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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
23 America's Cup Ave , 23 America's Cup Ave, 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 - 8/15/2023
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 travellers 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.
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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 travellers 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-5
Fun, scenic, oceanside...
elizabethgorenski
, Aug 2022
Fun, scenic, oceanside drive with the hubs. We took our time and stopped whenever we liked, our tour never skipped a beat as long as you drive the speed limit.
star-4
Good experience
Elana_G
, Aug 2022
It was enjoyable because we were able to stop at different places and at our pace. We took in beautiful scenery and stopped to tour a couple mansions, and go back to the tour.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thanks Elana! Thrilled you had a great time. Let me know if I can improve anything to get that extra star next time!
star-4
Good way to see Newport mansions when short on time.
Sharon_T
, Jul 2022
My suggestion is to download the app and get the tour to load prior to arriving. You will also need to start at the designated starting spot then move on to the tour.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Excellent recommendations for all future travellers. Please let me know what I can do to get that extra star in the future! Hope you get to try my other tours too!
star-5
Self paced fun
Mike_P
, Jul 2022
Great commentary; very informative; going at your own pace is better than rushing through with a large group
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
That’s fantastic! Thanks so much. Hope you get to try my other tours too!
star-5
Awesome
darcyy
, Jul 2022
Loved being able to go at own pace.. very informative. We could stop and get out and tour what we wanted to see at our own pace
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thanks so much! I’m thrilled that you enjoyed my tour of Newport. I also have self-guided tours for other historic cities, national parks, and more — hopefully you’ll get the chance to try them next time!
star-1
Not recommended
jerrold_s
, Jul 2022
Unable to follow your Did not give step to step Had to call customer service and still could not food
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Jerrold, I highly recommend following the step-by-step instructions given immediately after booking (sent via e-mail and text). If we could not find your booking info when you called, it’s likely your booking never actually went through.
star-5
Great tour of Newport
Hy_V
, Jul 2022
The audio tour was very informative, and allowed us to take the tour at our own pace and was very easy to follow
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks so much! Hopefully you’ll get the chance to try my other tours on your future travels!
star-5
Awesome App.
Vidyadhar_P
, Jul 2022
It was an awesome experience with viator self driving audio tour, very accurate, clear, easy and trustworthy app.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks Vidyadhar! That's exactly what I hoped to achieve with my Action Tour Guide self-guided tours. I’m so glad it was easy for you to purchase via Viator and access via my Action Tour Guide app. I hope you try out my other tours on your future travels!
star-1
Confusing
Allison_E
, Jul 2022
Didn’t love it. The GPS synching was a fail. Very general information. Lacking detail. Wanted to like it, but it’s a no for me.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Allison, location tracking permissions have to be accepted for the GPS in the app to work. Without those permissions, it won’t sync (as you experienced). Since you didn’t have the chance to truly experience the tour, I’d love to exchange this for one of my others! I have more tours in Newport, New England, or across the country — please let me know!
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!

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