B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Saturday, 22 Apr 2017: Arrive Asheville, NC; Welcome Dinner (D)
Schedule your arrival into Asheville’s airport no later than 4:00pm and take local transportation to the hotel. The tour will begin at 6:00pm in the hotel lobby where we will make introductions and then depart for our Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight Asheville - 2 nights
Sunday, 23 Apr 2017: Biltmore Estate and Gardens (B,L)
We will spend time visiting the famous Biltmore Estate, America's largest home. George Vanderbilt's French chateau-style mansion features 250 rooms, 65 fireplaces and numerous art masterpieces. The estate also features elegant gardens, a winery, and the River Bend Farm. There is so much to see and do at Biltmore that we will spend our day here.
Monday, 24 Apr 2017: Great Smoky Mountain National Park (B,L)
The Great Smoky Mountain National Park offers trails, waterfalls, overlooks and historic areas to explore! Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America's most visited national park. Overnight Knoxville - 1 night
Tuesday, 25 Apr 2017: Knoxville to Nashville; Tour the Hermitage (B,D)
After a leisurely breakfast together, we head for Nashville. We will stop at Hermitage, Andrew Jackson's home, to walk through the people's president's house and garden, explore a beautiful, vintage Tennessee farm and experience an important piece of Nashville history and our nation. We conclude our day by checking into our hotel and then having a light dinner. Overnight Nashville - 3 nights
Wednesday, 26 Apr 2017: Morning Walking Tour; Afternoon Free Time (B)
The morning on our walking tour, we learn how Nashville became Music City, U.S.A. and visit some of Nashville's highlights. Later this afternoon, there will be plenty of free time to explore further on your own. Your Tour Leader will have suggestions for things to do.
Thursday, 27 Apr 2017: Ryman Auditorium Tour; Grand Ole Opry; Farewell Dinner (B,D)
Today we visit the Ryman Auditorium. It was built in 1892 and is a National Historic Landmark, known throughout the world as "The Mother Church of Country Music". No visit to Nashville would be complete without attending a show at the Grand Ole Opry. It all began on a night in November of 1925 when an announcer on Nashville radio station WSM introduced fiddle player Uncle Jimmy Thompson as the first performer on a new show called “The WSM Barn Dance.” Now nearly 90 years later, that show is still going strong. Along the way, it has launched countless country music careers and led the way for Nashville to become Music City.
Friday, 28 Apr 2017: Return Home from Nashville, TN (B)
Sadly, our time together has come to an end. Based on the departure time you provide WTT, your Tour Leader can assist with organizing travelers into small groups so you can ride-share to the airport if you wish.