Bluegrass & Bourbon Trail

  • $1699
  • 10



From country music to Rock ‘n Roll with soul, this tour is destined to have you toe-tapping from the very first day. But this tour isn’t only for music lovers, you’ll also explore the great Smoky Mountains and the Daniel Boone National Forest. Horse lovers will cherish the visit to the horse farm as well Churchill Downs, the home of The Kentucky Derby. But that’s not all! If you appreciate a good bourbon, you love Lynchburg, the home of bourbon. And you won’t want to miss the world-famous Jack Daniel’s distillery!

On this smarTours American Road Tour, enjoy the convenience of a thoughtfully planned itinerary and carefully selected accommodations combined with the freedom and flexibility to travel from the comfort of your own car (or rental car)! We’ll have scheduled guided tours along the way to tell you about the rich history and culture of each destination and you’ll share this experience with other like-minded smarTours travelers!


For the safety of everyone in the group, smarTours requires all travelers to provide a negative, viral COVID-19 antigen or PCR test issued no more than 3 days prior to departure, documentation of recovery from COVID-19 from your healthcare provider, or proof of full vaccination before leaving the United States.

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • 2 nights in Memphis
  • 1 night in Lynchburg
  • 1 night in Chatanooga
  • 1 night in Pigeon Forge
  • 1 night in Lexington
  • 1 night in Louisville
  • 2 nights in Nashville


  • Live it up on Beale Street
  • Graceland Elvis Experience Tour & the Planes
  • See how Bourbon is made with Jack Daniel’s Distillery tour
  • Visit the Chatanooga Choo Choo
  • Explore the Great Smoky Mountains
  • Hike in the Daniel Boone National Forest
  • See Churchill Downs
  • Horse Farm visit
  • Kentucky Derby Museum
  • Country Music Hall of Fame
    & RCA Studio B
  • Nashville City Tour

Activity Level: Discoverer 

Your Tour

  • Accommodations at carefully curated hotels
  • 11 meals: 9 breakfasts & 2 dinners
  • Meticulously planned meet-ups, group meals & excursions
  • Sightseeing tours & entrance fees per itinerary
  • Local welcome guide
  • Parking at hotels
  • All applicable taxes

Tour Itinerary

Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.

Before you depart, we’ll send you detailed tour information including directions, meeting times, routes, places of interest, recommendations, and more. We look forward to being your trusted guide on this remarkable journey.

We’re also monitoring the situation in these states very closely and will provide additional details about our hygiene and safety guidelines before you depart. These include social distancing practices, optional meet-ups and/or meals, and more.

Arrive in Memphis

Today, you will begin your journey in the musical city of Memphis and explore the birthplace of the blues. When you arrive at the hotel, a Welcome Desk with a “smarTours” sign and your local Tour Guide will be there to answer any questions you may have. This evening, you’ll enjoy dinner with the other smarTours travelers.

Comfort Inn Downtown or similar | Dinner


Memphis combines the charm of the Old South with the exciting pace of a modern metropolis. Today you’ll spend the morning at Graceland, home of the late Elvis Presley. Admission to the Elvis Experience is included. You are free to explore Memphis for the rest of the day at your leisure. You might enjoy visiting the Rock & Soul Museum, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music or Sun Studio where musicians such as B.B. King, Elvis Presley, and Jerry Lee Lewis recorded their rock ’n’ roll hits.

| Breakfast


Today you’ll explore Lynchburg! You’ll start with a visit to the famous Jack Daniel’s whiskey distillery. While touring the Jack Daniel’s Distillery (admission is included), learn about the great American wonder of the Cave Spring Hollow, and discover more about the history of the distillery. Don’t miss Nina’s Taste of Tennessee and indulge in the sweet treats and surprises that this quaint shop has to offer. Many of her sweet treats are made with a variety of Jack Daniel’s whiskey.

Hampton Inn Tullahoma or similar | Breakfast


Today you’ll venture into the 4th largest city in Southeast Tennessee and taste the South’s favorite snack food, the Moon Pie, which originated in Chattanooga in the early 1900s. The city has received national recognition for the renaissance of its beautiful downtown and expansion of its riverfront. You won’t want to miss the Chattanooga Choo Choo Train Station. This iconic train station has been turned into a hotel. The station was first built in the historic district in 1908.

Chattanooga Choo Choo or similar | Breakfast

Chattanooga/Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge

Today you’ll make your way north to Gatlinburg and pass through the rich culture and natural beauty of Knoxville, which has the perfect blend of southern hospitality and modern development. Start off your day by taking a scenic hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with its plentiful trails and beautiful surroundings. You may wish to visit the Sugarlands Distilling Company, where you can enjoy the varieties of samples they offer. Or perhaps you will choose to visit the Smoky Mountain Brewery and have a quick lunch. Afterwards, stroll through the downtown Village Shops and…


Today you will leave Gatlinburg and make your way through Kentucky. On this journey you will experience the scenic views of the Appalachian Mountains and the Mississippi River, with the Ohio River forming a northern boundary. You’ll begin your morning in the Horse Capital of the World, located in the heart of Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region where you’ll embrace the rugged terrain of the Daniel Boone National Forest, named after the fearless legendary American pioneer. Don’t miss Cumberland Falls, the majestic 120-foot wide, 67 foot tall waterfall located in the Daniel Boone…


Today you’ll visit a horse farm on the way to Louisville. En route you’ll pass by small towns and luscious green fields. Before you reach Louisville, you will visit the home of the world’s most famous thoroughbred horse race, the Kentucky Derby which takes place at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday each May. You might want to bring a beautiful hat for the occasion! Recently featured in the movie Sea Biscuit, Churchill Downs is the mecca of American horse racing and home of the Kentucky Derby Museum.

Hampton Inn Louisville Downtown or similar |…


This morning you’ll tour a distillery on your way to Nashville. Once in Nashville, Music City USA, you will enjoy a guided walking tour of downtown. You’ll enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. We suggest you visit to the Opry Mills shopping Center or take a stroll through the Music Valley’s Wax Museum of the Stars and witness life-size wax figures of many country music stars. The State Capitol in downtown Nashville gives visitors a taste of Tennessee’s history and natural wonders and also serves as a lasting monument to Tennessee’s Bicentennial celebration. The…


Today you’ll visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and tour the iconic Studio B. Historic RCA Studio B was once the recording home of popular music titans such as Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Eddy Arnold, and the Everly Brothers and is a popular cultural attraction. The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum adds a strikingly modern touch to the Nashville skyline and is situated at the epicenter of the city’s rapidly growing core. The museum, called the “Smithsonian of country music” because of its unrivaled collection, recently unveiled a $100 million expansion, doubling its…

Depart Nashville

Today you’ll leave the capital of Country and Western music and head home. We hope you will bring lasting memories and appreciation for the rich history of this region.

| Breakfast

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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single supplement is $849

Please note that all optional tours and excursions must be prepaid to smarTours in advance of departure

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $99 per person for all 2021 departures, and $300 per person for all 2022 departures. Full payment is due 60 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.

Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

All optional tours must be pre-booked and prepaid to smarTours in advance of departure.

Memphis City Tour

  • From approx. $39 Per Person

Discover all that Memphis has to offer and truly learn what the city is all about. This overview of the most historical landmarks in Memphis takes you past downtown and the Mississippi River, Beale Street, Cotton Row, Victorian Village, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Graceland and Sun Studio (admission not included), the Pyramid, and the Lorraine Hotel where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. View statues of Elvis Presley and B.B. King, stop at A Schwab, a 20-year old General Store, and see the world famous march of the ducks at the Peabody Hotel.

Nashville Old Town Trolley Tour

  • Nashville
  • From approx. $39 Per Person

Explore the dynamic state capital of Tennessee with an optional city tour aboard Old Town Trolley. Along the way we’ll see the Country Music Hall of Fame and Ryman Auditorium where some say bluegrass was born and Johnny Cash met June Carter. While exploring the city’s landmarks, you might discover some new country music classics before they even hit the charts while visiting one of the many recording studios around town.

Stops include:

  1. Lower Broadway
  2. Country Music Hall of Fame
  3. Johnny Cash & Goo Goo
  4. Ryman Auditorium
  5. Tennessee…

Grand Legends Tour at the Grand Ole Opry House

  • From approx. $82 Per Person

Experience a fully guided backstage, behind-the-scenes, dressing-room tour of the Grand Ole Opry House, where the world’s most beloved, and longest-running live radio show is still performed. Stand on the hallowed circle front and center on the famous stage, where the greatest voices in country music have stood and performed for so many years. Next it’s on to the fabulous Gaylord Opryland Resort for a guided tour of this 4.5 acre hotel. See its beautiful indoor gardens and waterfalls and experience a ride on a Delta River Flatboat inside this gorgeous hotel.