06/11/2018 - 06/17/2018

HIGHLIGHTS:  French Lick Springs, Hannibal, Mo, Celebration Belle Cruise on the Mississippi River, Indianapolis Speedway, Cumberland Playhouse, & Lots More … 13 Meals


JUNE 11 … Depart and travel north through Georgia and into Tennessee for our overnight stay in Nashville. Welcome Dinner   (D)

JUNE 12 … FRENCH LICK SPRINGS … This morning we continue our journey north through Kentucky, crossing the Ohio River, and traveling along fertile Indiana farmlands.  We travel to the remote town of French Lick Springs. Here we check into our hotel … The FRENCH LICK SPRINGS RESORT.  In 1845, the first hotel was built at French Lick Springs, drawing guests from afar to partake of the “miracle waters” from the sulfur springs that naturally surfaced in the area. In the early 1900’s the hotel was renovated, expanded, and luxurious furnishings and marble floors were added. Today the hotel is part of a resort that includes golf courses, a casino, and the preserved beauty of an era long gone. It was here in 1917 that chef Louis Perrin first created and served tomato juice.  Famous guests include John Barrymore, Clark Gable, Joe Louis, Bing Crosby, the Trumans, Elizabeth Taylor, Ronald Reagan, and Joe and Rose Kennedy.   Enjoy the evening with dinner, the shops, and casino on the far end, or sit out on the huge porch in front of the hotel.  (B,D)

JUNE 13HANNIBAL …Breakfast, and today we arrive at the Gateway to the West, passing by the Great Arch of St Louis. Our destination is Hannibal, Missouri, a quaint river town along the banks of the Mississippi.We visit the boyhood home of Mark Twain where the American writer grew up. Our group will spend 2 nights in this interesting area with dinner in a local restaurant.  (B,D)

JUNE 14 … We board the CELEBRATION BELLE for a relaxing cruise on the Mississippi River from Hannibal to Canton, Missouri. Enjoy the famous homemade sticky rolls and fruit, a full hot luncheon buffet, with live entertainment and the Captain's narration of the sights we pass by on this "Big Muddy" voyage. (B,L)

JUNE 15INDIANAPOLIS SPEEDWAY … After a delicious breakfast, our group travels by Motorcoach to Indianapolis for a tour of the famous "Brickyard", the location of the Indianapolis 500 race. You will have a chance to ride on the track and see it from the driver's perspective. This evening  is highlighted by a Broadway-style show at the Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre featuring "ANNIE".  (B,D)

JUNE 16 CUMBERLAND PLAYHOUSE … Driving south to Cincinnati, we cross the Ohio River into Kentucky. The lovely "Bluegrass" rolling hills with thoroughbred horses grazing provides for entertaining scenery. We make a candy stop in Lexington for the state's famous Bourbon Balls. Later we arrive in Crossville, TN, for the night. Dinner at the Cumberland State Park and a musical show at the Playhouse … "SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN".  (B,D)

JUNE 17 … It's time to go home as we travel out of Tennessee and into Georgia.  What a way to end our trip as we stop for lunch at our favorite place … Buckner's, for a delicious meal.  (B,L)


PRICE OF TRIP: $1299 per person


TRAVEL PROTECTION: $105 per person   



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