The Great Smoky Mountains ISEP Member Site Tour
Following the conference, add on a five-day site tour, where you will be able to visit ISEP member campuses in both Tennessee and North Carolina.
This tour will take you to four different ISEP member campuses bordering The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
ISEP Member Tour Schedule
The first official day of the tour is Sunday, October 22, 2017, and the last day of official activities is Thursday, October 26, 2017.
|Date and Location||Event|
|Sunday, October 22|
|Knoxville, Tenn.||Optional 12 p.m. Excursion: Cades Cove, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park|
|Member Tour Orientation and Dinner|
|Monday, October 23|
|Knoxville, Tenn.||University of Tennessee, Knoxville - Full Day on Campus|
|Tuesday, October 24|
|Knoxville, Tenn.||Hotel Checkout and Bus to Maryville in the Morning|
|Maryville, Tenn.||Maryville College - Full Day on Campus|
|Bus to Johnson City in the Evening|
|Johnson City, Tenn.||Tour and Dinner: Johnson City Downtown|
|Wednesday, October 25|
|Johnson City, Tenn.||East Tennessee State University - Full Day on Campus|
|Local Site Tour: Gray Fossil Site and Museum|
|Thursday, October 26|
|Johnson City, Tenn.||Hotel Checkout and Bus to Asheville in the Morning|
|Asheville, N.C.||University of North Carolina at Asheville- Full Day on Campus|
|Friday, October 27|
|Asheville, N.C.||Open to Stay and Enjoy Asheville|
Participants are responsible for booking their flight to Knoxville, Tenn. and transportation following the end of the tour in Asheville, N.C.
Flights to the Tour
Below are suggested flight times and costs for non-stop flights from DCA Washington, D.C. to TYS Knoxville, Tenn. with American Airlines.
Saturday, October 21: 7:25 a.m. – 9:03 a.m. *US$216 Non-Stop Flight (Only Saturday Flight to Knoxville)
Sunday, October 22: 7:25 a.m. – 9:03 a.m. *US$216 Non-Stop Flight
Sunday, October 22: 11:50 a.m. - 1:32 p.m. *US$216 Non-Stop Flight
*Prices as of August 10, 2017
Flights Following the Tour
AVL Asheville Regional Airport: As a small regional airport flights are more expensive. To use this airport, it is recommended that you consider booking the ticket with an intended connection back to your destination in another country, or looking at a one-way ticket to a connecting airport.
CLT Charlotte Douglas International Airport: Located two hours away from Asheville by car, there are cheaper prices than flying from Asheville. Participants can look into sharing transportation together to reach this airport. Charlotte is an American Airlines hub, and provides more international flights. For scheduled transport to Charlotte from Asheville you can make a reservation on a shuttle bus for US$85.
Participants are responsible for booking their hotels for each night of the Member Tour. Our Smoky Mountains members have reserved rooms for the
Sunday, Monday (Knoxville, Tenn.): Crowne Plaza in Downtown Knoxville
Tuesday, Wednesday (Johnson City, Tenn.): Carnegie Hotel
Thursday, Friday (Asheville, N.C.): Four Points by Sheraton Asheville Downtown
Space is limited, and tour registration will close on September 15, 2017.