Kentucky is one of my favorite places to travel. I also grew up there as my dad was in the military at Ft Knox, KY. The state’s lush green landscapes, delicious cuisine and meandering country roads are all good reasons to visit, but what truly makes it special are the people who call this state home. Kentuckians are always happy to share their passions and welcome visitors.
Kentucky Bourbon Trail Tour
Featuring 6 Distilleries, Belle of Louisville Dinner Cruise, & Old Kentucky Home State Park.
4 nights lodging (Louisville and Bardstown)
Just to let you know there is only a distance of 35 miles between Louisville and Bardstown.
4 Dinners including Belle of Louisville Riverboat Dinner Cruise & dinner at a Casino
Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center (Frazier Museum)
Evan Williams Bourbon Experience (Louisville)
Old forester Distilling Company (Louisville)
Jim Beam Distillery (Clermont/Shepardsville)
Heaven Hill Distillery (Bardstown)
Willet Dostillery (Bardstown)
Maker's Mark (Loretto)
Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History
Visit to My Old Kentucky Home State Park including mansion tour of "My Old Kentucky Home"
Taxes and meal gratuities
Motorcoach transportation pick up points will be Kennesaw, GA and Chattanooga, TN.
Total cost will be $1195.00 per person based on double occupancy. Deposit of $250.00 per person due on January 11, 2021. Single occupancy for hotel room additional $279.00. I can assist you in getting a roommate to avoid the single supplement cost. Since deposits are not due till January, let me know if you have an interest in joining us on this tour. I will add your name to the list as this tour will be limited to 40 people.
When looking at the price you need to consider it includes all entry fees and includes dinner every night. The great thing about us having the coach is that if we need more time in an area we can because the coach will be on our schedule for what we need and want for the group including extra stops at points of interest. The hotels will be a 3 star minimum. Even if you are not a fan of Bourbon (nor am I) you should still consider this tour because Kentucky is a beautiful scenic state. The distilleries are all very different and unique and that is why I have chosen the distilleries we will be visiting on this tour.
DAY 1 - Depart from Kennesaw, GA, 2nd pick up point will be Chattanooga, TN and travel to Louisville, Ky where lodging has been arranged for you the next two nights. After checking in at your hotel, you will have time to freshen up before departing for a scenic dinner cruise aboard the Belle Of Louisville steamboat. Return to your hotel for a restful evening after the cruise.
DAY 2 – Following breakfast, you will depart for the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center at the Frazier Museum to begin your tour of bourbon distilleries. Kentucky in the birthplace of Bourbon and produces 95% of the Bourbon in the world. During your Kentucky Bourbon Trail, you will discover how Bourbon became America’s only true native spirit. Today you will be visiting two distilleries in Louisville. Your first stop will be at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience where you will learn about the history of bourbon and the Evan Williams distillery. Your next stop will be the Old Forester Distilling Company where you will experience everything from barreling to bottling. Your tour will end with a tasting along with some basic instruction on how to smell, taste and identify the flavor notes in their products.
DAY 3 – After breakfast you will check out of your hotel and travel to Shepherdsville. Arrive in nearby Clermont to visit the Jim Beam American Stillhouse to experience two centuries of history, heritage and craftsmanship of America’s #1 bourbon, which you will be sampling. View the bourbon making process firsthand and witness what goes into creating an authentic liquid legend. You will have an up close and personal look into the long lineage of the First Family of Bourbon, their business and its impact on Kentucky and the bourbon. After your visit, travel to Bardstown with a lunch stop on your own along the way. Upon arrival in Bardstown you will visit the Heaven Hill Distillery which was founded in 1935. An experienced host will guide you through the history and heritage of America’s original whiskey. An educational bourbon tasting is included. Your next stop will be in nearby Loretto where you will visit the Makers Mark Distillery where you will take in the sights, smells and spirit of this landmark as you get a taste of Makers Mark is made and learn about the history behind this one-of-a-kind bourbon. After the tour, you will check into your hotel in the Bardstown area and freshen up before dinner.
DAY 4 – Enjoy breakfast, then depart for a visit to the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History. The Museum displays a 50 year collection of rare artifacts and documents concerning the American Whiskey industry dating from pre colonial days to post prohibition years. The museum includes exhibits on President Washington, Abraham Lincoln, authentic moonshine stills, antique bottles and jugs, medicinal whiskey bottles, unique advertising art, novelty whiskey containers, and much more. After you visit you will go to the Willet Distillery for a distillery and production tour with tasting. During the tour, you will learn about the whiskey distilling process, see the progression from raw grains to aging barrels, and receive a signature glass. Enjoy lunch on your own in the area, then depart for an afternoon visit to the Old Kentucky Home State Park. The park’s centerpiece is Federal Hill, a farm owned by U.S. Senator John Rowan in 1795 when the mansion became a meeting place for local politician and dignitaries. The farm is best know for its association with American composer Stephen Foster’s anti-slavery ballad “My Old Kentucky Home”. Foster was a cousin of the Rowan family. After popularity of the song increased through out the United States, Federal Hill was purchased by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, dedicated as a historical site and renamed “My Old Kentucky Home” in 1923. A tour of the mansion is included. Your day will end with dinner in the area, following by a relaxing evening.
DAY 5. – Following breakfast check out and depart for home with lasting memories of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.
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