Heritage Tours

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Yoder KS 67585



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October 20-28, 2018

Day 1: Today we enjoy getting acquainted with our traveling friends, or reacquainted with former passengers. Relax as we make our way across KS and MO and stay east of St. Louis for our first night.


Day 2:  This morning, we continue east and south across Illinois, enjoying the beautiful terrain and possibly some fall colors as we make our way into Kentucky and Tennessee. We overnight in beautiful Knoxville TN. (B)


Day 3:  This morning we discover the place where BUSH'S® Baked Beans began. We visit the original A.J. Bush & Company general store and see the bean’s journey from beginning to product. Continuing east we make our way over the mountains in the hopes of seeing some hardwoods with the fall brilliance on the hillsides. There is time for lunch and to stroll historic Main Street in Waynesville. After lunch we take a relaxing drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway with stunning vistas of the fall foliage and close-up views of the rugged mountains. We have a short rest at our hotel in Maggie Valley, NC before boarding vans to take us into Cataloochee Valley in search of elk (unfortunately, we cannot control elk sightings). Our tour guide will give a short history lesson on Cataloochee Valley and find a lovely spot to enjoy a boxed picnic dinner. (B, D)


Day 4:  This morning our adventure begins on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. After boarding our 1st class coach, we enjoy a relaxing brunch during our Tuckasegee River Excursion ride through quiet countryside on our way to the historic town of Dillsboro. There is time to shop, snack, and visit the many unique shops before returning to Bryson City. After a short drive we arrive in Cherokee, visiting the Oconaluftee Indian Village living history center. Be taken back to the 1750’s and learn more about the Cherokee ways. After a rest at the hotel, we head back into the mountains to Catalooche Ranch which borders Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It’s the ideal location for extraordinary mountain views of fall colors at 5,000-foot elevation. The Ranch serves us dinner and provides live entertainment. (B, Brunch, D)


Day 5: Today is our morning to tour Smoky Mountain National Park! We travel, with our local step on guide, through majestic Appalachian Highlands with unspoiled forests, similar to those the early pioneers found. We see beautiful mountain overlooks and stop at Newfound Gap where Roosevelt dedicated the National Park. Before leaving the park, we make a stop at Sugarland’s Visitor Center. Continuing on, we arrive in beautiful downtown Gatlinburg for shopping and lunch. Next we have a guided tour of the Christ in the Smokies Museum and Gardens. Here they feature incredibly life-like scenes from the Story of Christ utilizing life-size figures, special effects, lighting, and music. We check into our hotel in downtown Gatlinburg which is home for two nights. Tonight we are in for some Feudin’ Feastin’ Fun at The Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show™! Become part of the longest running feud in history and help the Hatfields and McCoys try to settle their differences mountain-style. (B, D)


Day 6: This morning a local step on guide takes us on a Back Roads Tour of the area. Sprinkled along the way we hear amusing stories about the "hollers" and traditions of the mountains and its people of a time long gone but not forgotten. Lunch is included at the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant and Grill which is surrounded by orchards. We return to the hotel to relax before the evening entertainment. Tonight our dinner and show is at the Smoky Mountain Adventureswhich tells a tale of Dolly Parton’s own family history and how pride, deeply rooted in these mountains, divided two great families, the Partons and the Owens. (B, L, D)


Day 7: Today we drive to Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain. We meet our local step on guide at our first adventure. The Incline’strolley-style cars climb the historic Lookout Mountain at a breathtaking 72.7% grade – straight up! At the top, there are panoramic views of the tree-top foliage overlooking Chattanooga Valley. Our guide takes us to Point Park, a memorial park overlooking Lookout Mountain Battlefield with several historic tablets, monuments, Confederate artillery positions, and views of the city of Chattanooga. Next, Rock City is a true marvel of nature featuring massive ancient rock formations, gardens with over 400 native plant species, and breathtaking "See 7 States" panoramic views. Take an unforgettable journey along the Enchanted Trail where each step reveals natural beauty and wonders along the woodland path. Lunch is included at Rock City. In 1928, Leo Lambert and a team of excavators found a breathtaking waterfall, located over 1,120 feet below the surface of Lookout Mountain. We take a journey down an elevator and through the mountain to find Ruby Falls. After a full day we check into the hotel for a short rest before our Riverboat dinner. The Southern Belle Riverboat shows us the beauty of the Tennessee River, and gives us a different perspective of the city of Chattanooga with views of Lookout Mountain. (B, L, D)


Day 8: Today we make our way north and west through Tennessee. Our included lunch is at the famous Patti's 1880’s Settlement which is a recreated historical log cabin village tucked into the natural beauty of West Kentucky. After lunch there is time to stroll through the gardens with streams next to the gift shops. We continue to the west side of St. Louis for our last overnight.  (B, L)


Day 9: Today it’s homeward bound, with wonderful memories of the Great Smoky Mountains with all its culture and colors.  (B)


Oct 20-28, 2018
Join us for the beautiful fall colors of the Smoky Mountains! Highlighs include Cataloochee Valley in North Carolina, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Gatlinburg TN, Chattanooga and Lokout Mountain, and much more!