The Heritage Tour of America | Joe Walsh Tours

The Heritage Tour of America

The Heritage tour of America | Sample Itinerary

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We invite you to join us as we trace the journey of some of the 200,000 Ulster/Scots who left Ulster to seek a better life in America. They left from every county in Ulster and became leaders, Presidents, giants of Industry and heroes of the United States. Join journalist and renowned author, Billy Kennedy, (author 11 books on the Scots-Irish in America) on this fabulous journey as we visit the homes of Davy Crockett, Andrew Jackson and Sam Houston, to name but a few. We also visit Nashville, taking in the ancestral home of Andrew Jackson, The Grand Olde Opry and the famous General Jackson steamboat.

Day 1 | Depart for Nashville:
Arrive in Nashville and be met by your coach driver who will accompany the group for the full duration of the tour. We check in at the Guesthouse Inn Music Valley. Overnight: Nashville

Day 2 | Nashville:
This morning travel down to Franklin, a beautiful American Civil War town with Scots-Irish roots. Leading Nashville country singers live here. The afternoon is free for shopping or just enjoying Nashville. This evening attend at the Grand Ole Opry. Overnight: Nashville

Day 3 | Nashville:
Today enjoy a city tour of Nashville taking in the Country Music Hall of Fame, Studio B, the Ryman Auditorium, Broadway and all that makes Nashville famous. This afternoon visit The Harmitage, ancestral home of President Andrew Jackson. Evening is free. Overnight: Nashville

Day 4 | Pigeon Forge:
Leave Nashville and drive to Pigeon Forge. This afternoon is an optional visit to Dollywood, the theme park owned by Dolly Parton. Check-in at the Clarion Inn. Overnight: Pigeon Forge

Day 5 | Pigeon Forge:
Today the group will visit landmarks in Knoxville (Ramsey house, the Museum of Appalachia, East Tennessee Historical Society), with some free time to relax. Overnight: Pigeon Forge

Day 6 | Pigeon Forge:
Travel Tennessee’s ‘Ulster Way’ – Pigeon Forge to Morristown (Davy Crockett’s tavern is here) to the Cumberland Gap (where Daniel Boone and the Scots- Irish settlers passed through on the way to Kentucky); Jonesborough (oldest town in Tennessee founded by early Scots-Irish settlers); Limestone, birthplace of David Crockett - his wooden home is there, and Greeneville, ancestral home of President Andrew Johnson whose grandfather came from Larne). Overnight: Pigeon Forge

Day 7 | Kingsport:
Today the group will travel across the state line and into Virginia. Travel part of the Historic Crooked Road, the home place of American Music, to Galax and tour the Blue Ridge Music Center Museum, which also provides live music. Next stop is Bristol and tour the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Then proceed to Kingsport and check-in at the Hampton Inn. Overnight: Kingsport

Day 8 | Kingsport:
This morning we travel to Clintwood to the Ralph Stanley Museum. At the age of 75 Ralph Stanley won a Grammy Award in the category of best male Country Vocal Performance for his song ‘O Death’ in the 2000 film O Brother Where Art Thou.’ Overnight: Kingsport

Day 9 | Charlotte:
Today travel south to Charlotte taking in points of interest along the way. Check-in at the Drury Inn & Suites. Overnight: Charlotte

Day 10 | Depart for Ireland:
We have the morning free to do last minute shopping or packing and then it’s off to the airport for our non-stop flight back to Dublin.

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  • Currency: Dollar ($, USD)
  • Local time: GMT -4 hours to -7 hours depending on location
  • Languages: English
  • Climate: Humid Sub-tropical Climate
  • Voltage: 120V A/C, sockets outlets and sockets Type A USA 2 pin and Type B USA 3 pin are used
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