Smoky Mountains & the Ark

Smoky Mountains & the Ark
Tue, Oct 18th, 2022
Fri, Oct 28th, 2022
  • • "Triple" : Two Beds: $2375
  • • "Quad" : Two Beds: $2355
  • • "Single" : One Bed: $3185

One or Two Beds: $2395

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

Optional Trip Insurance Available for Purchase

Tour Highlights:

Creation Museum
Ark Encounter
Kentucky Derby Museum
Louisville Slugger Factory & Museum
Buffalo Trace Distillery
Kentucky Horse Park
Shaker Village
Country Tonite Dinner Show
Smoky Mountain Nat'l Park Guided Tour
Biltmore Estate
& More!

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. Lunch is included here. We’ll continue to Florence for our overnight. (B, L)
Day 3 Louisville, 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 Louisville and check into our accommodation. Dinner is included this evening at Old Spaghetti Factory. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Georgetown, KY
And we're off… for a visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum. We will experience the "Greatest Two Minutes in Sports™" through it's museum exhibits and do a historic walking tour of Churchill Downs Racetrack. We'll enjoy a southern lunch buffet before we head over to the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. Along with a fascinating bat factory tour, the museum has galleries filled with remarkable memorabilia and entertaining interactive exhibits. You don’t have to be a big baseball fan to enjoy yourself here, there’s something fun for everyone. We depart Louisville and make our way to Georgetown, making a stop in Frankfort, KY. We will learn the history and science of bourbon at the Buffalo Trace Distillery while walking amidst the path of rolling bourbon barrels. (B, L)

Day 5 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 6 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. Next, we'll pick up our guide for a Foothills of the Smokys (Eastside) Tour. Our guide will show us around Sevierville, Tennessee, the 8th oldest town in Tennessee, where you will visit the Dolly Parton statue at the historic Sevier County Courthouse and learn of its unique history. Then travel to nearby Chestnut Hill to visit Bush’s Beans Visitor Center which is housed in the family’s original General Store that dates back to 1897. Enjoy a delicious southern-style lunch at Bush’s Family Café before departing for Gatlinburg and a drive along the scenic Foothills Parkway East. Once in Gatlinburg, you’ll take a spirited tour of Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery, complete with samples to taste. Tonight, we'll attend the Country Tonite Dinner Show. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Pigeon Forge, TN
A guide will join us this morning again on the Mountains of Faith Tour. An inspirational tour that will take us into the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains to visit some historic churches. Then we'll travel into the Greenbrier area of the National Park to rest and pause along the banks of the Middle Prong of Little Pigeon River where many baptisms once took place. From there, we visit the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community. This historic 8-mile loop in the Glades represents the largest group of independent artisans in North America. See craftsmen whittle, paint, sew, cast, weave, and carve to create original works of art. After lunch on your own, we'll visit the Apple Barn Winery do some wine tasting and explore it's many shops. 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. A dinner is included this evening at Dollywood. (B, D)

Day 8 Asheville, NC
We'll enjoy an easy morning with a later departure to head to Gatlinburg to explore, shop and have lunch before our afternoon tour of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Our guide will give us information as we 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. We'll drop our guide in Cherokee and then make our way to our overnight destination, Asheville, NC. (B)

Day 9 Bardstown, KY
Our day begins with a tour of 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 banquet 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. Lunch will be on your own before we depart Asheville. We'll travel to Berea, KY for our overnight. (B)

Day 10 Rockford, IL
Today is a travel day, we travel into Indiana then Illinois. 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 11 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)
5 dinners 
5 lunches and 
10 continental breakfasts

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