Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge & Nashville  
   Oct 15, 2018 - Oct 20, 2018
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Monday, October 15:  Today we board our flight to Nashville, Tennessee arriving in the early afternoon.    Our deluxe, comfortable motor coach will be waiting to transport us to beautiful Pigeon Forge, at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains.  Central Tennessee is lovely this time of year and we’ll enjoy the drive, stopping for dinner about half way there.  We’ll arrive at our hotel about 8:00 in the evening.  We stay near in a hotel near the river tonight.   D


Tuesday, October 16:  Welcome to Tennessee!   After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll enjoy a morning show performed by the very talented Smith Family.  You may not have heard of them, but they are very talented – performing country, comedy, impersonations, oldies and gospel.    Lunch is on your own in the charming Old Mill area followed by an hour at the very interesting Titanic Museum.  After a rest at the hotel, we have included a delicious dinner at the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant featuring delicious home cooking.  Our evening show is called Country Tonite, featuring country sounds, clogging and talented young performers. B, D


Wednesday, October 17:  After breakfast today, we’ll spend several hours at world-famous DOLLYWOOD owned by Dolly Parton.  Dollywood features traditional crafts, Smoky Mountain music, unique and delicious food and an unrivaled ambiance set amidst the scenic hills of Tennessee. This is fun.   There are several “mini” shows going on that are fun to see.  After visiting the park, we’ll rest at the hotel.  This evening, we’ll see the most popular (and by far the best) show in town called the Smoky Mountain Opry.  This is a variety show with a little bit of everything and a favorite for our groups.  Dinner is included tonight before the show.  B, D


Thursday, October 18: Today we’ll be joined by a local guide who will show us around the area.  We are at the foot of beautiful Smoky Mountain National Park and there is beautiful color in those hills (nature willing).  This week is the statistical peak for fall foliage in parts of the park and it one of nature’s great fall scenes.  We’ll first stop at the Visitor’s Center for a quick film and orientation.  We’ll then enjoy the scenic drive to the top of the park (only about 20 miles).  We’ll stop at the Tennessee/North Carolina Border and admire the incredible scene.  The famous Appalachian Trail passes through this spot.  We’ll continue down the other side via Cherokee (with a fun browsing stop) into Asheville, North Carolina where we’ll visit the stunning Biltmore Estate.  The estate was opened by George Vanderbilt on Christmas Eve in 1895 as a country retreat where he could pursue his passion for art, literature and horticulture.  All are reflected here.  We’ll enjoy a tour of the mansion, the incredible grounds (designed by the architect of Central Park in NYC) and time for lunch.  We’ll then enjoy a 90 minute ride back to Pigeon Forge (on the freeway) for a rest at the hotel before enjoying our evening dinner/show:  The Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud.  Great fun and great food (all you can eat) while these famous families go at each other (and the audience becomes part of the show).  The show features music, comedy, dancing and other variety acts. B, D


Friday, October 19:  Sleep in today.  Optional activities will be offered this morning.  We’ll leave town around 10:00 and drive back to Nashville (three hour drive).   Before checking in, we’ll tour the opulent Opryland Hotel with our local guide.  Tonight we’ll participate in a Nashville tradition with reserved seats to the Grand Ole Opry which has attracted the greatest country stars to the stage for over 90 years and counting.  The performance is in the new Opry House.  If you don’t understand the Opry, you don’t understand Nashville.  It’s a fun evening.  B, D


Saturday, October 20:  Today after breakfast, we’ll be joined by an interesting local guide that will show us around the interesting city of Nashville including Music Row, beautiful Centennial Park, the Capitol and other places that make Nashville famous.  Our tour ends at the airport where we will check in, get some lunch and catch our flights home. B

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