A Nashville Christmas 2017

Tennessee, Kentucky & Ohio

November 26 – December 4, 2017

Nine days and eight nights

 

     You won’t want to miss ”A Nashville Christmas 2017”,  November 26 – December4,  when we experience Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio. Lavish Christmas lights and elaborate decorations envelop the area in the beauty and magic of the season, inviting all who want to come home to Nashville for the holidays.  Laura and Gary Block invite you to join them for nine days and eight nights of magical holiday fun and adventure.  There’s reservations for three nights of great music in Nashville, including the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theater, Vince Gill and Amy Grant’s Christmas Show at the Ryman, musical lunch with a Johnny Cash family member, Dollywood in the Smokey Mountains, a music dinner show in Kentucky, the Ark Encounter, plus lots more entertainment and fun.  Most Minnesota tour companies only spend two nights in Nashville, but we’ve decided to stay three days and three nights making it a vacation packed with three full days in Nashville.  As a result, you’ll get more for your money; lots more.  Compare our Nashville trip to others and we think you’ll notice there’s more shows, attractions and meals for the price.  You won’t believe what we’ve all included, making this the holiday trip of your dreams at an unbelievably great price.  

     Our comfortable Andy’s Charter Service motor coach departs Little Falls at 7:00 a.m., November 26, from the northeast corner of the Wal-Mart parking lot.  We’ll also pick up in Royalton, Rice, St. Cloud or anywhere else along our route.  We travel through the nation’s heartland as we head south to Tennessee.  Lunch is on our own today. Our first night will be spent in Tinley Park, Illinois at the Hampton Inn. Dinner is on our own tonight.  .                                                

     Day two begins with a breakfast at the hotel.  We’ll travel to the Bluegrass State and Kentucky’s second oldest city, Bardstown, the bourbon capital of the world.  For more than 225 years their Southern hospitality, restaurants in historic surroundings and fine accommodations have made travelers feel right at home.  We’ll check in to the Hampton Inn. Tonight we’ll enjoy a southern buffet and entertainment at historic Wickland Mansion, the home of three governors and considered one of the best Georgian-style houses in Kentucky.  Before dinner, you’re free to explore the home which was built around 1825.

     Day three starts with breakfast at the hotel.  Today we begin our adventure as we head to Nashville.  What better way to begin our visit to Tennessee than with a stop for lunch on our own at the Farmer’s Market Food Court, where there are numerous restaurant choices and shops to visit.  After lunch, we visit the Upper Room Chapel, where the focal point is a nearly life-size woodcarving of da Vinci’s “The Last Supper”.  The woodcarving is an extraordinary work of art created by fifty people over fourteen month’s time.  The museum features a collection of over 130 nativity scenes representing over forty cultures around the world. This is unlike anything you’ve ever seen.  It’s time to freshen up and check into The Club Hotel in Nashville, where Minnie Pearl will greet us on our arrival.  This will be our home for the next three nights. Enjoy cocktails, if you wish, and hot hors d’veuvres and salad beginning at five.  What began as a simple radio broadcast in 1925 is today a live-entertainment phenomenon dedicated to honoring country music’s rich history and dynamic presented with a mix of country legends and the contemporary chart-toppers who have followed in their footsteps.  Tonight we have reserved seats for that phenomenon, the Grand Ole Opry.  The show is at Ryman Auditorium on the Opry’s most famous stage.  A list of the star’s appearing on stage for our show is usually announced a few weeks before the date.  This is the show that made country music famous.

    Wednesday starts with the hot Southern Buffet Breakfast at the hotel.  We hope you are ready for something completely different…a Nashville city tour with singing tour guides Dave & Daphne.  Dave Salyer was Barbara Mandrell’s lead guitarist for many years   Daphne Anderson has toured with some of the greatest gospel music groups of all time, The Bill Gaither Group, and has been voted the female vocalist of the year by the Southern Gospel Music Association.  This is going to be one unique guided tour.  A BBQ buffet lunch is included at the infamous Wildhorse Saloon, followed by a tour of the 50,000 square foot George Jones Museum and Complex in the lower Broadway portion of downtown Nashville with some of the best views of the waterfront.  Experience the history and see memorabilia up close, watch performances, listen to music and see pieces of George’s incredible history.  Dinner is included at the Santa Fe Cattleman’s Club.  This evening we return to Ryman Auditorium for “Christmas at the Ryman with Vince Gill & Amy Grant”.  This annual holiday tradition sold out an unprecedented nine shows last year and the Ryman is the only place the superstar couple will perform their Christmas show together.  Amy Grant’s career spans over 30 years, sold over 30 million albums, has won 6 Grammy Awards, 25 Dove Awards and has had 6 #1 hits. Vince Gill is one of the most popular singers in modern country music, winning 20 Grammy Awards and is a member of the Grand Ole Opry.  In their two hour show, the husband-and-wife team will present cherished Christmas standards as well as newer seasonal fare.

    Thursday begins with a hot Southern Buffet Breakfast at the hotel  Former Tammy Wynette drummer, Kenny Janson will join us for a couple of hours this morning on the coach as we explore the area outside of Nashville, including our traditional visit to the final resting places of Johnny and June Carter Cash..  Noon time arrives and it’s time to enjoy “Cash: The Legacy Continues” as we’ve made arrangements for lunch at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, admission to the Johnny Cash Museum and an exclusive intimate performance by a Cash family member – Johnny and June’s son John Carter Cash or Johnny’s brother Tommy Cash featuring classic hits and personal stories of the Man in Black from those who knew him best.  We’ll return to the hotel to freshen up before dinner. If you love country music and country cookin’, you have to experience the Nashville Nightlife Theater. This dining experience and variety show have been voted the best combination in Nashville and Nashville’s #2 attraction by the Nashville Business Journal.  Spend an evening with a great holiday show, friendly staff and a delicious buffet.  This will be a night to remember and a perfect way to get into the Spirit of Christmas.

     Friday morning we’ll enjoy the hot breakfast buffet as we prepare to say goodbye to Nashville and head to Pigeon Forge with plenty of adventures in front of us. An included home-cooked meal at the Bush’s Family Café is our first stop and then a tour of the Bush Bean’s Visitor Center in Dandridge, TN. Discover the place where it all began at the original A.J. Bush & Company general store founded in 1897.  Check out the Bush theater, take a walk through a giant replica can of Bush’s Baked Beans showing the bean’s history from beginning to end and travel through time to see how the company has changed. There’s a short drive to Pigeon Forge where we’ll check into the LaQuinta Inn.  This afternoon it’s a Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood.  Known for its down-home charm, this world famous 150 acre theme park is as unique as its namesake and owner Dolly Parton.  From award-winning shows to educational craft demonstrations and ground-breaking rides and attractions, Dollywood offers something for everyone and every interest.  There’s many shows to choose from including “Appalachian Christmas”, “Christmas in the Smokies”, “Christmas with the Kingdom Heirs”, “It’s A Wonderful Life”, “Mistle Tones”, “Rudolph & Friends”, “Parade of Many Colors”, “My People!” featuring Dolly’s family and many more.  Plus Dolly is expected to be in town that day. So there’s an outside chance of seeing her in person!!!                                                                                                                                                                                 

    This is Saturday and following breakfast, we have an exciting day in front of us in Kentucky and Ohio.  It’s an included buffet lunch cafeteria-style in Williamstown, Kentucky at Emzara’s Kitchen with a spectacular view of The Ark which we will explore after our meal.  The Ark Encounter is a world-class theme park featuring the most authentic full-size replica of Noah’s Ark in the world and built according to the dimensions given in the Bible. This is the largest timber frame structure in the world, built from standing dead timber, in part by skilled Amish craftsmen. The Ark is an architectural and engineering wonder containing three decks of world-class exhibits.  These stunning exhibits allow you to experience what Noah’s life may have been like.  Have you ever wondered?  How did Noah fit all the animals on board?  How did he feed and care for all the animals?  How did he build the Ark?  The exhibits are designed to answer your questions!   Our journey continues northward as we travel to Cincinnati and check into the Drury Inn. The “5:30 Kickback” with hot food and cold beverages is available, plus when you stay at Drury Inn, long distance phone calls are free.  Call the family and let them know what a great time you’re having.

    Sunday morning it’s time to rise and shine and enjoy the hot breakfast buffet at the Drury Inn.  A shuttle to a nearby Catholic church  for Mass is also included.  Settle back and enjoy the ride today through Ohio, Illinois and eventually checking into the Fairfield Madison West hotel in Middleton, Wisconsin.

    It’s our final day together and we’ll enjoy the continental breakfast at the hotel before we begin traveling back to Minnesota.  We’ll be returning to Little Falls today in a holiday mood after a fabulous Nashville Christmas. Compare this trip to any others on the market.  We offer more shows,  sixteen meals, quality name-brand hotels and attractions for the price.  You won’t find a great price like this anywhere else.  This will be nine days and eight nights of holiday fun and adventure with three full days in Nashville.  Don’t delay, sign up today for the holiday experience of a lifetime.

 

·         Comfortable  Andy’s Charter Service motor coach transportation

·         One night accommodations at Hampton Inn, Tinley Park, IL

·         One night accommodations at Hampton Inn, Bardstown, KY

·         Three night’s accommodations at The Club Hotel – Nashville

·         One night accommodations at Drury Inn – Cincinnati, OH

·         One night accommodations at LaQuinta Inn, Pigeon Forge, TN

·         One night’s accommodations at Fairfield West Madison, Middleton, WI

·         Southern buffet and entertainment at historic  Wickland Mansion  – Bardstown, KY

·         Farmer’s Market Food Court & shops

·         Upper Room Chapel tour & over 130 nativity sets - Nashville

·         Minnie Pearl greeting

·         Reserved seat at the Grand Ole Opry  Ryman Auditorium

·         Professional step-on guides (The Singing Guides) in Nashville

·         Lunch at the Wildhorse Saloon

·         Admission to the George Jones Museum

·         Dinner at the Santa Fe Cattleman’s Club

·         Reserved seat for Vince Gill & Amy Grant’s Christmas Show at the Ryman

·         Lunch at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville

·         Admission to the Johnny Cash Museum

·         Intimate performance by a Cash family member – John Carter Cash or Tommy Cash

·         Reserved seats for dinner and show at Nashville Nightlife Theater

·         Nashville area guided tour with Kenny Janson

·         Home cooked meal at the Bush’s Family Café and tour of the Bush Bean’s Visitor Center in Dandridge, TN

·         Admission to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN

·         Buffet lunch at Emzara’s Kitchen, Williamstown, KY

·         Visit the Ark Encounter, Williamstown, KY

·         Sixteen meals are included - all eight breakfasts – four lunches & four dinners

·         Free long distance phone calls at Drury Inns and 5:30 Kickback hot food and beverages at Drury Inn

·         Optional shuttle to Mass at local Catholic church in Cincinnati

·         Luggage handling

·         Millions of holiday decorations & lights

·         Fun & prizes

·         Hosted by Laura & Gary Block

$1495 per person double occupancy            $1349 per person triple occupancy

$1295 person quad occupancy                        $1949 per person single occupancy

$250 non-refundable deposit required per person with full payment due by October 15, 2017.

 Cancellation & Refund Policy

Transportation and lodging hosted by Gary Block Tours is arranged with independent firms.  Bookings for entertainment are arranged through independent hotels, theatres and other entertainment venues.  We take great pride in our selection of reliable firms.  However, we do not control these independent firms.  Sometimes shows or celebrity appearances are changed or cancelled without notice.  We cannot be responsible for claims or losses arising out of injury, accident, death, loss of enjoyment, frustration or inconvenience that arises from the act or omission of any independent firm supplying services to Gary Block Tours, or for mechanical breakdowns, governmental actions, acts of God, strikes or acts of war beyond our control.  We cannot be responsible for the consequences of your failure to follow instructions, including but not limited to check in, check out and baggage handling.  If events or reservations are cancelled or changed, we will make every effort to provide a comparable substitute tour experience. Deposits and payments are non-refundable unless the tour is cancelled or we are able to replace with another paying person.

I have read and understand the Cancellation and Refund Policy notice. All participants of this trip must sign below.

Clip & return with payment to:  Gary Block Tours, 112 SE 4th Street, Little Falls, MN  56345

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A Nashville Christmas