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HOLIDAY SEASON IN NASHVILLE
The Music City is filled with a holiday feast of activities and entertainment that gets you in the Christmas spirit. This tour offers an ideal mix of guided tours, live shows and grand accommodation to make the holiday season memorable.
Celebrate a ‘Country Christmas’ at the 4-star Gaylord Opryland Resort. With nine acres of lush gardens and a river flowing through the resort, you can wander the water-themed hotel for hours. The resort will be decorated with more than 2 million twinkling lights and hosts the spectacular Hall of Trees. Gaylord Opryland Resort is also home to the ICE! Winter Wonderland, where 2 million pounds of ice are painstakingly carved by 40 artisans.
Music fans will love the sounds of the season here with performances by Trace Adkins at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Amy Grant and Vince Gill at the iconic Ryman Auditorium.
Find the perfect gift for friends and family at the Opry Mills Mall and the Treasure for the Holidays craft show. Round out your holiday with a guided tour of Nashville, which will be delightfully decorated for the season.
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
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.
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum adds a strikingly modern touch to the Nashville skyline and is situated at the epicenter of the city’s rapidly growing core and a block from the popular honky-tonks of Broadway. The museum, called the “Smithsonian of country music” because of its unrivaled collection. The museum has 350,000 square feet of dynamic state-of-the-art galleries, archival storage, education classrooms, retail stores, and special event space boasting stunning downtown views. Source: countrymusichalloffame.org
The Fontanel Mansion was built in 1988 for Barbara Mandrell and her family. The name Fontanel, which is the soft spot on a baby’s head, was picked by Barbara Mandrell because she wanted this to be the “soft spot” for her family and bring them all together. The Mandrell family lived in the house from 1988 to 2002.
Veteran artist manager Dale Morris is now sole owner of nearly two-thirds of the Fontanel property in Whites Creek. Morris paid $9.87 million for 117 acres at 4225 Whites Creek Pike, which includes land on which the Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater and Fontanel Mansion stand.
In the heart of the lush Fontanel estate sits a magnificent 33,000-square foot log home. Whether you’re a country music fan or a fan of architectural splendor, the Mansion at Fontanel is the place to enjoy a one-of-kind experience. The Mansion, once the home of countrymusic megastar Barbara Mandrell, boasts over 20 rooms, 13 bathrooms, 5 fireplaces, 2 kitchens, an indoor pool, and an indoor shooting range. The rooms are filled with mementos and memorabilia, many belonging to the current owners, who are very successful music managers, and other items belonging to the numerous music stars associated with Fontanel. What gives every room so much character are the tales and experiences of the country music greats who have spent time at The Mansion. Additionally, the personal collections of current owners Dale Morris and Marc Oswald are featured, including one-of-a-kind items, personal photos, and keepsakes of the artists they currently manage.
The General Jackson Showboat is one of the largest showboat cruises in the country and its dock is found on the Cumberland River. Having launched its cruises in 1985, it has provided quality entertainment, live music, and fun to visitors for more than three decades. Thousands of people have enjoyed this famous attraction. The boat itself has a lot of stunning features, with a length of 274 feet and a towering height of 55 feet. It features a paddle wheel that is 36 feet long and 24 feet in diameter. The boat is comprised of four decks, which hold features such as the Heritage Hall, a gift shop, the Victorian Theater with a sit down dining area and comfortable seating, balconies, and tons of outside viewing opportunities. If you are wanting to enjoy a completely unique experience, make sure to board this fantastic showboat.
The Johnny Cash Museum opened in April 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee, to honor the life and music of the country superstar often referred to as the “Man in Black”. It houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash memorabilia and artifacts in the world, including a stone wall taken from his lake house in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and is officially authorized by Cash’s estate.
Located in the heart of Downtown Nashville. Ranked #1 music museum in the world by Forbes, Conde’ Naste, and National Geographic Traveler.
Explore the life and legend of country music’s top female entertainer of all time. Rare, never before seen artifacts are presented in an interactive, state-of-the-art setting. The Patsy Cline Museum opened April 7, 2017, on the second floor of the Johnny Cash Museum. It is home to an extensive collection of Patsy Cline memorabilia as well as real-life artifacts once owned by the country singer, who died in a plane crash in 1963 at the age of 30.
The Bluebird Café is a 90-seat music club that opened in 1982. The club features acoustic music performed by its composers. Some performers are established singer/songwriters, and others perform songs written by other artists. The Bluebird receives over 70,000 visitors annually. The restaurant has been featured as a location on ABC’s drama Nashville. By March 1983, Kathy Mattea had landed a record deal; she had only been playing The Bluebird Café regularly for a few months. After that, the venue became known among musicians as the place to play. Others of The Bluebird’s regular songwriters began to land record deals. The Bluebird Café Scrapbook was published in 2002. It is a history of the club, its famous writers, events, and employees, as told by the writers, employees and other witnesses. In 2002 The Bluebird Café received an Academy of Country Music Award for Night Club of the Year.
RCA Studio B is a music recording studio in Nashville, Tennessee built in 1956. Originally known simply by the name “RCA Studios”, it became known in the 1960s for being an essential factor to the development of the production style and technique known as the Nashville Sound. A sophisticated style characterized by background vocals and strings, the Nashville Sound both revived the popularity of country music and helped establish Nashville’s reputation as an international recording center. Its adjacent building, RCA Studio A, was also later central to the development of this technical artistic sound.
The studio is located centrally in the historic Music Row district. Currently studio B is managed by the Country Music Hall of Fame and it runs scheduled tours of the facility.
Beyond the countless recordings made by legendary music artists here, Elvis Presley is known to have made more than two hundred song recordings at this location.
The National Park Service listed it on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.
Deluxe motorcoach transportation, 5 nights accommodation, 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 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
• Country Music Hall of Fame
• RCA Studio B
• Treasure for the Holidays craft show
• Shopping at Opry Mills Mall
• Lima, OH: Hampton Inn (1 night)
• Nashville TN: Gaylord Opryland Resort (3 nights)
• Lima, OH: Hampton Inn (1 night)
Travel by deluxe motorcoach crossing the border in Sarnia. Get to know your fellow travellers over dinner in Lima, Ohio where you’ll stay overnight.
Stay: Hampton Inn, Lima
Continue your southward journey through Kentucky, before arriving in Nashville. Settle in at the Opryland Resort where you’ll spend the next three nights. An entire city under one roof, the resort offers you a multitude of shops, eateries, and activities. With nine acres of lush gardens and a river flowing through the resort, you can wander the water-themed hotel for hours and never see it all.
Tonight you’ll head to the Ryman to see the Amy Grant and Vince Gill Christmas Show.
Stay: Gaylord Opryland Resort, Nashville
Day3 - 4
During your time in the Music City enjoy a city tour with a local guide. Then discover the legends of Music Row with a visit to RCA Studio B, Nashville’s only studio tour and explore the fascinating memorabilia at the Country Music Hall of Fame. You’ll also enjoy an evening holiday performance and dinner at the Gaylord Opryland Resort.
To add even more excitement to your time in Nashville you will have the chance to celebrate the wonders of the Opryland Resort by visiting the ICE! Winter Wonderland, the festive Parade of Trees, and the Delta River Flatboat all at your doorstep.
If you’d prefer to shop, transportation will be provided to Opry Mills, Tennessee’s largest outlet shopping, dining and entertainment destination.
Meals: B x 2, L x 1, D x 1
Leave Nashville this morning and travel through scenic Tennessee and Kentucky to Ohio, stopping for overnight accommodation and a farewell dinner with your fellow travellers.
Stay: Hampton Inn, Lima
Meals: B, D
Continue northbound after breakfast this morning, crossing the border in Sarnia on your journey home.
- 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.