Day 1: Depart Lancaster. Breakfast stop included. There will be a lunch stop, not included. Before arriving at our hotel we will have a Guided Tour of the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati. Next, traveling to Aloft hotel by Marriott at Newport On The Levee, Kentucky. This will be our home for the next four nights. Hotel reception with lemonade and cookies. Remainder of the evening on your own.
Day 2: Breakfast buffet at the hotel. We begin our day with a 2 ½ hour Step-on Guided Gangster & Cincinnati Bus Tour. Explore the streets where the mob made their million, gamblers lost their lives, and ladies of the night earned their reputations. Learn the historical significance of Newport, and discover how this little town gave birth to the modern-day gaming industry. Learn the history of Cincinnati and the many interesting facts about the city. If you included the Behind The Scenes Tour at Cincinnati Zoo that is our next stop. The remainder of the folks will stop for a boxed lunch included. Our next stop is the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY. The history of the Bible vividly comes to life at the world-class Creation Museum. On your walk-through biblical history, you’ll encounter a realistic Garden of Eden, animatronic Noah, Flood dioramas, stunning video displays, and much more. You have the option to visit the museum for ½ day or full day. Coach will provide 2 departure times from museum. If you choose not to visit the Creation Museum, you may add Cincinnati Zoo to your package. Remainder of the day on your own.
Day 3: Depart for Louisville’s famous Churchill Downs, home to the Kentucky Derby. There's no experience quite like a once-in-a-lifetime chance to spend a morning on a private backside tour at Churchill Downs Racetrack. You will get a behind the scenes view of Thoroughbred racing at the "World's Most Legendary Racetrack.” Along with more than 1,400 stalls that are mostly all full during the peak season, enjoy breakfast in the Horsemen’s Track Kitchen, see the horses training rail side, catch them during a bath and learn about life at the track. Be sure to bring your cameras because on any given day of training, visitors will get an up close and personal view of the horses, jockeys, trainers, and other connections who live the sport of horse racing! This tour is exclusive to groups visiting the Kentucky Derby Museum and not available to the general public. Also included is a 30-minute, guided walking tour of historic Churchill Downs front stretch. Learn about past Derby winners and the rich history of this location. You will walk through the property to the paddock and out to the grandstand learning trivia and fun facts along the way. Free time in the Kentucky Derby Museum and gift shop. A trip to Louisville isn’t complete without a visit to Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. Here we will have a private room for a sub sandwich & chips (included) before we begin our tour. Depart for our hotel and remainder of the day on your own.
Day 4: Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Traveling to the Ark Encounter in Williamson, KY. We will be spending the majority of the day at the Ark Encounter, featuring 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.
Lunch buffet included. This evenings attraction is enjoying a Captain’s Dinner Cruise aboard BB Riverboat. Buffet includes: Tossed salad with cucumbers & tomatoes (on salad), rolls & butter, carved strip loin with au jus & creamy horseradish sauce, carved marinated turkey breast, salmon filet, mashed potatoes, vegetarian pasta, roasted marinated vegetables, chef’s choice of dessert.
Day 5: After a buffet breakfast at hotel, we must depart for home. Don’t be sad as we have one more stop on the tour.
Dickenson Cattle Company, Barnesville, OH. A 75- minute interpretive Longhorn Ranch Tour that rides the range over thousands of acres bringing cattle to the buses for close up viewing of Texas Longhorn, Dutch BueLingo, and African Watusi cattle herds. Lunch will be served after the tour, featuring Lean Longhorn Burger Bar right from Dickenson Cattle Companies freezer, All the fixing’s & condiments, Cowboy Baked Beans, Corn, Homemade Cole Slaw, Sauteed mushrooms/onions, iced tea, infused fruit water and desert.
Tour includes: 4 Nights Lodging –1 Made to Order Breakfast, 4 Buffet Breakfasts, 1 Buffet Lunch, 1 Hot Lunch, 1 Buffet Dinner, 2 sandwich lunches, Step on Guide Bus Tour, Admission to Churchill Downs Backstretch Tour & Breakfast, Front Stretch Tour & Museum, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, Creation Museum, Ark Encounter, BB Riverboat Captains Dinner, Dickenson Cattle Company Tour, American Sign Museum, Snacks & Water on Bus. Round trip deluxe motor coach, Knowledgeable and Experienced Tour Representative on motor coach and at hotel.
1 Per room - $1,531.00
2 Per room - $1,163.00
3 Per room - $1,040.00
4 Per room - $979.00
Add $125.00 Per Person for Gentle Giant Behind The Scenes Private Tour at Cincinnati Zoo.
Deduct $18.00 Per Person if visiting Cincinnati Zoo instead of Creation Museum.
A full refund will be given 60 days prior to tour departure. Minus any monies for reserved seat tickets or any other admission that has been paid by Bucket List Tours by Barb. All monies will only be refunded if the ticket is resold. Cancellations received 45 - 60 days prior to tour will be subject to a $75.00/person per day cancellation fee. Plus any monies for reserved seat tickets or any other admission that has been paid by Bucket List Tours by Barb. All monies will only be refunded if the tickets are resold. No refunds within 45 days or less prior to departure.
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I've waited a long time to share this tour with everyone. Visiting Churchill Downs the week of the Kentucky Derby, we are one of two groups that have breakfast in the Horseman's Track Kitchen. Dining among jockeys and trainers. Seeing Derby horses close up.
Visiting the Ark Encounter is a creation you must see, to appreciate the size and creativity involved in this creation.
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