Spectacular National Parks of Eastern USA

Spectacular National Parks of Eastern USA

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Spectacular National Parks of Eastern USA

10 Days Starting in Washington, DC, USA and ending in Nashville, TN, USA

Visiting: Washington, D.C., Shenandoah Valley, New River Gorge National Park, Asheville, Cherokee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Nashville

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Tour code:

AENPM19

Specialist Group:

Family/Kids

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

20 - 40

Physical rating:

Medium

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

Cultural, Music

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Tour Overview

Discover the spectacular National Parks and eclectic cities of the Eastern USA on this 10-Day guided tour. Revel in wide open spaces, stunning landscapes, iconic city sights and enjoy a bounty of food, music and art. Starting in Washington D.C., enjoy the spectacular colors of Shenandoah National Park, taste signature wines at the Veritas Winery and reconnect with nature at New River Gorge National Park in West Virginia, America’s newest National Park. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Citizen Vinyl Record’s press factory in Asheville, and explore the vast Biltmore Estate, America's largest privately owned home. Uncover the region’s fascinating history at the Oconaluftee Indian Village as you join a Cherokee cultural expert for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Picnic in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and explore the intricate caves of Mammoth Cave National Park, ending your trip with a crescendo in Nashville, the toe-tapping home of country music.

Highlights

  • Mammoth Cave National Park: Explore the world's longest known cave system with a Park Ranger.

  • National Museum of African American Music: Celebrate the musical genres influenced by African Americans.

  • Walking food tour in Asheville: Savor local flavors with food and drink pairings at acclaimed eateries.

  • Veritas winery in Shenandoah Valley: Taste signature wines and enjoy a farmhouse lunch overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains.

  • Skyline Drive in Shenandoah Valley: Experience stunning views along one of America's National Scenic Byways.

  • New River Gorge National Park: Discover scenic mountains and gorge views in the nation's newest National Park.

  • Biltmore Estate in Asheville: Tour America's largest privately owned home with its rich history and gardens.

  • Museum of Appalachia: Step into a recreated community and explore the culture of Appalachia.

Itinerary

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Day 1: A Monumental Time In Washington, D.C.

Location: Washington, D.C.

Accommodation: Melrose Georgetown Hotel

Accommodation Name: Melrose Georgetown Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner with Wine

Welcome to Washington, D.C., the nation's capital and a haven for history and art buffs alike. On arrival at the airport, your transfer will take you to the luxurious Melrose Hotel Georgetown. Join your Travel Director and meet fellow guests at a private Welcome Dinner with drinks at 18:00.

Day 2: Washington, D.C. To Shenandoah National Park

Location: Washington, D.C., Shenandoah Valley

Accommodation: Skyland Lodge, Shenandoah National Park

Accommodation Name: Skyland Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, immerse yourself on a sightseeing tour of Washington D.C. View iconic sights and national monuments, including the White House, Washington Monument, the National Mall and Lincoln Memorial. Visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. As the newest member of the Smithsonian Institution, this is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. Leave the city sights behind in the afternoon and travel along the Skyline Drive, the main scenic drive into Shenandoah National Park. Enjoy spectacular views across the colorful vistas of the park before arriving at your hotel, the historic Skyland Lodge. The evening is yours to relax and bask in breathtaking views of Shenandoah Valley.

Day 3: Shenandoah National Park

Location: Shenandoah Valley

Accommodation: The Resort at Glade Springs

Accommodation Name: The Resort at Glade Springs

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Start your day immersed in nature’s beauty with a gentle hike along the Stony Mountain Trail. The Stony Man is part of the iconic Appalachian Trail and offers some of the best vistas in Shenandoah National Park, so have your camera ready. Visit the acclaimed Veritas Vineyards and Winery, for a wine tasting and farmhouse lunch. Taste signature wines and relax on the sundeck while enjoying spectacular views over of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Later travel on to the New River Gorge National Park and your resort hotel, where the evening is yours at leisure.

Day 4: Exploring New River Gorge National Park

Location: New River Gorge National Park

Accommodation: The Resort at Glade Springs

Accommodation Name: The Resort at Glade Springs

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today explore New River Gorge National Park, the newest park in the America’s National Park System, encompassing over 70,000 acres of land. Visit the Canyon Rim Visitor Centre to learn all about the history and flora and fauna of the park. Then stroll a picturesque boardwalk trail to enjoy magnificent views of the New River Gorge and New River Bridge. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy the park and hotel amenities at your leisure. Guests can also choose to take an optional guided Bridge Walk to learn the history of the longest single arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere.

Day 5: A Feast Of Music And Food In Asheville N.C.

Location: Asheville

Accommodation: Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park

Accommodation Name: Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

This morning, depart for Asheville via the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. One of the most beautiful drives in America, the route is world-renowned for its diverse range of habitats, wildlife and geological features. Once in Asheville, unleash your inner musician with a tour of the famous Citizen Vinyl Record press factory. Learn the history of the label and factory, get an inside look at how their record pressing operation works, and see the original WWNC radio station and studio. Later, get a true taste of Asheville on a walking food tour. Take a seat at some of the most elegant, trendy, and acclaimed tables in this beloved foodie city to sample an array of flavors, cuisines, local produce, and drinks.

Day 6: The Biltmore Estate

Location: Asheville

Accommodation: Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park

Accommodation Name: Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a relaxed start before visiting the magnificent Biltmore Estate, America's largest privately owned home. Tour the remarkable house and explore the lush gardens and arboretum. Through intriguing displays of vintage clothing, accessories, art and furniture, uncover stories of the Vanderbilt family, their guests and employees. The afternoon is yours at leisure to explore Asheville. Maybe try out the famous craft-beer scene? Guests can also choose an optional experience of a River Arts District Tour. Visiting some of the working studios where local artists produce and display their works, this guided tour offers a unique insight into the creative culture of the city.

Day 7: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Location: Asheville, Cherokee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg

Accommodation: Hotel, The Park Vista: A DoubleTree by Hilton

Accommodation Name: The Park Vista: A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Say goodbye to Asheville and depart for the Great Smoky Mountains. On the way, visit the Oconaluftee Indian Village, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Here, join a Cherokee cultural expert for an interactive journey through Cherokee lifestyle and history. On arrival in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, discover the importance of agriculture to the park’s ecosystem with a visit to the Mountain Farm Museum. See how families lived centuries ago through their unique collection of farm buildings. Savor a delicious and picturesque picnic lunch before continuing to your hotel. Enjoy magnificent views with stops along the way, including Newfound Gap, dramatically straddling the Stateline of North Carolina and Tennessee. The rest of the day is yours at leisure.

Day 8: The Museum Of Appalachia And On To Nashville Relaxed Start

Location: Gatlinburg, Nashville

Accommodation: Renaissance Hotel, Nashville

Accommodation Name: Renaissance Hotel, Nashville

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Following a relaxed start, step back in time with a visit to the Museum of Appalachia. Roam the original buildings of this living mountain village and learn about the people of Appalachia through the bounty of artefacts and stories they left behind. Feast on a full Southern Appalachian country lunch and enjoy authentic traditional bluegrass music from The Museum of Appalachia Band. Then journey on to Nashville and get acquainted with Music City on an orientation tour. Visit the picturesque Riverfront Park, Tennessee State Capitol and the 132-acre Centennial State Park, where you'll encounter an exact replica of the Parthenon. Pass by the city's lively honky-tonks and street performers on Broadway, as you make your way to the Ryman Auditorium, former and original home of the Grand Ole Opry.

Day 9: Welcome To Music City

Location: Nashville

Accommodation: Renaissance Hotel, Nashville

Accommodation Name: Renaissance Hotel, Nashville

Meals Included: Dinner with Wine

This morning, explore Nashville with Insight Choice. Choose to visit the National Museum of African American Music, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience celebrating the central role African Americans play in creating the American soundtrack. Alternatively, visit Mammoth Cave National Park and explore its intricate cave system with a guide. The rest of the day is yours at leisure. Maybe take a stroll down Broadway, soaking up the live music and atmosphere. Tonight, toast your travels at your Celebration Dinner enjoy timeless southern hospitality at local favorite restaurant Pucketts.

Day 10: Depart Nashville

Location: Nashville

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, bid farewell to Nashville at your leisure, as your journey comes to an end.

What's Included

  • Meals

    Includes 3 dinners with wine, 8 breakfasts, and 3 lunches, featuring regional specialties and local flavors.

  • Exclusive Experiences

    Enjoy unique experiences such as a tour of Mammoth Cave National Park, a visit to the National Museum of African American Music, a walking food tour in Asheville, wine tasting in Shenandoah Valley, and more.

  • Accommodations

    Stay in carefully selected hotels throughout the tour, including the Melrose Georgetown Hotel in Washington D.C., Skyland Lodge in Shenandoah National Park, and others offering comfort and convenience.

  • Transportation

    All transportation during the tour is provided, including transfers to and from the airport.

  • Expert Guides

    Benefit from the knowledge and insights of expert local guides and a professional Travel Director.

  • Admission Fees

    All entry fees to parks, museums, and attractions as per the itinerary are included.

What's Not Included

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and is recommended for all travelers.

  • Optional Activities

    Any optional activities or excursions not mentioned in the itinerary.

  • Personal Expenses

    Items of a personal nature, such as souvenirs, laundry, and additional drinks/meals.

  • Tips and Gratuities

    Tips and gratuities for guides, drivers, and hotel staff are not included.

  • Airfare

    International and domestic airfare to and from the start and end locations of the tour are not included.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are entry fees to parks and museums included?

    All entry fees to parks, museums, and attractions as per the itinerary are included.

  • What is the ending location of the tour?

    The tour ends in Nashville (TN).

  • Is travel insurance included in the tour package?

    Travel insurance is not included and is recommended for all travelers.

  • What meals are included in the Spectacular National Parks of Eastern USA tour?

    The tour includes 3 dinners with wine, 8 breakfasts, and 3 lunches, featuring regional specialties and local flavors.

  • What is the starting location of the tour?

    The tour starts in Washington D.C.

  • Are tips and gratuities included in the price?

    Tips and gratuities for guides, drivers, and hotel staff are not included.

  • Is transportation provided during the tour?

    Yes, all transportation during the tour is provided, including transfers to and from the airport.

  • Are there any wine tasting events included in the tour?

    Yes, the tour includes a wine tasting event at Veritas Vineyards and Winery in Shenandoah Valley, where you can taste signature wines and enjoy a farmhouse lunch while overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains.

  • What type of accommodations can I expect during the tour?

    The tour features stays in carefully selected hotels throughout the journey, including the Melrose Georgetown Hotel in Washington D.C., Skyland Lodge in Shenandoah National Park, and others offering comfort and convenience.

  • Is airfare included in the tour package?

    International and domestic airfare to and from the start and end locations of the tour are not included.

  • Will there be expert guides during the tour?

    Yes, the tour benefits from the knowledge and insights of expert local guides and a professional Travel Director.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    We regret that no refunds can be made for absences from a tour, including experiences such as missed meals or sightseeing.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1978.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Insight Vacations is a founding member of the TreadRight Foundation, a joint initiative created by the brands within The Travel Corporation (TTC) almost 15 years ago to ensure our impact through tourism is positive. Our ethos to #MakeTravelMatter guides our decision-making at every level of our business.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    You have two options as a solo traveller. Either choose to be matched with a same sex partner for a room share - at no extra cost. Or choose a room of your own with a reduced or even free private room upgrade on select tours.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

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