and homemade
Johnson and Wales Culinary Museum
Embark on a docent-led tour of this premier museum, devoted to the preservation of the history of the culinary and hospitality industries. Visit their diner museum, stove museum, a pantheon of chefs, the New England Tavern, kitchen gadgets, Presidential plates and culinary showpieces.
Dinner served in a Victorian home built in 1896.
Enjoy authentic Italian cuisine served on white tablecloths, while listening to the sound of Italian music softly playing in the background. (House shown is example of architecture and not necessarily the actual home used.)
Venetian Gondola Ride
Feel like you are in Venice Italy and gliding through the canals when you board your authentic Venetian gondola. Float along the Providence Riverwalk and enjoy handmade Italian-style wine biscuits while your gondolier entertains you with live music.
Sightseeing in "Little Rhody"
Travel to Newport, the sailing capital of the world and home to the famed Gilded Age mansions.
Green Animals Topiary
Embark on a self-guided tour of more than 80 pieces of topiary displayed throughout the gardens. Witness animals and birds, geometric figures and ornamental designs, sculpted from California privet, yew and English boxwood.
This mansion is a symbol of the Vanderbilt family’s social and financial preeminence in turn of the century America. This 70-room Italian Renaissance- style palazzo was inspired by the 16th century palaces of Genoa and Turin. Gather for an included lunch served at a landmark restaurant in Newport. At some time today, travelers will be treated to a presentation by a local speaker with a focus on the Suffrage Movement and Alva Vanderbilt.
Built between 1888 and 1892 for Mr. and Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt. It was a summer house, or "cottage", as Newporters called them in remembrance of the modest houses of the early 19th century. But Marble House was much more; it was a social and architectural landmark that set the pace for Newport's subsequent transformation from a quiet summer colony of wooden houses to the legendary resort of opulent stone palaces.
The wharf that John Bannister built, was the social and commercial lifeline to colonial Newport, the connector between an active harbor and an enterprising, young town. The history of Bannister’s Wharf has been an exciting one. It has been home and hostelry, a place to buy bread and a place to break bread. This is the place where people come to experience the ambiance that is expressly Newport. There will be time to explore the charming shops!
Narrated Cruise of the Newport Harbor
Learn about Newport’s rich and colorful history full of heroes. See the Newport Bridge, Rose Island Lighthouse, Newport’s grand states, America’s Cup yachts and much more!
Visit Newport Vineyards for a tour and taste of their award-winning wines. Leave with a souvenir wine glass.
An included dinner is served at a waterfront restaurant, popular amongst the locals.
Tour and demonstration at the renowned Scialo Bakery. Learn how craftsman of fine bread and pastries have made wonderful products since 1916. Sample delicious cookies, breads and pastries and purchase some to take with you to the Block Island, the next stop on the tour.
1-hour Ferry Ride to Block Island
Travel to the Judith Point ferry dock where you will leave the motor coach. Climb aboard for a 1-hour ferry ride to Block Island where you will overnight. Just steps from the ferry dock is the Old Harbor district. Explore the quaint shops in this beautiful shore side town and enjoy lunch on your own.
Tour of Block Island
After lunch, board the island bus and embark on a one hour tour narrated by an island native. Sit back, relax and enjoy beautiful ocean vistas as your guide entertains you with stories from the early settlers to what life on the island today.
Stop at the 125-year old Southeast Lighthouse located atop the Mohegan Bluffs. This lighthouse is one of the most visually striking lighthouses in the United States.
Old Harbor District
After the tour, the island bus will drop you off at your waterfront Victorian hotel located in the Old Harbor district. After check-in, sip a cold beverage on the hotel’s deck overlooking the harbor, search for seashells along the beach or walk to the Old Harbor district.
New England Clambake
Tonight, gather with your co-travelers in the hotel’s dining room for a farewell dinner. Tie on the lobster bibs and get ready to savor the flavors of a traditional “New England Clambake.” Dine on chowdah’, steamers and fresh, steamed Maine lobstah’! Of course, there will be selections for the landlubbers!
Clouds Hill Victorian Home Museum
Known as Rhode Island’s “hidden treasure.” The house was built in 1871 as a wedding gift for Elizabeth Ives Slater by her father William Reed a leading industrial textile businessman. Today, the house is owned and occupied by Elizabeth’s great-granddaughter, Anne. Situated on 27 acres this large Gothic Revival structure is an example of high quality Victorian-era workmanship, includ-ing a distinctive Egyptian-themed room.