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Kentucky

  • The lively state of Kentucky borders seven states and within its borders are some of the newest and best attractions. Kentucky also boasts a temperate climate, a gracious mix of urban and rural settings and a population known for its hospitality.

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    • 4th Street Live

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    • Belle of Louisville

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    • Calumet Farm, Kentucky

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    • Horse Derby, Louisville

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    • Lexington

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    • Quilt Museum, Paducah

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    Kentucky’s geography varies from the Appalachian Mountains in the east to America’s largest inland peninsula “Land between the Lakes” to the west. In between are beautiful rolling hills, enticing waterways and bluegrass horse country.

    Kentucky is best known for horse farms (with Lexington being the horse-breeding centre and many of its surrounding farms welcome visitors on free tours), bourbon distilleries, mountain hollows and moonshine stills, fried chicken, bluegrass music and, of course, the famous Kentucky Derby which is held annually in Louisville.

    Louisville was founded by General George Rogers Clark in 1778 as a base from which to harass British troops during the American Revolution. Today, restored historic sites sit side-by-side with modern structures and visitors can wander through the quaint streets in Old Louisville.

    Our top five 'not to miss' activities:

    • Tour beautiful horse farms. If you've an equestrian passion, don't miss what is regarded as the greatest two minutes in sport - the Kentucky Derby.
    • Explore the acclaimed Bourbon Country where 95% of the world’s Bourbon is distilled. Take some time to enjoy a tasting on one of the behind-the-scenes tours.
    • Visit the birthplaces of legends; Abraham Lincoln, Muhammad Ali and the Corvette sports car.
    • Enjoy the sweet sound of bluegrass in some of the small music halls dotted around the state or experience a larger festival.
    • Explore the great outdoors, whether Mammoth Cave (the world’s longest cave system) or one of the many other outdoors adventures ranging from boating and fishing to 12,000 miles of trails for hikers, bikers and equestrians, not forgetting rock-climbing in Red River Gorge.
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  • Bluegrass & Country

    Begins in Cincinnati, Ohio and ends in Atlanta, Georgia

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation.
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Equestrain Delights

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    • Majestic Paddlewheel Voyages

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    • Bourbon Country

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    • A Diverse Range of Music Venues

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    • Historical Architecture

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    Cincinnati

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Cincinnati. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Cincinnati

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    Covington & Newport

    Today you commence your exploration. Start by crossing the Ohio River on a trip to Covington where you can perhaps enjoy a saunter across the Roebling Suspension Bridge. Next we suggest the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, which portrays three centuries of slavery from its introduction to abolition.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Cincinnati

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    Louisville

    Louisville is renowned for the annual Kentucky Derby. Horse racing enthusiasts will enjoy the Kentucky Derby Museum, offering a hands-on experience. Once in town, visit the Slugger Museum and Factory, take a river cruise on the Belle of Louisville or follow the Urban Bourbon Trail.

    Hotel: Galt House Hotel

    88Mi/142Km

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    Lexington

    Your first point of interest is The Muhammad Ali Center, which has majestic views of Kentucky’s largest city. Continue onto Lexington, the horse capital of the world, for a true equine experience at Kentucky Horse Park. During your stay we suggest a visit to Shaker Village in Pleasant Hill, which was once home to America’s largest and best-known communal society.

    Hotel: Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa

    101Mi/162Km

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    Bowling Green

    This morning, visit Bardstown – voted America’s most beautiful small town. Mammoth Cave National Park is your next point of interest, where four hundred miles of passages and caverns can be explored.

    Hotel: Hyatt Place Bowling Green

    167Mi/268Km

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    Paducah

    Today’s journey takes you towards the heart of America’s inland waterways. We suggest visiting The River Discovery Center, which chronicles life on the river and a stop at the National Corvette Museum. Paducah is renowned for its creativity, and is home to the National Quilt Museum.

    Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott, Paducah West

    149Mi/239Km

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    Memphis

    Continue to Memphis along the Mississippi River and immerse yourself in the city renowned as the home of the blues and birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. We’ve allowed two full days for you to experience Memphis, an exciting city with a plethora of things to see and do. No visit to Memphis is complete without touring Graceland! In addition, don’t miss a tour to the Sun Studio and be sure to see the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Smithsonian’s Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and Gibson Guitar Factory.

    Hotel: The Peabody

    178Mi/286Km

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    Nashville

    Today head east through picturesque cotton fields to Nashville. Visit the homes and museums of the country music giants, the Country Music Hall of fame & Museum, Johnny Cash Museum, Ryman Auditorium and Grand Ole Opry.

    Hotel: Renaissance Nashville Hotel

    212Mi/341Km

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    Great Smoky Mountains

    Next it’s on to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, America’s most visited park, which stretches across half a million acres of Tennessee and North Carolina. Hike, bike, drive or even take a horseback ride through the scenic byways. You may also choose to visit Dolly Parton’s Dollywood theme park, which celebrates the heritage and people of the East Tennessee region.

    Hotel: Oak Haven Resort & Spa

    205Mi/330Km

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    Chattanooga

    Heading south, you journey into the ancient homeland of the Cherokee Indians before arriving into Chattanooga. Don’t miss the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, Fort Loudoun and, of course, the infamous Chattanooga Choo Choo.

    Hotel: The Chattanoogan Hotel

    136Mi/218Km

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    Atlanta

    Ride the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, go underground at Ruby Falls, or stroll to the National Park Service’s American Civil War Battlefield at Point Park before leaving Chattanooga. En route to Atlanta we suggest a visit to Rock City Gardens.

    Hotel: Grand Hyatt Atlanta

    116Mi/186Km

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    Journey home

    There’s time for some last minute sightseeing in Atlanta, before returning your rental car and checking-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2289 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    One way drop off charge on car hire is not included and payable locally.

    The Kentucky Derby 2019

    Begins in and ends in Louisville, Kentucky

    4 night / 5 day

    Departures: May 1st 2019

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    One of the oldest and most prestigious horse races, the Kentucky Derby is known as 'the most exciting two minutes of sport in the world'. Join 150,000 spectators by taking our four night package.

    Departs: May 1st 2019
    Duration: 4 Nights

    Includes:

    • Four nights at the Galt House Hotel, Louisville
    • 2nd Floor Grandstand (Sec 224-228) seating for the Kentucky Oaks & the Kentucky Derby Race Days
    • Return transfers to Churchill Downs on Friday and Saturday
    • Breakfast each morning at the Galt House
    • Welcome reception at the Galt House
    • Admission to Evan Williams Experience party. A live bluegrass performance in the secluded Speakeasy vault room. Private distillery tour and tasting, with behind the scenes access to Heaven Hill brands. Special appearance by a horse racing industry expert.
    • Local Horse Farms & Attractions' optional guided tour. Discover the roots of horse racing and the local central Kentucky area on a tour of famed horse farms, a world-renowned distillery and more. Includes transportation and a local guide.
    • Official Kentucky Derby Souvenirs, Credential holder, and PrimeSport lanyard
    • Official souvenir program for the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby
    • The Kentucky Derby

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    • Galt House, Louisville

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    Prices

    From £5,775 per person based on two sharing a standard room. Ticket upgrades for the Kentucky Derby are available on request. Contact us for full details.

    Kentucky Bourbon Trail

    Begins and ends in Cincinnati, Ohio

    7 Days / 6 Nights

    Departures: Year Round

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    Your fly drive includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, Louisville

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    • 4th Street Live, Louisville

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    • Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse

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    • Old stone tavern,Bardstown

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    • Beautiful thoroughbred farms in Lexington

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    • Bluegrass Tavern, Lexington

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    • Woodford Distillery, Lexington

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    Arrive Cincinnati

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Cincinnati. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Cincinnati

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    Louisville

    After a good nights rest your bourbon journey begins. Take a trip to the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience at the Stitzel-Weller facility on the outskirts of Louisville. This new experience tells the story of Bulleit’s well-known brand on the hallowed grounds of this iconic site. Next, drive the five miles to Main Street and tour the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. This fantastic new immersive, artisan tour is right in the heart of downtown Louisville, on famed Whiskey Row. For your second full day, why not step into the Jim Beam American Stillhouse to enjoy their interactive, multi-sensory tour. For lunch you could enjoy freshly smoked BBQ and delicious sides at Fred’s Smokehouse, named after 7th generation Master Distiller Fred Noe. Finally, for your last few hours in Louisville why not finish with a Bourbon-themed dinner at Bourbons Bistro, Louisville’s foremost Bourbon bar, located in the historic Clifton district.

    Hotel: Galt House Hotel

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    Bardstown

    Today you will make the short drive to Bardstown, the Bourbon Capital of the World®. On the outskirts, you may find the Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Centre enjoyable. Once in Bardstown, for unique Bourbon artifacts, peruse the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History. Also make sure to stop by the Kentucky Bourbon Marketplace – your one stop shop for one-of-a-kind Bourbon souvenirs, gifts, bottles and even a Bourbon cocktail at their barrel stave bar. Be sure to dine on classic Kentucky fare in the Old Talbott Tavern and have a nightcap in the “world’s oldest bourbon bar”.

    Hotel: Bourbon Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn (First Class Only)

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    Lexington

    Today you will make the stunning drive through the emerald hills of Horse Country to Lexington. Located in the heart of the Bluegrass Region, Lexington is a true Thoroughbred town, where future Derby winners are trained and retired champions now reside. Among the farms that allow tours are Coolmore’s Ashford Stud, Darley at Jonabell and Darby Dan, whose proud history has included four Kentucky Derby winners. If the Bluegrass Region can claim a title other than that of “Horse Capital of the World,” it would be as centre of Bourbon Country, an area which produces 95 percent of the world’s bourbon. With the opening of Alltech’s Town Branch Distillery and two new craft distilleries—Wilderness Trace Distillery and Barrel House Distillery, there is a plethora of tours to choose from while in Lexington.

    Hotel: Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa

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    Journey home

    Time for some last minute sightseeing or shopping before returning your car to Cincinnati International Airport and checking-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £1099 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Kentucky Horses & History

    Begins and ends in Louisville, Kentucky

    8 Days/7 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    Your fly drive includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Louisville Visitors Centre

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    • Thoroughbred Farm, Lexington

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    • Churchill Downs, Louisville

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    • Louisville Skyline

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    • Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

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    • Whiskey Museum, Bardstown

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    • Shaker Village, Pleasant Hill - Harrodsburg

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    • Bourbon Distillery Warehouse, Lexington

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    • Downtown Frankfort

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    • Muhammad Ali Center

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    Arrive Louisville

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Louisville, Kentucky. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: Galt House Hotel

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    Louisville

    Louisville is renowned for the annual Kentucky Derby. Horse racing enthusiasts will enjoy the Kentucky Derby Museum, offering a hands-on experience. Once in downtown, visit the Slugger Museum and Factory, take a river cruise on the Belle of Louisville or follow the Urban Bourbon Trail.

    Hotel: Galt House Hotel

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    Bardstown

    Located in the rolling green hills of central Kentucky’s Bluegrass Country, Bardstown is an old-world town that is home to the state’s finest bourbon distilleries. Take a tour of the Heaven Hill Distillery and stop by the Bourbon Heritage Center to learn about its intriguing history. Explore Federal Hill at My Old Kentucky Home State Park– the plantation that inspired the song ‘My Old Kentucky Home’, which is now the state song. There are several dining options but we recommend the My Old Kentucky Dinner Train - a two hour excursion through the countryside.

    Hotel: Bourbon Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn

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    Harrodsburg

    A full-scale replica fort in Old Fort Harrod State Park commemorates the first permanent settlement west of the Allegheny Mountains. Providing an up-close view of one of the most unique ecosystems in the country, the geologically ancient Kentucky River Palisades, is the authentic 115-passenger Dixie Belle sternwheeler. There are horseback riding trails, backroads and byways for bicycle enthusiasts, and outdoor water sports ranging from kayaking to skiing.

    Hotel: Shaker Village Inn

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    Lexington

    We would suggest that your first port of call is The Muhammad Ali Center, which has majestic views of Kentucky’s largest city. Once in Lexington, the horse capital of the world, you can enjoy a true equine experience at Kentucky Horse Park. In Lexington's Bluegrass Region, there are hundreds of exciting things to do, see and experience. Celebrate the living history of Kentucky Bourbon at nearby distilleries such as: The Woodford Reserve Distillery, Buffalo Trace, Four Rose, Wild Turkey, James E. Pepper and Town Branch.

    Hotel: Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa

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    Frankfort

    Frankfort is one of the smallest state capitals in America, but full of history. Be sure to explore the Capitol Grounds and the Kentucky History Centre with hands-on activities, interactive exhibits and dynamic collections before a spot of lunch in one of the many downtown eateries. After lunch, why not visit the Buffalo Trace Bourbon Distillery for a tour and a tasting or drive over the Kentucky River for a tour of what is considered by many to be the country’s most handsome statehouses.

    Hotel: Best Western Parkside Inn, Frankfort

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    Louisville

    On your return to Louisville, you'll get to experience anything you didn't get an opportunity to on arrival. Perhaps take a visit to the Jim Beam American Stillhouse for an interactive, multi-sensory experence. For lunch you may like to enjoy freshly smoked BBQ and delicious sides at Fred’s Smokehouse, named after 7th generation Master Distiller Fred Noe. Finally for your last few hours in Louisville why not finish with a Bourbon-themed dinner at Bourbons Bistro, Louisville’s foremost Bourbon bar, located in the historic Clifton district.

    Hotel: Galt House Hotel

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    Journey home

    Today take the short drive back to Louisville International Airport, before returning your rental car and check-in for your flight to the UK.

    Prices

    From £1418 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

  • Bluegrass and Blue Ridges: Louisville to Nashville

    Begins in Louisville, Kentucky and ends in Nashville, Tennessee

    9 Days / 8 Nights

    Departures: May, June, August and September

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 8 nights as specified
    • 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
    • My Old Kentucky Home

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    • General Jackson, Nashville

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    • Equestrian Kentucky

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    • Derby Museum

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    • Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville

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    • Blueridge Parkway

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    Arrive Louisville

    Depart the UK on your chosen flight to Louisville. A transfer is included from Louisville International Airport to The Brown Hotel, a landmark in the heart of downtown Louisville near the theatre district. Since 1923, this gracious hotel has entertained celebrities and dignitaries with its opulence, charm, and impeccable Southern hospitality, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. A welcome reception and dinner is held at the hotel this evening.

    Hotel: The Brown Hotel (Dinner included)

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    Churchill Downs & Stephen Foster

    You'll begin the day with a visit to Churchill Downs, the legendary thoroughbred racetrack that has hosted The Kentucky Derby since 1875. Your visit includes a Tauck Exclusive tour of the backstretch with a professional jockey who’ll share insider views of the track’s history and daily operation while the horses take their morning exercise. On the racetrack grounds, you’ll also visit The Kentucky Derby Museum for insights into the race’s celebrated history, and what goes into the breeding and training of a thoroughbred champion. A short drive to Bardstown takes you to another iconic landmark, Federal Hill, a Georgian-style plantation house built in 1795 by Judge John Rowan that once entertained dignitaries like Andrew Jackson and Marquis de Lafayette, but is better known as the inspiration for Stephen Foster’s 'My Old Kentucky Home'. You'll tour the impeccably preserved mansion and formal gardens. After lunch at a historic tavern, you head to Frankfort for a guided tour of the Buffalo Trace Distillery, famous for its fine Kentucky bourbon, which it has produced continuously since 1775. During Prohibition, the distillery was permitted to output whiskey 'for medicinal purposes'. You arrive late afternoon in Lexington where the evening is free.

    Hotel: Griffin Gate Marriott Resort (Breakfast, lunch & dinner included)

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    Shakers, Bourbon & Bluegrass

    This morning you'll drive to Pleasant Hill, site of what was once the largest, most successful Shaker community in America. Founded in England in the 18th century, the sect known as Shakers had a profound effect on 19th century America, as documented in Ken Burns’s film, Hands to Work, Hearts to God. Known locally as 'Shakertown', the village, which flourished here from 1805 to 1910, comprises 34 original buildings, wonderfully restored as a living museum with costumed interpreters, where you’ll gain insights into the hearts and minds of the Shakers, and marvel at their engineering achievements; besides their fame for furniture making, the Shakers invented the circular saw, the clothespin, the wheel-driven washing machine, and numerous other labor-saving devices. Following lunch at the village, delve deeper into equine culture at The Kentucky Horse Park, a working horse farm and theme park showcasing breeds from around the world; you’ll also visit the International Museum of the Horse. Next, you return to your hotel for a special, private 'Bluegrass & Bourbon' evening, including a banquet dinner, a live band, and bourbon tasting.

    Hotel: Griffin Gate Marriott Resort (Breakfast, lunch & dinner included)

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    Cumberland Gap

    Once you've stood at the Cumberland Gap you’ll never forget it. You’re standing at the first frontier, the first gateway to the west. Off the beaten pathway, it was a break in the Appalachian Mountains that provided a gateway to the west for migrating buffalo herds, American Indian tribes, and restless pioneers – including Daniel Boone, who blazed a trail known as the Wilderness Road here in 1775. And today you will join that long list of travellers when you pass through the gap yourself. Explore its rich history and cultural currents at a private presentation at the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park visitors’ centre. The park also features unique geologic sandstone formations, magnificent underground caverns, and restored log cabins from an early 20th-century pioneer settlement. Next, its on to Asheville, North Carolina, where your accommodation is both historic and gracious, exemplifying the best of Southern hospitality. Asheville has emerged as one of America’s top culinary destinations – a 'foodie haven' with many new twists on traditional southern cuisine.

    Hotel: The Inn on Biltmore Estate (Breakfast, lunch & dinner included)

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    The Biltmore Estate

    Back in 1895 George Vanderbilt II, grandson of railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt, decided to build himself 'a little mountain escape' in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The result was the Biltmore Estate, a fabulous 250-room French château for which he employed architect Richard Morris Hunt for the castle design and Frederick Law Olmsted (the designer of Central Park) to lay out the woodlands and formal gardens. You’ll have an opportunity to learn more about this magnificent estate on tours of both the estate grounds and through the mansion itself. See Antler Hill Village, a town built to house the employees who worked on the estate and tended its crops and livestock. After lunch on the estate, return to Asheville where the remainder of the day is free to spend as you please.

    Hotel: The Inn on Biltmore Estate (Breakfast & lunch included)

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    Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Today you’ll experience one of the most beautiful, and one of the oldest, places on Earth – Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in the US. Historically, it is known as a place of refuge; the fascinating story of its creation includes the heroic efforts of Horace Kephart, George Masa and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Ecologically, it is one of the world’s best examples of a deciduous hardwood forest – a UNESCO World Heritage Site with one of the most diverse ecosystems on Earth, it is dedicated as an international biosphere reserve. Scenically, the grandeur and beauty of the Southern Appalachians is at its very core – from mist-shrouded mountains with their wide range of elevations to fresh streams and miles of forests; it is the very definition of the word 'vista'. In Cherokee, North Carolina, you'll explore 19th-century wilderness settlement life with period interpreters at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park visitors’ centre. You’ll also visit the Museum of the Cherokee Indian for a guided tour and exclusive private viewing of its archival collection of artefacts. A catered private lunch at the museum includes samples of traditional Cherokee flavours and is accompanied by a Cherokee flute musician. You arrive into Knoxville late afternoon.

     

    Hotel: Hilton Knoxville (Breakfast, lunch & dinner included)

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    Nashville

    You'll travel today to what has emerged as the music capital of America, the infamous Nashville, Tennessee. First up is a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame, where you’ll truly get a behind-the-scenes look at the industry during lunch with a Nashville songwriter. Enjoy time on your own to explore the museum, then head to the Ryman Auditorium for a private front-of-house and backstage tour. The venerable hall is best known as the former home of the Grand Ole Opry, from 1943 to 1974, having hosted the biggest country stars of its day. Your downtown hotel is a palatial Beaux-Arts landmark built in 1910.

    Hotel: The Hermitage (Breakfast & lunch included)

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    General Jackson & Grand Ole Opry

    Today you will visit The Hermitage, the plantation home of Andrew Jackson, military hero, populist, and 7th President of the United States. Dayton Duncan notes that you can understand Andrew Jackson by his own words – “I was born for a storm. And a calm does not suit me.” Jackson lived here until his death in 1845 and his brick mansion is considered the most accurately preserved presidential home in the US, with restored décor and original furnishings. Drive along Music Row to your hotel and enjoy some free time to explore Nashville as you please before an early farewell reception and dinner.

     

     

    Hotel: The Hermitage (Breakfast & dinner included)

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    Journey Home

    A transfer is included from the hotel to Nashville International Airport, where you check in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £4,781 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    The Sumptuous Soul of America

    Begins in Chicago, Illinois and ends in New Orleans, Louisiana

    14 Days / 13 Nights

    Departures: May, June, September and October

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 13 nights as specified
    • 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 8 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Travel Concierge
    • Classic tour
    • The Sumptuous Soul of America

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    • Arrive into Chicago, Illinois

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    • Fox Theatre, St. Louis

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    • Visit the top of the famed St. Louis Arch

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    • Bourbon Distillery, Louisville

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    • Churchill Downs, Louisville

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    • Honky Tonk Highway

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    • Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville

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    • Grand Ole Opry, Nashville

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    • Graceland, Memphis

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    • Sun Studios, Memphis

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    • Houmas House Plantation, Natchez

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    • Jackson Square, New Orleans

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    • Farewell Dinner at Arnauds

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    Arrive Chicago

    Enjoy a toe-tapping trip of rock, jazz and country music, as you delve into the sumptuous soul of America. Depart the UK on your chosen flight to Chicago. Upon arrival, you will be met and taken to your exclusive retreat The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Chicago. In the evening, join your Travelling Concierge for a scrumptious welcome dinner.

    Hotel: The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel (Dinner included)

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    Chicago

    You'll begin the day with a 90-minute architectural river cruise and discover how the Great Fire of 1871 paved the way for the birth of the skyscraper. Continue your discovery with one of the Windy City's greatest highs - the 360 Chicago Observation Deck. Enjoy a Highlight Dinner with wine at Gibson's Bar and Steakhouse, a classic Chicago-style chophouse. You'll be served with a fixed steak menu that comes with roasted corn, potatoes and seasonal veggies.

    Hotel: The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chicago (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    St. Louis, Missouri

    Today you will make the journey to St. Louis where you'll take an exclusive guided tour of the Fabulous Fox Theatre which opened in 1929. This vibrant city played host to the World's Fair and Olympics of 1904, with both being held at St. Louis' prestigious Washington University.

    Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel, St. Louis (Breakfast included)

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    St. Louis Arch to Louisville

    Get a bird's-eye view of the city with a visit to the top of the famed St. Louis Gateway Arch standing 630 feet (190 metres) tall. Next, head east through the Hoosier National Forest to Louisville, before enjoying a dinner with wine at The English Grill in the evening. This elegant venue is situated at your hotel and offers a refined menu of contemporary American cuisine with a Kentucky twist.

    Hotel: The Brown Hotel, Louisville (Breakfast and dinner with wine included) (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    Louisville, Kentucky

    Continue your immersion into Louisville culture with an up-close look at some of Kentucky's celebrated four-legged residents during a visit to a retired horse farm. Enjoy a guided tour of the grounds where you will learn about some of the horses before taking time for lunch (at your own expense). Later, visit a bourbon distillery, where you will discover the secrets and meticulous details involved in the making of the South's signature spirit, before indulging in a sampling. The evening is yours to enjoy at your own leisure.

    Hotel: The Brown Hotel, Louisville (Breakfast included)

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    The Honky-Tonk Highway

    The fun continues with a guided historic walking tour of Churchill Downs to learn about the history of the Kentucky Derby, followed by a visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum. Once here you'll gain an insider's perspective during a private visit with retired jockey, Charles Woods Jr. Next, discover the history behind one of America's favourite sports cars at the National Corvette Museum, where you'll grab lunch. The museum features over 80 Corvettes in periodic settings, including mint classics, one-of-a-kind prototypes and modern-day wonders of engineering and design.

    Hotel: Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Nashville, Tennesse

    After breakfast you will be taken for a tour of the historic Studio B including 30 minutes with a professional sound engineer for a choir-style recording session. You'll be able to take home a copy of the recording as a one-of-a-kind souvenir. Head on to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, full of memorabilia from stars such as Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Garth Brooks. Once there, you'll join your Local Expert, a songwriter and singer, who will tell you the stories behind the biggest hits sung by well-known country music stars (subject to departure date). End your day with a trip to the Grand Ole Opry, for a live performance.

    Hotel: Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown (Breakfast included)

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    Memphis

    Today you will be taken from the home of country music to the birthplace of blues and Rock 'n' Roll. The evening is devoted to a private, after-hours, and docent-led tour of Graceland - as much an object of pilgrimage as a museum dedicated to the late, great, Elvis Presley. From the flowers and painted signs outside the gates, to the tear-streaked cheeks of fans inside, see the effect that Elvis and his music had on popular American culture. Enjoy a memorable dinner with wine at the Graceland mansion itself.

    Hotel: The Westin Memphis Beale Street (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    Memphis

    Experience Memphis your way by visiting Sun Studios or the Memphis Rock n' Soul Museum. Later, visit the National Civil Rights Museum and trace the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the 17th century to the present. Offering over 260 artifacts and more than 40 new films, you'll be guided through five centuries of American history.

    Hotel: The Westin Memphis Beale Street (Breakfast included)

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    Natchez

    Leaving Memphis behind, today you will depart for Natchez, founded by the French in 1716 when it became home to a flowering colonial culture. There you will experience a private, owner-led tour of Sunnyside, a restored antebellum cottage. At your charming luxury country mansion inn, wet your palate during a mixology class and learn the 'science' behind the signature drink of the South, the Mint Julep. Then enjoy a delectable three-course Highlight Dinner with wine, in the stunning main house.

    Hotel: Monmouth Historic Inn and Gardens, Natchez (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    Frogmore, Houmas House and New Orleans

    Today you will stop at Frogmore Plantation and journey back to a time when cotton was king. With your costumed hosts, you will tour a reconstructed 19th century plantation. Next, get a glimpse into the sweet side of the South with a visit to Houmas House plantation, once the largest producer of sugar in the country. In the evening, you'll visit the New Orleans School of Cooking to learn about Creole cuisine during a lively cooking demonstration. Enjoy these culinary creations over a special highlight dinner with wine.

    Hotel: Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    New Orleans

    A local expert will join you for a tour of the city as you learn about its rich history steeped in the myriad of cultures that have found a new home here. See Jackson Square and the Treme neighbourhood before exploring City Park. Take in this picturesque scene and admire the oak trees with a warm coffee in hand. Next, visit one of the city's famous above ground cemeteries and learn about their uniquely joyful perspective on life and death.

    Hotel: Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans (Breakfast included)

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    New Orleans, Louisiana

    Start the day with a bayou expert on the rural side of the Crescent City, as you board a boat to meet the resident alligators and other fauna and flora. Enjoy some free time before gathering with your new friends and toasting to lifelong memories during a farewell celebration dinner with wine at the famous New Orleans restaurant, Arnaud's, with toe-tapping live jazz as your backdrop.

    Hotel: Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    Journey Home

    Bid 'au revoir' to the Big Easy in the morning. A transfer is included from the hotel to New Orleans International Airport, where you check in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £5630 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

  • Bourbon Distilleries Tour

    Kentucky

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    • Bourbon Barrels

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    • A little sample

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    Sample some of the best, authentic Kentucky bourbons, distilled in big-league bourbon distilleries. During the day, you'll head to Heaven Hill, Maker’s Mark, and Jim Beam American Stillhouse, enjoying tastings and a behind-the-scenes look at the distilling process of Kentucky bourbons. This guided tour, departing from Louisville includes all tastings, transportation, lunch and narrated commentary.

    Duration: 10 hours

    Prices

    From £165 per person (minimum age 21 years)

    Half Day Horse Farm Tour, Kentucky

    Lexington, Kentucky

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    • Lexington Horse Farm

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    • Admiring the view

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    During this half day tour from Lexington, you will visit two horse farms as well as the renowned Keeneland Racecourse. Throughout, your guide provides commentary on the farms' inner workings and history as you peruse various areas of the grounds. You'll also drive by Calumet Farm, which is known for raising thoroughbred race horses that have won the Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown. Discover why the Bluegrass State is known as the 'Horse Capital of the World’ on this informative tour.

    Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

    Prices

    From £39 per person

    Bourbon in the Bluegrass, Kentucky

    Lexington, Kentucky

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    Enjoy a day of Kentucky bourbon whiskey tastings and tours, without any transportation hassles, on this small-group trip from Lexington. Visit three Bluegrass-region distilleries, see first-hand how their whiskeys are made on guided tours, and sample selections of their small-batch and historical bourbons. Plus, as you travel, you'll enjoy tales about the bourbons and Bluegrass region from your driver-guide.

    Duration: 8 hours

    Prices

    From £127 per person

    Mammoth Cave's Canopy Zipline, Kentucky

    Cave City, Kentucky

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    • Mammoth Cave's Canopy Zipline

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    • Ready to go!

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    Soar through the trees on this epic adventure through the Mammoth Cave countryside. The Primary Canopy Zip Tour includes five ziplines, ranging in length from 500 to 1000 feet, plus three sky bridges that span over 60 acres of scenic woodland. The Secondary Canopy Zip Tour includes four ziplines, designed just for children. The Secondary Zip tour connects with the Primary Tour after two zips and they share the last two zips, making it a perfect family activity. All Zipline adventures are full service, ACCT certified and supervised by trained staff for the safety and enjoyment of all guests.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Prices

    From £69 per person

    Bardstown Bourbon Distillery Tour and Tastings, Kentucky

    Bardstown, Kentucky

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    • Bardstown Bourbon Distillery Tour and Tastings

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    • Brewing Machinery

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    This small group tour provide an intimate, fun, social, and lighthearted way to see and taste Bourbon's best. The knowledgeable local guides will introduce you to the local history and culture and show you why Kentuckians are so strong in spirit. This tour includes one distillery tour and tasting, plus a tasting at a 2nd distillery.

    Duration: 4 hours

    Prices

    From £69 per person (minimum 21 years)

    Kentucky Craft Beer Tours, Kentucky

    Louisville, Kentucky

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    • Cheers!

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    • Behind the Scenes

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    Saturday Beer Lovers Tour

    Get a taste of Louisville’s thriving beer scene on this small-group, half-day tour. You will meet your guide at the Gordon Biersch Brewing Company. Over the course of an afternoon, you’ll go behind the scenes at three different Louisville breweries, will enjoy numerous different beers, and will discover more about the brewing process.

    Sunday Funday Beer Tour

    Spend a lively Sunday afternoon out on the town, and get to know Louisville’s thriving craft beer scene, on this small-group tour. Don’t worry about logistics: traveling via minibus makes it simple to get around. Go behind the scenes at three different breweries, and taste four samples at each stop (including flagship beers, seasonal specials, and more). Over the course of the tour, you’ll learn more about the brewing process, and will have snacks and water at your disposal along the way.

    Craft Beer Tour and Tasting

    Go behind-the-scenes of three locally-approved Louisville craft breweries on this all-inclusive brewery tour. Unlike most brewery tours, this one offers unlimited five ounce pours, so you can sample everything on the menu at top breweries like Akasha, Mile Wide, and Monnik. You get a pretzel necklace, too, for convenient snacking between beers.

    Prices

    Saturday Beer Lovers Tour

    From £51 per person (minimum 21 years)

    Sunday Funday Beer Tour

    From £56 per person (minimum 21 years)

    Craft Beer Tour and Tasting

    From £76 per person (minimum 21 years)