Discover the charm of Asheville, NC and the grandeur of the Biltmore Estate Mansion in our Asheville tour! In your bus trip to Asheville, your group will experience the lavish Biltmore Estate, America's largest privately owned home. This trip package also includes the Biltmore's new Antler Village, a destination for shopping, dining, historical exhibits, and more. Enjoy a scenic Blue Ridge Parkway tour, and a visit to the Folk Art Center, as well as experiencing downtown Asheville with it's famous for its Art Deco architecture. Your Asheville tour also includes the magnificent St. Lawrence Basilica, which is on the National Register of Historic Places This trip is made just for you and has plenty of opportunities for fun and enjoyment.
Discover the wonders of Biltmore in Asheville. Begin with the breathtaking beauty of 250-room Biltmore House — America's largest home. Your visit will include experiencing the Biltmore House and Gardens. Stroll acres of formal and informal gardens, including the Italian Garden as well as the ancient trees comprising America’s first managed forests. You will find Biltmore’s lush landscape amazing beautiful. The Antler Village and Winery is Biltmore’s new village that connects the estate’s present and past, providing a relaxing place for dining, shopping, and historical exhibits. The Biltmore Estate is a “must see” destination in America.
Morning motorcoach departure from Elkins, WV (6:00am) (additional pick-up locations are possible) to begin a wonderful three-day tour that offers a unique experience in Asheville, NC and the Biltmore Estate. Along the way we will get an up-close view of the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and also visit the famous Blue Ridge Visitor's Center. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a National Parkway and All-American Road noted for its scenic beauty. The parkway, which is America's longest linear park, runs for 469 miles through 29 Virginia and North Carolina counties, linking Shenandoah National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Lunch will be en-route and on your own. Upon arrival in Asheville, we will check-in at our hotel, Hotel Indigo Asheville Downtown. After settling into our hotel, we will visit the Basilica of St. Lawrence and spend the evening exploring downtown Asheville (dinner on your own). Completed in 1909, the Basilica of St. Lawrence is one of Asheville's architectural treasures and spiritual anchors. Designed by Rafael Gustavino and Richard Sharpe Smith, renowned architects on the Biltmore House, this Catholic church has the largest freestanding elliptical dome in the country. After the basilica tour, explore Asheville's eclectic nightlife and see what makes Asheville unique!
Day 2 (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
A wonderful breakfast at the hotel is followed by our visit to Biltmore Estate. George Vanderbilt's 250-room castle is America's largest home and the top attraction in Asheville. In addition to touring the mansion, you will also have an opportunity to walk the grounds and gardens, tour the winery, visit Antler Village and take in the majesty of the Biltmore Estate. We will spend the morning on a house tour and gift shop, have a group lunch at the Stable Cafe' (the estate's original horse stables) mid-day and conclude our day at the Biltmore with an estate self-exploration in the afternoon. Returning to Asheville, we will enjoy a group dinner at Pack's Tavern and then spend the remainder of the evening again exploring Ashville by night.
Day 3 (Breakfast/Lunch)
A wonderful breakfast at the hotel (check-out) is followed by our home. However, the trip is not over just yet. On the way out of town, we will visit the Folk Arts Center on the outskirts of Asheville. A must-stop for art lovers, the center features the finest in traditional and contemporary craft of the Southern Appalachians. Shop the wonderful Southern Highland Craft Guild store with a big variety of creations from hundreds of artists, browse rotating exhibitions in several galleries and watch an artist at work. On our way home, we stop for a group lunch in Johnson City, Tennessee at the Firehouse Restaurant. This eatery features some of the best BBQ in Tennessee!
Your return trip aboard the motorcoach takes in the beautiful scenery along the way, while you reminisce on three exceptional days of tour and travel to the Biltmore Estate and wonderful Asheville, NC! A stop will be made for dinner on your own. Estimated time of return is 9pm.
October 26-28, 2020
Activity Level for this tour:
$460 Adults $599 Adults
$450 Children (under 12)
$150.00 per person
Round-trip Motorcoach Transportation
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TRAVEL DISTANCE (ONE-WAY)
387 Miles from Elkins to Asheville
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