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Bluegrass and Blue Ridges: Louisville to Nashville

Ken Burns American Journeys


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$5,890 USD
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Cities & Landmarks
Louisville, Nashville, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Lexington
Bluegrass Blue Ridges Louisville Kentucky Escorted Tour
Smoky Mountains
North Carolina


Uniquely Tauck



TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Filmed narratives exclusively produced for Tauck by filmmakers Ken Burns & Dayton Duncan feature new insights based on themes from their films, from national parks to country music


TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Starting Gate Suites tour of Churchill Downs – meet a professional jockey


TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Private "Bluegrass" event dinner at a Lexington mansion




Private "Legacy of the Land" guided driving tour of Biltmore Estate grounds and history





Guests should be able to easily walk one to two miles, which may include climbing one or two flights of stairs and walking over uneven pavement, groomed hiking trails or cobblestones. Standing up to one hour or more may be required.



Moderately paced, and may include some early morning hotel departures, one or two on-tour flights, and extended motor coach travel.

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Legendary Journeys and Adventures

Celebrate the history, cultural heritage and natural beauty found in three of the most popular states in the Appalachian Mountains... and discover the natural wonders of the Great Smoky Mountains... on an intriguing journey crafted with filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan.

Tauck Exclusives and highlights include... original film content produced exclusively for Tauck by award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns exploring the development of Bluegrass, Country and Appalachian musical forms, as well as the history of westward expansion and American Indian perspectives... exploring Great Smoky Mountains National Park, America's most visited national park... standing at the Cumberland Gap, gateway to the west... a Starting Gate Suites tour of Churchill Downs with a professional jockey... meeting a Nashville songwriter at the Country Music Hall of Fame... private presentation on Appalachian music and instrument craftmanship... a country music performance at the Grand Ole Opry or Ryman Auditorium... and much more, including a special highlight – a "Bluegrass" dinner event at a mansion in Lexington, Kentucky, featuring a live Bluegrass band. Kentucky... enjoy an insider tour of Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby... visit the homestead that inspired Stephen Foster's "My Old Kentucky Home"... learn the secrets of bourbon at a visit to a bourbon distillery... North Carolina...explore the Biltmore Estate, a palatial manor house built by George Vanderbilt in 1895... spend two nights in Asheville, one of America's top culinary destinations... trace the roots of Appalachian music at the Folk Art Center... visit the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee... Tennessee... visit The Hermitage, the plantation home of President Andrew Jackson... tour the Ryman Auditorium and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville... and more.  Read Less

A Farewell Dinner & the Grand Ole Opry

Day 8

A farewell dinner... then a performance of the Grand Ole Opry

The longest continuously-running radio broadcast in US history, the Grand Ole Opry began as a one-hour radio "barn dance" on WSM in Nashville, Tennessee in November 1925, and continues to this day as a weekly nationally broadcast stage concert honoring country music and its history. Broadcast from Nashville's Ryman Auditorium from 1943 until moving to its own Grand Ole Opry House in 1974, the "Opry" helped Nashville become America's "Music City" and country music capital as it attracted millions of radio (and, later, Internet) listeners around the world. Following your farewell reception and dinner, you'll attend a performance at the legendary Opry yourself!

Tauck Exclusive – Lunch at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

Day 7

Exclusive lunch & more at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

Adding a strikingly modern touch to the Nashville skyline, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum – the "Smithsonian of country music" that you'll explore during your visit to Nashville – collects, preserves, and interprets the evolving history and traditions of country music in a state-of-the-art facility that recently unveiled a $100 million expansion in the heart of "Music City, USA." You'll not only tour the Hall of Fame and its museum's exhibits, but you'll enjoy a private lunch at its 222 Restaurant – then meet a Nashville songwriter in an exclusive session at the Country Music Hall of Fame®!

Inn on Biltmore Estate

Nights 4 and 5

A timeless experience unlike any other

Set on the picturesque grounds of George Vanderbilt's Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, the four-starred, Inn on Biltmore Estate is a frequent guest of Condé Nast's Travelers' Gold List for its outstanding accommodations and amenities, including a gourmet restaurant, a spa, a bar, a library lounge, 24-hour room service, an outdoor pool, and fitness room. All guest rooms feature fine furnishings and elegant fabrics. The inn is in walking distance of the Winery and Antler Hill Village, and bikes are available for hire.

When I returned from my trip of the Bluegrass & Blue Ridges, I was in awe of all that I experienced.

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I gave this trip four stars only because it is not a visually WOW! trip. We learned a lot about horse racing (and I loved seeing Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Horse Park), bourbon (at the Buffalo Trace distillery), country music, and the beautiful area covered by this tour. It was great fun to be in this part of the US. Great Experience!

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Each day had memorable moments: Eating at the Brown Hotel, Churchill Downs, Kentucky Horse Park, Great Smokey Mountains, Grand Old Opry, the fabulous Biltmore Estate, the after dinner entertainment at the Gateway Marriott (Bluegrass Band). Great guide: She knew so much about the area and she made us all feel welcome to her "home" area.

Good hotels, good food, good tour guide and good driver. Itinerary was excellent.

Most Memorable Moment:

Country Music events. Private performance by Richard Leigh. Biltmore Mansion was excellent as were the Country Music museum/Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry. Buffalo trace bourbon tour was weak. The local guide talked about a premium brand we didn't taste and talked too much about silly commemorative horse bottle caps. Pick a better distillery.

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