A Springtime Musical Journey to... Nashville, Tennessee
April 29-May 5, 2020
A Springtime Musical Journey to...
Nashville, Tennessee April 29-May 5, 2020
The Grand Ol' Opry at the Opry House . The Historic Ryman Theater Ray Steven's CabaRay Dinner Show . Opryland Hotel Tour and Shopping . Country Music Hall of Fame and RCA Studio B. Johnny Cash Museum . George Jones Museum . Progressive Antebellum Dinner at THREE Southern Plantations (James K Polk Home, Rippavilla Plantation & Elm Springs). Time to Explore at your leisure the Famous 2nd Avenue (Wildhorse Saloon and Tootsie's )
$50 DISCOUNT ON THE NASHVILLE MUSICAL TOUR APRIL 29-MAY 5, 2020 FOR ALL REGISTRATIONS BY NOV. 15, 2019
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 at the Best Western Suites, allowing you time to unpack, unwind and play!!! We invite you to join us on this spring musical journey into the heart of Tennessee! We’ll save a seat a seat for you!
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 Nashville
4 Nights at the Best Western Suites and Round Trip Overnights in Elgin, IL @ Country Inn & Suites
Area Tour of Nashville, Tennessee and an Orientation Walking Tour of the Opryland Hotel & Shopping
Nine Meals; 6 Breakfasts and 3 dinners
Luggage Handling, All Taxes, Tips for Porters & Included Meals, Fully Escorted by a Happy Trails Rep
Day 1 - April 29 -Wednesday Travel to Elgin, Illinois 445 miles from Duluth / 450 miles from Sartell
Trobec Bus Company is our charter company. 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.
5:30 am-Gr Rapids Super Eight ; 6:15 am- Hibbing Park Hotel; 6:30 am-Chisholm Iron Man Statue; 7:00 am-Eveleth Super Eight 8:00 am- 9:00 am - Duluth Perkins (Miller Hill Mall)– Breakfast break, paying on own. 8:45 am- Duluth Perkins Miller Hill Mall Bus departs from Duluth at 9:00 am and continues our journey southeast 9:30 am- Superior Perkins Restaurant Trobec Bus Company will provide a shuttle transfer for our folks from Central Minnesota to Eau Clair, Wisconsin to meet the rest of the group for lunch. You'll arrive around 12 pm, where you will meet the rest of Happy Trails travelers, have lunch, then continue your journey to Nashville. 7:15 am- Baxter Walmart; 7:45 am- Little Falls Walmart; 8:15 am- Rice Holiday Station; 8:30 am- Sartell AmericInn 10:30 am- Woodbury Walmart
*If a boarding venue has less than four people and is "off" the main route, we may ask that you meet the coach along the route.
12:00 pm- All will meet in Eau Clair at the Oakwood Mall – This is a great venue to grab a quick lunch before we continue on.
1:00 pm- Re-board the coach. Other stops will be made as the day goes along ~ Enjoy your day getting acquainted with fellow travelers. A comfort stop will be made in the mid-day in Portage, Wisconsin - Willow Brook Rest Area 6:00 pm- Estimated arrival to our hotel to Elgin, Illinois.
Hotel: Country Inn by Carlson 2270 Point Blvd, Elgin, Illinois This property has an indoor pool, coffeemakers, irons & ironing boards in the rooms as well as hair dryers. They also offer a very good breakfast in the morning/ nearby is a great restaurant for dinner “Jimmy’s Char House” .
Day 2 - April 30 -Thursdayday Travel to Nashville, Tennessee 500 miles from Elgin, Illinois
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. 12:00 pm- (EDT) Estimated ~ Our lunch stop will be made (paying on own). Specifics will be announced on board. 1:30 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~ 5:00 pm- Estimated arrival to Nashville, Tennessee. Hotel: The Best Western Suites (near the Opryland Hotel) Music City Circle, Nashville, TN This property is located about one mile from the Opryland Hotel and offers shuttles there on the hour through 8 pm at night. They also offer an outdoor pool, free Wi-Fi, breakfast, airport shuttles, two beds in the rooms, all non-smoking property, an elevator, and coffeemakers in the rooms.
Day 3 - May 1 -Friday Nashville Area City Tour and the Ryman Auditiorium and Ray Stevens CabaRay
6:30-8:45 am- Enjoy a full breakfast this morning (Included). 9:00 am- Be on board the coach for our Nashville Area City Tour, lunch and more! 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. (Lunch break will be at your leisure in downtown Nashville as per your own appetite and paying on your own). 2:00 pm- Our next stop is 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 the1880'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". 3:30 pm- Return to the hotel for a bit of time to freshen up and rest before our dinner show tonight. 5:30 pm- Board the coach and a short distance to the Ray Steven's Theater. 6:00 pm - Legendary music and comedy icon Ray Stevens performs at his CabaRay Showroom. Be sure to take in the showroom walls decorate as an homage to the producers, musicians, songwriters and artists who made Nashville "Music City". Take some to admire the trophy show cases which contain memorabilia from Ray's storied career. 9:00 pm- The Opry concludes .... for some, you may want to extend your time downtown and take a cab back. We can help assist you with that.Breakfast & Dinner Included
Day 4 - May 2 -Saturday Country Music Hall of Fame; RCA's Studio B, Opryland Hotel and the Grand Ol' Opry
6:30 - 8:15 am- Enjoy breakfast at the hotel prior to exploring more on Nashville. 8:30 am- The motor coach departs for historic downtown Nashville where we'll experience another great day in Music City! 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! 10:00 am- Our next appointment is at 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. 12:00 pm- We'll wind our way over to the Opryland Hotel and we'll enjoy an orientation tour before spending the next few hours exploring 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 the Opryland Hotel.
3:30 pm- We'll board the coach and travel to our hotel for time to freshen up and get ready for tonight's dinner and show. 5:00 pm- Arrive to the Santa Fe Cattle Company. All the food is made from scratch with hand-cut steaks, fresh yeast rolls and and homemade sauces. You'll love your dining experience tonight. 6:15 pm- We'll board the coach and travel to the Opry House for the Grand Ol’ Opry. We'll strive to be a little early as they have a wonderful museum and shop that you may enjoy visiting before the show. Also, oftentimes, they'll have amazing musicians performing on the grounds just outside the Opry House. We’ll know about a week before our arrival who the celebrities will be at the Opry. Stay tuned. Breakfast and Dinner Included
Day 5 - May 3 -Sunday Johnny Cash Museum, George Jones Museum and Progressive Dinner at Antebellum Plantations
6:30-8:35 am- Enjoy a breakfast this morning at the hotel before another full day of adventure in Music CIty! Today, we'll begin with red-bricked Johnny Cash Museum, displaying pictures and memorabilia from the life of music icon. We'll experience his legacy up close and personal. Once we depart from that museum, we'll visit the next one - George Jones Museum, another icon with more than 40 top songs on the Billboard Chart. His influence is heard every day through the biggest country music artists. Watch performances listen to some of his many hits and immerse ourselves in George's powerful story. 12:00 pm- We'll spend the afternoon on 2nd Avenue in downtown Nashville where we'll have time to grab a bite to eat and do a bit of shopping or visiting a few of Nashville's favorite tourist stops. We'll guide you to the Wild Horse Saloon, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge and Trader Joes! You'll be downtown for about 3 hours. 4:00 pm- From our downtown location, we'll board the coach and begin our Progressive Antebellum Dinner. We'll start with a tour of the ancestral home of the 11th President of the United States, Jame K. Polk. You'll be intrigued with just what impact this little known President had on the landscape of our country. We'll tour the home, detached kitchen, and gardens, as well as a slide show, museum exhibits and gift shop. Then we'll enjoy tasty appetizers in the courtyard or the primitive kitchen on the grounds. (Assorted cheeses, pimento cheese, crackers, mini-quiches, fruit tea or water.)
5:00 pm- We'll depart and travel to our next venue... The Rippavilla Plantation. Your buffet dinner will be served in the beautiful double parlor of this grand home. You meal will include baked ham, fried chicken, green beans, corn pudding, sweet potatoes, rolls, iced tea, coffee or water. This magnificent antebellum mansion was built in the 1850's by Major Nathaniel Chearirs, this home is noted for it's beauty, history, and romantic love story which broke a long family tradition. This was the site of an important breakfast of the Confederate Generals on the morning of the Battle of Franklin. In addition to enjoying a beautiful home and it's furnishings, there is an exhibit of Civil War items and family pictures to enjoy.
7:15 pm- Depart for Elm Springs. We'll top of the evening at Elm Springs , built in 1838 by James Dick, a wealthy businessman from New Orleans, for his sister Sarah who was the wife of Christopher Todd. It is now the International headquarters of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans. Your group will enjoy a tour of this brick Greek revival home. The gift shop features a wide variety of southern heritage items available nowhere else in the area. Along with your tour, you will enjoy an assortment of southern desserts, coffee, and water. Breakfast and dinner is Included
Day 6 - May 4- Monday Saying Good-Bye to Nashville, Tennessee ~ Welcome Back to Elgin, Illinois (500 Miles)
6:30 am- 8:30 pm-Enjoy breakfast this morning while your luggage is being picked up by the porters.
7:30 am- Have your luggage ready for the porters.
8:30 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 Elgin
Day 7 - May 5 - Tuesday Homeward Bound With Many Fond Memories 445 miles to Duluth / 450 miles to Sartell
6:00 - 8:00 am- A Hot breakfast is served at the hotel. Help yourselves.
7:00 am- Set your luggage outside your doors this morning.
8:00 am- The bus departs for home. We’ll travel 285 miles to Eau Clair (Oakwood Mall) (4 ½ 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).
Our friends from Central Minnesota will arrive home around 6:30 pm to Baxter;7:00 to Little Falls; 7:30 to Rice; 8 pm to Sartell. 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
Things to Know before you go on your Nashville, Tennessee Tour
Payments Schedule / Cancellations: Deposit of $125 per person due when registering. No reservation is considered solid without a deposit paid. The deposit is fully refundable with cancelations made prior to March 15, 2020. Final payment is due March 15, 2020. Monies refunded between Feb 15 - Mar 15, 2016 are contingent to what Happy Trails Tours receives from hotels, theaters, attractions, tour companies and charters. No refunds with cancellations made after March 15, 2020. Travel Insurance is highly recommended.
How to Dress: Pack light. Wear casual clothing, comfortable shoes & a lined jacket. Pack sunscreen & an umbrella. Every place we visit is very relaxed. However, if you wish to dress up, feel welcome to do so.
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 nearby the Opryland Hotel and offers shuttles every hour on the hour to the Opryland Hotel and the Nashville Airport.
The Coach: You can expect to ride in style on deluxe 48-55 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.
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!
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.
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. The hotels tell me they are limited in accommodating specific dietary requests (Glueten / Lactose Intollerant Diets). We’ll do our best to direct you to restaurants or deli’s that may offer items that may have what you need.
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.
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, 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.
A Springtime Musical Journey to...
Nashville, Tennessee April 29-May 5, 2020
We would like to introduce you to our Nashville, Tennessee...Spring Musical Journey to "Music City". This is a lovely time of year to travel south where the dogwoods, redbuds, forsythia, tulips and daffodils are exploding with color!
Included in this seven day tour are "four" nights in Nashville at the Best Western Suites near the Opryland Hotel. You'll quickly unpack and settle in the comfort of your lovely room in no time at all. The hotel offers an elevator, breakfast each morning, coffeemakers in the rooms, outdoor pool, and a convenient shuttle that travels on the hour to the airport and the Opryland Hotel until 8 pm daily.
Wonderful tour attractions are part of this week long "Musical Journey into the Heart of Tennessee"..... The Grand Ol' Opry, Ray Steven's CabaRay Dinner Show, the Johnny Cash and George Jones Museums, Country Music Hall of Fame, RCA Studio B and the Historic Ryman Theater are on the agenda just to name a few!
We've also included a delightful Progressive Dinner at THREE Antebellum Mansion Plantations and time downtown on 2nd Avenue (Wildhorse Saloon, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge and Trapper Joe's). Another additional attractions is to spend time at the Opryland Hotel where you'll get a walking orientation tour with time for lunch and shopping at your leisure.
Yes... this fabulous tour was created with a lot of care and attention to every detail! Right now you can save $50.00 per person by registering and paying the $125 deposit by November 15, 2019. We hope you'll take advantage of this savings and register for this delightful Nashville, Tennessee tour.