Day 1: We are on our way to making a Christmas memory as we depart this morning headed for the Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee. Our travel today takes us to Fairview Heights, IL, for the night.
2: Today we travel through Illinois and southern Indiana on our way to Louisville. Our first stop in Louisville is at the Kentucky Derby Museum which showcases the thoroughbred industry and the Kentucky Derby Race. Next we check into the beautiful Galt House Hotel where we visit “KaLightascope”, a display of magical Christmas luminaries handcrafted by Chinese artisans. This evening we enjoy the “Ladies For Liberty” dinner show at the hotel.
3: We continue south and east into North Carolina to the city of Asheville. This evening we take the candlelight tour at the Biltmore House with its elaborate Victorian Christmas decorations. Night in Asheville.
4: Today we travel through the Smoky Mountain National Park. In the afternoon we attend a show at one of the many music theaters in Pigeon Forge. This evening we have dinner and enjoy the show at Dixie Stampede. Next two nights in Pigeon Forge, TN.
5: This morning there is time for some shopping in one of Pigeon Forge’s large outlet malls. This afternoon and evening we enjoy Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas with its 1,200,000 lights that create a winter wonderland.
6: We leave the Smoky Mountains behind as we make our way back west to Belleville, IL, a suburb of St. Louis. This evening we stay at the hotel on the grounds of the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. We enjoy a buffet dinner at the Shrine restaurant before driving through the Way of Lights, an extensive display on the Shrine grounds that highlights the Christmas season. Night in Belleville.
7: As we travel through Missouri and back to Kansas we have time to reminisce about all of the wonderful Christmas memories we have experienced on this tour.
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