Bluegrass Country & the Smoky Mountains

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Bluegrass Country & the Smoky Mountains

featuring Louisville, Gatlinburg & Asheville

Nov 30 — Dec 7, 2022

Churchill Downs, Kentucky Derby Museum, Old Louisville Walking Tour, Buffalo Trace Bourbon Distillery, Lexington Horse Farms, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Dolly Parton’s Stampede & Dinner Show, Asheville, Biltmore Estate

Day 1: Nashville, Tennessee - Tour Begins

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Step back in time on a holiday getaway that opens in the “Music Capital of the World” – Nashville – and the glorious Gaylord Opryland Resort. This impressive property is a year-round wonderland, but during the holidays, it truly sparkles even brighter!

Day 2: Nashville

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A local guide will share the history and lore of Music City during a sightseeing tour where you will view the State Capitol, Music Row and the Parthenon — a full replica of the Athenian original! Later this evening, take your reserved seat at the renowned Grand Ole Opry. What began as a building where a local radio broadcast show aired once a week in 1925 has grown to become an entertainment complex that attracts music fans from all over the world.

Day 3: Nashville

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Today, a tour of RCA Studio B gives you an insider’s look at Nashville’s oldest remaining recording studio, where Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and Charlie Pride once recorded some of their classic hits. Learn how each artist recorded their chart-topping music in this famous studio – you may even have the opportunity to record your own hit! Later, explore the Country Music Hall of Fame, the largest museum of popular music in the world. The museum's vast collections of memorabilia, costumes, recordings and instruments are artfully presented in cutting-edge exhibits relaying the vibrant history of country music and its artists. This evening, gather for a spectacular dinner and holiday show at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. Then, it’s your choice! Embark on a cozy horse-drawn carriage ride -OR- take in your resort’s amazing lights and holiday décor on a relaxing river cruise.

Day 4: Nashville - Gatlinburg

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This morning we travel east to Gatlinburg, a lively mountain resort, the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and your home for the next two nights. Tonight, it’s a Smoky Mountains Christmas at Dollywood** in Pigeon Forge. Spectacular light displays and a lineup of shows celebrating the spirit of the holiday season make this a night to remember.

Day 5: Gatlinburg - Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Gatlinburg

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Begin your day with a local guide leading an expedition into the most visited national park in the United States. Great Smoky Mountains National Park*** is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The park contains one of the most diverse ecosystems on earth and the largest deciduous forest in the eastern United States. Explore the park, stopping at various lookouts on our way to Newfound Gap, which boasts views of both sides of the Smoky Mountains – those in Tennessee and North Carolina. Afterwards, enjoy a tour and tasting at the Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery. This evening, be entertained at the lively Dolly Parton’s Christmas Stampede & Dinner Show, where you’ll see music, dancing, and professional horse riders performing incredible stunts.

Day 6: Gatlinburg - Asheville, North Carolina

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Depart for Asheville, North Carolina, our Blue Ridge Mountains home for two nights. Upon arrival in Asheville, embark on an orientation walking tour with a local guide and discover the neighborhood around your downtown hotel. You’ll find that Asheville sparkles during the holiday season!

Day 7: Asheville

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Back in 1895, George Vanderbilt II decided to build himself “a little mountain escape” in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The result was the impressive and decadent grandeur of the Biltmore Estate. Today, tour the sprawling mansion, adorned for the holidays with hundreds of elaborately decorated trees, wreaths and poinsettias and enjoy a wine-tasting at the historic Biltmore Winery. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 8: Asheville - Charlotte - Tour Ends

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Today your tour comes to an end. As you venture home, take the holiday spirit and the warmth of America’s Southeast with you.

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