Grand Ol' Opry . Barbara Mandrell's Home "Fontanel" . Ryman Theater General Jackson Sunday Brunch Cruise . Loretta Lynn's Plantation & Ranch Country Music Hall of Fame . Wild Horse Saloon on 2nd Avenue
$ 1799 Per Person Double / $ 1599 Per Person Triple/ $ 1499 Per Person Quad / $2479 Single Occupancy
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. These include the historic Grand Ol’ Opry, a cruise the Cumberland River on the General Jackson Showboat, Fontanel, the previous home of Barbara Mandrell, and Loretta Lynn's Ranch (home and museum) at Hurricane Mills. We'll stay 4 nights at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel which is a venue in itself to include dining, shopping and recreational activities underneath signature glass atriums. It is situated on 9 acres of lush indoor gardens and cascading waterfalls. It's an amazing property! 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!
Your Tour Includes:
Round-Trip Deluxe Motor Coach Transportation
Central & Northeast MN and Northwest & Central WI (Same day departure!)
Six Nights Lodging (4 nights at the Opryland Hotel-Atrium View Rooms) Plus Overnights in Elgin, IL @ Country Inn & Suites
The Grand Ol’ Opry (Friday Night Live Radio Evening Performance)
Lunch and Tour of Fontanel Mansion (Previous Home of Barbara Mandrell with strolling musicians & storytellers)
Cumberland River Cruise on the General Jackson
Loretta Lynn's Ranch in Hurricane Mills (Visit her Southern Plantation, Museum and Tour)
Time in Historic Downtown Nashville on 2nd Avenue – Visit the Wildhorse Saloon
Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Historic Ryman Theater's Backstage Tour
Area Tour of Nashville, Tennessee and an Orientation Walking Tour of the Opryland Hotel
Free Time to Explore At Your Leisure
Eight Meals; 6 Breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
Luggage Handling, All Taxes, Tips for Porters & Included Meals, Fully Escorted
Your Nashville, Tennessee Day By Day Itinerary Will Look Like This:
Tue, Apr 26- Day 1: Travel from various areas of Northeast and Central Minnesota meeting up along the way the day of departure (April 27th). Stops are made as the day goes along. We try to stop every 21/2 – 3 hours as needed. Our destination on our first day is Elgin, Illinois with an ETA of 5:00 pm. Our hotel is the Country Inn & Suites (a lovely property with an indoor pool with Jimmy's Char House Restaurant right next door.) The evening is yours to enjoy as per your own agenda. Evening meal and activities are on your own tonight.
Wed, Apr 27- Day 2: We’ve dedicated this day to traveling southeast to Tennessee after our full deluxe continental breakfast. Again stops are made as the day progresses. Our ETA to Nashville is 5:00 pm. We’ll get checked in to the lovely Gaylord Opryland Hotel and unpack our bags for the next FOUR nights. While our luggage is being delivered to our rooms, we'll gather for an "Orientation Walking Tour" of the property (45 minutes). This hotel is amazing and in your key packets are vouchers for the Delta boat ride to enjoy at your leisure while here. You’ll think you’ve arrived to totally differenr world …. If you’ve never been there before, it’s difficult to explain. Just believe us…it’s unbelievable. Our rooms overlook the Atrium. Your dinner and evening activities are at your leisure. Breakfast
Thu, Apr 28- Day 3: A full breakfast is included at the Opryland Hotel before beginning our day in Nashville, Tennessee! Our first stop: The Fontanel Mansion, former home of Barbara Mandrell. This is the first time we’ve ever visited there as it’s newly opened to the public You’ll feel as though you know Barbara Mandrel personally by the time you leave. Lunch is included during our visit today. After our tour and lunch, we'll discover the beautiful city on a fully narrated Nashville Area-City Tour. We’ll learn about the history, the music and the people as well as drive by celebrity homes and more. Our next stop is the historic Ryman Theater. Here we'll relive the days of old with a guided backstage tour in the downtown historic district of Nashville. We’ll return to the Opryland Hotel for the rest of the day as per your own agenda. Breakfast and Lunch
Fri, Apr 29 - Day 4: Another wonderful full breakfast is included at the hotel before experiencing another great day in Music City! Our fist appointment is at the Country Music Hall of Fame in the historic downtown district. Again, this museum is amazing! Even if you’ve done this museum before, most of my groups enjoy seeing it again. We'll also be sure to make a stop by the Wild Horse Saloon. This also offers a great venue to get lunch here or at another venue in the historic district. In the late afternoon, we'll return to the Opryland Hotel where you'll have time to relax a bit our next event ... a true Nashville ICON. Tonight we'll travel to the Grand Ol’ Opry for the Friday night live radio performance. We’ll know about a week before our arrival who the celebrities will be at the Opry. Breakfast
Sat, Apr 30 - Day 5: Enjoy a full breakfast before setting out on another great day of sightseeing. Today, we'll make our way to Hurricane Mills (about an hour away). Loretta Lynn's Ranch is a delightful stop! Who knows... maybe she'll be home like the last time we visited there! Regardless, the Coal Miner's Daughter's home, ranch and museum at Hurricane Mills will leave you feeling like family. We'll return to the hotel allowing time to freshen up before taking folks out on an evening Dinner Cruise on the General Jackson Paddlewheel and Showboat. Upon conclusion of the cruise, we'll return to our lodging for a well-deserved night's rest. Breakfast and Dinner Cruise Sun, May 1 - Day 6: We’ll begin our journey homeward after breakfast. Again, the day is dedicated to travel. We’ll make stops along the way as needed. Just set your seats back and enjoy the scenery as you travel through rolling hills and green fields of Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois. Our ETA tonight to Elgin, Illinois (Country Inn and Suites) is 5:00 pm. Evening activities & dinner are at your leisure tonight. Breakfast
Mon, May 2 - Day 7: Homeward bound with many fond memories. Our drive through Illinois and into Wisconsin will bring us to our destination in the late afternoon and early evening. Folks from the central Minnesota locations can expect to arrive home around 5 pm to St Cloud; 5:30 pm to St Stephens / Rice area and 6 pm to Little Falls and Baxter area. Folks form Northern Minnesota estimated arrival home is as follows; 4:30 pm to Superior; 5:00 pm to Duluth; Eveleth and Virginia at 6:30 pm and Hibbing around 7:00. Grand Rapids folks will arrive home around 7:45 pm. Breakfast
______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 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 1, 2016. Final payment is due March 15, 2016. Monies refunded between Mar 1 - Mar 20, 2016 are contingent to what Happy Trails Tours receives from hotels, theaters, attractions, tour companies and charters. No refunds with cancellations made after March 20, 2016. Travel Insurance is highly recommended.
We reserve the right to adjust the schedule for the benefit of all travelling. Happy Trails Tours, INC has no control over theaters, hotels, restaurants, attractions associated with this tour. If a change occurs, we’ll try to replace with something of equal value and will let you know of any major changes as they occur.
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 what-so-ever 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. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Only minutes from downtown
Nashville but miles from ordinary, Fontanel Mansion is a 27,000
square foot log home on 136 acres of pristine land formerly owned by Country
Music Hall of Fame® member Barbara Mandrell. Nashville's only country music
mansion tour, the Mansion gives visitors a sneak peek into the lives of country
music greats by providing a truly interactive experience. You
are invited to step inside one of the most beautiful log homes in the world.
While touring this log masterpiece, you will be entertained by personal stories
of the Mandrell family along with other incredible stories of other artists
that only music insiders have heard. Throughout this tour, guests will be led by
storytellers and musicians. Visiting Fontanel is a rare experience that only a
few chosen people were invited to do, up until now. Fontanel is a home, not a
museum. When your visits over, you'll leave as a friend.
The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly country music stage concert in Nashville, Tennessee, that has presented the biggest stars of that genre since 1925. It is also among the longest-running broadcasts in history since its beginnings November 28, 1925, as a one-hour radio "barn dance" on WSM-AM. Dedicated to honoring country music and its history, the Opry showcases a mix of legends and contemporary chart-toppers performing country, bluegrass, folk,gospel, and comedicperformances and skits. Considered an American icon, it attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world and millions of radio and Internet listeners. The Opry, today part of the American landscape, is "the show that made country music famous" and has been called the "home of American music" and "country’s most famous stage."
On the General Jackson Sunday Brunch Cruise and Show, you'll have an unforgettable time aboard the historic 300-foot-long General Jackson Showboat. You'll cruise the Cumberland River and enjoy a seated dinner and stage show aboard the largest showboat in the world. The General Jackson Dinner Cruise is one of the most popular activities in Nashville.
If the hallowed walls of the Ryman Auditorium could talk, the remarkable story they would tell is unmatched in entertainment history. Its construction is a tale of divine inspiration. In the 1880s, when prominent businessman and steamboat captain Thomas G. Ryman found salvation in the words of fiery evangelist Reverend Sam Jones, he vowed to build a great tabernacle that would project Rev. Jones’s voice clearly and powerfully for all to hear. Designed by architect Hugh Cathcart Thompson in the Late Victorian Gothic Revival style popular at the time, Tom Ryman’s vision became a reality with the completion of the Union Gospel Tabernacle in 1892. After his death in 1904, the Union Gospel Tabernacle would henceforth be known as the Ryman Auditorium in honor of the man who built the Nashville landmark.
The Ranch at Hurricane Mills: Loretta and her family moved to this beautiful plantation nestled in the rolling hills of Tennessee in 1966. She still lives there today. We'll visit the ranch, her home, the gristmill and museum. Take The Legend of Loretta Lynn comes alive in her new 18,000 square foot Museum located on her Ranch and Home in Hurricane Mills. Loretta has amassed a huge collection of memorabilia and awards from her career as well as mementos from her many beloved friends in the World of Entertainment. Visit Lady Loretta Boutique also located in the Museum.
Things to Know before you go on your Nashville, Tennessee Tour
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 Gaylord Opryland Hotel is a fabulous 4 star resort property.
The Coach: You can expect to ride in style on deluxe 48-55 passenger motorcoache with reclining seats, big windows, restroom, TV’s & VCR & DVD. We stop every 2 - 3 hours for breaks. Wi-Fi is also availible.
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 preference either way.
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.