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The Ark Encounter.

A Tour of Biblical Proportion.  Your Day By Day Itinerary

A Tour of Biblical Proprtion.

The Ark Encounter is a Christian religious and creationist theme park that opened in Grant County, Kentucky in 2016. The centerpiece of the park is a large representation of Noah's Ark based on the Genesis flood narrative contained in the Bible. Prepare to Believe

Bible history comes to life at the Creation Museum! This family-friendly attraction near Cincinnati explores creation science with stunning exhibits, dinosaur bones, fossils, botanical gardens, a planetarium, zoo, zip line course, and more.

Tours Departures From April to November

In 2020 we will have many departures for this Biblical tour.  Please select the month that would be convenient for your group.

 

NBChurch groups. $25.00 per person will be giving back to your Church after traveling with us.

Your Day By Day Itinerary    5 Days - 4 Nights

Day 1

Shuttle from Salem Airport to Portland Airport.  Travel from Oregon via air to Greater Cincinnati Airport. N.B. Air is not included in the pricing shown above.

ETA: 8:00 pm.
We will be responsible for our own luggage to be brought to the coach waiting for us.  Coach will be meeting us at the airport and will transfer us to our Hotel. (12 miles.)

9:00 pm- Check in to host property – Holiday Inn Riverfront

 

The Holiday Inn Riverfront

Upon arrival, we will be rewarded with the utmost in hospitality and personal comfort. This is a full service property. All rooms are recently renovated and offer refrigerator, microwave, coffee makers. The Property is on the outskirts of historic Main Strasse Village. If time allows sometime during your trip explore this area populated by Germans in the mid 19th century. Check out the shops, the Goose Girl Fountain and the Carroll Chimes, that displays the Pied Piper of Hamlin, on the hour.


At the hotel, you will be invited to enjoy soups and light food items in a private area while luggage is being delivered to your rooms.

 

N.B. Dining around the property (within walking distance) – Skyline Chili and White Castle (Both Cincinnati favorites), Waffle House, McDonalds and over two dozen restaurants at historic Main Strasse Village (2 blocks). Property offers Burgers and Crafts and Shakes and Fries. Gourmet burgers (eight different burgers) and shakes is their specialty but they also have salads, sliders, chili, flat breads (grilled chicken, Italian) pan fried chicken, Cole Slaw and more.

Day 2

(Full Breakfast and dinner included).

6:30 am - Start the morning with a full hot breakfast buffet in private area (vouchers will be in key cards) The full buffet will be with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits/gravy or breakfast potato, sliced fruit, oatmeal with variety of spices, yogurt, variety of cereal, variety breakfast bars, muffins, Danish etc. Exact location for breakfast to be announced.

 

Our tour ambassador will meet us at our hotel and will be with us throughout the day, sharing history and highlights throughout their tour.

9:00 am – Departure and travel 19 miles.

For your information.    

This signifies Comfortable Walking shoes for the tour.

Creation Museum
9:30 am - We will have time to tour the Creation Museum at leisure. Be prepared to experience history in a completely unprecedented way. The state-of-the-art 65,000 square foot museum brings the pages of the Bible to life, casting its characters and animals in dynamic form and placing them in familiar settings.

 

Adam and Eve live in the Garden ofEden. Children play and dinosaurs roam near Eden’s Rivers. The serpent coils cunningly in the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Majestic murals, great masterpieces brimming with pulsating colors and details, provide a backdrop for many of the settings. All shows are included with admission EXCEPT the Planetarium.


Walk through the Garden of Eden. The Tree of Life, central to the garden, stretches out its branches, laden with ripened fruits. Come face-to-face with a sauropod, a dinosaur of incredible dimensions. His monstrous frame moves through the low-lying thicket as he grazes on plants. Introduce yourself to our chameleons. Walk through the Cave of Sorrows and see the horrific effects of the Fall of man. Sounds of a sin-ravaged world echo through the room. Finally, see the sacrificial Lamb on the cross, and the hope of redemption.
    
In addition to the Stargazer’s Planetarium (additional cost and NOT included in ticket price) and the dozens of informative videos throughout the Creation Museum, there are several more shows that you don’t want to miss at NO EXTRA CHARGE.

 

Six Days of Creation - Travel 6,000 years into the past to view the dawn of history. Enjoy a dramatic reading of Genesis chapter one as the first Six Days of Creation is illuminated in this panoramic theater. This brief but powerful presentation will move you to consider the wonder and diversity of God’s Creation.  Location: About midway through the Walkthrough Biblical History Run time: 4 minutes (plays on a continuous loop) The Special Effects Theater shows The Last Adam and Men in White at various times throughout the day. Location: In the Main Hall (included with general admission)
 

The Last Adam -. After Adam’s sin, mankind needed a Redeemer, the last Adam, Jesus Christ. Experience the glory of God’s redemptive plan, set in place before the beginning of time. Hear the gospel as Christ’s birth, death, resurrection, and ultimate return are shared in this clear and powerful presentation. Your visit to the Creation Museum is not complete without viewing The Last Adam.

 

Lunch is available at Noah’s Café- on your own. Have a sandwich and salad, or a snack and beverage. The intricately designed bamboo walls and ceilings create a tropical feel and restful atmosphere. A 27-foot mural pictures the Ark resting on the mountains of Ararat. For a dramatic view of the museum landscape, step onto the deck made of imported Epay wood. During warmer months, the Palm Pizza is also an option.. There are also beautiful gardens to stroll through as well as a Petting Zoo featuring a Zorse, and a Zonkey along with other animals including camels, sheep, goats, wallabys, alpacas and peacocks.


2:00 pm - Departure.

2:30 pm – Return to property for refreshing before evening cruise.

Return to property to refresh and relax and ENJOY an afternoon treat of Graters Ice Cream cup at host property. See why this ice cream is sent all over the world and hasappeared at many Hollywood events (by the way it is Oprah’s favorite).
Guests are free to relax, walk over to Main Strasse Village or take the transit system around the area for $1.00.

 

5:15 pm – Departure and travel approx. 4 miles.  Boarding Queen City Riverboats- Evening. 

PRIVATE DINNER CRUISE with CONTEMPORARY GOSPEL MUSIC. Have you ever heard a song that moved you to the point where you wanted to tell all of your friends about it? Well, that's the type of feeling you may experience when listening to gospel music. By its very definition, the term gospel means 'good news.'

Have you ever heard a song that moved you to the point where you wanted to tell all of your friends about it? Well, that's the type of feeling you may experience when listening to gospel music. By its very definition, the term gospel means 'good news.'

 

Enjoy a two hour cruise with a meal function and music that is sure to get your hands clapping and feet tapping!! Songs such as, “Put your Hand in the Hand,” “ How Great Thou Art”, “I Believe”, “You will never walk alone”, “Go tell it on the Mountain” and so many others. 

ALL OF this while enjoying the scenery that is ever changing on both sides of the river. If you want to hear Patsy Cline or oldies...just ask!!!

 

Cruise is climate controlled. There is an open area for picture taking with top covered but sides open. Requires stairs.

 

DINNER MENU: Pan Seared Chicken Breast served with a Portobello Mushroom Cream Sauce and Roasted Pork Loin served with a green Peppercorn Demi-glace, Butter and Herb Glazed Baby Carrots, Au Gratin Potatoes, Tossed Salad w/assorted dressings, Rolls w/Butter, Coffee, Iced Tea, and Red Velvet Cake for dessert. UNLIMITED BEER AND WINE on the CRUISE for two hours. Cash bar available for other adult beverages other than beer or wine.

 

Captains’ commentary the last 1⁄2 hour of the cruise on top deck

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8:15 pm – Departure back to property. Bid good-bye to tour guide. Enjoy the rest of the evening.

Day 3

(Breakfast and dinner included).

6:30 am - Start the morning with a full hot breakfast buffet in private area (vouchers will be in key cards) The full buffet will be with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits/gravy or breakfast potato, sliced fruit, oatmeal with variety of spices, yogurt, variety of cereal, variety breakfast bars, muffins, Danish etc. Exact location for breakfast to be announced.

 

8:30 am –Departure with tour guide for the Ark Encounter, 1 Ark Encounter Dr. Williamstown KY 41097. Allow 45 minutes to one hour for travel.

For your information.    

This signifies Comfortable Walking shoes for the tour.

9:30 am – Arrival - After your bus enters the main entrance you will be greeted by a Guest Services Representative. That representative will provide access to the shuttle bus tram entry, board the bus, escort you to the 1 mile tram road, and to the Guest Services building/drop-off point at the Ark. Group check-in and Wheelchair($10.00) and scooter rental ($35.00) will be at that location. This procedure will enable your group to by pass the retail guests and will expedite your arrival at the Ark Encounter

 

The tour ambassador will return with the driver for parking in the main lot.  The driver will travel back to the ark by Ark Shuttle bus to meet up with the group.  Ample restrooms are available on each floor of the Ark. There is a Gift Shop below the Ark. The Ark does require A LOT of walking but there are benches available for resting. Elevators are available as well as gently sloping ramps to get from one floor to the next.

 

The Ark Encounter is the largest timber frame structure in the world, built from standing dead timber, in part by skilled Amish craftsman. The Ark is an architectural and engineering wonder containing three decks of world-class exhibits. Scores of exhibits about the Flood, Noah, and the animals are designed to answer your questions about the biblical account of Noah’s Ark. Many of the animals that lived during Noah’s lifetime didn’t look much like theanimals we see today.

 

Prepare to have your expectations challenged by a host of incredibly lifelike sculpted animals, along with exotic live animals from around the world in Ararat Ridge Zoo. Plus, you’ll learn how Noah could have cared for all the animals and how the Ark was big enough to fit them all on board.

 

Be transported back in time to meet Noah and his seven other family members, who lived aboard the Ark and cared for all the animals during the Flood. See what their living quarters may have looked like, what they could have brought on board, and even what kinds of clothing they wore. There are hundreds of legends from around the world that are all centered on a worldwide flood. Did these legends originate in an actual historical event?

 

What happened to Noah, the animals, and the Earth after the Flood? Find out the answers to these questions and more at Ark Encounter. Be sure to take time to visit the vast gift shop and eat a meal at Emzara’s Kitchen, a 1500 seat two story restaurant.

This self-paced tour does require walking but there are benches available for resting. Elevators are available as well as gently sloping ramps to get from one floor to the next. For elevator usage, contact a guest services representative.

 

West Village at the Ark will offer guests the opportunity to watch masters creating a wide variety of products, live animal presentations, enjoy entertainment and pick up additional foods. Here guests can find food vendors offering Pizza, a Smoke House, gourmet hot dogs, Grilled Cheese Cart, Mexican Bowls, Sandwiches.

 

East Village: As you walk through the East Village, located on the stern side leading up to the life-size Noah’s Ark, you will notice six large steles. Do you know what a stele is? In ancient cultures, it was an upright monument stone, sculpted and inscribed, often for significant purposes. These steles provide you with a summary of Genesis chapters 1–6 as you prepare to enter the Ark. While the stones use hieroglyphs to give the true history of the world, explanatory signs accompany each stele. Several topiaries, which are sculpted wire statues filled with moss, are scattered around the lake in front of the Ark with more to come.

 

The East Village will also house several live animal exhibits as well. Each day, the live bird exhibits get closer to being completed. These will be home to very colorful, vocal species of the parakeets, conures, lovebirds, and parrot or cockatoo kinds. They will also have a mammal yard where you will see a variety of goats.

 

Ararat Ridge Zoo is located outdoors behind the Ark. See Yaks, Kangaroos, Zebra, Alpacas, Emus, Ostrich, Goats and much more. Camel and Donkey rides available for an additional fee in late spring and summer, weather permitting.

 

Emzara’s Kitchen (Restaurant) There is a 1500 seat restaurant adjacent to the Ark with a buffet ONLY. The buffet will offer many choices including an International station, large salad bar with soups and salad, dessert bar , a wide variety of entrée’s, starches and so much more. Beverage included. Adults $14.83 inclusive Seniors $11.65 inclusive.

 

 

Photography: Guests are welcome to take home lasting memories by photographing and recording Ark Encounter exhibits. However, any photography of the video presentations is prohibited.  Ararat Ridge Zoo is outdoors behind the Ark Emzara’s Restaurant: 

 

Lunch on your own.  

There is a 1500 seat restaurant adjacent to the Ark with a buffet ONLY.  The buffet will change day to day, they are currently still playing with it and do not have a constant menu.  

There are also YURTS offering snack food items and beverages throughout the property.

 

Options for other foods at the West Village

 

3:00 pm – Departure

4:00 pm – Return to property

 

5:00-6:00 p.mManager’s Reception includes 2 drink tickets for beer, wine or soft drinksand Chef’s choice of assorted hot and cold appetizers. Reception will be held in either the restaurant area or the Ballroom. Property will let you know upon check-in.

 

6:15 pm - Tonight guests will enjoy a TASTE OF KENTUCKY dinner IN THE BALLROOM at property.

Taste the specialties that Kentucky is noted for...Burgoo, Kentucky Baked Ham, Hot Browns, Country Green Beans, Scalloped Potatoes, Biscuits (honey packets on theside), Garden Salad, Chef’s Choice seasonal cobbler or chess pie for Dessert (Chef’schoice), Soft drinks/water included. CASH BAR for adult beverages.

 

Following dinner enjoy the following show in your private dining room area:

Wasn’t That a Mighty Storm! Rain, Floods and Fun ?


Yes! A flood song can be fun. A song about rain can be riveting. And storm songs can swing! Join us for this engaging show featuring songs from different genres about rain, floodsand related natural disasters such as “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” (BJ Thomas), “Early Morning Rain” (GordonLightfoot & Peter, Paul and Mary), and tunes from the AmericanSongbook like “Singing in the Rain” and “Stormy Weather” and, of course, “Wasn’t That a Mighty Storm.”

Pam Temple and Spencer Funk are Wild Carrot...award-winning Cincinnati-based group has what it takes to please everyone. With a foot in traditional American music, their repertoire branches in diverse directions: from award-winning original tunes to swing, blues and traditional songs, using guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, concertina,and vocals. Wild Carrot’s entertaining and authentic performances have often been described as“honest, soothing, uplifting and fun all at the same time” making the listener feel like they’re in a conversation with old friends. All of this adds up to a performance that’s been described as “seamless”, “life-sized complex, subtle and powerful” and “a joy”.

Day 4

(Full breakfast and dinner included).

6:30 am - Start the morning with a full hot breakfast buffet in private area (vouchers will be in key cards) The full buffet will be with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits/gravy or breakfast potato, sliced fruit, oatmeal with variety of spices, yogurt, variety of cereal, variety breakfast bars, muffins, Danish etc. Exact location for breakfast to be announced.

For your information.    

This signifies Comfortable Walking shoes for the tour.

9:00 am – Departure with tour guide for the day/evening

Start city tour - World famous travel guide Lonely Planet, which sells 6 million travel guides worldwide annually, named Cincinnati USA one of the top three U.S. travel destinations. Guests will enjoy the “Queen City” and learn about the Garden of Eden with a seven mile view, the historic areas and even where many movies have been filmed including Rain Main.

 

OPTION ONE FOR TOURING:

The historic Museum Center in Cincinnati.

 

UNVEILING the new LOOK at Cincinnati Union Terminal The $212 million project repairing the home of the Cincinnati Museum Center began in summer 2015. The terminal was a significant development in the history of Cincinnati transportation. One of the last great train stations built, Union Terminal has become one of the iconic symbols of the city and one of the most widely regarded examples of the Art Deco style.

Since its opening in 1933, Union Terminal has had a long and storied history, from World War II to being the home of three museums, an OMNIMAX© Theater and the Cincinnati History Library and Archive.

 

Guests will Step back in time and experience the history of our city from the first settlers through World War II. Along the way, meet costumed interpreters to better understand and connect to history. Take an aerial view of Cincinnati from the early 1900s in Cincinnati In Motion, a 1/64-scale replica of the citycomplete with the nation’s largest S-Scale train. Explore a recreation of the once bustling

 

Cincinnati Public Landing from the late 1850s and climb aboard the Queen City of the West, a replica side-wheel steamboat. Find out the role Cincinnati, and Union Terminal, played in welcoming soldiers home in Cincinnati Goes to War. Experience a past that you might never have known about with a new adventure at every turn in the Cincinnati History Museum.

 

SECOND OPTION

11:00 am- Tour of Rookwood Pottery 

 

Experience the beauty and intricacy of Rookwood Pottery first hand on the Rookwood Factory and Market tour! Join a knowledgeable guide that will share the intriguing history of Rookwood Pottery in the Queen City, and you will learn the story behind the famous name. See the greatest craftsman at work and find out what makes each piece of Rookwood Pottery so very special. This tour does require walking (about a perimeter of a football field) however for those who simply want to relax, the Showroom Gift Shop has comfortable seating. Tours last about an hour. A ramp to the second floor may be part of the tour.

Wheelchairs and walkers can be accommodated if guests bring them, but the 7 stations visited on tour do not have chairs. 

 

12:15 pm – Departure

Noon-- Washington Platform

 

12:30 pm - Lunch at Washington Platform Restaurant, which was opened in 1860 as the Johan Armleder Wine and Lager Beer Saloon. The influx of German immigrants to the area helped to establish the enterprise as a favorite gathering place near the Miami Erie Canal. Over time, the restaurant went through a myriad of owners and businesses - as a Chinese hand laundry, a produce shop and a boarding house - but was re-established in 1986 as a restaurant.

 

Enjoy a Lunch Buffet consisting of 2-3 salads, two of their daily soups (chili included), pre-made sandwiches, chips, seasonal dessert, coffee, tea and sodas.

 

NOTE: Heather from Minge’s Candy will come to Washington Platform to present the $5.00 vouchers to the group and tell about her company while group is having lunch.

Following lunch guests can walk out the front door and turn left. Minge’s will be on your left NEXT to Washington Platform.

 

Note: $5.00 Candy Vouchers will have been given to group by Heather (Minge’s Store Manager) while at Washington Platform Restaurant!

One of the hidden treasures downtown! This candy store is simultaneously like stepping back into your childhood (CANDY CIGARETTES!) and stepping into your future (CHOCOLATE COVERED BRIDGE MIX!) and it's just glorious. This candy store has all those candies you thought had stopped being sold as well as your favorites in bulk.

2:30 pm Tour of the Basilica of the Assumption.

Tour the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption.  A scaled down replica of the Cathedral Notre Dame, in Paris. This recently refurbished architectural beauty features a gothic design with gargoyles and flying buttresses. Among its 82 stained glass windows, are a Rose window, larger than the one at Notre Dame, and the largest stained glass window in the world. This Basilica is one of only thirty one Basilica’s in the country, and is considered the most beautiful in the WORLD.

3:45 pm  Depart Basilica at and continue City Tour

Enjoy a stop at the murals located on the riverfront, a stop at the Worlds Peace Bell and into downtown Cincinnati.

The 17 murals are beautifully created that reflect the history of the area. Well worth the look and you get stunning views of the Roebling bridge, Cincinnati downtown and the Ohio River. Your tour guide will share the history of each with guests.

The World Peace Bell was cast in Nantes, France, this

66,000 pound bell is the largest of its type in the world. In 1999, it was shipped to New Orleans, then barged up the Mississippi and Ohio

Rivers to its current location, where it was rung for the first time at midnight on NewYear’s Eve 1999.

 

  
5:30 pmDinner at the Hofbrauhaus
Dine at the Hofbrauhaus. Enjoy the German ambiance at the only official Hofbrauhaus outside of Germany. (The original is in Munich). See why it fits in so well with the atmosphere of the Cincinnati area’s German heritage. Atmosphere is very casual. Enjoy the accordion music and feel free to join in the festivities by learning the chicken dance. of service.


Menu

Includes refillable soft drink, tea, or coffee.

Bavarian Pretzel and House Salad

Choice of: One Entrée

Schnitzel Wiener Art

Breaded Pork Cutlet, fried and served with Cranberry Sauce, German Potato Salad, and Fried Cabbage.

Hofbräuhaus Wurstplatte

Grilled Mettwurst, Bratwurst, and Frankfurter served with Sauerkraut and Mashed Potatoes.

Heidelberger Rahm Spätzle

Sautéed Spätzle and Chicken Breast with caramelized Onions and Field Mushrooms in a Marsala Cream Sauce.

Dunkel Bourbon Chicken

Grilled Chicken Breasts topped with Homemade Dunkel Bourbon Glaze. Served withMashed Potatoes and Chef’s Vegetable Selection.

 

Dessert Wind Beutel- Bavarian Cream Puff with Chocolate Sauce

 

7:30 pm – Return to property. Bid farewell to your tour ambassador. Hugs are included!!

(Gratuity is left up to the discretion of guests.

Day 5

(Breakfast buffet included)

6:30 am - Start the morning with a full hot breakfast buffet in private area (vouchers will be in key cards) The full buffet will be with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits/gravy or breakfast potato, sliced fruit, oatmeal with variety of spices, yogurt, variety of cereal, variety breakfast bars, muffins, Danish etc. Exact location for breakfast to be announced.

 

Morning departure time TBA for Greater Cincinnati airport.  Back to Portland Airport.

Schedule of the day to follow soon.  TBA

Flight Cincinnati (CVG) 

PRICE FOR THE TOUR

Occupation

Per / Person 

Double

$1150.00

Single

$1410.00

Triple

$1065.00

Quadruple

$1020.00

N.B. This price does not include the Air fare.  

 

Air transportation

(N.B. Arrangement for Air can be made by our office.)  Your Air Miles could also be use for your flight.                                                                                      Call us 503-508-0361.)

Included in this tour.

Shuttle from Salem Airport to Portland Airport.   

Round trip motorcoach transportation from arrival at Greater 55 passenger Driver tip included

Four nights accommodations, and luggage handling
Four full breakfasts, One lunch, one light dinner, one managers happy hour, two complete dinners with taxes and gratuities, ice cream social.  1 Dinner Cruise

Total of 8 meals

Tour ambassador with group from Day of Arrival until evening before morning departure.

Gratuity is not included

 

Admissions and entertainment: Creation Museum, Two hour PRIVATE dinner cruise with live entertainment, ARK encounter, Wasn’t That a Mighty Storm show, City Tour, Rookwood Pottery Tour with gift, Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption –guided tour, entertainment at the Hofbrauhaus, $5.00 voucher for Minges.

Not included in this tour

Air transportation

(N.B. Arrangement for Air can be made by our office.)

Call us 503-508-0361.)

The Fine Print: This tour is operated by Tours By André.  A 20 person minimum is required for the tour to be escorted. Tour payments are non-refundable unless the 20 person minimum is not reached and the trip is cancelled.  Tours By André is not liable for damage, delay or inconvenience which may occur through acts or defaults of any company or person engaged in providing services, provisions, accomodations, transportations or facilities in connection with this tour, nor are we liable for any damage, loss or other acts of God connected with the tour. 

A $200.00 deposit is required at the time of booking. Final payment 30 days before departure.

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