Thu, Apr 25: Depart Indianapolis for Petersburg, Kentucky to visit the Creation Museum. In the beginning, God created….. and now the pages of the Bible vividly come to life in this state-of-the-art museum. Journey from the dawn of creation and throughout biblical history to the present day with stunning exhibits! Then, step outside and find yourself surrounded by botanical gardens, a petting zoo, a zip line course and more. The museum is impressive and a delight for one and all to see. Enjoy an included sandwich lunch at your leisure during the visit. Next, head to Newport for an overnight stay on the riverfront and a delightful dinner cruise. Board the River Queen—tastefully decorated and impeccably preserved, she is full of riverboat-era charm. Following the meal take a dance with your partner, step out onto the deck to breathe in the night air or visit the covered third deck which offers a great view of the city as well as a bar and gift shop. (Meals: Lunch, Dinner)
Fri, Apr 26: Travel south to continue the trek into biblical history at the Ark Encounter, featuring a full-size Noah’s Ark built according to the dimensions given in the Bible. Spanning 510 feet long, 85 feet wide and 51 feet high, this modern engineering marvel amazes visitors young and old! A buffet lunch is included with the group during the visit. Continue to Berea where the blue grass of Kentucky meets the rolling hills of Appalachia. Check in to the Historic Boone Tavern Hotel, in its second century of providing guests with the pinnacle of southern hospitality and charm. Meander down the street to encounter craft galleries, coffee shops, a fudge factory and a woodworking shop. Regroup this evening at the hotel for an included four-course dinner with fellow travelers. (B,L,D)
Sat, Apr 27: Berea College was the first interracial and coeducational college in the South and is different from most colleges in that it is the only one of America’s top colleges that awards every enrolled student a no-tuition promise. The college generates funds on endowment income, donations and financial aid to support the students but in turn, all students are required to work a minimum of 10 hours per week in approved jobs on campus and in the community. A common quote is that the college offers the “best education that money can’t buy.” Notable alumni of the college includes John Bennett Fenn, the 2002 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Tour the beautiful 140 acre campus and end at the Kentucky Artisan Center to see local artist’s work on display and available for purchase. Have lunch on your own in the café during your free time here. Continue on to visit Old Friends Retired Thoroughbred Farm in Georgetown and learn about this “living history museum of horse racing” featuring rescued and retired horses. Listen to stories of victory and strife in the lives of some of the residents, such as Kentucky Derby and Preakness champions Silver Charm and War Emblem. Return to Indianapolis in the evening with a dinner stop en route. (B)
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Newport/Cincinnati, Newport.
This new hotel recently opened its doors in December 2016 and features beautiful views of the Ohio River, the Cincinnati skyline and Newport, and is located within walking distance of Newport on the Levee—popular for shopping, restaurants and outdoor events. Highlights: in room mini-fridge and coffee maker • 50-inch LCD flat screen TV • Complimentary Wifi • 24 hour Suite Shop • fitness center • indoor saltwater pool • two outdoor patio areas.
Historic Boone Tavern Hotel, Berea.
Located in the heart of the Folk Arts & Crafts Capital of Kentucky, this historic inn is a LEED Gold Certified Green Hotel and celebrates all things local. Highlights: Enjoy relaxing guestrooms accented by crown molding and showcasing handcrafted furniture made by Berea College students • complimentary Wifi • flat screen TV • coffee making facilities • restaurant.