Discover the most picturesque town in Kentucky, see the largest collection of White Christmas memorabilia, gaze in awe at the ARK Encounter and the Creation Museum – and we’re just getting started! A visit to Kentucky would not be complete without a stop at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby. We’ll also visit the Kentucky Artisan Center where everything is Made in Kentucky. Get ready for a taste of the Bluegrass State as we travel its hilly backroads on a journey you’ll always cherish.
- Tour the most authentic full-size replica of Noah’s Ark in the world at ARK Encounter
- Learn about the strength and spirit of the horse at the Kentucky Horse Park
- Visit the Kentucky Artisan Center where everything is Made in the Bluegrass State
- Guided tour of one of the most iconic 19th-century homes in America, My Old Kentucky Home
- Backstretch breakfast & historic walking tour at Churchill Downs
- See Biblical History come to life at the world-class Creation Museum
- Bag handling (1 per person) at hotels
- Fees/tips for included attractions/meals
- Free airport shuttle or hotel parking
- Welcome reception, 24-hour emergency call service and free bottled water on coach
DAY 1–WELCOME TO THE BLUEGRASS STATE
Enjoy meeting your fellow travelers and Discoveries Director at a welcome reception.
DAY 2–AUGUSTA/ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSEUM/LAVENDER HILLS/ARK ENCOUNTER
Awarded “Most Picturesque Town in Kentucky” by USA Today, located on the southern bank of the Ohio River, we visit the charming little town of Augusta. As the home of entertainment icon Rosemary Clooney for more than 20 years, the Rosemary Clooney House/Museum displays the largest collection of White Christmas memorabilia in the world, plus artifacts from her career and private life. After lunch we’ll travel to Lavender Hills, where we’ll meet mother/daughter team, Judy Brothers & Denise Scaringi. This family farm in Brooksville came into existence in 1965 and now produces lavender, tea and tobacco. And possibly our biggest highlight of the day is literally huge in size and stature – the ARK Encounter! ARK Encounter features a full-size Noah’s Ark, built according to the dimensions given in the Bible. Spanning 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high, this modern engineering marvel amazes visitors young and old. B, L
DAY 3–KY HORSE PARK/KY ARTISAN CENTER/BOONE TAVERN
We start our day at the Kentucky Horse Park and Museum in Lexington where we will be enchanted by the beauty, strength and spirit of the horse.Our stop includes a visit to the world-renowned International Museum of the Horse, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. Next, we travel to Berea, located at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. As the home of Berea College, students are required to work at least 10-15 hours per week in exchange for free tuition. Generous donors support the College to provide a high quality education for students from Appalachia with high academic potential and limited financial resources. Berea is also known as the Folk Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky. We’ll make a stop the Kentucky Artisan Center where everything is Made in the Bluegrass State.Learn about the heritage, craft and time-honored traditions of Kentucky’s people.No trip toBerea is complete without visiting and enjoying a meal from the Historic Boone Tavern Hotel& Restaurant. Built in 1909 on the old “Dixie Highway,” this establishment was named afterKentucky explorer Daniel Boone. The tavern is delightfully furnished with handcrafted woodenfurniture made by Berea College students. We’ll start off our meal with tasty spoonbread andenjoy locally grown items from the Berea College Farm. B, D
DAY 4–SHAKER VILLAGE/MY OLD KY HOME PARK/LOUISVILLE
Today we begin our journeys with a visit to Shaker Village.Following a guided tour we have time to explore this 19th-century village, home to the third largest Shaker community in the United States between 1805 and 1920.Before departing we’ll enjoy a traditional Kentucky lunch prepared with straight-from the-garden ingredients at Shaker Village.This afternoon, we will visit the homestead that inspired Stephen Foster’s famous “My Old Kentucky Home”. Commissioned by Scotch-Irish immigrant John Rowan Sr., the main building is a Federal-style mansion and the centerpiece of this 1,300 acre plantation.Interestingly, in 1923, “My Old Kentucky Home” became Kentucky’s first state owned park.A few years later, the song “My Old Kentucky Home” officially was designated as the state song of the Bluegrass State.This 200 year old mansion is filled with many of the original Rowan Family belongings. B, L
DAY 5–CHURCHILL DOWNS/EVAN WILLIAMS BOURBON
There’s no experience quite like a private, behind-the-scenes tour of Churchill Downs Racetrack. Enjoy breakfast in the Horsemen’s Track Kitchen with the jockeys and trainers, see the horses training rail side and learn about everyday life at the track.Be sure to bring your cameras—you will get an up close and personal view of the horses, jockeys and trainers—Afterwards, we cruise on the mighty Ohio River and enjoy a delectable Southern-style lunch.As we soak up the history of Louisville this afternoon, we soon savor the city’s “Whiskey Row” with a visit to the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience.Enjoy some free time in the very walkable downtown area, where you could visit the Slugger Museum or the Muhammad Ali Center. B, L
DAY 6–CREATION MUSEUM/HOME
Our travel together concludes in Petersburg, where Biblical history comes to life at the Creation Museum.This state-of-the-art museum allows you to venture through religious history, stunning exhibits, botanical gardens, a fascinating planetarium, Zoo and more. Head home amazed by the sites and good people of “The Bluegrass State”. B, L
Night 1: Hyatt Place, Cincinnati Airport
Night 2: Fairfield Inn & Suites, Lexington
Night 3: Historic Boone Tavern Hotel, Berea
Nights 4-5: Fairfield Inn & Suites, Louisville
May 18-23, 2019
Sep 21-26, 2019
Oct 19-24, 2019
Price Per Person:
Double: $1,447 Single: $1,785
Pre-/Post-Tour Hotel: $158/night
May - high 75°/low 55° / September/October - high 76°/low 55°
Schedule to arrive at our starting hotel by 5:00 p.m. on Day 1.
Schedule your flight home to depart the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport any time after 4:30 p.m. on Day 6.
Our starting hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to/from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.
Our starting hotel offers complimentary parking for the duration of the tour.
Moderate to extensive standing and walking is required to fully enjoy this tour. Some walking can be on uneven surfaces.
Hair dryers, irons, ironing boards & coffee makers throughout tour. Refrigerators, WiFi, exercise room and swimming pool available at most hotels.
Sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, visors and comfortable walking shoes will add to your enjoyment of this tour.
Dress on tour is casual.
Further information is mailed upon receipt of your reservation. A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour…Get Ready, Get Set and Go! Our “Get Ready” packet is sent confirming your reservation. Our “Get Set” packet provides further information approximately 90 days prior to departure with important details regarding making your travel arrangements. Finally, our “Go” packet arrives 2-3 weeks before departure containing your final documents.
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