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Heart of the South with Nashville Extension Option

10 Days 1 Country 6 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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10 Days 1 Country 6 Cities

Heart of the South with Nashville Extension Option

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      Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

      Please read our Trip Notes before booking

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      • 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 Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.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.
      • Double-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 traveling as part of a family group. 
      • Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

      About this trip

      It's all bourbon and bluegrass on this jaunt from the capital of the South to the heart of the Kentucky Derby. You'll tour a Vanderbilt mansion, explore the pristine beauty of America's Great Smoky Mountains and enjoy dinner with Muhammad Ali's brother after touring the Ali Childhood Home Museum.


      Trip type: Discoveries

      Trip code: DANA

      9 Nights

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      • 3 dinners (including Be My Guest)

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      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • 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 - Test


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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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      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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      Lexington – Louisville (2 Nights)

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      Day 1

      Arrive Atlanta Day 1 - Arrive Atlanta

      Welcome to cosmopolitan Atlanta, capital of the South. At 6 p.m. gather with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

      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

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      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

      Hotel

      The Park Vista – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Gatlinburg Day 4 - Gatlinburg

      Today is free for optional activities. Explore the park further, go walking, cycling, or visit Dollywood, owned by country music legend Dolly Parton which may be followed by Dolly Parton's famous Dixie Stampede 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$57.00
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      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$75.00
      (Price is subject to change)

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      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

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      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
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Hotel

      Hyatt Regency Louisville

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Louisville Sightseeing Day 7 - Louisville Sightseeing

      Head to Churchill Downs, the legendary thoroughbred racetrack that has hosted the Kentucky Derby since 1875. Then you're off for fun and excitement as you visit the Kentucky Derby Museum, the most dynamic and unique celebration known worldwide as the "Greatest Two Minutes in Sports." This afternoon is at leisure before joining your fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner filled with bluegrass music, history and authentic Kentucky cuisine.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Louisville – Nashville (2 Nights) Day 8 - Louisville – Nashville (2 Nights)

      Head south to Bowling Green to visit the National Corvette Museum showcasing the Chevrolet Corvette, an American sports car that has been in production since 1953. Continue on to Nashville, where you have two days to do as you please. Your hotel is conveniently located downtown, close to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, historic Ryman Auditorium, the District, featuring honky-tonks with live music and the Johnny Cash Museum, celebrating the singer's life.

      Hotel

      Renaissance Nashville

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Renaissance Nashville

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 8

      Day 9

      Nashville Free Time Day 9 - Nashville Free Time

      Enjoy a full day at leisure in Nashville to pursue your own interests.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 9

      Day 10

      Depart Nashville Day 10 - Depart Nashville

      Transfer to Nashville Airport where your trip comes to an end or extend your stay to continue your exploration of Nashville.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 10

      Available Departures

      Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/en-us/tours/heart-of-the-south-with-nashville-extension-option for the latest discounts & departure information.

      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Be My Guest
        Meet Mr. Rahaman Ali, Muhammad Ali's younger brother, for a tour through the Ali Childhood Home Museum and enjoy a dinner hosted by Mr. Ali at a bed and breakfast

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        Visit Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farms to meet equines whose racing careers have come to an end

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

      • Local Specialists
        Learn about 19th century wilderness settlement life at the Great Smoky Mountains National Visitor's Center

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • Orientation of Atlanta, Louisville

        • 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 - Test


      What's Included

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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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