Smoky Mountain Rail Adventure
Fill your ears with the sounds of the south and your heart with adventure as you take on some of the best sites of Tennessee and the Smoky Mountains.
Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains: A region of scenic landscapes and iconic cities, and incredible sites that enrich the mind and the soul. During our time here, you will visit legendary sites, some of Tennessee and North Carolina’s most beloved cities and one of the most grandiose homes in the country. Your journey begins in Music City, U.S.A - Nashville, TN - where incredible musical history comes to life. Moving onto Chattanooga, enjoy time in the city and out in the vast wilderness, as you embark on the first of several steam train rides throughout the mountainous landscape. From Chattanooga, Gatlinburg awaits your exploration. Your days here are spent surrounded by the beauty of nature, with a steam train ride along the Tuckasegee River and a half-day tour through Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The tour presses on as you arrive in Asheville, NC. With a tour of the Biltmore Estate and free time to peruse the shops, art galleries and unique eateries throughout the town, your tour is sure to end with just as much excitement as it began.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Tennessee Valley Railroad’s Summerville Steam Special
- Great Smoky Mountains Railroad’s Tuckaseegee Steam Train
- Hotel accommodations for 8 nights
- 10 meals
- Nashville city tour
- The Grand Ole Opry performance with a post-show Backstage Tour
- RCA Studio B and Country Music Hall of Fame
- Incline Railway/Lookout Mountain
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park tour
- Biltmore Estate
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Services of a professional tour manager
- Baggage Handling
Day 1 - Arrive Nashville
Arrive in Nashville, and transfer independently to your hotel. After check-in, you will have the remainder of the day to get acquainted with this vibrant city. Overnight Nashville.
Day 2 - Nashville/Grand Ole’ Opry
Some of the most intriguing locales in Nashville lie ahead this morning, as you embark on a guided tour of the city. Enjoy glimpses at sites such the Historic Downtown District, Riverfront Park and “Honky Tonk Row,” and learn little-known facts from your local guide. Following your tour, spend the afternoon sightseeing on your own before meeting with the group for dinner. This evening we enjoy a real treat as we take in a performance of the world-renowned Grand Ole’ Opry. Once the curtain draws, we head backstage for a musician’s perspective on this country music gem. Overnight Nashville. (B, D)
Day 3 - RCA Studio B & Country Music Hall of Fame/Chattanooga
Follow in the footsteps of some of the world’s greatest recording artists with a tour of RCA Studio B this morning - Nashville’s oldest remaining recording studio. Immerse yourself in the sounds of history as you hear the stories of some of the greatest entertainers of the 20th century. Elvis, Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison and Waylon Jennings are just of few of the many artists who recorded some of their top hit songs here and you will see the studios where this amazing history was recorded. We will then make our way to the Country Music Hall of Fame. This iconic museum is filled with exhibits highlighting artists and musicians, both new and old, which helped to put Nashville on the map.
Following lunch at leisure we continue onto Chattanooga, where you will spend the next two evenings. Overnight Chattanooga. (B)
Day 4 – Summerville Steam Special
Set out through the lush landscape of Tennessee and Georgia aboard a vintage steam train today with a ride aboard the Tennessee Valley Railroad’s Summerville Steam Special. This railway journey departs from Grand Junction Station in Chattanooga and continues across the Tennessee-Georgia border to Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park, Rock Spring, LaFayette and Trion before stopping in Summerville. While in Summerville, take a look around the historic train depot and find a quaint spot for lunch before boarding your motorcoach for the return drive to Chattanooga. Your afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the local amenities. The walking trails at Rock City Gardens and the Tennessee Aquarium are beloved destinations of visitors. Overnight Chattanooga. (B)
Day 5 - Incline Railway/Gatlinburg
Look out over Civil War sites, picturesque forest scenery and more from the Incline Railway on Lookout Mountain this morning. This century-old funicular railway offers a leisurely 1-mile ride to the summit, as well as stunning views along the way from large, panoramic windows. Once at the top, enjoy breathtaking views from the observation deck, shop at the gift shop, take a walk to Point Park or visit the Battles for Chattanooga Museum for a dose of Civil War history.
This afternoon, our motorcoach takes us on an easterly journey through the state to Gatlinburg, the gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You will have the remainder of the day to explore the dining scene and sites of this mountain town upon arrival. Overnight Gatlinburg. (B, L)
Day 6 - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Ready yourself for stunning mountains and the serenity of nature as we embark on a half-day tour through Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Photo opportunities will be aplenty as the tour winds through the park. Enjoy a look at the Rockefeller Memorial at Newfound Gap, and keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife. The remainder of day is at leisure in Gatlinburg. Perhaps take a ride on the city’s Aerial Tram or take in a panoramic view over the city and the mountains from the Gatlinburg Space Needle. The lively downtown is filled with exciting shopping and dining opportunities, as well. Overnight Gatlinburg. (B)
Day 7 - Great Smoky Mountains Railroad/Asheville
Railway adventures beckon as you board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad’s Tuckaseegee Steam Train. We will embark on a 4-hour round-trip journey from Bryson City to Dillsboro, North Carolina by train, enjoying the scenic vistas from the panoramic windows of the fully restored train cars. The train passes through valleys and idyllic countryside as it moves along the course of the Tuckasegee River toward Dillsboro. There is a layover in Dillsboro which will give you a chance to explore the interesting shops and galleries of this tourist hotspot. As the train arrives back in Bryson City, you will have some time to experience the quaint beauty of the small town independently before boarding your motorcoach bound for Asheville. Overnight Asheville. (B)
Day 8 - Biltmore Estate/Asheville
This morning visit America’s largest home, the Biltmore Estate. The family home of George and Edith Vanderbilt, this estate covers more than 8,000 acres in beautiful Asheville. Your tour of the property will include a look at the stunning home, complete with 16th century decor, a library with over 10,000 books and original art by Renoir. The group will also have a chance to explore the gardens, winery and equestrian center - all of which are located on the grounds of the estate. While at the Biltmore Estate, join your tour manager and fellow travelers for a Farewell Lunch. You will have the remainder of the day to enjoy the endless offerings of this vibrant, artistic locale. World-class restaurants meet funky art galleries, stunning architecture meets the simple beauty of nature, and your opportunities are endless. Overnight Asheville. (B, L)
Day 9 - Tour Conclusion
Your tour of comes to a close today as you are transferred to Asheville’s Airport for your return flight home. Included group transfer will accommodate flights departing after 10:30 AM.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include SpringHill Suites Nashville Downtown, Courtyard by Marriott Chattanooga Downtown, The Park Vista A DoubleTree by Hilton (Gatlinburg), and Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville.
Tennessee Valley Railroad
Described as a rolling time machine and a moving museum, the Tennessee Valley Railroad offers a unique look at Tennessee’s history. Passengers discover tidbits of information about the region, wonderful railway artifacts and interesting stories as they travel through the mountains. The railroad employs a fleet of vintage steam and diesel locomotives, some of which date back to the early 1900s. There are a variety of fully restored passenger and dining cars for the passengers to enjoy and routes that offer beautiful glimpses at the region.
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
With roots dating back to the 1880s, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroadoffers enriching excursions through North Carolina’s beautiful mountains. The railway operates both diesel and steam engines on two separate routes: one to the Nantahala Gorge and another along the Tuckasegee River.
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