Dolph’s Bourbon Trail with Gary Dolphin

Dates: May 19-24, 2023

Join Gary as we travel from Louisville to Nashville enjoying some of his favorite things...sports, food, fun, and a nice cocktail with friends!

For a brochure, contact Lori Nietert at or 319-393-1359.


Friday, May 19: Arrive in Louisville

Welcome to Louisville, Kentucky known as the “Bluegrass State.”  We transfer to your hotel for a two-night stay.  Our afternoon is at your leisure. Perhaps tour the Muhammad Ali Center, an award-winning museum dedicated to the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali. The Center's museum captures the story of Muhammad Ali’s incredible life and the six core principles that have fueled his journey.  Tonight enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers. (D)

Saturday, May 20: Churchill Downs, Louisville Slugger & Bourbon Tasting

Today enjoy a visit to Churchill Downs, the thoroughbred race track most famous for hosting the annual Kentucky Derby. Enjoy a tour of the museum to learn about the legendary history of the Kentucky Derby. Later visit the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory which showcases the history of the Louisville Slugger brand of baseball bats, the official bat of Major League Baseball. This afternoon visit the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience for a distillery experience and tasting which celebrates the legacy of Evan Williams, Kentucky’s first distiller and namesake of Heaven Hill’s flagship Bourbon brand.  The balance of the day is yours to enjoy. (B)

Sunday, May 21: Louisville to Nashville

We head south of Louisville and visit the world-famous Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont Kentucky. Following our tour and tasting we stop in Bardstown for lunch on our own. This afternoon stop at the iconic Maker’s Mark Distillery for more tastings. Then travel to Nashville, TN “Music City USA” and arrive at the amazing Gaylord Opryland Resort to begin a three night stay. The resort complex features three interior gardens under glass roofs including waterfalls, a river and lake system with passenger-carrying flatboats plus a variety of restaurants, lounges and shops. (B)

Monday, May 22:  Nashville City Tour & Bourbon Tasting

Today enjoy a Nashville City Tour to see the Parthenon (replica of the Acropolis in Greece), the Old Ryman Auditorium (“Mother Church” of country music), the State Capitol and famous Music Row. Later visit the Country Music Hall of Fame to see how country music has evolved through the past 70 years. The Hall of Fame features memorabilia and displays in a museum setting. The day will end with a late afternoon visit to a local bourbon distillery. Then the rest of the day and evening is yours to enjoy. Catch some live museum, great food and you might even be lucky enough to see a celebrity or two. (B)

Tuesday, May 23:  Nashville and Grand Ole Opry

Your day is free to enjoy. Nashville’s many museums tell the story of the artists with a dream that made it to celebrity status in the music town. The Ryman Auditorium, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Glen Campbell are just a few of the amazing museums. Or maybe go with Gary and head to the golf course. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner and a unique treat as we will attend a performance of America’s longest-running radio show, The Grand Ole Opry. (B,D)

Wednesday, May 24: Return Home

After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our return home with new memories with Gary Dolphin on the Bourbon Trail! (B)



  • Hosted by Gary Dolphin
  • Escorted by Travel Leaders/Destinations Unlimited’s Lori Nietert
  • 5 Nights Hotel Accommodations
  • 7 Meals: 5 Breakfasts (B), 2 Dinner (D)
  • Churchill Downs tour & museum
  • Louisville Slugger tour & museum
  • Bourbon Tasting: Evan Williams
  • Bourbon Tasting: Jim Beam
  • Bourbon Tasting: Maker’s Mark
  • Bourbon Tasting: Local Nashville Distillery
  • Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Grand Ole Opry
  • Nashville city tour
  • Baggage Handling
  • Motorcoach transportation Louisville and Nashville

Not included in price:

Roundtrip Group Airfare (available June 2022)
Tips & Gratuities
Travel Insurance

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