bluegrass country may 2 – 6; Itinerary at-a-glance
The Kentucky Experience – Day 1: Arrive Lexington, KY – Welcome reception & dinner at Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa / Entertainment by country humorist & storyteller Carl Hurley – Meals D
*Day 2: Kentucky Heritage – Ashland Tour / Thoroughbred Park / Lexington Historic Sites / Fort Boonesborough / Lunch at Mansion House / Dinner at Keeneland / Bluegrass Band – Meals BLD
Day 3: Bridles & Bourbon – Visit to Horse Farm / Buffalo Trace Distillery Tour & Barbecue Lunch at the Clubhouse / After-Hours Tour & Dinner at Kentucky Horse Park with Band – Meals BLD
Day 4: Derby Day – Day at Churchill Downs for 138th Running of the Kentucky Derby from Private Trackside Village Units / Dinner & Farewell at Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa – Meals BLD
Gala Evening Events Each night, our entire group shares gala Tauck evenings together that
perfectly cap each day’s activities: Our welcome reception and dinner featuring country humorist Carl Hurley at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa; dinner on Day 2 overlooking the racetrack at Keeneland, one of the finest thoroughbred racing facilities in the world, including a bluegrass band; and a special evening on Day 3 at the Kentucky Horse Park featuring a visit to the International Museum of the Horse, the Parade of Breeds, a festive dinner and musical entertainment.
small group sightseeing Whether you choose Bluegrass Country or Thoroughbred World (see
outlines on this page and on page 8), you’ll enjoy event activities within a small group of 35 guests. Accompanied throughout by a Tauck Director, each group rotates through themed sightseeing tracks and events described on the following pages over the course of Days 2, 3 and 4.
Bluegrass country highlights
horse farm Get a true insider’s view of the breeding,
raising and training of thoroughbred horses when you go behind the scenes on an exclusive, private visit to one of several renowned horse farms in the Lexington area; learn all about the process during a talk by a breeder or trainer from the facility.
Ashland Statesman (and horse enthusiast) Henry Clay built one of the first
private racetracks west of the Alleghenies on his Ashland estate. The Italianate home you’ll explore on your visit to this National Historic Landmark was built on the foundations of the original house by Henry’s son James in 1854, and remained in the Clay family until becoming a historic house museum nearly a century later.
Day 5: Depart Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa after breakfast / Transfers provided to Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport. – Meals B
*Note: Kentucky Heritage (Day 2) is unique to Bluegrass Country
RED = Tauck Exclusive Gala Evenings BLUE = Small Group Themed Sightseeing Tracks & 1 Race Day
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