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BEREA, KENTUCKY

Keeneland: Kentucky’s Connection to Thoroughbred Racing

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Program #16776RJ
5 Days | 4 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Apr 12 — Apr 16, 2015

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Type: Hotel

Description: Built in 1909, renovated in 2009, the historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant exude southern elegance and charm. A member of the Historic Hotels of America, the hotel's rooms feature modern amenities with wooden furniture handmade by Berea College students.

Contact info:
100 Main Street
Berea, KY 40404 USA
phone: 859-985-3700
Room amenities: Historic Hotel. Southern style rocking chairs on the porch. Handmade furniture in the guest rooms. Board games in the lobbies. Laptop located in the lobby for internet access.

Facility amenities: Coffee pots and coffee in all rooms as well as hair dryers, cable TV, luggage racks, iron and ironing board.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $117 - $135 per night
$117 - $135. Make additional night(s) reservations directly with Boone Tavern Hotel. Indicate that you are with the Road Scholar program to stay in your same room.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, April 12 - Arrive and Check In; Welcome and Orientation
Note: Welcome and Orientation, Introduction to each other and the program week

Afternoon: 4:00 PM check-in at the Boone Tavern Hotel. 5:00 PM Welcome and Program Orientation in the Skylight Room

Dinner: 6:00PM Regional cuisine served in the Main Dining Room, Boone Tavern Hotel.

Lodging: Boone Tavern Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Built in 1909, renovated in 2009, the historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant exude southern elegance and charm. A member of the Historic Hotels of America, the hotel's rooms feature modern amenities with wooden furniture handmade by Berea College students.

Contact info:
100 Main Street
Berea, KY 40404 USA
phone: 859-985-3700
Room amenities: Historic Hotel. Southern style rocking chairs on the porch. Handmade furniture in the guest rooms. Board games in the lobbies. Laptop located in the lobby for internet access.

Facility amenities: Coffee pots and coffee in all rooms as well as hair dryers, cable TV, luggage racks, iron and ironing board.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $117 - $135 per night
$117 - $135. Make additional night(s) reservations directly with Boone Tavern Hotel. Indicate that you are with the Road Scholar program to stay in your same room.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, April 13 - A morning trip north to the Bluegrass Region will...
A morning trip north to the Bluegrass Region will bring us to the beginning of world of Horses at the Kentucky Horse Park. Lunch will be in the restaurant on sight and attendees will be able to explore the museums at the park.

Note: The Kentucky Horse Park has many attractions which will require long periods of walking and standing as well as being outdoors.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast available at 7:00-8:30 AM in the Main Dining Room, Boone Tavern Hotel.

Morning: We will begin the day heading North to the Kentucky Horse Park. The morning activities will be scheduled and include activities such as Horse Drawn Tours, Memorial Walk of Champions, Horses of the World presentation, and a video, The Reign of Nobility.

Lunch: Participants will dine at the Kentucky Horse Park in the Bit and Bridle Restaurant From a buffet in a private dining room.

Afternoon: The afternoon will give participants a chance to explore the Kentucky Horse Park at their leisure and visit the International Museum of the Horse and the American Saddlebred Museum.

Dinner: Regional cuisine is served at the Boone Tavern Restaurant.

Lodging: Boone Tavern Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Built in 1909, renovated in 2009, the historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant exude southern elegance and charm. A member of the Historic Hotels of America, the hotel's rooms feature modern amenities with wooden furniture handmade by Berea College students.

Contact info:
100 Main Street
Berea, KY 40404 USA
phone: 859-985-3700
Room amenities: Historic Hotel. Southern style rocking chairs on the porch. Handmade furniture in the guest rooms. Board games in the lobbies. Laptop located in the lobby for internet access.

Facility amenities: Coffee pots and coffee in all rooms as well as hair dryers, cable TV, luggage racks, iron and ironing board.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $117 - $135 per night
$117 - $135. Make additional night(s) reservations directly with Boone Tavern Hotel. Indicate that you are with the Road Scholar program to stay in your same room.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, April 14 - Visit Keeneland Racecourse for a backside of the ...
Visit Keeneland Racecourse for a backside of the track tour including the morning works and a walk through the shedrows. Lunch at theTrack Kitchen. Tour a Thoroughbred breeding farm and view several champion stallions. Handicapping Session followed by presentation from a Thoroughbred Trainer. Dinner at Boone Tavern Restaurant.

Note: behind the scenes tour of Keeneland racetrack is walking and standing and will last approximately 2 hours. Breeding Farm Tour will be standing for one hour in outdoor conditions.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast available 7:00-8:30 AM in the Main Dining Room, Boone Tavern Hotel.

Morning: A morning trip north to the Bluegrass Region and the world-renowned Keeneland Racecourse where a knowledgeable guide will will give you an in depth introduction to Kenucky's most well known industry. A view of the morning "works" will give you insights of the strategies for the training of these magnificent four-legged athletes. Then it's on to the Sales Pavillion where you'll see the venue for the exchange of billions of dollars annually. A walk through the shedrows will let you experience the "backside of the track" as you watch grooms and trainers tending to the horses that will be racing in the days soon to follow.

Lunch: Participants will dine in an informal atmosphere surrounded by professional thoroughbred trainers, exercise riders, grooms and the everyday working people who are the backbone of this Sport of Kings.

Afternoon: An afternoon drive through some of the Bluegrass' most beautiful countryside will bring you to one of the premiere Thoroughbred breeding farms. Here you'll get a close-up view of champion racehorses that demand hundreds of thousands of dollars in stud fees. An expert guide will leave you with an appreciation of the care, pride and dedication to the industry these farms represent. Hear from a professional trainer and handicapper while learning all the secrets to hunch betting.

Dinner: Dinner will be served when we arrive back to Boone Tavern Hotel

Evening: Musical Performance by local musicians

Lodging: Boone Tavern Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Built in 1909, renovated in 2009, the historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant exude southern elegance and charm. A member of the Historic Hotels of America, the hotel's rooms feature modern amenities with wooden furniture handmade by Berea College students.

Contact info:
100 Main Street
Berea, KY 40404 USA
phone: 859-985-3700
Room amenities: Historic Hotel. Southern style rocking chairs on the porch. Handmade furniture in the guest rooms. Board games in the lobbies. Laptop located in the lobby for internet access.

Facility amenities: Coffee pots and coffee in all rooms as well as hair dryers, cable TV, luggage racks, iron and ironing board.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $117 - $135 per night
$117 - $135. Make additional night(s) reservations directly with Boone Tavern Hotel. Indicate that you are with the Road Scholar program to stay in your same room.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, April 15 - Morning transfer to Keeneland/Keeneland Library T...
Morning transfer to Keeneland/Keeneland Library Tour/Horse Racing/Main Dining Room, Boone Tavern Hotel.

Note: Tour of library will last approximately one hour with some standing but with the option to sit. At the racetrack we will be indoors but participants will have the option to go track side to watch the races.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet available 7:00-8:30 AM in the Main Dining Room, Boone Tavern Hotel.

Morning: At 9:00 AM the transportation departs to Keeneland for a day of live thoroughbred racing. Upon arrival we'll visit the Keeneland Library, dedicated to the history of the Thoroughbred. Nearly every major trade publication relies on it for information and research. Laura Hillenbrand used it to research her best-selling non-fiction book, "Seabiscuit". We will also have a session on handicapping to introduce participants to the racing form, how to read it, and how to bet based on the facts combined with their best hunch guesses. From there it's on to the Keeneland grandstand where the rest of the day will be spent in the dining room overlooking the track (jacket/tie required for gentlemen).

Lunch: A lavish buffet lunch will be served in a private dining room atop the Keeneland grandstand. A full service bar and exclusive betting windows are also available in the room.

Afternoon: The first race goes off at 1:15 PM Watch the afternoon of racing from the exclusive track-view room atop the clubhouse or mingle with other race fans in the paddock where the horses parade close-up before each race.

Dinner: Dinner will be served when we arrive back to Boone Tavern Hotel

Evening: Relax and enjoy the ambiance of the Boone Tavern Hotel

Lodging: Boone Tavern Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Five: Thursday, April 16 - Voluntary Tour of Berea College. Road to the Trip...
Voluntary Tour of Berea College. Road to the Triple Crown/Departures at Leisure/Lunch at Boone Tavern dining room

Note: The documentary will be approximately two hours long followed by lunch at Boone Tavern Restaurant with departures at participants leisure.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet available 7:00-8:30 AM in the Main Dining Room, Boone Tavern Hotel.

Morning: Voluntary tour of Berea College. A final wrap-up that puts the past few days into perspective includes a viewing of the documentary, "First Saturday in May", which follows the course that five professional trainers take en route to the Kentucky Derby and the grueling schedule of preparatory races, and qualifications required to make it to the Kentucky Derby's "Run for the Roses". Attendees will understand why such an amazing feat of equine athleticism combined with an incredible streak of luck is so rare.

Lunch: Attendees will eat from a limited menu in the Boone Tavern Dining Room. Departure at leisure to follow.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
4 nights of accommodations
12 meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips
4 Hands-on experiences

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4.7
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