Upon arrival in Asheville, we will go straight to the Biltmore Estate for Downton Abbey: The Exhibition! This immersive exhibition celebrates the global hit television series, offering never-before seen interactive elements that connect you to your favorite characters, as well as the fashions, locations, and historic events of the time period. Showcased in two estate locations, Downton Abbey: The Exhibition pairs seamlessly with the real-life story of the Vanderbilt family. Next, lunch is included at the Deerpark Restaurant. This charming, rustic restaurant was originally a historic barn designed by Richard Morris Hunt. Now transformed into a courtyard restaurant with walls of windows, Deerpark Restaurant serves a generous array of Southern, family-style dishes and Appalachian specialties. Then, we’ll visit Biltmore Estate itself! Biltmore’s gardens, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, are alive with color as spring arrives. Enjoy special events and the beauty of tulips, azaleas, and countless other flowers. This Grand European estate was built by George Vanderbilt. Completed in 1895, it took a thousand workers five years to build. Inside are art treasures from Europe and outside are acres of formal gardens and miles of landscaped roadways. The grounds and gardens of this European-style estate are most beautiful at this time of the year. The house will be decorated throughout with flowers, plants, and greenery representing the entire spectrum of the growing season. Included in the estate admission is the Antler Hill Village. The Village encompasses the Winery and Farm. Enjoy exhibits at The Biltmore Legacy, delicious dining options, and a revitalized Winery tour. Explore farm life in the early 1900s with knowledgeable interpreters and exhibits in the historic Barn. Step into the everyday life of families who lived on the estate raising livestock, tending crops, and working at Biltmore Dairy. The Barn is alive with blacksmiths, woodworkers, and other craft demonstrations. An old-fashioned Mercantile shop offers Appalachian crafts, dry goods, old-fashioned candy, and more. Returning this evening, arriving back approximately 10:00 PM. (L)
Deluxe motorcoach transportation; ticket to Biltmore Estate including the Antler Hill Village, lunch at Deerpark Restaurant and ticket to Downton Abbey: The Exhibit.