MAYFIELD, Ky. -- Located in the far western part of the state,
Southern Heritage Tours here operates receptive services for groups
of 20 or more.
In operation for three years, the company offers services for
the entire state of Kentucky as well as for western Tennessee and
Southern Heritage Tours specializes in agricultural, historical,
industrial and leisure tours for groups of all ages and
Owner Regina Walls said the firm works with all hotels,
restaurants, shops and attractions capable of meeting the demands
of group travel.
The firm offers preplanned and customized tours.
Tours can range from an evening or full-day plan to eight days,
and start from $30 per person depending on group size, length of
tour, season, accommodations selected, transportation, type of
meals and entertainment included.
All packages are net priced, per tour.
Walls said she believes receptive services are popular to groups
because "every group tour operator cannot travel to every single
destination themselves or even if they have, things change.
"So having a receptive outfit that lives and works in the area
makes their job a lot easier."
According to Walls, the area's high season is from April to
"Our slow season is the winter months of December through
February. Most of our time during these months is spent preparing
for the next season," she added.
Because SHT's advertising budget is very limited, most of the
marketing is through word of mouth, Walls said.
"I am constantly looking for new programs, tours and
establishments to add to our repertoire of tours," she said.
Some of SHT's programs include farm (tobacco, grain and cattle)
and factory (pecan, country ham, seed and paper) tours and special
events such as the west Kentucky style barbecue with live Bluegrass
"Some of the most popular tours from Paducah include visits to
Amish country, antebellum homes, antique shopping and historical,
Civil War and cemetery tours," Walls said.
Among other itineraries offered are Kentucky and Tennessee:
Beyond the Expected, featuring the Kentucky Derby Museum in
Louisville, the Corvette Factory and Museum in Bowling Green and
Cumberland Falls in Corbin, Ky., and the Grand Ole Opry in
"I never give specifics on any itineraries because I consider
them trade secrets. And very few of the attractions, restaurants
and factories are exclusive to us. It's just the way we present
them that makes us unique," she added.
For more information or to book a Southern Heritage tour, call
(270) 247-7407, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.southerntours.com.