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Experience the Kentucky Derby
Louisville, KY . May 2-5, 2019
Melissa Budd-Wilkowski

I highly recommend Bucket List Events! Thank you for showing our group a fantastic time! Every activity was well organized and so much fun!

Melissa Budd-Wilkowski
Melissa Budd-Wilkowski

I highly recommend Bucket List Events! Thank you for showing our group a fantastic time! Every activity was well organized and so much fun!

Melissa Budd-Wilkowski

Witness the most exciting two minutes in sports

The Kentucky Derby is the longest running sporting event in the U.S. The race may only last two minutes, but its tradition boasts a two-day event filled with tours, parties, mint juleps and private events! Join Bucket List Events for exclusive party access and much, much more.

We offer packages that include tours of bourbon distilleries, a chance to see behind the scenes at Churchill Downs Race Track, complimentary museum entrances and a number of options for race day tickets. From VIP service at the track to exclusive access to the Winner’s Circle party, our Kentucky Derby packages will treat you to the experience of a lifetime. Depending on your preference there are many premium hospitality lounges that offer an array of wagering facilities, open bars, cuisine and much more!

What’s included?

Here’s what you get with our full Kentucky Derby package experiences, starting at $1,295 per person:
  • Three-night stay in an exclusive hotel, minutes from Churchill Downs
  • Shuttle service to and from the airport
  • Transportation to and from Derby
  • Daily breakfast
  • Welcome party
  • Kentucky Derby gift package
  • Ticketing assistance
  • Options to explore Louisville
  • On-site assistance from Derby experts

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Lodging options

Finding a hotel room in Louisville during Derby can be a headache, but we’ve established a relationship with one the best hotels in the area so we can offer exclusive deals to Bucket List travelers. The Louisville Crowne Plaza Hotel is located minutes from the airport and Churchill Downs and is equipped with all of the modern facilities you could need during your stay in Louisville.

The Crowne Plaza Louisville
Exclusive bookings for Bucket List Travelers
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Clean, modern, comfortable
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Experience southern hospitality
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Practical luxury
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Wind down poolside
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Located near Louisville's best
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Daily buffet breakfast
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Hit the weights during your trip
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Mix and mingle with fellow Derby travelers
  • Excellent location

Minutes from the airport and from Churchill downs, you’ll never feel rushed. You’ll have easy access to downtown Louisville and the historic Ohio River waterfront. The hotel is also just a short distance from major attractions like the Louisville Zoo, the Mega Cavern Caves, and the Kentucky Kingdom theme park.

  • Features you’ll love

With premium bedding, dedicated quiet zones, and wellness facilities, you can rest easy and calm. But with super fast wifi, excellent fitness facilities, and delicious dining options, you won’t ever have to slow down if you don’t want to! The Crowne Plaza has everything you need, no matter your speed.

For guests interested in staying in a luxury hotel, we also have 4-star reservations available.

Browse the map below to see where your hotel is in relation to Derby, the Louisville airport, and all of the great sights you’ll want to see during your trip:

Pricing and ticketing

Our Kentucky Derby travel packages are customized to fit your needs, schedule, and budget. Ticketing for Derby is complicated, as there are many options for admission and seating starting at $100 general admission to the Infield up to VIP boxes for tens of thousands of dollars. For more detailed breakdown of the different options for Kentucky Derby tickets, click here.

Here is a general overview of Derby ticket options and prices. The quotes below cover your whole package, including your three-night hotel stay (based on double occupancy), transportation, Bucket List Events’ parties and assistance, and more! Submit the form to your right for a complete quote for your Derby adventure.

Infield Grandstand Clubhouse Inside Table VIP
Seating Standing Bleacher Chairback Table, Box Table, Lounge
Starting Price pp. $1,295 $1,620 $1,995 $4,445 $16,195
Highest Price pp. $3,410 $4,060 $5,710 $11,810 $18,310

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Party and tour options

Make the most of your Kentucky Derby trip by attending the exclusive parties and galas that have made this event into an extravaganza for Southern socialites. Explore historic and charming Louisville, one of America’s most underrated cities. When you travel to the Kentucky Derby with Bucket List Events, you can choose to add the following tour options to trip:

kentucky derby stable tours
 Horse stable tour – SOLD OUT
Celebrate Derby Week with a full day in Horse Country. Meet the past and future stars of Derby, the beautiful horses raised and trained on two thoroughbred farms in the gorgeous Kentucky countryside.
longines kentucky oaks
 Longines Kentucky Oaks – from $75pp
Attend this exclusive race for 3-year-old thoroughbred female horses with a wide range of affordable ticketing options. This particular race is one of America’s longest held horse races is still takes place in its original location since 1875. There is a wild pink fashion contest at the event as well.

 VIP parties and galas 
From the Barnstable Brown Gala, to Vegas in the Ville, to the Silks Eve Bash,  we can help you get into exclusive Kentucky Derby parties and galas. Mix and mingle with celebrities and southern socialites at VIP events before and after the race. Inquire for a quote!
kentucky bourbon distillery tours
 Bourbon distillery tours – $325pp
Wanna know what made Kentucky famous? Explore one of Louisville’s historic bourbon distilleries and spend the afternoon sipping liquid gold. Limited space available!


We may already answered it – check our comprehensive FAQ & Tips section. Our dedicated event experts have been organizing and attending the Kentucky Derby for years, so feel free to reach out.

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Kentucky Derby Sales Expert
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Kentucky Derby Event Manager
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