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Kentucky Bluegrass & Bridles

Kentucky Bluegrass & Bridles

Churchill Downs, Kentucky Derby Museum, Muhammed Ali Center, Kentucky Horse Park, Old Friends Retirement Farm, Keeneland Race Track, Toyota Plant

Kentucky Bluegrass & Bridles

  • Louisville and Nicholasville, KY

  • The majesty of thoroughbreds and the beauty of Kentucky

  • April 8-12, 5 Days, 9 Meals

 

If the sound of thundering hooves, the sweet smell of freshly cut hay, and the sight of a majestic horse in full gallop get your heart racing, this is a tour you won't want to miss.

Day 1

Head toward spring in Louisville for your first night's stay. Your acclimation to the city begins with an "All Things Kentucky" dinner that includes Hot Browns, Burgoo, Bourbon Pecan Torte, and Derby Pie.

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Day 2

CHURCHILL DOWNS & KENTUCKY DERBY MUSEUM: Get a guided tour of this most famous of all racetracks, and learn about the event held every year since 1875. In the museum, see the colorful jockey silks, learn how a foal becomes a champion-and let's not forget those marvelous hats!

MUHAMMED ALI CENTER: Ali, the world's favorite boxing legend and proud Louisville native, inspires all who visit here. See how this Olympic and World Heavyweight Champion used his platform to teach others to "Be great, and do great things."

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Day 3

KENTUCKY HORSE PARK: Horse lovers, this might be your favorite stop. A showcase of museums, galleries, theaters and working farm exhibits, the Park is dedicated to man's relationship with the horse. Watch a harness maker and farrier at work. Visit the grave of the legendary "Man of War." Delight in more than 50 different breeds grazing on lush pastures.

OLD FRIENDS EQUINE RETIREMENT FARM: What happens to horses when they are done racing? Sadly, their stories haven't always had happy endings. But since 1986, this facility has been making a difference for pensioned Thoroughbreds.

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Day 4

THOROUGHBRED CENTER: With 1000 stalls, two training tracks, a starting gate and clocker stand, this is where horses learn how to be champions. Catch a morning track workout, peek into the demonstration barn and make sure to take good notes on what makes a winner. Because you're going to need it at the next stop.

KEENELAND RACE TRACK: It's race day! Are you ready to make a wager on your favorite horse? Get wrapped up in the excitement of a real race! Feel the tradition and don't be surprised if it feels a little familiar-most of the movie "Seabiscuit" was shot here.

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Day 5

TOYOTA PLANT TOUR: Now here's horsepower of a whole different variety! See where 500,000 cars and 500,000 engines are produced annually at Toyota's largest North American production plant.

Then it's time to settle the motorcoach to gallop toward home.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

DEPOSIT: $50 at time of reservation; final payment due February 22, 2019.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS: Radisson Louisville North, Clarksville, IN (2 nights); Holiday Inn Express Nicholasville, KY (2 nights).

 

TOUR INCLUSIONS: Professional tour director, motorcoach transportation, luggage handling at hotels, accomodations, admissions/attractions, and 9 meals, including 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 4 dinners.

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE: Optional, but highly recommended.

 

ACTIVITY LEVEL 3 / HEAVY WALKING: Physical stamina required. Stair climbing, longer periods of walking and/or standing may be involved, along with higher elevations and longer days. Participants must be able to keep up with group.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Janesville, WI Van Galder Terminal
3120 N. Pontiac Dr., Janesville WI
Madison, WI Shopko South Towne Mall
2101 W. Broadway, Lot "G", Madison WI
Rockford, IL Van Galder Terminal
7559 Walton St., Rockford IL
South Beloit, IL Fas Mart/McDonald's ($3 per day)
Hwy 75 and I90, South Beloit IL
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