Smoky Mountains & the Ark

Smoky Mountains & the Ark
Thu, Oct 14th, 2021
Sat, Oct 23rd, 2021
  • • "Triple" : Two Beds: $2030
  • • "Quad" : Two Beds: $2010
  • • "Single" : One Bed: $2650

One or Two Beds: $2050

10 Day Motorcoach Tour Featuring The Great Smoky Mountains, the Creation Museum, Ark Encounter, Dollywood & the Biltmore Estate in the Fall!

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

Tour Highlights:

Creation Museum
The Ark Encounter
Kentucky Horse Park
Shaker Village
Cumberland Falls
Bush's Baked Beans Visitor Center
Hatfield & McCoys Dinner Feud
Smoky Mountain Opry
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park Tour
Biltmore Estate
Indy 500 Speedway

Day 1 Peru, IL
Our beautiful journey Kentucky & Missouri begins today. We’ll learn about the wonderful days ahead as we make our way through Wisconsin into Illinois for our overnight.

Day 2 Florence, KY
We head south through Indiana today crossing into Ohio for a short period of time then into Kentucky-the blue grass state! Our afternoon will be spent at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY. At this 75,000-square-foot museum, the pages of the Bible dramatically come to life. Journey through biblical history and marvel at the Garden of Eden alongside Adam and Eve. Spot the serpent coiled among the tempting fruit, and discover more about Noah’s Ark and the Flood. You’ll see state-of-the-art exhibits, fossils, and even a full-size Allosaurus skeleton. Tour the beautiful botanical gardens to the petting zoo and camel rides. We’ll continue to Florence for our overnight. (B, L)
Day 3 Lexington, KY
Today’s adventure has us heading south on I-75 to Williamstown to 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 will amaze us all! Lunch will be included while here. Afterwards, we’ll continue to Lexington, Kentucky-the horse capital of the world! We’ll check into our accommodations and the rest of the evening is on your own. (B, L)

Day 4 London, KY
Our morning is an adventure at the Kentucky Horse Park before departing Lexington. We will get the chance to meet Thoroughbred legends at the Hall of Champions, see interesting breeds at the Parade of Breeds Show, tour the barn and see the blacksmith facility. This afternoon, we browse through Shaker Village, a completely restored Shaker community in the country, founded in 1805. Tonight we stay in London, Kentucky. (B)

Day 5 Pigeon Forge, TN
We are off to Cumberland Falls this morning, known as ‘Niagara of the South.”  Water pours over the rocks in a 125 foot wide curtain and plunges 68 feet into the boulder strewn gorge below. We’ll make a stop along the way at Bush’s Baked Beans Visitor Center. Explore the very building where A.J. Bush operated his General Store. Lunch is included here. Then it’s on to Pigeon Forge for a two night stay. Our adventure begins in Gatlinburg this morning. Tonight, we'll attend the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud. (B, L)

Day 6 Pigeon Forge, TN
This morning we'll drive to Gatlinburg. We board Aerial Tram for the best view of the Smokies and Gatlinburg! Departing right from downtown, soar 11,000 feet above Gatlinburg. Once on the mountain, you’ll be on your own to explore the attractions and take in the beautiful fall foliage. The afternoon will be on your own here to have lunch, shop and explore. Tonight, we will visit Dollywood, Dolly Parton’s Theme  Park of the Smoky Mountains! The mountain crafts are quaint and the shows are entertaining. We’ll be there during the Harvest Festival which features the Great Pumpkin Luminights. (B, L)

Day 7 Asheville, NC
This morning we will pick up a local guide for a tour into The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Travel the scenic mountain road around the famous “Loop” by way of the high-rising Chimney Tops. At the top of the mountain we will stop at Newfound Gap which marks the Tennessee, North Carolina State line. At an elevation of 5,048 feet, Newfound Gap is the lowest drivable pass through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There will be many opportunities for photos along the way. The rest of our day will be spent touring the Biltmore Estate, Overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is the largest private home in America, created by George Vanderbilt in 1895. You will see magnificent 16th century tapestries, a library with 10,000 volumes, a banquest hall with a 70 foot ceiling, 65 fireplaces, an indoor pool and a bowling alley. Almost all of the priceless objects that you see throughout the house are from George and Edith Vanderbilt’s original collection. Take time to stroll through one of the finest gardens in our country. (B)

Day 8 Bardstown, KY
Back on the road today! Traveling as far as Knoxville before we stop for a Lunch Cruise aboard the Star of Knoxville. Take in the fall folliage as we travel along the Tennessee River. We continue into Kentucky making our final stop of the day in Bardstown where we will spend the night. Dinner is included at a local restaurant. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Rockford, IL
We head to Indiana, where we  stop at the Indy 500 Speedway and Museum. If open, we head onto the track for a chance to win the checkered flag! We stay in Rockford tonight where we enjoy an included farewell dinner at the Machine Shed Restaurant...down home good cooking and eating. (B, D)

Day 10 Home
We return to Minnesota today and hum all along the way-our old favorites and the new songs we learned on our tour to the “Place of Blue Smoke.” (B)
3 dinners 
5 lunches and 
9 continental breakfasts

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