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Heart Of The South With Nashville Extension Option Summer 2018

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highlights
  • Orientation of Atlanta, Louisville
  • Visit CNN Studios, George Vanderbilt's Biltmore Estate, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Kentucky Horse Park, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby Museum
The Heart of the South with Nashville Extension Option Summer 2018 tour starts in Atlanta and ends in Nashville. The Heart of the South with Nashville Extension Option Summer 2018 is a Culture, History And Heritage Tour that takes 10 days taking you from Atlanta to Nashville and 10 other destinations in the USA.

It's all bourbon and bluegrass on this jaunt from the capital of the South to the heart of the Kentucky Derby. You'll tour a Vanderbilt mansion, explore the pristine beauty of America's Great Smoky Mountains and enjoy dinner with Muhammad Ali's brother after touring the Ali Childhood Home Museum.
Day 1 Arrive Atlanta 1 day

Welcome to cosmopolitan Atlanta, capital of the South. At 6 p.m. gather with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. Welcome Reception

Day 2 Atlanta – Asheville 1 day

Explore Atlanta and its most prized landmarks as you make your way to the CNN Studios. Join the Inside CNN VIP Tour for an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience with expanded access to the working studios at the Global Headquarters of CNN Worldwide. This tour takes you inside the studios, control rooms and newsrooms. Then head north to Asheville, North Carolina, and your hotel located in the heart of the city.Full Breakfast

Day 3 Asheville – Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Gatlinburg (2 Nights) 1 day

Start the day with a guided visit to the Biltmore Estate, the largest privately owned home in America. Explore the spectacular gardens and learn about the Vanderbilts. Next, head for Great Smoky Mountains National Park, America's most visited National Park, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Visitors' Center and explore 19th century wilderness settlement life with a Local Specialist. Also visit the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Travel through the centre of the park enjoying stunning vistas and witness the "smoky" mist of blue haze that surrounds the mountains for which the park is named. This evening, arrive in Gatlinburg.Full Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 Gatlinburg 1 day

Today is free for optional activities. Explore the park further, go walking, cycling, or visit Dollywood, owned by country music legend Dolly Parton which may be followed by Dolly Parton's famous Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction.Full Breakfast

Day 5 Gatlinburg – Cumberland Gap – Lexington 1 day

Stand in awe at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, the first great gateway to the west. The buffalo, the Native American, the longhunter and the pioneer all travelled this route through the mountains. Continue through Kentucky into Lexington, the "Horse Capital of the World." This afternoon, choose to delve into equine culture at the Kentucky Horse Park or explore the International Museum of the Horse, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.Full Breakfast

Day 6 Lexington – Louisville (2 Nights) 1 day

Visit a horse retirement farm, and Cultural Insight, to meet equine residents and learn about their careers and lives. Next, travel along the Bourbon Trail to Buffalo Trace Distillery, the world's most award-winning distillery, for an insider's look into the behind-the-scenes work that goes into crafting truly great bourbon. You'll witness everything from grain delivery to the cooking process, fermentation and, of course, distillation and enjoy a taste of the final product. Continue on through Blue Grass Country to Louisville. This evening, you are treated to an exclusive Be My Guest experience as you meet the younger brother of Muhammad Ali, Mr. Rahaman Ali. He will guide you on a visit of the Ali Childhood Home Museum and host dinner at a nearby bed and breakfast.Full Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining

Day 7 Louisville Sightseeing 1 day

Head to Churchill Downs, the legendary thoroughbred racetrack that has hosted the Kentucky Derby since 1875. Then you're off for fun and excitement as you visit the Kentucky Derby Museum, the most dynamic and unique celebration known worldwide as the "Greatest Two Minutes in Sports." This afternoon is at leisure before joining your fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner filled with bluegrass music, history and authentic Kentucky cuisine.Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 8 Louisville – Nashville (2 Nights) 1 day

Head south to Bowling Green to visit the National Corvette Museum showcasing the Chevrolet Corvette, an American sports car that has been in production since 1953. Continue on to Nashville, where you have two days to do as you please. Your hotel is conveniently located downtown, close to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, historic Ryman Auditorium, the District, featuring honky-tonks with live music and the Johnny Cash Museum, celebrating the singer's life.Full Breakfast

Day 9 Nashville Free Time 1 day

Enjoy a full day at leisure in Nashville to pursue your own interests.Full Breakfast

Day 10 Depart Nashville 1 day

Transfer to Nashville Airport where your trip comes to an end or extend your stay to continue your exploration of Nashville.Full Breakfast

what’s included
  • 7 full breakfasts
  • 3 dinners
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 10 days
Tour Type Group Tour  
Age Requirement 5+ yrs
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
Starts/Ends Atlanta, USA/Nashville, USA
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