A Nashville & Smoky Mountains Christmas Holiday

Start the Holidays Southern Style. Tour a lavishly decorated plantation house in Nashville, sing along at the Grand Ole Opry, be dazzled at Dollywood’s Christmas Show, watch the mist come up at Smoky Mountain National Park, and wander amid the holiday opulence of the Biltmore - America’s Castle.

Why you’ll enjoy this guided tour:

♦  There is no better place to experience the country music scene than Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry.
♦  See if you have what it takes at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
♦  World-famous Tennessee whiskeys and moonshine distillery visit.
♦  Visit ‘America’s’ most beloved theme park decorated in Christmas splendor - Dollywood.
♦  Meet a local and experience the most diverse (and visited) ecosystem in the world - Smoky Mountains National Park. 
♦  Tour through a French Chateau, The Biltmore Estate, and marvel at the most extravagantly decorated Christmas trees in the country.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Nashville, TN

Arrive in Nashville, the Country Music Capital of America. Check into the spectacular 4-star Gaylord Opryland Resort that features nine acres of airy indoor atriums, award-winning restaurants and bars, shopping, and even a water park. Our rooms will overlook the indoor gardens that are festooned with seasonal decorations. During the holidays, this resort turns into a winter wonderland with ice skating, ice sculptures, hundreds of decorated trees, and thousands of twinkling lights. Dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants at this resort.

Day 2 - Nashville

After breakfast, we will meet our local guide and head to the historic 1807 Greek Revival mansion, Belle Meade where we will tour this historic house that is festively decorated for the holidays. The story of this plantation is told through the eyes of the Harding and Jackson family and their staff that made this America’s premier thoroughbred horse farm. Belle Meade’s greatest sire was Bonnie Scotland and his descendents represent more than two-thirds of all Kentucky Derby winners. After our house tour,  we will have a three-course lunch in the 1892 Carriage House with enough time left over to explore the grounds and outbuildings and then go for a wine tasting at Nashville’s first and oldest winery which is also located on the property. On our way back to the hotel, we will stop for a photo op at the Parthenon, an exact replica of this famous ancient structure that is in Athens, Greece. This evening, we will enjoy dinner and a show, Legends Behind the Lyrics before we head out to the world-renowned Grand Ole Opry for a musical extravaganza that will long be remembered. The Grand Ole Opry remains America’s longest-running entertainment radio show that showcases country music’s present, past, and future performers.

Day 3 - Nasville

After breakfast, we will meet our local guide for a city tour of Nashville. Highlights include the State Capitol, Honky Tonk Highway, and Music Row.  Afterward, we head to the Country Music Hall of Fame, the largest country music museum in the world where visitors learn about the lives of performers who have contributed to country music. The rest of the day is on your own where you are free to have lunch on your own, see the vast collections of the Country Music Hall of Fame museum, and explore downtown Nashville including an optional tour on your own of the Johnny Cash Museum. Tonight we will gather for a holiday dinner and show at the Gaylord Opryland Resort as a finale in Nashville. 

Day 4 - Gatlinburg

This morning after breakfast we depart our hotel and make our way east to the mountain resort town of Gatlinburg, the gateway to the Smokey Mountain National Park. After we check into our hotel, the rest of the day is on your own. Tonight we head to the Christmas at Dollywood extravaganza. More than six thousand lights glow at Dollywood which has spectacular Christmas trees throughout the festively decorated village. The holiday show is a cherished Christmas tradition here and dinner features hearty holiday favorites, making this experience one that will long be remembered.

Day 5 - Smoky Mountains National Park

After breakfast, we will meet our local guide for a tour of the Great Smokey Mountain National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most visited National Park in the United States. We will stop in the National Park Visitor Center for an overview of the park and then head up into the Smokey Mountains stopping at beautiful viewpoints for photos along the way. Our destination is the Newfound Gap, where we will see views of both Tennessee and North Carolina. Afterward, we will head to the Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery for a tasting. The rest of the day you are free to have lunch on your own while exploring downtown Gatlinburg. Tonight we will have dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 6 - Asheville, NC

After breakfast, we say goodbye to Gatlinburg for a scenic drive through the Blue Ridge Mountains on our way to Ashville, North Carolina. After checking into our hotel, you will have the rest of the afternoon and evening to explore this lovely city that has an amazing array of shops, restaurants, breweries, and arts and crafts stores. 

Day 7 - Asheville, NC

After breakfast, we will make our way to the Biltmore Estate built in 1895 by George Vanderbilt II. We will have the day to tour this magnificent mansion that is decked out in a grand style with thousands of lights, ornaments, and miles of garland. We will make our way to the mansion following a pathway of luminaries and marvel at the 55-foot Norway spruce Christmas tree located in front of this magnificent mansion. There are 55 trees throughout the house with another 58 additional locations decorated to the hilt. After touring the grounds of the mansion, and lunch on your own, we head to the Winery and Tasting Room at Antler Hill Village, located on this estate for a wine-tasting and shopping experience. Tonight we will enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. 

Day 8 - Depart Asheville

Today, after breakfast we will depart to the airport for our flights home, taking the warmth of the holiday spirit with us.


Tour Details

Hotel / Lodging
(or similar)

7-Nights Accommodation

Gaylord Opryland Resort Nashville

Situated in the heart of Nashville, Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center welcomes guests to a stunning resort experience. From SoundWaves, the city’s premier aquatic attraction, to an exciting lineup of activities and entertainment, there’s something for the everyone to enjoy. Guests at our Opryland hotel suites can explore nine acres of airy indoor garden atriums, award-winning restaurants and bars, the world-class Relâche Spa and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

Hampton Inn Pigeon Forge

Find us off Highway 441, five minutes from central Pigeon Forge. Local bites and the Island in Pigeon Forge entertainment complex are within a mile. We have a choice of indoor, outdoor, and activity pools, complete with our seasonal hot tub and Back Porch lodge for relaxing. Enjoy free hot breakfast, free WiFi, and our fitness center.

Cambria Hotel Asheville

Experience Asheville's charm like never before at Cambria Downtown Asheville. Immerse yourself in this vibrant city's sights, sounds, and flavors from the front-row seats. As the proud recipient of the 2021 Best of Choice Hotel of the Year for the Cambria Brand, we offer you an exceptional stay with stunning views and a central location near countless restaurants, bars, breweries, shops, galleries, and music venues.

Transportation

Motor-coach

Meals

13 Meals: 7 Breakfasts | 1 Lunch | 5 Dinners
Wine Tastings
Distilleries

Trip Highlights

Small Group Tour
Local Guides
The Nashville Parthenon
Wine Tastings
Farewell Dinner
Free Time
Dollywood
UNESCO National Park
Grand Ole Opry
Centrally Located Hotels


Upcoming Departures

Tour DatesAvailabilityDeparture Points Subject to Change 
Tue December 3, 2024 - Tue December 10, 2024
12/3/2024 - 12/10/2024
Available
  • Nashville, TN
Tue December 2, 2025 - Tue December 9, 2025
12/2/2025 - 12/9/2025
Available
  • Nashville, TN

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