Fan Fair Tour 1999
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THE 7th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC
FAN FAIR TRIP TO NASHVILLE AND BRANSON JUNE 1999Nashville’s just like Tamworth!Fan Fair is when the stars come out to play... with the fans! THE 7th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC FAN FAIR TRIP TO NASHVILLE AND BRANSON JUNE 1999
if you go there any time other than when the festival’s on, you’d wonder why it’s called the country music capital ! That’s why we go in June. There’s plenty of Country there all year round, but it’s the business side of it, behind the closed doors of the studios and Record Companies.
$6,543 TWIN SHARE YOUR TOUR PRICE INCLUDES
Return Economy airfares on Qantas from Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne. Special fares for connecting flights from other places.All transfers & luggage handling throughout. All Tips & Departure Taxes. All ACCOMMODATION with private facilities including the World Famous OPRYLAND HOTEL. Platinum Tour of GRACELAND in Memphis. Studio ‘B’ and COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME. Tour of NASHVILLE including MUSIC ROW. Entry to the RYMAN AUDITORIUM, Three days in the Smoky Mountains including admission to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge Local Tour Escort services from St Louis to Knoxville plus Ron & Rosie Adsett, from The Country Music Store. will escort you from Sydney All BREAKFASTS. including FULL BUFFET Breakfasts in Nashville. ADMISSIONS to all shows designated in this itinerary including a top show in BRANSON, Friday Night’s GRAND OLE OPRY, all Fan Fair shows, and exhibits Guided TOUR and COUNTRY HOEDOWN at the Famous JACK DANIELS Distillery in Lynchburg. Tn. Travel bag and Souvenir pack with the compliments of TravelWorld & the Country Music Store.
Travel with the folks who know Country Music and who know Nashville!
In Nashville in June,
your stay includes over 35 hrs of today’s Country Music Stars performing on the Fairground stage, signing autographs, and meeting fans. In the Fan Fair Exhibit Halls you’ll find the Fan Club Booths, and other stands which host TV shows, Music Magazines, Record Companies and the Friday night show at the Grand Ole Opry. You’ll have entry to the Country Music Hall Of Fame & RCA’s Studio "B", or spend time in the historic Downtown area at the Ryman Auditorium, the Wild horse Saloon, or Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. We’ve been able to meet the top stars of Today and Yesterday’s Music. In Branson, Moe Bandy has got onboard our coach just to welcome us to his show. Others have met everyone from Garth Brooks to Brooks & Dunn, had photos with Boxcar Willie at his theatre to Brenda Lee guesting at Mel Tillis’ in Branson. We meet the hottest stars in their booths at Fan Fair. It’s always a great bunch of people who travel with us, because we’re all there for the music, and all determined to have a great time. Call us if you have any query about any part of the tour, we’re happy to help you. This year, for the first time we include tickets to the Music City News/ TNN Awards show, voted by the fans, held downtown at the new Nashville Arena.
That’s just a part of your 7 DAYS AT FAN FAIR IN NASHVILLE.
For the last few years, FAN FAIR has been SOLD OUT well before it starts So here’s your chance at GUARANTEED tickets - but seats on the Original Tour will definitely be limited to 45 and inquiries have been heavy, so GET IN TOUCH NOW for details.Our six previous tours have been overwhelming successes and this year will be no exception. We’ll definitely be limiting the number on the Original Escorted Tour so don’t wait around, call now.
TNN/Music City News Country Awards
Lots of exciting changes last year to the Awards show voted by the Fans. Presented on Monday night of Fan Fair, we’ve long wished to take the tour along, however, until this year it’s been impossible to get seats as it was held in the Grand Ole Opry House with only 4,000 seats available, and they went to subscribers of the magazine in a lottery draw.
Now, re-located to the brand new Nashville Arena seating is for 11,000 tickets, but we have to prepay the tickets by January 4, so we will pre-purchase a number for the tour. For everyone who returns their full booking deposit of $500 we will include a ticket at no additional cost. If you send your Holding deposit of $200 you will pay just $50, and for late bookings, if we have any tickets left, it will be the full $150 price. So get those deposits in and enjoy one of the Gala nights of Fan Fair week for no extra charge.
is the LIVE MUSIC CAPITAL of America. Many people have seen the reports of this amazing town. 3,000 people live here and there are 55,000 beds. There are more than 35 Live Country Music Theatres. In fact, there are more theatre seats in Branson than there are on Broadway. Boxcar Willie, Mel Tillis, Moe Bandy, Jim Stafford, Mickey Gilley all have their own theatres, and its your choice of any number of Morning or Matinee Shows to attend. We’ve got the best ticket in town included in your tour.
Admission on the weekend after Fan Fair to the fabulous Dollywood Theme Park, with singers and dancers, comedians and musicians. Enjoy different shows on 8 stages of authentic music of the Great Smoky Mountains. Relax and watch over skilled craftsmen demonstrate old-time skills or experience any of the major rides from mild to wild. Take a ride in a Steam Train through the woods and keep your eyes open for bears and the Parton clan who work in the park.
Nashville, Tn, Music City.
Home of American Country Music, host to the the Grand Ole Opry, the TNN and CMT Country Music Cable TV Networks and small showcase venues that attract the Record labels on Music Row. Music Publishers, and Record Companies make this the HUB of Country Music. The RYMAN has now been completely restored and open to live shows. Don’t miss it. Our friends and contacts in Nashville give us the real Country Experience. Our guide, Miss "Bill" Hunt is a hometown girl, who’ll really make you welcome.
Optional ToursLas Vegas Add-On - $525
As this will be the trip of a lifetime for many travellers, you may wish to stay on in Los Angeles after the tour and visit Disneyland or Universal Studios, or Florida, the East Coast, or even a visit to Texas or the BIG APPLE. If you want any form of additional touring, please ask us and we’ll arrange it for you. Each year we only returned with about half of our travellers. The rest staying on for a variety of different experiences. One of the most popular extensions over the years has been Las Vegas and this year that’s where we’re going after Fan Fair and Dollywood.
We’re taking advantage of group rates, for an OPTIONAL Las Vegas Tour staying right in the heart of the Strip. Enjoy 3 nights of fun and excitement, or take some time out and do a day trip to the Grand Canyon. From Knoxville we’ll fly to Las Vegas via St Louis arriving Monday night in time for a night on the town. Tuesday and Wednesday at leisure, Thursday we fly back to LA and join our Qantas 747 flight home to Sydney arriving early Saturday morning.
THE OPRYLAND HOTEL
World famous for it’s Southern Hospitality and incomparable dining. There are 15 delightful restaurants and lounges for a panorama of tastes and styles. Dining in the magnificent Tropical Cascades, watching the glittering light and water show with the background rumble of a 40 ft waterfall, all under a two and a half acre skylight. The "Stage Door" lounge for dancers, the "Pickin’ Parlour" and "Jack Daniels Saloon" for more live music and fun. Relax in the elegant "Old Hickory Room" or "Rhetts" restaurant Rachel’s Kitchen for lighter fare. Water taxi’s are available for the scenic trip downtown to the Ryman or Wildhorse Saloon. Right across the road is Music Valley Drive with souvenir shops, Bobby Bare’s store, outlet malls, and the Palace Nightclub where Randy Travis got his Music City start. At the back door there’s the Opryland Complex which houses not only the TV studios for TNN & CMT but also the Grand Ole Opry. The new "Delta" area adds another 1000 rooms to the hotel and includes an indoor river. There are 3 Swimming pools, a fitness centre, and 5 Grand Ballrooms. It’s an unbelievable experience.
THERE IS NO BETTER PLACE TO STAY ON A VISIT TO MUSIC CITY!
$4,287 TWIN SHARE
For those with not enough time or money in the kitty to do the full tour, can still join the fun in Nashville on the 8 day Fan Fair Express. Departing Sunday 13th June flying direct to Nashville with no stopovers, arriving Sunday night. Fan Fair starts the very next day. For those with not enough time or money in the kitty to do the full tour, can still join the fun in Nashville on the 8 day Fan Fair Express. Departing Sunday 13th June flying direct to Nashville with no stopovers, arriving Sunday night. Fan Fair starts the very next day. We still have MCN/TNN tickets available for early bookings.
The arrangements are as with the Original tour, and if you wish, you can also join up with the Original Tour group and come with us to Dollywood and Gatlinberg in the Smoky Mtns for the weekend after Fan Fair and even add the optional Add-On to Las Vegas if you wish.
DOLLYWOOD LAS VEGAS Add just $450 TWIN SHARE Add just $525 TWIN SHARE
Your Fan Fair Express price includes
Return Economy airfares on Qantas from Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne.
Special fares for connecting flights from other places.
All International Air & Departure Taxes.
All ACCOMMODATION with private facilities staying at the Courtyard by Marriott in Music Valley
FULL FAN FAIR REGISTRATION including Friday Night’s GRAND OLE OPRY, all Fan Fair shows, and exhibits Studio ‘B’ and COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME.
Fan Fair Shuttle pass from Music Valley pickup to Fan Fair Grounds
Admission to the Ryman Museum
If you wish, you can join us in East Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains for a 3 day wind-down after a hectic Fan Fair, with a full day pass into Dollywood. Also available, you can Add-on our three exciting nights in Las Vegas.
Travel with the folks who know Country Music and know Nashville!
DAY 1 - MONDAY - 7th June
Australia to Los Angeles
We meet in Sydney for the first time. Departing on Qantas 747 early afternoon direct to LA. We cross the international dateline, arriving in the USA mid-morning. Transfer to the Sheraton Hotel to relax or for the awake and active, an optional tour of LA. Overnight Los Angeles. Overnight Los Angeles.
DAY 2 - TUESDAY - 8th June
LA to St Louis to Branson
Early departure for St Louis Mo. Where we arrive early afternoon. We meet our experienced guide Miss "Bill" Hunt for the trip through the Ozarks to Branson stopping at Lamberts (home of the Throwed Roll) for tucker. SEE NOTES ON BRANSON. Tonight our first night at the Atrium Inn Overnight in Branson
DAYS 3 to 4 - WED & THURS - 9 & 10 JUNEDAY 5 - FRIDAY - 11 JUNE
A couple of relaxing days doing optional Country Music Shows from the dozens on offer. We have your ticket to one of the best shows on the strip. 2 nites Atrium Inn Branson
Branson to Memphis
We board our private motor-coach for the leisurely drive through Arkansas into Memphis. We visit the Graceland mansion, home of Elvis Presley. Tonight, an optional visit to Beale St, birthplace of the Blues. Overnight Memphis.
DAY 6 - SATURDAY - 12th JUNE
Memphis to Lynchburg
Early on the road for the scenic drive across southern Tennessee countryside stopping for lunch at Davy Crockett National Park. After our tour of the world famous Jack Daniels Distillery, a rare treat at our private party on the hilltop. Tonight we stay at Murphreesboro just short of Nashville
DAY 7 - SUNDAY - 13th JUNE Nashville
We arrive in Nashville a little before midday and Miss "Bill" will show us around. Where the Stars live, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Music Row, etc. to set us up for a week of Country Music excitement. We check into the amazing Opryland Hotel, our home for this week, and settle in for the duration. tonite Opryland Hotel
DAY 8 to 12 - MONDAY to FRIDAY -
14th to 18th JUNE Nashville
Monday it’s on for young and old, Fan Fair is in full swing. Shows, autographs, fan clubs, souvenirs, and maybe some surprises along the way. Full buffet Breakfast every day at the Opryland Hotel. Fan Fair begins at 10 am. Your shuttle ticket will get you to the Fairground without any problems, even deliver you downtown whenever you like and back to the hotel. You can visit the Hall of Fame, The Wild Horse Saloon, Miss Tootsie’s or even take the River Taxi from the Hotel to downtown, it’s your choice. Tonight meet our transportation at the hotel for the Nashville Arena for those attending the MCN/TNN Awards Gala and return.
Friday night our visit to the Grand Ole Opry!
5 more nights at Opryland Hotel.
DAY 13 - SATURDAY - 19 JUNE
Nashville to Gatlinberg
Breakfast at our hotel and a relaxing drive across to East Tennessee to Dolly’s home town of Sieverville, then on to Gatlinberg to check in before spending the evening at leisure, browsing the craft stores, eating out at the fabulous restaurants, or spending a quite evening at the bar in the hotel that sits astride the Little Pigeon River. Overnight Gatlinberg
DAY 14 - SUNDAY - 20th JUNE
Gatlinberg & Dollywood
Board our motor-coach for the short trip to Pigeon Forge and Dolly’s theme park, or enjoy some shopping at the great factory outlet malls. Overnight Gatlinberg
DAY 15 - MONDAY - 21 st JUNE
Gatlinberg to Home (or Add-On Las Vegas) Breakfast at the hotel then drive through the scenic Smoky Mtns on the way to Knoxville where we farewell Miss "Bill" and those travelling to further destinations (see Optional Tours). Arrive LA this evening and board our Qantas 747 for Sydney.
DAY 16 - TUESDAY 22nd JUNE
- IN FLIGHT Cross International Date Line or 3 nights Add-On in Las Vegas!
Travel arranged by Travelworld - Lisc No TAG 343
Ph Ruth Carlton on 07 3844 4999 For full details and enquiries call Ron or Rosie Adsett - the Country Music Store ACN 010 709 305 Ph 07 3221 3000, fax 07 3221 3983