Afternoon: Hotel check-in begins at 3:00 pm. After you get settled into your room, meet your group leader at 5:00 pm in the conference room for Road Scholar check-in and orientation followed by dinner at 6:00 pm.. The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thanks you for your understanding.
Dinner: Enjoy a buffet dinner in the conference room at the hotel served with coffee, tea or water.
Activity note: Field trip by motor coach around Louisville. Minimal walking at U of Louisville. Slugger Museum walk in-out museum. Motor coach returns to hotel after Slugger.
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet
Morning: History of Louisville will be presented in the classroom. Afterwards, we will board a motor coach with our historic and architectural experts,for a memorable experience as you explore the Old and New Louisville .
Lunch: Enjoy a lunch buffet at the University of Louisville Alumni Center.Join other U of L faculty, staff and alumni.
Afternoon: Take a guided field trip through the factory where Louisville Slugger bats are crafted with the same pride that started in 1884. Mingle with amazingly lifelike sculptures of Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Ken Griffey Jr, and Derek Jeter. Hold Louisville Slugger bats that were actually used by some of baseball’s greatest hitters–past and present–including Mickey Mantle, Cal Ripken Jr, David Ortiz and Johnny Bench. See the Louisville Slugger bat Babe Ruth carved notches in for every home run he hit with it during his record-setting 60 home run season in 1927. Learn how the first Louisville Slugger bat was made in 1884.
Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
Evening: Join your Road Scholar newfound friends for a presentation on the History of the Kentucky Derby.
Activity note: Walk from hotel to Evans Williams Bourbon is .3 mile. Frazier Museum is across the street from Evans Williams. .3 mile walk back to hotel....sidewalks all the way.
Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast.
Morning: Dr. James C. Claypool, professor emeritus at Northern Kentucky University, rolls out the red carpet for thirty-nine of the most fascinating characters with ties to the commonwealth. From intrepid pioneers to noble statesmen, legendary athletes, inventors, entrepreneurs, war heroes and a couple of men named Cassius Clay, this is a comprehensive and highly entertaining presentation.
Lunch: Be surprised by the special lunch you will enjoy at Evans Williams behind closed doors.
Afternoon: Set up just for Road Scholars, you will be treated to a guided highlights walk of the second-floor American History Frazier Collection to learn the stories and history behind the artifacts. The rest of the museum is for your pleasure at your own self-guided pace.
Dinner: Have dinner at your own leisurely time and at your expense with newfound friends or with the group leader. There are two restaurants located right inside your hotel if you decide to stay around your not go out. The evening is free to visit local clubs and hear Bluegrass Music. We will have a list of suggested places.
Activity note: Mohammed Ali Center is one block from hotel. Motor coach from Mohammed Ali Center to Old Louisville. Old Louisville walk is 45 min - 1 hr. on sidewalks and is up to 1.5 miles slow walk with guide. Conrad-Caldwell home has stairs and an elevator.
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
Morning: The Muhammad Ali Center is a multicultural center with an award-winning museum dedicated to the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali. It is a great place for life-long learning and for taking a journey into the heart of a champion. Learn about the story of Muhammad Ali’s incredible life and the six core principles that fueled his journey. Join our expert on a walking field trip to explore Old Louisville, the largest preservation district featuring almost entirely Victorian architecture. It is also unique in that a majority of its structures are made of brick, and the neighborhood contains the highest concentration of residential homes with stained glass windows in the U.S.
Lunch: Lunch will be in the Old Louisville neighborhood in the historic Mayflower building.
Afternoon: After lunch we will The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum. The Museum, one of the finest examples of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture, was the masterpiece of famed local architect Arthur Loomis of Clarke & Loomis.
Dinner: This evening enjoy dinner on your own with the ease of knowing you do not have to rush back for an evening presentation. Many restaurants surround the hotel or enjoy the hotel restaurant.
Evening: Free Evening.
Activity note: Motor coach to Churchill Downs. Breakfast looks out on the track. Motor coach takes participants from track to Kentucky Derby Museum and later returns to hotel. Downtown evening restaurant is a four block walk from the hotel on sidewalks.
Breakfast: Breakfast at Churchill Downs.
Morning: Experience the authenticity of the backside of the race track during breakfast in the Track Kitchen. Located directly beside the rail of the the race track, Road Scholar participants will enjoy breakfast while watching the horses during their morning workouts. Afterwards, visit the Kentucky Derby Museum where exhibits take you through every stage of a Thoroughbred’s life, from birth to the First Saturday in May, the Kentucky Derby. Learn about all the great history of the race dating back to the inaugural running in 1875 to our most recent Kentucky Derby champion and experience all the traditions that have transformed the race into what it is today. You will also get to see resident miniature horse Winston. Winston was born May 4, 1993, just two days after the 1993 Kentucky Derby. He is now 22-years-old! The stable also houses a Thoroughbred, which is changed periodically throughout the year. Currently, Unreachable Star is the resident Thoroughbred at this time.
Lunch: Lunch is own your own but does not have to be alone. Join other participants or the group leader for lunch and then a free afternoon to explore your own personal interests.
Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore the city or relax by the Ohio River. Your group leader will have a list of suggested activities.
Dinner: Have fun at the farewell dinner located at a popular downtown restaurant.
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
Morning: Morning departures by 11:00 am. We hope you have enjoyed your Road Scholar adventure and we hope to see you at another one.