April 29-May 5, 2023
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The Great Steamboat Race has been taking place on the Ohio River since 1963, as part of the original Kentucky Derby Festival events. Join us on this exclusive tour that culminates with the Great Steamboat Race - an iconic tradition of the Kentucky Derby Festival that includes fun, food, bourbon, and riverboat racing prior to the running of the Kentucky Derby.

Day 1: With anticipation high, we make our way toward Kentucky. By evening we are east of St. Louis for our first night’s stay.

Day 2: This afternoon a step-on guide joins us for the highlights of Cincinnati, Ohio. Sitting on the banks of the Ohio River, this Queen City is rich in history. The introduction of steamboats on the Ohio River opened up the city's trade. Our hotel is in the Cincinnati area. (B)

Day 3: We begin our journey in Newport, KY (right across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati) on the beautiful Belle of Cincinnati, a lovely paddle-wheeler featuring Victorian decor. Two enclosed decks and an open-air top deck perfect for sightseeing. Our first stop is in the lovely river town of Aurora, Indiana. Quaint shops, historic homes, and lovely scenery await. Then, we'll continue our cruise with food, fun, crafts, and song, before traveling through the Markland Lock and Dam - an up-close look at how our inland waterways operate. We dock for the night in Vevay, IN, and stay at the lavish Belterra Resort and Spa where we'll enjoy dinner together before heading off to bed. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Today, more food and fun as we cruise into the beautiful Waterfront Park in downtown Louisville, KY and check into our hotel before heading out for a dinner and show at the famed Derby Dinner Playhouse. A favorite for a delicious meal and top-rated theatrical entertainment. (B, L, D)

Day 5: We begin our day with tours at some of Louisville's major attractions - the Frazier History Museum and the Louisville Slugger Bat Factory, with a delicious lunch along the way. The much-anticipated, grand finale awaits back aboard the Belle of Cincinnati as we race against the legendary Belle of Louisville, complete with a Bourbon Tasting, a delicious meal, and all the "Riverboat Shenanigans" you can handle as you help cheer us to the finish line! There is only one rule in a riverboat race: "There are no rules!" (B, L, D)

Day 6: This morning take a step back into the historic Steamboat Era with a tour of the Howard Steamboat Museum. This beautiful 1894-built Mansion is a 22-room marvel built in the Richardsonian Romanesque style. It was the home of the famous Howard steamboat-building family of Jeffersonville. Lunch will be served before making our way to the St. Louis area for our overnight. (B, L)

Day 7: Today we return to Yoder, reminiscing about our wonderful trip on the Ohio River and the Great Steamboat Race. (B)


7 days
April 29-May 5, 2023
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River Hop to the Great Steamboat Race

$100 deposit per person
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