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Biltmore, Bluegrass & Bourbon Search Tour Calendar
Featuring Nashville, Asheville, Louisville, Lexington, Pigeon Forge, Smoky Mountains National Park

Tour Dates: October 22 - 28, 2017
Waitlisted!

7 Day Package
10 Meals Included

Price:
$1899 Per Person / Double Occupancy
$2449 Per Person / Single Occupancy

*Land only prices. See below for optional group airfare price

 


Embark on a grand adventure to discover America’s South – an area that has a history as rich as its color.  A broad spectrum of exciting attractions, historic treasures and breathtaking beauty awaits you in Louisville, North Carolina and Tennessee. Your senses will come alive – from three live musical shows in Nashville and Pigeon Forge to the fall foliage in the Smoky Mountains and the bluegrass in Louisville. From the majesty of the Biltmore Estate and Churchill Downs to the down home southern cooking and bourbon – this itinerary features the highlights of America’s Heartland and true Southern Hospitality!

 

Tour Highlights: 

  • Stay two nights at the iconic Galt House in Louisville with guided sightseeing to include a tour of Churchill Downs and visits to the Kentucky Derby Museum and the Louisville Slugger Museum

  • In Bardstown, tour My Old Kentucky Home and a bourbon distillery

  • In Lexington, visit a horse farm and tour the Kentucky Horse Park

  • Stay three nights at a premier hotel in Pigeon Forge with two live shows: the Hatfield & McCoy Show and the Smoky Mountain Opry Show

  • Visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park when fall foliage is likely

  • Visit Dollywood, the famous 88-acre theme park inspired by Dolly Parton

  • Visit Asheville, NC to tour the gardens and interior of the Biltmore Estate – the 250-room Vanderbilt mansion is the largest home in the U.S.

  • In Nashville stay at the iconic Opryland Resort and see a live performance at the Grand Ole Opry, and visit The Hermitage – Andrew Jackson’s home

 

Fine Hotels / Great Locations:

  • Nights 1-2: Galt House Hotel - Louisville, KY
  • Nights 3-5: The Inn at Christmas Place - Pigeon Forge, TN
  • Night 6: Opryland Resort - Nashville, TN
Day By Day Itinerary:
Day 1
Sunday, 10/22/2017 - Arrive In Louisville
Optional transfers from home or our departure points will have us at the Los Angeles International Airport for a morning flight arriving in Louisville, Kentucky this afternoon. The largest city in Kentucky, Louisville is a bustling but quaint city nestled on the banks of the Ohio River. We’ll enjoy a two-night stay at the iconic Galt House Hotel located on the banks of the river in the heart of downtown Louisville. Enjoy an included dinner and show at the Derby Dinner Playhouse this evening.

Dinner
Day 2
Monday, 10/23/2017 - Louisville and Bardstown
Enjoy an included breakfast at the hotel before we begin our sightseeing tour of Louisville. Visit
Churchill Downs and see the world-famous track where they “Run for the Roses” each May during what is known as the “most exciting two minutes in sports.” Design your own Derby hat and experience Derby Day from the starting gate to the finish line at the Kentucky Derby Museum. You will be surrounded by the sounds, images and artifacts of the longest running American sporting event. Enjoy lunch on own at Churchill Downs’ Derby Café. Tour the 
Louisville Slugger Museum and factory to see how the world’s most famous baseball bats are made. This afternoon we travel to Bardstown, Kentucky for a tour of the “Bourbon Capital of the World.”  We’ll visit My Old Kentucky Home State Park, the Bardstown mansion that is as endearing to visitors as it was in 1852 when Stephen Foster was inspired to write the song that become Kentucky’s anthem.  Step into the days of the antebellum South as costumed guides provide a tour of this stately home. Later we’ll tour and taste at a bourbon distillery where you’ll learn to appreciate all the subtle flavors and aromas of true Kentucky bourbon.  We return to Louisville with the balance of the evening at leisure.
Breakfast
Day 3
Tuesday, 10/24/2017 - Lexington
Following an included breakfast, we travel to Lexington, Kentucky, the home of the University of Kentucky and the center of American horse breeding. Racing has been a tradition here since 1780 and Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region has the world’s highest concentration of thoroughbred breeding farms in the world. A local guide will join us and provide a driving tour among the rolling hills and past the stunning farms surrounded by white picket fences. We’ll visit a horse farm and learn about “stud” farms, rearing and the horse racing industry.  Then, a guided tour of The Kentucky Horse Park, the world’s only park dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse.  Here you can touch the horses, smell the hay and see first-hand the majesty of these beauties.  See where horses like Man o’ War and Secretariat are honored in the Hall of Champions, visit the International Museum of the Horse, and see the Parade of Breeds. Enjoy lunch on your own at the Kentucky Horse Park. Late this afternoon we arrive in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains. Pigeon Forge is considered to be the entertainment capital of the Southeast and is filled with incredible beauty and old-fashioned southern hospitality. Enjoy a three-night stay at the premier hotel located in the heart of Pigeon Forge. Enjoy an included dinner at a locals’ favorite this evening. 
Breakfast
Dinner
Day 4
Wednesday, 10/25/2017 - Smoky Mountains
Following an included breakfast at the hotel, we’ll be joined by a local guide as we head into the Smoky Mountains.  Great Smoky Mountain National Park – the most visited National Park in America – is the most magnificent, primeval wilderness in the nation. This time of year the Park should be brimming with color as fall foliage is normally at its peak. At the “Top of the Ole Smoky,” we’ll make a photo stop so that you can stand with one foot in Tennessee and the other in North Carolina. This afternoon we’ll visit Dollywood, the famous 88-acre theme park inspired by Dolly Parton and her love for the mountains, family and country music. The one-of-a-kind atmosphere here combines the charm and beauty of the Smokies with rustic architecture and thousands of flowers to provide a panoramic backdrop for live shows, hand-made crafts, delicious food, and much more. Don’t forget to check out the craftsman’s area, the Dolly Museum and take a train ride. After an included dinner at a locals’ favorite, we’ll take our seats at the Smoky Mountain Opry, Pigeon Forge’s biggest and best variety show. Showcasing the most talented collection of singers, dancers, comedians, magicians, jugglers and incredible aerialists, the Opry is an amazing show that will take your breath away! 
Breakfast
Dinner
Day 5
Thursday, 10/26/2017 - Asheville and Pigeon Forge
Following an included breakfast at the hotel, our journey this morning takes us to Asheville, North Carolina where we’ll tour the spectacular Biltmore Estate. In 1880, the railroad came to the area and George Washington Vanderbilt purchased 125,000 acres and 15 years later had constructed the magnificent 250-room Biltmore estate, America’s largest private residence. You’ll tour the interior of this sprawling, 250-room, French Renaissance-style chateau, the stables and grounds and hear the stories of its former residences. See the priceless paintings and antiques, including Napoleon’s chess table. Tour the gardens which were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of New York’s Central Park.  Enjoy lunch on your own at the Biltmore’s Stable Café. We return to Pigeon Forge for the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show. Become part of the longest running feud in history and help the Hatfields and McCoys try to settle their differences mountain-style. You’ll love the singing and dancing, mighty feats of strength, jaw dropping stunts and side-splitting comedy. And the country cookin’ – whooee it’s good!  Granny’s cookin’ up a heap of fried chicken and country pulled pork shoulder barbecue! Add smashed taters, creamy cole slaw, buttery corn on the cob, cornbread, creamy vegetable soup and Granny’s special dessert and you’ll need to loosen up your belt!
Breakfast
Dinner
Day 6
Friday, 10/27/2017 - Pigeon Forge to Nashville
Following an included breakfast at the hotel, we’ll head west over the Cumberland Plateau to Nashville, Tennessee. Nashville began on the banks of the Cumberland River more than 200 years ago and today is considered the “Birthplace and Home of Country Music.” Our accommodations tonight will be at the awe-inspiring Gaylord Opryland Resort, known for offering the epitome of Southern Hospitality. Nine acres of lush gardens, sparkling waterfalls and 50 shops under three glass atriums make this hotel a destination in itself. Following dinner at leisure at the resort, we’ll take our seats this evening for an unforgettable show at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry. Each Opry show features an array of performances by new stars, superstars and legends of country music as well as bluegrass, comedy and so much more!
Breakfast
Day 7
Saturday, 10/28/2017 - Nashville and Farewell
Following an included breakfast at the resort we’ll visit The Hermitage, to walk through Andrew Jackson’s life and home, explore a beautiful, vintage Tennessee farm, and experience an important piece of Nashville and our nation. Enjoy a docent-guided tour of the mansion and a guided audio tour of the gardens, grounds and other historic buildings. We continue to the Nashville Airport and our return flight home.  Memories of Kentucky’s bluegrass, stately mansions, Smoky Mountains and country music from America’s Heartland will forever be ingrained in our memories. 
Breakfast

Tour Inclusions: 

  • 6 Nights deluxe hotel accommodations
  • 10 Meals: 4 dinners, 6 breakfasts
  • Services of a professional Good Times Travel Tour Director
  • Comprehensive sightseeing with local guides
  • Admissions per itinerary
  • Transportation aboard a deluxe touring motorcoach
  • Roundtrip airport-hotel transfers (with purchase of packaged air)
  • Luggage handling throughout the tour
  • Applicable taxes, fees and most gratuities
     

Additional Information: 

  • Join this tour from one of the following departure points: CON, FV, SBL, LHS, CLH or meet the group at LAX or in Louisville
  • A deposit of $250 p.p. + airfare (if purchasing the packaged air) is required to reserve space
  • Balance payment due 60-90 days prior to departure
  • Roundtrip group airfare available from $545 p.p.
  • Travel protection/cancellation insurance is available and highly recommended
  • Tour pace: On-the-go (visit our common questions page for details on activity levels)
  • Activity Level: High (visit our common questions page for details on activity levels)
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