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  • May 2 to May 8, 2023
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • 7 Days 6 Nights
  • 20 People
Tour Details

We missed our 3rd straight Derby in 2022 but will be back in 2023 for another amazing experience. The Kentucky Derby is one of the oldest and most important sporting events in the world. Australian Racing Tours are again 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.

Price Includes

  • Hotel Airport shuttle transfers
  • 6 Nights Accommodation at 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: Trackwork at Churchill Downs & Breakfast
  • Admission to the fantastic Taste of the Derby party
  • Reserved undercover grandstand seats for Oaks & Derby Days with great views over the whole track.
  • Farewell bruncheon at a special venue overlooking the Ohio River
  • Transfers throughout
  • Services of Experienced Tour Host

Price Excludes

  • Airfares
  • Travel Insurance (Highly Recommended)
  • Items of a personal nature
Double Room Per Person
Twin Room Per Person
Single Room

PAYMENT  – $500pp deposit due on booking, balance due 60 days before the tour begins.


TUESDAY 2 MAY 2023Transfer & Welcome Dinner

After arriving in Louisville we check into the Four Star Hampton Inn Downtown, right in the heart of the city. Then we head out for some welcome drinks to get to know everyone and dinner with “Mr Derby” (52 years straight & counting – even snuck in for 2020 version in September!).

WEDNESDAY 3 MAYStud Tours & Bourbon Distillery Tour

After breakfast, we head off on a tour to explore the home of horses in America, Lexington. We’ll visit the Keeneland Racecourse & Sales complex before visiting a world-class stud farm and see some stallions parade.

We’ll enjoy a nice country lunch before we head 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 4 MAYDawn At The Downs Trackwork & Taste Of The Derby Function

We head off early morning 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.

Then we kick off our Kentucky Derby weekend in style at the ‘Taste of the Derby!’ We’ll Mingle with horse racing celebrities and savour an evening of exquisite cuisine and unique wines.

FRIDAY 5 MAYKentucky Oaks Day @ Churchill Downs

It’s race day! After breakfast, we head off to ladies day at Churchill Downs for the running of the Kentucky Oaks. The theme is to dress in pink!

We’ll be located on level three of the grandstand undercover (paramount as can get very hot or very wet) with reserved box seats in section 324.

After thirteen (Yes 13) races, we’ll head back to the hotel for an evening to yourself before the Derby tomorrow.

SATURDAY 6 MAYKentucky Derby Day @ Churchill Downs

Today is the day, DERBY DAY! After a light breakfast, we’ll head back to Churchill Downs for a full day of racing, with the Derby not until around 6.50pm.

We’re back up on level three near the 300mt line so will enjoy a great view of the Derby. With a 50% chance of rain each year, our undercover seats are a perfect spot to watch all the action on and off the track. After the last, we’ll make our way back to the hotel to unwind from a massive two days of racing.

SUNDAY 7 MAYFarewell Luncheon

We finish the tour with a relaxing recovery day, heading out for a final local luncheon to recap the great week we’ve had and enjoy a beautiful view over the Ohio River.

MONDAY 8 MAY 2023Tour Concludes

The tour concludes after breakfast as we all make our way home or onto our next adventure in America.