What you'll do
The All Things Kentucky tour is an experience like no other. Join us as we travel around Kentucky and learn what makes Kentucky a special place. Our adventure will include tours of distilleries, wineries, horse farms and even enjoy a dinner on the Mary Miller Steamboat! Spend 4 days learning about the history of Kentucky as you visit Louisville and the back roads of Kentucky!
- Tour Churchill Downs
- Sun Valley Thoroughbred Horse Farm
- Dinner Cruise on Mary Miller River Boat
- Tour Ward Hall with bourbon tasting
- Makers Mark Distillery tour and tasting
- Dinner at Talbott Tavern
- Guided tour of Old Friends Farm
- Guided tour of Stoneware
- Rebecca Ruth Candies
- Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
- Frazier History Museum
- Two nights stay at the SpringHill Suites Louisville
- One Night Stay Hampton Inn Bardstown
- Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
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Day One Monday August 22, 2022
Welcome to Louisville, Kentucky where we first tour the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. You don’t have to be a big baseball fan to love this place. The factory tour is fascinating, the interactive exhibits are fun and baseball is such a big part of American history and culture that even folks who don’t think they’re fans find a connection here. The behind the scenes tour includes the factory, special artifacts, stepping into the “Bat Vault” and of course the gift shop where you can find the perfect gift for that little slugger in your life. Our next stop is across the street at the Frazier History Museum which is the official Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center. The feature is the 32 minute “KENTUCKY SHOW”, an exciting, emotionally compelling large screen multi-media experience narrated by Ashley Judd that captures Kentucky’s people, culture, history, music, spirit and more! The show has received rave reviews and the gift shop offers some unique bourbon gifts. After checking into the “Springhill Suites Downtown” it’s dinner time at the Bristol. The Bristol has won more “Best of Louisville” awards than any other dining establishment. Thirty years after opening its doors, The Bristol remains one of the area’s premier dining destinations and a true Louisville original. (Dinner)
Day Two Tuesday August 23, 2022
Breakfast will be included at the hotel this morning as we make our way to Rebecca Ruth Candies. Kentuckians are proud to call Ruth Hanly Booe the “Mother of Bourbon Balls.” In 1919 two bored substitute school teachers – Rebecca & Ruth – began making candies. Their Bourbon Whiskey Chocolate Candies are now a Kentucky tradition… BOURBON BALLS. The tour includes the story of Ruth’s life, the history of Rebecca Ruth® Candy and “Edna’s Table”, a 12 foot curved marble slab named after an employee of 67 years. Next we learn about the world of Thoroughbred Race Horses at Sun Valley Farms. Sun Valley has remained a family-owned and operated thoroughbred nursery, responsible for selling and exporting more than 200 stakes horses worldwide. This afternoon we experience a private bourbon tasting and tour at “Ward Hall”, the most fabulous house in Central Kentucky and the largest Greek Revival house in Kentucky. This evenings dinner is on board the “Mary M. Miller”, named for America’s first female licensed steamboat captain. With as much spirit as her namesake, the Mary M. Miller is a propeller-driven riverboat with old fashioned charm and modern amenities. Come aboard for a hearty and delicious meal while you enjoy the sights and sounds of the river as we show you the town from an all-new perspective – out on the water. (Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner)
Day Three Wednesday August 24, 2022
After breakfast we experience the Mecca of horse racing, “Churchill Downs”. Enjoy the Kentucky Derby Museum where guests can access two levels of family-friendly interactive exhibits along with the “Greatest Race”, a 360-degree immersive sound and visual experience that’ll get the heart racing and emotions soaring. We will round out our visit with a historic walking tour of the track and of course a visit to the “Finish Line Gift Shop”. After Churchill its off to “Stoneware & Company”, one of the oldest stoneware manufacturers in the United States. Official “Stoneware” of the Kentucky Derby, the guided factory tour follows the steps of more than 20 skilled artisans who take the clay from raw form to completed piece. Lunch will be on own before departing for Makers Mark Distillery for tour and tasting, and you will have the option of dipping your own bottle in their signature red wax. Makers Mark is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmark. After checking into the Bardstown Hampton we will indulge in a hearty meal at the the historic “Talbot Tavern”. This historic tavern and inn was opened in 1779, when Kentucky was still part of Virginia. Patrick Henry licensed it to operate, and French King Louis Phillippe stayed there in 1797. You can still see the murals he painted. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day Four Thursday August 25, 2022
Rise and Shine, this morning we will meet some stars like “Sea Biscuit” at “Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Facility” in Georgetown, Kentucky. Founded in 2003 by former Boston Globe film critic Michael Blowen, the organization has grown from a leased paddock and one horse to a 136-acre farm with a herd of over 175 rescued and retired horses. Our last stop of the tour is “Country Boy Brewery and Restaurant”. Featuring names for their brews such as, “Cougar Bait” and “Shotgun Wedding” makes for a unique factory tour. (Breakfast)
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