This Amazing Fly-drive includes: flights from London, 2 nights in Washington DC, 1 night in Richmond, 2 nights in Virginia Beach, 1 night in Raleigh Durham, 2 nights in Charlotte, 1 night in Chattanooga, 2 nights in Nashville, 1 night in Bowling Green, 2 nights in Louisville and 2 nights in Lexington.
Included is a Compact car with Fully Inclusive insurance and a FREE Sat Nav.
We are delighted to let you know about a number of excursions that we can offer which will not only save you up to 50% off the local ticket prices, but save you valuable time during your stay.
You can call us free of charge on 01737 646416 to book any of these trips & tours.
Washington DC Power Pass, 24-hour £50 per person OR 48-hour £69 per person (longer durations available) – The nation’s capital offer visitors an abundance of things to see and do.... The Washington DC Power Pass provides free, instant access to all of the top Washington DC attractions including tours, museums, historic sites and outdoor experiences. Only the Washington DC Power Pass allows you to experience so much at such tremendous value!
Washington Hop on Hop off Bus Tour, 24-hour £35 per person OR 48-hour £45 per person - The Big Bus Tour takes you to all of Washington's famous landmarks and reveals the nation's capital's fascinating history. Choose from a 24 or 48-hour hop-on hop-off pass and 3 tour routes with more than 40 stops, such as the National Mall, the Pentagon, the Arlington Cemetery and the White House.
Madam Tussauds Washington, £25 per person – Madame Tussauds Washington D.C. is a fully interactive, full-sensory experience, where visitors are able to touch, see and hear major historical events and celebrities in a way unlike any other Washington D.C. attraction. The premier wax attraction pays homage to some of the most influential and important political figures in U.S. history, sports, pop culture, music, fashion and Hollywood.
Spirit Cruises Washington DC, Lunchtime £40 per person OR Evening £69 per person - Spirit Cruises is the most vibrant and theatrical dining cruise experience to hit the Washington DC area. Spirit’s performers will dazzle you with song and dance on the centre stage. These exciting entertainers are among the finest `rising stars¿ in the city, so take a good look. Sample a little bit of everything on this lunch and dinner cruises.
Old Town Trolley Tour, £35 per person - Experience the Nation's Capital on this fully narrated Old Town Trolley Tour. Guests can tour at their own pace having the opportunity to get off at any point of interest they wish to further explore, then re-board and continue the tour. Trolley Stops: - The White House - Washington Monument - Lincoln Memorial - National Air and Space Museum – Georgetown.
Newseum, £19 per person - Welcome to the Newseum, the world's most interactive museum, where five centuries of news history meets up-to the-second technology on America's Main Street. The Newseum's 14 major galleries and 15 theatres will immerse visitors in the world's greatest news stories, the people, the places and the times.
Washington DC City Tour, £50 per person – Are you looking for a quick and thorough tour of Washington DC? Then this is the tour for you! Take the Taste of DC tour, which will show you some of the most important spots around the city in a quick “appetising” format. Easy on your day and easy on your budget - you don't want to miss the opportunity to see the nation’s Capital.
DC Ducks City Tour, £29 per person - This is the most unusual tour you will ever take! DC duck is the newest, most exciting way to see Washington. Climb aboard an authentic, fully restored 1942 Duck and let the adventure begin! Enter the Water in the Potomac River. Drive by Museums and Monument and see the Nation’s Capital from land and water. From the land to the water, it is all in the same vehicle.
Tennessee Aquarium River Gorge Explorer Boat Cruise, £20pp per person - Discover Tennessee’s own Grand Canyon in this two hour scenic river cruise down the Tennessee River Gorge in the Tennessee Aquarium’s own boat, the River Gorge Explorer. This scenic waterway is a natural paradise that is home to a remarkable range of flora and fauna. The tour will be led by an expert naturalist from Tennessee Aquarium who will point out the wildlife and sites of historical interest along the way.
You’ll board the sleek River Gorge Explorer at the Chattanooga Pier. The 70-seater catamaran, the first of its kind in the south-eastern USA, will transport you downstream into Tennessee’s own Grand Canyon, the Tennessee River Gorge. Four water jets propel this hydrofoil-assisted vessel smoothly and swiftly downstream. Angled seating will allow you to relax in the climate-controlled cabin and enjoy the scenic beauty and wildlife through oversized windows.
The Tennessee River Gorge winds along 26 miles of the Tennessee River, and contains over 27,000 acres of protected land. It is the perfect setting for taking beautiful photos from the deck of the River Gorge Explorer.
Your guide will point the sites of historical interest from the American Civil War between Downtown Chattanooga and historic Pot Point as we leave the pier. Then once we enter the gorge, you’ll be able to keep an eye out for the fascinating flora and fauna that make this area their home, including many endangered species such as the Bald eagle and Mountain Skullcap.
Discover Nashville Tour, £35 per person - Spend an enjoyable morning or afternoon discovering beautiful Nashville, Tennessee, the Country Music Capital of the World. An experienced tour guide will provide you with incredible stories and fascinating local insight into Music City USA as you drive round all the main sights and attractions in an air-conditioned bus. Visit the best sights and landmarks in town including the Ryman Auditorium, Honky Tonk Row, the Country Music Hall of Fame and much, much more!
In this exciting three-and-a-half hourtour you’ll travel in air-conditioned bus around the best sights in town. Some of the Nashville landmarks we’ll visit include the world-famous Ryman Auditorium, the impressive Parthenon, the Country Music Hall of Fame and much more!
Then enjoy fascinating commentary as you tour historic Downtown Nashville, including Fort Nashborough with its American Civil War Heritage, the State Capitol, Vanderbilt University and Music Row.
This great value tour also includes admission the Ryman Auditorium - the Mother Church of Country Music, long-time home of the Grand Ole Opry and recently voted the finest concert venue in the United States. In this self-guided tour you will get a privileged behind the scenes look around this iconic music venue and museum. Exhibits feature artefacts from the Ryman's Opry years including the dress Dolly Parton wore the night she became an official cast member, Hank Williams' suit and the first Nudie suit ever worn on the Opry by Little Jimmy Dickens.
You will also tour the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the world’s largest museum of popular music and a beautiful tribute to Country Music and the artists who have made it great.
Tribute to the King, £25 per person - A Tribute to the King: Thru the Years 1953 – 1977 is a high-energy, two-hour musical tribute to Elvis, starring John Beardsley who portrays all six eras of The King's career. With over 30 songs and five costume changes, this amazing show has received rave reviews and great accolades from critics and audiences from all over the world. You’re going to be thrilled, moved and entertained by the music of the King, interpreted masterfully by John Beardsley.
The legend lives on in Nashville’s first and only continuously running show paying tribute to Elvis in the town where he recorded over 300 songs! This live musical biography will take you through all six phases of his career, from the raw energy of his earlier hits such as Mystery Train and Hound Dog right up to the glitz of the Las Vegas years.
John Beardsley’s world renowned show-stopping performance with over 30 songs and 5 costumes has wowed audiences of all ages from New York to Moscow. The show has received impressive accolades from people who saw Elvis perform many times and spent time on the road with him. DJ Fontana, Elvis’ long-time drummer described it as “a great show, very authentic!”
Time after time, Beardsley’s searingly honest performance continues to bring audiences to their feet. You’ll be greeted by a friendly smile and the meet and greet after the show is a favourite for everyone. A must-see show while you’re in Nashville. Come and see why!
Day by Day
Day 1 London – Washington
Fly direct from London to Washington DC, the nation’s Capital. Once you arrive in Washington make your own way to your hotel where the remainder of the day is free to relax after your flight.
Day 2 Washington DC
Spend your day exploring all the historic sights of Washington DC. Some of the musts include the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and best of the White House. You may also want to visit the great shops and fantastic restaurants of the Georgetown area.
Day 3 Washington DC – Richmond, Virginia
Your final morning in DC can be spent visiting some more of the sights in the downtown area that include The Capitol Building, Martin Luther King Jr Memorial and the World War II Memorial. You will also want to explore the marvelous Smithsonian Institution that is made up of 19 separate exhibits that are located across the city. After your morning exploring more of Washington pick up your car and drive to Richmond. Apon arrival check-in and enjoy the evening at Leisure.
Day 4 Richmond – Virginia Beach
Discover history, adventure and an easily accessible location in the Historic Richmond Region. Here, more than 400 years of American history live on through magnificent architecture, monument-lined cobblestone streets, and world class Museums. After your morning here continue your journey to Virginia Beach where you will spend your next 2 nights. As you arrive, get right to the table and taste the coast with a visit to the Founders Inn’s Swan Terrace Restaurant. Take advantage of their first class chef-instructed sessions for expert advice on preparing culinary creations, and learn the art of wine tasting.
Day 5 Virginia Beach
After breakfast at your hotel, head to the Farmers Market to find a rich variety of locally grown produce. In season, pick some yourself at area strawberry, peach and blueberry farms. Explore hidden gifts in your backyard with a Wild Roots and Edible Flowers Tour. Your day of living off the land will be complete with a “Paddle Feast” as you kayak quiet waterways to a delicious meal at Blue Pete’s Restaurant. Try the famous crab cakes, a local’s treat.
Day 6 Virginia Beach – Raleigh Durham
Enjoy the morning watching the fishing boats or enjoying a leisurely stroll along the coast before checking out your hotel. Continue your journey to Raleigh Durham. When you arrive check in to your hotel and enjoy your evening at leisure.
Day 7 Raleigh Durham - Charlotte
This morning visit the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (free) and the North Carolina Museum of History (free), located in downtown Raleigh's Capital District. The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences features four floors of exhibits, including prehistoric N.C. (featuring the Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur) and a dry tropical rainforest with butterflies, hummingbirds and a one-toed sloth. The N.C. Museum of History has short-term and long-term exhibitions about the history of the state, including Civil War heritage as well as the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame. This afternoon continue your journey to Charlotte where you will spend 2 nights. Spend the evening at leisure.
Day 8 Charlotte
Get acquainted with the Queen City on an engaging guided tour of Charlotte and its neighbourhoods. Take advantage of the inviting North Carolina climate at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, a 110-acre park with formal gardens, fountains and an 8,000 square foot glasshouse Orchid Conservatory.
Day 9 – Charlotte – Chattanooga
Spend the morning having breakfast and enjoying the sights of Charlotte before driving to your next destination, Chattanooga. Once arrived check in to your hotel and enjoy the evening at Leisure.
Day 10 – Chattanooga
You’ll want to start your day with an overview of Chattanooga’s history. A riverboat highlights the rich resources of the Tennessee River Gorge (the reason they have been so popular for about the last 10,000 years). Expect lots of wildlife sightings and history of Chattanooga’s first inhabitants.
Once you’ve soaked up the history of downtown, head to an equally intriguing neighbourhood – Chattanooga’s Southside. Once the financial hub of the city, the abandoned warehouses and old buildings are now occupied by restaurants, shops and art galleries. The Terminal Brew house is located in the revitalized Stong Building, a hotel built in 1909 for weary train travelers. Gourmet burger bar Urban Stack is housed in the former Southern Railway Baggage Building, one of the oldest buildings in the city.
Day 11 – Chattanooga – Nashville
You have time to grab some breakfast before driving to Nashville. Once you have arrived check into your hotel and then Head to the Opryland area to get in a bit of shopping before seeing a performance. Check out the vast selection of stores while browsing for everything from books and boots to bass fishing boats.
Day 12 – Nashville
Begin the day with an amazing, original, scientific adventure at the Adventure Science Center! Complete your astronaut training and tour the solar system in the new Space Chase exhibit wing. Make your way Down the Hatch to The Heart of It All, Body Battles, Brain Storm Theatre, and other interactive exhibits in Body Quest, as you learn how your body works. Plus, experience the Adventure Tower, Sudekum Planetarium, BlueMax, and more!
Enjoy lunch at the Nashville Farmers' Market, featuring exciting culinary experiences from all over the world in their food hall. After lunch visit the Country Music Hall of Fame before enjoying the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Day 13 – Nashville – Bowling Green
Grab some breakfast before driving to Bowling Green, Kentucky. Once you arrive check into your hotel and head into town for a bit to eat.
Day 14 - Bowling Green - Louisville
Enjoy your only full day here by taking a short drive to Mammoth Cave National Park. Mammoth Cave National Park preserves the cave system and a part of the Green River valley and hilly country of south central Kentucky. This is the world's longest known cave system, with more than 400 miles explored, a true natural Beauty. After visiting the caves drive to Louisville where you will spend your next 2 nights.
Day 15 – Louisville
Churchill Downs- Backstretch Breakfast Tour- Start your day by experiencing the exclusive atmosphere of a morning at the track with a preview of the magical process of training world-class Thoroughbreds during the early morning workout. Kentucky Derby Museum- Experience Derby Day from the starting gate to the finish line. The Kentucky Derby Museum brings the pageantry and excitement of the Kentucky Derby to life. Feel the excitement of the crowds and hear the thunder of the hoofs with a presentation of “The Greatest Race”. Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory- Tour the World- famous bat factory. Admire the world’s largest baseball bat before going inside to see how Louisville Sluggers are made. Have an all-star experience by swinging a bat just like Babe Ruth’s, facing down a 90 mph fastball and sharing a dugout with Mickey Mantle. The “Louisville Slugger” has been essential in the sport of baseball since 1884.
Day 16 – Louisville to Lexington
Drive the 1hour 20 mins journey to Lexington, the remainder of your day is free to explore the sights of Lexington
Day 17 – Lexington
Enjoy your only full day in Lexington by shopping in Bluegrass, meeting Lexington’s four-footed celebrities in their own home, Kentucky Horse Park - The Kentucky Horse Park lives up to its reputation as the place to get close to horses as their daily show and activity schedule demonstrates. Home to many different breeds, large and small, the park introduces you to the world of the horse. Experience the behind-the-scenes sights and sounds of a real working horse farm as you explore the grounds. Kentucky Horse Park tickets include admission to the world-renowned International Museum of the Horse, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the American Saddlebred Museum - the Showplace for Saddlebreds, a Horse-Drawn Tour and equine presentations throughout the day. Some shows and/or special events may require a separate or additional charge.
Day 18 – Lexington – London
Grab some breakfast and maybe a last minute glass of Bourbon before heading to Lexington airport for your afternoon flight home.
Day 18 London
Arrive back in the UK after what was hopefully a fantastic holiday.