Nashville, Memphis & Kentucky  
   May 15, 2018 - May 21, 2018
   $1,695.00
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Kentucky, Memphis & Nashville – May 15-21, 2018

Featuring the BEST of Tennessee and Kentucky

 

Kentucky and Tennessee are two of our nation’s most beautiful states.  This SEVEN DAY tour will expose you to the panoramic landscapes, iconic homes and neighborhoods, interesting history and more.  And we’ll do it in the spring when it is green and lush with pleasant temperatures.  We have combined them into a relaxing, affordable vacation flying into Memphis and home from Kentucky.    We’ll travel the short distances on our luxury coach, stay in nice hotels (including Opryland Hotel in Nashville) and enjoy some delicious dinners and entertainment along the way.  We hope you can join us!

 

Day 1:  This morning we'll meet at the airport for our flight to Memphis, Tennessee arriving in the afternoon. Spring is in the air and our first stop is a chance to stroll for an hour or so in the Memphis Botanic Garden.  After checking into our hotel, we’ll enjoy a famous Memphis BBQ dinner in the Beal Street area.  D

 

Day 2:  This morning, we’ll be joined by a local guide who will provide some interesting history and show us some iconic places.  From Beal Street to Sun Studio where Elvis got his start to its role in the Civil Rights movement and more.  At 11:00, we’ll be at the Peabody Hotel to witness a ritual that has been happening for over 100 years called the Duck March.  Accompanied by a Souza March, the ducks leave the hotel rooftop and waddle along the red carpet down to the lobby fountain where they spend the day.  Lunch is on your own downtown followed by an afternoon visit to Graceland.  Whether you’re an Elvis fan or not, this is a very interesting visit – especially considering that he is probably the most well known single entertainer in history, After a rest at the hotel, we’ll enjoy a dinner cruise on the Memphis Riverboat on the Mississippi River.  B, D

 

Day 3:   After breakfast, we will drive to Nashville which is about 3 hours away.  You’ll have time for lunch at Opry Mills.  In the early afternoon, we’ll make an interesting visit to The Hermitage, the home and plantation of Andrew Jackson, our 7th president.  The grounds are stunning and the visit is very worthwhile and educational. We’ll then check into the INCREDIBLE OPRYLAND HOTEL.  This is a splurge, but well worth it.  With over 2,800 rooms, lavish gardens, waterfalls, and a nine acre atrium under a ten story roof, this is a place you have to see.  And it’s a big bonus to stay here.  You’ll have the rest of the evening to enjoy the resort.   B

 

Day 4:  This morning a local guide will show us the interesting sites in Nashville and there are MANY.  From Music Row to the Parthenon to Bicentennial Park to homes of big-name stars and more.  Lunch is included today at the well known Loveless Café where they’ve been serving southern dishes for 65 years.  After lunch, we have an included visit to the County Music Hall of Fame which is very interesting to see.  We’ll return to the resort for a rest in the late afternoon.  This evening you have a choice:  You can enjoy a dinner and show on the General Jackson Showboat* which sails on the Cumberland River OR you can go to a performance of the Grand Ole Opry* OR you can enjoy a free evening at the resort.  B, L

 

Day 5: Today we make our way north into beautiful Kentucky.  We’ll make a late morning visit to Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace which was truly in the “frontier”.  This is also Daniel Boone territory.  Then get your cameras out as we leave the highway and travel along some of the most beautiful country roads you’ll ever see.  We’ll take you by Winstar Farms where the most prized thoroughbred horses are housed.  The endless farms, green rolling hills and neatly placed fencing creates a lovely vista as far as you can see.  Outside of Lexington, we’ll make a visit to a very unique place called Old Friends Farm.  Michael, the owner, left his home in Boston10+ years ago to adopt retired racehorses to give them a home.  Past Kentucky Derby winners like Silver Charm, War Emblem, Touch Gold and many others are here.  Michael will give us a very interesting tour of his place that our groups have LOVED.  We stay outside of Lexington for two nights. B

 

Day 6:  Today we travel about 45 minutes into Louisville where we will visit Churchill Downs.  You can’t go to Kentucky and miss this place.  We’ll watch a movie and enjoy an interesting guided tour which will take us out to the grounds and racetrack.  As an added bonus, this is race day!  (Not the Kentucky Derby, but lesser known, live racing).  We have reserved seats to enjoy a race or two.  They race all afternoon, and we’ll just take in a bit of it.  Whether you’re a fan on of racing or not, it is really fun to watch a live horse race at Churchill Downs.  We’ll then show you some other fun places in Louisville before heading back to our hotel.  Dinner tonight is a treat.  It’s at the old Science Hill Inn in Shelbyville.  This is more than a restaurant, it’s a Kentucky tradition in a setting from the 1800’s.  We’ll be sure to get there in time for you to enjoy some antique shopping before dinner at the famous Wakefield Scearce Galleries.  It’s a lovely evening and a nice way to end our trip.   B, D

 

Day 7:  This morning after a nice breakfast, we’ll visit what is called Ashland Estate which was the home of famous statesman Henry Clay.  You may not know much about him, but he was a very influential orator and politician and mentor to Abraham Lincoln.  Mary Todd lived in Lexington and Abe came here to court her.  It’s an interesting visit.  We will then take you to the Louisville airport for our flights home.  B

 

Price does not include Grand Ole Opry performance or General Jackson Showboat.  If you choose to participate in one or the other, the cost is additional as follows: Showboat dinner show:  $70.  Grand Ole Opry:  $60

 
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