Map of Kentucky Bourbon trail to Nashville including United States Of America

A spirit-lifting adventure in Kentucky and Tennessee

Get a real taste of the south on a six-day journey along the iconic Kentucky bourbon trail. Kicking off in the flourishing city of Louisville, uncover a progressive food scene, sip creative cocktails, tour taprooms and meet local brewers. Journeying south, learn the tricks of the trade during a visit to a bourbon distillery before continuing to the country music capital of the world, Nashville, Tennessee. Here you’ll line dance in honky tonks, take part in a recording session in the Country Music Hall of Fame, feast on barbecue and of course sample more bourbon! Whether you’re a bourbon buff or beginner, this is sure to be one neat adventure!

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Louisville, United States
Finish
Nashville, United States
Destination
United States
Style
Comfort
Theme
Explorer
Code
SSKW
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 4, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Follow the southern route of the famed Kentucky bourbon trail and get to know the state that produces 95% of the world’s bourbon, with plenty of tasting opportunities along the way!

  • Discover Louisville’s vibrant and progressive food scene during a southern supper adventure, stopping into three foodie hotspots for a creative course paired with a cocktail.

  • Sip your way around Louisville on a thirst-quenching beer tour, visiting local breweries and taprooms to meet the brewers and sample their goods.

  • Learn about the south’s most beloved genre during a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville and take part in a recording session in the city’s oldest studio.

  • Embrace a piece of Nashville’s culture on an afternoon dedicated to bourbon and barbecue, sampling a tempting array of smoked meats paired with southern spirits.

Is this trip right for you?

  • The legal drinking age in the USA is 21 years old – this trip suits those of legal drinking age due to the activities involved.

  • You're in the South of the USA, so expect a lot of (delicious) fried food and barbecue. Vegetarians may have fewer options, as a lot of southern cuisine is meat-based.

  • This trip is new to our range this year. Despite rigorous planning and research, new itineraries can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a welcome surprise, but every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that is what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

Itinerary

Welcome to Kentucky, built on bourbon and overflowing with charisma. Your adventure begins in Louisville, a flourishing city with so much to offer. There’s a welcome meeting at 10am this morning where you’ll meet your local leader and fellow travellers, then you’ll dive straight into the state’s history during a visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum. Uncover the story of the world-famous horse race which takes place in Louisville each year. Then, get to know the city a little better during a walking tour with your leader, covering highlights and local hangouts. The afternoon is free for your own discoveries, then regroup in the evening for a special dining experience. Boasting one of the south’s most vibrant food scenes, head out for a taste of Louisville on a southern supper adventure, swinging by three local hotspots for a delicious course paired with a cocktail.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Louisville - City tour
  • Louisville - Kentucky Derby Museum & walking tour of Churchill Downs
  • Louisville - Progressive Southern Supper
Meals Included
  • Dinner
You will have the morning at leisure to further explore this wondeful city. You may like to visit Locust Grove, a Georgian mansion built in 1792 that serves as an example of early Kentucky architecture. If you’d like to experience more of the local drinks scene, why not take part in a mixology class to learn how to make the perfect cocktail. Your dining options today are endless, and there are plenty of iconic local dishes to try – the Hot Brown open sandwich is a local favourite.

Not only famous for bourbon, Louisville also produces a fantastic array of craft beer. Mid afternoon we will regroup, to sip your way around the city during visits to local breweries and taprooms, meeting the brewers to learn how these distinctive beverages are made and of course sampling them yourself.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Louisville - Brewery Tour and Tasting
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Say goodbye to Louisville and travel south towards a distillery that has been in a family business since 1875! The distillery use open-pollinated white heirloom corn which makes for a slightly lighter whiskey flavor. After your visit, continue to Mammoth Cave National Park, home to the world’s longest cave system, covering more than 400 miles. Here you’ll find an unbelievable underground world of rock formations, caverns and natural cathedrals. After some time to explore this eerie landscape, travel onwards to Nashville, Tennessee, the country music capital of the world. The city is famous for its “honky tonks” – buzzing bars, clubs and pubs that play live music into the night. This evening, settle into your hotel then you may like to join the group for dinner in a local spot popular for line dancing – a true Nashville experience!
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lebanon - Distillery tour
  • Kentucky - Mammoth Cave National Park
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After breakfast this morning, get to know Nashville’s trendy and eclectic neighbourhoods during a tour of the city. Pay a visit to some of Nashville’s most photogenic and colourful murals, featuring emblems of the city and positive messages – perfect backdrops for some pictures to remember your trip. You’ll also stop in at a local bakery for a mimosa tasting paired with donuts – you’re in for a real treat! The rest of the afternoon is free for your own explorations of the city. You may like to take a leisurely stroll through Centennial Park, or hang out downtown and hop between honky tonks.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Nashville - Murals & Mimosa City Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
It wouldn’t be a trip to Nashville without a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame! Shaped like a giant piano, the buildings houses all manner of iconic country music memorabilia and tells the story of the beloved genre. Enjoy a tour around the complex and take part in a recording session with a sound engineer in Nashville’s oldest remaining recording studio – this is an experience you won’t soon forget! Later in the day, ready your appetite and embrace more of Nashville’s culture during a barbecue and bourbon tour. Visit some of the city’s most popular eating and drinking establishments to learn the stories of how they came to be. Sample a tempting array of smoked meats paired with southern spirits and classic side dishes and swing by a local craft brewery to taste some of their goods.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Nashville - Bourbon & BBQ Dinner
  • Nashville - Wildhorse Saloon & line dancing
  • Nashville - Country Music Hall of Fame
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
With no activities planned for today, your southern adventure comes to an end after breakfast this morning, with a 10am checkout from your hotel. If you’d like to spend more time exploring Nashville, just get in touch ahead of time and we’d be happy to arrange additional accommodation (subject to availability).
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

4 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights)

Included activities

  • Louisville - City tour
  • Louisville - Kentucky Derby Museum & walking tour of Churchill Downs
  • Louisville - Progressive Southern Supper
  • Louisville - Brewery Tour and Tasting
  • Lebanon - Distillery tour
  • Kentucky - Mammoth Cave National Park
  • Nashville - Murals & Mimosa City Tour
  • Nashville - Bourbon & BBQ Dinner
  • Nashville - Wildhorse Saloon & line dancing
  • Nashville - Country Music Hall of Fame

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Important notes

All travellers on Intrepid trips (outside Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands) are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. From 1 December 2021, all travellers on Intrepid trips, including in Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands, are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Read details here.

1. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 10 am on Day 1. Please make your own way to the Joining Point Hotel listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
3. Please ensure you have checked local state information regarding COVID-19 restrictions and regulations before you travel.
4. You must be of US Legal drinking age to join this tour.

Essential trip information

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