TULSA, Okla., (August 08, 2011) --- Cherokee Nation is set to present the motor coach group tour, “Exploring Cherokee History: West to East” on Oct. 1-8, 2011. The group tour will coincide with the annual Trail of Tears Association conference in Cherokee, N.C., on Oct. 3-6 and the 99th Annual Cherokee Indian Fair on Oct. 4-6.

The group tour will travel the 2,000-mile journey from Oklahoma to North Carolina and explore historic sites along the way including downtown Tahlequah Capital Square, the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum and Cherokee National Prison Museum in Oklahoma; Quatie Ross’s grave at Mount Holly Cemetery in Arkansas; Fort Loudon Historic Site, Sequoyah’s Birthplace Museum, Ross’s Landing & Passage, Red Clay State Park and Great Smokey Mountains in Tennessee; and Kituwah Mound, Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Oconaluftee Indian Village and Qualla Arts Mutual in North Carolina.

“The group tour has been developed for both the history enthusiast and scholar that desire to learn more about Cherokee Nation history and to experience firsthand the accounts of the Trail of Tears,” said Molly Jarvis, Vice President of Cultural Tourism at Cherokee Nation Entertainment. “The timing of the trip also benefits those individuals looking to attend the annual Trail of Tears Association conference in Cherokee, North Carolina.”

The group tour is open to the public at a cost of $760.30 per person, based on double occupancy, which includes hotel accommodations for seven nights, four continental-style breakfasts, museum entrances, motor coach transportation fees and gratuities. Single occupancy is available at a cost of $1,157.66. A deposit of $380.17 is required at registration with the balance due by Sept. 1. The annual Trail of Tears Association conference fees are not included in the cost of the group tour.
 
The motor coach group tour will depart from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa with overnight stays in Jackson, Tenn., Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Cherokee, N.C., Chattanooga, Tenn., and Little Rock, Ark. The Cherokee Nation Exploring Cherokee History: West to East group tour itinerary specifically includes:

 
Day One - Saturday, Oct. 1: Depart Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa to Jackson, Tenn.
- Pick up guests at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.
- Pick up guests in Tahlequah, Okla., and Little Rock, Ark.
- Visit Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock, Ark.

Day Two - Sunday, Oct. 2: Jackson, Tenn., to Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
- Visit Fort Loudoun in Vonore, Tenn.
- Visit Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore, Tenn.
 
Day Three - Monday, Oct. 3: Pigeon Forge, Tenn., to Cherokee, N.C.
- Scenic stop at Great Smokey Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, N.C.
- Visit Kituwah Mound in Bryson City, N.C.
- The annual Trail of Tears Association conference member check-in.
- Group tour participants visit Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Qualla Arts Mutual and downtown Cherokee.
- Group tour participants have free time in Cherokee, N.C.
 
Day Four - Tuesday, Oct. 4: Cherokee, N.C.
- The annual Trail of Tears Association conference in session.
- Group tour participants visit Oconaluftee Indian Village in Cherokee, N.C.
- Group tour participants have free time in Cherokee, N.C.
 
Day Five - Wednesday, Oct. 5: Cherokee, N.C.
- The annual Trail of Tears Association conference in session.
- Group tour participants have free time in Cherokee.
 
Day Six - Thursday, Oct. 6: Cherokee, N.C., to Chattanooga, Tenn.
- The annual Trail of Tears Association conference concludes.
- Group tour participants have half-day free time in Cherokee.
 
Day Seven - Friday, Oct. 7: Chattanooga, Tenn., to Little Rock, Ark.
- Group tour participants visit Ross’s Landing & Passage in Chattanooga, Tenn.
- Drop off guests in Little Rock, Ark.
 
Day Eight - Saturday, Oct. 8: Little Rock, Ark., to Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
- Group tour participants enjoy lunch at Restaurant of the Cherokees in Tahlequah, Okla.
- Drive by tour of historic Downtown Tahlequah including Cherokee Nation Capital Square, Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum and Cherokee National Prison Museum.
- Drop off guests in Tahlequah, Okla.
- Drop off guests at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.
 

For additional information or booking for the Exploring Cherokee History: West to East group tour, please contact Heather Williams at (918) 384-7887 or heather.williams@cnent.com.

The Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism program presents four award-winning tours during the season that runs now through October including the Cherokee History Tour, Will Rogers History Tour, Civil War History Tour and Cherokee Old Settler Tour featuring authentic cultural sites and historic locations. The pricing for the four cultural tours is tiered for adults, seniors, and children ages 4-11 and 3 and younger, and subject to a tribal tax.

Specialty and event related cultural tours are also presented during the season. The event related tours feature a unique, cultural-filled itinerary that showcase Cherokee-focused events such as the Cherokee National Holiday. Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism also offers a variety of specialty tours including a return of History After Dark.

For ticketing, complete tour details and additional information on the Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism program, call (877) 779-6977 or visit http://www.CherokeeTourismOK.com.



About Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism Group
The Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism Group is managed by Cherokee Nation Entertainment and was created in 2007 to preserve and promote the history and culture of the Cherokee people. Efforts by the Cherokee Nation include developing guided community and educational tours, creating tourism partnerships and programs throughout northeastern Oklahoma, and launching a new Cherokee tourism-specific website. For more information, please visit http://www.CherokeeTourismOK.com.

About Cherokee Nation Entertainment
Cherokee Nation Entertainment is the gaming, hospitality, retail and tourism entity of the Cherokee Nation. Cherokee Nation Entertainment operates Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, seven Cherokee Casinos, four hotels, two golf courses and many other retail operations in northeastern Oklahoma. For more information, please visit http://www.CherokeeStarRewards.com.
 
About Cherokee Nation
The Cherokee Nation is the sovereign operating government of the Cherokee people.  It is a federally recognized tribe of more than 300,000 Cherokee citizens, with its capital located in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Employing more than 8,000 people, Cherokee Nation’s annual economic impact in Oklahoma and surrounding areas is more than $1 billion. To learn more, please visit http://www.cherokee.org.


 

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