23051
Tennessee/Kentucky/Indiana
Kentucky’s Heritage: Sail into the World of Bourbon
Sail the Mississippi River for an inside look into Kentucky’s bourbon industry aboard the American Queen with exclusive lectures, tastings and expert-led visits to distilleries.
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Program No. 23051RJ
Length
10 days
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3,895
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10 days
9 nights
25 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Memphis, TN
D
Sheraton Memphis Downtown

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:30 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. When you arrive at the hotel, proceed to the lobby to register with our group leader, get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule, and other important information. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in at the front desk. Orientation: 4:30 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. We will have our own dedicated instructor for the program. In addition to the lectures and field trips that are part of our Road Scholar schedule, a schedule of each day’s shipboard activities and events will be delivered to your cabin. For field trips during the cruise, we will typically disembark, walk a few minutes to a bus, and ride to our field trip site(s). At some sites, we will utilize the ship's hop-on/hop-off motorcoach. In the J.M. White Dining Room aboard the ship, Road Scholar has reserved tables for our group. Our dinners will have a starter, choice of soup or salad, entrée, and dessert with choices for each course; beer, wine, soft drinks, coffee, tea, water included. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. All routes, field trips, and excursions are subject to change as weather and river conditions may affect the itinerary. River conditions could affect the progress of the ship, making it run late and sometimes miss ports because it is not safe to dock. Because of this, the cruise itinerary should always be regarded as provisional. The operators reserve the right to change the content of field trips and excursions without prior notice.

Dinner: In a private meeting room at the hotel, we will have our welcome dinner, with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. We’ll continue getting to know each other, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Mississippi River Museum, National Civil Rights Museum
Memphis, TN
B,L,D
Sheraton Memphis Downtown

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Minimal walking.

Breakfast: At the hotel, we will enjoy a breakfast buffet plus coffee, tea, juice, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Morning: This morning we'll head out for our full-day field trip of Memphis by motorcoach. The first stop will be Mud Island, located within Memphis on a small peninsula created by the diversion of the Wolf River in 1960. It has a hydraulic scale model of the Mississippi River from Cairo, IL, to New Orleans, LA. The island is also home to the Mississippi River Museum, with a number of exhibits concentrating on steamboat history, river folk, transportation on the Mississippi River, the Civil War, and music. We will explore the museum with our instructor.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a plated from a limited menu, plus coffee, tea, water; other non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll visit the National Civil Rights Museum, located at the Lorraine Motel, the site where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968. We’ll explore the museum with a docent and end at the motel room where Dr. King stayed and see the site of the assassin across the street. We will then return to the hotel.

Dinner: Plated hotel meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Graceland, Stax Museum, Embark Riverboat
Memphis, TN
B,D
American Queen

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Moderate amount of walking at Graceland at one’s own pace.

Breakfast: Hotel breakfast buffet.

Morning: We'll continue our exploration of Memphis this morning with a motorcoach ride to Elvis Presley's historic home of Graceland, including the collection of airplanes and automobiles belonging to the King, joined by our instructor.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: This afternoon we'll visit the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, in the former Stax Records location, to learn about the history of soul music in America and the work of famous artists who recorded here, like Otis Redding, Booker T. & the MGs, and the Staple Singers. We will then take a motorcoach to embark on our journey upon the riverboat. The time available in each port is set by the cruise line. Whenever possible, the Road Scholar daily schedule indicates port arrival and departure times (subject to change by the cruise line). Road Scholar delivers a robust educational program in each port, and this may mean that free time in port is limited.

Dinner: Plated dinner in the ship dining room.

Evening: At leisure. One of the highlights of the experience is the opportunity to enjoy talented entertainers as they perform each evening. In addition to musical revues, cabaret, and authentic regional music in the Grand Saloon, we can tap our toes to dance music in the Engine Room bar, or join a piano sing-along in the Main Deck lounge.

DAY
4
River Cruising
Cruising the Mississippi River
B,L,D
American Queen

Activity note: Full-day cruise.

Breakfast: Aboard the ship, we will enjoy the choice of a buffet or menu meal option, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Morning: Free time. Take advantage of the onboard activities as we head to Paducah, Kentucky. The Riverlorian, the ship’s onboard historian, is available for any questions about the river.

Lunch: Aboard the ship, we will enjoy the choice of a buffet or menu meal option, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We’ll gather with our instructor for a presentation and discussion, followed by time to relax aboard the ship.

Dinner: Plated dinner in the ship dining room.

Evening: We will enjoy an evening show in the Grand Saloon.

DAY
5
Paducah-KY
Paducah, KY
B,L,D
American Queen

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Limited walking in the museum.

Breakfast: Buffet or plated meal options aboard the ship.

Morning: The ship stops in Paducah this morning. The first glimpse of Paducah is the magnificent paintings of Robert Dafford along the flood walls, where the history of Paducah is displayed. Here we will visit the International Quilt Museum, which houses a world-class display of work, with our group leader. This impressive collection is not for quilters only. We will then return to the ship for lunch.

Lunch: Buffet or plated meal options aboard the ship.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll explore the Civil War history of Paducah at the Lloyd Tilghman Home, the home of a Civil War general who was killed at Champion Hill, and whose home includes a vast display of Civil War memorabilia.

Dinner: Plated dinner in the ship dining room.

Evening: Enjoy an evening show aboard the riverboat.

DAY
6
River Cruising
Cruising the Mississippi River
B,L,D
American Queen

Activity note: Full-day cruise.

Breakfast: Buffet or plated meal options aboard the ship.

Morning: There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river and today is the perfect day to enjoy the many public spaces and activities that are available onboard. Gaze at the beautiful landscapes and small river towns, mingle with fellow guests, and discuss the unique aspects of river life, or retreat to our gallery adorned with ornate bookcases stocked with an imaginative selection.

Lunch: Buffet or plated meal options aboard the ship.

Afternoon: This afternoon our instructor will provide a presentation related to this portion of the river.

Dinner: Plated dinner in the ship dining room.

Evening: We will enjoy an evening show in the Grand Saloon.

DAY
7
Fort Knox, General George Patton Museum
Brandenburg, KY
B,L,D
American Queen

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Limited walking in the museum.

Breakfast: Buffet or plated meal options aboard the ship.

Morning: This morning we'll visit Fort Knox with instructor, a bullion depository that stores precious metal bullion reserves for the United States, as well as other valuable items for other government agencies and nations. At various times these have included the Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the regalia of the saint Stephen I of Hungary. We will then return to the ship for lunch.

Lunch: Buffet or plated meal options aboard the ship.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll continue our exploration of Fort Knox at the museum dedicated to the legendary WWII general, George S. Patton.

Dinner: Plated dinner in the ship dining room.

Evening: We will enjoy an evening show in the Grand Saloon.

DAY
8
Downtown Madison-IN
Madison, IN
B,L,D
American Queen

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Walkable downtown Madison but hop-on/hop-off bus will be available.

Breakfast: Buffet or plated meal options aboard the ship.

Morning: This morning we'll stop in Madison, Indiana, which boasts the largest contiguous National Historic Landmark in the United States in its downtown area. We will visit the Lanier Mansion, home of the businessman James Lanier and one-time president of the Bank of Indiana. We’ll also stop by the Ohio Theater, which was featured in the 1958 film “Some Came Running” with Frank Sinatra and Shirley MacLaine—attested to by the brass star on the sidewalk in front of the entrance. We will learn about the history of the theater with the owners and their plans for the future. We will then return to the ship for lunch.

Lunch: Buffet or plated meal options aboard the ship.

Afternoon: Free time aboard the ship.

Dinner: Plated dinner in the ship dining room.

Evening: We will enjoy an evening show in the Grand Saloon.

DAY
9
Distilleries in Louisville
Louisville, KY
B,L,D
American Queen

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Limited walking in the museum.

Breakfast: Buffet or plated meal options aboard the ship.

Morning: This morning we'll visit a famous Kentucky distillery, led by a docent to who will tell us the history of bourbon in Kentucky and the process of distilling bourbon. We will then return to the ship for lunch.

Lunch: Buffet or plated meal options aboard the ship.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll join the riverboat's hop on/hop off motorcoaches to visit several locations throughout Louisville, including the Frazier International History Museum, Mark Payton Glass Center, Seelbach Hotel, a distillery, among other sites.

Dinner: Farewell dinner aboard the ship.

Evening: We will enjoy an evening show in the Grand Saloon.

DAY
10
Program Concludes
Louisville, KY
B

Activity note: Ship docks approximately 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Buffet or plated meal options aboard the ship.

Morning: Upon disembarkation in Louisville, we will transfer to the airport. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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