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A Biltmore Christmas

Opportunity to visit the Downton Abbey Exhibit – Illuminated with candles and soft lights, the Biltmore House appears as it did Christmas Eve 1895 when it was officially opened by George Vanderbilt.

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Highlights include:

  • Candlelight Christmas Tour of the Biltmore Estate
  • Daytime visit to the Biltmore
  • Winery Tour
  • Antler Village
  • Guided tour of Asheville
  • Folk Art Center
  • Blue Ridge Mountain Opry
  • American Sign Museum
  • Indigenous Cincinnati Gift Shop
  • Southern Highlights
  • Jungle Jims

Day 1
Sunday, December 8

Depart from the Detroit area and continue on to the American Sign Museum. It is more a monument to nostalgia than a museum space. This warehouse is filled to the brim with a private collection of commercial signs spanning the age of American consumerism. From mirrored glass and light bulbs to curlicues of pulsing neon, the ASM's highlights include old ads for KFC and McDonald's, and retro road signs for a now-shuttered HoJo's. Close by is the Indigenous Cincinnati Gift Shop with all kinds of hand made gifts for the discriminating buyer. After dinner enjoy the Southern Highlights at the Lexington Kentucky Horse Park. It is 3 miles of lights, a visitors center, vendors, partial Horse Park museum opening, train rides, camel rides and a parakeet exhibit. From there continue to the overnight accommodations in Lexington, KY.

Day 2
Monday, December 9

Breakfast is included at the hotel before we travel to Berea, KY. Enjoy a guided tour of the area and time for shopping at the many craft shops. After lunch continue to Asheville, NC with dinner included.

Day 3
Tuesday, December 10

Breakfast is included. Depart for the Asheville Visitors Center to meet your guide for a historical tour of Asheville which will include a visit to the Folk Art Center. After the tour, stop at the Grove Arcade, which features the region's fabulous foods, delicious dining and local crafts. Afterwards, visit Biltmore Village, which was built in the 1890s as a classic planned community at the entrance to George Vanderbilt's Biltmore Estate. Visit its retailers and fine restaurants. This evening's dinner will be at the Deerpark Restaurant on the grounds of the Biltmore Estate and will consist of a bountiful buffet of Southern-style entrees and Appalachian specialties. The highlight of your visit to Asheville will be the Candlelight Christmas Evening Tour of Biltmore House, which is completely illuminated with candles and soft lights as it did when George Vanderbilt officially opened the home on Christmas Eve, 1895.

Day 4
Wednesday, December 11

Breakfast is included. Board the motorcoach and depart for the Biltmore Estate where your daytime pass allows you access to the Mansion, Winery, The Antler Hill Village and the grounds. Lunch is on your own in the area. This evening enjoy a Southern-style barbecue followed by an evening of entertainment featuring the Blue Ridge Mountain Opry.

Day 5
Thursday, December 12

After an included breakfast, check out of your hotel and travel to Pigeon Forge. Enjoy a morning show and lunch before departing for Lexington.

Day 6
Friday, December 13

Breakfast is included this morning. After a few hours of driving, make a really fun stop at "Jungle Jims" in the Cincinnati area. Enjoy a guided tour of the store (subject to availability) with very tasty samples and a coupon for a treat. Lunch is on your own before departing for home.

Trip Facts

  • December 8-13, 2019
  • $939
  • $1239