Verdant mountain rainforests, scenic byways, rolling horse country and majestic gardens – this round-trip journey between Nashville, TN and Asheville, NC will introduce you to the amazing natural wonders of this lush Blue Ridge Mountain region. Starting in country music’s capital, Nashville, you’ll experience important chapters in Tennessee history brought to life, from President Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage and Chattanooga’s famed “Battle Above the Clouds”. Encounter local ranchers, mountaineers, musicians and craftspeople as we ascend breathtaking paths to Great Smoky Mountain National Park and the famed Blue Ridge Parkway. In Asheville, tour the Vanderbilts’ palatial Biltmore Estate, discover how the family championed environmental protection and sustainability, and learn about the roots of America’s Forestry Service. Ride the thrilling Incline Railway up “America’s Most Amazing Mile” to enjoy 7-state panoramic views from atop Lookout Mountain – site of the famous “Lover’s Leap”, and visit Jack Daniel's Distillery. In a music-filled optional extension, visit Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame, and other sites of red-hot Nashville (Top Destination 2016/2017, Forbes, USA Today, Lonely Planet, AARP, T+L, Frommers)!
- Have a mountaineer-guided ride through the breathtaking Great Smoky Mountain National Park and ride the famous Blue Ridge Parkway
- Start a full day on the Vanderbilt’s extraordinary Biltmore Estate with a Legacy of the Lands tour of areas generally not open to the public, then take a self-guided visit inside the luxurious family home.
- Tour the famous Jack Daniels Distillery to see how classic Tennessee sipping whiskey is made
- Relive life in the early 1800s at “The Hermitage,” the 1,000 acre plantation and former mansion of President Andrew Jackson
- All aboard! Take a thrilling rail excursion on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad along the beautiful Nantahala River and Gorge
- Enjoy 7-state panoramic views atop Rock City and Lookout Mountain
- Hear a revue of Broadway, rock n’ roll, bluegrass, country and gospel at Smoky Mountain Opry
- Savor delicious southern-style meals, including finger-licking barbecue, Southern Fried Chicken, and Amaretto Cream Pie
DAY 1–NASHVILLE WELCOMES YOU
Your exciting trip begins over refreshments in “Music City USA”—named a Top Destination by Lonely Planet, Forbes, Frommers, USA Today and AARP.
DAY 2–ANDREW JACKSON’S “HERMITAGE”/CROSSVILLE/SMOKY MTN OPRY
At “The Hermitage,” the 1,000-acre plantation and former mansion of our seventh president, Andrew Jackson, learn what Tennessee life was like in the early 1800s. After lunch in Crossville, we’ll continue into Pigeon Forge for an evening musical performance including a variety of different genres that include Broadway, rock n’ roll, bluegrass, country and gospel. B, L
DAY 3–GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK/ BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY
‘This morning, relish a breathtaking ride through Great Smoky Mountain National Park, named for the bluish mist that clings to the mountainsides. Mountaineer guide Tim Hall will regale you with fascinating and humorous stories of life in this mountain region. Entering by the famous scenic byway, the Blue Ridge Parkway, end the day in North Carolina stopping at scenic overlooks, taking in one last look at the beautiful Smoky Mountains. B, L
DAY 4–BILTMORE ESTATE/THE VANDERBILT LEGACY
Spend the day at George and Edith Vanderbilt’s extraordinary Biltmore Estate, an astonishing 8,000-acre landmark reminiscent of the grandest European royal palaces and landscapes. After a private overview tour of the estate lands and a self-guided visit inside the luxurious family home, spend time on your own exploring all that this amazing estate and community has to offer. B, L
DAY 5–GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN RAILROAD/CHATTANOOGA
All aboard! Today’s centerpiece is a thrilling rail excursion along the beautiful Nantahala River and Gorge. You’ll learn how the Western North Carolina Railroad opened up the “outside” world to thousands of hill people. Travel through the Nantahala Forest on your way towards Chattanooga, the “Scenic City”. Situated along the Tennessee River and southeast Tennessee Mountains, you’ll get a good feeling of why the city is called one of the most beautiful. B, L
DAY 6–INCLINE RAILWAY/ROCK CITY/LOOKOUT MTN, GA
After a delicious breakfast, enjoy gorgeous vistas viewed from atop Lookout Mountain as you ride the Incline Railway on “America’s Most Amazing Mile”. Chattanooga was the site of the famed “Battle Above the Clouds” during the Civil War. Get another perspective on Lookout Mountain at Rock City, a true marvel of nature featuring massive ancient rock formations, gardens with over 400 native plant species, and breathtaking “See 7 States” panoramic views. Back down below, enjoy a hearty regional lunch prepared from scratch with Southern Fried Chicken and all the fixin’s. Save room for the Amaretto Cream Pie! B, L
DAY 7–JACK DANIELS/MISS MARY BOBO’S
In Lynchburg, tour the famous Jack Daniels Distillery to see how classic Tennessee sipping whiskey is made—in a dry county! Lunch is at one of the oldest standing buildings in town—Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House, built in 1812. Finally, head home, filled with appreciation for the beauty, diversity, and lively folks of mountain country. B, L
Sep 30-Oct 6, 2018 SOLD OUT
Depart/Return: Nashville, TN
Price Per Person:
(Spring) Double: $1,697, Single: $2,135
(Fall) Double: $1,727, Single: $2,205
Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $198/night
EXTENSION: Nashville City Tour & Country Music Extension
2 Days • 1 Night • 3 Meals
May 12-13 | Oct 6-7
Price Per Person: Double: $297; Single: $385
Stay the night in Nashville for a delightful evening of lively music and down-home humor at the famous Grand Ole Opry and dinner. The following morning, take a city tour to such landmarks as the Bicentennial Capitol Mall, Centennial Park’s full-sized replica of the Parthenon, and a host of country music sites. After lunch, tour the Country Music Hall of Fame, and visit “RCA Studio B,” home of 1,000 hits, where more than 35,000 country songs were born. B, L, D.
high 75°/ low 55° (May)
high 72°/ low 50° (Oct)
Schedule to arrive at our starting hotel by 5:00 p.m. on Day 1.
Schedule your flight home any time after 4:45 p.m. on Day 7. If you are taking the Post-Tour Extension, schedule your flight to depart on Day 8 after 6 p.m.
Starting hotel offers a complimentary airport shuttle to/from the Nashville International Airport.
Our starting hotel offers complimentary parking for the duration of tour.
Moderate walking and standing is required to fully enjoy this tour. Some walking can be on uneven surfaces.
Refrigerators, microwaves, hair dryers, irons, ironing boards, WiFi, coffee makers, swimming pools and exercise rooms throughout tour.
Elevations reach 6,700 feet on this tour.
Further information is mailed upon receipt of your reservation. A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour…Get Ready, Get Set and Go! Our "Get Ready” packet is sent confirming your reservation. Our "Get Set” packet provides further information approximately 90 days prior to departure with important details regarding making your travel arrangements. Finally, our "Go” packet arrives 2-3 weeks before departure containing your final documents.
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