Autumn in the Great Smoky Mountains offers breathtaking views of fall colors. Leaves begin to turn to their brilliant colors of red, orange, and yellow around the second week in October and usually reach their peak between mid-October through early November. Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America’s most visited national park.
Day 1, October 15:
Overnight at the Inn at Christmas Place. Dinner is included tonight. (D)
Day 2, October 16:
Today we are at Dollywood for the Gospel and Harvest Celebration. Dollywood’s Southern Gospel Jubilee ﬁlls the valleys and peaks of the Smoky Mountains with inspirational and uplifting hymns from the world’s biggest groups, like Gold City, Ernie Hasse, The McKameys and more. Each fall unique artisans from around the country visit Dollywood to share their beautiful handmade crafts with guests during Dollywood’s Harvest Festival. In addition to Dollywood’s own skilled craftsmen, many talented artists set up shop to demonstrate a number of traditional crafts. Dinner is included. (B, D)
Day 3, October 17:
This morning, we take a three-hour tour into the Smoky Mountain Park to Newfound Gap. Travel the scenic mountain road around the famous “Loop” by way of the highrising Chimney Tops. At the top of the mountain we will stop at Newfound Gap which marks the Tennessee, North Carolina State line. You will have opportunities for photos at stops along the way.
Next, we return to Gatlinburg, visiting Anakeesta for lunch on your own and time to explore. Your visit to Anakeesta includes a scenic ride via the Chondola to the summit of Anakeesta Mountain where you enter our magical Fireﬂy Village. From there, enjoy spectacular views of downtown Gatlinburg. At the top, you’ll experience majestic views of Mt. LeConte, quaint gift shops and casual dining at our Smokehouse BBQ food truck or savory pastries, pies, cookies, hot drinks, and of course ice cream at Pearl’s Pie in the Sky. Then, we return to the hotel, with free time to visit Christmas Place Shops or Tanger Mall. Dinner is included tonight before we attend the Smoky Mountain Opry. (B, D)
Day 4, October 18:
Return home with wonderful memories of Fall in Pigeon Forge. (B)
- DOLLYWOOD HARVEST FESTIVAL, with the Southern Gospel Jubilee, America’s largest Southern Gospel event.
- Day tour to Newfound Gap
- Three nights’ deluxe accommodations at Inn at Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge
- 6 meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners
- Deluxe Motorcoach transportation/driver’s gratuity
- FULLY Escorted by Jane’s Journeys
Cost Per Person:
$200 deposit with reservation; ﬁnal payment due by September 1, 2019.
$20 early-bird discount with deposit received before January 31, 2019, to be deducted from ﬁnal payment.
Cancellation insurance due to illness can be purchased for $58 for double, triple quad; and $93 for single, to be paid with deposit.