What better way to experience Bourbon Country than hitting the road—or river? These tours will take you through the history and culture of distilling and, of course, there’s plenty to drink along the way.
All aboard the Bourbon Express! This five-hour excursion, run by the same company that tours local breweries, starts at Northern Kentucky’s New Riff and detours to two distilleries and a bourbon bar.
$75 per person, Saturdays only
Make Louisville your home base and embark on an expansive variety of tours that’ll take you to a mix of old and new bourbon magnets. Mint Julep has both public and private options available but recommends three-stop tours to maximize the experience.
$180–$200 per person; Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays
See the Bourbon Trail by sea—er, by the Kentucky River—and experience firsthand the role of river power in Kentucky’s distilling history. While you can’t drink onboard (thanks to the state’s boating laws), most of this company’s bourbon tours stop at Buffalo Trace, so there’s ample opportunity to sample.
$25–$80 per person, six days a week
Executive Transportation doesn’t just specialize in cars—on the weekends, the Louisville-based company conducts its own tours of Kentucky’s Bourbon Country. Friday tours stop at Four Roses and Wild Turkey, while Saturday tours drop by Buffalo Trace and Woodford Reserve.
$95 per person, Fridays and Saturdays
While American Legacy Tours isn’t currently offering its bourbon tours to the public, private group bookings are still available. For a taste of what the company has to offer, hop on the Hidden Caverns Tour, which begins and ends at Northern Row Brewing & Distillery.
Private bookings only