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CHRISTMAS IN NASHVILLE
Put a sparkly spur in your stockin’ this Christmas! We’re puttin’ away the snow and bustin’ out southern hospitality for a twinklin’ Tennessee Christmas you’ll not soon forget! Merry Christmas from America’s country music capital, Nashville!
O Holy Night(s)! Is there anywhere better in the world to stay than the Opryland Gaylord Resort at Christmas? Nine acres of green gardens and at this time of year, 2 million pounds of ice and lights are shipped in to celebrate the Christmas season. Enjoy ICE!, an indoor winter wonderland featuring colourful hand-carved ice sculptures and slides standing more than two stories tall. We’ll head over to the Grand Ole Opry Theatre for a holiday performance before Christmas dinner back at the Gaylord, where we’ll whip up a gift exchange that makes us all feel festive (followed by a surprise!).
A tour of Music City on Boxing Day followed by lunch at Bellemeade Plantation really puts the star on the Tennessee tree. History, horses, and hospitality come alive with the help of guides in period costume. Join us on this honkytonk holiday. Christmas in Nashville, y’all!
Deluxe motorcoach transportation, 5 nights accommodation, 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners, all highlights listed, Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.
Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and HST does not apply.
• Guided tour of Nashville
• Gaylord Opryland Resort: Holiday performance and dinner, tickets to ICE! Winter Wonderland
• Grand Ole Opry Theatre performance
• Christmas dinner
• Bellemeade Plantation lunch and visit
Gravitate toward your next great adventure at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. Situated in the heart of Nashville. This luxury hotel allows you to hit all the high notes of Music City both in the area and under the hotel roof. Enjoy 9 acres of lush indoor gardens and cascading waterfalls as well as a wide variety of restaurants and bars.
ICE! is an indoor winter wonderland featuring: A walk-through holiday attraction kept at a chilly 9°F. 2 million pounds of colorful ice sculptures. Sculptures that are hand-carved by 40 artisans from Harbin, China. Four two-story tall ice slides. Full Nativity scene in stunning, crystal clear ice
Three types of ice are used in the making of ICE!
Clear, “Crystal” Ice: The most difficult to make. It is created using highly filtered de-ionized water. It takes three days to freeze the 45 gallons of water used to create each 400-pound ice block. By freezing it slowly, the molecules are able to line up perfectly, similar to a diamond or crystal.
White Ice: looks like compacted snow. It is frozen quickly, giving it a cloudy look, much like the ice made in a home freezer. By freezing quickly, the molecules do not have time to perfectly align.
Colored Ice: Dyed one of nine brilliant colors, colored ice is used for highlighting and accenting many of the ice sculptures. These giant blocks are made with simple food coloring that is added during the freezing process and the water must be stirred constantly to ensure a consistent color throughout the block.
The troupe of ice-loving artisans hails from the city of Harbin, located in Northeast China, where relentless winter winds blow across from neighboring Siberia. Temperatures in Harbin fall dramatically to an average of only two degrees, sometimes plummeting to -36 degrees! Harbin stays below freezing for almost half the year. Ice sculpting has been a tradition of the village dating back thousands of years.
Source: Gaylord Opryland Resort
Come to Belle Meade Plantation to experience everything that is beautiful about the South. Guests are warmly invited to delve into the rich history of this lovely home and estate by taking part in a diverse list of both enjoyable and educational activities. This site is dedicated to the preservation of Tennessee’s Victorian architecture, history, and equestrian legacy.
The story of Belle Meade comes alive, as your period-dressed guides lead guests through the mansion and tell the exceptional and intimate stories of the various people that created Belle Meade Plantation. Throughout the 45-minute guided tour of the Greek-Revival Mansion, a century of the plantation’s history is told through the stories of the Harding-Jackson Family. From the complimentary wine tastings to the newly refurbished ice cream and fudge shop, Belle Meade provides many activities for the entire family.
When you walk through the doors of the historic Ryman Auditorium, one thing becomes clear right away: this isn’t just another nightly music venue, and it’s so much more than a daytime tourist stop. This place is hallowed ground. This is the exact spot where bluegrass was born—where Johnny Cash met June Carter, where souls were saved and a slice of history was nearly lost. It was right here that country music found an audience beyond its own back porch, and countless careers took off as deals were signed on napkins and paper scraps backstage. This is a building where anything is possible: a soul can find redemption, a crumbling building can find salvation, and an unknown kid with a guitar can find his or her name in lights.
The Grand Ole Opry is a country music stage concert founded on November 28, 1925, by George D. Hay as a one-hour radio “barn dance” on WSM. Currently owned and operated by Opry Entertainment, it is the longest running radio broadcast in US history. Dedicated to honoring country music and its history, the Opry showcases a mix of famous singers and contemporary chart-toppers performing country, bluegrass, Americana, folk, and gospel music as well as comedic performances and skits. It attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world and millions of radio and internet.
• Lima, OH: Hampton Inn (1 night)
• Nashville, TN: Gaylord Opryland Resort (3 nights)
• Lima, OH: Hampton Inn (1 night)
Board our luxury motorcoach and relax as we make our way to Lima, Ohio. After crossing the boarder in Sarnia, we’ll check into our hotel and enjoy a welcome dinner as a group this evening.
Stay: Hampton Inn, Lima, OH
Gaylord Opryland Resort
Stay: Gaylord Opryland Resort, Nashville, TN
Meals: B, D
Grand Ole Opry Performance, Opryland Resort Dinner & Show (Christmas Day)
Meals: B, L, D
Nashville Sightseeing, Bellemeade Plantation (Boxing Day)
Wake up this morning and after breakfast we’ll enjoy a guided tour of Nashville followed by lunch
Meals: B, L, D
Stay: Hampton Inn, Lima, OH
Meals: B, D
- Sunscreen is an essential product to have, regardless of the climate. Since UV exposure is unavoidable, a hat and sunglasses are also suggested for your protection, even in the winter.
- Mosquito repellent can prove useful in wooded areas or in the evenings in some regions.
- Comfort is important when on vacation. Bring comfortable walking shoes. And loose, casual clothing is suggested to keep you cozy.
- Pack extra batteries and memory cards for your camera.
- Always pack an extra jacket or sweater in case of inclement weather or cooler evenings. DeNureTours recommends you dress in layers, so you can add or remove layers if the temperature rises or drops.
- Use every corner, nook and cranny of your suitcase when packing. Rolled sweaters and bulky clothing occupy less space, but clothing that wrinkles easily should be laid flat. Roll socks or underclothing and pack them into shoes, and slip smaller items into side pockets.
- Use sample-sized toiletry items and always transport containers of creams and liquids in a sealed plastic bag.
- Keep an extra set of keys for your luggage.
- Always prepare for the possibility of rain. An umbrella, or rain jacket will easily fit in your luggage, and could prove to be the most useful article you pack. When travelling as a couple, bring two so neither person gets half wet.
- Pack your bathing suit.
- Pack a good book, or a deck of cards to keep you busy during free time.
- Leave items of monetary or sentimental value at home. Costume and faux jewelry always travels well.
- If you require corrective lenses, pack an extra pair of glasses or contacts.
- If you wear dentures, and have a second set, pack them just in case. You’d be surprised how often these important items end up where they shouldn’t.
- Not all hotel rooms are equipped with alarm clocks. While most hotels offer wake-up calls, a small travel alarm clock might prove useful.
- Couples travelling together may find it wise to split their belongings between two suitcases. If one suitcase should go missing, neither person is left without a change of clothes.
- Remember to pack any medications or prescriptions in your carry-on and not in your suitcase in case of emergency or luggage misplacement. Medications should be packed in their original containers for security reasons.
- Keep a listing of your recent medical history with you, including medications you currently take, prescription or otherwise, as well as allergies you suffer from, and any medical conditions you have. Carry the listing in your wallet, and leave a copy with your emergency contact person at home.
- Identify your luggage with an identification tag as well as your DeNureTours luggage tags.
- If you carry travellers’ cheques, record the numbers of the cheques and keep this list in a separate location. When travelling as a couple, put some cheques in your partner’s name so you both have access to funds.
- Always carry your travel insurance policy with you, and read it carefully before you leave.
- Always carry your passport, or other important identification on your person. Make a photocopy to keep in your suitcase.
- Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months after your return date. This is a requirement for entering certain countries.
- Always check the spelling of your name on all documentation you receive. Often, your travel documents must match your passport or birth certificate. It is imperative that your legal name be listed correctly on your documents. Failure to comply may result in your being denied entry to a country, or boarding on an airplane or cruise ship. Name changes on documents may be subject to a change fee.
- Use extra copies of your travel itinerary and hotel listing to distribute to friends or relatives, so you can be reached in case of emergency.
- Keep a log of your purchases, including what you paid in foreign currency and the equivalent in Canadian dollars. This will assist you in filling out customs forms. Keep all receipts.
- Secure your home before you leave. Arrange for a friend or neighbour to pick up mail and check in periodically. Have someone cut your lawn (or shovel your driveway) and care for your property. Set automatic timers on the lights and television. Empty the refrigerator of perishables. Lower your thermostat to save on energy.
- When flying, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, and limit your intake of caffeine and alcoholic beverages.
- To avoid circulatory problems on a plane or coach, walk up the aisle every hour or so. Periodically, stretch your legs, arms, shoulders and neck.
- Arrive early for flights. DeNureTours recommends to check-in 90 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights, or 2-3 hours prior for international flights.
- An inflatable travel pillow can make you more comfortable on long coach rides or flights. The U-shaped pillow keeps your head from rolling during travel, reducing the risk of neck pain.
- Avoid the use of perfume or scented sprays on the coach or an airplane. These are confined spaces, so be courteous to your fellow travellers who may be allergic or sensitive to scents.
- Get as much rest as possible before you leave.
- Try your best to be flexible. Unexpected things can happen. Your holiday will be more enjoyable if you are open-minded.
Tips to waiters, taxi drivers, step-on guides, tour directors and drivers are a tangible way for you to express your appreciation for jobs well done. This practice, though customary, is voluntary and is not included in tour prices. As a guide to the amounts to tip, the following amounts are suggested:
- Taxi Drivers – Drivers should be tipped 10% of the taxi fare.
- Waiters – For meals that are not included in the tour price, tip waiters between 15% and 20% of your bill, but never less than $1.
- Tour Directors and Drivers – A gratuity of $4 per person per day is suggested.
The pace of a tour varies by itinerary, as each destination, its sightseeing and the activities are unique. Pacing is often subject to personal interpretation, but our trip pace indicator on each tour page may assist you in determining if a tour is suitable for you.
Day-by-day itinerary descriptions can be found on our website or requested from our office. Generally, the more activities included, distance travelled in a day, or number of hotel changes, will increase the pace of a tour.
Some of the most unique sightseeing is found in locations that can be a challenge for motorcoaches, especially in historic areas. For your comfort, we recommend packing walking shoes so you fully enjoy every aspect of your holiday.
Tours with the highest “On-the-go” ratings require a level of activity that is not suitable for those who use either walkers or wheelchairs. If a trip pace is not ideally suited for you, our reservations team will be happy to help you find your perfect vacation.