Stunning holiday ambiance and spectacular entertainment – this trip has it all! Celebrate the magic of yuletide at the home of holiday tradition, Gaylord Opryland, in the heart of the country music capital, Nashville, Tennessee. Prepare to be awed by the lavishly decorated Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.
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 adorn this holiday wonderland of horse-drawn carriages, decorative attractions and festival of events. Merry delights abound on a city tour of Nashville and spectacular holiday entertainment including a holiday production at the Grand Ole Opry and A Country Christmas Dinner featuring the Oak Ridge Boys.
The Biltmore Estate, America’s largest private home, is a 250-room French Renaissance chateau, built between 1889 and 1895 by George Washington Vanderbilt II. It touts itself as “bigger and grander” than its counterparts in Rhode Island and NY. Explore at your pace, the amazing intricacies of this “little mountain escape.” As night falls, be amazed as the holiday magic comes alive with an evening tour and dinner by candlelight. Stay two nights at the Inn, beautifully beckoned in holiday glamour right on estate grounds.
- Stay at Gaylord Opryland & the Inn on Biltmore Estate
- A Country Christmas Dinner & Show featuring The Oak Ridge Boys
- See a holiday production at the Grand Ole Opry House
- Narrated city tour of Nashville
- Discover the Biltmore Mansion on a Self-Guided Audio Tour
- Candlelight Christmas Evening at the Biltmore Estate with Dinner in the Stable Café
- Roundtrip motorcoach transportation from Indianapolis
- 4 nights accommodations
- Breakfast daily
- 1 lunch, 2 dinners
- Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
- Hotel baggage handling
Sat, Dec 11: Depart Indianapolis for Nashville, Tennessee’s largest resort, Gaylord Opryland! Before immersing in the holiday festivities of the 9-acre Gaylord resort, the welcome tradition of wholesome and hearty southern cooking awaits at Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen. Following lunch, check in for two nights and spend some time exploring the resort at leisure taking take time to view the greatest show in ice. Handcrafted by more than 40 artisans, ICE! offers a delightful adventure through an unbelievable winter wonderland. This evening, enjoy a holiday production at the Grand Ole Opry House. (Meal: Lunch)
Sun, Dec 12: Following a hot breakfast, set out on a narrated tour of“Music City” with a local guide. Learn about the preservation of the Old Ryman Auditorium, drive through Music Row, and see the Parthenon—a full-scale replica of the original in Athens. Enjoy some free time on your own in this magical city dressed in holiday cheer with shopping or museum visits featuring Pasty Cline or Johnny Cash, or the all-encompassing Country Music Hall of Fame. Tough lunch decisions lie ahead with a variety of iconic restaurants to choose from including Blake Shelton’s restaurant-club-venue or the Wild Horse Saloon just to name a few! Choose to extend your free time downtown and take a later hotel transfer, or head back to Opryland for the Delta River Flatboat experience. Tonight, celebrate the holidays with A Country Christmas Dinner & Show featuring The Oak Ridge Boys at the resort. (B,D)
Mon, Dec 13: Depart Nashville after breakfast for the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains and the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. Upon arrival, explore Antler Village and enjoy some time on your own for lunch. The village connects the estate’s present to the past with historical exhibits, providing a relaxing place for dining and shopping. This afternoon, be treated like royalty when checking in for your two-night stay at the Inn on Biltmore Estate. Dinner is your choice; feel free to nestle into the warmth of the grand Inn and partake in an elegant meal of estate grown and raised produce and protein, or venture out for nearby additional dining options. (B)
Tue, Dec 14: The morning greets you with a hearty breakfast before your visit to the magnificent Biltmore House. Explore 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 home’s art and architecture. The afternoon is yours to continue wandering the estate grounds, including the estate winery. Shop for one of a kind Christmas gifts, and spend more time exploring Historic Biltmore Village—built in the late 1890’s as a classic planned community at the entrance to George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore Estate, Historic Biltmore Village today is truly one of the South’s most unique touring and shopping environments. Rejoin the group for a Farewell Candlelight dinner at the Biltmore’s Stable Café followed by this evening’s Candlelight Christmas viewing of the Biltmore, where the grand rooms come to life with candles, twinkling Christmas lights, and musicians filling the halls with the sounds of the season. (B,D)
Wed, Dec 15: Bid adieu to a landscape of holiday traditions and new found friends, returning home with life long memories and connections! (B)
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.
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.
- Complete Package
- Double (2 people sharing a room) – $2,149 per person
- Triple (3 people sharing a room) – $1,939 per person
- Single – $2,779
*Subject to change due to fuel surcharge
Ambassadair Trip #8347
Deposit Per Person: $200
Final Payment: 09/10/21
Cancellation Fee Per Person: Booking-91 Days: $100 Fee; 90-0 Days: No Refund
Trip Insurance: Optional Trip Insurance through Travel Insured. To purchase, call your Ambassadair Travel Counselor.