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Ark Encounter - Kentucky
July 23-30, 2018

Ark Encounter - Kentucky<br>July 23-30, 2018
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Day 1: Depart aboard a deluxe motorcoach as we head west to Kentucky for an experience like no other to view the replica of Noah’s Ark at the Ark Encounter. Enjoy 2 nights at the SPRINGHILL SUITES in Pittsburgh, PA. Welcome dinner marks our arrival.

Day 2: Join our local guide for a GUIDED TOUR OF PITTSBURGH highlighting the history and beautiful architecture of this great city. This afternoon board the GATEWAY CLIPPER sightseeing cruise as we sail the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers. Dinner at the HOFBRAUHAUS featuring traditional German cuisine.

Day 3: We depart for Kentucky this morning and visit the CREATION MUSEUM & BOTANICAL GARDENS upon arrival. Here the pages of the Bible dramatically come to life as we venture though biblical history, marvel at the Garden of Eden alongside Adam & Eve and spot the serpent coiled among the tempting fruit. Overnight stay at the HOLIDAY INN CINCINNATI. Dinner tonight.

Day 4: We’re off to visit the most authentic replica of Noah’s Ark in the World. The ARK ENCOUNTER offers an experience like no other. From the moment you turn the corner and the towering ship comes into view, you’ll see the pages of the Bible come to life. Explore jaw-dropping exhibits and visit friendly animals at the zoo. 2 nights accommodations at the HAMPTON INN LOUISVILLE, KY. Dinner tonight at a local restaurant.

Day 5: We’re off to CHURCHILL DOWNS RACETRACK. Begin with a once in a lifetime chance to spend the morning on the backside at Churchill Downs Racetrack and enjoy BREAKFAST IN THE HORSEMEN’S TRACK KITCHEN where jockey’s, trainers and racetrack staff have their meals. Be sure to bring your cameras because on any given day you can see the horses training rail side. We’ll be JOINED BY A JOCKEY for a first-hand perspective on the life of a jockey and racing. Enjoy a guided WALKING TOUR OF CHURCHILL DOWNS RACETRACK, learn about past Derby winners, the rich history of the track, visit the resident thoroughbred and miniature horses, walk to the paddock and out to the grandstand learning trivia and fun facts along the way. Explore the museums exhibits including their film “The Greatest Race” that will make your heart race and emotions soar. Join our local guide for a TOUR OF LOUISVILLE AND SOUTHERN INDIANA to learn of the most treasured and unique historical experiences on both sides of the Ohio River highlighting Museum Row, the Lincoln Memorial Statue, Muhammad Ali’s childhood home and more. Enjoy a dinner cruise aboard the BELLE OF LOUISVILLE, a historic 103 year old paddle wheeler and experience a cruise that is like a step back in time on this National Historic Landmark.

Day 6: We depart Kentucky and head east for an overnight at the MORGANTOWN MARRIOTT AT WATERFRONT PLACE, WV. Dinner tonight in our hotel.

Day 7: Depart continuing heading east to Bethlehem, PA. We stop for a tour of renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s FALLINGWATER. Designed in 1935, Fallingwater is one of Wrights’ most widely acclaimed works and best exemplifies his philosophy of organic architecture - the union of art and nature. Overnight stay at the SANDS CASINO RESORT BETHLEHEM, PA, offering 3,000 slots and table games, 8 restaurants plus food court, shops and more. Casino bonus of $40 slot free play, dinner buffet voucher & $15 meal voucher to use towards breakfast (casino bonus subject to change at the casino’s discretion).

Day 8: Head to the HUNTERDON HILLS PLAYHOUSE for lunch and the hilarious comedy, “NUNSENSE”. New Jersey’s premier dining showplace offers the finest in quality cuisine and service and the best in professional live theatre. Head for home with memories of our journey to the Ark Encounter.

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Departure Locations:

Manchester, CT
Park & Ride Commuter Lot, Buckland Street and Pleasant Valley

New Britain / West Hartford, CT
Commuter Park & Ride Lot across from Target, Village Square Rd, near West Farms Mall

$1599/person - double or triple
$2119/person single
(based on 40-50)

To make reservations please call our office, 800-243-1630 / 860-243-1630
Deposit: $500 pp due with reservations
Final payment: June 11, 2018
When making reservations online, payment in full is required at the time of the booking.

CANCELLATION POLICY: If a passenger cancels from deposit to June 11, 2018 fee of $250 pp; June 12 to July 9, 2018 fee of $800 pp; no refunds if cancelled on July 10, 2018 or later unless a substitute is provided.

Trip Protection Coverage is strongly recommended. Aon Affinity administers the NTA Travel Protection plan designed specifically for members of the National Tour Association. The Pre-existing medical condition exclusion can be waived by purchasing the Enhanced Plan within 14 days of your deposit or initial payment. Purchase of the plan within this time period also provides eligibility for the Financial Insolvency benefit. Traveling companions / roommates are required to take the same plan (Basic or Enhanced) in order to be properly covered. Premium is non-refundable once paid.

    Three ways to enroll:
  • Website: Tour Operator Location #076068. You can also view plan details on this site.
  • Call Aon 1-800-388-1470. Tour Operator Location #076068. Customer service agents can also answer questions about each plan.
  • Call Friendship Tours / The Ship Shop 860-243-1630 or 800-243-1630

Please review the NTA Protection Plan brochure carefully for details of coverage and call them at 1-800-388-1470 if you have any questions.

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