DAY ONE — L
Off we go for a spectacular and extra-long weekend to Music City – Nashville. We travel with new friends to our first overnight in Louisville, KY and the Drury Inn.
DAY TWO — CB, L
This morning we travel through the rolling hills of Kentucky and Tennessee arriving Nashville late morning. Get ready to enjoy live music, savor unusual honky-tonks famous in Nashville and explore Southern history and charm. Begin with a visit to Belle Meade Plantation. This plantation represents a history of agricultural and thoroughbred breeding success without equal in the American south. Touring the mansion, you are able to walk right into rooms as if you were a guest in the 1800s. The fully furnished mansion is stocked with original pieces with costumed guides recounting stories of the families who lived here.
Lunch will be served in the mansion’s signature restaurant “Belle” and is sure to be delicious southern fare. We arrive in our host city of Nashville later this afternoon where our local guide joins us for a narrated drive to acquaint us with Nashville’s history. Our accommodations will be at the Drury Inn & Suites Downtown for the next three nights. Enjoy the local and historic attractions when you have leisure time.
DAY THREE — CB, L
Enjoy a great breakfast then we jump back on board the coach for a tour of the iconic Parthenon. This amazing building is a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens. It was built in 1897 as part of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition. The re-creation of the 42-foot statue Athena is the focus of the Parthenon just as it was in ancient Greece. The plaster replicas of the Parthenon Marbles found in the Naos are direct casts of the original sculptures which adorned the pediments of the Athenian Parthenon, dating back to 438 B.C. The Parthenon also serves as the city of Nashville’s art museum. The focus of the Parthenon’s permanent collection is a group of 63 paintings by 19th and 20th century American artists.
Later experience the Cumberland River with a luncheon cruise aboard the General Jackson Showboat. The Grand Ole Opry is what many country music lovers revere in Nashville and our backstage tour will reveal many of its secrets through the years.
DAY FOUR — CB, L
Stroll through the Country Music Hall of Fame and its vast collection of memorabilia illustrating country music’s story as told through two centuries. The Ryman Auditorium was once a gospel church and the original home to the Grand Ole Opry. Tour fabled halls and hear stories of its rise and fall on the country music scene. Lunch is included today the quirky and pretty locally famous Puckett’s Café before continuing to the Hermitage, Andrew Jackson’s home. It was the family’s social and political center where we will learn and explore at this beloved estate. Later this evening get a taste of what this city is all about, a live music performance at the Grand Ole Opry.
DAY FIVE — CB, L
Our visit to Nashville has come to an end. As we return to more familiar territory, we can regale our families and friends about our country music experience.
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