Duration

  • 6 Days

Price

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$2,395
Single
$3,095

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Christmas in Kentucky

It’s Christmas in Louisville, Kentucky, a bluegrass state of limestone hills, horses, and hound dogs! We’ll switch traditional hot apple cider for Kentucky bourbon (and Mint Juleps!) on this southern holiday season getaway!

Put on your favourite Christmas sweater for carols, games, a gift exchange, traditional Christmas dinner, and Lights Under Louisville! A beautiful evening of twinkling lights is a Louisville Christmas tradition. A guided tour of the Conrad-Caldwell House is a treat for Richardsonian Romanesque architecture fans – and for those who appreciate a beautiful building.

To downtown Louisville’s historic Whiskey Row! The pairing of chocolate and bourbon makes for a Sweet and Neat Experience in an artisanal distillery. Since 1783, Kentucky has taken its bourbon seriously and Evan Williams was Kentucky’s first commercial distiller. Capping off Christmas day is dinner and a show at the Derby Playhouse Theatre – Merry Christmas to us! This December, add friendly southern hospitality to your stocking, a measure of yeehaw to your yuletide, and a drawl to your Christmas carols. Join us for Christmas in Kentucky!

An iconic destination inextricably woven into the fabric of the city, The Brown Hotel is opulent yet approachable – like a fine Kentucky bourbon that never overwhelms you with its history but instead entertains you with a lifetime of colorful stories.

Behind its striking Georgian-Revival façade is a blend of Old World elegance and modern-day comfort, a place where generations of Louisville’s finest have celebrated in style and sophistication. Now nearing its centennial, The Brown Hotel reflects the rich heritage and Southern gentility that have made Louisville a hot spot for bluegrass enthusiasts, bourbon drinkers, equestrians and Derby Day revelers.

Source: brownhotel.com

Kentucky’s largest city, sits on the Ohio River along the Indiana border. Every May, its race course Churchill Downs hosts the Kentucky Derby, a renowned horse race whose long history is explored at the Kentucky Derby Museum. Baseball is celebrated at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, where Major League bats are produced and a giant baseball “slugger” marks the entrance

Welcome to Louisville’s #1 Victorian House Museum

The Conrad-Caldwell House symbolizes the progressive spirit and Victorian grandeur of Louisville’s Gilded Age. Constructed in 1895 by Louisville architect, Arthur Loomis, this Richardsonian Romanesque castle stands as an ornament to the city of Louisville, a distinguishing marker in America’s largest concentration of Victorian homes and is a site of cultural and architectural significance in the city of Louisville.

Source: conrad-caldwell.org

Evan Williams Bourbon Sweet and Neat Experience

GENERATIONS OF CRAFTSMANSHIP

The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience is a multi-million dollar artisanal distillery, immersive tourism experience, and retail location that celebrates the legacy of Evan Williams, Kentucky’s first commercial distiller and namesake of Heaven Hill’s flagship Bourbon brand. It is located along downtown Louisville’s historic “Whiskey Row” and across the street from the riverfront location where Evan Williams’ distillery once stood in the late 18th century.

 

 

Derby Dinner Playhouse is the theatrical entertainment leader in both Indiana and neighboring state Kentucky, noted for their professional productions of Broadway musicals and lighthearted comedies. Each dinner theatre production comes alive with the magic of lights, costumes, a live orchestra, and a stage full of professional performers.

Great Tradition!
Derby Dinner Playhouse is proud to be one of the oldest and largest continually operating professional dinner theatres in the country. For over 45 years the theatre has served the Southern Indiana region and Kentucky by reaching out to more than three million people. Derby Dinner opened in 1974 under the general management of Carolyn Thomas. In 1985, Thomas opted to purchase the Indiana dinner theatre with partner Bekki Jo Schneider, and in the last 30 years attendance has grown to over 200,000 patrons per year with over 10,000 season subscribers. The theatre is currently run by Producer, Lee Buckholz, and Cynthia Knopp, General Manager & Co-Owner.

Great Food!
Derby Dinner’s freshly-prepared, home-style buffet features Classic American Cuisine.  Selections include a full salad bar, a variety of vegetables, fish, fried chicken, turkey, hot rolls, and beverage. Take your time as the “Footnotes”, Derby Dinner’s own talented vocal ensemble, entertain you just prior to the stage production.  A full bar and delicious desserts are a specialty of the house.

Derby Dinner is proud to be a member of the National Dinner Theatre Association. Visit www.ndta.us.

Deluxe motorcoach transportation, 5 nights accommodation, 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners, all highlights listed, Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.

Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and HST does not apply.

Included Highlights

• Christmas Sweater lunch
• Lights Under Louisville
• Christmas Dinner
• Guided tour of Conrad-Caldwell House
• Evan Williams Bourbon – Sweet and Neat Experience (bourbon and chocolate pairing)
• 
Derby Playhouse Theatre dinner and show

• Cleveland, OH: Embassy Suites by Hilton (1 night)
• Louisville, KY: The Brown Hotel (3 nights)
• Erie, PA: Hilton Garden Inn (1 night)

LOUISVILLE’S LANDMARK HOTEL

Kentucky Style Meets Southern Splendor

An iconic destination inextricably woven into the fabric of the city, The Brown Hotel is opulent yet approachable – like a fine Kentucky bourbon that never overwhelms you with its history but instead entertains you with a lifetime of colorful stories.

Behind its striking Georgian-Revival façade is a blend of Old World elegance and modern-day comfort, a place where generations of Louisville’s finest have celebrated weddings and anniversaries, and corporate meeting planners have discovered unerring style and sophistication. Now nearing its centennial, The Brown Hotel reflects the rich heritage and Southern gentility that have made Louisville a hot spot for bluegrass enthusiasts, bourbon drinkers, equestrians and Derby Day revelers.

Day1

Cleveland, OH

Travel by deluxe motorcoach from Ontario to Ohio today. Check in to your hotel and enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers this evening.

Stay: Embassy Suites by Hilton, Cleveland, OH
Nights: 1
Meals: D

Day2

Louisville, KY

Goodbye Cleveland! We’ll have lunch before we leave Ohio, then hightail it into Kentucky! We’ll check into our hotel for the next three nights and then after dinner at the hotel, we’ll gather round for Christmas carols and stockings. We’ll offer transportation to an evening church service for anyone who’s interested.

Stay: The Brown Hotel, Louisville, KY
Nights: 3
Meals: B, L, D

Day3

Christmas Sweater Lunch, Christmas Dinner, Lights Under Louisville

Today we’re going to check off all the items on our Christmas “to do” list. After breakfast, we’ll head to morning service before returning to the hotel for an (ugly) Christmas sweater lunch. This afternoon enjoy fun games and Christmas carols followed by a traditional Christmas dinner. This evening you’ll experience the “Lights Under Louisville”, at the Louisville Mega Cavern featuring over 850 lit characters with over 3,000,000 points of light. It’s the only underground light show of its kind on the planet!

Meals: B, L, D

Day4

Conrad-Caldwell House, Evan Williams Bourbon, Derby Playhouse Dinner Theatre

Happy Kentucky Boxing Day! A visit to the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum is a treat for those who appreciate beautiful architecture. This is the masterpiece of famed local architect Arthur Loomis of Clarke & Loomis. Following a guided tour, we’ll have lunch at the Bristol Bar & Grill, then it’s off for dessert at Evan Williams Bourbon in downtown Louisville’s historic Whiskey Row! The pairing of chocolate and bourbon makes for a “Sweet & Neat Experience” in an artisanal distillery. Since 1783, Kentucky has taken its bourbon seriously and Evan Williams was Kentucky’s first commercial distiller.

We’ll return to the hotel in time to freshen up before we take in dinner and a show at the Derby Playhouse Theatre.

Meals: B, L, D

Day5

Erie, PA

Just hear those sleigh bells ringing… Yes, today we head back to Canada but we’ll make two days of it! After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll head to Erie, Pennsylvania where we’ll check into the hotel and have dinner as a group tonight.

Meals: B, D

Day6

Travel Home

After breakfast, enjoy a free morning of tax-free shopping and lunch on your own. This afternoon we’ll board the coach for the final leg of our journey home.

Meals: B

Travellers could be required to walk a distance of up to 500 metres (1,600 feet) on fairly level terrain. Walking one flight of stairs with railings may be necessary. There is time during the day for you to rest on your own. Ocean cruising would fall into this category, although participants may take part in more demanding excursions if they choose.

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