A Kentucky Christmas

A Kentucky Christmas
Tue, Dec 1st, 2020
Mon, Dec 7th, 2020
  • • "Triple" : Two Beds: $1380
  • • "Quad" : Two Beds: $1360
  • • "Single" : One Bed: $1800

One or Two Beds: $1400

A 7 Day Motorcoach Tour Featuring the Creation Museumk, Ark Encounter & Louisville at Christmas time!

*Riley Tours purchases the Group Deluxe Protection plan with Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption on behalf of all tour passengers*

Tour Highlights:

Creation Museum
City Tour of Cincinnati
Cincinnati Zoo Christmas Festival of Lights
Krohn Conservatory
Ark Encounter
Frazier History Museum
Louisville Slugger Factory & Museum
Schimpff's Confectionery
"A Christmas Story the Musical" at the Derby Playhouse
Churchill Downs & Kentucky Derby Museum
Lights Under Louisville
Stoneware & Co.
Conrad-Caldwell Home
Winter Woods Spectacular

Day 1 Peru, IL
Christmas is coming up very quickly
and what better way to celebrate than
with a tour to the Creation Museum, Ark
Encounter and Louisville! We’ll learn
about the days ahead as we make our
way to Peru, Illinois.

Day 2 Cincinnati, OH
Heading south through Indiana and Ohio
today. We’ll cross into Kentucky, the blue
grass state to Petersburg, Kentucky to
the Creation Museum. Here, the pages
of the bible dramatically come to life as
you journey through biblical history.
This time of year the museum holds their
annual ChristmasTown. Once it gets
dark, take in the dazzling garden of lights
and reflect on the true meaning of the
season at the live nativity. Afterwards,
we’ll check-in to our hotel located right
on the Ohio River. Tonight, we’ll feast on
an included dinner buffet at our hotel
then board the bus to drive through the
Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo.
(B, L, D)

Day 3 Louisville, KY
A local guide will join us this morning to
show us around Cincinnati. This city is
a hidden gem, there is so much to learn
about it’s history and see here. After our
tour, we’ll visit the Krohn Conservatory
and see it’s “A Zinzinnati Holiday.” Enjoy
a train display miles long that winds
throughout the gardens, evergreens
with lights and hundreds of poinsettia!
Botanical experts design an amazing
mini version of historic Cincinnati
buildings in the midst of all of the Krohn’s
lush vegetation, each themes to give a
nod to Cincinnati’s rich German heritage.
Lunch will be included this afternoon
at a local favorite here before we depart
for Williamstown, Kentucky to visit the
Ark Encounter. The rest of the day will
be spent here exploring the full-size
Noah’s Ark, which was built according
to the dimensions given in the Bible.
Spanning 510 feet long, 85 feet wide and
51 feet high, this modern engineering
marvel will amaze us all! When the sun
goes down, we’ll see the life-size ark
and gardens illuminated in rainbowcolored
lights, an animated show that
shares a Christmas message of hope in
the Answers Center, Christmas Carols,
Ice Skating and much more! Dinner is
included while we are here. We’ll travel
in to Louisville afterwards and check-in
to our hotel for the next two nights. (B,
L, D)

Day 4 Louisville, KY
We’ll begin this morning at the Frazier
History Museum, which features a
special Christmas Exhibition each year.
You’ll have time to explore the rest ofthe museum while as well. Do not miss
the Spirit of Kentucky Exhibition to
learn about the history, craft and culture
of Bourbon Whiskey. Next, tour the
Louisville Slugger Factory & Museum,
another cant miss attraction here in
Louisville. You don’t have to be a big
baseball fan to love Louisville Slugger
Museum & Factory. The factory tour is
fascinating, Interactive exhibits in the
museum are fun and baseball is such a big
part of American history/culture. A boxed
lunch will be provided. This afternoon
we’ll visit Schimpff’s Confectionery for a
tour. Complete with a 50’s soda fountain
and original tin ceiling, the old-fashioned
candy jars, cases, and turn-of-the century
equipment will transport you back to the
good old days of home-made candy and
a real fountain drink. Schimpff’s is famous
for its cinnamon Red Hots and we’ll get
a candy-making demonstration to see
them make the sweet little candies! Our
tour also includes their Candy Museum
which displays thousands of pieces of
American candy memorabilia. We’ll
return to our hotel to freshen up a bit
before we attend “A Christmas Story
the Musical” at the Derby Playhouse.
A buffet dinner is included while we’re
here. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Louisville, KY
Louisville is the nicknamed “Derby City”
so you can’t come to Louisville without
visiting Churchill Downs and The
Kentucky Derby Museum. Experience
the thrill of the race known as “the most
exciting two minutes in sports” and
explore hands-on exhibits. Mount a
horse, view the film “The Greatest Race,”
and visit the museums thoroughbred,
Deputy Joe. Our day isn’t over yet.....
even though the sun hasn’t set, we’re
still going to tour some Christmas lights
at Lights Under Louisville. It’s truly a
holiday wonderland here at the MEGA
Cavern where we’ll experience the only
underground holiday light show in the
world while we drive our bus through
17 miles of underground passageways
featuring over 850 lit characters.
Louisville is home to one of the oldest
stoneware manufacturers in the United
States, Stoneware & Co. We’ll tour the
factory with a guide following the steps
of more than 20 skilled artisans who take
the clay from raw form to a completed
piece and get the chance to touch the
clay in its various states. This evening,
we’ll walk through Louisville’s grandest
Victorian home, the Conrad-Caldwell
Home, which has been carefully
decorated with thousands of lights and
ornaments throughout which will surely
put us in the Christmas spirit. We’ll end
our busy day driving through the Winter
Woods Spectacular this evening. (B)

Day 6 Rockford, IL
We’ll make our way back towards home
traveling through Indianapolis and
into Illinois to Rockford where we will
overnight. Tonight dinner is included at
the Machine Shed. (B, D)

Day 7 Home
We will arrive home today. Spend the
last few hours reminiscing about our
amazing tour these past few days. (B)
4 dinners 
2 lunches and 
6 continental breakfasts

A Kentucky Christmas Gallery

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