Biltmore Estate & Opryland

For the Holidays

  • Date

    December 8-12, 2019 | Sun / Thu – 5 Days

  • Location

    Asheville, NC |  Nashville, TN

Overview

Experience the holiday magic of the lavishly decorated Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, and the Gaylord Opryland in the country music capital, Nashville, Tennessee. This trip is filled with twinkling lights, holiday shows, and acres of stunning decorations.

The Biltmore Estate is a 250-room French Renaissance chateau, built between 1889 and 1895 by George Washington Vanderbilt II, and is America’s largest private home. Designed to be a “little mountain escape,” the house was even bigger and grander than his older siblings’ homes in Newport, Rhode Island and Hyde Park, New York. Spend two nights at the Inn right on the estate grounds, and have ample time to explore the house with an audio tour and during the beautiful Candlelight Christmas Evening.

Opryland is nine acres of indoor gardens, cascading waterfalls, shopping, entertainment, dining, and an indoor river with a Delta flatboat. At Christmastime, more than two million lights, horse-drawn carriages, decorations, and exclusive events and attractions offer distinctive holiday entertainment. In addition to holiday delights at the hotel and a holiday-themed lunch cruise, take a city tour of Nashville, enjoy a holiday show at the Grand Ole Opry House, and see A Country Christmas Dinner & Show featuring Trace Adkins and Friends.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • Self-guided Candlelight Christmas Evening at the Biltmore Estate
  • Stay at the Inn on Biltmore Estate
  • A Country Christmas Dinner & Show featuring Trace Adkins and Friends
  • A holiday production at the Grand Ole Opry House
  • Narrated city tour of Nashville
  • General Jackson Showboat lunch cruise with holiday entertainment

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip motorcoach transportation from Indianapolis
  • Escorted
  • 4 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Hotel baggage handling

Itinerary

Sun, Dec 8: Depart Indianapolis for the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains and the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. Upon arrival, check in to the four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate located right on the estate property. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at the Biltmore’s Stable Café. (Meal: Dinner)

Mon, Dec 9: Visit the magnificent Biltmore House at your own pace with an audio guide that leads you room-by-room, sharing stories of Biltmore’s former residents and employees plus highlights of the homes art and architecture. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring the estate grounds, including the estate winery and Antler Village. The village connects the estate’s present and past, providing a relaxing place for dining, shopping, and historical exhibits. This evening’s Candlelight Christmas viewing of the Biltmore will be remarkable as the grand rooms come to life with candles, firelight, and twinkling Christmas lights, and musicians fill the halls with seasonal sounds. (B)

Tue, Dec 10: Following a leisurely breakfast, depart for Nashville Tennessee’s largest resort, Gaylord Opryland, and check in for the next two nights. This already beautiful resort complex will be ornately decorated for the Christmas season. This evening, enjoy a holiday production at the Grand Ole Opry House. (B)

Wed, Dec 11: Nashville is well known for its history with country music and the Grand Ole Opry. Today, learn about more elements that make up this fascinating city on a narrated tour. This afternoon there will be time to explore Opryland at leisure and to view the greatest show in ice. Handcrafted by more than 40 artisans, ICE! takes you on a chilly adventure through an unbelievable winter wonderland. Celebrate the holidays with A Country Christmas Dinner & Show featuring Trace Adkins and Friends at the resort. (B,D)

Thu, Dec 12: After a leisurely morning, transfer to the General Jackson Showboat for a luncheon cruise with great country and holiday music spiced with down-home humor. Enjoy a delicious lunch and then remember holiday seasons of years gone by with song, dance, and comedy. After a lovely cruise, depart for home arriving in Indianapolis in the evening. (B,L)

Hotels

Inn on Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina.

Experience life as a Vanderbilt guest at the premier accommodations on Biltmore’s 8,000-acre estate. Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Inn has some of the same details, such as walnut floors and oak moldings from trees harvested on the property, that make the family’s estate a national treasure. Flowery guest room furnishings are inspired by 19th-century English and French manor houses. Highlights: complimentary Internet access • restaurant • two bar/lounges • fitness center • spa.

Gaylord Opryland, Nashville, Tennessee.

Explore nine acres of indoor gardens and waterways, upscale shopping, and electrifying entertainment. Highlights: in-room mini-refrigerator and coffee maker • complimentary in-room Internet access • 11 restaurants • 5 bar/lounges • fitness center • 2 outdoor pools • indoor pool (in spa) • sauna • Relâche Spa & Salon.

Pricing

  • Complete Package
  • Double P/P – $1,639
  • Triple P/P – $1,499
  • Single – $2,119

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