Gardens of the Midwest Featuring Nashville, St Louis & Louisville
Escort, George Weigel on board, Transportation, 8 nights lodging, luggage handling, 8 breakfast, 4 lunches, 1 dinners and 4 managers receptions, The D-Day Memorial, Belle Meade Plantation, Cheeckwood Estates and Gardens, The Grand Ole Opry tour, Gaylord Opryland Tour and Delta Riverboat Ride, St Louis Trolley Tour, Missouri Botanical Garden, Gateway Arch Tram to the Top and Movie, Churchill Downs, Kentucky Derby Museum, Gardens and green house tour, The Cave Hill Cemetery, Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, Jim Beam Distillery, Yew Dell Gardens, Inniswood Metro Park, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Meal Gratuities and Taxes.
Depart for Knoxville, TN. En route we’ll stop and see the
National D Day Memorial in Bedford, VA. This amazing memorial was set in Bedford due to this community suffering the nation’s severest percentage of D-Day losses. In 1 day this small town lost 23 young men. This memorial will educate you and touch your heart at the same time. Enjoy Lunch “on your own” at Liberty Station. Depart for Knoxville with a dinner stop en route “on own”. Check into your Knoxville hotel for an overnight stay.
Check out and depart for Nashville. Today you will start your day with a Luncheon, Tour & Wine Tasting at Belle Meade plantation, an 1853 Greek-Revival Mansion. Your tour takes you through a century of Belle Meade Plantation’s history as told through the eyes of the Harding and Jackson Families and the skilled laborers who collectively worked to make the Plantation America’s premier Thoroughbred Horse Farm. After the tour enjoy time to explore the grounds. Next we’ll check into The Gaylord Opryland. This resort is a vacation in itself. Take a tour and enjoy a flateboat river cruise. Enjoy the evening “on your own” you might take a shuttle to broadway and hear live music or explore the Gaylord and dine in one of their many restaurants.B, L
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel . Today we’ll visit the Grand Ole Opry for a tour of this Nashville tradition. How about lunch at Ole Red, Blake Shelton’s Restaurant and bar. Next you will visit Cheekwood Estates and Gardens, enjoy a guided tour of 55 acres of majestic botanical gardens, world-class art exhibitions, and the historic Cheek family home. Enjoy this evening “on your own”
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before we depart for St Louis. This afternoon, upon arrival in the city you will enjoy a Trolley tour with all the highlights of St.
Louis. Later check into the Drury Inn at Union Station for the next 2 nights. Enjoy the manager’s reception (Light snacks, beer & Wine) and the evening “on your own”. You will find many restaurants and bars within 2 blocks and you right at the Union Station Entertainment complex. This has a lights show, bars & restaurants, sightseeing Wheel and more.
Today you will visit the superb, 79-acre Missouri Botanical Garden and its Climatron conservatory. Founded in 1859, the 79-acre Missouri Botanical Garden is the nation's oldest botanical garden in continuous operation and an oasis in the city of St. Louis. Enjoy the Tram tour here and time to explore “on your own afterwards. Next stop is the famous Gateway Arch. The Gateway Arch is a 630-foot monument in St. Louis, Missouri. Clad in stainless steel and built in the form of a weighted catenary arch, it is the world's tallest arch, the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere, and Missouri's tallest accessible building. You will have tickets to go to the top if you like, explore the area before we return to the hotel in time for the manager’s reception.B, D
Check out and depart for Louisville, Kentucky. We’ll stop for lunch “on your own” en route. You cannot visit Louisville without seeing the historic Churchill Downs. This is where the Kentucky Derby is held each year. Your visit will include a tour of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum. We have a arranged a Garden & Greenhouse tour as well, You will tour the racetrack’s amazing 12,000 square foot Horticultural Center and learn first-hand what it takes to keep the grounds beautiful on Kentucky Derby Day and year-round from Churchill Downs Horticulture Director. Next we’ll check in to the Fairfield Inn in downtown Louisville. Enjoy a special dinner tonight at the Gordon Biersch Brewing, located within blocks of your hotel and in the 4th Street Live complex where you will find so much to see & do.B, D
Today we’ll enjoy a tour of The Cave Hill Cemetery. The tour will include it’s nicely landscaped grounds and sculptures, the graves of Muhammad Ali, Colonel Sanders and more. After our cemetery tour we will depart for Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest. Enjoy a box lunch today en route. At this 16,137 acre arboretum you will have a guided tour of the Edible Garden after which you may explore the visitor’s center, trails, observation tower, boardwalk to the treetop canopy and more. Depart for your next stop, a tour and tasting at the Jim Beam Distillery. We’ll be back to the hotel in time for you to explore the downtown area.B, L
Check out and depart towards Ohio. Our 1st stop is Yew Dell Gardens, in Crestwood, KY. This is a nicely done 30-acre public garden with theme gardens and interesting plants. You will enjoy a 1-hour guided tour and time afterwards to explore ‘on your own’. Depart with a box lunch. We’ll head for Ohio. Arriving at Inniswood Metro Park in Westerville, Ohio you will have 90 minutes to explore this is a 123-acre public park about 20 minutes north of Columbus (part of Columbus park system) that’s disguised as a botanic garden. Check into the Drury in Dublin, OH. You’ll be there in time to take advantage of the Manager’s Reception for heavy hors d’ouvres & cocktails.B, L, D
Enjoy Breakfast and Check out. Before you depart towards home, you will visit Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in the morning. The Conservatory’s extensive gardens and art collections pulse with life and the truly exotic wonders of nature. Explore over 400 species of plants from around the world in the Conservatory’s biomes, take in the beauty of James Turrell’s Light Raiment II, or simply marvel at the intricate glasswork of Dale Chihuly. This will be a self guided visit for you to enjoy and explore at your leisure. Be sure to visit the outside gardens and Scott’s demonstration gardens while you are here. Depart for home about 12:30 with Lunch and dinner stops en route “on your own”. Arrive home about 8PMB
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Harrisburg|| 4300 Linglestown Road Harrisburg PA 17112 |
Out from Weis Markets - Closest to Sheetz
|Mechanicsburg - Sams|| 6520 Carlisle Pike Mechanicsburg PA 17050 |
Sam Club Lot closest to Silver Spring Diner
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