Custom Trip Highlights
- Your choice of seating at Churchill Downs from the first floor to Millionaires Row
- First class accommodations in downtown Louisville
- Reserved seating for the Pegasus Parade
- Responsive and attentive service from booking through to package completion
- Roadtrips on-site hosts throughout your stay
- Full service packages from $2,865 per person (based on double occupancy)
Experience the Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports!
So much more than just a horse race, the Kentucky Derby is the original springtime sports party of extravagance, tradition, and celebrity! Each year, Churchill Downs draws in an impressive crowd that includes some of the biggest names in Hollywood and the music and sports world, as everyone who’s anyone descends upon the Twin Spires for the Run for the Roses.
The 2016 Kentucky Derby did not disappoint. One of the largest crowds in race history looked on as Secretariat descendent and race favorite Nyquist claimed the first leg of the triple crown, remaining undefeated.
It’s an event unlike any other. Whether you’re there for the horses, the star sightings, the intricacies of fashion, or the refreshing mint juleps, Derby weekend is one of the most exciting parties of the year. Join us and cross this elite event off your bucket list. Complete 2017 Kentucky Derby packages available from $2,865 per person (based on double occupancy).
2017 Kentucky Derby Tickets in Your Choice of Preferred Seating Area
Enjoy access to your preferred seating area for the Kentucky Oaks on Friday and/or the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. From Grandstand seats to Millionaires Row, you can choose how you’d like to experience the Oaks or the Derby. At Churchill Downs, the higher the seat, the better the view of the race, and it doesn’t get any better than Millionaires Row. As the name suggest, these seats give a million dollar view of the entire track so you don’t miss one second of the most exciting two minutes in sports.
First Class 2017 Kentucky Derby Hotel Options to Choose From
Roadtrips offers first class accommodations in a range of hotels to suit all tastes and budgets. Each property is centrally located in downtown Louisville, ideal for experiencing this wonderful southern city and of course, the Kentucky Derby excitement. For a luxurious experience, we suggest the contemporary boutique 21C Museum Hotel, or Browns Hotel, one of Louisville’s most treasured landmark luxury hotels. For an authentic Kentucky Derby experience, you may want to consider staying at the official hotel of the Kentucky Derby, the Galt House. If comfortable, contemporary accommodations are what you are after, you can also consider the Hyatt Louisville Downtown or the Fairfield Inn Louisville Downtown, both offering southern charm and all the amenities you need for an enjoyable stay in Louisville.
The Ultimate Kentucky Derby Experience
The Kentucky Derby is so much more than a horse race; it is the original springtime sports party of extravagance, tradition, and celebrity! Every year in attendance are some of the biggest names in Hollywood as well as the music and sports world, as everyone who’s anyone descends upon Churchill Downs and the historic Twin Spires for the Run for the Roses. You need not be a horseracing fan to enjoy the most exciting two minutes in sports, and whether you are attending for the races, the star sightings, the fashion or the famous mint juleps, the Derby is unlike any other sporting event in the world!
Below you will find a suggested sample itinerary, please remember that we will completely customize your itinerary based on your tastes, desires and budget.
Day 1 – Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Upon arrival at Louisville Airport, you will be met by your personal chauffeur who will take you to The Brown Hotel, your home for the next four nights. Since being restored to its classic, English Renaissance opulence, The Brown Hotel has been one of Louisville’s most treasured landmark luxury hotels. With its genteel Southern charm and ornate finery, the hotel offers the comforts of home in an environment of sophistication and grace, and a fantastic location for your Kentucky Derby experience.
After you have checked-in and freshened up from your travels, you will be met by your Roadtrips Onsite Host for a welcome drink to review your personalized itinerary and the opportunity to ask your host any questions or make any requests.
This evening you have a reservation for dinner at The Oakroom. Conveniently located just two blocks from your hotel, The Oakroom features a culinary team that sources the finest local and international ingredients to create a collection of seasonal menus that reflect their distinct interpretation of classic American cuisine.
Day 2 – Thursday, May 4, 2017
Enjoy breakfast at your leisure in The Brown Hotel’s J. Grahams Café before meeting your guide for a private tour of spectacular Kentucky Horse Country. Kentucky is home to hundreds of working thoroughbred horse farms covering miles of the stunningly beautiful Kentucky countryside. You will have the opportunity to get up close to the amazing horses, speak to the grooms that care for some of the world’s most valuable horses, and get insight into what goes into developing a Triple Crown hopeful.
This evening you have reserved chair seating at the Kentucky Derby’s Pegasus Parade. Your seats are located just a few steps from your hotel, and will give you a fantastic view of the oldest Kentucky Derby festival event. The parade features colorful floats, marching bands, celebrities, and of course horses, and is a fantastic kick-off to your Derby festivities.
Day 3 – Friday, May 5, 2017
After breakfast, your chauffeur will meet you in the hotel lobby and transport you to the historic Churchill Downs for today’s Kentucky Oaks. The Kentucky Oaks features some of the world’s best three-year-old fillies, and has been run since its founding with the Derby by Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr., the grandson of William Clark of the Lewis and Clark expedition, in 1875. Along with the competition on the track, today, ladies of all ages are invited to enter a competition of another kind, the Kentucky Oaks Fashion Contest. Participants walk the “Pink Carpet”, showcasing their finest attire, but if you’re hoping to snag the win, be sure to wear the Kentucky Oaks official color, pink, in recognition of the Oaks’ official flower, the stargazer lily.
Once you arrive at the track, make your way to Millionaires Row and your premium seating. You will be able to enjoy the day’s races from a luxurious, climate-controlled environment with expansive views of the track so you don’t miss one second of races. Once you are ready to depart Churchill Downs, your chauffeur will be ready and waiting to return you to your hotel to get ready for this evening’s exclusive Barnstable Brown Party.
Louisville’s quintessential Derby Eve party, the Barnstable Brown Party has been held on the eve of the “Run for the Roses” for over two decades. Each year, this black-tie gala is attended by some of the world’s brightest film, television, music, fashion, and sports stars, and you will be there to see it all. Your chauffeur will take you to the Barnstable’s famous mansion for this evening’s party, and once you’ve had your fill of this evening’s festivities, will return you to your hotel.
Day 4 – Saturday, May 6, 2017
Today is the day to don those fabulous hats and seersucker suits in preparation for this year’s Kentucky Derby. The Kentucky Derby pits some of the world’s best thoroughbreds against each other in the race for the first jewel in the Triple Crown series. When you’re ready, your chauffeur will meet you in the lobby of the hotel for transportation to Churchill Downs. Once you arrive at the track, make your way again to your premium seats in Millionaires Row. Enjoy evaluating the field for your favorite to win the Kentucky Derby race and be sure to try a mint julep, the quintessential Derby beverage. Once you are ready to depart Churchill Downs, your chauffeur will be ready and waiting to return you to your hotel.
Day 5 – Sunday, May 7, 2017
Enjoy your breakfast in the beautiful surroundings of The Brown Hotel once more before preparing to return home. When you’re ready, your chauffeur will be ready and waiting to transfer you to the airport and your journey home.
Custom 3-night packages available from $2,865 per person. The 4-night Ultimate Kentucky Derby Experience as described is $21,203 per person. However, our specialty is custom packages tailored to fit you perfectly. To customize the Kentucky Derby experience of a lifetime, please contact one of our sports travel specialists at 1-800-465-1765 (weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CST) or submit a custom trip request.
*Rates are per person in USD. A 25% deposit will hold your spot. The balance will not be due until two months prior to departure. Rates include all local and state taxes. Availability and pricing subject to change.
Your Personally Customized Kentucky Derby Experience
Here at Roadtrips, we believe that no one knows what your ideal sports travel experience looks like better than you. For that reason, we offer customized travel and a consultative approach to help you create your perfect trip, one that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. We invite you to call one of your sports travel specialists at 1-800-465-1765 (weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CST) to discuss what your custom trip will look like. Or, fill out the information we need to build your custom trip request and one of our sports travel specialists will contact you.
2017 Kentucky Derby Standard Travel Packages Include:
- Reserved seating to the Kentucky Derby (Saturday)
- Four days, three nights first class accommodations in Louisville
- Transportation passes for roundtrip Churchill Downs transfers (downtown hotels)
- Arrival reception with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails (Thursday, Galt House packages only)
- Reserved chair seating for the Pegasus Parade
- Commemorative gift package
- Roadtrips custom ticket holder and lanyard
- Roadtrips onsite host team and hospitality desk
- All taxes and service charges
- Expert travel and concierge services of the Roadtrips At-Your-Service Desk™
Optional Add-Ons and Possibilities:
- Reserved seat for the Kentucky Oaks; including roundtrip transfers (Friday)
- Private sedan roundtrip event transfers with parking pass
- Multi-course dinner for two at Rivue (Galt House Hotel)
- Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour
- Horse Country tour
- Belle of Louisville – sightseeing river cruise (option: with buffet dinner)
- Extra nights
- Suites and room upgrades
- Rounds of golf or spa treatments
- Private transfers (sedan, limousine, luxury motor coach)
- Airfare (economy, first class, private jet)
Complete 2017 Kentucky Derby packages available from $2,865 per person (based on double occupancy).
Your Accommodations at the 2017 Kentucky Derby
Our experienced Product Development Team meticulously researches first class hotels so you don’t have to! Our distinctive accommodations are chosen for their excellent service, great value, amazing amenities, and convenient location.
- 2015 Travel + Leisure 500, World’s Best Hotels
- TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
- Named to Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List in 2014
- Located downtown on Museum Row
- Spa and fitness center; award-winning dining
- Many rooms feature original exposed brick walls
- 2015 Travel + Leisure 500, World’s Best Hotels
- 2015 Condé Nast Traveler Top 30 Hotels in the South
- TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
- Primely located in the theater district of downtown Louisville; five miles from the airport
- AAA Four Diamond Luxury Hotel; the onsite English Grill has been voted “Louisville’s Best Restaurant”
- 24-hour fitness center; complimentary transportation to downtown and airport; and three fine options for dining
- Five-inch pillow top Dreamland feather bed
- TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
- Located in the heart of Louisville; seven miles from airport
- Awarded 2012 Visionary Award
- Award-winning restaurant and lounge options
- Roof-top fitness center, outdoor pool, revolving restaurant
- Located just 2 miles from Churchill Downs
- Complimentary shuttle to the airport
- Indoor pool and fitness center
- Blue Horse restaurant onsite
Your package includes preferred seating to the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. Tickets to the Kentucky Oaks, which occurs on Friday, are optional. An important part of the Derby experience to consider is where you’ll be sitting. With Grandstand seating you’ll be provided with a view of the action as the horses round the final turn, speed past your position and cross the finish line. Clubhouse seating brings you closer to the action and allows you to enjoy a slightly more prestigious atmosphere, and up above, from Millionaires Row, you’ll be rubbing elbows with the who’s who and enjoying the race from a luxurious, climate-controlled environment. Higher seats are generally regarded as superior as they provide a better perspective of the race and allow you to see the action on the back stretch of the race course. The higher the seats the better!
|Your tickets will be located in your choice of the following seating categories|
|1st Floor Grandstand||Sections 126-128
|Grandstand Mezzanine||Sections 221-223|
|3rd Floor Grandstand||Sections 322-325|
|1st Floor Clubhouse||Sections 115-119|
|Clubhouse Mezzanine||Sections 218-220|
|3rd Floor Clubhouse||Sections 313-315
|3rd Floor Clubhouse Finish Line||Sections 316-317|
|Millionaires Row||4th Floor or 6th Floor|
Louisville Area Map
2017 Kentucky Derby Standard Travel Package Rates
|Hotel Package||Room Category||Packages From|
|Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Expo Ctr||Standard Room||$2,865|
|Galt House||Deluxe Room||$3,675|
|Galt House||Executive Suite||$4,235|
|The Brown Hotel||Deluxe Room||$5,465|
|The Brown Hotel||Luxury Room||$5,825|
|The Brown Hotel||Club Deluxe Room||$6,365|
|21c Museum Hotel||Deluxe Room||Call for rates|
|Contact our sports travel specialists for your custom trip quote.|
|*Rates are per person in USD. A 50% deposit will hold your spot. The balance will not be due until two months prior to departure. Rates include all local and state taxes. Availability and pricing subject to change.|
|Child occupancy rates||Deduct 20% for up to two children under 17 years of age (when accompanied by two full fare adults)|
|Triple occupancy||Deduct 5% for all three room occupants|