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Heart of the South with the Great Smoky Mountains

Operated by: Trafalgar

8 Days
Great Smoky Mountains

Countries Visited

USA ...more USA

Locations Visited

Atlanta, Asheville, Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Lexington, Churchill Downs, Louisville ...more Atlanta, Asheville, Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Lexington, Churchill Downs, Louisville
  1. Day 1 Arrive Atlanta

    Tap your feet to the sounds of the South in its capital, Atlanta, where this evening we'll join our Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception to launch our exploration of the heart and soul of America.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Sheraton Atlanta
  2. Day 2 Atlanta – Asheville

    Gain a deeper understanding of the inner workings of the world’s first 24-hour news channel during a Behind-the-Scenes tour – a snapshot that will delight your inner news hound. See Atlanta’s most prized highlights afterward.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Renaissance Asheville
  3. Day 3 Asheville – Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Gatlinburg (2 Nights)

    Explore the elegance of yesteryear, starting your day with a self-guided visit to the Biltmore Estate, the largest privately owned home in America and former luxurious homestead of George and Edith Vanderbilt. Stroll through acres of landscaped gardens and gain insight into the lives of a great family once considered American Royalty. We continue to the iconic UNESCO-listed Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Stop at the Sugarlands Visitor Center and explore 19th century wilderness settlement life. We’ll also visit the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, then travel through the centre of the park. We overnight in Gatlinburg.

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner with wine
    hotel The Park Vista – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
  4. Day 4 Gatlinburg

    Enjoy a full, free day to connect with the beautiful natural landscapes of the Smoky Mountains, so named for the "smoky" mist of blue haze that surrounds these peaks. Embark on a hike, visit Cades Cove to see the local wildlife or visit Dollywood, owned by country music legend Dolly Parton. Consider an evening of invigorating fun, stampeding at Dolly Parton's famous Dinner Attraction.

    meals Full Breakfast
  5. Day 5 Gatlinburg – Cumberland Gap – Lexington

    Follow in the footsteps of brave pioneers who travelled through the Cumberland Gap into the West and into Kentucky’s wilderness. Delve into the equestrian heritage of this Bluegrass city in Lexington, at the “Horse Capital of the World.” Visit the Kentucky Horse Park or explore the International Museum of the Horse, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Hyatt Regency Lexington
  6. Day 6 Lexington – Louisville (2 Nights)

    Dive into Culture today, saddling up for a soulful encounter with the equine 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. We continue 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 first-hand the entire process that goes into distilling Kentucky’s golden liquid – from grain delivery to the cooking process, fermentation and, of course and distillation. Enjoy a taste of the final product before journeying through Bluegrass country to Louisville. This evening, we Connect with a Local, and enjoy a hosted Be My Guest dinner at the Muhammad Ali Center with a local guest.

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner with wine
    hotel Hyatt Regency Louisville
  7. Day 7 Louisville Sightseeing

    Imagine the thundering sounds of thoroughbred hoofs on the celebrated Churchill Downs racetrack as you visit the home of the Kentucky Derby since 1875. Feel the thrill of the "Greatest Two Minutes in Sports" as you explore the Kentucky Derby Museum, then spend the afternoon at leisure. This evening, we join our fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner of foot-stomping, festive fun and flavours of authentic Kentucky cuisine.

    meals Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  8. Day 8 Depart Louisville

    Transfer to Louisville International Airport. Consider extending your stay at the Hyatt Regency Louisville, or join our Tastes and Sounds of the South trip.

    meals Full Breakfast
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Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 7 full breakfasts
  • 4 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • 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

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Orientation of Atlanta, Ashville
  • 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

Dates & Prices

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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Gatlinburg

Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner Show

Dixie Stampede is an extraordinary dinner show with thirty-two magnificent horses and a cast of top-notch riders. They will thrill you with daring feats of trick riding and competition, pitting North against South in a friendly and fun rivalry. You will enjoy a barrel full of music, dancing, special effects and family friendly comedy along the way. Celebrate as the North and South join together in a patriotic salute of Red, White and Blue featuring COLOR ME AMERICA, written and recorded by Dolly herself. The Patriotic Grand Finale soars with flying Doves of Peace, luminous costumes and fireworks, reminding you of the pride and spirit of America.
Adult Price: $58

Dollywood Theme Park Admittance Tickets

Single day admission includes an entire day of access to the best rides, shows and attractions in the Smoky Mountains.
Adult Price: $83

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