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About Kentucky River Tours
COVID-19 UPDATE 3/17/20 In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic we are altering operations. We are still offering river boat tours beginning April 4th, 2020. Tours will be limited to 8 passengers which allows ample social distancing on board. Also, all tours will meet at River View Park in Downtown Frankfort KY, around 700 Wilkinson Blvd., and across the street from the very colorful "Urban Woods" Apartments. Catch the Bourbon Boat! THE ONLY DISTILLERY TOUR IN THE UNITED STATES OFFERED FROM THE WATER! As mentioned in the Wall Street Journal and Forbes Magazine! We operate in Frankfort Kentucky, meeting our guests at Buffalo Trace Distillery. We offer guided historical tours of the Kentucky River, and take a different look at bourbon and how the river helped make it what it is. Tours run approx. 50 minutes and are filled with history, river lore and FUN!
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Bourbon History River Tour

THE ONLY BOURBON TOUR IN THE UNITED STATES OFFERED FROM THE WATER! The perfect addition to any Kentucky Bourbon Trail visit! Just read our reviews!
We operate in Frankfort Kentucky. We offer guided historical tours of the Kentucky River, and take a different look at bourbon and how the river helped make it what it is. Tours run approx. 50 minutes and are filled with history, river lore and FUN!
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The "Bourbon Pompeii TM"

This tour is the perfect way to travel the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. You will participate in a river tour, passing through one of the locks that has transported millions of gallons of bourbon through it in our history. You will also see the distillery from an angle many do not get to see; from the river!
After leaving the river, we will travel back to the distillery, where you will go on the specially designed "EH Taylor Tour", which is a tour in very high demand and very limited. See the "Bourbon Pompeii TM", the oldest part of the distillery, over 175 years old! Finish things off with a private tasting in the EH Taylor house... hardly anyone gets to go in here! Then there is plenty of time left to peruse the well stocked Gift Shop.
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3 hours
from $82.00
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smurn4 wrote a review Feb 16
Wooster, Ohio1 contribution
We booked the trip at the last minute and am so thankful we did! Learned about the area, had a great view and lots of laughs. We are already looking to go again and bringing friends!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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UnpredictableTurtle wrote a review Feb 9
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We were visiting Frankfort KY and wanted to see the area and tour a few distilleries. I found a fantastic tour package through Kentucky River Tours. They normally finish the season the end of October, so I reached out by phone and left a message. I received a prompt reply that since the weather was so nice they agreed to accommodate us! We took the Bourbon Pompeii Tour where they combined two of the best things: Bourbon and Boats! (Probably why it is called the Bourbon Boat!) We started our tour on the water. We learned about the Kentucky River, local history, bourbon history, sampled local Rebecca Ruths rum ball candies, sipped on Kentucky made Ale8 gingerale and made our way to see one of the operating locks on the river that is just behind Buffalo Trace Distillery. After seeing things from the water they took us for the portion of the tour at the Buffalo Trace Distillery. We learned more about the area, bourbon and new distillery history they were uncovering. We finished with a tasting and a trip to the gifty shop for our loot. Captain Allison, Captain Nathan and their daughter were our fantastic hosts who we shared stories with and made new friends. We hope to see them again. We recommend ANY of the tours offered by Captain Allison & Captain Nathan on the Bourbon Boat! Check them out and you'll be supporting a great local small business
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from CKYandKRT, Owner at Kentucky River Tours
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you so much. You all were some of our favorite guests of 2020...the kind we still talk about! You all inspired us and we now live every day with the goal in mind of living like you all. You are great people...keep being YOU. We look forward to sharing stories about your own " Boat Life! "
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TheBuckeye wrote a review Nov 2020
Ocala, Florida654 contributions139 helpful votes
It’s worth going back just to smell their great products. The folks working there are so friendly and they are informative...they know their products. A great on site store where you may purchase not only souvenirs....but their product(s). Blantons if your lucky!
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Response from CKYandKRT, Owner at Kentucky River Tours
Responded Nov 9, 2020
Glad you loved Buffalo Trace...which it seems to be what you are referring. We hope you enjoyed the boat tour as well! We remember you all...Ohio State fans!
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Evelyn wrote a review Oct 2020
Suffolk, Virginia, United States3 contributions
We enjoyed the entire adventure. Nathan was great and shared so much history. His quick wit added to our enjoyment. We highly recommend this cruise.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from CKYandKRT, Owner at Kentucky River Tours
Responded Oct 27, 2020
Thank you so much. We really enjoyed having you on board!
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Emily B wrote a review Sep 2020
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I would recommend this tour to anyone! It was such a fun way to see the city and a great price as well. An hour was the perfect amount of time. They offered us Ale8 and water during the tour. Nathan was an awesome guide, I learned so much about Kentucky! They also had Venmo tips which was great because I had no cash! It was a great trip and I plan on doing it again!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from CKYandKRT, Owner at Kentucky River Tours
Responded Sep 21, 2020
We loved having you girls on board and we are so glad you had a great time. Make sure you come back and join us on another one of our tours when you are in town again!
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