Kentucky Derby Travel Packages

Join Bucket List Events in Kentucky and enjoy an amazing weekend of parties, people watching, fashion and Derby tickets for thrilling horse races.  Our Kentucky Derby travel packages include it all.

We offer Kentucky Derby travel packages that include convenient hotel accommodations, tours of bourbon distilleries, race day transportation, a variety of options for Derby tickets, and more.  For those looking to enhance their Derby experience in Louisville, consider adding a Turf Club Pass to any 3rd Floor Clubhouse Travel Package.  The Turf Club Pass gives you a VIP track experience you will not regret.  You also may want to consider adding tickets to the the Barnstable Brown Party, one of Derby’s most exclusive star-studded events happening every year on Derby Eve.

Your Kentucky Derby packages and add-ons will treat you to the experience of a lifetime.

LOUISVILLE, KY – MAY 03: (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

What’s Included?

Our Kentucky Derby Travel Packages give you the experience you’ve been dreaming of your entire life.  All packages include the following:

  • Three nights at one of our premium hotels
  • Reserved seats for the Kentucky Derby – Choose your ticket category at check out
  • Derby day transportation
  • Friday tour of bourbon distilleries with tastings and lunch, or Kentucky Oaks
  • Daily breakfast
  • Welcome reception
  • Kentucky Derby gift package
  • Shuttle service to and from the airport (Crowne Plaza only)
  • Optional experience add-ons (parties, Derby day Turf club passes, and more)
  • On-site assistance from Derby experts
  • Book with Confidence Policy included
  • All-Inclusive Pricing – What you see is what you pay

Packages from $1,695 per person
(see pricing below)


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Package Experiences

We offer Kentucky Derby packages that include convenient hotel accommodations, tours of bourbon distilleries, race day transportation and a number of Derby ticket options for you to choose from. You will also have the ability to enjoy exclusive parties and galas and upgrade your Derby ticket to include a VIP race day experience.  Let Bucket List Events treat you to the experience of a lifetime.  Learn more about all of our package experiences below.


The Derby Day Experience
Your Derby experience will be something you’ll be talking about for years to come and a memory you’ll never forget.  Every package includes a Derby Day ticket per person so you can experience the world “most exciting two minutes in sports” up close and personal.  Choose your ticket when you check out.  learn more.

Bourbon Distillery Tour and Tasting
Louisville is located in the heart of Bourbon Country.   It’s only seems appropriate for our guests, while in Kentucky, to experience the various distilleries producing some of the most well known bourbons today.  We have arranged for each of our guests to spend Friday visiting three different distilleries. learn more.

Barnstable Brown Gala 
The Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Eve Gala, is internationally recognized as the “premier” Kentucky Derby gala. The celebrity packed gala benefits the Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Research Center at the University of Kentucky.  Past guests include Boys II Men, Kid Rock, Tom Brady, Jennifer Nettles, Aaron Rodgers and more. This is an optional add-on experience to any package. When checking out, you must purchase this experience separately from your travel package. +$1300 per ticket. learn more.

Turf Club Pass – VIP Track Experience
Enjoy an amazing 3rd floor view of the track overlooking the finish line and experience gourmet food and a premium open bar inside of the Turf Club’s dining room.  This is one of the most sought after experiences and the most requested location at Churchill Downs.  The Turf Club is known to host celebrities every year. This is an optional add-on pass for upgraded 3rd floor club house tickets. When checking out, you must purchase this experience separately from your travel package. +$2500 per pass.  learn more.

Package Pricing and Booking Terms

All standard packages are three nights.  Check-in on Thursday and check-out on Sunday giving you the perfect opportunity to experience the Kentucky Derby and the supporting festivities, as well as, Louisville and the surrounding Bourbon Country.  Additional nights are possible and based on availability.

Packages are quoted per person and based on room occupancy and Derby ticket of choice.  Maximum Occupancy is four people.  For larger families, or other custom room or lodging needs, please contact our team and we will be happy to assist you.  If you need help understanding the difference between Derby ticket seating options, click here.

Standard Dates 
2022 – Check In: Thursday, May 5, 2022 – Check Out: Sunday, May 8, 2022

CROWNE PLAZA Single
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
 Triple
Occupancy
Quad
Occupancy
1st Floor
Grandstand
(121-128)
uncovered seats
$4,055 pp $2,595 pp $2,245 pp $2,065 pp
1st Floor
Clubhouse
(113-120)
uncovered seats
$4,455 pp $2,995 pp $2,645 pp $2,465 pp
3rd Floor
Grandstand
(322-328)
covered seats
$5,255 pp $3,795 pp $3,445 pp $3,265 pp
3rd Floor
Clubhouse
(312-314)
covered seats
$5,455 pp $3,995 pp $3,645 pp $3,465 pp
3rd Floor
Clubhouse
(315-321)
covered seats
$6,155 pp $4,695 pp $4,345 pp $4,165 pp

About the Crowne Plaza – Discover the meaning of modern southern hospitality and exceptional value at Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Expo Center. You will enjoy spacious, modern rooms and attentive service. Located across the street from the Louisville International Airport and only minutes from Churchill Downs and downtown Louisville, this hotel makes an ideal location for offering quick convenience and accessibility from almost anywhere in the city.  For breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you will enjoy the on-site All-American style restaurant, Blue Horse. Bourbon enthusiasts will also appreciate the on-site Blue Horse bar, which is part of the Official Urban Bourbon Trail. (learn more.)

THE ORIGIN HOTEL Single
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
 Triple
Occupancy
Quad
Occupancy
1st Floor
Grandstand
(121-128)
uncovered seats
$2,625 pp $1,875 pp $1,775 pp $1,695 pp
1st Floor
Clubhouse
(113-120)
uncovered seats
$3,025 pp $2,275 pp $2,175 pp $2,095 pp
3rd Floor
Grandstand
(322-328)
covered seats
$3,825pp $3,075 pp $2,975 pp $2,895 pp
3rd Floor
Clubhouse
(312-314)
covered seats
$4,025 pp $3,275 pp $3,175 pp $3,095 pp
3rd Floor
Clubhouse
(315-321)
covered seats
$4,725 pp $3,975 pp $3,875 pp $3,795 pp

About the Origin Hotel – Combining modern hotel amenities and features with refined Southern hospitality, Origin Lexington introduces time-honored Kentucky traditions to our guests.  Designed for explorers, by explorers, the Origin Collection brings hotels as unique in personality as they are in place to cities across the country. Serving as a portal into each local scene, Origin allows guests to venture out, connect with one another, and truly experience the local community.  The Origin is located 80 miles from Churchill Downs and guests will travel in luxury round-trip transportation departing from The Origin Hotel in Lexington to Churchill Downs in Louisville. (learn more.)


Want to extend your stay?  No problem!   Make plans to arrive early or stay an extra day.

Additional Nights are available:  $250 per night (Crowne Plaza Hotel); $250 per night (Origin Hotel); Select “I want to book additional nights” when checking out online and our team will contact you to extend your stay in Kentucky once your package is confirmed.


Booking Options & Terms

Booking your Kentucky Derby experience has never been easier.  You have two options when you’re ready to book.

Book Online:  Check out fast and easy online — You can check out using the form on this page.  First, select your desired hotel.  You’ll then choose your occupancy.  Pricing is determined by a few things including how many people are staying in your room.  You can request if you want one or two beds in your room and we will confirm upon booking.   Every package is booked as a three night package, but you can request to add additional nights.  If you choose this option, our team will contact you upon your booking to add those additional nights.  You’ll then choose which Derby tickets you want included in your package.  Finally you’ll decide if you want to pay for your package in full or be enrolled in our interest free payment plan (See below to learn more about our payment plans).  If you wish to add multiple rooms with the same occupancy, you can update the quantity before selecting book now.  Select book now once everything looks good and complete the check out process or continue shopping for add-ons.  You’ll receive a confirmation email once your package has been confirmed and your payment has been processed.

Payment Plan:  If you would like to pay for your Kentucky Derby experience over time, we offer an interest free monthly payment plan option.  A $250 per person deposit is due at the time of booking and your remaining balance is split into equal monthly payments with the final balance due 90 days prior to the event date.  Please select “Enroll me in the payment plan” when booking your trip.  A member of our team will contact you to set up your monthly payment plan once your deposit has been processed and your package has been confirmed.

Book with Confidence Policy included with every package:  If the Kentucky Derby is cancelled or postponed, the value of your package is protected and will be automatically applied to the new dates or to the following year, based on your preference.  You will also have the opportunity to use these funds as a credit towards any other event that Bucket List Events offers between now and the end of 2024.  Don’t wait, our space fills up quickly.  Book today with confidence.

Cancellations:  Bucket List Events understands that flexibility is the key to planning your travel experiences.  Whether life gets in the way and your plans need to change, or if you simply need a flexible payment plan to help you budget your expenses, we keep things flexible with the following cancellation and booking terms.

Cancellation By Customer
Penalty
Within 48 hours of Booking Full refund, No questions asked for bookings made prior to 90 days out. (For bookings made within 90 days, this doesn’t apply). 
91+ days prior to event date(s) 75% Refund of Monies Paid
0-90 days prior to event date(s) No Refunds will be given for any reason.  No Cancellations Allowed. All sales are final.

The terms Churchill Downs ®, Kentucky Derby ® and Run for the Roses ™ are trademarks of Churchill Downs Incorporated. The use of these terms herein is for factual description purposes only. Bucket List Events is in no way associated with or authorized by Churchill Downs Incorporated. Churchill Downs Incorporated has neither licensed nor endorsed Bucket List Events to sell goods and services in conjunction with the Kentucky Derby!


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