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Nashville, TN & The Biltmore Estate
September 18-25, 2018

Nashville, TN & The Biltmore Estate<br>September 18-25, 2018
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Day 1: Depart aboard a deluxe motorcoach as we head towards the Music City Capital, Nashville, TN. Overnight at the HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS WINCHESTER, VA. Welcome dinner marks our arrival.

Day 2: Today we travel towards Asheville, NC surrounded by the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains. 2 nights accommodations at the HAMPTON INN & SUITES BILTMORE AREA. Dinner tonight at a local restaurant.

Day 3: Visit the magnificent BILTMORE ESTATE, created more than a century ago by George Vanderbilt as a larger-than-life country retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains. This grand 250 room chateau provided unsurpassed hospitality to family and friends. Explore the estate with an audio tour before strolling the beautiful gardens and visiting the winery. Dinner tonight at a local restaurant.

Day 4: Music Capital of the World here we come! We arrive in Nashville, TN this afternoon for 3 nights accommodations at the GAYLORD OPRYLAND RESORT. This iconic hotel is located next to the Grand Ole Opry and known for its 9 acres of lush plants, indoor waterfalls and indoor river with boat rides. DINNER & LINE DANCING LESSONS at the famous WILDHORSE SALOON.

Day 5: Join our local guide for a CITY TOUR learning Nashville’s colorful history and famous sites before our visit to the RYMAN AUDITORIUM, also known as the “Mother Church of Country Music”. After dinner, nothing says Nashville like a night at the GRAND OLE OPRY. What began as a simple radio broadcast in 1925 is today an entertainment phenomenon. Take our reserved seats for a great night of country music followed by a post show Backstage Tour of the Grand Ole Opry.

Day 6: This morning we visit FONTANEL MANSION. This 33,000 square foot log home on 183 acres of pristine land was formerly owned by Country Music Hall of Fame member Barbara Mandrell. Board the GENERAL JACKSON SHOWBOAT as we cruise the Cumberland River and enjoy lunch and live music show in the beautiful two-story Victorian Theater located in the center of the boat. Evening at leisure to enjoy Nashville and the Opryland Resort.

Day 7: Say good-bye to our friends in Nashville as we make our way back east and overnight at the WHEELING ISLAND HOTEL & CASINO in Wheeling, WV.

Day 8: We head for home today with memories of our time in Nashville.

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Departure Locations:

Manchester, CT
Park & Ride Commuter Lot, Buckland Street and Pleasant Valley

New Britain / West Hartford, CT
Commuter Park & Ride Lot across from Target, Village Square Rd, near West Farms Mall

$1729/person - double or triple
$2199/person single
(based on 40-50)

To make reservations please call our office, 800-243-1630 / 860-243-1630
Deposit: $600 pp due with reservations
Final payment: August 7, 2018
When making reservations online, payment in full is required at the time of the booking.

CANCELLATION POLICY: If a passenger cancels from deposit to August 7, 2018 fee of $300 pp; August 8 to September 4, 2018 fee of $700 pp; no refunds if cancelled on September 5, 2018 or later unless a substitute is provided.

Trip Protection Coverage is strongly recommended. Aon Affinity administers the NTA Travel Protection plan designed specifically for members of the National Tour Association. The Pre-existing medical condition exclusion can be waived by purchasing the Enhanced Plan within 14 days of your deposit or initial payment. Purchase of the plan within this time period also provides eligibility for the Financial Insolvency benefit. Traveling companions / roommates are required to take the same plan (Basic or Enhanced) in order to be properly covered. Premium is non-refundable once paid.

    Three ways to enroll:
  • Website: Tour Operator Location #076068. You can also view plan details on this site.
  • Call Aon 1-800-388-1470. Tour Operator Location #076068. Customer service agents can also answer questions about each plan.
  • Call Friendship Tours / The Ship Shop 860-243-1630 or 800-243-1630

Please review the NTA Protection Plan brochure carefully for details of coverage and call them at 1-800-388-1470 if you have any questions.

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