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Escorted Asheville, NC - Biltmore Estate

Sep 19, 2022 - Sep 23, 2022

Discover the Wonders of The Biltmore & Asheville, NC

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is home to spectacular scenery, historic estates & architecture such as The Biltmore Estate & Dome-topped Basilica of Saint Lawrence. The Biltmore Estate is a 250 room castle built between 1889 & 1895 by George Vanderbilt on 8000 acres & is the largest privately owned house in the US. Home to artwork by masters like Renoir, it is one of the most prominent examples of a Gilded Age Mansion.



5 Day(s) | 10 Meals


Highlights

  • Motorcoach transportation to Hartford Bradley Airport
  • Round trip flights to Charlotte
  • Three (3) nights accommodations at the Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate
  • One (1) night accommodations at the Embassy Suites Uptown in Charlotte
  • 10 Meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Biltmore Estate Tour
  • Tour & Tasting at the Biltmore Winery
  • Ashville by Foot Tour
  • Tour of Basilica of St Lawrence
  • Travel the Blue Ridge Parkway
  • NASCAR Hall of Fame
  • Friendship Tours Escort with you through the tour

Itinerary

Day 1

Motorcoach to Hartford/Bradley for our roundtrip flights to Charlotte. Travel to Asheville for a three night stay at the Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate, right on the Biltmore Campus. Welcome Dinner awaits. D

Day 2

After breakfast, we are off to explore this wonderful town on our Asheville by Foot Tour. We will have a leisurely paced tour using state of the art headsets. We will see the Masonic Temple, City Hall, Courthouse, Thomas Wolfe Memorial and more of this great town. Tour ends with time on own for lunch at Grove Arcade before heading over to the magnificent Basilica of Saint Lawrence for our tour. See the largest free standing elliptical dome in North America. Freshen up before heading to the Blue Ridge Mountain Opry Dinner. Enjoy a ‘Bluegrass & BBQ’ dinner & show. B, D

Day 3

Today we explore The Biltmore Estate with all its breathtaking beauty. Your visit will include a self-guided tour of this grand mansion & gardens. Explore the artwork and décor then stroll some of the acres of formal and informal gardens. See the ancient trees that comprised America’s first managed forest. Time on own at Antler Village that connects the estate’s present and past. It has places for lunch, shopping, historic exhibits & relaxing. Tour & tasting at the Winery will follow. Dinner is included tonight. B, D

Day 4

After breakfast we’ll check out & explore the Blue Ridge Parkway. The drive will reveal stunning vistas, mountain views & landscape. Stop at the visitors center to learn about this 469 mile parkway. Continue to the Folk Art Center, a museum of Appalachian Arts & Crafts. Lunch stop at the picturesque town of Black Mountain & enjoy the Black Mountain Bistro. Off to Charlotte where we’ll stay at the Embassy Suites Uptown for our last night. Dinner included. B, L, D

Day 5

After breakfast, we check out for our last stop, the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Guided tour of this shrine to the history & heritage of NASCAR. Boxed lunch at the café is included. Back to the airport for our return flight with memories of this beautiful part of our country. B, L


Pricing

DOUBLE - PER PERSON

$2425

SINGLE - PER PERSON

$2895


Policies

Payment Policy

$500 per person deposit with reservation. Final payment by June 2, 2022.

Cancellation Policy

If a passenger cancels from deposit to June 2, 2022 fee of $300.00 pp; June 3, 2022 to July 7, 2022 fee of $1,200.00 pp; no refunds if canceled after July 8, 2022. All cancellation are plus any non-refundable air fees.

Trip Protection Policy

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:

1. Website: https://nta.aontravelprotect.com Tour Operator Location #076068. You can also view plan details on this site.

2. Call Aon 1-800-388-1470. Tour Operator Location #076068. Customer service agents can also answer questions about each plan.

3. Call Friendship Tours / The Ship Shop 860-243-1630 or 800-243-1630

Trip Protection Coverage with CANCEL FOR ANY REASON coverage is available through Travel Insured International when purchased within 14 days of your initial deposit—ask Friendship Tours/The Ship Shop for more information



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