Prestonwood North Campus Visits
Ark Encounter, Creation Museum and Billy Graham Museum
Tuesday–Saturday, September 17–21, 2019
Enjoy the sights of the SMOKY MOUNTAINS, the music of DOLLYWOOD and the grandeur of the famed BILTMORE ESTATE
Tour the Biltmore Estate and enjoy a musical performance at Dollywood. Enjoy the beauty of the Smoky Mountains as we visit Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Cherokee then drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway on our way to the Billy Graham Museum.
Tuesday, September 17
Dallas/Fort Worth – Cincinnati
VISIT the CREATION MUSEUM
This morning, we meet at the church and drive to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport for our morning flight to Cincinnati. Our nonstop flight on American Airlines departs at 10:20 a.m., and we are scheduled to arrive in Cincinnati at 1:30 p.m.
After we collect our luggage and meet our driver and private motor coach, we will head for 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 re-telling 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 the Marriott Courtyard Cincinnati, located near the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati. After check-in, you will have some free time prior to dinner on your own this evening.
Wednesday, September 18
VISIT THE ARK ENCOUNTER
After breakfast at our hotel this morning, we will drive about 45 minutes south of Cincinnati to Ark Encounter, a Christian evangelical theme park that opened in July 2016. Located in Williamstown, Ky., the centerpiece of the park is a full-scale model of Noah’s Ark as described in the Genesis flood narrative of the Bible. There’s a casual two-story restaurant for lunch on your own.
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-size ark is designed to be family-oriented, historically authentic and environmentally friendly. This marvel of engineering is seven stories (51 feet) tall and is 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, as sister attraction of 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! Some life-like
re-creations from Noah’s day and many living and breathing animals from today!
There are many other things to do 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.
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 afternoon Ark Encounter, we will drive south through Kentucky to Pigeon Forge, Tenn. (home of the world-famous Dollywood). Enjoy a fantastic dinner show at Dollywood this evening.
Overnight, we’ll stay at the Marriott Courtyard in Pigeon Forge or similar accommodations.
Thursday, September 19
PIGEON FORGE • GATLINBURG • CHEROKEE •
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast at our hotel, we will drive to and visit Sevierville and Gatlinburg, Tenn., and tour the Smokies through the day.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee. The sprawling landscape encompasses lush forests and an abundance of wildflowers that bloom year-round. Streams, rivers and waterfalls appear along hiking routes that include a segment of the Appalachian Trail. An observation tower tops Clingmans Dome, the highest peak in the national park (and the second-highest peak east of the Mississippi), offering scenic views of the mist-covered mountains.
Later in the afternoon, we cross into North Carolina and arrive in Cherokee with dinner on your own. Overnight, we’ll stay at the Hampton Inn or similar accommodations in Cherokee.
Friday, September 20
CHEROKEE • BLUE RIDGE PKWY • ASHEVILLE • BILTMORE ESTATE
This morning we will drive through the scenic Smokies to Asheville, N.C., via the Blue Ridge Parkway. Everyone should experience a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, which runs all the way to Virginia beginning in Cherokee, N.C., with beautiful scenery, overlooks and amazing vistas the whole way. No big trucks are allowed on the Parkway, and the speed limit is 45. This allows you to take in all the amazing sights that creation has to offer. Of course, there are stops along the way to take in the art, culture and crafts of the Appalachian and Smoky Mountains.
America’s largest home, Biltmore Estate sits on 8,000 acres and is a historic house, museum and tourist attraction in Asheville, N.C. Biltmore House, the main residence, is a Châteauesque-style mansion built for George Washington Vanderbilt. We will tour the estate in the afternoon.
We’ll have dinner and stay overnight at Brookstone Lodge or similar accommodations.
Saturday, September 21
ASHEVILLE • CHARLOTTE • BILLY GRAHAM MUSEUM
After breakfast at our hotel, we will engage in our second ministry project just south of Nashville.
After breakfast at our hotel, we will drive from Asheville to Charlotte and tour the Billy Graham Museum.
Situated in Charlotte, N.C., just miles from where Billy Graham grew up, the Billy Graham Library is a 40,000-square-foot experience where you’ll discover the life and legacy of “America’s Pastor.” “Journey of Faith” focuses on what God did in the life of a young farm boy who grew up in rural North Carolina, committed his life to Jesus Christ at a local revival and through God’s grace manifested in him, became whom many consider “America’s Pastor” and evangelist to the world. Reminiscent of Billy Graham’s upbringing on a dairy farm, the library is styled after a dairy barn, and his boyhood home has been restored a short walk from there. The library entrance is in the shape of a cross, a visual reminder to visitors that it is only through the Cross of Christ that we can be reconciled to God. Inside, visitors retrace Billy Graham’s dynamic life through stunning multimedia presentations, interactive kiosks, photos and memorabilia.
A short transfer takes us to the Charlotte Airport for our nonstop flight to DFW Airport.
Total Trip Price:
$1,725 per person (double occupancy)
$300 Single Supplement
- Initial Deposit: $300 per person due at sign-up
- Final Payment: $1,425 per person due by July 17, 2019
- Air from DFW – CVG / CLT - DFW roundtrip (American Airlines)
- 4 Nights first-class hotel accommodations
- Private deluxe charter motor coach with professional driver throughout
- Entertainment specifically noted in the itinerary
- Breakfast daily (4)
- Dinners (2)
- Private roundtrip transfers from airport to hotel
- All touring, sightseeing and entrances as specifically noted in the itinerary
- Baggage handling at hotels
- All air taxes and fuel surcharges
- Hotel taxes and fees
Driver and guide gratuities are at each traveler’s voluntary discretion.
- 91 days or more before departure – No penalty for cancellation
- 90 days to 61 days – $300 penalty (deposit amount)
- 60 days to 31 days – $700 penalty
- 30 days or less before departure – No refund
Because of the strict cancellation penalties relating to our trip, we recommend that you consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance. Check with your insurance agent for advice. You may also purchase trip cancellation insurance online through Insuremytrip.com.
Confirmed Group Air Itinerary
AA 2610 17SEP TUE DFWCVG 1020A 130P
AA 1816 21SEP SAT CLTDFW 550P 735P
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