North America

Bourbon Trail Passport Field Trip-April 2024

2 Days

Let’s hit the Bourbon Trail with Pam Howard, our very own Wine and Spirits Travel Director!


Our inaugural Bourbon Trail Tour in February sold out in 8 hours, and the March trip sold out in 2 days, so if you want to join us for the next open trip in April, sign up soon!

Join us on our Bourbon Trail Tour, with bourbon expert Pam Howard – our Wine and Spirits Travel Director here at Travel Avidly. This trip will include a luxury van with driver, bourbon education, visits to TWELVE bourbon distilleries, including one private and very exclusive VIP distillery tour with tastings, overnight hotel accommodations in downtown Louisville, and meals as noted in itinerary. We’ll get a FREE Bourbon Trail Passport ($25 value) that allows us to collect stamps at the distilleries we visit, unlock rewards, and is our official record of our journey. So, 12 distillery visits with one that features an exclusive VIP tour with tastings and special insider demonstrations not available to the general public – if you’re a bourbon connoisseur, then this is a Bourbon Trail Tour you won’t want to miss! There are only 10 slots so sign up soon.


  • Bourbon Trail Passport, to be stamped at each distillery
  • Private VIP Tour and Lunch at Bardstown Distillery
  • Twelve Distillery Visits to get your Passport stamped (some have complementary tastings, others are optional for your purchase)
  • Overnight in Downtown Louisville Hotel by Whiskey Row
  • Private Luxury Van with Driver
  • All Meals as noted in Itinerary
  • Bourbon Education by certified Bourbon Expert


We’ll meet in the parking lot at Cool Springs Wine and Spirits located in Franklin TN at 6:00AM sharp to get in our luxury van. Then we’ll begin the drive to Kentucky, and along the way our guide Pam will educate us about all the fine nuances of bourbons and bourbon tasting. She’ll fill us in about the bourbon distilleries we will be visiting over the 2 days, and the special unique treats we may have the opportunity to get that aren’t normally available in liquor stores.

We should arrive in Bardstown Kentucky around 10:00AM, where we’ll go to these 3 distilleries to see what “special” things they may have, and have our passport stamped:

  • Heaven Hill 
  • Lux row 
  • Willett 
** (some have complementary tastings, others are optional for your purchase)

We’ll provide a box lunch and bottled water in the van!

Next up at 1:00PM is a full, in-depth tour at Maker’s Mark Distillery, complete with complementary tastings. This will take a couple of hours.

From there we’ll drive into downtown Louisville, where we’ll check into our hotel. We’ll rest a bit, then meet up for dinner. After dinner, the night is yours to further explore downtown Louisville.

Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll check out and load our luggage in the van. We will then continue our bourbon explorations and getting our passports stamped. Today we’ll visit these 8 distilleries (some are within easy walking distance from our hotel, others we will be driven to):

  • Michters 
  • Evan Williams 
  • Old Forester 
  • Angels Envy 
  • Peerless 
  • Rabbit Hole 
  • Bulleit 
  • Stitzel-Weller 
**Note – we will have one tour today at one of the above distilleries, with tastings included; tastings at other distilleries are available for you to purchase
At this point, it’ll be time to head home, so we’ll drive back to Tennessee. Our goal is to get into Franklin by 8 so you’ll be able to have your Friday night dinner plans on your own.

Breakfast, Lunch

Cost Includes

  • Private Luxury Van with Driver
  • Bourbon Education
  • Bottled Water and Box Lunches on the drive there and back
  • Kentucky Bourbon Trail Passport & Field Guide
  • Overnight Hotel Accommodations in downtown Louisville Kentucky for one night
  • Dinner in downtown Louisville Kentucky, breakfast the next morning
  • Full Tour of Bardstown Distillery with tastings and lunch
  • Distillery Visits with Opportunity for Tastings (some complementary, some available for purchase) at:
  • *Heaven Hill*
  • *Lux row*
  • *Willett*
  • *Michters*
  • *Evan Williams*
  • *Old Forester*
  • *Angels Envy*
  • *Peerless*
  • *Rabbit Hole*
  • *Bulleit*
  • *Stitzel-Weller*

Cost Excludes

  • Alcoholic Beverages with meals
  • Tastings at Distilleries that are for purchase

Residence Inn Downtown Louisville

Located 2 blocks from Angel’s Envy Distillery and a 10-minute walk to Whiskey Row, this hotel features an indoor pool, an on-site gym and hot tub, and suites with queen beds, sofa (which also makes into a bed), a complete kitchen, flat-screen TVs and free WiFi. A hot breakfast is served daily.

Maker’s Mark Distillery

Whiskey Row, Louisville

Angel’s Envy Distillery

Heaven Hill

Peerless Distillery

Rabbit Hole Distillery


Pam HowardCSW,CSS,EBS 
Pam Howard is the Director of Education with Cool Springs Wine and Spirits since 2015, and recently became Travel Avidly’s Wine and Spirits Travel Director. She hosts weekly classes in Wine and Spirits, helps with private events, and is now partnering with Travel Avidly to help lead Bourbon Trail and other wine and spirits-centered trips.
Pam had a successful 25-year career in dentistry, including time in the US Army as a dental hygienist before she began her second chapter in life pursuing her passion of good wine and spirits. Beginning with her love of wine, she obtained her Sommelier certification from the Guild of Masters Sommeliers, then the WSET in London, the Society of Wine Educators in the US, and a Certified Sherry Wine Specialist from Spain. Expanding on her love of spirits, she earned certifications in Tequila and Rum, and is an Executive Bourbon Steward, certifying at least a dozen bourbon Stewards each month.
Pam loves to travel and has seen all 50 states and over 20 countries, with a goal of seeing every continent before she’s 100. She loves to educate others, and strives to fill her life with good food, wine & spirits, good friends, and fun travel!
From $570 USD
/ Shared Room (Double Occupancy)
From $670 USD
/ Private Room (Single Occupancy)
  • Small Groups of 8 - 15 people
  • Flexible Payments
  • Pre-trip Educational/Preparation Meetings
  • TravelAvidly Trip Leader
  • Immersive Experiences

Trip Information

Activity Level: Easy (see all ratings)

Curator: Pam Howard, CSS,EBS

Trip Leader/CSR: Pam Howard