Fall is a wonderful time to visit Kentucky, home to the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum! Prior to our arrival in Kentucky, we’ll stay in Nappanee, IN, spending time at Amish Acres to learn more about this area and the culture here. Then 2 nights in Florence, KY, with memorable visits to the Ark and the Museum, plus take a riverboat dinner cruise down the Ohio River. A 6-day tour that will bring biblical history to life, and more!
Tues., Oct. 1: Chicago, IL
Join Riverdale Travel on this Girlfriend Getaway tour learning about the Amish of Indiana, and seeing Bible stories come to life at the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum. Our first day will take us to Chicago, IL, area, making meal and comfort stops along the way.
Wed., Oct. 2: Nappanee, IN
This morning as we depart the Chicago skyline will be in the distance and our destination is Nappanee, IN, where we will spend the day exploring and learning about the lifestyle of the Amish at Amish Acres. Amish Acres was created from an eighty-acre old order Amish farm. It was purchased in 1968; and, after restoration, it opened in 1970 featuring 9 original buildings and more. Upon arrival at the Amish Acres we will have an included lunch served in the century-old Restaurant Barn. There will be some time to shop before we start our guided House & Farm Tour and Farm Wagon Ride. You’ll also see the documentary film Genesis and Exodus of the Amish. Then an Amish Acre’s step-on-guide will join us for a tour of the countryside with a stop at Renown Bulk Food Store. Later we will have a Welcome Reception and check in to the Inn At Amish Acres for our night’s stay. A fun evening is ahead with a Thresher’s Dinner served family-style in the Old Restaurant Barn followed by an evening performance of “Anne of Green Gables” at the majestic 1911 Round Barn Theatre. It’s a journey filled with hope and determination that brings our heroine out of an orphanage and into a world of friendship, family, and a bright future in a new musical in the style of the Golden Age of Broadway. We then return to our lodging after a fun day.
Thurs., Oct. 3: Florence, KY
Breakfast is included at the hotel this morning before we depart for the day. A mid-morning stop will be made and then later we arrive in Williamstown, KY, at the Ark Encounter. This life-sized Ark was built according to the dimensions given in the Bible and is the largest timber frame structure in the world. It’s partly built by skilled Amish craftsmen, using standing dead timber. The Ark is an architectural and engineering wonder containing three decks of world-class exhibits within this unique attraction that brings to life the biblical accounts of Noah’s Ark. It spans 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high. You will learn about the life of Noah, how he and his family could have fit in the Ark, how they cared for the animals on the Ark, and how his life was before the flood. A must-see, and is enjoyed by young and old alike. A Lunch Voucher is included to enjoy on your own time at the cafeteria here. Later, we will check in to our hotel in the Florence, KY, area for a 2-night stay.
Fri., Oct. 4: Florence, KY
Breakfast is included this morning. A short drive will then take us to Petersburg, KY, where we will visit the Creation Museum. The Museum brings the pages of the Bible to life, casting its characters and animals in dynamic form, and placing them in familiar settings. The museum allows for personal interaction with each of the 160 exhibits. You’ll also find a Stargazer’s Planetarium, Theater, the Garden of Eden, life-sized dinosaurs, a Petting Zoo, Botanical Gardens, Bookstore, Zip Line, and much more. A Lunch Voucher for Noah’s Café, here at the Museum, is included. Later we’ll return to our hotel to freshen up before our evening out. Tonight a short drive will take us to Newport, KY, where we’ll board the BB Riverboat for the Admiral’s Dinner Cruise on the Ohio River. Eat, drink, and be merry! Cruise under the stars and dine on a feast fit for an Admiral. Menu includes a Tossed salad, Rolls and butter, Carved strip loin with au jus & creamy horseradish sauce, Carved marinated turkey breast, Salmon filet, Mashed potatoes, Vegetarian pasta, Roasted marinated vegetables, Chef’s choice of dessert. Would you enjoy a little music to top off your evening? A local area band or DJ will be onboard for your musical pleasure. Then return to our hotel for our second night in the Florence, KY, area.
Sat., Oct. 5: Rockford, IL
Breakfast is included before we depart after having had a couple of great days seeing the Ark of Noah and the Creation Museum, both which bring the stories of the Bible to life in real-life settings. We will make a coffee stop on our way to Chicago, IL. While in Chicago we will spend time at Navy Pier for lunch on your own. Plus visit the Shedd Aquarium while here. Our last night of the tour is in Rockford, IL. Enjoy the evening on your own or with your new traveling friends.
Sun., Oct. 6: Home
Breakfast is included this morning. Then as we make our way homeward bound, reminisce with your fellow traveling companions about what we’ve experienced the last few days. Comfort and meal stops will be made along the way, before arriving home this afternoon.
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• Motorcoach Transportation • Hotel Accommodations • Baggage Handling (1 bag p.p.) • 5 Breakfasts / 5 Meals • Depart from Prescott, WI and River Falls, WI area • Chicago, IL, area (1 night) • Nappanee, IN (1 night at Inn At Amish Acres) -Welcome Reception at the hotel Amish Acres – Lunch at Restaurant Barn – Guided House & Farm Tour and Farm Wagon Ride – Documentary film Genesis and Exodus of the Amish – Amish Acre’s step-on-guide for a countryside tour – Thresher’s Family-Style Dinner – “Anne of Green Gables” at Round Barn Theatre • Williamstown, KY – Ark Encounter – Lunch Voucher for cafeteria • Florence, KY, area (2 nights) • Petersburg, KY – Creation Museum – Lunch Voucher for Noah’s Café • Newport, KY – BB Riverboat Dinner cruise with DJ entertainment on Ohio River • Chicago, IL – Navy Pier – Shedd Aquarium • Rockford, IL (1 night)
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$200 deposit due within 5 days of sign-up. Final payment due 8/7/19. Pay by cash or check. MAKE PAYMENTS TO RIVERDALE TRAVEL. Optional Travel Cancellation & Interruption Insurance available with Travel Guard. Need to purchase within 15 days of initial payment to qualify for Pre-existing Condition Exclusion Waiver on the Silver & Gold plans. Basic plan is also available. Price based on tour cost and your age at time of purchase.
*Tour schedule is subject to change without notice.