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Heartland Journey - Bourbon Experience

Date: Jun 18-27, 2023
Starting Price: $2,899
Trip Length: 9 nights
Trip: Louisville to Clarksville (Nashville)
Cruise line: American Queen Voyages | American Countess™

Sample from world-famous distilleries as you experience good old Kentucky charm on this 7-night trip aboard American Queen Voyages’ American Countess™. Begin your journey with an included 2-night Louisville Go Beyond with Go Next Pre-Cruise Program featuring tours of several historic Kentucky bourbon distilleries with included bourbon tasting and lunch.

Set sail on the Ohio River, but don’t forget to stop to taste the traditions of Brandenburg—Kentucky’s bourbon-infused past. In Owensboro learn the history of the distillers who operate around the city such as the Glenmore Distillery Company. Try a bowl of burgoo in Henderson. Immerse yourself in the culture of artisans in Paducah with its National Quilt Museum, art galleries, and eclectic restaurant scene. Before disembarking in Nashville (Clarksville), explore Dover, a Tennessee frontier town that reveals the value of serenity in river living.

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  • 2-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Louisville at the historic The Brown Hotel—with breakfast, coverage of taxes, porterage, and transfers to the American Countess
  • This two-night Louisville Pre-Cruise Program features a full-day Kentucky bourbon distillery tour including bourbon tasting, lunch, and private transportation. Distilleries to include Bardstown Distillery, Maker’s Mark, and Stitzel-Weller Reserve
  • 7-night voyage aboard the American Countess with all meals included 
  • $700 early booking savings per person, is not reflected in the prices below
  • Unlimited free shore excursions in port and with your comfort in mind, deluxe private motor coaches to get you there safely
  • Live entertainment and enrichment
  • Gracious service from a professionally trained staff
  • Luxury accommodations
  • Smart-casual attire—recommends dressing up for dinner
  • Unlimited WIFI
  • Casual to refined dining options
  • Menus inspired by America’s heartland with fresh, locally sourced ingredients featuring freshly prepared lobster and USDA Prime Beef
  • Enjoy unlimited beverages and open bars & lounges
  • Round trip economy class airfare available for $499 per person (restrictions apply, call for details)


  • June 18: Louisville, Kentucky - The Brown Hotel
  • June 19: Louisville, Kentucky - The Brown Hotel
  • June 20: Louisville, Kentucky - Embark
  • June 21: Brandenburg, Kentucky
  • June 22: Owensboro, Kentucky
  • June 23: Henderson, Kentucky
  • June 24: Paducah, Kentucky
  • June 25: Dover, Tennessee
  • June 26: Nashville (Clarksville), Tennessee
  • June 27: Nashville (Clarksville), Tennessee - Disembark
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Air Cities

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  • Atlanta, GA
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Boston, MA
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Dallas, TX
  • Denver. CO
  • Detroit, MI
  • Newark, NJ
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Intercontinental Houston, TX
  • John F. Kennedy New York, NY
  • LaGuardia New York, NY
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Miami, FL
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
  • Midway Chicago, IL
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • O'Hare Chicago, IL
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Savannah, GA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Tampa, FL
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Washington Dulles, VA
  • West Palm Beach, FL

Deck Plans



Go Beyond with GoNext

More time and peace of mind. Don’t just wave at your port city from the deck—extend your trip with an overnight land stay and city exploration. Spend more time with your feet on the ground and immerse yourself in local culture with engaging tours led by an expert travel guide. Let us handle the logistics of your airport transportation, luggage handling, and so much more, so you can worry less and go all in on your vacation.


Taste the spirit of the past, present, and future with a stay at the iconic Brown Hotel and a trek down the Bourbon Trail. Sip whiskey and
view beautiful acres of farmland as you journey through the advanced creations of Bardstown Distillery. Relish in the history and tradition of Maker’s Mark, a distillery that is still hand turning their barrels and running business like they did in 1953. Then, savor the harmony made when the past and future collide on an exclusive tour of Stitzel-Weller distillery.
These tours are sure to enliven your tastebuds and enrich your trip.


  • 2-night hotel stay in Louisville at the historic The Brown Hotel with breakfast
    • Bourbon tasting
    • Lunch
    • Private transportation to and from Distilleries:
      • Bardstown Distillery
      • Maker’s Mark
      • Stitzel-Weller Reserve
  • Taxes, porterage, and transfers to the American Countess

Cancellation Policy

REFUNDS AND CANCELLATIONS: If you change your plans or cancel, your rights to a refund are limited. Submit a written cancellation to cancel@gonext.com. Upon receipt of a written cancellation from you, the following fees will apply (as indicated in days prior to initial flight departure).
Cancellation Fees:
121 days or more = $250 per person
120-91 days = 25% of total fare
90-61 days = 50% of total fare
60-31 days = 75% of total fare
30-0 days = 100% of total fare
Any requests for cancellation must be communicated to Go Next in writing. Applicable refunds, if any, will be made within 90 days after the cancellation. (Subject to change; refer to your brochure for current rates.)
Available To Book

Heartland Journey - Bourbon Experience

Date: Jun 18-27, 2023
Starting Price: $2,899
Trip Length: 9 nights
Trip: Louisville to Clarksville (Nashville)
Cruise line: American Queen Voyages | American Countess™
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