Cruise & Stay 8 nights from Louisville to Cincinnati aboard the paddlewheeler – American Countess with the opportunity to attend the Kentucky Derby!*
7 Night Cruise sailing from Louisville to Cincinnati aboard American Countess. Hotel stay pre-cruise in Louisville. Day 1: Hotel stay in Louisville, KY Day 2 and 3: Louisville, KY Named after King Louis XVI of France, Louisville is best known for the famed Kentucky Derby, the first leg of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing. When you visit, you’ll also discover why Louisville is often referred to as either the northernmost Southern city or the southernmost Northern city in the United States. Day 4: Madison, IN This quaint river town is sure to win your heart. Madison’s culture and heritage is weaved into nearly every stop, ensuring you a a glimpse of the beauty and history of antique machinery at the Schroeder House, or an example of fine craftsmanship at the Lanier Mansion State Historic Site, where the stunning Greek Revival architecture is sure to impress each of its visitors! Day 5: Brandenburg, KY Once in Brandenburg and Meade County, enjoy the stunning scenery of a city perfectly situated along the Ohio River. The quiet community features two golf ranges, countless outdoor activities, and hunting and fishing abound. The relaxing nature of Brandenburg has pasted its name onto tourist’s maps as a quiet, rejuvenating vacation destination. Day 6: Louisville Day 7: River Cruising Day 8: Augusta, KY Augusta, Kentucky is located in Bracken County at the confluence of the Ohio River and Bracken Creek. The city offers and incredible long-range view of the picturesque river valley, known to be one of the most stunning views of the valley in the state of Kentucky. Augusta was regarded as one of the most popular shipping ports during the agricultural growth era. Tobacco, hemp, livestock, and wine were frequently exported from Augusta to surrounding areas. Today, the city continues to grow and welcomes visitors of all ages! Day 9: Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH As you disembark in Cincinnati, take some time to visit the numerous National Historic Sites via walking tours through Cincinnati’s oldest neighborhoods abounding in eclectic architecture. Visit the William Howard Taft National Historic Museum, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and Betts House.
SPECIAL EDITION THEMED CRUISE: Kentucky Derby Theme Cruise This very special cruise is designed around the Kentucky Derby and events that lead up to the `fastest two minutes in sports.` You can even upgrade to a Kentucky Derby package that consists of VIP access and premium seating at Churchill Downs. Kentucky Derby Festival events leading up to the big race will be included as well, such as the Kentucky Derby Festival Great Steamboat Race (see below for add-on – prices COMING SOON) SUMMARY: Cruise Package Duration: 8 nights Cruise-Stay Package Begins: 1 May 2023 – hotel in Louisville, USA Cruise Begins: 2 May 2023 – embark, Louisville, USA Cruise Ends: 9 May 2023 – disembark, Cincinnati, USA Ship: American Countess River: Ohio River INCLUSIONS: • 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay with breakfast in Louisville • One way transfer from hotel to port on cruise departure day • 7 night Ohio River cruise aboard the American Countess from Louisville to Cincinnati • All onboard meals, including both fine dining and casual cuisine • Complimentary hop-on hop-off shore excursions in each port of call • All onboard meals, including both fine dining and casual cuisine • 24-Hour room service onboard cruise • Complimentary onboard cruise `Unlimited Beverage Package` – including beer, wine by the glass, spirits and cocktails valued at up to US $12 in value per drink including 15% gratuity (does not include special tasting events onboard) • Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, tea, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your cruise voyage • A dedicated fleet of deluxe motor coaches • Port charges of USD $199 per person • Prepaid ships gratuities of USD $137 per person OPTIONAL KENTUCKY DERBY PACKAGE: OPTIONAL KENTUCKY DERBY ADD ON: Prices COMING SOON – will be per person additional The 2022 package contained the following (note – may change in 2023) Includes: • Official 2022 Kentucky Derby ticket and lanyard • VIP fast-access pass to enter Churchill Downs. (This reduces the wait time to enter the gates.) • Undercover seating along the final stretch • VIP access to the indoor climate controlled area • Premium in-track hospitality in the Affirmed Lounge with gourmet food and premium open bar • Deluxe motorcoach transportation from the American Countess to Churchill Downs and the return • VIP motorcoach parking that is conveniently located near the entrance • On-site assistance from American Countess crew members