Activity note: Will require walking a few blocks to dinner venue.
Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant which features a variety of foods such as fish, chicken and pasta. We will order from a limited special menu where you may chose what you wish to eat with service of a plated meal. Coffee, tea, soft drinks and water provided. Alcohol not included. Other beverages at the expense of each participant
Evening: Orientation - The Group Leader will great everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures including contact numbers for key staff, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and staff may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own. Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night's rest for the day ahead.
Activity note: Active day - bus to venues but considerable walking/standing at Capitol and Hermitage. May walk up to mile at each venue and both involve stairs and hills. Belmont Mansion is a historic home and touring does involve stairs.
Breakfast: Buffet Style Breakfast in hotel. This is a quite extensive buffet with eggs, meats, fruit, cereal and other typical breakfast fare. Coffee, tea, juice, milk and water provided.
Morning: Following breakfast, the group will board a charter bus for a short trip to the Tennessee State Capitol. While at this venue we will hear a lecture and be led on a tour by the foremost expert in Tennessee History. Tennessee's foremost historic building is an architectural masterpiece. It sits appropriately at the highest point in Nashville. The Greek Revival design by noted architect William Strickland was intended to reflect Tennessee virtues. Strickland considered it his crowning achievement. Construction began in 1845 and was completed in 1859 - just three years before it fell to Union troops during the Civil War. Among the historic halls and chambers, we expect to see the Governor's reception room, House of Representatives, Senate, and old State Library. (Because the capitol is a working building for the chief executive and legislature, all areas may not be available at the time we visit.)
Lunch: Group lunch at Hermitage, home of Andrew Jackson where you will enjoy a pre-ordered meal in the Kitchen Cabinet Cafe. Only food available at this venue is sandwiches..
Afternoon: The Hermitage was the home of Andrew Jackson - the first so-called "People's President" - from 1804 until his death in 1845. At first, the 425 acre spread had only a few log buildings. The mansion we see today was build several years after Jackson return from military service as the hero of the Battle of New Orleans. Although he lived the life of a wealthy, slave-holding planter, he came to represent the interest of The Common Man. The Hermitage served not only as a private home, but a place for entertaining notable people and playing politics. You will see the home during a docent guided tour follow by time to explore the grounds on your own.
Dinner: Dinner at Belmont Mansion will be served in the Grand Salon. This will be a buffet style meal with tea and water provided. Other beverages are not available at this venue.
Evening: The guiding force behind Belmont Mansion was a fascinating woman named Adelicia Hayes Franklin Acklen Cheatham. After her first husband died and left her a wealthy widow, she and her second husband built Belmont - originally called Monte Belle - that was completed in 1853. Adelicia became the grande-dame of her Italian-style villa surrounded by elaborate gardens. Our private visit will be led by the Executive Director who will tell us more about the adventurous Adelicia and Belmont, now on the National register of Historic Places.
Activity note: Travel to morning Opry tour and General Jackson by bus. Return to downtown or remain at the Opry Complex and walk through the Opryland hotel on your own. Dinner is on your own either downtown or at the Opry Complex. The evening will end with a live performance at the Grand Ole Opry (those who choose to go back to town will board a bus to return to the Opry. This day requires considerable walking, especially iw you wish to see the hotel.
Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet at Hotel
Morning: Enjoy a personally guided Behind the Scenes visit at the Grand Ole Opry where you will see dressing rooms, visit the set of "Nashville" TV show, and stand on the stage of the Opry. (If available - venue sometimes closed for load-in or tapings.)
Lunch: Aboard the General Jackson Showboat choose from a tasty buffet including a salad, choices of main dish and side dishes, and a dessert served at the table. Tea, coffee and water available with other beverages at your own expense. While enjoying your lunch you will be cruising to downtown Nashville on the Cumberland river. During your meal you will also enjoy a professional country music performance. After your meal and show you will have time to explore the outer decks of this paddle wheel boat.
Afternoon: Following your cruise you may choose to return to downtown Nashville on your own or to enjoy a self-guided walking tour of the Opryland Hotel (largest non-casino hotel in the country). Because of cost and time involved in returning to town, we recommend you stay in the Opry area.
Dinner: Dinner this evening will need to be an early meal, as you need to be seated in the Opry before the performance of the live radio show begin - suggest you be at Opry no later than 6:30 PM. After you enjoy walking through the hotel (boat ride in Delta fun too and you will learn some history of the hotel), you may eat in either the hotel or in the Opry Mills mall right by the Grand Ole Opry. There are shuttle busses which run on a regular schedule from hotel to mall and Opry but wait may be longer than it takes you to walk.. Restaurant venues in the hotel or mall vary all the way from a food court to very fancy dining. Walking through the entire hotel is over a mile of walking if you want to see it all.
Evening: Enjoy a live performance of the Grand Ole Opry. This is an actual live radio show.
Activity note: Taken between venues by bus, but will walk/stand in all locations. The Parthenon does require some walking/standing. Belle Meade is a historical home with stairs and to visit the lunch area and enjoy the wine tour it will require walking on the grounds. We will also walk on uneven ground at the Nashville Cemetery.
Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast in hotel
Morning: Nashville's Parthenon is a full-scale replica of the magnificent original in Athens. It contains a 42-foot tall gold covered statue of Athena inside. The plaster replicas of the Parthenon Marbles were cast from original sculptures that now reside in the British Museum in London. We will have a personally guided tour of this amazing structure.
Lunch: After our visit to the Parthenon we will travel by bus to the Belle Meade Mansion. Following a docent guided tour of the primary residence we will also enjoy a wine tasting from the wines produced at the Belle Meade winery along with a privately plated luncheon.You will also be able to visit the carriage house and some other buildings original to the property. You will be able to purchase bottled wine after your tasting but cannot consume individual glasses on the premises.
Afternoon: Boarding the bus for a trip back to the city we will learn about some of the people who made Nashville famous during a personally guided walk through the City Cemetery, the oldest public cemetery in the city. (Weather conditions may involve a change to Mt Olivet an important cemetery in Nashville history and burial site of Confederate soldiers.)
Dinner: Dinner on your own and free time to explore local honky tonks and other downtown Nashville venues. A list of some nearby restaurants will be provided.
Evening: Take this opportunity to enjoy some of the honky tonks or head to the Wildhorse Saloon to line dance.
Activity note: Charter bus to venue in the morning. Other travel by circuit bus which can be boarded at the Frist Center for Visual Arts and stops by the Country Music Hall of Fame about a block from the hotel. Walking/standing during both architectural tour and gallery tour at the Frist. Other optional venues near the Frist.
Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast in hotel
Morning: Travel to charter bus to the Frist Center for Visual Arts. Expert led lecture where we will learn of the history and architecture of this amazing Art Deco former Post Office. Enjoy a docent led adventure through one of the galleries (there are not permanent exhibits here and the exhibit will vary with when you are here).
Lunch: Enjoy your lunch at the Frist Center for Visual Arts where you will have a gourmet sandwich, side and non-alcoholic beverage of your choice.
Afternoon: Following lunch, you may choose to visit the Union Station (next door and now a hotel but much of original architecture remains); walk across the street to Christ Cathedral which has some Tiffany stained glass windows; or visit the art exhibit that is not a part of your tour. You'll then board the circuit bus at the Frist and travel back to the stop near our hotel where you can enjoy the self-guided tour of the Country Music Hall of fame including the rotunda here inductees are commemorated. (All will receive maps in their information packets the first evening.)
Dinner: We will meet at a unique local restaurant (clear directions provided) which specialized in BBQ where we will enjoy a family style meal in a private dining room. Here we can share our favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends and prepare for departure after our final activity tomorrow.
Activity note: We will walk to the Ryman Auditorium which is about 4 blocks from the hotel. There is a Circuit bus available at the end of the tour if you choose to stay downtown or not walk back with the group at the end of the tour.
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in hotel
Morning: Lecture and guided behind the scenes visit at the historic Ryman Auditorium, the most famous of the homes for the Grand Ole Opry. This venue closed in 1974 and was schedule to demolition but was refurbished in the 1990's and reopened for tours and performances. During winter months the Grand Ole Opry has returned to this venue for performances and many Opry performances were here following 2010 Nashville flood while the new (41 years old) Opry House was being repaired. Many performances other than country music are also here. After the tour, we'll return to the hotel to check-out. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning experiences and we look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsaadventures. Best wishes for al your journeys.