A superb tour as we travel from South Dakota to Kentucky, North Carolina, the Great Smoky Mountains and Tennessee. We encompass legendary history with such places as Churchill Downs, Renfro Valley and the 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate. You will find scenic beauty which is hard to comprehend in the awesome Smoky Mountains followed by Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. There is entertainment galore including the amazing Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede. Let’s not forget a visit to the Grand Ole Opry, and a river cruise aboard the General Jackson…Lot’s to see and lots to do on this wonderful trip.
AN AMAZING SMALL GROUP TOUR (FLY ONE WAY AND RETURN BY ROAD IN OUR 12 PASSENGER MERCEDES SPRINTER VEHICLE
Day 1: Wed 12th October - Rapid City to Louisville, Kentucky
Today we fly from Rapid City to Louisville, Kentucky.- Home of the world famous Kentucky Derby. On arrival please meet your tour driver Stuart at the baggage belt and once all bags have been retrieved we will transfer to our hotel for overnight.
Overnight near Louisville airport – No meals included
Day 2: Thu 13th October - Louisville, KY – Kentucky Derby Museum & more
After breakfast we leave for our tour of the Kentucky Derby Museum which is one of the premiere attractions in the Louisville region, celebrating the tradition, history, hospitality and pride of the world-renown event that is the Kentucky Derby. We take our lunch break here before taking a guided tour of this historic facility.
Overnight Louisville, KY – Breakfast included
Day 3: Fri 14th October - Louisville to Renfro Valley, KY (130 miles)
After breakfast it’s time to head out to Renfro Valley, Kentucky’s Country Music Capital. After checking in at our hotel we have time to refresh before our supper after which we enjoy some good old traditional country and Bluegrass music plus a little comedy just for fun.
Overnight Renfro Valley area, KY – Breakfast included
Day 4: Sat 15th Oct - Renfro Valley, KY – Ashville, NC – Tour Biltmore Estate - 240 miles
After an early breakfast it’s time to leave for North Carolina and the amazing 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate Here we are inspired by the relaxed elegance of George and Edith Vanderbilt's 250-room family home and country retreat in Asheville, NC. Discover original art from masters such as Renoir, magnificent 16th-century tapestries, Napoleon's chess set, a library with 10,000 volumes, a Banquet Hall with a 70-foot ceiling, 65 fireplaces, an indoor pool, bowling alley, and priceless antiques. This French Renaissance Chateáu remains America's largest privately-owned home. Arrive back at our hotel around 5pm.
Overnight Ashville, NC – Breakfast Included
Day 5: Sun 16th Oct - Ashville, NC to Pigeon Forge, TN via the Great Smoky Mountains. (95 miles)
Enjoy the magnificent scenery as we travel through the Smoky Mountains. Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture. Arriving into Pigeon Forge which is our home for the next three nights. Tonight we enjoy the ‘”Country Tonite” show a full fast-paced production, where you will enjoy a variety of dynamic singing and dancing, side-splitting comedy, powerful gospel, and American patriotism.
Overnight Pigeon Forge, TN – Breakfast included
Day 6: Mon 17th October - Pigeon Forge, TN and exploring Cades Cove.
Today a full day at Dollywood… Considered one of the world’s premier theme parks, Dolly Parton’s Dollywood features rip-roaring rides, delectable fare, and stellar entertainment—all surrounded by breathtaking views of the Great Smoky Mountains. Spectacular Dollywood Shows and Entertainment from live artists performing country, southern gospel, classic rock ‘n’ roll and Appalachian music, to master craftsmen showcasing glass blowing and blacksmithing,
Overnight Pigeon Forge, TN – Breakfast included
Day 7: Tue 18th October - Pigeon Forge
Today we step back in time and explore Cades Cove. For hundreds of years Cherokee Indians hunted in Cades Cove but archeologists have found no evidence of major settlements. The first Europeans settled in the cove sometime between 1818 and 1821. By 1830 the population of the area had already swelled to 271.
Cades Cove offers the widest variety of historic buildings of any area in the national park. Scattered along the loop road are three churches, a working grist mill, barns, log houses, and many other faithfully restored eighteenth and nineteenth century structures. Afterwards it’s time for the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show, a laugh-filled production because it combines delicious food with unforgettable entertainment t
Overnight Pigeon Forge – Breakfast and Supper included
Day 8: Wed 19th October - Pigeon Forge, TN to Nashville, TN & the Grand Ole Opry – 210 miles
A bountiful breakfast this morning and then it’s time to head for Nashville... We will make appropriate stops for rest breaks and lunch. We arrive into Nashville early afternoon and check into our hotel. Tonight, it’s time for the Grand Ole Opry... Far and away the most venerated institution in all of country music, the WSM Grand Ole Opry is not only a cultural treasure, but a vital part of America's rich musical tapestry. In fact, recounting the story of the Grand Ole Opry is almost like telling the history of country music itself. After the show, we return to our hotel.
Overnight Opryland Area, TN – Breakfast included
Day 9: Thu 20th October - Nashville, TN – The General Jackson Showboat & Exploring Opryland.
Please be ready to depart the hotel at 10.30am for our short drive to Opryland Resort and Opry Mills Mall offering time to shop and then explore the Opryland Resort. This evening is time for your cruise aboard the General Jackson Showboat featuring a delightful dinner followed by fun filled entertainment.
Overnight Opryland Area, Nashville, TN – Breakfast & Supper included
Day 10: Fri 21st October - Nashville, TN to St Louis, MO – Gateway Arch – to Bridgeton, MO - 320 miles
Today we say goodbye to Nashville and make our way to St Louis, MO passing by the famous Gateway Arch. The Gateway Arch is a 630-foot (192 m) monument in St. Louis in the state of Missouri. Clad in stainless steel and built in the form of a weighted catenary arch it is the world's tallest arch the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere, built as a monument to the westward expansion of the United States and dedicated to "the American people". We continue our journey to our hotel (25 miles west) for overnight.
Overnight Bridgeton, MO – Breakfast included
Day 11: Sat 22nd October - Bridgeton, MO to Council Bluffs, IA – 443 miles
Continuing westwards, we head for Council Bluffs, IA. Our route takes us around Kansas City and then north to Council Bluffs and our overnight stay at one of the large casinos… win big!!!
Overnight Council Bluffs, IA – Breakfast included
Day 12: Sun 23rd October - Council Bluffs, IA to Black Hills and Rapid City, SD – 529 miles
Our final day as we head back to Rapid City and the Black Hills of South Dakota. Comfort breaks and meal stops will be made as we travel I-29 and I-90 on our way home.
Starts: Wednesday October 12th 2022
Ends: Sunday October 23rd 2022
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