A candlelight Christmas celebrated in the palatial mansion of George Vanderbilt is an occasion to be treasured. Over 100 years ago, the first guests were welcomed into the Biltmore House, and we receive the same warm feeling of welcome today. This is a perfect little getaway, so come along with us as we journey to the magnificent Biltmore House.
Day 1 – Biltmore House Candlelight Tour – Victorian Holiday Dinner – Today, we travel to Asheville, North Carolina and check directly into our hotel for some rest before we board our coach and make our way to the grounds of the Biltmore House. This lovely mansion was formally opened on Christmas Eve 1895. We will be able to see the Biltmore House on this tour just as the Vanderbilt’s knew it. Before our candlelight tour of the house, we’ve included a Victorian holiday dinner at the Stable Café. As day turns to night, a short drive takes us to the main entrance of Biltmore House, where dozens of flickering luminaries light the main roadway. Inside, crackling fireplaces and hundreds of candles cast a warm glow as we catch the smell of pine and potpourri drifting throughout the house.
Day 2 – Asheville Trolley Tour – Antler Hill Village & Winery – After an included breakfast, we take a narrated trolley tour of Asheville. Our informative tour highlights the history and mustsee points of interest in this city of surprises. Next, we return to Biltmore Estate to explore the gardens and Antler Hill Village. We’ll have time for shopping, exploring, and viewing the historical exhibits. You may choose an optional visit to the Biltmore Winery while we are here. Dinner is included this evening. Overnight same hotel.
Day 3 – Home – After an included breakfast, we return home from our experience into an era of opulence and grandeur. Memories of our Victorian feast and the candlelight tour of this most impressive mansion will last forever. Meals: 2B, 2D