8 Days - Tour Dates: September 25 - October 2, 2024
Day 1 - Wednesday, 9/25/2024 - Fly to Louisville
Arrive in Louisville, Kentucky, known as the “Bluegrass State.” Meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel for a three-night stay. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner together.
Day 2 - Thursday, 9/26/2024 - Louisville
Visit Churchill Downs, the thoroughbred racetrack famous for hosting the annual Kentucky Derby. Tour 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 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. - Breakfast
Day 3 - Friday, 9/27/2024 - Ark Encounter
This morning head north to Williamstown to see the life-size replica of Noah’s Ark, The Ark Encounter. Opened in 2016, it’s the largest timber frame structure in the world and was built to the dimensions given in the Bible. Built in part by Amish craftsman, the structure measures 510 feet long, 85 feet wide and 51 feet high, and is a modern engineering marvel featuring 3 decks of exhibits. Return to Louisville and enjoy dinner.
- Breakfast - Dinner
Day 4 - Saturday, 9/28/2024 - Lexington / Gatlinburg
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.
- Breakfast - Dinner
Day 5 - Sunday, 9/29/2024 - Smoky Mountains / 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. Later return to Gatlinburg for an evening at your own pace.
Day 6 - Monday, 9/30/2024 - Dolllywood / To Nashville
Travel to nearby Pigeon Forge to visit Dollywood, the theme park owned by the legendary Dolly Parton. See 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 for a 2-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.
Day 7 - Tuesday, 10/1/2024 - Nashville
Today enjoy a Nashville City Tour to see the State Capitol, famous Music Row, the Parthenon (replica), and the Old Ryman Auditorium, referred to as “Mother Church” of country music. Later visit the Country Music Hall of Fame to see how country music has evolved through the past 70 years with memorabilia and displays in a museum setting. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner and then a performance of America’s longest-running radio show, The Grand Ole Opry. - Breakfast - Dinner
Day 8 - Wednesday, 10/2/2024 - Return Home
Today fly home filled with wonderful memories of your Nashville, Smoky Mountains & Bluegrass Tour. - Breakfast
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