When teaching visitors the correct pronunciation of their city, Louisville locals advise to say it like you’ve had a shot of bourbon, Loo-a-vul. In this easygoing part of the country where the drawl is part of the draw, a bottle of Kentucky’s finest is easy to come by, as is mighty fine scenery, music, customs, and cuisine. Intoxicating views await in bucolic horse country and the Great Smoky Mountains while elating experiences are just around the corner in the local distilleries, music houses, and grand southern estates. Whereas the sprawling Biltmore and Cheekwood Estates will give you a taste of the old South, the current “it” cities of Asheville, Nashville, and Chattanooga will welcome you to the energy of the new South. Through the timeless scenery and happening scenes of Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee, this Southern U.S. tour takes the reins in the land of mares, mint juleps, mandolins, and MoonPies.
Location: Arrive In Louisville
Welcome to Louisville. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome drink.
LOUISVILLE Sightseeing with a Local Guide followed by LF lunch featuring a local culinary specialty.FRANKFORT Bourbon tasting at Buffalo Trace Distillery.LEXINGTON Free time this evening.
Location: Lexington. Excursion To Horse Country
LEXINGTON Visit to International Museum of the Horse this morning. Dinner tonight with local bluegrass entertainment.HORSE COUNTRY Behind-the-scenes visit to a thoroughbred horse farm and LF Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm.
LEXINGTON Scenic drive through Kentucky and Tennessee en route to Asheville.ASHEVILLE Free time this evening.
ASHEVILLE Guided sightseeing includes downtown, West Asheville, the River Arts District and Biltmore Village. Visit the Biltmore Estate and Gardens with a local guide, followed by a LF farm-to-table lunch at Antler Hill Village. Free time this evening. ENHANCE YOUR EXPERIENCE in Asheville by visiting one of the many breweries. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.
Location: Asheville–Great Smoky Mountains National Park–Cherokee–Chattanooga
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK Scenic drive through the park.CHEROKEE Visit the LF Museum of the Cherokee Indian with a Local Cherokee Guide.CHATTANOOGA Orientation drive followed by a MoonPie tasting. Free time this evening.
NASHVILLE Visit Cheekwood Gardens with a local guide, followed by guided sightseeing and farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Prices for sole occupancy are available on request
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