Horsing Around in Bluegrass Country

Learning about Horses & Bourbon

4 Days

Starting At $Custom
This is a good-time adult educational journey that spends a day in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky learning about their most famous industries Horses & Bourbon. Then it has a day at Churchill Downs for the Spring or Fall Races where you learn about Kentucky Derby traditions and history.

Horsing Around in Bluegrass Country

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  • Kentucky Derby Museum admission
  • Two Courses on Horses
    • “Horse Talk” – Reading a Horses Mind
    • “Hatitude” – Derby Hat Making Class
  • Afternoon of Racing at Churchill Downs
  • Reserved Seats in Millionaire’s Row
  • Racing Program
  • Ten Free $2.00 Bets


  • Thoroughbred Trail Tour – narrated
  • Visit to a Thoroughbred Horse Farm
  • Thoroughbred Retirement Ranch
  • Two Bourbon Lessons
    • “Bourbon 101” Wild Turkey Distillery
    • “Two Lips on a Julep” Cocktail Class at Dinner
  • Three Nights First Class Lodging
  • Three Hotel Breakfasts
  • Two Dinners
  • One Lunch
  • All Taxes, Tips and Luggage Handling
  • One Free with Every 16 Paid






Tour Prices Per Person:

Custom Pricing

Motorcoach Transportation & Professional Tour Managers are available

Day 1 – Shelbyville, KY – The Heart of the Bluegrass
Today you travel to Shelbyville, KY, in the Heart of the Bluegrass, and check into your hotel for a three night stay.

Dinner tonight includes a program of education that combines local tradition with local bourbon. During your meal there will be lecture “Two Lips on the Julep” on the art of the Mint Julep, there is a procedure that is to be followed if one is to properly enjoy this the most famous of Cocktail of Kentucky.

Day 2 – Thoroughbred Trail Tour
This morning begins with a narrated tour in Horse Farm Country east of Louisville. It’s a full day with a local guide where you learn about Louisville most famous products: Thoroughbred Horses and Bourbon.

One of today’s highlights will be your tour of a working thoroughbred horse farm. You will learn about this industry, see the horses and hear the farms tales of success, failure and competition. Also included today is a visit to Old Friends Horse Farm, this farm is a retirement ranch for at risk racehorses – those whose racing and breeding careers have come to an end. Here they are provided with the dignified retirement they deserve,

Another highlight will be your lecture on “Bourbon 101” when you tour the Wild Turkey Distillery. Starting with the basics you learn that all bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon. You’ll learn about the process, the limestone filtered water and charred oak barrels.   You also have an opportunity to sample award winning Wild Turkey 101.

Dinner tonight is at Claudia Sanders Dinner House serving Southern-style fare in a replica of an elegant, old home opened by Colonel Sanders of KFC fame. (B,D)

Day 3 – Derby-Camp
You start today at Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum, here they celebrate the tradition, history, hospitality and pride of the world-renown event that is the Kentucky Derby. Your visit includes two courses on horses. First is “Hatitude,” a class on how to make your  own Derby Hat. You will discover that The Kentucky Derby is as much about watching people as it horses, and every woman accessorizes with stylish hats.

Next is an interesting seminar titled “Horse Talk,” where you will learn the secrets of picking a winner, including tricks like reading a horse’s eyes, ears and tails.

Once school’s out at the Museum, it’s off to the races in Millionaire’s Row. During the Derby these seats are reserved for the world’s most renowned racing enthusiasts. Dining room service here comes with scenic vantage points from a tiered balcony overlooking the finish line. You can also watch the races from television monitors overhead.

Special Note: To take the anxiety out of learning, every person in you group will receive Ten (10) Free $2.00 Bets. After the last race your group will return to their hotel. Dinner on own this evening. (B,L)

Day 4 – Departure Day
Depart for home after breakfast. Groups that want to add another day will find great attractions such as The Louisville Slugger Factory, Muhammad Ali Museum, the Urban Bourbon Trail, Belle of Louisville Steamboat and much more. (B)

Did You Know?  The Mint Julep (made with Bourbon) has been promoted by Churchill Downs in association with the Kentucky Derby since 1938. Each year almost 120,000 Juleps are served at Churchill Downs during the Kentucky Derby Festival, virtually all of them in specially made Kentucky Derby collectible glasses.

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