Blue Ridge Country

October 12-19, 2020

Journey deep into the heart of Blue Ridge country to explore a little history at the Biltmore Estate, a little music and theatrics at the Blue Ridge Mountain Opry, and a little scenery in the Blue Ridge Mountains! Our four-night stay in Asheville will also see us riding an elevator up Chimney Rock, touring the city, visiting some wineries, and admiring the impressive collection of motorcycles. We'll also discover the cultural heritage and traditional art of the region and board a railcar for a scenic ride on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad!

Inclusions:

  • Private motorcoach transportation
  • 7 nights’ accommodations
  • 14 meals (7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners)
  • Admission to attractions as stated on itinerary
  • Porter service of one bag per person at hotels
  • Taxes and gratuities for included services
  • Professional tour manager

Not included in the price of this tour: 
Meals/beverages other than those listed on the itinerary, beverages other than tea or coffee with included meals, admissions to attractions along the Asheville hop-on/hop-off tour, items of a personal nature/souvenirs, phone calls and faxes from hotels, travel protection plan, and any service not listed in the above inclusions.

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$3,173

Price Per Person

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$2,465

Price Per Person

(3% cash discount applied)

Optional basic secondary travel protection plan:
($114 per person, Double; $192 per person, Single)
Payment may be sent with your deposit to Star Destinations. To review full plan details, go to: www.tripmate.com/wpF450D.

A $500 deposit per person is required with your registration form

Final payment is due August 20, 2020

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Itinerary

We’ll depart this morning on our journey east with stops for comfort and lunch on our own along the way. We’ll travel as far as Louisville, KY, before checking into our overnight accommodations and enjoying a wonderful welcome dinner as a group.

(Dinner included)

Our day begins with breakfast before once again boarding the motorcoach for a day of leisurely driving. Relax as we travel across Kentucky to our Biltmore Village hotel in Asheville, NC. We will freshen up and then gather for dinner as a group.

(Breakfast and dinner included)

Following breakfast, there’s no better way to discover and explore Asheville than by a hop-on/hop-off trolley tour. Enjoy the tour and ten featured stops at your own pace. Choose to stay aboard the trolley for the fully narrated journey highlighting the city’s architecture, history, and the arts. Or hop-off at any (or all!) of the stops to experience the city’s eclectic shops, galleries, and craft brew scenes. Your trolley ticket is good all day, so feel free to hop-on and hop-off as many times as you wish! The River Arts District is a must for those interested in paintings, pottery, jewelry, sculptures, photography, glassblowing, and more. Car fanatics will love the Estes-Winn Antique Car Museum, and literature enthusiasts will be fascinated by the Thomas Wolfe State Historic Site. Along the way, enjoy lunch at one of the city’s restaurants featuring world-class cuisine. The group will gather together this evening to share stories of our day over a delicious dinner.

(Breakfast and dinner included)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before we make our way to Biltmore Estate & Gardens. More than a century ago, George Vanderbilt created an 8,000-acre country retreat in North Carolina’s mountains. Its centerpiece is the Biltmore House, which offered 250 rooms of hospitality to family and friends. Today, Biltmore Estate continues to offer a gracious escape from everyday life. We’ll marvel at the grandeur of America’s largest home, filled with Vanderbilt’s collection of fine arts and antiques, and learn about the Vanderbilt family and their many guests. Lunch is on our own at Biltmore’s Antler Hill Village, followed by a tour and tasting at the Biltmore Winery. We’re in for a toe-tapping evening as we head to the Blue Ridge Mountain Opry for dinner and a bluegrass music show!

(Breakfast and dinner included)

Our day of sightseeing will begin with the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center and Folk Art Center. The Parkway is a ribbon of road that weaves through the spectacular scenery of North Carolina and Virginia. Through the Visitor Center’s exhibits and award-winning film, we’ll learn about the flora and fauna, cultural heritage, and economic traditions found along the Parkway and throughout Western North Carolina. We will then make our way to the Folk Art Center, which focuses on the traditional and contemporary crafts of the Southern Appalachians. The center houses three galleries, a library, and the Southern Highland Craft Guild’s oldest craft shop. Both centers are fascinating and will open our eyes to all the area has to offer. This afternoon will take us to Chimney Rock State Park to ride the elevator to the top and soak in the amazing views before we head to a local winery for a tour and tasting. Our day will then come to an end with dinner.

(Breakfast and dinner included)

We’ll board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad after breakfast this morning and enjoy the scenic ride into river gorges, across valleys, and through tunnels carved out of majestic mountains in a beautiful corner of North Carolina. Lunch will be served on the rails before we disembark and make our way to the Wheels Through Time Museum to explore the collection of rare American motorcycles, memorabilia, and unique “one-off” American automobiles such as the 1949 Veritas. The collection of motorcycles alone includes over 350 rare machines from companies such as Harley-Davidson, Indian, Excelsior, Flying Merkel, and more. After a journey through the evolution of American motorcycling and automotive history, we’ll continue on to our hotel in Sevierville, TN, to refresh and have dinner on our own.

(Breakfast and lunch included)

Today marks the beginning of our journey home. We’ll travel as far as Indianapolis, IN, where we will enjoy dinner and a show at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre.

(Breakfast and dinner included)

After breakfast, we will depart on the rest of our journey home with stops for comfort and lunch on our own along the way.

(Breakfast included)