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  • Location:Nashville, Tennessee
  • Duration:7 hours (approx.)

Historic Tennessee - Southern Plantations and Presidents

See the South’s deep history first-hand on this historic tour of Tennessee, departing from Nashville by charter bus. On this guided experience, you’ll explore Southern plantations and presidential estates as well as learn about prominent Nashville and Civil War history. Hear Nashville’s storied past on a guided tour of the Belle Meade Plantation and Andrew Jackson’s manor, The Hermitage. History buffs won’t want to miss this.


  • A 6.5-hour historic tour of Tennessee, from Nashville
  • Visit the Queen of the Tennessee Plantations, Belle Meade Plantation
  • See the stately manor of Andrew Jackson - The Hermitage
  • Stop for lunch at historic Hermitage Smorgasbord (own expense)
  • Enjoy wine tasting at Belle Meade

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What You Can Expect

Historic Tennessee - Southern Plantations and Presidents

The Hermitage, home and final resting place of Andrew Jackson

Your 6.5-hour Tennessee history tour begins with a comfortable charter bus ride to the stately manor of Andrew Jackson, The Hermitage. Home of the seventh U.S. president, historians consider President Jackson’s Hermitage the best preserved early presidential home. Explore its quarters just as President Jackson and his staff did back in 1836.

Stroll the lovely formal gardens, then visit the slave quarters, the estate’s original 1804 cabin and the sight where this president and his wife were laid to rest. Afterward, lunch is on your own accord at the on-site historic Hermitage Smorgasbord, offering a traditional Southern Buffet, including dessert. From there, continue on your chartered bus ride to the Belle Meade Mansion.

Known as the Queen of the Tennessee Plantations, the Belle Meade Plantation was the centerpiece of a 5,200-acre estate, world-renowned as a thoroughbred stud farm and nursery in the 19th century. It’s a prime example of Southern Greek Revival Antebellum architecture. The present 30-acre site features 10 outbuildings which include an 1832 slave cabin and a colossal carriage house and stables.

The day comes to a leisurely close with a wine tasting session at the Winery at Belle Meade Plantation in the afternoon. Sip the estate’s wines, such as chardonnay and cabernet, while enjoying views of the vineyards, then board the bus to return to Nashville.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Outstanding! My 28 year old daughter and I had a mother/daughter long escape weekend to Nashville. Out of all of the activities there, we enjoyed this the most. Fabulous historic tour and guides and overall a wonderful day. Do not pass this up!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Tour was really good. It was a great way to see the Hermitage and Belle Meade Plantation. Lunch was delicious. I would have like to spend more time at the Hermitage so maybe lunch could be moved to 12pm instead of 11:30am.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Even though it was a light rainy day we enjoyed the tour. Very informative and enjoyable. Bus driver kept us entertained.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

If you have a day to spend immersed in Nashville history, this is the tour for you. We were picked up from the Gaylord Opryland hotel, but the bus does pick up at some other hotels. The first stop was Jackson's plantation and slave cabins, which were remarkably preserved. Then it was lunch at a 70's-style buffet restaurant which did not serve the best food, but it was fast and cheap. Next, we toured the Belle Meade Plantation and it was very beautiful with many elaborate furnishings. It also had slave cabins, which were worth taking the time to tour and read the history plaques. Also, there is a winery at the Belle Meade, which you had the option to go to and do some wine tasting. We bought some wine to have shipped back to our house. Of course, at both plantation sites there was a gift shop. I highly recommend this tour for history buffs!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

From pick up to drop off our tour was excellent. Tour guides were very knowledgeable .

Mary S
United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Wonderful tour !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

It was a great tour. Definitely do this one if you can. I would have liked to spend more time ar Belle Meade. It seemed too short. The history of it all was excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

wonderful history and everything was so neat to learn about. All the tour guides were great and spoke clearly and always had smiles and were polite.

Bruce W
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was an excellent tour. Margaret Mitchell did a tremendous job as the author, revealing much about her life in an amusing and well presented performance. We also learnt a lot about the history of Atlanta.

The only suggestion I'd make is that directions to the slightly out of the way pick up point should be given for visitors using public transport as well as those driving. We planned to walk from Five Points Marta but the surrounding area and Broad Street in particular was the only place in Atlanta we felt somewhat uncomfortable - there was a large police presence on foot and in cars and we overheard talk of trouble the previous night. There are probably better routes to get to the pick up point.

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