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Itinerary

Day 1 | September 10 | Marshall, MN to Janesville, WI

Today is a travel day, arriving in Janesville, Wisconsin for the evening. AmericInn by Wyndham

Day 2 | September 11 | Janesville, WI to Crawfordsville, IN

This morning experience the Anderson Japanese Gardens with a private guided tour. The gardens were designed to inspire and energize the soul of visitors with its beauty and serenity. Later this afternoon, arriving in Crawfordsville, you’ll have a guided tour of the Rotary Jail Museum. The Rotary Jail is the only working example of an 1800’s innovation in penitentiary design. You’ll also tour the sheriff’s home, which was part of the jail! Best Western Plus * Breakfast Included

Day 3 | September 12 | Crawfordsville, IN to Georgetown, KY

You’ll spend a full day at two of the nation’s newest and most requested attractions, the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter. The Creation Museum allows you to experience earth’s history as God revealed it in the Bible. Explore at your leisure as the museum will enable you to step back in time with nearly 150 exhibits from fearsome animatronic dinosaurs to talking heroes of faith. There is also a special effects theater,a state-of-the-art planetarium,a petting zoo,and more. In the Afternoon,you’ll experience life-sized reconstruction of Noah’s Ark at the Ark Encounter. Here you can meet Noah, his family, and the animals on the Ark. How was it possible to fit and care for all of those animals? Perhaps the Ark Encounter offers the answer! Baymont by Wyndham * Breakfast & Lunch Included

Day 4 | September 13 | Georgetown, KY

It’s all about horses and Bluegrass Country. You’ll start with a private step-on guide for the Thoroughbred Heritage Horse Farm Tour. Your tour includes Keeneland Race Course, internationally renowned and the industry’s leading Thoroughbred auction house. Our morning visit may allow you to see the Thoroughbreds running through their paces. You’ll continue through Bluegrass Country visiting several other horse farms including Old Friends Farm. Old Friends Farm provides a dignified retirement for Thoroughbreds whose racing and breeding careers have come to an end. After lunch, you’ll have a private tour and tasting of bourbon and ale at Town Branch Distillery. This award-winning distillery is one of the few joint brewing and distilling operations in the world. Town Branch will provide everyone a pint glass to take home as a keepsake at the end of the tour! The final event of the day is a guided tour of Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate. This stunning 19th-century home and farm were built by Henry Clay Sr. who had an illustrious political career and utilized the estate as his refuge and sanctuary. Baymont by Wyndham * Breakfast Included

Day 5 | September 14 | Georgetown, KY to Berea, KY

The team at Boone Creek Creamery & Kentucky Proud Store will provide a guided tour including a demonstration and hands-on cheese making class. Boone Creek is one of the few urban artisan cheese markers in the entire country, and all their cheese is made by hand in the traditional European manner. The tour includes samples of some of their top sellers. The Kentucky Proud Store is located here as well and houses one of the largest assortments of Kentucky made products in the state. Time will be allowed to look for great souvenirs! Before lunch, you’ll have a guided tour of the Mary Todd Lincoln House, the childhood home of the future wife of the sixteenth President of the United States. The home and museum tell the story of Mary and her marriage to one of our most infamous presidents. Lunch today is at the Historic Boone Tavern Hotel & Restaurant, named after Appalachian hero Daniel Boone. The list of visitors to Boone Tavern includes former presidents, the Dalai Lama, Henry Ford and more. After lunch explore on your own the Berea College Visitor Center and the Berea College Craft Shoppe. At the Russel Acton Folk Center, let your artistic side show as you do a hands-on craft taught by a local artist. Your last activity of the day will be free time at the Kentucky Artisan Center, where local artisans beautiful works are on display and available for purchase. Creekside Lodge * Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 6 | September 15 | Berea, KY to Bardstown, KY

Arriving in Bardstown this morning, explore on your own Bardstown Museum Row. You’ll find numerous museums as well as the Old Bardstown Colonial Village, the largest and most complete museum devoted to the American Civil War. Lunch will be in the mansion ballroom at My Old Kentucky Home, followed by a guided tour of the mansion and a culinary class on making biscuits! At the Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center, following your guided tour, try three of their nationally acclaimed whiskeys right out of the largest Bourbon Barrel in the world. The day concludes with dinner at The Talbott Tavern, the oldest stagecoach stop in America, where you will dine on authentic southern cuisine. Keep your eyes open. The Talbott Tavern is considered to be one of the most haunted sites in America! Hampton Inn Bardstown * Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 7 | September 16 | Bardstown, KY to Mt. Vernon, IL

Begin your day at one of the most famous racetracks in the US, Churchill Downs, home to the Kentucky Derby. Your guided tour will take you through the museum and to the track, where your early morning tour may provide viewing of the horses working out! You’ll also meet a resident Thoroughbred with its companion pony. Then get ready for some excitement with your Off to the Races experience. With your $5K of “Horsey Bucks”, your mock racing event allows you to experience the fun and excitement of wagering. After lunch, at the historic Stitzel-Weller Distillery, your guide will take you through the past, present, and future of bourbon, with a tasting at the end of the tour. Drury Inn & Suites Mt. Vernon * Breakfast Included

Day 8 | September 17 | Mount Vernon, IL to Coralville, IA

The journey home continues today with a stop at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal, Missouri. The guided tour will take you through the Interpretive Center, Boyhood Home & Garden, Huckleberry Finn and Becky Thatcher Homes, J.M. Clemens Justice of the Peace Office, and the Museum Gallery. Drury Inn & Suites Iowa City Coralville * Breakfast Included

Day 9 | September 18 | Coralville, IA to Home

Today will be a travel day as your tour of Kentucky comes to an end. * Breakfast Included

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Pricing Per Person Cash Or Check

  • $ 1,630 – Dble
  • $ 1,480 – Triple
  • $ 1,400 – Quad
  • $ 2,100 – Single

Pricing Per Person Credit Card

  • $1,695 – Dble
  • $1,540 – Triple
  • $1,460 – Quad
  • $2,180 – Single

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Itinerary, Pricing and Availability are subject to change without notice. Tours are subject to energy surcharges and other factors beyond our control.

Departure Date

9/10/2020

Return Date

9/18/2020

Tour Highlights

  • Anderson Japanese Gardens
  • Rotary Jail Museum
  • Creation Museum
  • Ark Encounter
  • Thoroughbred Heritage Horse Farm Tours Including Keeneland Race Course and Old Friends Farm
  • Town Branch Distillery Private Tour & Tasting
  • Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate
  • Boone Creek Creamery & Kentucky Proud Store
  • Mary Todd Lincoln House
  • Historic Boone Tavern
  • Berea College Gifts & Crafts
  • Russel Acton Folk Center Hands-On Project with Local Artist
  • Kentucky Artisan Center
  • Bardstown Museum Row
  • My Old Kentucky Home Mansion and Culinary Biscuit Tour
  • Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center Tour and Tasting
  • The Talbott Tavern
  • Kentucky Derby Museum & “Off to The Races” Event
  • Stitzel-Weller Distillery – Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience
  • Mark Twain’s Boyhood Home
  • 8 Breakfasts / 3 Lunches / 2 Dinners
Hosted by Southwest Tour and Travel Tour Director (Activity Level: Active) This tour will require guests to be able to walk longer distances, climb several flights of stairs and navigate steps and uneven terrain. Your itinerary will include a higher number of longer travel days with morning and/or evening activities.