Laurels
Best Local Tours
in Nashville
2017

Why These Local Tours?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored local tours on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best local tours in Nashville, TN.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Aerostation Limited, Inc.

For over forty years, Aerostation Limited has served Nashville, Franklin, and the Middle Tennessee area as a provider of hot air balloon rides. Flying between a few hundred feet and a few thousand feet above ground, the company offers customers the rare experience of witnessing the rolling Tennessee countryside from the air. The company serves a variety of different needs, including sightseeing, corporate functions, festivals, and rallies. The company also specializes in providing fully customizable corporate balloon operation and management programs for the promotion of the customer's business. All of Aerostation Limited's pilots are fully licensed by the F.A.A., and they have logged several thousands of hours of combined flight time.

Franklin, TN(615) 799-2323

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Echoes of Nashville Tours

Echoes of Nashville Tours is a company providing walking tours in downtown Nashville. The company is staffed by professional historians, and their mission is to educate guests about Nashville's rich history to leave them with a meaningful and memorable experience and to support the city's historical organizations and heritage tourism industry. The company prides itself on informing guests not only about Nashville's musical roots but also about the city's vibrant place in American history. Echoes of Nashville offers reasonably priced walking tours that guests can book online, and they also accommodate bus tours and even customized group experiences. Their team of four has decades of combined experience in history and tourism, and they offer tours every week from Memorial Day through Labor Day, Wednesday through Sunday.

Nashville, TN(615) 576-0804

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Franklin on Foot

For over 18 years, Franklin on Foot has thrilled guests of all ages on its guided walking tours. Owned by "recovering lawyer" Margie Thessin, the company's tours take customers through the small and endearing town of Franklin, Tennessee, located just south of Nashville. Franklin on Foot prides itself on offering a different tour for every taste, ranging from Food Tours to Ghost Tours to Civil War Tours to Children's Tours. Since 2012, the company has offered tours of Nashville as well as Franklin. Most tours are available year round, on Monday through Saturday by reservation. Franklin on Foot also offers free educational programs as well as an informative blog. The company has been recognized with several awards including TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence for three years in a row.

Franklin, TN(615) 400-3808

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Franklin Segway Tours

Franklin Segway Tours offer guided tours of one of the South's best-kept secrets. Guests will enjoy riding a Segway through picturesque Franklin while becoming acquainted with the Historic Downtown area, the surrounding Historic Civil War Battlefield sites, and some of the town's walking trails along the beautiful Harpeth River. First-time users receive Segway training sessions, and the company also offers customers the opportunity to rent a Segway and explore the Franklin area at their own pace. Customers are encouraged to call ahead to make reservations, and comfortable shoes are highly recommended. The company suggests autumn as the optimal time to take a Segway tour and enjoy the beauty of the town's colorful changing leaves.

Franklin, TN(615) 905-6263

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Hick Chick Tours

Hick Chick Tours is a Nashville-based company providing combination sightseeing tours and pub crawls. Guests spend roughly three hours walking through Nashville, learning about the city, and visiting at least four or five "honky tonks" and pubs to enjoy drinks and Nashville's world-famous live music. The company prides itself on entertaining guests through local history, music, and comedy. Tours are offered from Thursday through Sunday, and payment is accepted both online and in person. Hick Chick Tours offers cash discounts and donates a portion of all proceeds to local charities. Reservations are not required, but walk-ups cannot be guaranteed a spot on the tour. Guests are offered discounts at several of the businesses visited on the tour.

Nashville, TN(615) 838-7105

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I'll Take Tennessee

For nearly forty years, I'll Take Tennessee has brought Historic Downtown Nashville to life for countless students, teachers, and parents. Led by guide Marilyn Switzer, the company offers a wide array of educational services, including walking tours, "desk-side" tours, and the Nashville City Cemetery Tour. Walking tours are tailored to the needs of individual groups, and can include historical sites such as Fort Nashborough, War Memorial Plaza, and the grounds of the Tennessee State Capitol. Desk-side tours are storytelling sessions provided at school; they last approximately one hour and can consist of a litany of historical topics. Though I'll Take Tennessee primarily serves schools and students, the company is also available to conduct tours for private parties, church groups, and anyone else who wishes to learn more about the Nashville area.

Nashville, TN(615) 665-2887

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iRide Nashville

iRide Nashville is a company offering guided Segway tours through Nashville. The company takes guests into the heart of the Music City on tours covering landmarks such as the Country Music Hall of Fame, Fort Nashborough, and the Tennessee State Capitol. For their guests who lack experience with Segways, the company offers training sessions before the tours begin. iRide Nashville allows guests to choose from a broad array of tour options, ranging from the ninety-minute "Music City Snapshot" to the four-hour "All Access Music Pass." Tours are available every day of the week, and seasonal discounts are available during the winter months. iRide Nashville's unique experience has earned them several awards, including the top-rated tour on TripAdvisor's Tours & Activities in Nashville and TripAdvisor's 2015 Bravo Award.

Nashville, TN(615) 244-0555

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Nashville Balloon Rides

Nashville Balloon Rides has provided the Greater Nashville area with private sightseeing flights in the "Ms. Tennessee" balloon since June of 2000. The company is committed to guest safety, as evidenced by its sterling safety record, and offers photography services throughout the flight as well as the traditional champagne toast. The company invites guests to experience an unforgettable Tennessee sunrise, or sunset, from the air. Flights are private, including either two or three passenger, and customers can receive a discount by booking their flight at least two weeks in advance. The company also offers tether rides for events and parties, gift cards, and a straightforward refund policy. They operate only on the weekends, offering morning and evening flights on Saturdays and Sundays.

Nashville, TN(615) 491-5857

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Sharin' Nashville Tours

Since 2006, Sharin' Nashville Tours has provided guided tours for large groups of 15 or more. Their team of 24 expert guides, many of them boasting successful entertainment careers, offer step-on guided tours of Nashville, including Music Row, the Parthenon, many recording studios, and the Gaylord Opryland Gardens. The company prides itself on providing the complete tour experience with dependability, high quality, and personalization, and its services include military and family reunions, student tours, motorcoach transportation, and hotel accommodations. Other services are also available, such as access to motorcoaches and limousines, river cruises, and cowboy campfires. In addition, Sharin' Nashville provides tour guides who are fluent in French and German. They are committed to working with customers to tailor the experience and make it as unforgettable as possible.

Nashville, TN(615) 846-0867

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Tommy's Nashville Tours

Tommy's Nashville Tours offers guided bus tours of some of the Music City's most well-known attractions. Led by tour guide and comedian Charmin' Tommy Garmon, customers ride in comfort in air-conditioned buses as they visit and learn about downtown Nashville staples such as the Coyote Ugly, the State Capitol, and Ryman Auditorium. Tours also include views of the homes of some of the biggest names in country music, such as Dolly Parton, Tim McGraw, and Alan Jackson. Guests can reserve their spot by telephone or email, and the tour bus will pick them up and drop them off at their hotel. Tommy's Nashville Tours boasts hundreds of happy customers, as evidenced by a litany of glowing online reviews and testimonials.

Nashville, TN(615) 335-2863

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