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Kentucky & the Smokies

Explore the majesty of the Smoky Mountains and the culture, history, and tastes of Appalachia. In Asheville, North Carolina we’ll 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 we’ll spend an afternoon in Dolly Parton’s Appalachian theme park Dollywood and relax during a Hatfield & McCoy dinner show, plus an incredible variety show at the Smoky Mountain Opry. In Louisville, Kentucky we’ll 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.

Tour Highlights
  • All airfare, taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Holiday Tour Director & local guides
  • Motorcoach & professional driver
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 travel voucher for a future tour
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Day 1 : Fly to Charlotte

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

Day 2 : The Biltmore

After an included breakfast, we 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, we tour the vast Biltmore mansion with an audio guide.


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. We learn about the park during our guided tour, then ride the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway for lunch on Mt. Harrison. There’s 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.


Day 4 : Dollywood

In the morning we’re off to Pigeon Forge’s Titanic Museum, featuring an audio tour with exhibits, artifacts and replica architecture of the famous passenger liner. Enjoy lunch in a secret room aboard the ship. We spend the remainder of the afternoon at Dollywood, Dolly Parton’s fascinating amusement park and experience impressive live performances. This evening we depart for The Smoky Mountain Opry for the ultimate variety show with singers, dancers, comedians, aerialists, musicians and high-tech visuals.


Day 5 : Museum of Appalachia

We’re Kentucky-bound this morning with a stop 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, we 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’s time to browse the shops and listen to a musical performance, before we depart for the Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, a retirement home to the Thoroughbreds whose racing and breeding careers have come to an end.


Day 7 : My Old Kentucky Home

We tour the My Old Kentucky Home mansion, one of America's most famous and celebrated landmarks. Witness extraordinary antiques, paintings, fashion, stories and end with a culinary class and tasting of old fashioned southern biscuits. We have time for lunch in Bardstown before departing for Louisville. After an afternoon city tour, we’re dropped off at Whiskey Row for a tour of the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. This evening we spend time at the Louisville Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular, in which 5,000 professionally-carved pumpkins illuminate an enchanting trail along Iroquois Park.


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. Enjoy lunch and shopping at in Westport Village. Finally, celebrate the end of your fantastic adventure in the south with a Farewell Dinner at the historic Brown Hotel.


Day 9 : Fly Home

We fly home, bidding farewell to Louisville with our cherished memories.

Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes

  • All airfare, taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Holiday Tour Director & local guides
  • Motorcoach & professional driver
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 travel voucher for a future tour

All Accommodations Featuring

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

Attractions & Highlights

  • The Biltmore Estate audio tour
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park guided tour
  • Ober Gatlinburg Scenic Aerial Tram
  • The Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show™
  • Titanic Museum
  • Dollywood
  • Smoky Mountain Opry™ show
  • Museum of Appalachia
  • Mary Todd Lincoln House
  • Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
  • Old Friends at Dream Chase Horse Farm
  • My Old Kentucky Home Mansion
  • Louisville city tour
  • Evan Williams Bourbon Experience
  • Jack O’Lantern Spectacular
  • Backstretch breakfast at the Churchill Downs Racetrack
  • Kentucky Derby Museum
  • Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

14 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner at the historic Brown Hotel

Tour Dates & Pricing

October 6th, 2019 - October 14th, 2019

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Final Payment Date: 08/7/2019

October 13th, 2019 - October 21st, 2019

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Final Payment Date: 08/14/2019

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