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The Bluegrass of Kentucky

The Bluegrass of Kentucky

Kentucky is definitely known for two main things … Horses and Whiskeys/Bourbons! Join us as we take you through the beautiful bluegrass of Kentucky where you will see miles of beautiful white fences set against the green pastures housing many majestic horses. Tour some horse farms, a few distilleries and “My Old Kentucky Home,” the Kentucky state song’s namesake.


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Kentucky is definitely known for two main things … Horses and Whiskeys/Bourbons!  Join us as we take you through the beautiful bluegrass of Kentucky where you will see miles of beautiful white fences set against the green pastures housing many majestic horses. Tour some horse farms, a few distilleries and “My Old Kentucky Home,” the Kentucky state song’s namesake.


Did you know that every bourbon is a whiskey, but not every whiskey is a bourbon?  Learn the difference between the two and how to make a “proper” Mint Julep, the drink of choice at the Kentucky Derby. You will also enjoy time in Louisville and visit many of the museums and the Louisville Slugger factory.  There is so much included in this tour giving you the opportunity to experience Kentucky at its best!



Tour Includes:

• Deluxe Roundtrip Motorcoach Transportation

• On-board Friendly Host

• 5 Nights Hotel Accommodations

• Luggage Handling

• 10 Meals Including:

- Dinner at Cracker Barrel

- Lunch at Ironworks Restaurant

- Dinner at Bucca di Beppo

- Dinner at Derby Dinner Playhouse

• My Old Kentucky Home

• Bourbon Heritage Center

• Mill Ridge Horse Farm

• Kentucky Horse Park

- International Museum of the Horse

• Buffalo Trace Distillery

• Louisville Stoneware

• Churchill Downs

• Mark Payton Glass Center

• Muhammad Ali Center

• Frazier History Museum

• Fourth Street Live

• Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

• Evan Williams Bourbon Experience

• "Buddy - the Buddy Holly Story" at Derby Dinner Playhouse


Activity Level 2:

Travelers may be required to walk on uneven surfaces (dirt paths, cobblestone streets or hilly terrain) and up to a distance of 1/2 mile at a time.


Tour Pricing:

$1275 per person Double

$1550 per person Single

Non-members add $20


Deposit & Final Payment:

A $250 deposit per person is required within one week of reservation. Must be paid in full by July 5, 2021. No refunds will be issued after July 5, 2021.


Payment Methods:

Cash, checks, credit/debit cards and money orders are accepted. Make checks payable to Burlington Trailways and mail to 3211 Division Street, Burlington, IA 52601. There is a $30 fee for insufficient funds or returned checks. Credit/debit card payments (Visa, Mastercard, Discover Card and American Express) are subject to a 4% processing fee.


Travel Protection:

Please call to inquire about travel protection coverages available. A policy from Travel Insured can help protect your travel investment at a very affordable group rate.


Departure Information, Locations and Parking:

Fort Madison



West Burlington




A final departure letter packet will be sent approximately 7 to 10 days prior to the departure date. This will contain the scheduled departure times and locations, as well as other important information in regards to your upcoming tour. If the tour involves overnight accommodations, luggage tags will be provided as well.


Burlington Trailways, parking lot owners and shopping center management assume and accept no responsibility for the safety of your vehicle or its contents at the place of departure. If you choose to park and leave your vehicle there, you do so willingly and at your own risk. If you choose to leave your vehicle, please park only in the areas designated in your final tour information packet. Vehicles not parked in the indicated areas may be subject to towing and all expenses incurred are the responsibility of the owner.


Tour Policies & Guidelines:

Our tour policies and guidelines may be found at or request a copy by calling 319-753-2864, ext. 162.



Day 1

Day 1: Monday, September 13, 2021
Join us this morning from the available departure location of your choice, meet your friendly on-board Trailways host, then sit back and relax as we make our way to Indianapolis! Enjoy rest and refresh breaks along the way today, as well as a stop for lunch, on your own, before arriving at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Indianapolis this evening. The rest of the evening, and dinner at a local restaurant, is on your own

Day 2

Day 2: Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Enjoy a hot breakfast at the hotel this morning before departing for Bardstown, Kentucky. Arrive at My Old Kentucky Home mid-morning and take part in a tour of the Kentucky State Song’s namesake…My Old Kentucky Home as it relates to the iconic Kentucky Mint Julep!
One of the earliest of mixed cocktails, the Kentucky Mint Julep is a symbol of southern hospitality and is the favorite drink of the fastest two-minutes in sports, the Kentucky Derby! Join the costumed guides as they illustrate through their tour the many buildings, garden areas, and special furniture that go into the making of a proper Kentucky Mint Julep. End the tour with the guide demonstrating the proper process of making a Kentucky Mint Julep, and then serve you one of your very own! You haven’t properly visited Kentucky without a Mint Julep experience!
Enjoy lunch, on your own, at the historic Talbott Tavern, built in 1779 and called the oldest western stagecoach stop in America. One of the most famous visitors of the Old Talbott Tavern was Daniel Boone. In April of 1972, he was subpoenaed to give his deposition at the stone Tavern on the court square. Many other familiar named visitors include Jesse James, Andrew Jackson, a very young Abe Lincoln and more.
While in Kentucky, it’s your opportunity to try Hot Brown, a local specialty and favorite of the Louisville area and a popular dish throughout all of Kentucky. The Hot Brown is an open-faced sandwich of baked chicken or turkey breast and bacon, covered in a creamy Mornay sauce and baked or broiled until the bread is crisp and the sauce begins to brown and then topped with cheese. This will be one of your lunch options today at the Tavern.
After lunch, enjoy a trip to the Bourbon Heritage Center – Gift Shop. This is one of the largest, greatly stocked, bourbon-oriented gift shops in all of Kentucky. Featuring expanded lines of bourbon-inspired food, merchandise and seasonal items along with Heaven Hill’s portfolio of award-winning American Whiskeys including some limited release bottlings.
There is no doubt why Bardstown claims to be the Bourbon Capital of the World – within 16 miles of downtown Bardstown there are ten unique bourbon distilleries that attract tourists from across the world. In Bardstown, bourbon is a way of life. It is a place where you can sip on a multitude of famous bourbons known around the world and immerse yourself in the culture of bourbon. Every distillery has a story, every bottle has a purpose, and it’s in Bardstown that you get to explore just that.
In 1779, Baptist Minister Elijah Craig pretty much saved us all when he developed America’s signature spirit – bourbon. Since the first barrel over 230 years ago, it has helped shaped the lives of Bardstown residents who’ve earned their living by distilling America’s native spirit. And the rest of us? It makes our lives much better, too.
Mid-afternoon, depart the Bourbon Heritage Center for Lexington. The city of Lexington, home to the University of Kentucky and an important economic and cultural center, lies in the heart of Bluegrass Country. The region is famed for its horse breeding, and Lexington claims the title of “horse capital of the world.” The horse paddocks enclosed by white fences are characteristic features of the landscape.
Arrive at the hotel with time to freshen up before departing to enjoy dinner at the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store offering American comfort food along with their great on-site General Store to shop in. You’ll return to the hotel after dinner and shopping for the remainder of the evening, on your own.

Day 3

Day 3: Wednesday, September 15, 2021
After enjoying the hot breakfast buffet at the hotel this morning, you’ll meet our local tour guide for the day and depart the hotel. Our first stop today is the Mill Ridge Horse Farm in Lexington. Mill Ridge was started by Alice Chandler in 1962 and has been raising and selling racehorses in Lexington, Kentucky ever since. As a child riding her pony through her family’s Beaumont Farm, her horsemanship, passion, and stories are legendary. Inspired by her father, Hal Price Headley, a recognized community leader, accomplished farmer and a renowned horseman, he was the world to her. Upon his death in 1962 he left Alice four mares and 286 acres which provided the foundation of Mill Ridge and the opportunity to follow her heart.
Take a tour of this 6th generation horse farm focusing on Mares and Foals. Meet the horses and get up close and personal by feeding them their favorite treat…carrots! Here you will be learning how the world of horse farms in the Bluegrass State works.
Next, explore Kentucky Horse Park. Set on 12,000 acres of prime bluegrass farmland in the horse capital of the world, this Kentucky state park was founded in 1978 and opened to the public as the world’s only park dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse. Here, the history of the relationship of man and horses is celebrated through exhibits and education. Take a walk through the Hall of Champions barn to meet thoroughbred legends like Funny Cide and Go For Fin along with retired celebrity horses of many breeds that make their home at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Visit the International Museum of the Horse while here, the largest and most comprehensive museum in the world dedicated to exploring the important history of all horses and their impact on human civilization.
Following the tour, have lunch at the park. Ironworks Restaurant serves hot and cold sandwiches, homemade soups and delicious daily specials.
Mid-afternoon, depart for Buffalo Trace Distillery. This is one of the oldest distilleries in all of Kentucky. Your tour will be an incredible introduction to the history and science of bourbon at Buffalo Trace. Walk amidst the rolling bourbon barrels and enjoy the aroma of the alluring bourbon sleeping inside the warehouses. The history and bourbon all come to life when your guide shares the story of Buffalo Trace. You will end the tour with a tasting.
Depart for Louisville and the Drury Inn and Suites North for our overnight stay. Take part in the nightly Kickback Reception offering a variety of hot and cold foods, snacks and beverages including some select cocktails, beer and wine. Enjoy the evening, on your own.

Day 4

Day 4: Thursday, September 16, 2021
Enjoy a hot buffet breakfast at the hotel this morning before meeting our local tour guide again today and departing for Louisville Stoneware. Founded in 1815, this is one of the oldest stoneware companies in the United States creating fanciful stoneware that is nationally renowned. They specialize in decorating their pottery with Kentucky Derby and Christmas themes along with a few others. Enjoy a guided factory tour where you’ll follow the steps of more than twenty skilled artisans who take the clay from raw form to a completed piece.
Mid-morning, arrive at Churchill Downs. This thoroughbred racetrack is most famous for annually hosting the Kentucky Derby. Officially opening in 1875, it was named for Samuel Churchill, whose family was prominent in Kentucky for many years. Take a guided walking tour of the famous racetrack, part of the horseracing event known as the Triple Crown, and home of the “greatest two minutes in sports.” Enjoy a 360-degree media experience that puts you in the heart of the action and explore interactive exhibits and more. Take time to enjoy lunch, on your own, at the Derby Café before departing.
This afternoon, enjoy a stop at the Mark Payton Glass Center. Watch artists flameworking, sculpting and blowing glass in two different forms, Fused Glass and Flame Glass. The artists will share with you the techniques of creating art in each of these fascinating forms. Learn about the tools, equipment and the differences in style from your guide and the artist.
Depart for the hotel this evening and have time to freshen up before leaving to have an included dinner at Bucca di Beppo. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat dinner served family style at a great Italian restaurant. The dishes are prepared from recipes handed down from generation to generation by Italian immigrants. Offering an eclectic setting designed to make every occasion a party, you’ll enjoy the feel of an authentic Italian gathering with delectable food. The remainder of the evening is yours to enjoy, on your own.

Day 5

Day 5: Friday, September 17, 2021
Enjoy a hot breakfast at the hotel before meeting our local guide and departing for Louisville’s Museum Row this morning. “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee – his hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see.” Our first stop is the Muhammad Ali Center. This tour is not just an experience, but a journey into the life, career and heart of a champion. Your guide will share with you Muhammad Ali’s legendary life, as well as a reflection upon one’s own individual values, inner strength, character, and what makes you the greatest person you can be.
Next up is the Frazier History Museum. The Frazier is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and a world-class museum that provides an unforgettable journey through history with ever-changing and interactive exhibits, daily performances by costumed interpreters and engaging special events and programs. It is also home to one of the country’s largest toy soldier displays.
It’s time to enjoy lunch on your own at Fourth Street Live, a 350,000-square foot entertainment and retail complex located in the heart of downtown, Louisville’s premier dining and entertainment destination. Almost every well-known restaurant you can imagine is here with live music featured daily.
After lunch, visit the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. You don’t have to be a big fan of baseball to love this place and the factory tour is absolutely fascinating! You will find that the interactive exhibits are great fun too. Baseball is such a big part of American history and culture that even folks who think they are not fans of baseball find that they have a connection here and enjoy themselves immensely.
Mid-afternoon, enjoy the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. Learn all about Evan Williams Bourbon here. Your tour and tasting will take you back in time to Kentucky’s first licensed distiller. See recreations of the Louisville wharf in the late 18th century and how Whiskey Row was along Main Street. This tour will include four bourbon tastings.
We then bid farewell to our local tour guide and depart for the hotel to refresh. Dinner this evening will be included at the Derby Dinner Playhouse. Enjoy a great buffet dinner before seeing Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story. Experience the sensational musical about the bespectacled 1950’s rock and roll icon. This non-stop entertaining rock show recounts Buddy Holly’s 18-month, meteoric rise to fame and the indelible impact he left on the industry after his untimely death at the age of 22. Performances include over 20 of his greatest hits like “That’ll Be the Day,” “Its So Easy to Fall in Love,” and “Peggy Sue,” along with Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” and the Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace.”
Return to the hotel for the reminder of the evening, on your own.

Day 6

Day 6: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Enjoy one last breakfast at the hotel this morning before we depart for home. You’ll enjoy rest and refresh breaks, as needed, along the way today as well as a stop for lunch, on your own.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Davenport, IA CASI 1035 W Kimberly Road
Center for Active Seniors
Ft. Madison, IA Ft. Madison Prison Industries Parking Lot
1st Street & Avenue E
Mediapolis, IA Mediapolis, IA - Mepo. Foods
111 N. Wapello Rd.
Muscatine, IA Muscatine - Wal*Mart 3003 US-61
Wapello, IA Wapello, Jack N Jill on Hwy 61
503 US 61, Wapello, IA
West Burlington West Burlington, IA Westland Mall
South Lot by AmericInn
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