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Smoky Mountains

Featuring Louisville, Gatlinburg, & Nashville

Wednesday, September 30th - Wednesday, October 7th, 2020


Trip Details

Take a delightful trip through the heart of Appalachia, discovering the equestrian culture of Kentucky and the pioneer spirit of Tennessee. Get a taste of Bourbon, baseball, and Thoroughbreds in Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky. Travel through Daniel Boone National Forest as you make your way to Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Explore the natural wonders of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Tour the Biltmore Estate, George Vanderbilt's "little mountain escape" in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Enjoy two exciting days in Nashville full of history & entertainment! When you leave, you'll have the warmth and charm of southern Appalachia still in your heart.

Special Note: 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.

What's Included

  • Round Trip Airfare Out of Cedar Rapids
  • 7 Night Hotel Accomodations
  • Admission to Listed Attractions
  • 11 Meals (7 Breakfasts & 4 Dinners)
  • Luxurious Motorcoach Transportation
  • Round Trip Transfers
  • Taxes & Porterages

What's Not Included

  • Airline Baggage Fees
  • Personal Items
  • Meals Not Listed in Itinerary
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance (Highly Recommended)

Pricing & Other Information

  • $3,699* Per Person
    *Double Occupancy
    *Tax Inclusive

Important Notes:

  • Non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required to confirm your reservation.
  • Final Payment is due on or before June 19, 2020.
  • Deposit is non-refundable. After June 19, 2020 final payment is non-refundable.

Highlights:

  • Churchill Downs
  • Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
  • Kentucky Horse Park
  • Evan Williams Bourbon Experience
  • Biltmore Estate
  • Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg
  • Dollywood
  • Gaylord Opryland Resort
  • Nashville City Tour
  • Hermitage Tour
  • Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Nashville Nightlife Theater
  • Grand Ole Opry

Travel Itinerary



Wednesday, September 30

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.


Thursday, October 1

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.


Friday, October 2

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.


Saturday, October 3

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.


Sunday, October 4

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.


Monday, October 5

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.


Tuesday, October 6

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.


Wednesday, October 7

Today transfer to the airport for your flight home filled with wonderful memories of your Smoky Mountains Tour.

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