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Memphis to Louisville

Exploring the Roots of America’s Bourbon


Experience the history, culture and passion of bourbon making from the region’s premier bourbon experts on this enriching journey through America’s heartland and into the roots of Kentucky’s abundant bourbon region.

The 2017 Bourbon Cruise Includes:

This special themed voyage will take you behind the scenes and into the history books to show you where bourbon comes from, how it is made and the ways to distinguish the unique characteristics of different distilleries. Not only have we arranged for special tastings, treats, and cooking demonstrations, but also we are thrilled to announce an exclusive line-up of special onboard guests. Bill Samuels Jr., son of Maker's Mark founder, Bill Samuels Sr., will lead a Maker's Mark presentation and tasting. Also joining Bill Samuels will be Don Flinn of Buffalo Trace whose presentations and tastings have received rave reviews on our past bourbon cruises. Michael Veach, a bourbon historian and member of the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame, brings an unbiased opinion to any bourbon conversation and will offer tastings of some of the world's most famous and unique bourbons.

Day 1: Memphis, TN

Your journey begins with a deluxe hotel stay in downtown Memphis. The evening is yours to venture out and explore the city’s famed eateries, and the lively arts and entertainment scene.

Day 2: Memphis, TN

Depart 5:00 p.m. Explore Memphis at your leisure or consider a Pre- Cruise Premium Shore Excursion with afternoon transfer to the American Queen.

Day 3: River Cruising

Gain insight into our nation’s history and cultural heritage conveyed by our onboard Riverlorian, and participate in bourbon enrichment activities.

Day 4: Paducah, KY

Observe elegant displays at the National Quilt Museum highlighting the colorful rebirth of quiltmaking and explore the Lowertown Arts District.

Day 5: River Cruising

Attend special bourbon presentations followed by tastings or browse the gift shop for that perfect keepsake to remember your fabulous journey.

Day 6: Brandenburg, KY

Tour the General George Patton Museum of Leadership and choose your preferred complimentary distillery tour of Jim Beam, Heaven Hill, Willett Small Batch or Maker’s Mark.

Day 7: Madison, IN

Journey to Frankfort, KY for a traditional Kentucky brunch at Claudia Sanders Dinner House before your complimentary guided tour of Buffalo Trace Distillery followed by samplings of their legendary bourbon.

Day 8: Louisville, KY

Set out on guided tours of iconic attractions throughout Louisville and choose your preferred complimentary distillery tour of Jim Beam, Heaven Hill, Wild Turkey or Willett Small Batch.

Day 9: Louisville, KY

Disembark 8:00 a.m. Enjoy Louisville at your leisure or consider a Post-Cruise Premium Shore Excursion with airport transfer.