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Heart of the South with the Great Smoky Mountains

Operated by: Trafalgar

8 Days from $2,205 per person

Countries Visited

United States ...more United States

Locations Visited

Charlotte, Asheville, Pigeon Forge, Smoky Mountains National park, Lexington, Louisville ...more Charlotte, Asheville, Pigeon Forge, Smoky Mountains National park, Lexington, Louisville
  1. Day 1 Arrive Charlotte

    Arrive in Charlotte, North Carolina, joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception at your Charlotte hotel.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Hilton Charlotte Center City
  2. Day 2 Charlotte – Asheville

    This morning, after a city orientation, learn about the history and heritage of NASCAR at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The museum honors drivers who have shown exceptional skill at NASCAR driving, all-time great crew chiefs and owners, broadcasters and other major contributors to competition. After lunch on your own in downtown Charlotte, we'll head to Asheville, known for a vibrant arts scene and historic architecture.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Cambria Downtown Asheville
  3. Day 3 Asheville – Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Pigeon Forge (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 Pigeon Forge.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
    hotel Black Fox Lodge
  4. Day 4 Pigeon Forge Free Time

    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 consider an evening of invigorating fun, stampeding at Dolly Parton's famous Dinner Attraction.

    meals Breakfast
  5. Day 5 Pigeon Forge – Lexington

    Drive through Kentucky's Wilderness Road Heritage Highway stopping en route in Berea. On arrival in Lexington visit Alltech Brewing & Distilling Co., offering the unique distinction of being both brewery and distillery for a tour and tasting.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hilton Lexington Downtown
  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. Then delve into the equestrian heritage of this bluegrass city at the Kentucky Horse Park or explore the International Museum of the Horse, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. 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 Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Embassy Suites Louisville
  7. Day 7 Louisville Sightseeing

    After an orientation tour, choose to spend the morning at the Kentucky Derby Museum where you may 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" or perhaps head to the Louisville Slugger Museum showcasing the story of the Louisville Slugger baseball bats in baseball and in American history. 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 Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  8. Day 8 Depart Louisville

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

    meals Breakfast
Heart of the South with the Great Smoky Mountains
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest)

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
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • 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 Charlotte, Asheville, Lexington, Louisville
  • VISIT Nascar Hall of Fame, George Vanderbilt's Biltmore Estate, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Kentucky Horse Park, Alltech Brewing & Distilling Co., Old Friends, Churchill Downs, Kentucky Derby Museum or the Louisville Slugger Museum

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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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