Kentucky Derby

02 May 2020

Overview


Labelled the ‘most exciting two minutes in sport’, The Kentucky Derby is one of the world’s most famous horse races and is the first leg of the legendary American Triple Crown. Every year, on the first Saturday in May, over 150,000 people gather under the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs to experience what Forbes describe as one of the “Greatest Bucket-list Sporting Events” in America.

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Saturday 2nd May 2020

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Holiday Inn Louisville East Package

Thu 30 Apr 2020 - Mon 04 May 2020

  • Choose between: 2nd Floor Grandstand Seats / 3rd Floor Grandstand Seats (3rd Floor Clubhouse Seats) / 1st Floor Clubhouse Seats / 3rd Floor Clubhouse Seats
  • Holiday Inn Express Louisville East

    Three nights accommodation located just outside of Louisville

  • Package Includes:
    - Return flights
    - Airport transfers
    - Undercover Grandstand seats to both the Kentucky Oaks & Kentucky Derby
    - Hospitality on both days

£3,295.00
per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Package information


This Kentucky Derby Package incorporates 3 nights accommodation at a hotel just outside of Louisville that offers easy access to both the airport and Churchill Downs. It includes flights, transfers and a tickets to both Friday and Saturday's racing with a choice of seats and hospitality on both days.

All of our packages include undercover seating which is paramount at an event that often encounters rain!

Package Includes


  • Return flights from the UK to Louisville (indirect)
  • Airport transfers
  • Three nights accommodation at the Holiday Inn Express Louisville East
  • Breakfast each morning
  • 2nd Floor Undercover Grandstand Seats (Sections 226-228)
  • Affirmed Lounge Hospitality
  • Optional Seat & Hospitality upgrades

Ticket & Hospitality Options


2nd Floor Undercover Grandstand Seats with Affirmed Lounge Hospitality

2nd Floor Undercover Grandstand: Tip-up Seats with backs (Sections 226-228)
Exclusive premium hospitality venue located in the Kentucky Derby Museum

  • Celebrity Jockey Meet & Greet (autograph signings & photo ops)
  • LIVE Entertainment
  • Premium Open Bar
  • Gourmet Food Buffets
  • Live Wagering Tellers
  • Closed-Circuit TV Coverage
  • Private Restrooms
  • Indoor, Climate-Controlled

included in package


3rd Floor Undercover Grandstand Seats with Affirmed Lounge Hospitality

3rd Floor Undercover Grandstand: Tiered Box Seating with folding chair (Sections 323-325)
Exclusive premium hospitality venue located in the Kentucky Derby Museum

  • Celebrity Jockey Meet & Greet (autograph signings & photo ops)
  • LIVE Entertainment
  • Premium Open Bar
  • Gourmet Food Buffets
  • Live Wagering Tellers
  • Closed-Circuit TV Coverage
  • Private Restrooms
  • Indoor, Climate-Controlled

£795.00 supplement per person


1st Floor Undercover Clubhouse Seats with Aristides Lounge Hospitality

1st Floor Undercover Clubhouse: Tiered Box Seating with folding chair (Section 117)
Exclusive premium hospitality venue located in the clubhouse area, 2nd floor

  • Celebrity Jockey Meet & Greet (autograph signings & photo ops)
  • Premium Open Bar
  • Gourmet Food Buffets
  • Self-Service Wagering Stations
  • Closed-Circuit TV Coverage
  • LIVE Entertainment
  • Indoor, Climate-Controlled

£1,195.00 supplement per person


3rd Floor Undercover Clubhouse Seats with Aristides Lounge Hospitality

3rd Floor Undercover Clubhouse: Box Seating with folding chair (Sections 320-321)
Exclusive premium hospitality venue located in the clubhouse area, 2nd floor

  • Celebrity Jockey Meet & Greet (autograph signings & photo ops)
  • Premium Open Bar
  • Gourmet Food Buffets
  • Self-Service Wagering Stations
  • Closed-Circuit TV Coverage
  • LIVE Entertainment
  • Indoor, Climate-Controlled

£1,750.00 supplement per person

Hotel information


The recently renovated Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Louisville is a popular choice among travellers to the Kentucky Derby. The hotel’s location near both Louisville International Airport and Churchill Downs means it puts guests in the ideal location for the short weekend.

It is also just a short taxi away from the area’s most popular destinations some of which include the Louisville Slugger Museum, Louisville Zoo and the many downtown art centres and museums. It is also just a few minutes from two great malls, the Mall St. Mathews and Oxmoor Centre, which boasts nearly 100 stores and services.

Amenities like an indoor pool and spa, a fitness centre and the free, hot breakfast bar make the hotel a great value location for a trip to Kentucky.

Additional Options


Single Occupancy
This package is available based on single occupancy, please enquire for pricing.

Additional Nights
Extend your stay for more than three nights, prices available upon request.

Flights


Flights can be arranged from any UK airport with connecting flights to Louisville Airport. Packages are based on daytime flights departing Thursday morning, arriving Thursday afternoon and returning Sunday afternoon, arriving back into the UK on Monday morning.

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AC by Marriott Downtown Package

Thu 30 Apr 2020 - Mon 04 May 2020

  • Choose between: 2nd Floor Grandstand Seats / Starting Gate Rooftop Garden / 3rd Floor Grandstand Seats / 1st Floor Clubhouse Seats / 3rd Floor Clubhouse Seats / Trophy Room
  • AC Hotel by Marriott Louisville Downtown

    Three nights accommodation in downtown Louisville

  • Package Includes:
    - Return flights
    - Airport transfers
    - Undercover Grandstand seats to both the Kentucky Oaks & Kentucky Derby
    - Hospitality on both days

£4,195.00
per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Package information


This Kentucky Derby Package incorporates 3 nights accommodation at a hotel in downtown Louisville that offers easy access to Churchill Downs as well as a number of the cities main attractions. It includes flights, transfers and a tickets to both Friday and Saturday's racing with a choice of seats and hospitality on both days.

All of our packages include undercover seating which is paramount at an event that often encounters rain!

Package Includes


  • Return flights from the UK to Louisville (indirect)
  • Airport transfers
  • Three nights accommodation at the AC Hotel by Marriott Louisville Downtown
  • Breakfast each morning
  • 2nd Floor Undercover Grandstand Seats (Sections 226-228)
  • Affirmed Lounge Hospitality
  • Optional Seat & Hospitality upgrades

Ticket & Hospitality Options


2nd Floor Undercover Grandstand Seats with Affirmed Lounge Hospitality

2nd Floor Undercover Grandstand: Tip-up Seats with backs (Sections 226-228)
Exclusive premium hospitality venue located in the Kentucky Derby Museum

  • Celebrity Jockey Meet & Greet (autograph signings & photo ops)
  • LIVE Entertainment
  • Premium Open Bar
  • Gourmet Food Buffets
  • Live Wagering Tellers
  • Closed-Circuit TV Coverage
  • Private Restrooms
  • Indoor, Climate-Controlled

included in package


Starting Gate Rooftop Garden

Starting Gate Rooftop Garden: 7th Floor: Outdoor Covered Reserved Table Seating
Exclusive premium in-track hospitality venue located in the Starting Gate Rooftop Garden

  • Premium Open Bar
  • Gourmet Food Buffets
  • Assigned 8-Top Table Seating
  • Self Service Wagering Stations
  • Closed-Circuit TV Coverage

£445.00 supplement per person


3rd Floor Undercover Grandstand Seats with Affirmed Lounge Hospitality

3rd Floor Undercover Grandstand: Tiered Box Seating with folding chair (Sections 323-325)
Exclusive premium hospitality venue located in the Kentucky Derby Museum

  • Celebrity Jockey Meet & Greet (autograph signings & photo ops)
  • LIVE Entertainment
  • Premium Open Bar
  • Gourmet Food Buffets
  • Live Wagering Tellers
  • Closed-Circuit TV Coverage
  • Private Restrooms
  • Indoor, Climate-Controlled

£795.00 supplement per person


1st Floor Undercover Clubhouse Seats with Aristides Lounge Hospitality

1st Floor Undercover Clubhouse: Tiered Box Seating with folding chair (Section 117)
Exclusive premium hospitality venue located in the clubhouse area, 2nd floor

  • Celebrity Jockey Meet & Greet (autograph signings & photo ops)
  • Premium Open Bar
  • Gourmet Food Buffets
  • Self-Service Wagering Stations
  • Closed-Circuit TV Coverage
  • LIVE Entertainment
  • Indoor, Climate-Controlled

£1,195.00 supplement per person


3rd Floor Undercover Clubhouse Seats with Aristides Lounge Hospitality

3rd Floor Undercover Clubhouse: Box Seating with folding chair (Sections 320-321)
Exclusive premium hospitality venue located in the clubhouse area, 2nd floor

  • Celebrity Jockey Meet & Greet (autograph signings & photo ops)
  • Premium Open Bar
  • Gourmet Food Buffets
  • Self-Service Wagering Stations
  • Closed-Circuit TV Coverage
  • LIVE Entertainment
  • Indoor, Climate-Controlled

£1,750.00 supplement per person


Trophy Room

Trophy Room: 5th Floor: Indoor Table Seating
Exclusive full-service in-suite hospitality venue located in the Trophy Room

  • Access to Viewing Platforms
  • Premium Open Bar
  • Gourmet Food Buffets
  • Private Wagering Stations
  • Closed-Circuit TV Coverage

£1,895.00 supplement per person

Hotel information


The AC Hotel reflects the soul of the city while offering trendy accommodation. This Louisville hotel is located in NuLu, the East Market District of Downtown, known for its unique art galleries, speciality stores, antique shops, and a growing restaurant scene. Conveniently located to major attractions including Churchill Downs, KFC Yum! Center and the University of Louisville. For the Bourbon fans, it is near the Urban Bourbon Trail including Jim Beam, Old Forester and steps from Rabbit Hole Distillery.

Rooms are spacious and well-appointed with European styling and premium bedding. A refined design with an emphasis on technology brings flat-screen Smart HDTVs to each room and free WiFi throughout. It also offers a Spanish twist with breakfast and serve up tapas, handcrafted cocktails and expert local knowledge at the AC Lounge.

Additional Options


Single Occupancy
This package is available based on single occupancy, please enquire for pricing.

Additional Nights
Extend your stay for more than three nights, prices available upon request.

Flights


Flights can be arranged from any UK airport with connecting flights to Louisville Airport. Packages are based on daytime flights departing Thursday morning, arriving Thursday afternoon and returning Sunday afternoon, arriving back into the UK on Monday morning.

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Omni Louisville Downtown Package

Thu 30 Apr 2020 - Mon 04 May 2020

  • Choose between: Starting Gate Rooftop Garden / Trophy Room
  • Omni Louisville Downtown

    Three nights accommodation in downtown Louisville

  • Package Includes:
    - Return flights
    - Airport transfers
    - Undercover Grandstand seats to both the Kentucky Oaks & Kentucky Derby
    - Hospitality on both days

£5,595.00
per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Package information


This Kentucky Derby Package incorporates 3 nights accommodation at a 4* downtown hotel that offers easy access to Churchill Downs as well as a number of the cities main attractions. It includes flights, transfers and a tickets to both Friday and Saturday's racing with a choice of hospitality on both days.

Package Includes


  • Return flights from the UK to Louisville (indirect)
  • Airport transfers
  • Three nights accommodation at the Omni Louisville Downtown
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Starting Gate Rooftop Garden Hospitality
  • Optional Hospitality upgrades

Ticket & Hospitality Options


Starting Gate Rooftop Garden

Starting Gate Rooftop Garden: 7th Floor: Outdoor Covered Reserved Table Seating
Exclusive premium in-track hospitality venue located in the Starting Gate Rooftop Garden

  • Premium Open Bar
  • Gourmet Food Buffets
  • Assigned 8-Top Table Seating
  • Self Service Wagering Stations
  • Closed-Circuit TV Coverage

included in package


Trophy Room

Trophy Room: 5th Floor: Indoor Table Seating
Exclusive full-service in-suite hospitality venue located in the Trophy Room

  • Access to Viewing Platforms
  • Premium Open Bar
  • Gourmet Food Buffets
  • Private Wagering Stations
  • Closed-Circuit TV Coverage

£1,495.00 supplement per person

Hotel information


This luxurious Omni property located in Downtown Louisville, is designed with intersecting towers that represent the crossroads of the past, present and future of Louisville. Inspired by the city’s rich history and authentic character, the Omni Louisville will transform one of the city’s most significant urban blocks into a unique and vibrant mixed-use environment offering hotel guests, residents and locals a chance to connect and enjoy the best of a great city.

The essence of Louisville is woven throughout with interior design elements of the city’s heritage, culture and character, felt everywhere from the hotel restaurants to a featured bourbon bar to the hotel’s Speakeasy and bowling alley. Transforming Liberty Street into a pedestrian thoroughfare, the market serves as a community gateway for hotel guests and locals alike, inviting the neighbourhood in with the smells of freshly brewed Heine Bros. coffee, baking bread and fragrant fresh flowers.

Additional Options


Single Occupancy
This package is available based on single occupancy, please enquire for pricing.

Additional Nights
Extend your stay for more than three nights, prices available upon request.

Flights


Flights can be arranged from any UK airport with connecting flights to Louisville Airport. Packages are based on daytime flights departing Thursday morning, arriving Thursday afternoon and returning Sunday afternoon, arriving back into the UK on Monday morning.

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Ultimate Kentucky Derby Package

Tue 28 Apr 2020 - Tue 05 May 2020

  • Reserved Undercover Grandstand Seats
  • Hampton Inn Downtown

    Six nights accommodation in the heart of Louisville

  • Also includes:
    - Return flights
    - Airport transfers
    - Welcome dinner & drinks
    - Stud Farm & Keeneland Racecourse tour
    - Bourbon distillery tour
    - "Dawn at the Downs"
    - "Taste of Derby Party"
    - Farewell brunch

£5,995.00
per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Package information


The Kentucky Derby is one of the oldest and most important sporting events in the world and we are delighted to offer the ultimate Kentucky Derby Tour so that you can experience “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” for yourself.

But the Kentucky Derby is much more than just a two-minute race, it’s a week-long event in Louisville filled with food, fun, drinks, hats and so much more. Our Kentucky Derby tour package includes the Kentucky Derby and Oaks tickets, Stud Farm tour, trackwork, functions & events, Louisville hotel accommodation, transportation to the track and more.

Package Includes


  • Return indirect flights from the UK to Louisville
  • Hotel airport shuttle transfers
  • Six nights accommodation at the centrally located Hampton Inn Downtown
  • Breakfast included daily
  • Welcome dinner & drinks at a great local restaurant
  • Stud Farm & Keeneland Racecourse Tour in Lexington (including Lunch)
  • Local Bourbon Distillery tour
  • Dawn at the Downs: Track-work at Churchill Downs & breakfast
  • Admission to the fantastic Taste of the Derby party
  • Reserved undercover grandstand seats for Oaks & Derby Day with great views over the whole track
  • Farewell brunch at a special venue overlooking the Ohio River
  • Transfers throughout
  • Services of an experienced tour leader

Itinerary


Tuesday 28 April
- Depart from your choice of UK airport on an indirect flight to Louisville.
- Upon arrival into Louisville the hotel run a complimentary shuttle for all guests from the airport.
- Check into the 4* Hampton Inn Downtown, right in the heart of the city. Then head out for some welcome drinks to get to know everyone and dinner with "Mr Derby" (52 years straight & counting!).

Wednesday 29 April
- After breakfast, you will head off on a tour to explore the home of horses in America, Lexington. You will visit the Keeneland Racecourse & Sales complex before visiting a world-class stud farm and see some stallions parade. Following this you will enjoy a nice country lunch before heading back to Louisville for a visit to a local Bourbon Distillery.
- The evening is at leisure to soak up the atmosphere of Kentucky week.

Thursday 30 April
- An early start awaits as you head off to Churchill Downs racecourse to see the Oaks & Derby horses put through their final paces. Then the day is yours to explore Louisville or head to Thurby day races.
- In the evening you will kick off the Kentucky Derby weekend in style at the 'Taste of the Derby!' You'll get to mingle with horse racing celebrities and savor an evening of exquisite cuisine and unique wines.

Friday 1 May
- It's race day! After breakfast, you will head off to ladies day at Churchill Downs for the running of the Kentucky Oaks. The theme is to dress in pink!
- You will be located on level three of the grandstand undercover (paramount as can get very hot or very wet) with reserved box seats.
- After the races, head back to the hotel for an evening to yourself before the Derby.

Saturday 2 May
- Today is the day, DERBY DAY! After a light breakfast, you will head back to Churchill Downs for a full day of racing, with the Derby at around 5.30pm.
- You will be back up on level three near the start line so will enjoy a great view of the Derby. - With a 50% chance of rain each year, your undercover seats are a perfect spot to watch all the action on and off the track.

Sunday 3 May
- You will finish the week with a relaxing recovery day, heading out for a final local luncheon to recap the great week you've had.

Monday 4 May
- After breakfast you can take advantage of the hotel shuttle to return to the airport ready to catch your flight back to the UK.

Hotel information


Newly renovated in January 2019, the Hampton Inn Louisville Downtown is ideally located in a city famous for sports, culture and rich history. Take advantage of the complimentary shuttle to Louisville International Airport and within Downtown areas. It is also within walking distance to Kentucky International Convention Centre (KICC), Museum Row, including the Muhammad Ali Centre and Downtown Bourbon Distilleries. The hotel is located close to the thriving entertainment district, Fourth Street Live, between Liberty Street and Muhammad Ali Boulevard, just a short walk from KFC Yum! It is also only eight blocks to the Louisville Slugger factory, an American tradition since 1884.

All guest rooms feature a 32-inch flat panel HDTV and free WiFi access alongside a clean and fresh Hampton bed. Start your day right with Hampton’s free hot breakfast and famous waffles or enjoy over 20 local Bourbons and Lite Food in the lobby.

Single Occupancy
This package is available based on single occupancy for a supplement of £1,200.00.

Flights


Flights are indirect and can be included from any UK airport to Louisville. Packages are based on departing on the morning of Tuesday 28th April and returning overnight on Monday 4th May.

Upgrades to Business and First Class are available upon request.

Please enquire for full details.

Grandstand Tickets


The package includes undercover grandstand seats, in 2019 these were located in section 325.

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Dress Codes

What to wear

Although there is no official dress code for those purchasing general admission or box seats to Churchill Downs, management maintains the right to turn away anyone not in appropriate attire. If entering the directors room, finishing line suites, stakes balcony, or turf areas, it is recommended that a jacket is worn, whilst jeans, shorts and t-shirts are not permitted. In all cases, torn garments, athletic wear, and midriff tops are considered inappropriate attire.

Travel Information

How to find us

Directions

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Taxi services are the best way to travel to Churchill Downs and Yellow Cabs can be found in Downtown Louisville and several other sites around the city. However, a much more cost-efficient method of transport is through Uber, now an official partner of Churchill Downs. Finally, if you’re looking to travel in style, Limousine Services in the form of Xtreme Transportation are available to provide private and executive transport both to and from the racecourse. The chauffeur company were voted Kentucky’s no 1 transport provider for the last three years running and has a large range of vehicles to suit your every need - including vans, limousines, buses, SUV’s and and sedans.

ROAD DIRECTIONS

Churchill Downs is accessible via three expressways. When travelling on the I-65 South from Indianapolis, take exit 132 and when reaching the traffic lights turn right. Follow Central Avenue straight on and the racecourse will be on the left. To access Gate 17, turn left on 9th Street, and for Gate 10 turn left on Taylor Boulevard and then left again on Longfield Avenue.

The I-264 West from Lexington also runs via Louisville. Take exit 10 and turn right, heading north on Third street or Southern Parkway. Once you hit Central Avenue, take a left. Gate 17 can be reached by continuing on Central Avenue, and Gate 10 is situated just off the left turning from Fourth Street on the right hand side passing the barns.

To access Churchill Downs from I-65 North or the Airport take the I-264 West to Exit 10. From there, take a right heading north on Third Street or Southern Parkway. Once reaching Central Avenue take a left. For Gate 17 continue on Central Avenue and for Gate 10 turn left on Fourth Street and bear right passing the barns.

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