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Kentucky: Starr's 75th Birthday Bash, Bluegrass, Bourbon & Thoroughbreds

Starr's 75th Birthday Bash
Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs; Photo Courtesy of Louisville CVB Fourth Street Live! Louisville, KY Evan Williams Distillery Shop; Photo Courtesy of Greater Louisville CVB Starr's 75th Birthday Bash

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Mon – Fri, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM EST

It's Starr's 75th Birthday and you are cordially invited to join us for a fun-filled trip featuring Bluegrass, Bourbon and Thoroughbreds! From the hills and hollows, through the rolling bluegrass to massive lakes and flatlands, the beautiful state of Kentucky has much to offer.


6 Days/5 Nights

Meals Included:

5 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners


$1,879.00 Per Person

NOTE: Itinerary subject to change

Day 1:
Travel to Columbus, OH
Lunch on own
(1) Overnight at Drury Inn & Suites, Columbus Polaris
Dinner on own

Day 2:
Breakfast at hotel
Check out
Travel to Lexington, KY
Admission and tour of the Kentucky Horse Park
Lunch on own at the Horse Park
Travel to Clarksville, IN
(3) Overnights at Radisson Hotel Louisville North
Dinner Show at the Derby Dinner Playhouse: Murder on the Orient Express

Day 3:
Breakfast at hotel
Walking Tour of Churchill Downs Racetrack
Self-guided tour of the Kentucky Derby Museum
Lunch on own at Fourth Street Live!
Visit a local Louisville distillery
Tour the Louisville Slugger Museum
Dinner on own

Day 4:
Breakfast at hotel
Travel to Bardstown,KY
Guided tour of Bardstown
Lunch included at Talbott Tavern
Free time in Bardstown
Return to the hotel to freshen up
Enjoy making and decorating your own Derby hat
Enjoy a BBQ dinner and Bluegrass Band to celebrate Starr's 75th Birthday
Attend the Louisville Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Iroquois Park

Day 5:
Breakfast at hotel
Check out
Travel to Lexington, KY
Behind the scenes tour of Keeneland Racetrack
Driving tour through Bluegrass Horse Country
Visit Old Friends Retirement Horse Farm
Lunch included at a local restaurant
Travel to Grove City, OH
(1) Overnight at Drury Inn & Suites, Grove City
Dinner on own

Day 6:
Breakfast at hotel
Check out
Travel home
Lunch on own

Every Starr trip includes deluxe motorcoach transportation and overnight accommodations.
Kentucky Horse Park
Located in Lexington, Kentucky, the heart of the Bluegrass, the Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm with 1,200 acres surrounded by 30 miles of white plank fencing. The park is like none other in the world.

Dedicated to man's relationship with the horse, the park features two outstanding museums, twin theaters and nearly 50 different breeds of horses. All of these elements combine to make a visit to the park an enjoyable learning experience for everyone - from those unfamiliar with the horse to the horse expert.

Dinner Show at the Derby Dinner Playhouse
Derby Dinner Playhouse is the theatrical entertainment leader in both Indiana and neighboring state Kentucky, noted for their professional productions of Broadway musicals and lighthearted comedies. Each dinner theatre production comes alive with the magic of lights, costumes, a live orchestra, and a stage full of professional performers.

Derby Dinner's freshly-prepared, home-style buffet features Classic American Cuisine. Selections include a full salad bar, a variety of vegetables, fish, fried chicken, turkey, hot rolls, and beverage. Take your time as the "Footnotes", Derby Dinner's own talented vocal ensemble, entertain you just prior to the stage production. A full bar and delicious desserts are a specialty of the house.

Show: Murder on the Orient Express
Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer before they strike again.

Murder on the Orient Express is undoubtedly one of Agatha Christie's greatest mystery novels. In 2017, it was made into a feature film directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Kenneth Branagh, Penelope Cruz and Willem Dafoe.

Churchill Downs Racetrack
Experience the rich history of Churchill Downs Racetrack and learn about legendary Derby winners like Aristides and Secretariat as you visit the famous Paddock and Grandstand. You'll make a stop railside at the track while your Guide shares stories of the early days of the Kentucky Derby through its transformation into the iconic event it is today.

Kentucky Derby Museum
The Kentucky Derby Museum, which sits on the front steps of historic Churchill Downs, is a very visible part of the community.

With two floors of interactive, family friendly exhibits, the Kentucky Derby Museum takes visitors through every stage of a Thoroughbred's life, from birth to the first Saturday in May. Learn about all the great history of the race dating back to the inaugural running in 1875 to our most recent Kentucky Derby champion. Experience all the traditions that have transformed the race into what it is today.

Admission also includes "The Greatest Race" 360-degree high-definition film. The movie will send your heart racing and emotions soaring.

Fourth Street Live!
Fourth Street Live! is Louisville's premier dining and entertainment destination, located in the heart of downtown Louisville, Kentucky.

Local Louisville Distillery

Louisville Slugger Museum
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory celebrates the extraordinary role Louisville Slugger baseball bats have played in the sport's past, present, and future.

Along with their fascinating bat factory tour, they have galleries filled with remarkable memorabilia and entertaining interactive exhibits. "You don't have to be a big baseball fan to enjoy Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory." There's something fun here for everyone.

Bardstown, KY Tour
Located in the heart of the Bluegrass State, Bardstown offers something for everyone. With unrivaled history and an atmosphere that seems to have magically leapt from the paintings of Norman Rockwell and the pages of Mark Twain, see for yourself why Bardstown was declared the most beautiful small town in America by Rand McNally and USA Today.

There are more than 300 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, with nearly 200 of them located in the historic downtown district. In fact, the stagecoach stop that was built in 1779 still stands today as a tavern, restaurant, and bed & breakfast.

Talbott Tavern
Talbott Tavern is said to be the oldest western stagecoach stop in America as the westward expansion brought explorers from the east into Kentucky.

The old stone reminder of Bardstown's beginnings still welcomes visitors to the bustling downtown area. Since the late 1700s, the Old Talbott Tavern on Court Square has provided shelter, food and drink to Kentucky travelers.

Derby Hat Decorating
Enjoy making and decorating your own Derby hat to bring home as a souvenir!

BBQ Dinner & Bluegrass Entertainment
Celebrate Starr Tours' 75th Birthday!
This evening enjoy a wonderful BBQ dinner followed by great Bluegrass Entertainment as we celebrate Starr's 75th Birthday, with ice cream and cake of course!

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular began in Oxford, Massachusetts in 1988. The Louisville event is held in Iroquois Park with 5,000 artistically carved pumpkins illuminated at night as an "art show".

Keeneland Race Track
Keeneland offers guests an extraordinary chance to experience a behind-the-scenes look at the path both the jockey's and Thoroughbred's travel during a race day.

Bluegrass Horse Country Tour
Famous for legendary horse farms, historic bourbon distilleries and scenic drives through pastoral landscapes, Kentucky's Bluegrass Region showcases the natural bounty of the state with charm and genuine Southern hospitality.

Old Friends Retirement Farm
Old Friends Retirement Farm provides a dignified retirement to Thoroughbreds whose racing and breeding careers have come to an end.

Day 1: Drury Inn & Suites, Columbus/Polaris, OH

The hotel features an indoor pool, whirlpool and fitness center.

Guest rooms include microwave, refrigerator, iron/board and hair dryer.

The hotel is non-smoking.

Days 2, 3, 4: Radisson Hotel Louisville North

Conveniently located in Clarksville, IN, this lakeside hotel sits only one mile from the Ohio River, and downtown Louisville is about two miles from their front door.

Hotel featurs a restaurant, lounge, indoor/outdoor pool and fitness center.

Guest rooms include coffee maker, hair dryer, iron/board.

Day 5: Drury Inn & Suites, Grove City, OH

The Drury Inn features an indoor/outdoor pool, whirlpool and fitness center..

Guest rooms feature hair dryer, iron/board, coffee maker, microwave & refrigerator.

-Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is a walking event.

Keeneland Racetrack Tour
For your comfort, we ask that you dress for the weather and wear appropriate shoes for walking up to 1.5 miles, standing and climbing stairs.

Tours take place rain or shine, so please dress for the weather.

-Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
This is a walking attraction. There are a few steep slopes on the trail which is about 1/3 mile long. The trail is compacted with crushed limestone which allows for easier mobility. Guests typically can utilize wheelchairs without issue.

Keeneland Racetrack Tour
Expect walking up to 1.5 miles, standing and climbing stairs.

Starr has a select quantity of wheelchair accessible motorcoaches available; therefore, we suggest you contact a Travel Advisor to discuss any needs you may have before reserving your trip.

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