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Nashville Memorial Day Weekend Group guided event UPDATE: I am still not sure if the Nashville Balloon Festival is happening. No one has heard from the promoter for some time, and tickets have still not be put on sale. For those of you who signed up for this event with the Balloon Festival in mind, my apologies. It might happen, but no one seems to be able to give me a straight answer. DATES: Arrive Friday, May 24, check out Monday May 27. ACCOMMODATIONS: We'll now be staying at the La Quinta Inn, Nashville airport. Total room cost is $125 per room, or $75 per person per night, double occupancy. There is no option for single upgrade, so price would be $150 per night. I have 5 rooms reserved and can add more if the demand is there. Note, I will cancel any unused rooms on Monday, May 20th. You must submit your payment by that time to be guaranteed a room. If you plan to arrive on Saturday, please confirm and prepay. If you’re a single we’ll match you with a roommate. Local attendees can meet up with us daily. TRANSPORTATION IN NASHVILLE: I have reserved a 10-person van to carry us around Nashville as a group. The cost is $100 per person if you’d like to participate. That’s less than 4 Uber rides, and much more convenient. Those with a car can choose to get around on their own. However, this may not be practical for sightseeing, etc. I can get a larger van if needed. Here's an agenda, subject to change at this point. I’ll schedule a webinar the week before the event to discuss optional excursions and to nail down the exact itinerary with those who have RSVPd. Friday, May 24 Arrive and check into hotel after 3 PM. (Transportation to Nashville on your own). My plan is to spend the evening in The Gulch, an area near downtown which is home to some great restaurants and bars. Biscuit Love is not to be missed! We can also see who’s playing at the Bluebird Café for the early show. Saturday, May 25 This will be our Nashville tourist day. We’ll jump in the van and see the Country Music Hall of Fame, Music Row, Centennial Park, Opryland Hotel, and more. Around 3 o’clock we’ll head back to the hotel to relax before heading out for the evening. Saturday evening around 6, we’ll head downtown to one of the many great restaurants dotting downtown. We’ll decide as a group, but some of the options include Pucket’s Grocery, Acme Feed & Seed, Kid Rock’s Steak House, and Hard Rock Café. After dinner we’ll explore the honky-tonks on Lower Broadway. Trust me. You’ll remember this evening for a long time! FYI, if you’re an Eric Church fan, he’s in concert at Nissan Stadium. This will be a good weekend for live music. Sunday, May 26 For early risers and those so inclined, we’ll take a leisurely walk around Radnor Lake https://tnstateparks.com/parks/radnor-lake around 9 AM followed by brunch. Then we’ll head south to enjoy the Tennessee Renaissance Festival in Arrington. Everyone is in costume and in character, so you’ll truly feel transported back in time. Tickets are $25. www.tnrenfest.com/. On the way back we’ll stop at Kix Brooks’ “Arrington Vineyards” to taste the wines. Monday, May 27 We’ll sleep late tonight before checking out of our hotel. Some people will be flying out and others I know will be driving home. There will be a number of events going on. If the Balloon Festival is a go, we’ll check it out. Otherwise here are some options we’ll vote on as a group: • Attend Nashville Symphony concert • Visit replica of Washington’s Vietnam Memorial on temporary exhibit • Enjoy the Super Cool Funfest https://www.facebook.com/supercoolfunfest/ • Attend “Hard Working Americans” album release block party on Broadway. • Visit Cheekwood Home and Gardens https://cheekwood.org/ COSTS: Hotel 3 nights @ $75/night PP, double occupancy - $225 Van - $100 Does not include transportation, meals, admission to optional venues, concerts etc.
First things first: this country is the Netherlands, its people are Dutch, they speak Dutch. There is no country called Holland, but there are provinces of North and South Holland. The Netherlands is part of a Kingdom with the same name: The Kingdom of the Netherlands — which is headed by the Dutch Royal Family. We’ll start our journey with 3 days in Amsterdam: Saturday, May 25 – We’ll arrive Saturday late morning and check into our hotel, the 4-star Albus Hotel in city center. We’ll then enjoy a walking tour of the city, ending at the famous Red Light District where we’ll sightsee and enjoy a group dinner (not included) Sunday – We’ll take a guided bus tour of the city, and after we’ll visit the Van Gogh museum and dinner together after. Monday – Today is on your own, and there is lots to see in this amazing city. We’ll have plenty of suggestions for you. We’ll reconvene that evening to have dinner together. Amsterdam has some amazing world-leading restaurants, including the number 2 rated restaurant in the world. Here is where things get interesting. We’ll break into two groups. The first group will take the train to the small town of Noordwijk, a village on the North Sea outside of Voorhout where we’ll check into the Prominent Inn Hotel. This is the center of the tulip region and will be our home for the next 4 nights. For 3 days we’ll ride a loop in a different direction through the countryside visiting small villages and hamlets along the way. Included in this group: * 7-speed hybrid bicycle * breakfast every morning * electric bikes are available! Cycling ~ Group 1 Tuesday – Arrive in Voorhout and tour the town. We’ll have our private bus take us the the village of Noordwijk where we’ll settle into our hotel and have dinner together. Wednesday – BULBFIELDS ROUTE (visit the Keukenhof), 23-27 mi. This route is especially attractive during the Spring when a lot of the bulbs are in bloom. From Noordwijk, the route goes through the center of Noordwijkerhout, where you can visit the old little white church. Passing the Oosterduinse Lake (you can go for a swim during the summer) and along the Leidsevaart (canal), you’ll arrive at the bulb fields near Hillegom. Thursday – COUNTRY ESTATES ROUTE, 23-35 mi. This route goes through the beautiful dunes south of Noordwijk to The Hague. The “Coepel” dunes lie between Noordwijk and Katwijk up until the “Wassenaarse Slag” and the nature reserve “Berkheide”, followed by the wooded water conservation area of “Meijendel”. You’ll cycle through The Hague, passing the Peace Palace, the Royal Palace Noordeinde and the “Binnenhof”. Friday – VLIETLAND ROUTE, 32-37 mi. Going South, your Dutch bike tour now takes your through dunes and brings you to Katwijk and Wassenaar. You will pass castle Duivenvoorde if you follow the description to visit the castle. Following the Vliet (a canal) you reach the recreation area the Vlietland. Going straight through the University city of Leiden back to Noordwijk. River Barge ~ Group 2 Second group will board our own private river barge in Amsterdam and will tour the canals and tulip fields from a different perspective! This group will make our own itinerary and dock in a different village each night. Tuesday through Friday – Over 4 days we’ll explore the rivers and canals south of Amsterdam, tulip fields, villages, and more. A specific itinerary is coming. Saturday – Saturday we’ll reconvene in Amsterdam for a final evening meal before returning home on Sunday. $450 single upgrade To sign up go to www.worldtravelandadventure.com