Custom VIP 2023 Kentucky Derby Packages
Experience one of America’s most popular and beloved sporting events with our 2023 Kentucky Derby packages. We’ll design a personalized itinerary that perfectly matches your preferences with first-class Louisville hotels, your choice of tickets for the Derby, options for premium viewing and race hospitality, event day transfers and more, complete with attentive service from pre-travel concierges and our on-site host team. You can further customize your itinerary with tickets to additional events, fascinating tours, and a number of other options to complete your ideal Derby experience.
Kentucky Derby weekend offers so much more than just the race itself. From the horses to the unique fashions to the celebrity sightings, it really is an experience like no other. The incomparable Derby crowd includes some of the biggest names in sport and entertainment, as everyone who’s anyone descends upon the Twin Spires for the famed Run for the Roses.
Be part of Derby weekend in 2023 and cross this exciting event off your bucket list. Complete 2023 Kentucky Derby packages available from $4,355 per person (based on double occupancy).
Event at a Glance
|Custom Packages from||$4,355|
|Luxury Packages||Request a Custom Quote|
|Hotels||21C Museum Hotel|
|The Brown Hotel|
|The Galt House Hotel|
|Courtyard by Marriott Louisville Downtown|
|Package Features||On-site Hosts|
|VIP Hospitality Options|
|Pre-Travel Concierge Services|
|Transportation passes for roundtrip Churchill Downs transfers (downtown hotels)|
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2023 Kentucky Derby Package Inclusions:
|Reserved seating at the Kentucky Derby (Saturday)||Four days, three nights first class accommodations in Louisville||Transportation passes for roundtrip Churchill Downs transfers|
|Arrival reception with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails (Thursday, Galt House packages only)||Commemorative gift package||Sunday farewell brunch (Brown Hotel only)|
|Personalized itinerary||Roadtrips onsite host team||Roadtrips custom ticket holder and lanyard|
|Expert pre-trip travel planning & concierge services of the Roadtrips At-Your-Service Team||All taxes and service charges|
Additional options and possibilities:
- Reserved seat for the Kentucky Oaks including roundtrip transfers (Friday)
- Multi-course dinner for two at Swizzle in the Galt House Hotel
- Private sedan roundtrip transfer between hotel and Churchill Downs
- Private sedan airport transfers
- Mint Julep Sunset Social tickets (Thursday)
- Taste of Derby Gala Dinner (Thursday)
- Kentucky Bourbon Trail Tour
- Horse Country Tour
- Best of Kentucky Tour
- Extra nights and/or room upgrades
- Rounds of golf or spa treatments
- Airfare (economy, first class, private jet)
2023 Kentucky Derby Tickets at Churchill Downs
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 (124-128) - Bleacher Seats, Not Covered|
|2nd Floor Grandstand (224-228) - Bleacher Seats, Rows K-Up, Covered|
|Grandstand Mezzanine (222-223) - Bleacher seats, Rows K & up are under cover|
|3rd Floor Grandstand (322-326) - Chair backs, Rows D-Up, Covered|
|1st Floor Clubhouse (114-117) - Chair backs, Rows G-Up, Covered|
|2nd Floor Clubhouse (218-219) - Chair backs, Rows C-Up, Covered|
|3rd Floor Clubhouse (313-315 / 318-321) - Chair backs, Rows D-Up, Covered|
|3rd Floor Clubhouse Finish Line (316-317) - Chair backs, Rows D-Up, Covered|
|Homestretch Club (Trackside Lounge)|
|Homestretch Club (Club Seating)|
|Homestretch Club (Club Dining Row A or B)|
|Millionaires Row (4th Floor)|
|Stakes Room (4th Floor)|
Premium Kentucky Derby Viewing Options
Want to take your Kentucky Derby experience to a whole new level? Then you’ll want to check out our premium viewing options below.
Located on the 4th Floor, the prestigious Millionaires Row offers premium indoor dining room seating (tables of 8) that offers fantastic views of the full track including the finish line. This full service option also includes a gourmet buffet, private wagering stations and CCTV coverage.
With spectacular views of the track, the paddock, and the famous Twin Spires, the Stakes Room offers premium indoor dining room seating in tables of four, six or eight. Its extensive amenity list includes a premium option bar, gourmet buffet, private wagering stations, CCTV coverage and celebrity appearances.
This brand new hospitality experience provides a luxe contemporary atmosphere located in the homestretch of Churchill Downs. The Homestretch Club is an ideal place to retreat to between races, with a variety of upscale seating and dining options, available for groups of 2 to 12 people. All seats in the Homestretch Club offer prime views of the homestretch, as well as the big board and the Winner’s Circle.
Kentucky Derby Schedule
Kentucky Derby weekend is packed with fun activities and social events in addition to the racing. To help you get the most out of your Kentucky Derby experience, we’ve detailed some of the weekend’s highlights below.
Thursday, May 4
Thurby, the official start of Derby weekend takes place at Churchill Downs. Featuring racing, live music, and, of course, bourbon, Thurby is not only a whole lot of fun, it’s a great time to explore Churchill Downs while the crowds are typically smaller than they are on Friday and Saturday. Thurby runs from late morning to early evening.
Thursday evening offers a couple of great social events. The Mint Julep Sunset Social includes a memorable farm-to-table dinner at the picturesque Hermitage Farm, preceded by a tour of the gorgeous property. For something a little more upscale, Taste of Derby allows guests to mingle with horse racing VIPs while enjoying incredible regional dishes prepared by nationally renowned chefs, with live music to cap off the evening.
Friday, May 5
Friday is a big day in Louisville. The day begins with the Kentucky Oaks, the premier horse race for 3-year-old fillies. The gates at Churchill Downs open mid-morning and there are races all day until early evening. The day is a celebration of racing, fundraising for women’s health issues, and fashion. Speaking of which, the event includes a fashion contest if you’re so inclined. The color of the day is pink, so be sure to include as much of it as possible when planning your outfit for the event.
In the evening, join celebrities and other VVIPs at the hottest party of the weekend: The Barnstable Brown Gala. This exclusive black-tie gala is the place to be seen on Derby eve. It’s been dubbed as one of the top 10 parties in the world by Condé Nast and each year it attracts some of the biggest names in film, sport, and music.
Saturday, May 6
Saturday is the day all of this has been leading up to: the Kentucky Derby. Plan to spend a full day at Churchill Downs enjoying the racing and taking in the electric atmosphere. The racing begins mid-morning and keeps going until well into the evening. The main event usually takes place between 6:00 and 7:00 pm, with pre- and post-race ceremonies bookending the race itself.
Kentucky Derby Disclaimer
Roadtrips is in no way associated with the Kentucky Derby, the Kentucky Oaks, or Churchill Downs. The terms Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks are used only for the purpose of properly describing certain events and without the specific permission of event organizers. Roadtrips’ travel packages and services are not affiliated with the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks, or Churchill Downs.
“The whole Derby experience was amazing.”
The hotel suite was wonderful. Great view of the Ohio River, comfortable beds, plenty of room for the two of us. The whole Derby experience was amazing. We loved the tour of the horse farm and the dinner river cruise.
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“I just love the tradition of picking out my hat to go with my Derby outfit! It’s a great way to start the trip: settle into downtown Louisville and start shopping for the perfect, locally-designed hat or fascinator to get into the spirit of the Derby and join in on the pageantry.” – Louisville Travel Guide Expert Lauren Lehotsky
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