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Lexington, Harrodsburg & Frankfort

  • Lexington, Harrodsburg & Frankfort

    Lexington is the horse capital of the world and second largest city in Kentucky. But you don't have to be an avid racehorse fan to enjoy the natural beauty, culture and history that this exciting city has to offer. Harrodsburg sits amidst four National Register Historic Districts in the heart of Kentucky’s famed Bluegrass region, and is Kentucky’s oldest town. Harrodsburg is full of the unexpected. Frankfort is Kentucky's capital city, nestled between Louisville and Lexington along the Kentucky River, in the heart of bourbon, horse and wine country. With a plethora of historical sites, electric shops and restaurants to genealogy, arts and don’t forget about the bourbon. Come visit and enjoy the southern hospitality and the Kentucky River heritage.

    • Foggy Morning at the Stables

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    • Bourbon Distillery Warehouse

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    • Breeder's Cup

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    • Calumet Farm

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    • Keeneland Racing

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    • Lexington Skyline

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    • Aerial view

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    • Harrodsburg Canoe journeys in Fall

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    • Harrodsburg Shaker Village Carriage Ride

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    • Shaker Village - Harrodsburg

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    • Downtown Frankfort

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    Lexington

    As you might expect in the Horse Capital of the World, they have horses! But in Lexington's Bluegrass Region, there are hundreds of exciting things to do, see and experience. Lexington is Kentucky's centerpiece, offering all the best Kentucky has to offer. 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.

    Kentucky Horse Park, or KHP as it’s known in equine circles, is basically an equestrian event venue that celebrates and explores our relationship with horses – it’s a fantastically engaging hub for all things horse. Besides these events, the park sports a hall of champions, a daily parade of different breeds, horse and cart tours and four different museums. The International Museum of the Horse is a Smithsonian Affiliate examining the role of horses through history, while the Al-Marah Arabian Horse Galleries caters to children with interactive experiences, and the Wheeler Museum focuses on showjumping and is chock-full of fascinating memorabilia.

    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. Ten bourbon distilleries and a dozen wineries are a short drive away. There are horseback riding trails, backroads and byways for bicycle enthusiasts, and outdoor water sports from kayaking to skiing. Harrodsburg is home to Beaumont Inn, the state’s oldest family-operated country inn, and Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill – 3,000 acres of discovery at America’s largest restored Shaker community.  

    Frankfort

    The heart of Frankfort sits in the Kentucky River valley, on an S-bend in the river near the western edge of the inner Bluegrass Region of the state. Frankfort and the surrounding area offer many opportunities for outdoor activities. The Kentucky River mentioned above has long been a source of recreation, and boat docks on the river house recreational watercraft. Not far from Frankfort, the Elkhorn Creek is a popular site for canoeing and kayaking.

    Daniel Boone National Forest area

    Within the Daniel Boone National Forest, Red River Gorge is a canyon system in east-central Kentucky, It’s spectacularly scenic, with its eye-catching natural stone arches, unusual rock formations, sandstone cliffs and over 500 miles of hiking trails through rugged terrain. There’s an incredibly diverse selection of trees, including beech, sugar maples, white pines, hemlock, oak and hickory and these tend to host the occasional endangered species (the Indiana Bat, the Virginia big-eared bat and the red-cockaded woodpecker, for instance). Activities include but are not limited to: hiking, fishing, boating, swimming, horse riding, cycling, rock climbing and bird-watching.

    Lake Cumberland is renowned as the houseboat capital of the world! Along with houseboating, this scenic patch of Russell Springs offers watersports, camping, hiking and more. Lake Cumberland is one of the 10 largest manmade lakes in the country, spanning a whopping 63,000 acres, with more than 1,200 miles of federally protected shoreline. The lake is famous for its striped bass: 40 pounders are regularly caught here, with 50 pounders popping up too. Pack your fishing tackle and pray to the bass gods.

  • 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

    98Mi/157Km

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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

    43Mi/69Km

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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)

    64Mi/102Km

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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

    76Mi/122Km

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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.

  • 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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    • Bourbon in the Bluegrass

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    • Four Roses Bourbon

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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