Christmas at Ark

Christmas at Ark
Mon, Nov 29th, 2021
Sun, Dec 5th, 2021
  • • "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 Museum, Ark Encounter, Cincinnati & 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, Cincinnati and Louisville!

Day 2 Cincinnati, OH
We drive to Kentucky, the blue grass state to Petersburg and spend the whole afternoon into the evening at 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 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 rainbow-colored 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 of the 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 
3 lunches and 
6 continental breakfasts
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