Classic Country Music - The Big Bang from Bristol to Nashville, TN
It was the most important event in the History of Country Music. In 1927 in the mountains of Virginia, a talent scout for the Victor Talking Machine Co spent 8 days making the first ever musical recordings. Known as the Bristol Sessions that event has also been called The Big Bang of Country Music, join us and see Countrys origin at the hallowed Carter Family Fold, and its glory at the Grand Ole Opry. This extended tour has it ALL from Bristol, to Pigeon Forge to Nashville! Join us for a downhome, Classic Country good time!
Depart for Bristol, TN taking comfort stops in route. Check into first class lodging upon arrival. Once freshened up, enjoy an included early dinner at a local resturant. After dinner, take a 45 minute, hill country drive to Hiltons, VA for an evening at the Carter Family Fold. Dedicated to the First Family of Country Music, the legendary Carters (A.P. Sara and Maybelle), who were at the 1927 Bristol Session, and who have been given the greatest share of the credit for giving birth to the commercial country music industry. Have time to visit the A.P. Carter Cabin and the Music Center. See family artifacts and hear conversation with docents about them - including a famous son-in-law. The highlight is the all acoustic Carter Famly Fold music show! Old time joyful music with local folks who come every week and dance for the sheer joy of it.D
Gospel Brunch at the Heartwood Craft Center
Enjoy live Gospel Music from local mountain musicians and a beautiful buffet fillled with farm fresh Virginia foods. Take some time to shop for Virginia Mountain art and craft work. Maybe even have a few minutes to sightsee in Abingdon before departure.
Visit the Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, in affiliation with the Smithsonian Institue, tells the story of our music heritage. From the Bristol Sessions and beyond, our region continues to influence music around the world. The museum embodies this accomplishment and promotes Bristol as the Birthplace of Country Music. See why Bristol is home to the "big band" of country music and browse the award-wining interactive exhibits.
Freetime to Explore Downtown Bristol
Downtown Bristol, where State street separates Virginia from Tennessee. There are many quaint shops, antiques, boutique clothing stores, fine art and more. Many photo opportunities with the famous Bristol sign, stand in Two States at once, and even buy yourself a milkshake at the Burger Bar - where Hank Williams ate his last meal!
Front Porch Pickin' Dinner
A traditional Appalachian evening with musicians coming together for no other reason than the joy of playing. It's through impromptu gatherings that much of the old-time country, gospel and bluegrass music has been preserved. This casual night you will not only enjoy the front porch picking but also an amazing country dinner.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, before gathering up your belongings, and departing Bristol for Pigeon Forge! Arrive at Dollywood Theme Park. Dollywood is known for it's world-class entertainment, amazing thrill rides and family friendly adventure. There is so much to see and do - Live stage shows the Dolly museum, real train rides, the American Eagle habitat, and enjoy watching Dollywood's many master craftsmen and artisans at work displaying their centuries-old traditions of hand-making their arts & crafts. With more county favorites than you can shake a stick at, enjoy dinner at the park where ever suits your fancy with an included voucher.
Check into the Country Cascades Hotel and freshen up before departing for the Country Tonight Theater. In this fast-paced production you will enjoy a variety of dynamic singing and dancing, side-splitting comedy, powerful gospel, and American patriotism.
Pink Jeep - Foothills Parkway Tour
Fuel up with breakfast and then get ready to explore the Foothills Parkway through Wears Valley, Townsend and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by way of a Pink Jeep! Experience the charming town of Townsend, TN, discover the scenic overlooks and highest Mountains in the Smokies on the Foothills Parkway; all while learning about flora, fauna, geology and the history of the area.
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
The Center is a Tennessee Mountain History Museum with 13 historic buildings, including barns, chapel, a sawmill a smokehouse and a wheelwright shop. Two galleries display Native American and early settler artifacts while another dispaly chronicles the evolution of transportation from horse-drawn buggies to motorized vehicles.
Cades Cove Heritage Tour
Journey in tourist vans, with an adventure guide, on an 11 mile, one lane looping road into remote Cades Cove. Framed by picturesque mountain peaks, view many of the original 19th century structures including three churches, log homes and a water mill. The Cove is one of the Smokies best wildlife viewing areas with herds of white-tailed deer, black bear, coyote, turkey, raccoon and more.
Finish your day by returning to Pigeon Forge where reservations will either be made to enjoy Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Show or the Hatfield and McCoy's Dinner Feud.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing for a morning drive to Nashville. Making a brief lunch stop before meeting your Singer/Songwriter guide for a Troubadour City Tour. This sightseeing tour is a one of a kind, only in Nashville kind of experience. Your singer/songwriter guide will tour you through downtown Nashville's colorful history with drive-bys of the historic Ryman Auditorium, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, and Honky Tonk Row to name a few. Learn about what it's like trying to break into Nashville's music scene - the struggles and triumphs.
Ryman Backstage Guided Tour
This National Historic Landmark is Home of the Grand Ole Opry during country music's formative years, 1943-1974, the Ryman is known as "The Mother Church of Country" - the building was once a church. Its stage has been graced by legends from Houdini and Hank Wiliams to Bob Hope and Bruce Springsteen.
Check into your First Class lodging in Nashville, and get freshened up before departing for Dinner at Ole Red's Nashville.
Get your Honky Tonk on as we pull into town for dinner at one of Nashville's newest restaurants and music venues. Ole Red is inspired by Opry member Blake Shelton's clever, irreverent song about the Warden's dog, "Ol' Red.
Fuel up with breakfast and get ready to be a STAR! Your day will begin with a group recording session at Historic RCA Studio B. Here Legends like Elvis and Dolly have recorded timeless classics. Then you visit the County Music Hall of Fame, the keeper of priceless Country Music Treasures. Your self-guided tour is a walk through history, one that leads you from the earliest folk traditions to the music that thrills millions of fans today. Every tour ends in the Hall of Fame Rotunda, the never-ending Circle, and storied home of the inductees.
Enjoy some free time downtown - visit Ernest Tubbs, shop for Cowby Boots, have a beer at Tootsies and soak in the atmosphere that is unique to Music City. All before visiting the Johnny Cash Museum. Connect back with Bristol at the new Museum. Johnny was, of course, that famous son-in-law, married to June Carter Cash the daughter of Mother Maybelle Carter. This Nashville museum features the largest and most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world. It chronicles the life of the "man in black" with interactive technology, artifacts, stage costumes, instruments and personal letters.
Dinner is provided by the Grand Ole Opry who manages the Opry Backstage Grill on Music Valley Drive. They serve signature Southern Cooking paired perfectly with Live County Music. Here your love of food and music will meet in our casually cool restaurant. At the Opry Backstage Grill, your waitress might even jump on the stage and sign a country favorite or two!
Finally it's showtime. For more than 85 years, country's best performers have mesmerized audiences at the Grand Ole Opry - a continuous broadcast Live Radio Show. Each Opry features a variety of new stars, superstars and the legends of music. You'll hear the very best in country with a little bluegrass and comedy added in. This is live and unrehearsed, you never see the same show twice!
Following breakfast this morning you are bound for home.B
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Deluxe motorcoach transportation, 6 Nights First Class Lodging, 5 Hotel breakfasts, 1 brunch, 6 dinners, all admissions and attractions: The Legendary Carter Family Fold, Heartwood Craft Center & Gospel Brunch, Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Traditional Pickin' Porch Country Dinner, Dollywood, Country Tonite Theater, Pink Jeep Tour, Great Smoky Mountain Hertiage Center, Cades Cove Tour, Dolly's Stampede or Hatfields & McCoys, Nashville Troubadour Sightseeing Tour, Tour of the Ryman Auditorium, Dinner at OleRed's Nashville, The Country Music Hall of Fame and Studio B, The Johnny Cash Museum, and Grand Ole Opry.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Douglassville|| Douglassville - Klein School Bus Lot |
1339 Ben Franklin Highway West - Douglassville, PA
|KOP|| King of Prussia - Park & Ride |
172 King of Prussia Road - King of Prussia, PA
|Wyomissing|| Wyomissing- JoAnn Fabrics/Old Navy Parking Lot |
1065 Woodland Road, Reading, PA 19610
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