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Bourbon Trail Passport Field Trip

2 Days

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March 14, 2024 - March 15, 2024 Guaranteed $570 USD
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April 25, 2024 - April 26, 2024 Guaranteed $570 USD

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


Our inaugural Bourbon Trail Tour sold out in 8 hours. Pam just authorized a March trip, so if you want to join us I suggest you 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 be all-inclusive, including a luxury van with driver, bourbon education, one private and very exclusive custom distillery tour, tastings at TWELVE bourbon distilleries, overnight hotel accommodations in downtown Louisville, and meals. 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, exclusive VIP tastings, with 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 Custom Tour at Maker's Mark
  • Twelve Distillery Visits with Tastings
  • 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’ll get that normal visitors don’t have access to.

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, get a sample, and have our passport stamped:

  • Heaven Hill 
  • Lux row 
  • Willett 

We’ll have a box lunch in the van, with lots of bottled water to keep our tummies full so we can handle all the tastings!

Next up at 1:00PM is a full, in-depth tour at Maker’s Mark Distillery, complete with 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 a good hearty breakfast, we’ll continue with our hard work of visiting bourbon distilleries and getting our passports stamped. This morning we’ll walk to these 4 distilleries, which are all within easy walking distance from our hotel:

  • Michters 
  • Evan Williams 
  • Old Forester 
  • Angels Envy 
We’ll check out of our hotel, then load up in the van to continue our bourbon explorations. We’ll have box lunches in the van again to save time for all the bourbon! This afternoon we’ll drive to the following distilleries to get our passports stamped and sample some more:
  • Peerless 
  • Rabbit Hole 
  • Bulleit 
  • Stitzel-Weller 
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 or 9 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 and samples to try on the drive
  • 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 Makers Mark Distillery with tastings
  • Visits with Tastings 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 (other than tastings)

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 continental 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!

Joyce Grizzle

I’m so excited about this new partnership with Pam Howard to have these regular Bourbon Trail trips. As Director of Travel Planning for Travel Avidly. I’m always on the lookout for opportunities to add fun travel experiences to our lineup, and this is one that is sure to be loads of fun. I’m a Foodie, and love to pair food with great wine, spirits or beer, so this trip is right up my alley.


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: Joyce Grizzle

Trip Leader/CSR: Pam Howard and Joyce Grizzle