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Kentucky & the Smokies

Explore the stunning fall foliage of the Smoky Mountains and the culture, history, and tastes of Appalachia. In Asheville, North Carolina, we tour the country's largest private residence, The Biltmore Estate, before boarding a motorcoach and driving through Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, spend an afternoon in Dolly Parton's Appalachian theme park, Dollywood, and watch captivating performances including the Hatfield & McCoy dinner show. In Louisville, Kentucky, we will spend a morning at Churchill Downs, the home of the Kentucky Derby, tour the Louisville Slugger Museum, and feel the spirit of Halloween at the Louisville Jack O' Lantern Spectacular.

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The Holiday Advantage
Airfare Included
Airfare Included
Exceptional Accommodations Included with Baggage Handling
Exceptional Accommodations Included with Baggage Handling
Most Meals Included
Most Meals Included
Premier Attractions
Premier Attractions
Professional Tour Directors
Professional Tour Directors
Motorcoach & Professional Driver
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Choose Your Departure Year:

Day 1 : Fly to Charlotte

We fly to Charlotte, North Carolina for a restful night at a deluxe hotel.

Day 2 : Biltmore Estate

After an included breakfast, depart for Asheville and the Biltmore Estate, the country’s largest private residence. Upon arrival in Antler Hill Village we have free time for lunch and exploration, including complimentary wine tasting at the Biltmore Estate Winery or shopping at many boutiques and craft stores. Later, tour the vast Biltmore mansion with an audio guide. Tonight we get to know our fellow traveling companions at a Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner in Asheville.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 : The Smoky Mountains

We board our motorcoach and drive into Great Smoky Mountains National Park to enjoy the breathtaking views. The Smokies are the highest mountains east of the Rockies, rising to more than 5,000 feet. Learn about the park during a guided driving tour before riding the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway to the top of Mt. Harrison. There is free time to savor the sights or walk around town, then travel to Pigeon Forge for the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show with our overnight accommodations nearby

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 : Dollywood

In the morning we’re off to Pigeon Forge’s Titanic Museum, featuring a guided tour with exhibits, artifacts, and replica architecture of the famous passenger liner. Enjoy lunch in a secret room aboard the "ship." Spend the remainder of the afternoon at Dollywood, Dolly Parton’s fascinating amusement park where we experience impressive live performances. This evening get ready for spectacular entertainment at Country Tonite, voted Best Show in the Smokies! Enjoy the talents of singers and dancers, laugh with comedians, and get lost in the powerful gospel and American patriotism that underpins the spellbinding show.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 : Museum of Appalachia

We’re Kentucky-bound this morning with a stop in Clinton at the Museum of Appalachia, a tribute to the spirit of the American South. Browse historical exhibits, hear musicians play old-time music, and stroll through rustic paths, gardens, and cabins that reflect a bygone era. We arrive in the Bluegrass State and check in to our comfortable accommodations in Lexington for a two-night stay.


Day 6 : Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

The day kicks off with a tour of the Mary Todd Lincoln House. Afterwards, visit the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, a beautiful heritage park revealing the culture, community, and ingenuity of the Kentucky Shakers. Lunch features delicious dishes from fresh ingredients grown in the village. There is time to browse the shops and listen to a musical performance before we depart for the Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, a home to thoroughbreds living out their Golden Years in comfort after a career in racing or breeding.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 : My Old Kentucky Home

Tour the My Old Kentucky Home mansion, one of America's most famous and celebrated landmarks. Experience extraordinary antiques, paintings, fashion, and stories before lunch in Bardstown followed by departing for Louisville. Upon arrival we visit Whiskey Row for a tour of the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. Tonight we check in to our Louisville hotel for a two-night stay.


Day 8 : Louisville Sights

There’s no experience quite like a morning at Churchill Downs Racetrack, home of the Kentucky Derby. Get behind the scenes of the legendary racetrack with breakfast in the Horsemen’s Track Kitchen, then tour Churchill Downs Racetrack, the Kentucky Derby Museum and more! This afternoon, celebrate the end of your fantastic adventure in the south with a Farewell Lunch at the historic Brown Hotel. Afterwards, we arrive at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory for a guided tour and then have time to explore the museum, gift shop, and witness the world's largest baseball bat, a 120-foot replica of a slugger belonging to Babe Ruth. Finally, we spend the evening exploring the incredible Louisville Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular, where 5,000 professionally-carved pumpkins illuminate an enchanting trail along Iroquois Park.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 : Fly Home

Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes

  • All airfare
  • All fuel surcharges, government fees, airport & departure taxes
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director
  • Motorcoach & professional driver
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 Loyalty Credit for a future tour

All Accommodations Featuring

  • 1 night at the Drury Inn & Suites Charlotte Northlake
  • 1 night at the Hampton Inn Asheville
  • 2 nights at the Best Western Plaza Inn Pigeon Forge
  • 2 nights at the Springhill Suites Lexington
  • 2 nights in Louisville

Attractions & Highlights

  • The Biltmore Estate audio tour & winery
    • The Biltmore Estate audio tour & winery
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway
  • Titanic Museum
  • Dollywood
  • Country Tonite show
  • Museum of Appalachia
  • Mary Todd Lincoln House
  • Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill guided tour & lunch
  • Old Friends at Dream Chase Horse Farm
  • My Old Kentucky Home & culinary biscuit demonstration
  • Evan Williams Bourbon Experience
  • Churchill Downs Racetrack & Kentucky Derby Museum
  • Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
  • Jack O’Lantern Spectacular

12 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Backstretch breakfast and a tour of the Churchill Downs Racetrack
  • Holiday Vacations Farewell Lunch at the historic Brown Hotel in Louisville

Tour Dates & Pricing


Price Per Person





Final Payment Date: 08/09/2023


Price Per Person





Final Payment Date: 08/16/2023

Tour Map for Kentucky & the Smokies

Departure Cities

Airport Pickups

Choose a State:

Birmingham - Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport

Fayetteville/Bentonville - Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport

Little Rock - Little Rock National Airport

Phoenix - Sky Harbor International Airport

Los Angeles - Los Angeles International Airport

Orange County - John Wayne Airport

San Diego - San Diego International Airport

San Francisco - San Francisco International Airport

Denver - Denver International Airport

Hartford - Bradley International Airport

Washington - Ronald Reagan National Airport

Washington - Washington Dulles International Airport

Fort Lauderdale - Fort Lauderdale International Airport

Fort Myers - Southwest Florida International Airport

Jacksonville - Jacksonville International Airport

Miami - Miami International Airport

Orlando - Orlando International Airport

Tallahassee - Tallahassee International Airport

Tampa - Tampa International Airport

West Palm Beach - Palm Beach International Airport

Atlanta - Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Cedar Rapids - Eastern Iowa Airport

Des Moines - Des Moines International Airport

Boise - Boise Airport

Chicago - O'Hare International Airport

Moline - Quad City International Airport

Evansville - Evansville Regional Airport

Fort Wayne - Fort Wayne International Airport

Indianapolis - Indianapolis International Airport

South Bend - South Bend International Airport

Wichita - Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport

Lexington - Blue Grass Airport

Louisville - Louisville International Airport

Baton Rouge - Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport

Lafayette - Lafayette Regional Airport

New Orleans - Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

Shreveport - Shreveport Regional Airport

Boston - Boston Logan International Airport

Baltimore - Baltimore Washington International

Detroit - Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport

Grand Rapids - Gerald R. Ford International Airport

Kalamazoo - Kalamazoo-Battle Creek Airport

Lansing - Capital Region International Airport

Saginaw - MBS International Airport

Duluth - Duluth International Airport

Minneapolis - Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport

Rochester - Rochester International Airport

Kansas City - Kansas City International Airport

Springfield - Springfield-Branson National Airport

St Louis - St. Louis Lambert International Airport

Gulfport - Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport

Jackson - Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport

Billings - Billings Logan International Airport

Bozeman - Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport

Missoula - Missoula County Airport

Charlotte - Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Greensboro - Piedmont Triad International Airport

Raleigh - Raleigh-Durham International Airport

Bismarck - Bismarck Airport

Fargo - Hector International Airport

Grand Forks - Grand Forks International Airport

Lincoln - Lincoln Airport

Omaha - Eppley Airfield

Newark - Newark Liberty International Airport

Albuquerque - Albuquerque International Airport

Las Vegas - McCarran International Airport

Albany - Albany International Airport

Buffalo - Buffalo Niagara International Airport

New York - Kennedy International Airport

New York - La Guardia Airport

Rochester - Greater Rochester International Airport

Syracuse - Syracuse Hancock International Airport

Cincinnati - Cincinnati-NKY International Airport

Cleveland - Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

Columbus - John Glenn Columbus International Airport

Dayton - Dayton International Airport

Oklahoma City - Will Rogers World Airport

Tulsa - Tulsa International Airport

Portland - Portland International Airport

Allentown - Lehigh Valley International Airport

Harrisburg - Harrisburg International Airport

Philadelphia - Philadelphia International Airport

Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh International Airport

Charleston - Charleston International Airport

Greer - Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport

Rapid City - Rapid City Regional Airport

Sioux Falls - Sioux Falls Regional Airport

Knoxville - McGhee Tyson Airport

Memphis - Memphis International Airport

Nashville - Nashville International Airport

Austin - Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Dallas - Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

Houston - George Bush Intercontinental Airport

San Antonio - San Antonio International Airport

Salt Lake City - Salt Lake City International Airport

Norfolk - Norfolk International Airport

Richmond - Richmond International Airport

Seattle - Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Spokane - Spokane International Airport

Appleton - Appleton International Airport

Baldwin - Groome Transportation

Eau Claire - Groome Transportation

Green Bay - Austin Straubel International Airport

Hudson - Groome Transportation

La Crosse - Groome Transportation

Madison - Dane County Regional Airport

MeNomonie - Groome Transportation

Milwaukee - Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport

Mosinee - Central Wisconsin Airport

Charleston - Yeager Airport