CHRISTMAS IN KENTUCKY
December 10-14, 2019
Day 1: We are headed over the river and through the woods to Kentucky, full of southern charm and Christmas spirit! Today we make it to Mt Vernon, IL for our first night stay.
Day 2: This morning we stop in Santa Claus IN, America’s Christmas Hometown, home to many Christmas-themed businesses and attractions. This afternoon we visit the Conrad Caldwell House in Louisville KY. Enjoy Victorian teatime in one of the most stunning homes at the center of the largest collection of Victorian homes. Later we check into our home for the next two nights, The Galt House, Louisville’s premiere riverfront hotel. This evening we head out to see the “Lights under Louisville.” Each year, Louisville Mega Cavern is transformed into an underground holiday light spectacular featuring over 850 lit characters with over 3 million lights. It's the only underground light show of its kind on the planet! (B, D)
Day 3: Today we tour “My Old Kentucky Home.” We join costumed guides as they lead us through the 200-year-old home and then treat us to the favorite drink of the Kentucky Derby, Mint Juleps. Lunch is at the historic Old Talbott Tavern, one of the oldest stagecoach stops in America. Next, we learn about the fascinating history of bourbon at the Heaven Hill Distillery. We tour the one of the Rickhouses to learn about the aging process and the magic that takes place inside the barrel. This afternoon we made our way back to Louisville to the famous Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. Celebrate the role the Slugger has played in America’s favorite pastime through fun stories, fascinating machinery, and interesting exhibits. We cap off the day with dinner and a Christmas show at the beautiful Derby Dinner Playhouse. (B, L, D)
Day 4: A trip to Kentucky would not be complete without stopping at the Kentucky Derby! Enjoy the Reindeer Games as the horses are transformed into racing reindeer. You can also decorate and take home your very own lucky horseshoe souvenir. After lunch, it’s time to head towards home. We stay west of St. Louis tonight. (B, L)
Day 5: Today we drive across Missouri and Eastern Kansas, sharing our favorite Kentucky Christmas memories. (B)