Event description

Join Our State travelers as we embark on this rollicking tour of the Bluegrass State of Kentucky. Learn about the legends of Louisville and Lexington as we traverse the gentle hills, historic cities, and many other sites.

Trip dates are August 13-18, 2021.

*You are invited to view a complimentary, virtual travel show highlighting all the wonderful aspects of this trip: VIEW HERE.

Itinerary highlights:

  • • Kentucky Derby Museum, including private vault tour with a retired Derby jockey
  • • Churchill Downs
  • • Louisville Slugger Museum
  • • Bourbon distillery tour
  • • Muhammad Ali Center with locally hosted dinner that evening
  • • Horse retirement farm
  • • Equestrian heritage at the Smithsonian International Museum of the Horse

Package includes:

  • • Round-trip airfare from Raleigh/Durham International Airport
  • • Five nights accommodations
  • • Five breakfasts and three dinners
  • • All sightseeing and admissions as listed
  • • Deluxe coach transportation for the tour
  • • Professional tour guide and driver
  • • Our State host
  • • Baggage handling and transfers



After a group departure from Raleigh-Durham airport, our tour will begin in Louisville with a group transfer to our hotel. Our travel director will welcome us to the Bluegrass State, with an introduction to our new home for the next six days. We will have a welcome reception at a local restaurant in the evening before turning in for the night at our downtown Louisville hotel. (D) Embassy Suites Downtown or similar


After breakfast, enjoy an exclusive VIP experience at the Kentucky Derby Museum. Imagine the thundering sounds of thoroughbred hoofs on the celebrated Churchill Downs racetrack as you visit the home of the Kentucky Derby since 1875. You will enjoy a private walking tour of the museum followed by the racetrack, then a private vault tour and meeting with a retired Derby jocky. Lunch will be at your leisure, before heading to the Louisville Slugger museum, of American Baseball fame. Learn about this amazing piece of Americana before returning to our hotel for the afternoon. Free time this evening to enjoy a downtown restaurant on your own. (B)


Today will be a culinary treat! Following breakfast at our hotel, board the motorcoach for a bourbon distillery tour, where you will learn the secrets of making the South’s signature spirit, then indulge in a sampling. After lunch on your own, we will continue our tour of Louisville with a special locally-hosted dinner and tour at the Muhammad Ali Center. This museum preserves and manages photos and other artifacts from Ali’s amazing career, and serves the community with programs for youth and adults alike. (B, D)


Enjoy breakfast before bidding adieu to Louisville. We will continue our tour of the amazing Bluegrass State by making our way to Lexington, Kentucky.  Upon arrival in Lexington, we will visit the Alltech Brewing and Distilling company, which offers the unique distinction of being both a brewery and a distillery! After a tour, we will enjoy a tasting. Our guide will give us a brief orientation of downtown Lexington before we check into our hotel. Enjoy the evening at your leisure before turning in for the night. (B) Hilton Lexington Downtown or similar.


Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, then dive into culture by saddling up for a soulful encounter with the equine residents of a local horse retirement farm. Here, you will meet these dignified retired thoroughbreds whose careers have come to an end. Lunch will be at your leisure, then delve into the equestrian heritage at the Smithsonian International Museum of the Horse. Enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant this evening. (B, D)


After breakfast, we will say goodbye to the beautiful Bluegrass State with our group departure to the airport for our return home. (B).

For more information, please contact  Emily Barrett, AAA Travel, (919) 832-0543, ext. 16019, or ecbarrett@aaacarolinas.com


For reservations and more information:
AAA Travel
Emily Barrett
(919) 832-0543, ext. 16019

Rate: $2,499 pp based on double occupancy

Please ask about the “No Risk Deposit” plan.


What to expect on an Our State trip:  Traveling with a group of Our State readers is an enriching, enjoyable, and safe way to experience new cultures, people, and places. In addition to the informative narration from the tour director and local guides, an Our State host will be available to assist in making your trip successful. We usually fly to our destination, then travel by a comfortable motor coach with anywhere from 35 to 50 people who appreciate learning about new regions. Your entire trip will be guided, planned, and arranged for your upmost enjoyment. Many activities are things you can only do because you are traveling with Our State. You can also choose not to attend an activity if you prefer something different. Please let your tour director know if you are not coming on a scheduled day. Many meals are included. Where you have meals on your own, suggestions will be provided. Most of the motor coaches have restrooms but every effort will be made to make regular rest stops. One of the best parts of traveling with Our State is that you will meet new people, many of whom you will already have much in common with since most travelers read the magazine. Many guests often develop friendships that go on long after the tour is finished. Our State trips are generally filled with dynamic and friendly people. Physical requirements: Our tours are physically active but not meant to be strenuous. Please be aware you will be on your feet, walking and standing for much of the day, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions and terrains. There will also be extended time on the motor coach when we travel from place to place. If there are any mobility issues you will need to have an able-bodied traveling companion to accompany and assist you. We regret that we’re unable to provide individual assistance to guests with walking difficulties or other personal needs. The responsibility of the Trip Director who accompanies your trip is to ensure that the larger group enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing individual assistance to any one guest. Guests requiring such individualized assistance must be accompanied by an able-bodied companion who can provide it. If you have additional questions, please call Our State’s Travel Director Amy Wood Pasquini at 336-286-0600, or email apasquini@ourstate.com.