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Bluegrass Festival and Music Tour 2016

Tour America and Niall Toner invite you to join them for the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Festival and Tour in Nashville.

Tour Itinerary

Sat, Sep 24 – Arrive in Nashville and be met by an Anchor Tours 55 person coach, which will remain with the group for the entire stay. Check-into the GuestHouse Inn Music Valley. Overnight Nashville.

Sun, Sep 25 – This morning we depart for Owensboro, Kentucky. Our first stop is at the International Bluegrass Museum (IBMM is the only international museum dedicated to preserving and showcasing the history, collections, and artifacts of bluegrass music – an exciting, original American art form with its genesis in Kentucky.) This facility is a state-of-the-art cultural center, paying tribute to the bluegrass pioneers and other legends, enlightening its public and inspiring its future. IBMM is committed to being a Living Museum and serves as the base of operations for numerous arts projects augmenting the public’s awareness, acceptance, and love for this original Kentucky art form. They provide an exciting hands-on museum experience complete with live music and clogging for larger tours. Visit exhibits showcasing photos from the earliest bluegrass music festivals of this nation, and works of art inspired by the folklore traditions and beauty of our music.) Here the group will enjoy a guided tour and a private audience with a bluegrass performer who will perform and also demonstrate various instruments.

Next the group will visit the Bill Monroe Homeplace and pay their respects at Bill Monroe’s grave. The Monroe Homeplace has been called the most musical home in America. It is not only the birthplace of three famous musicians, it is also the birthplace of the American musical form known today as Bluegrass. After farm chores were done, the home was a magnet that drew local traditional musicians including Bill's legendary Uncle Pen. In the summer the music and dancing took place on the porch or in the yard. In the cooler months furniture was moved outside and square dances were held in the home. There has been so much music played in the home that the fibers of the wood actually changed in response to the vibrations. The end result is that the home has become a musical instrument itself. It is believed that this is the original home site of the first Monroe’s who arrived here from Virginia in 1832. Bill was born in a log cabin on this site in 1911. The log cabin was destroyed by fire when he was five years old. This framed house was built on the same spot around the original sandstone chimney. The Monroe homeplace was restored by the Bill Monroe Foundation in 2001.

Tonight the group will enjoy downtown Nashville. Overnight Nashville.

Mon, Sep 26 – This morning the group will enjoy a Nashville city tour followed by an afternoon visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame & Studio B. Tonight the group will enjoy an optional dinner & a bluegrass band at the Long Hollow Jamboree outside of Nashville (price is €30 per person & transfers are included). Overnight Nashville.

Tue, Sep 27 – This morning we depart for Johnson City & check-in at the Doubletree Hotel. Tonight there will be a very special optional visit to the Farmhouse Gallery & Gardens for an excellent meal with bluegrass music and a hayride into the hollow where there will be a bonfire & storytelling (price is €70 per person). Overnight Johnson City.

Wed, Sep 28 – Today the group will travel to the Ralph Stanley Museum in Clintwood, Virginia where they will also enjoy a box lunch. In the afternoon the group will travel to Bristol and tour the brand new Birthplace of Country Music Museum. The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, explores the history of the 1927 Bristol Sessions and their lasting impact on our music heritage. From the Bristol Sessions and beyond, our region continues to influence music around the world. Overnight Johnson City.

Thu, Sep 29 – This morning we depart for Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina and check-in the La Quinta Inn and Suites, Chapel Hill in Durham. Overnight Durham.

Fri, Sep 30 – Today the group will attend the IBMA Festival. Overnight Durham.

Sat, Oct 01 – Today the group will attend the IBMA Festival. Overnight Durham.

Sun, Oct 02 – Transfer to Charlotte airport for flight home.

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Package Details: Price Per Person: €2,469 including all taxes *Single supplement of €499 applies. Deposit amount: €250pp

Price Includes:

  • Return flights from Dublin to Nashville, returning from Charlotte to Dublin

  • 55 person luxury coach

  • Hotel accommodations and all taxes at listed hotels

  • Daily breakfast at hotels

  • Daily entrance ticket to the Bluegrass Festival in Raleigh

  • All attractions & tours as listed

  • Assistance of Tour America Tour Guide for the duration of the tour. For Bookings go to

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