Mint Julep Experiences
We do it all, y’all.
Founded in 2008 by owners Sean and Lisa Higgins, our goal has always been to share our love for Louisville and Kentucky. From fully customized outings to crafted public experiences, Mint Julep Experiences is Kentucky’s premier destination management company for the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®, legendary horse farms, historic landmarks and the Commonwealth’s rich culinary scene. Our team opened Mint Julep Experiences Nashville for Tennessee Whiskey Trail tours in 2018. Our sister company Bourbon City Cruisers launched in 2019 with tuk tuk tours of downtown Louisville.
As one of Condé Nast Traveler’s “Best Guided Drinking Tours in America,” our one-of-a-kind, family-owned tour company offers transportation and event planning services for hassle-free ventures for any size group including corporate outings and V.I.P. excursions. Based in Louisville, Mint Julep Tours’ team of bourbon experts, veteran tour guides and city concierges do it all to help you explore the living history of Kentucky in comfort and style.
Whether you’re traveling with us through Bourbon Country, historic Louisville, or visiting a horse farm, your experience will be inspired by our commitment to sharing Kentucky traditions. We have a love and passion for Kentucky that we are excited to share with you as our guest! Our team has proven that we continually exceed expectations by offering quality itineraries packed with interesting history, fun facts, and picturesque locations resulting in truly memorable experiences.
Awards & Recognitions
Mint Julep Experiences Louisville
12 Years of Excellence & Counting
2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020 | 2021
WHY CHOOSE US
We’ve been doing this for more than 10 years.
In that time, we’ve gotten more than 1500 five-star reviews between TripAdvisor, Yelp and Facebook. In 2019, we received our 10th consecutive TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and we are now in their Hall of Fame. Reviews don’t lie. These are honest accounts of how Mint Julep Experiences went above and beyond to craft the perfect Bluegrass adventure. You’ll have a hard time finding anyone who didn’t think it was worth every penny to pick us. More than 31,000 guests chose Mint Julep in 2017 because we are the best in the business.
We maximize your time.
Time is money! We save you time planning and act as your personal city concierge. Mint Julep also takes care of every detail of your day to make sure its jam-packed. Don’t spend hours on Google trying to figure out how long it takes to get from Maker’s Mark to Jim Beam or wondering where to get lunch along the way. We make your trip hassle-free with guaranteed reservations, impeccable timing and full-service trip planning. Our experience coordinators optimize your schedule so that you can see and do more.
We know Kentucky.
Our drivers and tour leaders make your day fun and educational. We’re not just a chauffeur from one place to another. Mint Julep is all about the full experience. Whether its filling in the blanks between horse farm tours, knowing where to take a detour to see a horse farm or abandoned distillery if we have an extra few minutes, or giving the inside scoop on where to find the rare bourbon at distilleries, we’re out in the field 7 days a week, 365 days a year taking in everything Kentucky to share with you
We’ve got connections.
Mint Julep has partnerships with distilleries, horse farms and Kentucky attractions to get you behind the scenes for unmatched access. We have exclusive offerings that you just can’t get anywhere else. From special tastings to hard hat tours and master distiller meet-and-greets, we take you where no one else can.
We have options.
Sometimes you want to just click BOOK NOW and have us take care of the whole day – and we can do that. Our public bourbon tours hit distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Each is a one-day adventure to three different Kentucky distilleries. It includes comfortable transportation, an awesome tour guide to lead your way, lunch at a locally-owned Kentucky restaurant, two distillery tours with tastings, and one additional distillery tasting.
Sometimes you want to go your own way – and that’s our specialty. You tell us the size of your group and a few ‘bucket list’ places you want to go and we customize your entire trip. You’ll have private transportation from our fleet of luxury vehicles, an optimized itinerary hand-tailored by our experience coordinators, and a trained driver/guide to lead your way. Want to add in a special dinner? Hands-on cocktail class? Guided bourbon tasting?
Reviews from Guests
Incredible Day on the Tennessee Whiskey Trail Had such an incredible day on the Tennessee whiskey trail! If you're looking for a fun filled day that will also educate and entertain you with history and whiskey, this tour is for you! 10 Stars if I could!Gene
Tailor Made Tour was Outstanding! Our private tour, with Bob H, included 3 small distilleries, as well as lunch at 55 South. Every part of our tour was exceptional. The distilleries were very welcoming, our drive so scenic and our tour guide, incredibly knowledgable. The distilleries we chose were Nelson's Greenbriar, H. Clark Distillery and Leiper's Fork. We enjoyed how our driver engaged in conversation, not just about the stops on the tour, but about the area. We learned so much about the area from him. The bus was clean and comfortable. Our lunch was absolutely OUTSTANDING! I would highly recommend Mint Julep Experiences for your next tour.Lisa
Southern Hospitality Mint Julep put together a custom tour for our group and it was perfect. Our driver/guide, Emily, was amazing. Her enthusiasm and knowledge of Nashville made our tour wonderful.Julia
Wonderful and Memorable Time on our Mint Julep Tour We had a wonderful and memorable time on our Mint Julep tour today. Charlie was a great guide who was very knowledgeable and shared lots of pertinent information about bourbon, thoroughbreds and Kentucky. The tour was well worth the cost and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them!Sandra
Extremely Convenient To Go Through Mint Julep Very educational tour with a good amount of product tasting. Loved how I didn’t have to navigate around any of the stops. Extremely convenient to go through Mint Julep, and to have lunch already secured was an added enhancement! Thank you for the great time and wonderful memories.Lisa
I couldn’t be more please with this company!!! Due to unforeseen circumstances we had to wait last minute (2 weeks) before decided if our vacation had to be canceled or not. We were given the green light and then that’s when Chasta came in. 2 weeks prior to our vacation she was able to not only book us but able to get us into some distilleries that had been fully booked a month prior. She is very good about keeping up to date with communication and make sure every detail is catered to your choices. Our driver, Dan, was really knowledgeable, friendly, easy going, and made sure we got every detail out of our tour. He didn’t make us feel rushed at all. 5 stars all around!!Sarah