Six-Night, Land-Only (Includes Pre-Tour)
April 26 - May 2, 2021
Overview & Pricing
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. Packages include all aspects of our four-night tour, plus in-depth visits to Keeneland and the Kentucky Horse Park, optional Dawn at the Downs and Kentucky Derby Museum access, and more.
- Six (6) nights deluxe hotel ACCOMMODATIONS at the Lexington Marriott City Center
- Check-in: Monday, April 26
- Check out: Sunday, May 2
- Please note the hotel is located in Lexington, not Louisville.
- BREAKFAST daily from Tuesday to Saturday
- TUESDAY TOURS
- In-depth, behind-the-scenes tour at Keeneland, including a meet-and-greet with a trainer, an observation of morning workouts, and a visit to the training barns
- Kentucky Horse Park tour
- Drive down Old Frankfort Pike
- OPTIONAL WEDNESDAY TOUR
- Dawn at the Downs at Churchill Downs
- Kentucky Derby Museum
- The Wednesday optional tour is available for an additional fee. Please see the “Misc” tab for further information.
- Wednesday evening WELCOME RECEPTION with horse-industry guest speaker, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and drinks
- THURSDAY TOURS
- Ohio River steamboat cruise
- Distillery tour
- Motor-coach transfers
- FRIDAY TOURS
- 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
- Event LANYARD, CREDENTIAL, and TICKET HOLDER
- On-site TRAVEL HOSTS and HOTEL HOSPITALITY DESK
- 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.
*Extra nights. Price per person.
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.
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.
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.
INCLUDED IN PACKAGE
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 $199 per person.
$199 per person
Second Floor Reserved Seating 221–228
Upgrade to Second Floor Reserved Seating (Covered), Sections 221–228. Sections 221–225 are bleacher seating. Sections 226–228 are chair seating.
Please note this is a ticket upgrade, and you will be charged an additional $399 per person.
$399 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 $999 per person.
$999 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 $1,199 per person.
$1,199 per person
Third Floor Clubhouse Reserved Seating 319–321
Upgrade to Third Floor Grandstand Reserved Seating (Covered), Sections 319–321. Sections 319–321 are chair seating, box seats at the finish line. Clubhouse access is also included in Sections 319–321, which includes additional food vendors, betting windows, and restrooms.
Please note this is a ticket upgrade, and you will be charged an additional $1,599 per person.
$1,599 per person
Located in the Horse Capital of the World, Keeneland is an internationally renowned racecourse and the Thoroughbred industry’s leading auction house. Founded in 1936, Keeneland’s mission is to continually invest in the industry and to preserve the tradition of Thoroughbred racing. Our tour will include a history of Keeneland from its beginnings, 1936 to present day. The main attraction, of course, is the training of Thoroughbreds on the track. We will also see the horses training out of the gate. Besides visiting the Keeneland facility, we will go to the training barns. Keeneland is one of only a handful of racetracks where visitors are allowed on the backside.
Kentucky Horse Park
Kentucky Horse Park is the premier event venue for equestrians and those who love and want to learn more about horses and man’s relationship with them. At the Kentucky Horse Park, visitors have diverse opportunities to engage with, learn about, and be enchanted by the beauty, strength, and spirit of the horse.
Old Frankfort Pike
This 16.9-mile scenic byway connecting Lexington and Frankfort, Kentucky has been voted "one of the 10 best scenic drives in the United States." Along the way, you will pass many of the Thoroughbred farms for which Kentucky, and the Bluegrass area in particular, are famous, giving Old Frankfort Pike the nickname, Thoroughbred Alley.
INCLUDED IN PACKAGE
Wednesday Optional Add-On
Watch the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders conduct morning workouts while enjoying a delicious buffet breakfast. Dawn at the Downs is a popular tradition for both Louisvillians and visitors, giving Kentucky Derby fans the opportunity to see the contenders train for the big race, while listening to expert commentary.
Listen in as the horses are announced on the track, evaluated on their workouts, past performances are discussed, and key insight is provided into the Kentucky Derby and Oaks races. This Dawn at the Downs optional tour add-on also includes admission to the Kentucky Derby Museum.
Please note this is an optional package add-on and you will be charged an additional $159 per person.
$159 per person
See Louisville — by really seeing Louisville! Depart in the early 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 your leisure to enjoy downtown Lexington.
INCLUDED IN PACKAGE
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.
INCLUDED IN PACKAGE
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 does the “Child” price mean?
Children’s prices are limited to those 12 years of age or under sharing a room with one or more adults and using existing bedding. For example, if the room is shared with one adult, the single rate applies as the adult’s price plus the child’s price. If the room is shared with two adults, the double rate applies as each adult’s price plus the child’s price.
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.