August 13, 2021
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.
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DAY 1: AUGUST 13
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
DAY 2: AUGUST 14
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)
DAY 3: AUGUST 15
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)
DAY 4: AUGUST 16
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.
DAY 5: AUGUST 17
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)
DAY 6: AUGUST 18
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 email@example.com