April 9, 2009

Tour will originate in the Kingsport/Johnson City/Bristol/Abingdon area.

Explore a real life castle. Be inspired by the relaxed elegance of George and Edith Vanderbilt's 250-room family home and country retreat, Biltmore House, in Asheville, NC. Discover original art from masters such as Renoir, magnificent 16th-century tapestries, Napoleon's chess set, a library with 10,000 volumes, a Banquet Hall with a 70-foot ceiling, 65 fireplaces, an indoor pool, bowling alley, and priceless antiques. Opened to friends on Christmas Eve 1895, this French Renaissance chateau remains America's largest privately owned home.

Stroll acres of formal and informal gardens designed by America's foremost landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. From the formal beauty of the Italian Garden to America's first managed forests, Biltmore's lush landscape is a living tribute to Olmsted's genius. Their experts continually work to preserve the original vision for the gardens and grounds, including the All America Rose Garden featuring more than 250 varieties of roses.
Biltmore's gardens, are alive with color as spring arrives. Enjoy special events and the beauty of tulips, azaleas, and countless other flowers during Festival of Flowers.

Lunch will be on your own in The Stables Restaurant located adjacent to the home. You will find many venues for shopping around the estate. A treat awaits you as you visit the Winery and Gift Shop where tastings are available of the many award winning Biltmore wines. We should have many tales to share on our way back home.

Deposit of $50 due with reservation. Final payment due March 15, 2009.

Price per Person:
Optional Insurance: $7 due with reservation

Trip Highlights:
Roundtrip luxury motorcoach transportation with tour escort
Biltmore House - Festival of Flowers

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