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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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Heart of the South with the Great Smoky Mountains

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    • Crossovers: All 2018 departure dates will operate as per the 2018 brochure. Itineraries, durations, hotels and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking.
    • "Guests love the friendliness of people in the south and experiencing their heart warming southern hospitality. There's no place like it!"Nicole Kloek, Travel Director
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    • 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. 

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      • Crossovers: All 2018 departure dates will operate as per the 2018 brochure. Itineraries, durations, hotels and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking.
      • "Guests love the friendliness of people in the south and experiencing their heart warming southern hospitality. There's no place like it!"Nicole Kloek, 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 Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.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: Discovery

      Trip code: DANA

      7 Nights

      accommodation

      11 Meals
      • 7 full breakfasts

      • 4 dinners

      On-trip Transport

      All transport shown.

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • Orientation of Atlanta, Ashville

        • Visit CNN Studios, George Vanderbilt's Biltmore Estate, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Kentucky Horse Park, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby Museum


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 7 full breakfasts

        • 4 dinners


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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

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • 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


       

      Heart of the South with the Great Smoky Mountains

      Your Itinerary

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      Arrive Atlanta

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      Atlanta – Asheville

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      Asheville – Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Gatlinburg (2 Nights)

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      Gatlinburg

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      Gatlinburg – Cumberland Gap – Lexington

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      Lexington – Louisville (2 Nights)

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      Louisville Sightseeing

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      Day 1

      Arrive Atlanta Day 1 - Arrive Atlanta

      Tap your feet to the sounds of the South in its capital, Atlanta, where this evening we'll join our Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception to launch our exploration of the heart and soul of America.

      Hotel

      Sheraton Atlanta

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Sheraton Atlanta

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Atlanta – Asheville Day 2 - Atlanta – Asheville

      Gain a deeper understanding of the inner workings of the world’s first 24-hour news channel during a Behind-the-Scenes tour – a snapshot that will delight your inner news hound. See Atlanta’s most prized highlights afterward.

      Hotel

      Renaissance Asheville

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Renaissance Asheville

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Asheville – Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Gatlinburg (2 Nights) Day 3 - Asheville – Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Gatlinburg (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 Gatlinburg.

      Hotel

      The Park Vista – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      The Park Vista – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Gatlinburg Day 4 - Gatlinburg

      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 visit Dollywood, owned by country music legend Dolly Parton. Consider an evening of invigorating fun, stampeding at Dolly Parton's famous Dinner Attraction.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full 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
      (Price is subject to change)

      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
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Gatlinburg – Cumberland Gap – Lexington Day 5 - Gatlinburg – Cumberland Gap – Lexington

      Follow in the footsteps of brave pioneers who travelled through the Cumberland Gap into the West and into Kentucky’s wilderness. Delve into the equestrian heritage of this Bluegrass city in Lexington, at the “Horse Capital of the World.” Visit the Kentucky Horse Park or explore the International Museum of the Horse, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

      Hotel

      Hyatt Regency Lexington

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Hyatt Regency Lexington

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Lexington – Louisville (2 Nights) 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. We continue along the Bourbon Trail to Buffalo Trace Distillery, the world's most award-winning distillery, for an insider's look into the behind-the-scenes work that goes into crafting truly great bourbon. You'll witness first-hand the entire process that goes into distilling Kentucky’s golden liquid – from grain delivery to the cooking process, fermentation and, of course and distillation. Enjoy a taste of the final product before journeying through Bluegrass country to Louisville. This evening, we Connect with a Local, and enjoy a hosted Be My Guest dinner at the Muhammad Ali Center with a local guest.

      Hotel

      Hyatt Regency Louisville

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Hyatt Regency Louisville

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Louisville Sightseeing Day 7 - Louisville Sightseeing

      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" as you explore the Kentucky Derby Museum, 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

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Depart Louisville Day 8 - Depart Louisville

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

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 8

      Available Departures

      Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/en-eu/tours/heart-of-the-south-with-the-great-smoky-mountains?tripcode=danl 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)

      Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • Orientation of Atlanta, Ashville

        • Visit CNN Studios, George Vanderbilt's Biltmore Estate, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Kentucky Horse Park, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby Museum


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 7 full breakfasts

        • 4 dinners


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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

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • 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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