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Take a journey back in time to visit two of the most extraordinary and historic homes in the United States on this 7-hour tour of Tennessee. Visit the Hermitage, built as the home of the country’s seventh president, Andrew Jackson. Stop for lunch at historic Hermitage House Smorgasbord, a full southern buffet, then travel to Belle Meade Mansion, formerly a world-renowned thoroughbred horse farm. The day ends with a wine tasting at the Winery at Belle Meade Plantation. Transportation, admissions and a downtown Nashville hotel pickup and drop-off are included.


  • 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

This historic Tennessee tour begins with a downtown Nashville hotel pickup, followed by a 30-minute drive east to the Hermitage, Andrew Jackson’s historical plantation home. Explore the mansion, just like President Jackson and his staff did back in 1836. Then visit the museum and its exhibits as well as the garden and grounds, featuring farm buildings, slave sites, a tulip grove, a church and more.

For lunch (own expense), try the onsite Hermitage House Smorgasbord, serving a buffet of Southern staples, including fried chicken and fritters, or the Kitchen Cabinet, with delicious southern-style picnic fare.

In the afternoon, take another 30-minute ride — this time back west towards Nashville — to the Belle Meade Plantation. Known as the Queen of the Tennessee Plantations, this historic mansion was a world-renowned thoroughbred horse farm and nursery in the 19th century. It’s a classic example of southern Greek revival antebellum architecture. Tour the original stable, carriage house, dairy, slave cabins and more, then close with a relaxing wine tasting at the Winery at Belle Meade Plantation.

The tour ends with a downtown Nashville hotel drop-off. 

Customer Reviews

Anneliese T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

My friend and I took this tour in Sept. of last year. We were picked up at the hotel with a small bus and driven to a site where big buses were waiting. The drive was pleasant and comfortable to get from one place to the other as they are really in opposite directions. It was highly educational and a day well spent. Would recommend this tour.

Kathy V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This tour was an incredibly journey through numerous historical events. We had very passionate and knowledgeable tour guides at each site, who are very eager to answer your question and want you to enjoy the day. Our bus tour guide Steve, was a wealth of information which enhanced our tour. Thank you Steve!

Connie R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We loved this tour. We saw and learned so much. I don't like to rent a car when traveling on my own, so this was a Godsend to me. Great use of time and a very pleasant day.

Rana M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

A lovely day well spent admiring the architecture, learning about the history and wandering the plantation grounds.

Lynn F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great tour of Andrew Jackson's beautiful home, and the bus driver was very informative. Lunch was also a great buffet of Southern specialties, like fried chicken, smothered steak, greens, etc.

Susan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Loved visiting the Hermitage and Belle Meade. It was nice not having to worry about how to get to and from the sites. But, should I go again, I would visit the sites on my own. I love history and I felt too rushed to get through the sites. I could have spent most of the day at the Hermitage. It encompasses a lot, and I did not get to see several of the pieces of the property for public viewing. VIATOR was a good way to get around, but did not allow enough time for me to immerse myself in all the excellent history surrounding these two sites. So, if you want to avoid the hassle of driving yourself, take VIATOR. If you want to really get into the history, do it on your own.

Judy W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Very interesting tour with super guide and narration by driver.

Heather K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Loved the tour! Especially enjoyed the school kids at the Andrew Jackson Hermitage dressed in the time period who were stationed around the grounds giving out important facts about Andrew Jackson's Hermitage. Also, enjoyed learning about the Belle Meade Plantation and sampling their wine. I would definitely recommend this trip.

Nonie J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great day, steve our driver was very well informed, knew his history and provided good dialogue. Left at 830 and back by 4:00 pm.
Great plantations and history!

wendy m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Loved the opportunity to see the lovely historic homes with the bother of driving myself in a new city! Great service - Informative guides! Wonderful trip!

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