(Keep Oct 31-Nov 6 as a back-up until exact dates are confirmed by ABC and CMA Committees-To be announced in early April)
The 56th Annual CMA Awards @ Bridgestone Arena Upper Level Seating-Nice Overview! The Historic Grand Ol' Opry at the Opry House & Historic Ryman Theater Country Music Hall of Fame and RCA Studio B Recording Studio Private Concert by a Famous Nashville Country Music Singer/Songwriter Walking Tour of the Opryland Hotel and Area City Tour of Nashville 10 Meals: Breakfast at the hotels; Lunch at the Wildhorse Saloon; Dinners at Ol’ Reds (Blake Shelton’s Restaurant); Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville and Paula Deens Family Kitchen Explore Downtown Nashville 2nd Ave & Broadway– (Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge) Wildhorse Saloon with Line Dancing Lessons to a Song WE RECORDED at STUDIO B
In Addition to All Events Listed Above, Your Tour Also Includes: * Round-Trip Deluxe Motor Coach Transportation from Northeast & Central Minnesota * Six Nights Lodging with FOUR in downtown Nashville’s Historic District (We will announce exact property once the CMA/ABC announced which date they will film the CMA Awards) * Luggage Handling, All Taxes, Tips for Porters & Included Meals * Fully Escorted by a Happy Trails Representative
Day 1 - Travel to Bloomington, Illinois 370 miles from Eau Clair, Wisconsin (5 hours) We’ll board from various areas of the state of Minnesota and Wisconsin beginning early this morning. We’ll make comfort stops as the day progresses, including for breakfast and lunch, paying on own. We stop every 2 ½ - 3 hours. Set your seats back and enjoy fellow travelers. Our charter company is the Trobec Bus Company from St Stephens, MN. They offer deluxe motor coaches with reclining seats, huge windows, restroom on board, window shades, foot and arm rests, TV, CD and DVD player, sound system, #110 outlets, WiFi, cup holders and seat belts. This company will also provide shuttle transportation from the central part of the state, where we’ll meet together blending all areas of boarding in Eau Clair, WI. After lunch, we will continue to Bloomington, Illinois, our 1st night’s stay at a beautiful Hilton property.
Day 2 - Travel to Nashville, Tennessee 421 miles from Bloomington 6:30 am- Breakfast begins and is served in the breakfast room. 6:30 am- Set your luggage outside your doors at this same time. 7:30 am- Board the coach and we'll travel to Nashville today. This is another day dedicated to traveling south. So set your seats back, enjoy the company of fellow travelers on board, stops will be made every 2 ½ - 3 hours for meals and restroom stops. As we cross the Illinois/ Indiana border, we’ll be on eastern-time zone. Then we'll weave back into central time zone once we get into Kentucky. 11:30 am- (EDT) Estimated ~ Our lunch stop will be made (paying on own). Bob Evan’s Family Restaurant. 12:30 pm- (or earlier if everyone is ready to go) Continue our journey to Nashville. (Another 290 miles / 4 1/2 hours) Back on CDT. A comfort stop will be made along our journey~ 3:30 pm- Estimated arrival to Nashville. We’ll be staying at downtown property in the historic district– To Be Announced. With live music of every genre being performed any night of the week, more than 180 recording studios, and some 5,000 working musicians, Nashville is known the world over as Music City. Music put Nashville on the map and we'll visit the many Nashville Icons while there. We'll stay 4 nights, allowing you time to unpack, unwind and play!!! 5:00 pm- Enjoy a lovely Dinner at Ol’ Reds (Blake Shelton’s Restaurant). We’ve also arranged for a private concert by a successful singer/songwriter (Name yet to be announced). Return to our hotel and meet our local celebrity. He’ll play some of his hit tunes that he’s written and answer any questions about the recording industry. FYI: In the past, we’ve had “Richie McDonald”, lead singer of Lonestar. Our groups have absolutely loved him! Once we know the exact dates of the CMA Award night, we will be able to confirm the Country Music Artist that will perform for us. Breakfast & Dinner Included
Day 3 – Nashville Area City Tour and the Ryman Auditorium and Grand Ol’ Opry 6:30-8:00 am- Enjoy a full breakfast this morning (Included). 8:30 am- Be on board the coach for our Nashville Area City Tour. We'll be hosted around Nashville and exposed to the best of Music City! Learn about the Athens of the South, gather interesting facts about Nashville's history, industry and famous people. Tour sites include drive through the Nashville downtown area, drive by the State Capitol, Fort Nashborough, Riverfront Park, Centennial Park & the Parthenon, Music Row's Recording Studios, the Governor's Mansion, Vanderbilt University, Belmont College and many other points of interest. We’ll also visit the historic Ryman Theater for a self-guided tour on this National Historic Landmark. The Ryman is the is the most famous home of the Grand Ol' Opry from 1943-1974, its history as Nashville's premier theater and central gathering place started even before construction was completed in 1892. You'll discover the divine inspiration behind the building's construction as the Union Gospel Tabernacle in the 1880's in the welcome video. You soon learn how the Ryman became the "Carnegie Hall of South", "Mother Church of Country Music" and the "Birthplace of Bluegrass". (Lunch break will be at your leisure in downtown Nashville as per your own appetite and paying on your own). 3:00 pm- Return to the hotel with time to freshen up for tonight’s activities- CMA at the Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville. 4:30 pm- Board the coach and depart for dinner at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Restaurant. Menu to be announced. After dinner we will take you out for an evening of country music entertainment at the Bridgestone Arena 7:00 pm- Get ready for a memorable night at the 56th Annual CMA Awards.Breakfast & Dinner Included
Each year, The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by more than 7,300 industry professional members of the Country Music Association, which when established in 1958, became the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music. The first CMA Awards Banquet and Show was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast on NBC Television for the first time – making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network television. The show began airing on the ABC Television Network in 2006 where it still airs today.
Day 4 – Open Morning, Country Music Hall of Fame, RCA Studio B & Open Evening Full breakfast included at the hotel and relaxing morning to spend as you wish. 1:30 pm- We’ll be “Stars for the Day!” We’ll begin our day with a personally guided tour of historic RCA Studio B, Home of 1,000 hits, where music legends recorded timeless songs. You'll be inspired as you stand right where Elvis himself stood to recorded over 200 songs! Admission is also included for the Country Music Hall of Fame where you'll hear rare recordings of country's legendary performers, see behind-the-scenes films by today's stars, along with costumes, instruments and personal treasures from country music's past and present. This museum is AMAZING! Even if you’ve done this museum before, most of our groups enjoy seeing it again and there are always new exhibits featured. 6:00 pm- Return to the hotel with the rest of the Evening Open. Dinner is on own. Here you’ll have ample opportunity to visit Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge and Printer’s Alley and other fun spots in downtown Nashville along Historic 2nd Avenue & Broadway. Breakfast Included
Day 5 - The Wildhorse Saloon, The Grand Ol’ Opry and Paula Deens’ Family Kitchen Full breakfast included at the hotel. 9:30 am- Board the coach and travel to the Opryland Hotel for an orientation walking tour with our local Nashville guide. Then we’ll spend a few hours enjoying this magnificent property at our leisure. This property hosts restaurants, shopping and recreational activities underneath signature glass atriums. It is situated on 9 acres of lush indoor gardens and cascading waterfalls. You can't come to Nashville and miss a visit to this amazing resort property. 12:00 pm- We’ll make our way to the Wildhorse Saloon. Here we’ll enjoy a delicious home-style BBQ buffet lunch. We’ll also have time to for our “Line Dancing” lessons and we’ll play the “hit song” that we recorded at Studio B over the Wildhorse sound system! 3:30 pm- Return to the hotel with time to freshen up for tonight dinner and show. 5:00 pm- Dinner included at Paula Deens Family Kitchen. Get ready for some good Southern cooking! The meal at Paula Deen’s has always been family style with three meat options, four vegetables and of course dessert! 7:00 pm- Get ready for a great night at the Historic Grand Ol’ Opry. At the time this final document letter is being written, We do not know who will be performing on this night. About two weeks out you can Google: The Grand Ol Opry and get the lineup at that time. Breakfast & Dinner Included
Day 6 – Saying Good-Bye to Nashville, Tennessee ~ Travel to Romeoville, Illinois ………(480 Miles) 7:00 am-Enjoy breakfast this morning while your luggage is being picked up by the porters. 7:00 am- Have your luggage ready for the porters. 8:00 am- Board the coach for our journey homeward. We'll make stops along the way ~ Set your seats back and enjoy the scenery and the company of fellow travelers. Our lunch stop venue and city will be announced on board the coach today. 7:00 pm- Estimated arrival to Romeoville, Illinois. We will stay at a new Holiday Inn Express. Breakfast is Included
Day 7 – Homeward Bound With Many Fond Memories ……….. 445 miles to Duluth / 450 miles to Sartell 6:00 – 7:30 am- A Hot breakfast is served at the hotel. Help yourselves. 6:30 am- Set your luggage outside your doors this morning. 7:30 am- The bus departs for home. We’ll travel 300 miles to Eau Clair (Oakwood Mall) (5 hours). Here we’ll meet our Trobec driver. 1:00 pm- Estimated arrival to Eau Clair, Wisconsin – Oakdale Mall. Lunch break will be here. 1:45 pm- We’ll depart Eau Clair after our lunch. At this time we’ll also say good-bye to our west-central friends as here is where they will meet their shuttle ride. We’ll also say good-bye to our Trobec driver as he/she will drive them home. (This shortens the day considerably also allowing our driver to stay within legal driving hours). Central Minnesota will arrive home around 6:30 to Rice; 7:00pm to Sartell. Twin Cities will arrive home around 4:45 pm Our friends from the Duluth / Superior area will arrive home between 4:30 - 5:00 pm. Our friends from the Iron Range Cities - 6:15 pm to Eveleth; 6:45 pm to Chisholm; 7:00 pm to Hibbing; 7:45 pm to Grand Rapids Breakfast is Included
Disclaimer: Happy Trails Tours acts only as an agent for the various independent suppliers that provide hotel accommodations, transportation, theater, or other services connected with this tour. Such services are subject to the terms and conditions of those suppliers. Happy Trails Tours, INC and their respective employees, agents, representatives accept no liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or any other default of any company or person in performing these services. Responsibility is not accepted for losses, injury, damages or expenses of any kind due to sickness, pandemics, weather, strikes, hostilities, wars, terrorist acts, acts of nature, local laws or other causes. All services and accommodations are subject to the laws and regulations of country in which they are provided. Happy Trails Tours INC is not responsible for any baggage or personal effects of any individual participating in the tours/trips arranged by Happy Trails Tours. Individual travelers are responsible for purchasing a travel insurance policy, if desired, that will cover some of the expenses associated with the loss of luggage or personal effects. (We may adjust this day by day a little bit by either flipping some morning tours to afternoons or on different days. – please stay tuned)
Things to Know before you go on your Nashville, Tennessee Tour with CMA Awards
Please keep October 31-November 6th on your calendar just incase they announce the week prior.
Payments Schedule / Cancellations: Deposit of $250 per person due when registering. No reservation is considered solid without a deposit paid. The deposit is fully refundable with cancelations made prior to April 15, 2022. Final payment is due August 31, 2022. Monies refunded between April 15 -September 1, 2022 are contingent to what Happy Trails Tours receives from hotels, theaters, attractions, tour companies and charters. No refunds with cancellations made after September 1, 2022. Travel Insurance is highly recommended.
Covid-19 CDC Requirements - Prior to Departure on our Motorcoach Tour to Nashville: Three days prior to departure, the CDC requires anyone who has NOT been Covid vaccinated to have a covid test showing negative results.The CDC / MN Health & Human Services mandates being self quarentined several days prior to departure and while you are waiting for your results. They are also stating we have to quarenine about 7 days after we return home. Masks: We are all required to wear a mask on board the coach while embarking and disembarking the coach. Any kind of mask is fine. We will follow whatever mandates are set in place according to each state we travel. We may occassionally take temperatures. This will also be done in Nashville in certain establishments. At the time this brochure is being designed (January 2022), things may change and we’ll always keep you informed of any changes once we are on the road. We’ll contact you in advance if we feel it is important to do so. Kindly bring along your Immunization Card just in case we are asked to show it. Do not assume you won’t need to be vaccinated for the CMA Awards. It’s far too early to know this far out. (Jan 2022)
How to Dress: Pack light. Wear casual clothing, comfortable shoes & a warm jacket. It can get pretty cool in Nashville. The CMA Awards do require you to be dressed up. Wear your best for this fun night!
Luggage: Pack one suitcase each. This suitcase is delivered each night to your rooms by the porter - including tips. You may also bring a carry-on bag on board the coach. Carry-on bags are handled by yourself. Do not make them heavier than what you can carry. Pack a swimming suit if you enjoy the pool, bring a camera, a raincoat, & an umbrella...just in case! It is wise to pack an alarm clock, too, as sometimes a glitch occurs for wake-up calls from the front desk.
Hotels: The hotels are very nice throughout the entire tour. Many have indoor/ outdoor pools, coffeemakers, irons, ironing boards and fitness centers. The property in Nashville is right downtown in the heart of everything. We are here for FOUR nights. It is a full service property and within walking distance of all things Nashville that is located in the historic district.
The Coach: You can expect to ride in style on deluxe 56 passenger motorcoach with reclining seats, big windows, restroom, TV’s & VCR & DVD. We stop every 2 - 3 hours for breaks. Wi-Fi is also availble and #110 outlets on board.
Covid 19: The coach company has made great strides in keep the motorcoach safe for travel. They have a new air filtration system installed. They are following all madates set forth by the state where cleaning and air filtration system is concerned. We will do our very best at keeping you safe! Masks and hand-santizer will always be on hand the coach for you.
Seat Rotation: Several years ago we stopped rotating seats. If you have a special medical need that requires you to sit toward the front, please let us know. Seating is on a first-come, first served basis according to registration. You might be surprised to know that many people often request the back of the coach. Just as many have no preferrence either way. Note: Oftentimes, we reserve seats in advance of the tour, which allows our clients the comfort in knowing they are seated next to their travel companion.
Special Needs: Be sure to let us know of any special needs...such as diet, walking, stairs, allergies or motion sickness, etc…. Please refrain from using strong colognes or perfumes while on board the coach. So many folks have allergies and we want everyone comfortable while traveling. If you use a cane, wheel chair or motorized scooter- bring it!
Meals: There are many nice meals included in this tour. We feel each property offers nice breakfast items with a wide variety to pick from. If you have any special dietary needs, you may have to supplement these by bringing along a small cooler and packing some food items in it. Each hotel and restaurant properties will serve our food and beverages as per their health guidelines.
Tipping: The tour includes tips for luggage handling, meals and step-on-guides while touring on this Nashville tour. Tips are not included for your driver & on board travel host. This is traditionally done at the end of the tour and oftentimes done individually.
Schedule Changes: We reserve the right to adjust this schedule for the benefit of all traveling. Sometimes changes occur beyond our control. If a change occurs, we’ll replace it something of equal value. We have no control over any of the attractions listed in this flyer. Other than a few date and time adjustments for some of the attractions, few changes have been made so far. We will try to keep you informed of anything major if they should happen.
Travel Protection Insurance: Travel protection insurance is available to folks for many different types of emergencies that may result in a personal cancellation on this tour. It not only offers financial security but also “peace of mind”. It appears that most of our customers have insured their tour. If you have not and would like more information, kindly give us a call.