THIS TOUR WAS FANTASTIC! I had never heard of the Battle of Franklin before, and now, I will never forget it! You cover three sites and ALOT of information on this tour - every moment of your tour is spent learning about the battle from the moment everyone is on board the bus until you exit the bus. You hear about the battle many time but from different points of view, so you end your day with a very thorough knowledge of the battle and just how awful it really was. If you are a history buff, this is a MUST do! Our driver, Terry, was SO knowledgeable and helpful and friendly but he WILL keep you on schedule! You do have a 50 minute stop for lunch - I do NOT recommend Gina's Italian food. No one in our party cared for it we had pizza and spaghetti. The one negative is that you can not take pictures INSIDE in the houses insurance purposes but I understand why and the policy DOES protect these sites for future visitors so I can't complain too much!
This was the highlight of our trip! I took my 3 teenage children and they recommend this trip as well. The bus tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. The tour guides at our venues were amazing, friendly and astute. Their knowledge of the civil war events, homes and area were extraordinary and their passion comes through. We had several choices for lunch at an eating area. A very insightful and moving tour.
Fantastic tour that everyone visiting Nashville should do. Extremely interesting guides and history
Informative, well organized and at time moving in the impact on visitors. Our driver gave a wonderful detailed commentary en route and the guides at each of the three locations were incredibly knowledgeable and well prepared and truly conveyed the drama that occurred at each location. My only invitation is to the attendees on the bus: listen to the commentary! That's why we take a guided tour. Our driver dropped the commentary after the loud, animated and unrelated conversation between the two people sitting right behind him one of them a Viator employee! distracted so much from what he was trying to say that he turned off the microphone and the remainder of the drive to site 1 was in silence. We missed out on his expertise but I understand his position completely. If you are going on a tour, be on a tour! Talk about other things and show each other pictures on your iPhones somewhere else and some other time. Other than that - truly a moving, five star Civil War experience.
This was a tour we had planned as a filler for a day when we didn't really have anything to do, but it ended up being the highlight of our trip to Nashville. We are both in our late 20's and thoroughly enjoyed this tour! Educational, entertaining, and thought-provoking! If you are in Nashville, this is a MUST. We learned a lot, were touched by the things we saw...but were also thoroughly entertained. I can't wait to come back to Franklin! Although most of the people on the bus were much older, I think this would be a great activity for people of all ages. Some of the subject matter is a little macabre, just a warning if bringing children. It is a tour I would have enjoyed as a child, though. Just to touch on some points in other reviews: 1 Yes, there are no pictures allowed in the houses, but I am glad that is the case. You are coming here to see something special that you can't witness anywhere else. It is worth coming here to see and experience in person instead of pictures on the internet. Just remain present in the moment. The memories from these houses and the sights that you see will last a lifetime! 2 This tour is NOT redundant or boring! Each stop on the tour has something special and unique to offer. We connected emotionally with each separate family and story presented in each house. 3 The tour guides are INCREDIBLY knowledgable and enthusiastic about the subject matter. Any question that you have, they have an answer that exceeds your expectations! I was very impressed by them. 4 We are not history buffs, but we do enjoy learning and seeing new things. Even being unfamiliar with the story and with the events connected with the area and time period, we were able to appreciate and understand the presentations that day. FIVE STARS!!
American history was very well presented. This tour was educational, relaxing and somewhat entertaining which I didnt expect to be entertained We thoroughly enjoyed it, Linda from Arizona
It was a very interesting tour. It was unbelievable what went on during that time in our history. So much death and injury.
FANTASTIC!!! Guides were super - it was like reliving the past in person
This was such a great tour and to hear the history and see the areas where the War was fought was very moving. The tour guides and bus driver were very informative and interesting. I recommended it to everyone I talked to. This is one tour I will remember for a very long time.
Our tour guide Terry was amazing and the tour itself was very interesting and we learned a lot. I really enjoyed this tour and would recommend it to anyone visiting Nashville.
I had a mixup on this tour... My fault. That said, we ended up visiting two of these houses on our own and thoroughly enjoyed the information. Visiting Franklin Tn to see and hear about the events that took place here is a must. If I go back, I will do this tour because the guides provide so much more information and background.
If we all had history teachers like the guides on this tour, we would all know so, so much more about our own country! They are some of the most passionate and knowledgeable people we have ever come across in our travels around the world. They put you in the time and place, as well as the struggles of the people who lived and died in Franklin. I would HIGHLY recommend this tour to anyone who thinks they know the history, who would like to know the history and especially for those who think they don't care at all.
We really enjoyed the tour. All of the guides were so knowledgeable and the experience was very emotional.
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I took my Granddaughter and her friend on this tour during her birthday visit to Nashville. She's 20 and I thought it might be a little boring for her but she loved it. The whole Franklin, TN area has soooo much history. Enjoyed the homes that we toured. Especially enjoyed the tour guide at the Lotz House. The Van driver was very knowledgeable - great service.
It rained on this tour, but even with that we loved it!!! Thankful for our safe, wonderful driver who avoided the interstate as much as possible! Loved that! The guides at the Carter house and the Lotz house were great!! Had never heard about the Battle of Franklin, but now I know. So sorry the Lotz family felt fear in the South and moved. What a loss for TN!
Very informative and great narrators that are very committed and serious about the story that they tell about the battle of Franklin!
A series of three visits to three buildings at the centre of one of the least known but viciously fought encounters of the later stages of the conflict. Effectively an integrated series of tours with a break for lunch. Three impressive well informed guides who showed genuine enthusiasm for their subjects. Augmented by a friendly knowledgeable driver.
This was a superb tour - the driver picked us up on time and was knowledgeable and willing to share info while traveling to our destination. The plantation was a great tour and , the Lotz House tour w/TJ was super .
It would have been nice to be dropped off in town to have lunch - instead of at a shopping center where there were 2 restaurants but ones we have @ home. When on vacation we enjoy trying local fare (ribs, BBQ etc) otherwise we would recommend VIATOR to friends and family
I had a wonderful day learning about the Franklin Battle. Each of the three houses had a professional tour guide. Our bus tour guide had a video that prepared us for the tours and he pointed out sites on the road. It was informative and interesting. The only disappointment was our lunch stop was not in the historic town of Franklin. I would have loved to have a short time to explore the shops. Our actual lunch site was good but I had expected to explore Franklin. In all this was a great tour. I highly recommend it.
Very good tour! Unbelievable that they have been able to preserve things so well. Only drawback was no time in Franklin to look around as was intimated online. Stopped at a strip mall for lunch, but food was amazing at Gina's Stonefired pizzeria!!
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