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Heart of the South with the Great Smoky Mountains

8 Days 1 Country 5 Cities

It's all bourbon and bluegrass on this jaunt from the capital of the South to the heart of the Kentucky Derby.

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8 Days 1 Country 5 Cities

Heart of the South with the Great Smoky Mountains

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    • "Fall foliage is incredible in Great Smoky Mountains National Park because the park is home to more species of trees than the entire continent of Europe! A little secret to share with our guests is that the mountains inherited their name because of the "smoky" mist of blue haze that surrounds these peaks." Drew Walker, Travel Director
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      • "Fall foliage is incredible in Great Smoky Mountains National Park because the park is home to more species of trees than the entire continent of Europe! A little secret to share with our guests is that the mountains inherited their name because of the "smoky" mist of blue haze that surrounds these peaks." Drew Walker, Travel Director
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, South Africa, Kenya & Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      About this trip

      Travel through America's heart and soul. Tour a Vanderbilt mansion, explore the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains and enjoy a hosted dinner at the Muhammad Ali Center.


      Trip type: Discoveries i

      Trip code: DANA

      7 Nights

      accommodation

      11 Meals
      • 7 breakfasts

      • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest)

      On-trip Transport

      All transport shown.

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • 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


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 7 breakfasts

        • 4 dinners
          (including Be My Guest)


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      What's Included

      Travel Highlights

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        • 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


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


      1. Arrive Charlotte

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

      Meal(s)
      Welcome Reception
      Hotel
      Hilton Charlotte Center City

      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.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Hotel
      Cambria Downtown Asheville

      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.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Regional Dinner
      Hotel
      Black Fox Lodge

      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.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      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: US$58.00

      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: US$83.00

      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.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Hotel
      Hilton Lexington Downtown

      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.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Be My Guest
      Hotel
      Embassy Suites Louisville

      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.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Farewell Dinner

      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.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast

      Available Departures

      Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/en-au/tours/heart-of-the-south-with-the-great-smoky-mountains?season=summer%202020&tripcode=dana for the latest discounts & departure information.

      The Trafalgar Difference

      • CONNECT WITH LOCALS
        Enjoy a hosted dinner at the Muhammad Ali Center with a local guest. (Day 6)

      • DIVE INTO CULTURE
        Visit Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farms to meet equines whose racing careers have come to an end. (Day 6)

      • MAKE A DIFFERENCE
        Visit Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farms, providing a dignified retirement to thoroughbreds whose careers have come to an end. (Day 6)

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

      HeartOfTheSouthWithGreatSmokyMountains Sightseeing USA BiltmoreEstate 467403224 GE Sept19 1200x800
        • 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


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 7 breakfasts

        • 4 dinners
          (including Be My Guest)


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      What's Included

      Travel Highlights

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        • 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


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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