November 3-8, 2020 | 6 Days
Awaken your senses and explore the history and tradition Kentucky’s Bourbon Culture. From production to tasting, enjoy one of the world’s favorite spirits visiting Kentucky’s best bourbon distilleries big and small. Visit a thoroughbred farm home to Derby winners, training facilities and nurseries with foals. Maybe you’ll meet a future triple crown winner.
- Roundtrip Airfare Minneapolis/Louisville, KY
- Embassy Suites Downtown Louisville; 4 Nights
- Breakfast Daily
- 3 Lunch and Welcome Dinner
- Deluxe Motor Coach Transportation
- Professional Local Guide
- Bourbon Host
- All Taxes
- Horse Farm
- Churchill Downs
- Kentucky Derby Museum and Lunch
Distillery Tours & Tastings
- Cooper & Kings Mixology Class
- Woodford Reserve
- Buffalo Trace
- Stitzel Weller
- Old Forester
- Maker’s Mark
- Bardstown Bourbon
- Heaven Hill
*Distillery Tours may be substituted for alternatives based on availability and itinerary timing.
Tuesday, November 3:
Your home for the next 5 nights, Embassy Suites Downtown Louisville, is conveniently located near Fourth Street Row, Museum Row and just blocks from Whiskey Row. Enjoy a cook to order breakfast and complimentary evening reception daily.
Your Bourbon tour begins this evening with a hands-on Mixology Class at Cooper & Kings before a welcome dinner at Harvest Distillery where you are invited to sample seasonal dishes paired with Kentucky Bourbon. (D)
Wednesday, November 4:
Start your morning with a visit to one of the world’s premier thoroughbred horse farms. See inside the plank fences and down the shady lanes of Central Kentucky for a glimpse of daily life of a working farm. Learn about the history, tradition and pageantry of thoroughbred racing with a chance to see Derby winners and their training facilities and nurseries with foals (if available).
Next, visit one of Kentucky’s the oldest and smallest distilleries, the Woodford Reserve Distillery, home to a 500 foot-long gravity-fed barrel run. Your guided tour explains the history of bourbon and it’s five sources of flavor. Of course no tour is complete without a full tasting. Lunch is included this afternoon at a local Grill & Pub before stopping for another visit and tasting at Buffalo Trace Distillery. Walk amidst the path of rolling bourbon barrels while enjoying some of their award winning products. (B, L)
Thursday, November 5:
Start the day out by visiting the Kentucky Derby Museum, where every day is Derby Day! Begin with a 30 minute walking tour of historic Churchill Downs. Next “experience” the 18 minute media experience known as, “The Greatest Race.” Finally wander through the exhibits before proceeding to our next tasting.
Stitzel Weller Experience originally opened on Derby Day in 1935. Guests will experience the past and celebrate the future. Guests can see the warehouse where the Rickhousing system was invented in 1879. Stitzel-Weller also recently installed a state-of-the-art bottling line and a new small batch still to nurture inspired experimentation and education. Rounding out the day we head out to the Old Forester, home to world’s first bottled bourbon.
Friday, November 6:
Start the day out by touring Star Hill Farms home to Maker’s Mark Distillery. Come explore the art of Bourbon-making that dates back 200 years with a tradition of hand-rotating every barrel and dipping every bottle.
Spend the afternoon in Bardstown the “Most Beautiful Small Town in America” as named by USA Today. Tour Bardstown Bourbon Company one of the most technically advanced distilleries in the country. Next stop will be lunch at Bottle and Bond, located within the Bardstown Bourbon Company.
Ending your day with a visit to the newest additions to the Bourbon Trail, Heaven Hill Distillery. Family owned and operated since 1935, this distillery offers a chance to learn about its heritage and culture.
Saturday, November 7:
Today you are free to explore Louisville at your leisure. Check out the Louisville Slugger Museum or the many other attractions along Museum Row. Or spend your day betting on the ponies. Keenland is host to the Breeders Cup Race for 2020. Transfers will be provided for those with tickets to this exciting once a year race. (Tickets are not included in the trip price)
Sunday, November 8:
After breakfast you’ll transfer to the airport and your return flight home.
(B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner
Embassy Suites by Hilton Louisville Downtown
- Free hot breakfast is a delicious start to your day, every day. There’s always something new, from hot meals to grab-and-go snacks.
- We’re a 100% smoke-free hotel.
- Get free WiFi in your suite and around the hotel.
- Our spacious and inviting open-air atrium is the perfect place to meet over a bite to eat or a drink from the bar.
- Relax poolside all year round at our indoor pool.
- Our fitness center has everything you need for an excellent workout.