Smoky Mountains by Train

With Chattanooga & Gatlinburg

  • Date

    May 8-13, 2019 | Wed / Mon – 6 Days

  • Location

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park | Gatlinburg | Pigeon Forge | Nantahala Gorge | Hiwassee Loop | Lookout Mountain | Chattanooga

Overview

No backpack is required for this amazing trip to the Smoky Mountains. Instead, let the fragrant pines, proud oaks, and winding rivers surround you as you travel comfortably through mountainous scenery on a train. Begin your trip to Gatlinburg by watching the sacred waters cascading over a 65-foot water fall at Cumberland Falls State Park. A visit to Old Mill in Pigeon Forge takes you back in time and offers you a chance to learn about the history of the area and enjoy the Mill’s wonderful baked goods it helps to make. The Smoky Mountain Opry is sure to excite with its song, dance, and dazzling costumes with state-of-the-art technology.

Hugging the borders of Tennessee and North Carolina, the Great Smoky Mountains invite you to take in her majestic scenery. Whether you’re touring via motorcoach on the famous Newfound Gap Road up 5000 feet, riding the rails in comfort on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad through beautiful Nantahala Gorge, winding your way through the 50-mile Hiwassee Loop on the Tennessee Valley Railroad, or heading straight up on the Incline Railway to the top of Lookout Mountain, the awe-inspiring views of mountain woodlands, rivers, rocks, lakes, and wildlife create a memorable experience.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • Guided tour and picnic in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Nantahala Gorge on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
  • Tennessee Valley Railroad’s Hiwassee Loop
  • Lookout Mountain Incline Railway & Ruby Falls
  • Smoky Mountain Opry
  • The Old Mill and Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip motorcoach transportation from Indianapolis
  • Escorted
  • 5 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Hotel baggage handling

NOTE:

This itinerary includes activities at higher elevations.

Itinerary

Wed, May 8: Depart Indianapolis for Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Along the way, make a stop at Cumberland Falls State Park where a waterfall standing 65-feet tall and 125-feet wide beckons you. Known as the “Niagara of the South,” this area along the Cumberland River is held sacred by many Native Americans. Enjoy a rest here before heading on to Gatlinburg. Check into Bearskin Lodge on the River offering beautiful surroundings, a swimming pool and lazy river, and close proximity to shopping. Gather for a Welcome Dinner tonight. (Meals: Dinner)

Thu, May 9: Discover Pigeon Forge at the Old Mill. For 178 years, the mill has been grinding out meals and grains that are used in daily life. Tour this working, historic mill and see the large wheel and learn how it continues contributing to the area. At your leisure, explore all the area has to offer and grab some lunch. Visit the many shops where candy, home-made baked goods, pottery, kitchen products, and even flours, cornmeals, and specialty mixes can be found. Next, make a stop at the Incredible Christmas Place where it’s Christmas every day.  Finish the afternoon learning about the Titanic at the Titanic Museum. This moving tour allows you to become an actual passenger or crew member while you peruse over 400 artifacts and even walk the exact replica of the Grand Staircase before you find out if “you” survived the sinking. Be transported back in time while being surrounded by graceful apple orchards while enjoying dinner at the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant. Tonight, fascinating colors, music, and talent is on display during an evening at the Smoky Mountain Opry. (B,D)

Fri, May 10:  Get a scenic glimpse into Great  Smoky Mountains National Park. A guided tour will take you to scenic overlooks for the perfect pictures, meander through the famous mountain road “Loop,” and arrive at the top of the mountain in Newfound Gap. With an elevation of 5,048 feet, Newfound Gap marks the Tennessee, North Carolina State line, plus the Appalachian Trail crosses over the road and hugs the state lines for most of the trail through the park. Enjoy a picnic in the park before returning to town to enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. (B,L)

Sat, May 11: All aboard the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Riding the rails in style allows you to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Nantahala Gorge while following the Nantahala River. This 4 ½ hour train ride showcases the trees, rocks, Fontana Lake, and flowing river filled with white water rafters and kayakers. Arriving back into Bryson City, continue on to Chattanooga and check in to your hotel. (B,L)

Sun, May 12: Before heading up the mountain, head underground – 1,120 feet under Lookout Mountain to experience Ruby Falls. Since 1935, people have been in awe of the 145-foot underground waterfall. Next, travel through the Cherokee National Forest on theTennessee Valley Railroad  through the secluded Hiwassee River Gorge. Traverse the 50 mile Hiwassee Loop where the tracks cross over themselves as they corkscrew up the mountain. This circuitous route nestled between hillsides and the scenic river passes over a bridge 62 feet above the tracks, as the rails negotiate a spiraling formation.. Gather tonight for a Farewell Dinner. (B,L,D)

Mon, May 13: Take it to the top! Grab a seat on the Lookout Mountain  Incline Railwayand head up the mile long track to the top of Lookout Mountain. A steep, straight up ride has been taking passengers up and down the mountain since 1895. At the top, learn about the area and its part in history while taking in the beautiful surrounding scenery. Return to Indianapolis. (B)

Hotel

Bearskin Lodge on the River

Bearskin Lodge on the River, Gatlinburg Tennessee

Located at the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the lodge promises unique mountain charm with state-of-the-art amenities among traditional mountain craft decor and massive log beams. Downtown Gatlinburg shops, restaurants, and attractions are just steps away. Highlights: • in-room refrigerator, whirlpool tub and gas fireplace • complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access •outdoor heated pool and lazy river • outdoor fire pits • fitness center • lodge is on the trolley route.

Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Garden Inn, Chattanooga Downtown

This warm and welcoming hotel with bright, spacious guest rooms is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Chattanooga. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker, refrigerator, microwave • complimentary WiFi Internet access • restaurant • bar • indoor pool and hot tub • fitness center.

PRICING

  • Complete Package
  • Double P/P – $1,529
  • Triple P/P – $1,399
  • Single – $1,939

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