December 5-8, 2022
Enchanting Holiday at the Biltmore Estate
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All pricing and included features are based on a minimum of 25 full paying passengers. Rates and itinerary are subject to change.
Desired pick up location is not guaranteed until passenger minimums are met
- Free parking with roundtrip motorcoach transportation
- Three night hotel accommodations
- Baggage handling (1 bag per person)
- Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners
- All tours and admissions as listed per itinerary
- Local Guide Service
- All taxes and gratuities
- Services of a Discoveries Journey Manager
- Accommodations at the Inn on Biltmore Estate
- Self-guided tour of the Biltmore House
- Self-guided tour of the Winter Gardens
- Guided tour of historic Asheville
- Visit Antler Hill Village & Estate Winery with wine tasting
- Candlelight Christmas Evening at the Biltmore House
Monday, December 5: Travel to Asheville, NC
5:00AM: Motorcoach will depart from Lancaster, from the former AC Moore store, 1515 Lititz Pike located in Lancaster Shopping Center on the Oregon Pike/ Route 272 side of the store.
6:00AM: Depart from Harrisburg, AAA Central Penn, 2301 Paxton Church Rd; travel to Asheville, NC with appropriate rest and meal stops en route.
George Vanderbilt introduced his new home to family and friends on Christmas Eve 1895 with a wonderful celebration that we continue today. Add Christmas at Biltmore to your calendar and enjoy America’s largest home decorated with dozens of Christmas trees, hundreds of wreaths, bows, and poinsettias, miles of evergreen garland, and thousands of ornaments.
Arrive at the Inn on Biltmore Estate. Indulge in the splendor of staying on Biltmore’s 8,000-acre estate, where you’ll be treated with the same gracious hospitality enjoyed by George and Edith Vanderbilt’s guests at the turn of the century. Feel at home in these exquisite accommodations, relaxed elegance, and fine dining in the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. Check in and freshen up before a delightful three course dinner at the Inn on Biltmore Estate in the Vanderbilt Room. Hotel: Inn on Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC(Dinner)
Tuesday, December 6: Biltmore House, Winter Gardens, Candlelight Christmas
Enjoy breakfast included at the Inn. Then you will have the opportunity to see all that Biltmore has to offer. Explore the 250-room Biltmore House filled with treasures. Discover more about the lives of people who visited, lived, and worked at the Biltmore House during George Vanderbilt’s days. Your self-guided house tour spans three floors and a basement. You’ll see displays of vintage clothing, accessories, and period pieces that tell stories and illustrate the lives of the Vanderbilt family, their guests, and employees. Get a close look at original art by Pierre Auguste Renoir and John Singer Sargent. You’ll see magnificent 16th century tapestries, a library with 10,000 volumes, a Banquet Hall with a 70-foot ceiling, 65 fireplaces, an indoor pool, and a bowling alley. Almost all the priceless objects that you see throughout the house are from George and Edith Vanderbilt’s original collection. You will have time to enjoy the Winter Gardens that are magnificent in every season. Tonight, enjoy dinner at The Stable Café followed by a Candlelight Christmas Evening visit to the Biltmore House. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Wednesday, December 7: Antler Hill Village & Estate, Tour of Historic Asheville
After breakfast we’ll enjoy a wine tasting at Antler Hill Village & Estate Winery, followed by free time to shop and have lunch on your own in the village. This afternoon, depart with your local guide for a tour of historic Asheville where we’ll discover Asheville’s noteworthy landmarks and architectural gems like the Flatiron Building, Basilica of St. Lawrence, Vance Memorial, and Grove Arcade. Tonight, enjoy a delightful dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Thursday, December 8: Depart for Central Pennsylvania
Following breakfast, check out and depart for Central Pennsylvania with appropriate rest and meal stops en-route. (Breakfast)
Hotel and itinerary are subject to change at any time without notification and/or compensation.
Tour Activity Level: 3
This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs, or on uneven walking surfaces, should be expected.
A state issued photo I.D. is required (such as a valid driver’s license). Must be 21 years old for wine tastings.
$300 per person deposit due at the time of booking to confirm your reservation. Final payment is due to AAA by October 20, 2022.
Solo Travelers Rewards Club maximum voucher redemption: $100
A $25 per person cancellation fee will be charged by Discoveries in addition to any other supplier’s fees. From September 1, 2022, to day of departure no refunds.
For your protection AAA recommends travel insurance. Pre-existing medical conditions may be waived with proper coverage if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of initial deposit only. Other conditions may apply; ask your travel agent. AAA recommends Allianz.
Temperatures for North Carolina in December average in the 50s. Casual clothes and comfortable walking shoes are recommended; be prepared for potential inclement weather. Restaurants: Collared shirts and slacks are suggested for men. Dresses, skirts or dress pants and blouses are suggested for women.
For personal comfort, group participants who need assistance are required to have a traveling companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing the needed assistance.
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