Blue Ridge Country & Biltmore Estate 2018

Great Smoky Mountain National Park by NPSAn Appalachian Adventure, from Nashville to Asheville and the Great Smoky Mountains

7 Days 6 Nights • 12 Meals

May 6-12 | Sep 30-Oct 6

Depart/Return: Nashville, TN

Price Per Person:
(Spring) Double: $1,697, Single: $2,135
(Fall) Double: $1,727, Single: $2,205

Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $198/night

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About the Tour

Verdant mountain rainforests, scenic byways, rolling horse country and majestic gardens – this round-trip journey between Nashville, TN and Asheville, NC will introduce you to the amazing natural wonders of this lush Blue Ridge Mountain region. Starting in country music’s capital, Nashville, you’ll experience important chapters in Tennessee history brought to life, from President Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage and Chattanooga’s famed “Battle Above the Clouds”. Encounter local ranchers, mountaineers, musicians and craftspeople as we ascend breathtaking paths to Great Smoky Mountain National Park and the famed Blue Ridge Parkway. In Asheville, tour the Vanderbilts’ palatial Biltmore Estate, discover how the family championed environmental protection and sustainability, and learn about the roots of America’s Forestry Service. Ride the thrilling Incline Railway up “America’s Most Amazing Mile” to enjoy 7-state panoramic views from atop Lookout Mountain – site of the famous “Lover’s Leap”, and visit Jack Daniel's Distillery. In a music-filled optional extension, visit Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame, and other sites of red-hot Nashville (Top Destination 2016/2017, Forbes, USA Today, Lonely Planet, AARP, T+L, Frommers)!


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Tour Highlights

  • Have a mountaineer-guided ride through the breath-taking Great Smoky Mountain National Park and ride the famous Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Start a full day on the Vanderbilt’s extraordinary Biltmore Estate with a Legacy of the Lands tour of areas generally not open to the public, then take a self-guided visit inside the luxurious family home.
  • Tour the famous Jack Daniels Distillery to see how classic Tennessee sipping whiskey is made
  • Relive life in the early 1800s at “The Hermitage,” the 1,000 acre plantation and former mansion of President Andrew Jackson
  • All aboard! Take a thrilling rail excursion on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad along the beautiful Nantahala River and Gorge
  • Enjoy 7-state panoramic views atop Rock City and Lookout Mountain
  • Hear a revue of Broadway, rock n’ roll, bluegrass, country and gospel at Smoky Mountain Opry
  • Savor delicious southern-style meals, including finger-licking barbecue, Southern Fried Chicken, and Amaretto Cream Pie


Optional Excursions/Extensions

EXTENSION: Nashville City Tour & Country Music Extension
2 Days • 1 Night • 3 Meals
May 12-13 | Oct 6-7
Price Per Person: Double: $297; Single: $385

Stay the night in Nashville for a delightful evening of lively music and down-home humor at the famous Grand Ole Opry and dinner. The following morning, take a city tour to such landmarks as the Bicentennial Capitol Mall, Centennial Park’s full-sized replica of the Parthenon, and a host of country music sites. After lunch, tour the Country Music Hall of Fame, and visit “RCA Studio B,” home of 1,000 hits, where more than 35,000 country songs were born. Meals Included: B, L, D.


Helpful Information

Average Temps: high 75°/ low 55° (May); high 72°/ low 50° (Oct)

Time Zone: Central/Eastern

Arrival Time: Schedule to arrive at our starting hotel by 5:00 p.m. on Day 1.

Departure Time: Schedule your flight home any time after 4:45 p.m. on Day 7.  If you are taking the Post-Tour Extension, schedule your flight to depart on Day 8 after 6 p.m.

Airport Info: Starting hotel offers a complimentary airport shuttle to/from the Nashville International Airport.

Vehicle Parking: Our starting hotel offers complimentary parking for the duration of tour.

Walking Distance: Moderate walking and standing is required to fully enjoy this tour. Some walking can be on uneven surfaces.

Currency: US Dollar

Hotel Amenities Include: Refrigerators, microwaves, hair dryers, irons, ironing boards, WiFi, coffee makers, swimming pools and exercise rooms throughout tour.

Additional Information: Elevations reach 6,700 feet on this tour.

Travel Protection Available? Yes, see About Travel Protection.

Terms & Conditions Tour reservations are subject to the terms and conditions outlined by Country Travel DISCOVERIES on our website at Terms & Conditions.

Groups Have a group? We can make your group's vacation cost-effective and easy, with discounts for groups as small as five and other benefits. Learn more at Country Travel DISCOVERIES for Groups.

Further information is mailed upon receipt of your reservation. A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour…Get Ready, Get Set and Go! Our "Get Ready” packet is sent confirming your reservation. Our "Get Set” packet provides further information approximately 90 days prior to departure with important details regarding making your travel arrangements. Finally, our "Go” packet arrives 2-3 weeks before departure containing your final documents.

Updates: Updates to this document are available from our Discovery Reservations Team, and will be posted online at

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Related Interest

Opryland Christmas

Kick off the Holidays Early in One of America’s Most Spectacular Resorts, in Country Music’s Capital City

Join us in Nashville, Tennessee for a spectacular country Christmas that's sure to create wonderful memories! You'll enjoy four days of entertainment in this picturesque "Music City." You'll also be treated to the very best amenities at the Gaylord Opryland Resort®, including a world-renowned spa, two swimming pools, one-of-a-kind restaurants and glass "atrium gardens" decorated in full holiday decor. While you're here, enjoy a lunch cruise aboard the General Jackson Showboat...and even a romantic carriage ride and a photo with Santa, if you choose! A fantastic way to kick off the holidays early and revel in Christmas festivity before the hectic rush of the real thing!




Images on this page (from top): Great Smoky Mountains (Alex Grichenko/Public Domain); Biltmore Estate (Ken Thomas/Public Domain); Rock City/Lookout Mountain


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