OAKLAND, Calif., July 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Uncommon Journeys, the leading U.S. purveyor of deluxe rail and cruise programs, is offering "Autumn in the Great Smokies," a unique 14-day land, rail and riverboat holiday November 7-20, priced from $4,895 per person/double occupancy.
Enjoy scenic tours, fabled estates, a celebrated train ride and a 7-day voyage aboard the deluxe riverboat Louisiane, the intimate flagship of America's newest river cruise line that will explore food, music and culture along the Cumberland, Ohio and Mississippi rivers.
The journey begins with an overnight in Atlanta at downtown's Atlanta Hilton and a welcome reception at Trader Vic's. Depart in the morning for a scenic drive to Asheville, NC and two nights at the Doubletree Biltmore. Take a guided tour of Basilica of St. Lawrence, Grove Arcade and Grove Park Inn, followed by a tour of the Vanderbilt family's European-style Biltmore Estate and lunch on the estate.
Then onto the Great Smoky Mountains National Park complete with a ride on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad through Nantahala Gorge along the Little Tennessee River with highlights that include Horseshoe Curve and Fontana Lake Trestle. After lunch, drive to Gatlinburg through the Great Smoky Mountains for two nights at the Park Vista Resort.
Tour Cades Cove, a beautiful 11-mile loop road through the Smokies, dotted with pioneer homesteads amidst blue-misted mountains. Explore Gatlinburg, then head to Nashville's Grand Opryland Resort, with afternoon and evening at leisure.
After exploring the sounds and tastes of Music City USA, transfer to French America Line's Louisiane for a remarkable 7-night voyage to Memphis, with all meals, house wines, beers and spirits, and nightly live entertainment included.
Walk in the footsteps of 42,000 Civil War soldiers at the Fort Donelson National Battlefield in Dover, TN. Visit the quirky Purple Toad Winery and the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY. Enjoy two scenic days of cruising. Learn about the 1811 earthquake in New Madrid, MO that caused the Mississippi to flow backwards. Conclude with a special overnight shipboard stay in musical Memphis.
Book by August 31 and receive pre-paid shipboard staff gratuities of up to $420 per couple.