Tour departs from and returns to Houston, TX, via air(own cost)
The Ark Encounter and Creation Museum Tour! Join like-minded travelers on this exciting, educational and truly unique experience from Houston, TX and other gateway cities, to the Louisville, KY area. Your Tour Director, Kimberly Miller, is local to the Houston, TX area. Tour highlights include The Ark Encounter, Ararat Ridge Zoo, Creation Museum, Louisville Slugger Tour, Kentucky Derby Museum, and more!
Stand in awe at the size of the reconstructed Noah's Ark spanning 510-feet long, 85-feet wide, and 51-feet high. Exhibits explain the architectural and engineering feats and how Noah lived and cared for the animals onboard. Sculpted extinct and exotic live animals such as yaks and camels greet you at the Ararat Ridge Zoo. Learn more about biblical history at the Creation Museum starting with a walk in the realistic Garden of Eden, view exhibits with talking heroes of the faith, watch a presentation in the special effects theater, and explore the botanical gardens.
Louisville's legacy of the river runs deep from the Shawnee to early European settlers who depended on the mighty Ohio River for commerce and supplies. The river remains the heart of the city even today along with being known as the epicenter of the world's horse racing and Bourbon industries. Enjoy a wonderful buffet lunch.
A late afternoon arrival in Louisville, Kentucky will give you a bit of time to unwind or explore the downtown area before dinner.
Step into a piece of living American history as you board your steamboat for a dinner cruise on the Ohio River.
Your home for the next two nights is The Galt House Hotel – A Legendary Destination among Hotels in Louisville with history that dates back to the 1800s. The hotel overlooks the waterfront in the heart of downtown and has seven restaurants and lounges within the complex to meet all of your culinary tastes. (D)
This morning we are off for breakfast in the Horsemen's Track Kitchen of Churchill Downs Racetrack followed by a guided tour. The backstretch experience gives a behind the scenes view of Thoroughbred racing at the "World' Most Legendary Racetrack." Learn about life at the track, get a view of the horses, jockeys, trainers, and other connections that live the sport of horseracing.
Afternoon: Learn about the story of Louisville Slugger baseball bats in American History. Take a photo of World's Biggest Bat! The fascinating bat factory tour, amazing artifacts and interactive exhibits translate into an All-Star Experience at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. Enjoy insights and anecdotes on hitting from top players past and present in an inspiring film narrated by James Earl Jones.
Return to your hotel and spend the rest of the afternoon and evening as you please in what's considered one of the region's most vibrant cities. Dinner tonight is at your choice of many fine Louisville restaurants.
Time permitting: You may choose to visit, on your own, the Muhammad Ali Museum or the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience or check with the hotel personnel for other options within walking distance of the hotel. (B)
A deluxe breakfast awaits you this morning at the hotel.Depart for The Ark Encounter in Williamstown, KY.
Meet Noah, his family, and the animals on the Ark as you take a walk the inside of the Ark. You will explore three decks of world-class exhibits, learn about the incredible craftsmanship, and the fabricated teaching exhibits within. The Ark Encounter is the largest timber-framed structure in the world spanning 510-feet long, 85-feet wide, and 51-feet high. It was built in part by skilled Amish craftsmen from standing dead timber. Learn what is a "cubit" and which cubit measurement was used to construct the Ark Encounter.
Visit animals from around the world at the Ararat Ridge Zoo such as Tibetan yaks, kangaroos, and ostriches. If so inclined, you can take a ride on a donkey or camel (extra cost).
Lunch at Emzara's Kitchen at the Art complex.
Late Afternoon: Depart The Ark Encounter and travel to our overnight location in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.
This evening is yours to enjoy as you wish. Dine at the hotel restaurant or explore other options within walking distance. The mayor of Lawrenceburg refers to this charming town as one taken right out of the pages of a Hallmark Movie. (B,L)
Breakfast buffet served in the hotel dining room.
Today's highlight finds us at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky. This state-of-the-art museum takes you through biblical history, stunning exhibits, botanical gardens, and planetarium.
Nearly 150 exhibits feature animatronic dinosaurs, talking heroes of the faith, and displays that honor God's Word. Learn more about the biblical history through film in a 200-seat 4D special effects theater complete with seats that rumble, shake, and deliver other surprises.
Take time to visit the planetarium as realistic images projected on a 30-foot diameter dome allow stargazers to learn about what we see in the night sky that relates God's Word in Genesis. Enjoy the beauty of God's creation as you Enjoy a mile long walk in the beautifully themed botanical gardens, cross over multiple bridges, and view a variety of waterfalls as you take in the beauty of God's creation all around you.
Lunch today at Noah's cafe, main museum lobby
Mid-afternoon: Depart The Creation Museum for Louisville
Evening closing dinner this evening at a local restaurant.
Depart for Houston, TX