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Ark Encounter Christmas & Oglebay Resort 2019

Ark Encounter Christmas & Oglebay Resort 2019

Discover the "Wonder of Christmas" at the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum, view one of the largest international Nativity collections in the U.S., and feel like a kid again as you stare in amazement at the dazzling displays at the Winter Festival of Lights at Oglebay Park.

Package Includes:  

3 Nights' Hotel Accommodations, 3 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners, Admission to the Creation Museum, Admission to the Ark Encounter (Including the Nighttime Laser Light Show), Admission and Guided Tour of Manger World, Drive Through Lights Display at Oglebay Park, Admission to the Mansion Museum and Glass Museum at Oglebay Resort, Baggage Handling and Transportation.




NOTE:  Be sure to check out our additional tour date for the Ark Encounter & Creation Museum that has a slightly different itinerary: 


Dates & Departures:

June 25-28, 2019- Departs: York Springs, Camp Hill, Carlisle, Hanover, and York















Our wonderous and whimsical Holiday excursion begins with meal and rest stops en route to Cincinnati, OH. Upon arrival, we will check in to the Holiday Inn Cincinnati-Riverfront (859-291-4300) for a two-night stay. The hotel offers a seasonal outdoor pool, well-equipped fitness center, 24-hour business center with complimentary high-speed internet access, on-site restaurant and cocktail lounge, and coin operated guest laundry. Dinner this evening will be included with the remainder of the evening to relax and unwind.



Wake up to breakfast included at the hotel. Afterwards, we will depart for Petersburg, Kentucky where admission is included for a self-guided experience at the Creation Museum. The Creation Museum brings the pages of the Bible to life featuring over 140 state-of-the-art exhibits divided into uniquely configured spaces that allow for personal interaction. On your walk through biblical history, marvel at the realistic Garden of Eden, animatronic Noah, Dr. Crawley's Insectorium, Flood Dioramas, stunning video displays and Ebenezer the stunning full-size Allosaurus. Learn about the 7 C's of history including Creation, Corruption and Catastrophe. Lunch will be on your own while at the Creation Museum. Next, we will board the motorcoach and travel to Williamstown, Kentucky to Encounter the Wonder of Christmas at the Ark. Enjoy a self-guided, walk through to experience the largest timber frame structure in the world. An engineering masterpiece, the Ark stands seven stories tall and spans 510 feet long (equivalent to a football field and a half long), 85 feet wide and 51 feet high. Built according to the dimensions given in the Bible, enter Noah's world and tour three decks filled with scores of stunning exhibits that will allow you to experience what his life may have been like while on the Ark. According to the Bible, Noah's Ark was a safe haven for representatives of all kinds of air-breathing land animals and flying creatures. Ark researchers estimate a maximum of around 7,000 animals were on board, and Noah and his family still had sufficient space for food, water and other storage. How did Noah fit all the animals on board? How did Noah care for all the animals? How did Noah build the Ark? These questions and much more about the year-long global Flood are answered in the mind-blowing and thought-provoking exhibits. Dinner is included at your leisure in Emzara's Buffet while at the Ark Encounter. As night falls upon the Ark, "Encounter the Wonder" when a world-class laser projection show will depict animals walking up the Ark ramp, the floodwaters rising, a cutaway of the Ark's three decks so onlookers can peer inside, and the Christmas message in a striking fashion will light up the side of the massive Ark as its screen. This is a night that will not soon be forgotten. At the conclusion of our visit, we will return to the hotel for the night.

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Breakfast will once again be included at the hotel prior to check out and departure for the University of Dayton's Marian Library, located in Dayton, Ohio, to visit one of the largest collections of international Nativities in the United States, if not in the world. At the Manger: World Nativity Traditions includes a guided tour through a small selection of its expansive collection of 3,500 Nativity scenes from more than 100 countries, celebrating how people around the world ponder and picture the birth of Christ through many different cultural lenses. Lunch will be on your own today before we depart for Wheeling, West Virginia where upon arrival we will check in to the Oglebay Resort (877-436-1797) for a one-night stay. Wilson Lodge at Oglebay features an indoor pool, sauna and Jacuzzi, 24-hour business center with wireless internet, fitness center, and game room. Guest room amenities include a Keurig coffee maker, LCD television and high speed internet. Dinner this evening will be included at the resort, followed by a drive through the beautiful Winter Festival of Lights. Welcoming visitors since 1985, this annual event covers more than 300 acres over a six mile drive making it one of the nation's largest displays. The dazzling display includes 90 lighted attractions boasting more than one million energy-efficient LED lights. Following the drive through, we will return to the lodge for the night.

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Our day begins with breakfast included at the resort. Next, we will have admissions included to the Mansion Museum and the Glass Museum. First, enjoy a stroll through the elegant and educational 1846 Mansion Museum. Once the estate of Earl W. Oglebay, he purchased the mansion and surrounding acres to use as a summer home. The mansion features a dozen period rooms focusing on Wheeling's earliest settlement through the opulent Edwardian era and contains an impressive collection of American furniture, china, silver, glass pewter, toys and textiles. Afterwards, we will visit the Glass Museum that features more than 3,000 examples of Wheeling glass made from 1829-1939. One of the highlights of the museum is the largest piece of cut lead crystal ever made, The Sweeney Punch Bowl. Standing five-feet tall and weighing 225 pounds, this crystal treasure is world famous - a remarkable piece of Victorian artistry. Lunch will be included at the resort before we depart early afternoon to return home. A meal stop at your expense will be made along the way.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details Times
Camp Hill Camp Hill Radisson, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass
Park near Radisson sign across from McDonalds
Carlisle Carlisle Point Mall, 800 East High Street
Park in mall lot across from Pizza Hut
Hanover Hanover - Staples Shopping Ctr, 440 Eisenhower Dr
Park along grass island in center of lot
York York Four Points Sheraton, 1650 Toronita St.
Go to the right and park in the far corner of lot
York Springs York Springs - Wolf's Terminal
200 Old US Rt. 15 - Park near large sign
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