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The Vanderbilts and Christmas At the Biltmore Estate

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Program #10404RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
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Be part of the sparkling Christmas celebration at the Biltmore Estate, America's largest mansion. George Vanderbilt was the son of the wealthiest man in America at the turn of the century and his home, Biltmore, is an outstanding example of the country estates built during the Gilded Age. Learn about the Vanderbilt family, explore the grand house, enjoy the lavish Christmas decorations and become familiar with the men who built Biltmore and designed the extensive gardens and winery.


• Gain insights from local historians and authors who have an in-depth knowledge of the Vanderbilts and the Biltmore Estate.
• Learn about the Vanderbilt influence in Asheville and Western North Carolina, and explore the magnificent Vanderbilt Estate and Biltmore Village.
• Immerse yourself in the history, arts and architecture of Asheville, including a visit to the Asheville Art Museum.

Program Notes

Except where noted in the Date Notes (below), this program stays at a conference center in Flat Rock, NC – 30 miles outside of Asheville. Distances traveled each day are approximately 30 miles (up to 40 minutes), one-way. We make every effort to allow plenty of exploration time at each destination throughout the program. However, please be aware that time on the bus is crucial in getting you from place to place.

Activity Notes

Walking up to one mile, some uneven paths. Elevations up to 6,000 feet.

Date Notes
Lodging on this date is at a downtown Asheville hotel, located 1.5 miles from the heart of town and offering a free shuttle to various points of interest in Asheville's central business district.

Coordinated by Mars Hill University.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences
2 Performances


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