Duration

  • 7 Days

Price

Double
$2,495
Single
$3,095

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Sep 6, 2019
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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

Packing

  • Sunscreen is an essential product to have, regardless of the climate. Since UV exposure is unavoidable, a hat and sunglasses are also suggested for your protection, even in the winter.
  • Mosquito repellent can prove useful in wooded areas or in the evenings in some regions.
  • Comfort is important when on vacation. Bring comfortable walking shoes. And loose, casual clothing is suggested to keep you cozy.
  • Pack extra batteries and memory cards for your camera.
  • Always pack an extra jacket or sweater in case of inclement weather or cooler evenings. DeNureTours recommends you dress in layers, so you can add or remove layers if the temperature rises or drops.
  • Use every corner, nook and cranny of your suitcase when packing. Rolled sweaters and bulky clothing occupy less space, but clothing that wrinkles easily should be laid flat. Roll socks or underclothing and pack them into shoes, and slip smaller items into side pockets.
  • Use sample-sized toiletry items and always transport containers of creams and liquids in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Keep an extra set of keys for your luggage.
  • Always prepare for the possibility of rain. An umbrella, or rain jacket will easily fit in your luggage, and could prove to be the most useful article you pack. When travelling as a couple, bring two so neither person gets half wet.
  • Pack your bathing suit.
  • Pack a good book, or a deck of cards to keep you busy during free time.
  • Leave items of monetary or sentimental value at home. Costume and faux jewelry always travels well.
  • If you require corrective lenses, pack an extra pair of glasses or contacts.
  • If you wear dentures, and have a second set, pack them just in case. You’d be surprised how often these important items end up where they shouldn’t.
  •  Not all hotel rooms are equipped with alarm clocks. While most hotels offer wake-up calls, a small travel alarm clock might prove useful.
  • Couples travelling together may find it wise to split their belongings between two suitcases. If one suitcase should go missing, neither person is left without a change of clothes.

Medical

  • Remember to pack any medications or prescriptions in your carry-on and not in your suitcase in case of emergency or luggage misplacement. Medications should be packed in their original containers for security reasons.
  • Keep a listing of your recent medical history with you, including medications you currently take, prescription or otherwise, as well as allergies you suffer from, and any medical conditions you have. Carry the listing in your wallet, and leave a copy with your emergency contact person at home.

Documents

  • Identify your luggage with an identification tag as well as your DeNureTours luggage tags.
  • If you carry travellers’ cheques, record the numbers of the cheques and keep this list in a separate location. When travelling as a couple, put some cheques in your partner’s name so you both have access to funds.
  • Always carry your travel insurance policy with you, and read it carefully before you leave.
  • Always carry your passport, or other important identification on your person. Make a photocopy to keep in your suitcase.
  • Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months after your return date. This is a requirement for entering certain countries.
  • Always check the spelling of your name on all documentation you receive. Often, your travel documents must match your passport or birth certificate. It is imperative that your legal name be listed correctly on your documents. Failure to comply may result in your being denied entry to a country, or boarding on an airplane or cruise ship. Name changes on documents may be subject to a change fee.
  • Use extra copies of your travel itinerary and hotel listing to distribute to friends or relatives, so you can be reached in case of emergency.
  • Keep a log of your purchases, including what you paid in foreign currency and the equivalent in Canadian dollars. This will assist you in filling out customs forms. Keep all receipts.

General Travel

  • Secure your home before you leave. Arrange for a friend or neighbour to pick up mail and check in periodically. Have someone cut your lawn (or shovel your driveway) and care for your property. Set automatic timers on the lights and television. Empty the refrigerator of perishables. Lower your thermostat to save on energy.
  • When flying, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, and limit your intake of caffeine and alcoholic beverages.
  • To avoid circulatory problems on a plane or coach, walk up the aisle every hour or so. Periodically, stretch your legs, arms, shoulders and neck.
  • Arrive early for flights. DeNureTours recommends to check-in 90 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights, or 2-3 hours prior for international flights.
  • An inflatable travel pillow can make you more comfortable on long coach rides or flights. The U-shaped pillow keeps your head from rolling during travel, reducing the risk of neck pain.
  • Avoid the use of perfume or scented sprays on the coach or an airplane. These are confined spaces, so be courteous to your fellow travellers who may be allergic or sensitive to scents.
  • Get as much rest as possible before you leave.
  • Try your best to be flexible. Unexpected things can happen. Your holiday will be more enjoyable if you are open-minded.

Gratuities

Tips to waiters, taxi drivers, step-on guides, tour directors and drivers are a tangible way for you to express your appreciation for jobs well done. This practice, though customary, is voluntary and is not included in tour prices. As a guide to the amounts to tip, the following amounts are suggested:

  • Taxi Drivers – Drivers should be tipped 10% of the taxi fare.
  • Waiters – For meals that are not included in the tour price, tip waiters between 15% and 20% of your bill, but never less than $1.
  • Tour Directors and Drivers – A gratuity of $4 per person per day is suggested.

The pace of a tour varies by itinerary, as each destination, its sightseeing and the activities are unique. Pacing is often subject to personal interpretation, but our trip pace indicator on each tour page may assist you in determining if a tour is suitable for you.

Day-by-day itinerary descriptions can be found on our website or requested from our office. Generally, the more activities included, distance travelled in a day, or number of hotel changes, will increase the pace of a tour.

Some of the most unique sightseeing is found in locations that can be a challenge for motorcoaches, especially in historic areas. For your comfort, we recommend packing walking shoes so you fully enjoy every aspect of your holiday.

Tours with the highest “On-the-go” ratings require a level of activity that is not suitable for those who use either walkers or wheelchairs. If a trip pace is not ideally suited for you, our reservations team will be happy to help you find your perfect vacation.

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