Mountains, Moonshine & Music City
Tour Duration 9 Nights - From £2079*
During this fabulous trip from the Smoky Mountains to Nashville Tennessee, you will enjoy visits to Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Renfro Valley & Franklin Kentucky before arriving in America’s most musical city, Nashville! It’s music and fun all the way with a drop of “White Lightning” thrown in! This is a friendly, easy going trip with no long coach journeys, giving you loads of time to enjoy the sights and sounds of Tennessee & Kentucky.
DAY BY DAY TOUR ITINERARY
After arrival and check-in at our Nashville Hotel, it’s time to meet your fellow travellers at our informal welcome meeting hosted by your Tour Manager and Driver!
After breakfast we will travel to downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee. We'll visit a few local attractions including the famous Chattanooga Choo Choo and have lunch (on your own) before continuing our journey to Pigeon Forge in Sevierville County (Dolly Parton’s place of birth) Once you are settled in to your hotel be sure to take a shuttle ride along the “five miles of fun” The Fun Time Trolley runs up and down the Parkway all day long and it only costs 50 cents a ride! The Pigeon Forge Parkway is a grand focal point in this Smoky Mountain resort. The five-mile strip runs through the city and it is where you can find some of the best Pigeon Forge dining, shopping and attractions.
Today it’s Dollywood, the most popular tourist attraction in Tennessee! Spanning 160 acres in the Great Smoky Mountains, Dollywood offers more than 50 world class rides, high-energy entertainment, award-winning dining and the friendliest park atmosphere anywhere in the world! Tonight’s entertainment will be a show at Country Tonite Theater. Repeatedly voted the best show in the Smokies, the great thing about this show is that you don’t even have to be a fan of country music to LOVE Country Tonite! It’s that “feel-good” kind of show that will stay with you long after your holiday is over.
Today your bus will take you on a trip to Gatlinburg where you will have a few hours to spend exploring. Perhaps you would like to take the cable car to Ober Gatlinburg and see the black bears and other native creatures - the choice is yours! After lunch (on your own) we will take a "Mountains & Moonshine Tour" and then go to Pigeon Forge for some shopping and if you wish you can return to the hotel with the us - or enjoy more fun on Pigeon Forge's Parkway. This evening is free to do as you please. A couple of recommendations would be: Dolly Parton’s Stampede! This Show is great fun for all ages or The Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show which features an all-you-can-eat feast while you enjoy a comical, mountain-style feud!
After a leisurely breakfast we will make our way to Renfro Valley Kentucky, an easy two hour drive away. Proud to be known as "Kentucky's Country Music Capital", this 55 acre destination complex in south central Kentucky has a tradition that started back in 1939. Famous for great classic country, southern gospel, and mountain Bluegrass, music rings from the rafters of two unique show theatres. Enjoy a group lunch upon arrival and then make the most of the hospitality and entertainment on offer.
After breakfast we will make the 2-hour journey to Franklin Kentucky. Spend some time ghost hunting in The Old Stone Jail and visiting local shops and galleries around the Town Square Courthouse. After lunch we will have exclusive access to the Sanctuary where Johnny Cash married June Carter more than 50 years ago. Then it’s time to sample some local Moonshine at the Dueling Grounds Distillery before enjoying a group dinner & music at The Brickyard Cafe!
We will begin our day by visiting the nearby Mennonite Community, where we will visit the leather shop and market before making the 50 minute drive to Nashville, where you will be free to explore Music City at your own pace.
You will have more free time to explore the best Music City Attractions, and enjoy great live music on Broadway!
As the tour ends, your guide will escort you to Nashville Airport for your return or onward flight.