Light Snowfall in The Great Smoky Mountains Tennessee
Light Snowfall in The Great Smoky Mountains Tennessee
Great Smoky Mountain and Kentucky Views
Great Smoky Mountain and Kentucky Views
Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, Kentucky and The Slugger Museum, Louisville
Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, Kentucky and The Slugger Museum, Louisville
Autumn hillsides in the Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee
Autumn hillsides in the Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee
Black bears in Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee
Black bears in Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee
Churchill Downs (left) and Bourbon Rickhouse (right)
Churchill Downs (left) and Bourbon Rickhouse (right)

Heart of the South with The Great Smoky Mountains

7 Nights from £2,099 Including Flights

Overview

Journey on this fascinating and scenic escorted tour through the heart of the South. You’ll discover memorable bluegrass music, tantalizing horse racing and tempting bourbon distilleries based in Kentucky, to the glorious hikes of the sprawling Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee capturing its scenic views of the mist-covered mountains. Be overwhelmed by the outstanding architecture and landscapes of George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore Estate in North Carolina and get to know the “Slugger” roots in Louisville.

Highlights

  • Pore over Kentucky’s bountiful history with visiting Alltech Brewing & Distilling Co, Kentucky Horse Park, Churchill Downs racetrack, Kentucky Derby Museum or the Louisville Slugger Museum.
  • Explore The Great Smoky Mountains National Park with its extraordinary views and scenic hiking routes.
  • Become speechless over the grand size of Biltmore Estate with its 4 acres of housing and an impressive 8,000 acres of landscape.
  • Learn about the history of the hugely popular NASCAR with visiting the NASCAR Hall of Fame
  • Delve into Charlotte, Asheville, Lexington and Louisville with an orientation in each city.
     

Itinerary Overview
Fly into Charlotte, North Carolina 1 night – Asheville 1 night – Great Smoky Mountains National Park 2 nights – Lexington 1 night – Louisville 2 nights.
 

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Day 1

Arrive in Charlotte, North Carolina

Fly into Charlotte, North Carolina and be transferred to your hotel where you will meet your Tour Director later in the evening at the Welcome Reception.

Overnight: Hilton Charlotte Center City
Day 2

Asheville

In the morning you will learn about the legacy of NASCAR at the NASCAR Hall of Fame with all its history. The museum celebrates drivers who have shown unprecedented skill at NASCAR driving, first-class crew chiefs and owners, broadcasters and other major contributors to competition. Enjoy downtown Charlotte at leisure before we journey on to Asheville known for its historic architecture and vibrant arts scene.

Overnight: Cambria Downtown Asheville

Day 3 and Day 4

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge

Start off the day with a self-guided tour of the impressive Biltmore Estate and then we’ll carry on towards to the iconic UNESCO-listed Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Pitstop at the Sugarlands Visitors Center to understand the 19th century wilderness settlement lifestyle before continuing on to Museum of the Cherokee Indian.

The next day, enjoy at leisure a full, free day to explore with the beautiful natural landscapes of the Smoky Mountains, so named for the "smoky" mist of blue haze that surrounds these peaks. Visit Cades Cove to see the local wildlife and embark on a hike. There is an opportunity to visit Dollywood Theme park or how about an evening of lively entertainment at Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner Show?

Overnight: Black Fox Lodge

Day 5

Lexington

Drive along Kentucky's Wilderness Road Heritage Highway stopping en route in Berea. On arrival in Lexington visit Alltech Brewing & Distilling Co., a microbrewery and distillery specializing in bourbon-barrel ale, offering on-site tours and tastings

Overnight: Hilton Lexington Downtow

Day 6

Louisville

Saddle up as you ‘Dive into Culture' today and meet moving encounters residents of a local horse retirement farm, where you'll 'Make a Difference' by contributing to the dignified retirement of thoroughbreds whose careers have come to an end. This evening at the Muhammad Ali Center, 'Connect with a Local', and enjoy an exclusive 'Be My Guest' dinner with a local guest.

Overnight: Embassy Suites Louisville

Day 7

Louisville
After an orientation tour, enjoy the day at leisure with the option of spending the morning at the Kentucky Derby Museum or explore Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory where Major League bats are produced and take in the giant baseball "slugger" that stands at the entrance. This evening, join in for the Farewell Dinner of foot-stomping fun and rich flavours of Kentucky’s delicacies.

Day 8

Depart for Louisville International Airport

Your fabulous journey has come to an end as you transfer Louisville International Airport. Optionally you could extend your stay at the Embassy Suites Louisville, or join our Tastes and Sounds of the South trip.

  • Return transatlantic flights
  • All transport shown
  • Services of a Tour Director
  • Hotel accommodation for 7 nights as described above or similar
  • Total of 7 breakfasts and 4 dinners including exclusive hosted Be My Guest dinner
  • City orientations of Charlotte, Asheville, Lexington and Louisville
  • Admittance to excursions and museums listed

What's not included

  • Dollywood Theme Park Tickets
  • Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner Show

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