Day one, Saturday May 20, 2023
Our journey takes us south, through Pennsylvania and into Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley between the Allegheny Mountains to the west and the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east. Along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway in southern Virginia is the Natural Bridge of Virginia, once owned by Thomas Jefferson. Our first night includes accommodations at the Natural Bridge Hotel, Dinner, ticket to Natural Bridge State Park and a ticket to the Drama of Creation.
Day two, Sunday May 21, 2023
After a wonderful night stay, we begin with a full Breakfast and depart for Pigeon Forge Tennessee, a little Mountain town in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. The home of Dollywood, country singer Dolly Parton’s Appalachian-themed Park and a museum of her costumes and memorabilia!
Check into Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa for the ultimate 3-night vacation, surrounded by the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains and adjacent to Dollywood’s award-winning theme parks.
Tonight’s dining & entertainment will be at Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Show, thrilling horse riding stunts, spectacular special effects, phenomenal musical productions plus a mouth-watering four-course-feast complete with a delicious dessert! Take a stroll down the Horse Walk and get an up-close look at the 32 magnificent horses that star in the show. It’s all part of The Smokies Most Fun Place to Eat!
Click here to see a preview of the Stampede Dinner Show.
Day three, Monday May 22, 2023
After a delicious Breakfast at DreamMore, you will enjoy the exciting experience at Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival! Beginning with the unmistakable smell of delectable cinnamon bread from our fully operational, 1800’s -style grist mill. Experience life at a different pace by stepping onto the Dollywood Express, an authentic coal-fired steam train and stroll along the edge of Eagle Mountain Sanctuary, where you will see the largest exhibit of non-releasable Bald Eagles in the United States. Watch true master craftsman demonstrate a time-honored craft inspired by our rich Smoky Mountain heritage, a one -of-a-kind experience only Dollywood’s legendary craftsmen can deliver as you watch them work. Enjoy this unforgettable day filled with world-class rides, high-energy entertainment, award-winning dining and the friendliest park atmosphere in the world!
Day four, Tuesday May 23, 2023
Wake to another delicious Breakfast and then we will join our guide for a Tour of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, America’s most visited national park. After your tour spend the afternoon strolling Historic Downtown Gatlinburg. If you feel adventurous, take a walk across the longest suspension bridge in North America, located at the top of the iconic SkyLift, the Gatlinburg SkyBridge! From the mountain top SkyDeck, the SkyBridge quite literally crosses the sky as it stretches 680 feet across a deep valley span. Walk across, while taking in the majestic views of the Great Smoky Mountains. With a height of 150 feet at its midpoint, experience glass-floor panels in the middle of the span that let you look down into the valley!
Tonight, a fascinating self-guided tour at the Titanic Museum. Experience what it was like to walk the hallways, parlors, cabins, and Grand Staircase of the Titanic while surrounded by more than 400 artifacts directly from the ship and its passengers. Touch a real iceberg, walk the Grand Staircase and third-class hallways, reach your hands into 28-degree water, and try to stand on the sloping decks, you will learn what it was like on the RMS Titanic by experiencing it first-hand. Everyone will receive a boarding pass of an actual Titanic passenger or crew member. Discover your fate at the end of your tour in the Titanic Memorial Room where 2,208 names line this historic wall. After your tour you’ll be transported to the 3rd floor for an evening of elegance and fine dining in Titanic’s Secret Dining Room, a 1st class Captain’s Dinner, just as they had that very night aboard the ship, this is truly a unique dining experience!
Day five, Wednesday May 24, 2023
After Breakfast at DreamMore, we check-out and travel to Asheville North Carolina to Discover the wonders of Biltmore, surround yourself with lush summer beauty at the Biltmore century-old gardens, where the Rose Garden takes center stage as multiple species are in full bloom. The Italian Garden’s ponds brimming with tropical water plants, hydrangeas bursting forth seemingly everywhere …spend the day visiting America’s largest privately-owned home. Tour the impressive 250-room chateau, a wonder of architecture and hospitality, and stroll acres of formal and informal gardens designed by America’s foremost landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. Enjoy lunch at Stable Café before visiting Antler Hill Village and the award-winning Biltmore Winery.
Later, check in at Holiday Inn Asheville East-Blue Ridge Parkway. Enjoy a welcome reception while your luggage is delivered to your room. After getting settled in and refreshed, Dinner will be included.
Day six, Thursday May 25, 2023
After Breakfast at our hotel, we check-out and depart for Richmond Virginia and the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, a place of ever-changing beauty, with stunning gardens and a one-of-a-kind Garden Shop. Our final flower and food event will be a delicious catered dinner at the Garden, followed by a one hour guided Garden Highlights Tour – Enjoy a stroll with your guide sharing highlights and the history!
Check in for amazing hospitality at the Hampton Inn & Suites Virginia Center for a restful night sleep.
Day seven, Friday May 26, 2023
Begin with Breakfast at your hotel before packing up and departing for Home!
This tour will make an amazing Mother’s Day gift, something she will remember forever! Tell Mom how much you appreciate her on her special day, Mother’s Day Sunday May 14th, 2023
Price per person: Single $2,275 | Double $1,775
–a credit to Jonah Holland for the use of the Rose Photo