Kentucky Derby


Four-Night, Land-Only

April 28 - May 2, 2021

Overview & Pricing

Hotel: Lexington Marriott City Center

Activity Level

Days: 5

Travel Host:
WAA Fan Travel
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Package Overview

Join fellow Badgers in witnessing “the most exciting two minutes in sports” and then some! In the run-up to the race, you’ll head out on the Bourbon Trail, go trackside at Churchill Downs, explore the Kentucky Derby Museum, and more.



  • Four (4) nights deluxe hotel ACCOMMODATIONS at the Lexington Marriott City Center
    • Check-in: Wednesday, April 28
    • Check out: Sunday, May 2
    • Please note the hotel is located in Lexington, not Louisville.
  • Wednesday evening WELCOME RECEPTION with horse-industry guest speaker, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and drinks
  • BREAKFAST daily from Thursday to Saturday
    • Ohio River steamboat cruise
    • Distillery tour
    • Lunch
    • Motor-coach transfers
    • Keeneland racetrack
    • Select horse farms
    • Lunch at Fasig-Tipton
    • Motor-coach transfers
  • Round-trip motor-coach TRANSFERS to Churchill Downs on derby day
  • SECOND FLOOR reserved seating in Sections 221–228 (uncovered) on the front stretch at Churchill Downs (optional ticket upgrades are available)
  • Official Kentucky Derby SOUVENIRS
  • TAXES and GRATUITIES on all included items


PLEASE NOTE: Air transportation to/from Lexington is not included. The hotel is located in Lexington, not Louisville.


*Pricing per person, based on occupancy.

Single Double Triple Quad
$4,399 $3,499 $3,254 $3,154


*Extra nights. Price per person.

Date Single Double Triple Quad
4/27/21 $359 $180 $120 $90
5/2/21 $359 $180 $120 $90


Occupancy Rules:
Max Occupancy: 4
Max Adults: 4
Max Children: 3


Lexington Marriott City Center

121 W. Vine Street, Lexington, KY 40507


The new Lexington Marriott City Center, which opened in November 2019, is in the heart of downtown Lexington, Kentucky. With a touch of local flare, it reflects the lifestyle of travelers who seamlessly blend work and play in the mobile and global world of today. Located just minutes away from the University of Kentucky, UK Good Samaritan Hospital, Baptist Health, CHI Saint Joseph East Hospital, and Keeneland racetrack, the hotel is only two blocks away from Rupp Arena and Lexington Convention Center, as well. The sophisticated, confident, and authentic atmosphere will provide you the elegant and modern conveniences you’ve come to know with Marriott Hotels. The chef’s kitchen-style dining experience, open-plan lobby, rooftop bar and lounge, outdoor roof top pool, and firepits provide a remarkable experience all their own. The City Center destination boasts several restaurants, retail, and entertainment locations within walking distance to enjoy effortlessly during your stay.

Hotel Information

Standard Guestroom

Max Occupancy: 4 / Max Adults: 4 and Max Children: 3

Luxuriously appointed rooms are equipped with amenities that ensure a comfortable and productive stay, and include high-speed internet access and a spacious work desk for the business traveler. Connect My Device allows you to plug in and continue your technology experiences just like home. Spacious rooms allow for comfort during your stay, with mobile desk features so you can work the way you want to work.


Churchill Downs

Louisville, KY

Second Floor Reserved Seating 221–228

Second Floor Reserved Seating (Uncovered) located on the front stretch at Churchill Downs.

Please note: Sections 221–225 are bleacher seating. Sections 226–228 are tip-up chair seating. Please submit a request if you have a preference.


First Floor Reserved Box Seating 112–114

Upgrade to First Floor Reserved Box Seating (Uncovered), Sections 112–114. Sections 112–114 are chair seating.

Please note this is a ticket upgrade, and you will be charged an additional $650 per person.

$650 per person

Third Floor Grandstand Reserved Seating 322–325

Upgrade to Third Floor Grandstand Reserved Seating (Covered), Sections 322–325. Sections 322–325 are chair seating.

Please note this is a ticket upgrade, and you will be charged an additional $1,700 per person.

$1,700 per person

Third Floor Clubhouse Reserved Seating 312–314

Upgrade to Third Floor Grandstand Reserved Seating (Covered), Sections 312–314. Sections 312–314 are chair seating, box seats. Clubhouse access is also included in Sections 312–314, which includes additional food vendors, betting windows, and restrooms.

Please note this is a ticket upgrade, and you will be charged an additional $1,700 per person.

$1,700 per person


Thursday Tours

See Louisville — by really seeing Louisville! Depart early in the morning from Lexington to board a piece of living American history — a steamboat cruise along the mighty Ohio River, which has shaped life along its shores from the Shawnee to the early European settlers. Enjoy a full breakfast buffet as you relax and learn about these bygone days through narrated commentary. Then head to an area distillery for a tour and an inside look at the famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Lunch is provided between the tours. Evening is at our leisure to enjoy downtown Lexington.


Friday Tours

Depart to Keeneland in the morning for the opportunity to see morning workouts trackside. After touring Keeneland, head to a selection of horse farms for tours. Lunch is provided between the tours at North America’s oldest Thoroughbred auction company, Fasig-Tipton. Return to the hotel in the early afternoon. Evening is at your leisure to enjoy downtown Lexington.




What is a “Land-Only” package?

A Land-Only package includes all the items listed as “tour package features” EXCEPT for air transportation, airport/hotel transfers, and baggage handling. A Land-Only package would be appropriate should the tour participant not be able to conveniently depart/return from the same city listed in the Air package or wish to travel on their own. Please note flights and/or motor coach transportation to the destination city is not included in this type of package.

What’s included in my price?

Your final price includes room and all hotel taxes. It does not include items such as charges for meals, parking, rollaway beds, phone calls, valet and room service, or any other items of a personal nature.

What does “Single,” “Double,” “Triple,” and “Quad” mean?

Single, Double, Triple, and Quad refer to how many adults (13 and over) are sharing each room (total room occupancy). For example, if two adults wish to stay in the same room, the price would be the Double price, and this would be per person.

Do I need travel insurance?

Due to the investment of your travel package, we strongly recommend the purchase of appropriate insurance coverage. Medical insurance policies may not protect your travels away from home and often have out-of-network deductibles. Likewise, coverage through credit cards and travel suppliers can have shortfalls and not fully protect you. For additional information, please click on the Insurance link on the bottom right of this website.

What type of payments do you accept?

We accept all major credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. Debit cards featuring the Visa or MasterCard logo are also accepted; however, please be advised these types of cards typically have a maximum amount that you may charge daily. Please check with your financial institution. If you are making a phone reservation, we also will accept personal checks.

When will I receive my tour documents?

Tour documents are typically emailed two to three weeks prior to departure for regular season football weekends and specialty programs while bowl game participants will receive theirs five to seven days out.  Itineraries for special events, such as the Final Four, will be sent via email just prior to leaving. If you are not the main reservation contact and would like to receive the emailed tour documents, please add your email to the reservation or contact your booking agent.

If I’m not traveling, can I make a reservation for someone else?

When completing the reservation, use the name of the person for whom you are making the reservation. When entering credit card information, you may use your credit card and billing address for payment.