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Blue Ridge & Smoky Mountains

From $1749

Per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

8 Days
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Blue Ridge Parkway & Smoky Mountains Tour Details

Experience the spectacular natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway on this unforgettable journey from Nashville, the Music City, through the Kentucky Bluegrass Country, Smoky Mountains, to the Appalachian Highlands ending in the Queen City, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Tour Includes

Sightseeing
  • Nashville
  • Louisville
  • Cumberland Gap
  • Pigeon Forge
  • Ashville
  • Grand Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Biltmore Estate
  • Boone
  • Henry River Mill Village
  • Grandfather Mountain
  • Charlotte
Hotel Accommodations
  • 7 Nights
  • Moderate hotels based on twin/double occupancy
Meals
  • 7 Breakfasts and 1 Lunch
Service
  • A professionally trained local tour director who is knowledgeable of the area and will provide you with a wealth of information. Their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.
Baggage Handling
  • To and from your hotel room throughout your land tour for one piece of Checked Baggage per person.

Activity Level

Activity Level Active


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Tour information above is for 2023 dates. 2022 tour dates have a different itinerary. Please view the "Itinerary" tab for more information.

Tour Highlights

  • Visit the legendary Music City, Nashville
  • Backstage tour of the famous Grand Ole Opry House
  • Visit the Kentucky Derby Museum
  • Learn about the Cherokee Nation at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian
  • Explore the Biltmore Estate, the largest house in America
  • Travel the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Experience the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains

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Please follow the steps below to price your vacation with YMT Vacations. When you complete all the steps, click “Reserve” next to the date on which you would like to travel.

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Jul 08, 2023
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Depart: Jul 08, 2023

Base Price:
$1749

Taxes & Fees: $199

Single Supplement: $700

Triple Reduction: $200

Quad Reduction: $0

Flight Cost: $0

Total Price: $2648

Total Price: $1948

Total Price: $1748

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Sep 09, 2023
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$199 $200
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$199 $700 $0

$2648

$1948

$1748

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Depart: Sep 09, 2023

Base Price:
$1749

Taxes & Fees: $199

Single Supplement: $700

Triple Reduction: $200

Quad Reduction: $0

Flight Cost: $0

Total Price: $2648

Total Price: $1948

Total Price: $1748

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Oct 07, 2023
$1749
$199 $200
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$199
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$199 $700 $0

$2648

$1948

$1748

N/A

 

Depart: Oct 07, 2023

Base Price:
$1749

Taxes & Fees: $199

Single Supplement: $700

Triple Reduction: $200

Quad Reduction: $0

Flight Cost: $0

Total Price: $2648

Total Price: $1948

Total Price: $1748

Total Price: N/A

Oct 21, 2023
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$199 $200
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$199
$1749
$199 $700 $0

$2648

$1948

$1748

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Depart: Oct 21, 2023

Base Price:
$1749

Taxes & Fees: $199

Single Supplement: $700

Triple Reduction: $200

Quad Reduction: $0

Flight Cost: $0

Total Price: $2648

Total Price: $1948

Total Price: $1748

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Flight Details


Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

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Blue Ridge & Smoky Mountains

Tours Starts: Nashville, Tennessee

Tours Ends: Charlotte, North Carolina

Day 1

Arrive in Nashville

Welcome to Nashville! If you purchased airline tickets from YMT, a representative will meet you at the airport and transport you to the hotel. This evening join your fellow travelers for an optional Grand Ole Opry show & Dinner at Paula Deens Family Kitchen.

The Inn at Opryland or similar

Day 2

Nashville

Nashville is home to the iconic Grand Ole Opry. Discover the best the legendary Music City has to offer. Experience Nashville’s landmarks and sites on a city tour including the Historic Downtown District and “Honky Tonk Row,” Riverfront Park, the Tennessee State Capitol, Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, the Parthenon, Vanderbilt University, and Music Row.
After lunch on your own, head to the Grand Ole Opry House, which debuted in 1974. Experience a fully guided backstage tour and see where the world’s longest-running live radio show is still performed. Walk in the footsteps of country music's legends and get an exclusive behindthe- scenes look at this world-famous show. (B)

The Inn at Opryland or similar

OPTION: GRAND OLE OPRY SHOWOPTION: GRAND OLE OPRY SHOW:

See the Grand Ole Opry, the show that made country music famous, which features a dynamic line-up of new stars, superstars, and legends of country music. Balcony seating $69 p/p. Please add this option at time of booking. Please note that artists and schedule are subject to change without notice








Day 3

Louisville

Travel from Nashville to Louisville. Visit the Kentucky Derby Museum, where you will learn all about “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports.” Hear about past Derby winners and the history of Churchill Downs. Walk through the property to the paddock and out to the grandstand, learning trivia and fun facts along the way.
From horse racing, “the sport of kings,” continue to a mecca of America’s pastime. The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is all about celebrating the extraordinary role of the Louisville Slugger bat in baseball’s past, present, and future. Since the sport is such a big part of American history and culture, even visitors who don’t consider themselves big fans find something that resonates with them. Enjoy your evening at leisure. (B, L)

La Quinta by Wyndham Louisville East or similar

Day 4

Cumberland Gap & Pigeon Forge

Welcome to Kentucky’s Cumberland Gap National Historic Site, the first gateway to the west. History was made here: follow the buffalo, the Native American, the longhunter, and the pioneer, who all traveled this route through the mountains into the wilderness of Kentucky. After a beautiful drive through the Daniel Boone National Forest, get settled at your hotel.
Your evening in Pigeon Forge is yours to enjoy, or you may sign up for the optional Dolly Parton's Stampede dinner show. (B)

Hampton Inn Pigeon Forge or similar

Day 5

Ashville via Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Take the scenic route on the Blue Ridge Parkway, then stop at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in the town of Cherokee. Experience 13,000 years of Cherokee history, the Cherokee story is told through computer generated animation and special effects, lifesized figures, artwork, and priceless artifacts.
Continue to Clingmans Dome, which at 6,643 feet is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
This evening you will enjoy a visit Biltmore Estate. Completed in 1895, George Vanderbilt’s 250- room chateau is as impressive today as it was more than a century ago. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the house, as well as the beautiful gardens and grounds surrounding it, which were designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. (B)

Holiday Inn Express Ashville or similar

Day 6

Grandfather Mountain & Boone

This morning take the scenic route on the Blue Ridge Parkway. “America’s Favorite Drive” is a U.S. National Parkway that winds 469 miles through the rugged mountains and pastoral landscapes of the Appalachian Highlands.
This afternoon you will visit Grandfather Mountain State Park, known for its incredible vistas and unmatched ecological diversity. The Mile High Swinging Bridge, found at the top of the park, is America’s highest suspension footbridge.
Spend the afternoon relaxing in Boone. This evening is yours to enjoy at leisure or you may choose to join your fellow travelers for an optional. (B)

La Quinta Inn & Suites Boone or similar

Day 7

Henry River Mill Village & Charlotte

As you travel from Boone to Charlotte you’ll have a chance to step back in time to the last century on a guided tour to learn about the rich heritage of western Carolina mill towns. You'll visit the Henry River Mill Village Historic District. In 1860 the Henry River area was known for its waterpower and by 1905 two families had partnered together to establish the Henry River Manufacturing Company. You’ll have time on your own to explore the historic area.
You're evening in Charlotte is yours to enjoy. (B)

Home2 Charlotte Uptown or similar

Day 8

Depart for Home (B)


Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Hotels may differ depending on date. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tour vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights. Please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.


YMT Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.



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You have the ability to move your booking to another date or destination. We'll waive all land or cruise penalties and transfer you to the new vacation (airlines impose different change policies and penalties). See our Peace of Mind Program for more details.

A worry-free experience for our guests is very important to us. With guest's help and the implementation of a few changes and new protocols such as increased sanitization, responsible social distancing, and enhanced tour director training, you can continue to enjoy peace-of-mind while traveling. For more information on our new safety protocols, please see our Travel Safe Program.

Guests do not need a passport or visa for this tour. Starting October 1, 2021, guests are required to have a REAL ID-compliant identification which includes REAL ID-compliant driver's licenses, US passports, US passport cards, US military IDs, and federally recognized tribal-issues photo IDs.

A full list can be found here: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification

Before this date, any government-issued ID, including any state driver's license and any federal ID, will suffice.

You will need U.S. dollars.

No, guests will not need to bring adapters or converters as the U.S. use standard 110V plugs.



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