Kentucky’s Heritage: Sail into the World of Bourbon
Sail the Mississippi River for an inside look into Kentucky’s bourbon industry aboard the American Queen with exclusive lectures, tastings and expert-led visits to distilleries.
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Program No. 23051RJ
10 days
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At a Glance

In the words of the former president of Maker’s Mark Bill Samuels Jr., bourbon’s origin was a series of “happy accidents.” As farmers dropped oak barrels filled with liquefied maize into the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, it slowly aged en route to New Orleans. Indulge your mind and your senses as you sail into the home of Kentucky’s bourbon region aboard the classic steamboat American Queen on this bourbon-themed voyage. From Memphis to Louisville, join experts to participate in tastings, learn about the defining features of bourbon and explore prominent distilleries along Kentucky’s bourbon trail.
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Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about bourbon’s place in Kentucky’s history and culture.
  • Participate in special tastings and expert-led cooking demonstrations and explore bourbon distilleries along the Mississippi and Ohio River.
  • Spend two days exploring Memphis before embarking the American Queen.
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Charlene Corris
When the youngest of Charlene’s four children started kindergarten, she saw took the opportunity to finish her education. Charlene earned degrees in Travel Administration and International Relations and has worked in travel for 25 years, working in group sales development and operations and managing a retail travel agency prior to opening her own business, Custom Travel Concepts. Her knowledge of history and geography has given her a keen ability to develop historical programs and has positioned her as a leader in her field.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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