Encounter CHRISTmas at the Ark


Dates:  November 30-December 4, 2021


Special Features

  • 3 nights in Covington, KY

  • Private Luncheon on a Riverboat Cruise with Live Entertainment

  • Ark Encounter with World-Class Laser Light Show

  • Creation Museum & Christmas Town

  • Turkey Dinner at Noah’s Cafe

  • Historic Cincinnati Museum Center

  • Christmas lighting display at the St. Louis Botanical Gardens          

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YULE not want to miss this one! Bundle up and get ready to embrace the wonder of Christmas. Discover the Reason for the Season with visits to the Ark Encounter andCreation Museum. Receive a visit from the 3 Ghosts of Christmas and enjoy festive lighting displays that will usher in the holidays. Your days will be filled with magic and cheer as you join us on the best Christmas tour of the year!Christmas Town Images Ark 4mp B



Double: $1,095/pp

Single: $1,345

Triple: $925/pp

Trip Protection: 

Single/Double – $168/pp

Triple – $105/pp 

Deposit (due at time of booking):  $50/pp 
Final Payment Due:  October 7, 2021

16-Missouri Botanical Gardens

Day 1, Tuesday, November 30

Today is a travel day as we embark on our Christmas journey towards Covington, KY where we will stay for 3 jolly nights. (D)

Day 2, Wednesday, December 1

Start your morning with a guided tour of Rookwood Pottery. Marvel at the local craftsmanship and stop by the gift shop to bring back beautiful, handmade presents for those who made this year’s “nice list”. Enjoy a private luncheon on a climate-controlled riverboat with live music that is sure to get your hands clapping and feet tapping! After lunch, we make our way to the Creation Museum. This 70,000 square foot “walk through history” museum is where you will discover an interpretation of how science confirms biblical history. Enjoy a turkey dinner at Noah’s Café and take a stroll through the museum’s botanical gardens. Amid the breathtaking display of thousands of multi-colored lights, experience a live Nativity event that provides a glimpse into the events surrounding the birth of Christ.  (B, L, D) Christmas Town Images Ark1 (002) 4mp A

Day 3, Thursday, December 2

This morning we devour a holiday themed breakfast feast before we make our way to the historic Cincinnati Museum Center. Learn the long and storied history of the Union Terminal and enjoy the Duke Energy Train Display. This holiday train exhibit is home to one of the world’s largest portable model train layouts. After enjoying a sit-down lunch, we will spend the afternoon touring the Ark Encounter. This full-sized replica of Noah’s Ark is a massive, climate controlled, wooden structure that measures 510 feet long and more than 50 feet tall. Explore the museum, enjoy dinner at Emzara’s, and visit the large gift store that offers extensive fair-trade items. As the night falls upon the Ark, you will encounter the wonder of Christmas with an unforgettable evening of festive lights, gift shopping and more.  (B, L, D)ark-encounter-exterior-1

Day 4, Friday, December 3

Wave goodbye to Covington, KY as we travel to St. Louis, MO. Tonight, revel in one last lighting display at the St. Louis Botanical Gardens. Over one million lights will illuminate the night’s traditional Christmas festivities. Leave some cookies out for Santa tonight, because tomorrow we journey home. (B,L,D)Botanical Luminaries_Wesley Schaefer

Day 5, Saturday, December 4

Today we end our tour as we travel back to Springfield, MO.  May your holidays be merry and bright!  (B)

Please Note: Many of our sightseeing stops/sites require extensive standing, sitting, walking – sometimes on unpaved or cobblestone streets, loading and unloading into horse drawn carriages and/or trolleys.    Sunnyland Travel will not refund or cover any cost of expense incurred for any missed activities due to a participant’s inability to fully participate with the group.  If you require assistance in walking, navigating stairs, etc., you are required to travel with a qualified physically-able companion who can accompany and provide such assistance.  Due to many historic locations, the motor coach is not allowed to stay on site or remain running to provide an alternate shelter for those not able to participate in an event.  Please make sure you read the itinerary fully and call one of our travel consultants if you have any questions.