Description: Experience the rolling hills and breath-taking fall foliage as we journey through Nashville to Louisville along the Bourbon Trail. You’ll enjoy dramatic vistas, good southern eats, fascinating history, and of course a nip or two of bourbon.
6 Days l 8 Meals: 5 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners
DEPOSIT MUST BE MADE BY JUNE 9, 2019 FOR DISCOUNT.
Included in the price: Round-trip Air from Seattle International Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers.
Grand Ole Opry Tour including Ryman Auditorium, Music Row, Bicentennial Park, and Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, Mammoth Caves, Whistle Stop, Garvin Gate Blues Festival, and much more.
Day 1: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 Nashville, Tennessee- Tour begins “Welcome to the Music Capital of the World,” Nashville. This creative city is heart and soul of music culture, chef driven restaurants serving up Hot Chicken, Barbecue, and Meat & Three Fare. Experience the one-of-a-kind Nashville scene that grooves to the constant beat of live music. Tonight get to know your travel companions at Saltines a southern influenced seafood with a slight twist on traditional flavors. (D)
Day 2: Thursday, October 10, 2019 Nashville Today we will explore the town on the Hop-On-Hop-Of-Trolley narrated ride. Will begin at RCA Studio B Nashville’s oldest remaining studio, where Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, and Charlie Pride all once recorded some of their classic hits. Learn how each artist recorded their chart-topping music. You may even have time to record a hit of your own! Ride through Music Row, Ryman Auditorium, and walk Downtown with live music. Then explore the Country Music Hall of Fame, the largest museum of popular music in the world. Check out the museums vast collection of memorabilia, costumes, recordings and instruments, artfully presented in cutting-edge exhibits that relay the colorful histories of country music and its artists. Discover the beauty of the south at Belle Mede Plantation. The story comes alive, as our period-dressed guides lead guests through the mansion and tell the exceptional and intimate stories of the various people that created Belle Meade Plantation. (B)
Day 3: Friday, October 11, 2019 Nashville – Louisville, Kentucky Start the day in Bicentennial Park which houses the history and culture of Tennessee. At the park you’ll be able to walk along the Pathway of History, Memorials and Monuments, Musicians Hall of Fame and grab a snack or coffee/espresso from local Farmers Market. Travel east of Nashville to The Hermitage, the plantation was owned by Andrew Jackson the seventh President of the United States. Walk through the mansion with hundreds of well-preserved original belongings. Costumed tour guides usher guest through the mansion regaling with stories, history and lore from each of the rooms. Then will begin our journey north and enjoy one last bite of Nashville with packed lunch from Jack’s Barbeque. Will make a stop at Johnny Cash’s grave site before heading to Mammoth Caves. At Mammoth Caves will visit Rotunda, one of the largest rooms in the cave and explore a vast canyon passageway. Learn about prehistoric American Indian explorers, saltpeter mining operations, and basic cave geology on this self-guiding tour. Rangers are stationed along the route to give short talks and answer questions. This is a short introductory tour. Then enjoy rich rolling hills and beautiful fall foliage of Kentucky as we head to Louisville. This evening we will venture out and enjoy the largest neighborhood Blues Festival in Louisville at the Garvin Gate Blues Festival there will be several food vendors within the festival. (B, L)
Day 4: Saturday, October 12, 2019 Choose a walking tour of downtown Louisville or The Bourbon Trail It’s your choice! Embark on a walking tour of Louisville and see Louisville Sluggers Museum it is the most unusual looking museum in Louisville due to the thirty-four tons of steel baseball bat leaning against its building. The interior of the museum contains a big collection of objects related to baseball, especially bats belonging to some of the baseball legends. Besides the exhibition area, visitors are welcome to watch how bats were manufactured in the past. Another attractive thing about the Slugger Museum is that it contains a factory where tourists are able to learn about the modern technology of bat manufacturing, and even order a personalized one. Then we will explore the Frazier International History Museum is a three-story expositional place named in honor of its initiator – Owsley Brown Frazier. The seven thousand square meters of the museum house an immense collection of historically important items, mainly weapons and armors belonging to the UK and the US armies. Some of the showpieces date from the eleventh century. Visitors to the museum will also be delighted to watch live performances by interpreters in costume, diverse movies and other multimedia presentations. The Frazier International History Museum has a gift shop and a cafe. Or set out on a panoramic ride on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and taste the region starting at Makers Mark. If you only learn one thing on a Maker’s Mark tour, it’s that they go the extra mile to ensure that their product remains the same, bottle after bottle, year after year. Next stop Heaven Hill, the world’s second-largest holder of aging Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, today celebrated filling its eight millionth Bourbon barrel. Heaven Hill is the only local, family-owned company to reach this historic benchmark. We will stop her for one of their tastings and enjoy learning history and family values. Last, we stop at Four Roses Bottling Facility. It is the one of the only distilleries using single-story rack warehouses to minimize temperature variations, which provides a gentle, undisturbed and more stable aging process, as well as Bourbon with more consistent flavors, body and aromas. Tour Four Roses’ scenic Warehouse and Bottling Facility, nestled in the quiet countryside in Cox’s Creek, Kentucky, to see firsthand how Four Roses Bourbon is aged and bottled. Enjoy a guided tasting. Then we will return and enjoy more of the Garvin Gate Blues Festival. (B)
Day 5: Sunday, October 13, 2019 Choose Blues Festival & Muhammad Ali Center or the Bourbon Trail It’s your choice! Muhammad Ali Center is a museum that opened in 2005 in honor of the world famous champion. Its construction is most unusual and special. The interior of the center presents Muhammad Ali’s biography, his values and principles. A special theatre allows guests to learn about the champion’s life from the very beginning. Several screens are installed to show visitors Ali’s most famous fights, as well as interviews and other moments reflecting his life and career. Two art galleries are part of the center too – Howard L. Bingham Gallery, exposing photographs of the boxer and LeRoy Neiman Gallery, where visitors are welcome to admire paintings reflecting the champion’s fight moments. Then enjoy the rest of the afternoon to explore Louisville and/or the Blues Festival ends this afternoon. Or, venture east to Frankfort, Kentucky where ancient buffalo carved paths through the wilderness the led American pioneers to explore new frontiers.One such trail led to the banks of the Kentucky River where Buffalo Trace Distillery has been making bourbon whiskey the same way for more than 200 years. In tribute to the mighty buffalo and the rugged, independent spirit of the pioneers who followed them, signature Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiske y is attribute to them. Our last bourbon distillery is Woodford Reserve Distillery. One of Kentucky’s oldest and smallest distilleries, the present day Woodford Reserve Distillery is built on history, sitting on Kentucky’s oldest distilling site where Elijah Pepper began crafting whiskey in 1812. It was on these same hallowed grounds that years later Master Distiller James Christopher Crow perfected his whiskey-making methods, which today have become common practice, including the implementation of sour mash into fermentation. The Distillery is home to a 500-foot-long gravity-fed barrel run, our iconic copper pot stills, and 100-year-old cypress wood fermenters. Woodford Reserve also boast one of the only heat cycled barrel-houses in the world, ensuring every drop seeps into the charred and toasted white oak, giving its color and signature flavor. Tonight we will have a farewell dinner together at Sidebar on Whiskey Row a sophisticated spot for premium hamburgers paired with a big menu of bourbon beer and historical digs. (B, D)
Day 6: Monday, October 14, 2019 Louisville – Tour Ends Your rockin’ musical and bourbon journey comes to a close today. (B)