In the foothills of The Smoky Mountains, experience America’s largest privately owned estate decked to the halls to celebrate Christmas. Under the glow of candlelight, explore the Biltmore’s vast halls and be immersed in the holiday spirit.
- Visit to the Belle Meade Plantation to learn Tennessee’s history, architecture, and hospitality
- Mansion tour and wine tasting
- Dinner at the Stable Café before the special Candlelight Christmas Evening at the Biltmore Estate
- Overnight stay on the grounds of the Biltmore at the Village Hotel
- Experience the National Gingerbread House Competition featured at the historic Grove Park Inn
DAY 1: BELLE MEADE
Depart for Nashville, TN for a visit to the Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery and be enriched in Tennessee’s history, architecture, and hospitality. Enjoy a guided mansion tour and wine tasting before continuing to Cookeville, TN for the night. D
DAY 2: BILTMORE CHRISTMAS
Arrive at the Vanderbilt’s largest summer home as it welcomes visitors with holiday cheer. Enjoy a dinner at Stable Café before the special Candlelight Christmas Evening at the Biltmore Estate, a Vanderbilt family tradition. Inside, thousands of ornaments reflect the soft glow of candles, fireplaces, and twinkling lights. Check into the Village Hotel on the grounds of the Biltmore for a special two-night stay. B, D
DAY 3: ASHEVILLE
Joined by a local guide we explore Blue Ridge culture and history in the city of Asheville. Then visit another holiday tradition; the annual National Gingerbread House Competition featured at the historic Grove Park Inn. Enjoy a gourmet Seasonal Grand Lunch in the holiday inspired dining room before returning to the Biltmore Estate to enjoy afternoon and evening on your own; choose from many optional excursions including a behind the scenes winery tour, a visit to the rotating special exhibit (TBD), and more! (Added expense). B, L
DAY 4: GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
Depart the Biltmore Estate for another of America’s greatest landmarks. Enjoy a guided tour including a stop at scenic Newfound Gap in America’s most popular national park (weather permitting). Then travel to central Kentucky and the historic Boone Tavern Hotel, our home for the night, for dinner with warm hospitality and rich culture. B, D
DAY 5: BEREA, KY
Board the coach with our local guide in Berea, KY and see how this quaint Appalachian town celebrates the holidays. Return home with festive memories and new friends. B
- Departure: November 27, 2023 - SOLD OUT
- Return: December 1, 2023 - SOLD OUT
- Departure: December 11, 2023
- Return: December 15, 2023
- Double: $1589
- Triple/Quad: $1449
- Single: $1975
Temperatures and Dress:
Dress for traveling will be casual and comfortable. Please bring layers and a coat/jacket, gloves and hat as temperatures will be chilly. You will also want to bring good walking shoes. Below are the estimated temperatures in each city.
Each reservation requires a $250 per person deposit planning fee (exceptions may apply) to be credited toward your final payment. Some or all of your deposit may be non-refundable per our cancellation schedule noted in these Terms & Conditions below. We are happy to accept cash, check (preferred) or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover) for your deposit.
Orange luggage tags are provided and are to be placed on your “checked luggage” (large bag). You do not need a tag for your carry-on bag, for which you will be responsible for taking on and off the coach. There is limited space in the cabin of the coach, so unless you require your carry-on bag while traveling, we will stow it in the luggage compartment.
On the first and last nights of this tour, you are welcome to pack your carry-on bag with essentials that would enable us to leave your “checked bag” on the coach. This will facilitate faster check-in and luggage delivery. This is not a requirement, merely a suggestion; we will deliver your “checked bag” to your room on the first and last night if you desire, just like every other night of the tour.
Terms and Conditions:
Please refer to our policies HERE for more information on our terms and conditions.