The Vanderbilt Legacy in Newport

Museums and Majestic Gilded Age Mansions

October 6-10, 2023

From $3,499 Per Person Based on Double Occupancy.

Cecilia Tichi, an award-winning author and Professor of English and American Studies Emerita at Vanderbilt University, will be our faculty leader on this journey to Newport. In recent years, Cecelia has focused on the Gilded Age (c.1870-1914) and its summertime "Social Capital," Newport, Rhode Island and is excited to share her knowledge with you.

Discover the Vanderbilts' lavish legacy in the original Atlantic Ocean resort town, Newport, Rhode Island. In the 19th century, the "City by the Sea" thrived as the getaway place for health and cool summer breezes. As early as the 1830s, summer hotels and "cottages" started to appear, and they remained popular until the Great Depression. On this journey, go behind the scenes of the city, its mansions, and colonial homes, including many built and occupied by Vanderbilts, which are now preserved as museums and private residences, all lovingly cared for and appreciated by a new generation. Highlights include expert-guided inside looks at the ultimate Newport summer cottage, The Breakers, originally owned by Cornelius Vanderbilt II, grandson of Vanderbilt University founder Cornelius Vanderbilt; Marble House, Mr. and Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt's estate, built in 1892 using more than 500,000 cubic feet of marble; and the English Manorial-style Rough Point, completed for Frederick William Vanderbilt in 1892 and later the home of Doris Duke.

Call (615) 322-3673 or contact us to learn more and register.

  • Accommodations
  • Program Inclusions
    • Four nights accommodations as per itinerary
    • Group transfers between the Providence Airport and Newport at the beginning and end of
      the program
    • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, R-Reception, D=Dinner); bottled water, soft drinks, juices, and coffee/tea with all meals; house wine and beer at welcome reception and included dinners
    • Enrichment program of lectures and special events
    • Escorted sightseeing by private motorcoach; entrance fees for included visits
    • Taxes, service, and porterage charges; gratuities to local guides and drivers