The Adult Ministry of Prestonwood Invites You to Visit
The Ark Encounter and Creation Museum
Plus: Enjoy the Sights and Sounds of America’s Music City, Nashville
Monday, April 23 – Friday, April 27, 2018
Also visit Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace and Andrew Jackson’s beloved Hermitage,
cruise aboard the General Jackson Showboat, tour Mammoth Cave National Park, enjoy a performance at the Grand Ole Opry, and serve others by participating in ministry projects during the trip!
Monday, April 23
Dallas/Fort Worth – Cincinnati
VISIT the CREATION MUSEUM
This morning, we meet at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport for our morning flight to Cincinnati. Our nonstop flight on American Airlines departs at 10:20 a.m. and arrives in Cincinnati at 1:30 p.m. We will collect our luggage, meet our driver and private motor coach, then go to the nearby Creation Museum. Prepare to believe. The state-of-the-art, 75,000-square-foot Creation Museum brings the Bible to life, casting its characters and animals in dynamic form. The Creation Museum shows why God´s infallible Word, rather than man´s faulty assumptions, is the place to begin if we want to make sense of our world. You can experience earth history as God has revealed it in the Bible. Have lunch on your own at Noah’s Café. Then visit nearly 150 exhibits that feature talking heroes of the faith, fearsome animatronic holograms and professional displays that honor God´s Word. Marvel at the Garden of Eden alongside Adam and Eve. Spot the serpent coiled among the tempting fruit and discover more about Noah’s ark and the Flood. You’ll see fossils and even a full-sized Allosaurus skeleton.
The museum also boasts a fun-filled, 200-seat special effects theater, a planetarium, a petting zoo with camel rides, nature trails, and even a zip-line aerial adventure course.
At the heart of the Creation Museum is a chronological retelling of biblical history in seven parts called “The Seven C´s.” Guests step back in time, beginning with Creation, and fast-forward to Christ´s return. Along the way, they see how God´s Word provides the big-picture answers for our most difficult questions, whether about science, the Bible, or our personal relationship with God. The museum has welcomed more than 2.5 million visitors since it opened.
Following our time at the Creation Museum, we will transfer to our hotel located near the river in downtown Cincinnati. After check-in, you will have free time and dinner on your own this evening.
Tuesday, April 24
VISIT THE ARK ENCOUNTER
After breakfast at our hotel, we will drive to our first ministry project at the Moore Activity Center in nearby Covington, Ky. Later, we will drive about 45 minutes south of Cincinnati to the Ark Encounter, a Christian evangelical theme park that opened last July. Located in Williamstown, Ky., the centerpiece of the park is a full-scale replica of Noah's ark as described in Genesis. In an entertaining, educational and immersive way, Ark Encounter presents a number of historical events centered on Noah's ark. As the largest timber-frame structure in the world, the 510-foot-long, full-sized ark is designed to be family oriented, historically authentic and environmentally friendly. This marvel of engineering is seven stories (51 feet) tall, more than a football field-and-a-half long, and 85 feet wide. You’ll see the pages of the Bible come to life as you have the chance to view three decks of world-class exhibits specially designed to answer your questions about the biblical account of Noah’s Ark.
The Ark Encounter, a sister attraction to the popular Creation Museum, is a Christian evangelistic outreach intended to bring the ark of Noah to life. Get ready to experience close-up encounters with stunning animals—lifelike re-creations from Noah's day and many live animals from today!
Several options are available at the ark. Travel back in time on a mile-long scenic bus ride and ascend in view of the massive ark, take a wild adventure soaring across gorgeous valleys on a zip-line tour (thousands of feet of zip lines—some 17 stories high—reach up to 50 mph), or spot some exotic animals at Ararat Ridge Zoo.
A casual two-story restaurant here is perfect for lunch on your own.
Ark Encounter helps visitors understand the reality of the events recorded in Genesis:
- The global Flood happened as an act of God’s judgment.
- Noah and his family built a ship of the same size and dimensions as recorded in Genesis 6.
- All of the animals brought by God to Noah did fit inside the ark.
- Noah and his family were able to care for the animals on the ark.
- The Flood was a worldwide catastrophic event that resulted in large-scale human and animal death, leaving behind plant and animal fossils and land formations we see today.
- God saved Noah, his family and the animals on the ark, just as He had promised.
- The Ark Encounter takes advantage of the latest environmental technologies to be good stewards of creation.
Following our Ark Encounter, we will drive back to our hotel for dinner on your own.
Wednesday, April 25
CINCINNATI – NASHVILLE
VISIT ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S BIRTHPLACE & MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast at our hotel, we travel south through Kentucky and Tennessee to Music City, U.S.A.—Nashville. En route, we will visit both Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace and Mammoth Cave National Park.
For more than a century, people from around the world have come to central Kentucky to honor the humble beginnings of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. His early life on Kentucky's frontier shaped his character and prepared him to lead the nation through the Civil War. The country's first memorial to Lincoln, built with donations from young and old, enshrines the symbolic cabin where he was born.
Enjoy exhibits such as the original Lincoln family Bible, Lincoln overview (featuring information about the genealogy, birthplace and boyhood home at Knob Creek), pioneer life (featuring the Lincoln family tools, cookware and furniture) and Boundary Oak Interactive (featuring the Lincoln and U.S. Timeline). View the movie, Abraham Lincoln: The Kentucky Years, a 15-minute, captioned film shown every 30 minutes.
Continuing toward Nashville, we will stop at Mammoth Cave National Park in south-central Kentucky. This system of chambers and subterranean passageways includes popular sites such as the Frozen Niagara section, known for waterfall-like flowstone formations, and Gothic Avenue, with its ceiling covered in 19th-century visitors’ signatures. Trails take in other park features like the Green and Nolin rivers and the sinkholes of Cedar Sink. Humans first discovered this complex limestone labyrinth some 4,000 years ago beneath the Green River Valley of Kentucky. To this day, explorers have yet to find an end to it, despite mapping more than 400 miles of passageways. It is by far the longest such system on earth, featuring the richest known habitat for cave wildlife in the world.
Early guide Stephen Bishop called the cave a "grand, gloomy and peculiar place," but its vast chambers and complex labyrinths have earned its name, Mammoth.
Thousands of artifacts including gourd bowls, mussel shells, cord, pottery, woven cloth—even a handful of petroglyphs—attest to millennia of aboriginal exploration. Two to four thousand years ago, Native Americans explored and mined the upper three levels of Mammoth Cave for a distance of more than six miles seeking gypsum, selenite, mirabilite, epsomite and other related minerals.
After our Mammoth adventure, we continue to Nashville, Tenn., where we will check-in to our hotel. Dinner is on your own this evening.
Thursday, April 26
TOUR MUSIC CITY, U.S.A.
After breakfast at our hotel, we will explore Nashville by driving in and around this famous city. Nashville is the capital of Tennessee and home to Vanderbilt University. Legendary country music venues include the Grand Ole Opry, home of the famous “Grand Ole Opry” stage and radio show. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and historic Ryman Auditorium are downtown, as is The District, featuring live music, and the Johnny Cash Museum, celebrating the singer's life.
Around noon, we will board the General Jackson Showboat for an early afternoon cruise, including entertainment and a delicious lunch buffet! Breathe in the fresh air as you enjoy a tranquil sightseeing cruise aboard the General Jackson. This 300-foot-long paddlewheel riverboat, which holds the distinction of being the largest showboat in the world, will take you past natural and historic sites along the banks of Nashville's beautiful Cumberland River. Four massive decks offer excellent opportunities to see the beautiful sights of Nashville and the stunning countryside of central Tennessee. Enjoy the comedy, audience interaction and catchy tunes from the band while enjoying a mouth-watering Southern-style buffet prepared by the General Jackson's very own sous chef.
The rest of the afternoon is free, but you will have options (not included in the tour price). Our motor coach will drop you where you choose. You might consider visiting one or more of the places described below.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, safeguards over 2.5 million artifacts, with two expansive floors of gallery space featuring permanent and limited engagement exhibits. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is also home to the historic RCA Studio B.
The Johnny Cash Museum features the world's largest collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia. Walk through the life of “The Man in Black” depicted in interactive exhibits and films. The museum also features the Bongo Java Coffee Shop and Museum Cafe.
You also may choose to browse or shop downtown, or you can go back to the hotel and rest.
Dinner is on your own this evening prior to our group’s enjoying a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry, a must-see for everyone visiting Music City! Walk in the footsteps of country music's superstars and get an exclusive look at what happens behind the scenes of the show that made country music famous! Hear stories about the Opry and country music greats, past and present, from Minnie Pearl to Carrie Underwood. See photos from the Opry's biggest moments in history, and much more.
The Grand Ole Opry began as a simple radio broadcast in 1925 and is today a live entertainment phenomenon.
Dedicated to honoring country music’s rich history and dynamic present, the Opry showcases a mix of country legends and the contemporary chart-toppers who have followed in their footsteps. It’s been called the “home of American music” and “country’s most famous stage.”
This evening we will enjoy a performance of country music at the inimitable Grand Ole Opry (schedule permitting; if an Opry performance is not available on Thursday evening, we may attend a performance on Wednesday, or attend a performance at the Opry's original home, Ryman Auditorium).
Friday, April 27
NASHVILLE – DALLAS
VISIT THE HERMITAGE
After breakfast at our hotel, we will engage in our second ministry project just south of Nashville.
Around noon, we will visit Andrew Jackson’s beloved plantation home, the Hermitage. Jackson served as the seventh president of the United States, from 1829–1837. We will view Jackson’s home, explore his beautiful, vintage Tennessee farm, and experience an important piece of Nashville and our nation. The Hermitage is rated as the third best presidential site in the nation by USA TODAY.
After free time for lunch, we’ll tour the exhibits in the Andrew Jackson Visitor Center, including the new exhibit, “Andrew Jackson: Born for a Storm.” It’s the story of Andrew Jackson’s meteoric rise from his humble beginnings to his presidency through bold visuals and a series of interactive displays. The exhibit focuses on the three pivotal stages of Jackson’s astonishing life: his modest origins as an orphan, his resiliency as a general and his visionary leadership as president of the United States.
We will tour the Hermitage mansion, Jackson’s beloved home, restored with hundreds of his well-preserved original belongings. Costumed tour guides usher guests through the mansion regaling the stories, history and lore of each room. Then visit Rachel and Andrew Jackson’s tomb in the Hermitage Garden. It’s on to Alfred’s Cabin and a brief tour of the original Hermitage before returning to the visitor center with time to stop by the museum store or grab a snack at the Kitchen Cabinet.
Following our visit to the Hermitage, we will transfer to the Nashville Airport for our flight back home to Dallas. Our nonstop flight departs Nashville at 5:30 p.m. and arrives at DFW Airport at 7:30 p.m.
Total Trip Price:
$1,395 per person, double occupancy ($2,790 per couple)
$295 Single Supplement ($1,690 per single occupant)
- Deposit – $300 per person, due at sign-up
- 2nd Payment – $600 per person, due Jan 15, 2018
- Final Payment – Balance due Feb 21, 2018
- Nonstop air flights: DFW to Cincinnati / Nashville to DFW
- Private deluxe motor coach and professional driver throughout the tour
- 4 nights first-class hotel accommodation in Cincinnati & Nashville
- 4 breakfasts at hotels
- All transfers, entrances, entertainment and touring as noted in the itinerary
- Baggage handling at both hotels; all air taxes, hotel taxes and fuel surcharges
Driver and guide gratuities are at each traveler’s voluntary discretion.
- 91 days or more before departure – No cancellation penalty
- 90 days to 76 days – $300 penalty (deposit amount)
- 75 days to 61 days – $500 penalty
- 60 days to 31 days – $700 penalty
- 30 days or less before departure – No Refund
Because of strict cancellation penalties, we recommend that you consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance; check with your insurance agent for advice. You may also purchase trip cancellation insurance online at InsureMyTrip.com.
If you cancel within 35 days of departure, your air ticket is non-refundable but still has value that can be used toward future travel on American Airlines. Your air credit can be applied toward a new ticket (in your name only) for up to one year (less a change fee by the airline).
The first 34 registered participants will depart on AA 2330-23APR-MON-DFWCVG-1020A-143P.
All remaining registered participants will depart on AA 3383-23APR-MON-DFWCVG-720A-1048A.
If additional seats become available on the 10:20 a.m. flight as we get closer to our departure date, we will move the 7:20 a.m. flight passengers to the 10:20 a.m. flight.
All registered participants will return to Dallas on AA 2378-27APR-FRI-BNADFW-530P-730P.
For more information, contact Carolyn Tucker at 972-820-5287.