Best of Times-Kentucky Bluegrass, Bourbon Trail&Nashville 9/23-9/29/24

      Nashville, TN, USA

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      Sep 23 - 29, 2024
      Group size: 1 - 40
      Best of Times-Kentucky Bluegrass, Bourbon Trail&Nashville 9/23-9/29/24
      Nashville, TN, USA

      Best of Times Travel
      • Email address verified
      155 reviews

      Sep 23 - 29, 2024
      Group size: 1 - 40

      About this trip

      Join Best of Times Travel as we journey into the heartland of America and visit the very best sights of Kentucky and Tennessee! This incredible 7 Day trip features Louisville, KY, Churchill Downs, The infamous Bourbon Trail, Kentucky’s famous horse country, Gatlinburg, TN, the Great Smoky Mountains, and Nashville, TN all in one trip! 


      The rolling fields of bluegrass, the majesty of horse farms, the great Smoky Mountains, the sweet taste of bourbon, and foot stomping sounds of country music await us on this week long journey.  If you have never experienced this part of the country you owe it to yourself to make this trip.  We’ll visit the horse farm that brought us Secretariat, tour and taste fantastic bourbon distilleries, see the beginning of the Appalachian trail, and take in all that Nashville offers including a show at the Grand Ole Opry.  Great Tours, Great Accommodations, Great Company - This is a trip that will leave you with memories of a lifetime.   


      Touring Location Videos & More

      See the Day to Day Itinerary listed further down this webpage for details on the locations we visit during this amazing tour.  In the meantime here are some short video clips of some of the locations we will visit.


      Louisville Slugger Museum Click Here

      Buffalo Trace Distillery Click Here

      Claiborne Farm Click Here

      Great Smoky Mountains National Park Click Here

      The Grand Ole Opry Click Here

      The Country Music Hall of Fame Click Here





        

      Our EXCLUSIVE Travel Package

      Here's What's Included as part of your Best of Times Travel EXCLUSIVE Package:

      • Roundtrip Transfers to Logan Airport with hometown pick-up guarantee*

      • Roundtrip Air Transportation from Logan Airport

      • 1 Night Lodging in Louisville, KY

      • 1 Night Lodging in Lexington, KY

      • Tours in Louisville/Lexington, KY - including Churchill Downs, Louisville Slugger Factory, the Oldest Continuously Operating Distillery in America (Buffalo Trace), 2 More Distilleries, Horse Farm Tour, & more.

      • 2 Nights Lodging in the Mountain Resort Town -  Gatlinburg, TN

      • Touring for Gatlinburg Area - Travel through Daniel Boone National Forest, Tour Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Gatlinburg TN, Option to see Dollywood (Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Theme Park)

      • 2 Nights Lodging at the Opulent Gaylord Opryland Hotel - Nashville, TN**

      • Tour of Jack Daniel's Distillery with tasting included

      • Touring in Nashville to Include - Wildhorse Saloon, Guided City Tour, Ryman Auditorium, Backstage Tour of the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame, RCA Studio B, and Show at the Grand Ole Opry

      • 12 Meals - 6 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 5 Dinners

      • Luggage Handling Fees - with the exception of airline imposed luggage fees

      • Best of Times Travel Tour Manager throughout trip
      • Gratuities for Best of Times Travel Tour Manager
      • Optional Travelers Insurance by Chubb is offered - Click Here for Details on Chubb Travel Insurance Program 


       

      * Single Group Pick-Up within 30 Miles of Boston Logan Airport.  Non-Group Bookings will be required to travel to the nearest Best of Times or Group Set Pick-Up Location. 


      **Atrium View Rooms at Gaylord Opryland face the interior of the resort and include either Balcony, patio or bay window overlooking one of 3 atriums featuring lush gardens or Delta River Section**


      ****Touring schedule/order is subject to adjustment as may be necessary****   


      Your Rooming Options At Gaylord Resort

      ALL PRICES ARE PER PERSON AND ARE BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY.  IF YOU ARE A SOLO TRAVELER, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU SELECT THE OPTION FOR SOLO TRAVELERS WHEN CHOOSING YOUR ROOM.  IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR TRIPLE OR QUAD OCCUPANCY PRICING PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE DIRECTLY.


      Enjoy all of the amenities you have come to expect from a Luxury Hotel Property.  


      Traditional View Rooms - Our Traditional View sleeping room at our hotel in Nashville features:   

      Size: 350 square feet 

      • King and Queen/Queen beds available with pillow top mattress and luxurious linens
      • Lounge chair (King Room Only)
      • Small refrigerator
      • Work station with ample lighting
      • 37-inch flat panel television
      • Wired/wireless high-speed Internet access (for a fee)
      • Cable and satellite television
      • Two-line phones, speakerphone and voice mail
      • In-room safe
      • Movies/videos (for a fee)
      • Coffee maker/tea service
      • ADA compliant available


      Atrium View Rooms -  Atrium View sleeping rooms overlook the lush indoor gardens or Delta River Section of the Resort. This room features:

      Size: 350 square feet

      • King and Queen/Queen beds available with pillow top mattress and luxurious linens
      • Balcony, patio or bay window overlooking one of 3 atriums
      • Lounge chair (King Room Only)
      • Small refrigerator
      • Work station with ample lighting
      • 37-inch flat panel television
      • Wired/wireless high-speed Internet access (for a fee)
      • Cable and satellite television
      • In-room safe
      • Coffee maker/tea service
      • ADA compliant available

      Atrium View Rooms at Gaylord Opryland face the interior of the resort and include either Balcony, patio or bay window overlooking one of 3 atriums featuring lush gardens or Delta River Section.

      Chubb Travel Insurance Details

      For Full Details Regarding the Optional Chubb Travel Insurance Click Here.

      Terms & Conditions of Sale

      Purchasing your trip on-line incurs bank service fees that are charged at the time of check-out and will also be charged on any installment payments as well.     


      Rates and itineraries shown here were in effect at the time of printing and no changes are anticipated; however, Best of Times Travel reserves the right to withdraw any tour  or to make any rate changes, as necessary. Prices are subject to change. A deposit is always required to confirm a reservation. A Deposit of $800pp, plus insurance premium  (if elected) is due upon registration to confirm your reservation. Travel Insurance: We recommend your purchase of optional travel insurance. This optional travel insurance  is per person and the premium is based on the overall trip cost. Travelers MUST purchase the plan at the time of initial deposit. Coverage will not be in place unless your full  Deposit is received. Cancellation schedule and fees are in place regardless of cancellation reason (including, but not limited to, force majeure, health pandemics or government  restrictions). Travel Insurance Premium is also Non-Refundable regardless of cancellation reason. Payment in full must be received by July 26th, 2024 or this may result in an  automatic cancellation. Please note: All cancellations must be made in writing and sent to Best of Times Travel. The date of cancellation is deemed to be the date received by  Best of Times Travel. Cancellation Charges for this programs are as follows: Cancellations from 6/1/24 - 7/26/2024 will be assessed a $200 cancellation fee. Cancellations  from 7/27/24 until 8/23/24 will be assessed a cancellation fee of 75% of the total fare. Cancellations after 8/23/24 will receive no refund, 100% of total fare. Best of Times  Travel is not responsible for any refunds over and above said amount. Best of Times Travel reserves the right to issue any refunds, in whole or in part, in the form of future  travel credit. 


      *Pre-Existing Medical Condition Exclusion Waiver has the following stipulations: plan must be purchased within 15 days of initial trip payment, insured must be medically able to travel at time of purchasing the plan, all prepaid, non-refundable trip costs need to be insured. This information is a brief description of the features of this insurance program. Coverage & pricing may vary by state. The provision of this document is for informational purposes only and  is not an insurance contract. Coverage is being marketed by Chubb Insurance Solutions Agency, Inc. located at 202 Halls Mills Road, Whitehouse Station, New Jersey 08889. Insurance benefits are underwritten by ACE Property & Casualty  Insurance Company located at 436 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106. 

      Required Travel Documents

      Please note that a valid government issued photo ID such as a Passport, Passport Card, or Real ID drivers license is required for this trip, and must be valid for 90 days AFTER the date this trip returns.  *BEFORE BOOKING, PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU PROVIDE YOUR LEGAL NAME AND DATE OF BIRTH AS THEY APPEAR ON YOUR PHOTO ID.  Errors in passenger information can result in your being denied boarding privileges. 

      What’s included

      • Bundle Items
        All Components Listed Under the Exclusive Travel Package

      What’s not included

      • Step On Guide Gratuities
        Gratuities for Step-On-Guides during your tour are not included.
      • Bus Driver Gratuities
        Gratuities for the Bus Driver while in TN are NOT included in the package. Our Recommended amount is $40 - $60 per person for the trip.

      Available Packages

      Traditional View Room - Double Occup.
      Available until August 23, 2024

      This is for a Traditional View Room at Gaylord Opryland Resort, Double Occupancy.

      $3,899
      Deposit: $800
      Atrium View Room - Double Occupancy
      Available until August 23, 2024

      This is for an upgraded Atrium View Room boasting a view of the lush indoor gardens or Delta River Section of the Resort.  This is for Double Occupancy.

      $4,049
      Deposit: $800
      Traditional View Room - SOLO Traveler
      Available until August 23, 2024

       This is for a Standard View Room at Gaylord Opryland Resort, Single Occupancy. 

      $4,499
      Deposit: $800
      Atrium View Room - SOLO Traveler
      Available until August 23, 2024

      This is for an upgraded Atrium View Room boasting a view of the lush indoor gardens or Delta River Section of the Resort.   This is for Single Occupancy. 

      $4,749
      Deposit: $800

      Available options

      Chubb Ins - Trad Room Double Occupancy
      $236

      This is the optional insurance for people booking Traditional Room Double Occupancy.  Pricing is PER PERSON.

      Chubb Ins - Trad Rm Single OR Atrium Dbl
      $257

       This is the optional insurance for people booking Single Occupancy Traditional Room or Atrium double occupancy.  Pricing is PER PERSON. 

      Chubb Ins - Atrium Single
      $327

      This is the optional insurance for people booking Single Occupancy Atrium.  Pricing is PER PERSON.  



      Itinerary

      Day 1 - Louisville, KY
      Travel From Boston, MA to Louisville, KY

      Today we depart from Boston, MA and fly to Louisville, KY to begin our adventure of the Kentucky  Bluegrass, the Bourbon Trail. Upon arrival we will get acclimated with Louisville as we visit the heart of the  city where the Bourbon trail begins. The city boasts the world’s only, city-wide trail filled with award-winning  micro-distilleries, exhibits and craft cocktail destinations. We’ll enjoy lunch on our own on Fourth Street Live - Louisville’s entertainment, food, and retail hub in the city. Then it’s onto one of the greatest influences on  America’s sport, baseball, and see first hand the product that propelled legends such as Babe Ruth, Roberto  Clemente and Cool Papa Bell. We’ll visit and tour the Louisville Slugger Factory. On our tour you’ll be  transported to the forests and mills where every Louisville Slugger bat begins, walk through the heart of the  factory production line, check out never-before-seen steps in the bat-making process including the creation  of fan favorite mini-bats, and receive a souvenir mini-bat. Of course one can’t mention Louisville Kentucky  without breathing the words Home of the Kentucky Derby - Churchill Downs. Horse racing in Kentucky  dates back to 1789, when the first race course was constructed in Lexington. Almost 100 years later, in 1875,  Churchill Downs officially opened its gates in Louisville, and began its tradition as “Home of the Kentucky  Derby” and the longest continually running sporting event in America. We will seeing this legendary race  track up close and personal with a visit to not only the Kentucky Derby Museum but we will also partake in a  fantastic walking tour of the grounds. This evening enjoy our comfortable hotel accommodations at the Drury  Hotel along with a delicious dinner experience. (D) 


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      By Karen D for Clinton COA - Nova Scotia Tattoo Festival - 6/29-7/3/24 on Jul 13, 2024
      Highly recommend this trip. Enjoyed all the sites visited, had excellent meals & accommodations provided, and had a tour guide in Canada who was extremely knowledgeable about the culture & areas we visited. The Best of Times personnel were excellent and accommodating.
      By Jane H for Best of Times Travel - Nova Scotia Tattoo Festival - 6/29-7/3/24 on Jul 12, 2024
      We truely enjoyed the trip —— hotel was great our tour manager did a good job keeping everyone informed. On the return home the stop was the Baseball Hall of fame——— now it took about 1 hour 10 minutes to get thru customs ( not the tour agency fault) then a 4 1/2 hr ride to Cooperstown. So we basically had 1 hour 15 min there (really) you had to decide to do lunch or hall of fame. We choose the hall BUT it really was not enough time to enjoy all there was to see. Promoting the Hall of Fame on this trip would be very disappointing if that stop was part of making the decision to go on this trip.
      By Raymond L for Best of Times Travel - Niagara Falls & Baseball Hall of Fame on Jun 16, 2024
      Our experience was 5 out of 5. The tour folks, Kathy, Stephanie and driver Joanne were fantastic. It was like they were part of the group as well as tour directors. They were knowledgeable and quite helpful. The Falls were quite mesmerizing. There was so much to do in a couple of days. Being able to set your own schedule one of the days gave us the freedom to pick what we personally wanted to do on our own. I wish we had more time for the baseball hall of fame. You really need a whole day in Cooperstown. But it was still a pleasurable experience. The fun started on the bus when we got to meet some nice people. Financially and the timing fit perfectly for us. It's a 'must do'.
      By Phil R for Best of Times Travel - Niagara Falls & Baseball Hall of Fame on Jun 16, 2024
      We had a great time, comfortable accommodations, good food, safe travel, stops coming and going, interesting museums, vouchers with which to eat and gamble, Lakes region is lovely, knowledgeable and friendly tour director.
      By Christina C. K for The Overlook - NY Finger Lakes w/Turning Stone Resort & Casino on Jun 02, 2024
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