Bluegrass to Bourbon – July 15 -17, 2020

A Spirited Package


JULY 15 -17, 2020

Depart Lafayette at 7:30 am, Lebanon – 8:00 am, Indianapolis – 8:30 am.

Includes motorcoach transportation, 2 nights lodging, luggage handling, 5-meals (2 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners),
admissions per itinerary and Imperial Escort.

Tucked neatly on the Kentucky River, Frankfort KY has history like no other capital city.  Join us as we learn about bourbon, horses, a Civil War lesson or two and tap our toes to the bluegrass music of Kentucky!

Rebecca Ruth Candies and Downtown Frankfort Guided History Tour– With our step on guide we experience the capital city like never before.  Ruth Booe invented Bourbon Balls.  The idea of mixing candy and bourbon together was accidentally suggested by a dignitary at Frankfort’s sesquicentennial celebration in 1936. He stated that the two best tastes in the world are Mrs. Booe’s candies and fine Kentucky Bourbon-the Kentucky Bourbon Ball was born!  We will do a group photo at the Floral Clock and take a tour of the “new” Capitol Building opened in 1910!

KY River Tour on Kentucky State University’s boat The Kentucky River Thorobred – Since Frankfort’s humble beginnings in 1786 to the present, there has been growth. By the end of the 1780s, there were only a couple of hundred people but now the population is over 25 thousand! Passengers on board learn how the area has developed and how water quality has been affected and experience the beautiful banks of the river.  History buffs can reminisce as we pass through Lock #4.  The locks were built during the 1800’s to transport goods and later people aboard steamboats. 

Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm – Take a 90 minute walking “living-history museum of horse racing”. The farm attracts nearly 20,000 visitors annually who come to swoon over such American Grade 1 winners as Breeders’ Cup Champions Amazombie, Little Mike and Alphabet Soup, Belmont Stakes winners Sarava and Touch Gold and three-time Santa Anita Handicap winner Game On Dude. The farm is also home to Kentucky Derby and Preakness champions Silver Charm and War Emblem.

Civil Wartime Dinner & Show- Enter The Elizabeth, built in 1850 as a Catholic church, it is now Frankfort’s most historic event space located in the heart of the capital city.  Civil War era music welcomes Imperial Travel as we step back in time to Frankfort, KY during the Civil War.  Our included dinner will be traditional foods of Kentucky during the era. Later, a southern belle gathers with friends to read a historic fictional tale of Kentucky’s Capital City. Throughout the performance you will hear the 1800’s era bell chime from the tower, the very same bell was rung in 1865 at the conclusion of the American Civil War.

Buffalo Trace Tour and Tasting– For over 200 years, the distillery has been defined by one craft, making fine bourbon whiskey! You will be captivated by the alluring smell of Kentucky Bourbon sleeping inside the aging barrels.

Take your seat on the Bluegrass Scenic Railroad as we travel west through the scenic Kentucky countryside passing cattle and fields of corn, soybean, and tobacco.  We also pass through two Thoroughbred horse farms where you may see mares and foals in the fields.  The train then descends through deep limestone cuts to the palisades of the Kentucky River where you may disembark and photograph Young’s High Bridge built in 1889 and see the Wild Turkey Distillery. 

Glen-Willis House– Nestled on the banks of the Kentucky River the Glen-Willis home is the former home of Humphrey Marshall a Revolutionary War veteran, noted politician and historian. It is the backdrop for a flavorful event that will get your taste buds hoppin’ with some sweet tea sippin’ and back porch dancin’ with that famous Kentucky Bluegrass toe tappin’ music!

As we return home we will make a stop in Louisville and visit the East Market District Louisville-Introducing one of Louisville best districts for food and eclectic shopping NuLu. The hip, affluent East Market District is a dining hub with eateries spanning upscale New American cuisine to casual BBQ, plus stylish bars pouring craft beer and bourbon. Shops sell everything from vintage clothing, antiques, women’s fashion, gourmet eats to restored furniture. Thomas Edison Museum is a short three blocks for those that would like to see some inventions of incandescent bulbs and phonographs for a nominal fee.