November 7-12, 2017
$999 from Baton Rouge
Escorted by Nancy Horn
Final payment: Sept. 20, 2017
Itinerary & Registration
Welcome to the Biltmore
The world-famous Biltmore House and Gardens were built by George Vanderbilt, the youngest grandson of business tycoon Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, in 1895. He envisioned an estate that would not only showcase his collection of art but also become a self- supporting business.
He called his holdings “Biltmore” – combining Bilt, the name of the Dutch town where his ancestors originated, and more, the Old English word for open rolling land. Biltmore house took 6 years and 1,000 men to build. Most of the original furnishings are being faithfully preserved and give the unique feeling that the family is still in residence. With just over 4 acres of floor space it contains 250 rooms, 65 fireplaces, 43 bathrooms and 3 kitchens.
Vanderbilt included such cutting-edge technology as central heating, electricity, running hot and cold water to upstairs baths, an elevator, and a swimming pool with underwater lighting. Guests often marveled at these wondrous conveniences.
Today, George Vanderbilt’s grandchildren continue to benefit the region through employing a 650-person staff to maintain Biltmore house for public enjoyment.
- Dollywood's Christmas in the Smokies
- Dixie Stampede
- Biltmore Estates Christmas Lights, Tour & Dinner
- Calaway Gardens Christmas Lights & Tour
- Outlet shopping in Pigeon Forge
Day 1, Tues., Nov. 7 – Chattanooga, TN - Motor coach from Zachary, Baton Rouge, Denham Springs, Hammond, Brookhaven, Jackson, & Birmingham with overnight in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Day 2, Wed., Nov. 8 – Pigeon Forge, Tennessee – Morning journey through beautiful countryside to Pigeon Forge, which decorates itself with several million Christmas lights. This town has 6 great factory outlet malls & this afternoon we begin our shopping. Tonight we enjoy an included dinner & Lumberjack Show.
Day 3, Thurs., Nov. 9 - Pigeon Forge – Morning sightseeing and shopping. Afternoon at Dollywood’s Christmas in the Smokies. Time to enjoy their shows, working craft shops, live musical performances and much more.
Day 4, Fri., Nov. 10 – Asheville, NC – Morning drive through the beautiful Smokies to Asheville. Then check into our hotel located near the Biltmore. Lighted tour of the spectacular Biltmore Estates, with its 250-room mansion and 75 acres of formal gardens – America’s most imposing house. Then enjoy an included Holiday Dinner at Deer Park Restaurant.
Day 5, Sat., Nov. 11 – La Grange, Georgia – Today we arrive in Atlanta, Georgia at noon, with time to visit downtown attractions and enjoy Christmas decorations. Overnight in LaGrange, Georgia.
Day 6, Sun., Nov. 15 - Today we drive home arriving in Baton Rouge about 7:00 p.m.
SUPPLEMENTS & REDUCTIONS
Single Supplement: $299
Triple Reduction: $70/person
Quad Reduction: $105/person
- Price is per person, double occupancy and includes all transportation from Baton Rouge and Zachary
- First class hotels and all entrance fees
- Breakfast daily
- Two dinners
- Full sightseeing
- Baggage handling
- Taxes and tips including tips for guides, escort and driver
- Tips for personal services such as maid service, meals on your own are not included