This 8-day tour of the Smoky Mountains features Louisville, Gatlinburg and Nashville. We'll enjoy highlights such as visiting Churchill Downs, the Biltmore Estate, Smoky Mountains National Park, the Grand Ole Opry and more!
Wed. May 8 at 2 p.m. – downtown Cedar Rapids office
Thurs. May 9 at Noon – NEW Coralville office
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Wednesday, September 30: Arrive in Louisville, Kentucky
Arrive in Louisville, Kentucky known as the “Bluegrass State.” Transfer to your hotel for a two-night stay. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your traveling companions. (D)
Thursday, October 1: Louisville
Today enjoy a visit to Churchill Downs, the thoroughbred race track most famous for hosting the annual Kentucky Derby. Enjoy a tour of the museum to learn about the legendary history of the Kentucky Derby. Later visit the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory which showcases the history of the Louisville Slugger brand of baseball bats, the official bat of Major League Baseball. This afternoon visit the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience for a distillery experience and tasting which celebrates the legacy of Evan Williams, Kentucky’s first distiller and namesake of Heaven Hill’s flagship Bourbon brand. (B)
Friday, October 2: Louisville—Lexington—Gatlinburg
Today travel south through lush, rolling terrain toward Tennessee. Stop in Lexington and visit the Kentucky Horse Park, a working horse farm and the world’s only park dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse. Hear behind-the-scenes stories about the individuals and horses that make Lexington “The Horse Capital of the World.” See other historic estates of the Bluegrass Region as well as shiny-new, multi-million dollar farms of international movers and shakers. Later arrive in Gatlinburg for a two-night stay in one of America’s great mountain resort destinations & a gateway to Smoky Mountains National Park. (B,D)
Saturday, October 3: Smoky Mountains Nat’l Park—Biltmore Estate
Today visit our nation’s most visited National Park, Smoky Mountains National Park, world renowned for the diversity of its plant and animal life, the beauty of its mountains and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture. Continue onto Asheville, NC to tour a four-acre masterpiece of the Vanderbilt family, the Biltmore Estate. America’s largest home boasts 250 rooms, 65 fireplaces, 70,000 gallon indoor pool, bowling alley, priceless art and antiques. The grounds also feature 75 acres of formal gardens and a winery. (B)
Sunday, October 4: Gatlinburg—Pigeon Forge
Today travel to nearby Pigeon Forge to visit Dollywood, the entertainment theme park owned by the legendary Dolly Parton. The park features live entertainment showcasing the best in country, bluegrass, mountain and gospel music with more than a dozen stage shows. Master craftsmen demonstrate centuries-old crafts including blacksmithing, glass blowing and wood carving. Later travel to Nashville, Music City USA and arrive at the amazing Gaylord Opryland Resort to begin a three-night stay. The resort complex features three interior gardens under glass roofs including waterfalls, a river and lake system with passenger-carrying flatboats plus a variety of restaurants, lounges and shops. (B)
Monday, October 5: Nashville
Today enjoy a Nashville City Tour to see the Parthenon (replica of the Acropolis in Greece), the Old Ryman Auditorium (“Mother Church” of country music), the State Capitol and famous Music Row. Later visit the Country Music Hall of Fame to see how country music has evolved through the past 70 years. The Hall of Fame features memorabilia and displays in a museum setting. Tonight enjoy the Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theater, the Music City’s premier entertainment theater. (B,D)
Tuesday, October 6: Nashville
Today tour The Hermitage – home of Andrew Jackson, the 7th President of the United States. The tour provides insight into life on the farm and the Antebellum South. This afternoon enjoy the resort amenities or do some shopping at the nearby Opry Mills. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner and performance of America’s longest-running radio show, The Grand Ole Opry. (B,D)
Wednesday, October 7: Nashville—Home
Today transfer to the airport for your flight home filled with wonderful memories of your Smoky Mountains Tour. (B)
Price: $2959 per person, based on double occupancy.
Single occupancy is $3919.
Deposit: $500 per person is required to confirm your reservation.
Final Payment: Due on or before June 19, 2020.
Cancellation Policy: Deposit is non-refundable.
After June 19, 2020, trip cost is non-refundable.
Optional not included in price:
- Group Airfare (available December 2019)
- Transfers (airport-hotel, hotel-airport) $100 per person
Travelers on this tour should be in reasonably good health. Certain components of this trip may not be able to accommodate those with special needs. We regret that we cannot provide individual assistance to guests with walking, dining or other personal needs.
Travel insurance is highly recommended and available through Travel Leaders / Destinations Unlimited. If the insurance premium is paid within 14 days of deposit, pre-existing conditions are covered, some limitations apply. If you decline the insurance offered by the agency, we strongly advise the purchase of travel insurance through another broker.
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