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Bluegrass Country & Smoky Mountains

Bluegrass Country & Smoky Mountains

This Southeast American adventure featuring American heritage and scenery, begins in downtown Louisville, KY and winds it’s way to completion in Charlotte, NC

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This Southeast American adventure featuring American heritage and scenery, begins in downtown Louisville, KY and winds it’s way to completion in Charlotte, NC

Bluegrass Country & Smoky Mountains

Date: 9/16 - 24, 2021 Price: $3349/D, $3319/T, $4249/S

Inclusions: Air Fare, Hotel, 13 Meals (8 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 4 Dinners), Admission (Insurance Suggested)

Not included:  Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $299 per person and Gratuities, Optional Tours, Items of a Personal Nature

 

A zoom meeting for this tour will be held on January 19, 2021 beginning at 2:30.

 

This Southeast American adventure featuring American heritage and scenery, begins in downtown Louisville, KY and winds it’s way to completion in Charlotte, NC. Touring includes highlighted cities in Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina, 3 breathtaking mountain ranges, lookouts and National Parks. Be entertained by talented artisans and musicians; experience bluegrass where it meets Appalachia. Sample from the “Bourbon Trail”. Learn of traditional crafts and customs from the Cherokee Native American culture. All these areas make up the fabric of our country and are important to our history, including the impressive Biltmore Estate in Asheville, the last tour on this journey. The combination of guided and free time exploration in addition to the optional activities makes this a great 9 day vacation. Contact the office for the detailed daily itinerary or ask about a preview presentation to learn more.

Day 1

Your tour starts in Louisville, Kentucky, famous for Thoroughbreds, Bourbon and baseball. Settle in for a 2-night stay at your hotel, ideally situated in downtown Louisville.

Day 2

Enjoy a visit to Churchill Downs, the Thoroughbred racetrack famous for hosting the pinnacle of all horse races: the Kentucky Derby. Experience the backside of the racetrack during a rail-side breakfast in the Track Kitchen all while watching the horses during their morning workouts! Then, tour the Kentucky Derby Museum and learn about the legendary history of the "Sport of Kings." Enjoy a walking tour of Old Louisville, a historic neighborhood of Victorian mansions. later, head to "Museum Row" where it's your choice! Visit the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory for an All-Star baseball experience - OR - explore the Frazier Kentucky History Museum, and its new Spirit of Kentucky exhibit, the official start of the Bourbon Trail. Tonight, join your fellow travelers at a local restaurant for a welcome dinner.

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Day 3

Visit Buffalo Trace, the oldest continuously operating Bourbon distillery in America. Learn about the subtle craft, meet some of the people who make it all happen, and taste some of the home-grown spirit. Stop in the quaint, historic town of Midway before exploring Kentucky's horse country. Learn about the area from a local guide and take in the rolling bluegrass pastureland and the horse farms that dot the landscape. Hear about time-honored traditions during visits to private horse farms before settling into Lexington for your 2-night stay.

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Day 4

Travel to Berea, the historic college town known as the arts-and-crafts center of Kentucky. Meet a few artisans while they demonstrate their craft. Enjoy lunch at Boone Tavern, where bluegrass country meets the rolling hills of Appalachia. Tonight, personalize your evening with Diner's Choice, deciding where you want to eat from an included "menu" of Lexington's great restaurants.

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Day 5

Travel through Daniel Boone National Forest. Extending across the western plateau region of the Appalachian Mountains, it's named for the larger-than-life American pioneer who once blazed a trail across these rugged and wild lands. Arrive in the lively mountain resort of Gatlinburg, gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and your home for a 2-night stay. The rest of the day is yours, perhaps you will go to Dollywood, Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountains theme park or enjoy time in downtown Gatlinburg.

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Day 6

With a local guide, explore Great Smoky Mountains National Park (UNESCO) - the United States' most visited national park. Stop at various lookouts on your way to Newfound Gap, which boasts views of both Tennessee and North CArolina. Continue through the park to Cherokee and spend time at Qualla, the oldest Native American arts cooperative where you'll learn about traditional crafts and customs. Afterwards, tour the Old Smoky Moonshine Distillery with a tasting. Enjoy dinner overlooking the Smoky Mountains at Anakeesta - a Cherokee word that means "high ground".

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Day 7

This morning, depart for Asheville, North Carolina, your Blue Ridge Mountains home for 2 nights. Upon arrival in Asheville, embark on an orientation walking tour with a local guide and discover the neighborhood around your downtown hotel.

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Day 8

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 and the manicured grounds, enjoy a wine-tasting at the historic Biltmore Winery and experience what it was like to be a wealthy tycoon in the Gilded Age of America. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

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Day 9

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

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Price includes - 8 nights/9 days

13 meals: 8 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 4 Dinners

Air Taxes and fees/surcharges

Hotel Transfers

 

Not included:  Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $299 per person and Gratuities

Optional Tours

Items of a Personal Nature

 

*All Rates are Per Person and are subject to change, based on air inclusive package

 

 

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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Name Address Contact Details
Avis Avis - Tour Office 401 East Central Ave
In front of fenced area, M-F park away from office
Buckhorn Buckhorn TA Truck Plaza - 6 Buckhorn Rd Blooms
Ex 232 I80 park near entrance area facing road
Mill Hall Mill Hall - Walmart 167 Hogan Boulevard
lower part of lot off Clinton Lane
Milton Milton - Flying J Truck Stop 1460 North Ridge Road
park 1st row from hgwy, facing st near restaurant
Muncy Muncy Cracker Barrel Lyco Crossing 260 S Lyco Mal
park on lot across from rear of Cracker Barrel
Williamsport Williamsport - Church St. Trans Ctr 11 West Church
$5.00 advance parking permit required, or on own
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