Explore Tours LLC

Asheville, NC

Kristin Shelly, CEO

Contact Us! 828-409-1603             

AshevilleExploreTours@gmail.com

2018 Created by KristinShelly.com

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"ONCE A YEAR,

GO SOMEPLACE YOU'VE

NEVER BEEN BEFORE."

-Dalai Lama

Private Customized Tours

What is a Customized Tour?

Simple.  Together we create the tour, perfect for your group.

These Are Our Good Ideas,
We're Sure You Have Some Too. 
        ...or any combination.

ASHEVILLE SIGHTSEEING TOUR:

See the highlights and learn the history of downtown Asheville, The River Arts District & The Grove Park Inn.

WNC WINE COUNTRY TOUR:

Enjoy the WNC countryside, with 3 local winery's and an Apple Cidery and Taproom. We drive, you enjoy. Photographs optional.

LOCAL DISTILLERY TOUR:

This tour takes us to some of the coolest places in Asheville. 3 stops with tastings and tours. We drive you enjoy. 

BEST OF ASHEVILLE GALLERY TOUR:

This tour focuses on the downtown Asheville gallery scene.

RIVER ARTS DISTRICT (RAD) WORKING ARTIST TOUR:

See the artists in action. Over 250 artist work and sell there wares in the River Arts District. Lets meet them. A brewery stop makes a perfect break.

BEST OF BREWERIES:

The coolest and most unique breweries make up this list because atmosphere matters. 4 Breweries, tastings and tours. We drive, you enjoy. Photographs optional.

WATERFALL PORTRAIT PHOTOSHOOT TOUR:

A perfect way to start the day. a 3 mile hike to one of the most beautiful falls around. This scene is set for professional family portrait

4 WATERFALL /1/2 DAY:

Lets see them all. Some roadside beauties as well as some backwoods hiking. We have chosen the best around for this tour.

LOCAL MUSIC AFTER DARK TOUR:

Don't know who's best? We do! Come find out what Americana New Grass is all about. 3 different stops, all after dark.

ADVENTURE HIKE TOUR:

So many options. Which are the best hike around...pick blueberries, follow a creek or catch sunsetting? Come with us and find out. Photography optional.

TRYON EQUESTRIAN CENTER:

Watch a polo match or competition jumping at a world class level. As host of the FEI World Equestrian Games™  Tryon  2018, Tryon International Equestrian Center is a stunning experience.

DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE BOUTIQUES:

Shopping at its finest, Quality, Artsy, Quirky we mix it up. All the best specialty boutiques plus a wine bar​ await you.

ROOFTOPS AT SUNSET BAR CRAWL:

The perfect happy hour tour. Asheville from the roof tops. We drive, you enjoy. 3 to 4 stops

GRAFFITTI ART PARK PHOTOSHOOT TOUR:

One of our favorites, An urban portrait shoot in one of the most unique places in AVL

MASTER THE CAMERA PHOTOSHOOT TOUR:

All the top photo spots spots plus pro tips and tricks from a local photographer

HERITAGE TOURS:

Experience the Musical Heritage of the Mountains

Attend Traditional Music Event

Shindig OnThe Green

Feed and Seed Heritage Music
Local and Regional Festivals

Visit with Traditional Musicians Where They Live
Travel to the homes of regional Appalachian musicians and instrument makers and listen to them discuss 
our regional music heritage and why it’s important; and hear them play the music of the mountains in a personal and intimate setting.

Experience the Craft Heritage of the Mountains

Visit Local and Regional Shops Where Mountain Crafts are Sold

The Folk Art Center

Southern Highland Craft Guild Shop Appalachian Craft Center

Visit with Traditional Craftspeople Where They Live
Travel to the homes of regional craftsmen, baseket makers, woodcarvers, potters, weavers, etc and see 
them at their work and hear them discuss the craft traditions of the mountains and why they continue to preserve this art form.

FARM TOURS:

Experience Our Local Regional Farms

Visit Family Farms Where the Tradition of Growing Vegetables, Herbs, Berries, Fruit, Flowers and Meat are Kept Alive. Listen as the farmers discuss why small farms are important and why knowing where your food comes from is important.

Hickory Nut Gap Farm
Round Mountain Creamery

Flying Cloud Farm
Visit Farms Where You Can Pick-Your-Own Fruit, Berries, and Vegetables

SACRED AND SPIRITUAL DESTINATION TOURS:

Visit Historic Basilicas, Cathedrals, Temples, Mosques and Churches in the Downtown Area

Downtown Communities
Cathedral of All Souls

Basilica of St Lawrence
St Mathias Episcopal Church
Mt Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Congregation Beth Israel
Congregation Beth HaTephila.
Islamic Center of Asheville

Visit Regional Destinations of Spiritual and Sacred Significance

Sacred Structures and Spiritual Centers
Sri Somesvara Vedic Temple
UrbanDharma
Soulfire Sanctuary / The Sound Chambero TheLightCenter

Labyrinths

Natural Spirituality and Outdoor Sacred Spots

The mountains of Western NC are filled with special places of spiritual energy.

The early indigenous population considered the high mountains, rivers, and waterfalls to be places of healing and elevated energy. When the Europeans arrived they found similar “healing energy” throughout the mountains and many visitors came for the mountain air, hot springs, and relaxed slower pace of life. In more modern times, Asheville has become a New Age Mecca, a vortex of energy which draws spiritual seekers from throughout the world. We’ll visit some of the special sacred spots.

CHEROKEE HERITAGE TOURS:

The Qualla Boundary (aka The Cherokee Indian Reservation Museum of the Cherokee

Quall Craft Shop,  

Occonoluftee River, 

Nikwasi Mound
Mingo Falls

 

SMALL TOWN SPLENDOR TOURS:

Black Mountain/Montreat

Weaverville/Mars Hill,

Brevard,

Waynesville

PRICE INCLUDES:
Transportation to and from events, the guided tour, and optional photography services. At room pick up can be arranged. Guaranteed price quote after consultation. Price excludes food and drink and personal purchases. 
 
DON'T FORGET:
Life is an adventure. Let me show you the high points in and around Asheville. We create the tour together based on the interests of the group!
 
OUR TIPS:

Everyday is different here at Asheville Explore Tours. As Asheville changes and grows so do our tours. What do you want to 'Go Explore'? Have an idea not on the list...Let us know!

 

 

 Don't Forget
every tour guide is a professional photographer