Ultimate Southern Coast & Blue Ridge

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Per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

15 Days
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Introduction

From Spanish forts to Revolutionary War strongholds, experience Southern history and hospitality as you travel across the Historic South! The next half of your tour is a journey from the Appalachian Highlands through the Smokey Mountains, Kentucky Bluegrass Country, and Music City.

Tour Includes

Sightseeing
  • Atlanta
  • Macon
  • Jekyll Island
  • Savannah
  • Tybee Island
  • Charleston
  • Columbia
  • Charlotte
  • Boone
  • Grandfather Mountain State Park
  • Biltmore Estate
  • Asheville
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Pigeon Forge
  • Louisville
  • Nashville
Hotel Accommodations
  • 14 Nights
  • Moderate hotels based on twin/double occupancy
Meals
  • 14 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, and 1 Dinner
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 Highlights

  • Trolley tour of historic Jekyll Island
  • A hauntingly beautiful tour of Savannah’s historic, tree-filled Bonaventure Cemetery
  • Guided tour of Tybee Island
  • Enjoy lunch at the Middleton Place
  • Ferry ride to Fort Sumpter, where the South Carolina militia started the Civil War
  • Travel the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Walk the Mile High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain State Park
  • Sample Kentucky bourbon at a tasting in Louisville
  • Backstage tour of the famous Grand Ole Opry House

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Ultimate Southern Coast & Blue Ridge

Tours Starts: Atlanta, Georgia

Tours Ends: Nashville, Tennessee

Day 1

Atlanta

Today your adventure begins upon arrival in Georgia. If you purchased your airline tickets from YMT, you will be welcomed by a representative and transferred to your hotel.

Hampton Inn & Suites Atlanta Buckhead or similar

Day 2

Atlanta & Macon

Start your first day bright and early with a panoramic coach tour of Atlanta. You’ll see historical sites from the Civil War and iconic filming locations from Gone with the Wind. Continue to Macon for a tour of Hay House, one of Georgia’s most distinguished historic homes. Macon’s grandest Italian Renaissance Revival mansion was built in the 1850s, largely by a team of enslaved expert carpenters and craftsmen. Learn Hay House’s history while you enjoy its period furnishings, impressive art collection, and stunning craftsmanship. After the tour, grab dinner on your own in charming downtown Macon. (B)

Courtyard by Marriott Macon or similar

Day 3

Macon to Savannah via Jekyll Island

Your first activity of the day will be a Jekyll Island Trolley tour of the Club Historic District, a cluster of 19th-century mansions on the southernmost of Georgia’s Golden Isles. Enjoy time on Jekyll Island to grab lunch on your own. Arrive in Savannah late this afternoon and join us, for an additional fee, on an optional evening cultural and culinary experience you won't want to miss. Take in the uplifting sounds of Southern gospel music on a Gospel Riverboat Dinner Cruise with traditional southern cuisine. (B)

Tryp by Wyndham Savannah Downtown Historic District or similar

OPTION: SAVANNAH GOSPEL DINNER CRUISEOPTION: SAVANNAH GOSPEL DINNER CRUISE:

Gospel Dinner Cruise on the Savannah Riverboat Cruises with traditional southern cuisine and the inspiring sounds of live Southern Gospel music. $75 p/p. Please add this option at time of booking.








Day 4

Savannah and Tybee Island

Take a morning guided trolley tour of historic Savannah. The oldest section of Georgia’s oldest city, Savannah’s historic district is filled with cobblestoned squares and parks shaded by oak trees draped in Spanish moss. At the center of this picturesque district is the landmark, Gothic-Revival Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. Continue with a short walking tour of Bonaventure Cemetery, a beautiful resting place with 160 acres of towering oaks, Spanish moss, and historic graves.
Continue to Tybee Island for a panoramic tour of this charming barrier island renowned for its miles of pristine beaches. The Tybee Lighthouse, the oldest and tallest in Georgia, is a guaranteed highlight. Enjoy lunch on your own and a leisurely afternoon and evening. (B)

Tryp by Wyndham Savannah Downtown Historic District or similar

Day 5

Savannah to Charleston via Middleton Place

Head up to South Carolina, where you will stop for a tour and included southern lunch at the Middleton Place. This National Historic Landmark contains America’s oldest landscaped gardens.
Continue to charming Charleston for a panoramic tour including Rainbow Row, the Battery and White Point Gardens, Hampton Park, and Marion Square. Spend the evening relaxing in Charleston. (B, L)

Cambria Hotel Charleston Riverview or similar

Day 6

Charleston

Start the morning with a short ferry ride to Fort Sumpter, the island fortification where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. Explore the National Historic Park where America’s history changed forever on April 12, 1861, when the South Carolina Militia artillery fired at the American army.
Stop at the City Market area for shopping and lunch on your own, followed by an afternoon guided tour of The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon. The Old Exchange was completed in 1771 and played a vital part in the American Revolution. President George Washington was a common visitor to this meeting place for local Patriots, which was the site where in 1788 South Carolina leaders debated and approved the U. S. Constitution. Today, the Old Exchange Building is one of only four remaining structures where the nation’s founding document was originally ratified.
The Provost Dungeon’s history is decidedly less auspicious. During the American Revolution, British forces converted the bottom floor of the Exchange into a military prison where American prisoners of war, British soldiers, private citizens, and enslaved people were held. (B)

Cambria Hotel Charleston Riverview or similar

Day 7

Charleston to Charlotte via Columbia

Take a morning panoramic tour of Columbia, the capitol of South Carolina, then break for an early lunch on your own. Continue to Charlotte for a panoramic city tour, then one more stop at the unforgettable NASCAR Hall of Fame. More than just a museum, the NASCAR Hall of Fame is a shrine to the history, heritage and future of NASCAR. It has over 50 interactive experiences, fascinating artifacts, and an impressive collection of retired racecars. These souped up stock cars have been delighting fans since 1948. Join us for an included dinner. (B, D)

Home2 Charlotte Uptown or similar

Day 8

Charlotte

Take the day to explore the Queen City with your included museum pass that includes access to a trio of unique museums: The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Mint Museum, and Harvey B. Gantt Center for AfricanAmerican Arts + Culture. (B)

Home2 Charlotte Uptown or similar

Day 9

Boone via Henry River Mill Village

As you travel from Charlotte to Boone 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 which would come to be known for manufacturing cotton yarn. You’ll have time on your own to explore the area and buildings to see up close what life was like in a time that seems so distant.
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. Your next stop is Moses Cone State Park, a grand country estate built during the 1890s. The estate’s 23-room Colonial Revival mansion, 25 miles of well planned carriage roads, two man-made lakes, and apple orchards make it a popular stop.
Spend the afternoon relaxing in Boone. This evening, you’re invited on a one-of-a-kind optional dinner show. "Horn in the West" is a dramatization of the life and times of the early local settlers, including Daniel Boone. (B)

La Quinta Inn Boone or similar

Day 10

Grandfather Mountain and Asheville via Biltmore Estate

his morning you will vist 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.
Take the Blue Ridge Parkway to Asheville, crossing the iconic Linn Cove Viaduct. This dazzling bridge hugs the side of Grandfather Mountain and creates the illusion of being suspended in midair above the lush vegetation. Its views can’t be beat!
Next, stop at the magnificent Biltmore Estate. Completed in 1895, George Vanderbilt’s 250- room chateau is as impressive today as it was more than a century ago. Biltmore House is truly a wonder of architecture and hospitality. 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 Asheville Southwest or similar

Day 11

Pigeon Forge via Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Continue down 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, from the time when mastodons roamed the southern Appalachians to the present day. The Cherokee story is told through computer generated animation and special effects, life-sized 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. Enjoy spectacular views of the Smoky Mountains and the surrounding high elevation spruce-fir forest. Your final stop of the day is Cataract Falls, a lovely 25-foot waterfall just outside of Gatlinburg. After a short hike, the falls are a wonderful and welcome reward. Your evening in Pigeon Forge is yours to enjoy, or you may sign up for the optional Dolly Parton’s Stampede dinner show. (B)

Park Grove Inn or similar

Day 12

Louisville

Welcome to Kentucky’s Cumberland Gap State Historic Park, the first great 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. This evening, you’re invited to sit down and savor the finer things with your fellow guests at a delicious dinner and bourbon tasting. (B, D)

Holiday Inn Express Louisville or similar

Day 13

Louisville with Derby Museum and Churchill Downs

Spend the day falling in love with 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 rich history of Churchill Downs. Walk through the property to the paddock and out to the grandstand, learning trivia and fun facts along the way. Enjoy an included lunch at Churchill Downs.
From horseracing, “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. Maybe it’s the fun stories and fascinating machinery in the factory, the hands-on exhibits, or one of the spectacular special exhibitions. Relax this evening or take an optional evening cruise down the Ohio river on an historic ship. (B, L)

Holiday Inn Express Louisville or similar

Day 14

Nashville

Conclude your tour in Nashville, 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 $65 p/p. Please add this option at time of booking. Please note that artists and schedule are subject to change without notice








Day 15

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.



FAQ

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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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