Mint Julep Experiences has been Kentucky’s leading experiential tour provider for more than 11 years. As a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame inductee, the family-owned tour operator has created immersive and fun Derby adventures for more than a decade incorporating Kentucky’s best destinations. See historic Derby landmarks, iconic horse farms, Kentucky’s best bourbon distilleries, Louisville’s finest restaurants and more on your Derby 2020 tour.
All experiences listed below depart from the Mint Julep Experiences Hub in Falls City Market at the Omni Louisville Hotel.
Kentucky Derby 2020 Tours
Best of Kentucky Tour
Two of our favorite industries in one awesome tour! Visit a charming Kentucky horse farm in the morning to see future Derby stars and learn about Kentucky’s rich history with horse and horse racing. Enjoy a Southern specialty during lunch at a local restaurant and then travel in safe transportation with an expert guide to your next destination – Bourbon Country! You’ll tour a world-renown bourbon distillery plus get a bourbon tasting. The Best of Kentucky tour includes guided transportation, admissions for horse farm and distillery tours, lunch and bottled water. Available April 29, April 30, May 1, May 3 and May 4. Departure time and pricing varies by date.
Horse Country Tour
You’re in Kentucky for a horse race, so let’s dive into the Bluegrass State’s horse traditions! On the Horse Country tour, you’ll visit two Kentucky horse farms of our choice. You’ll get up-close access to foals and see world-class mares while learning about how Kentucky Derby contenders are born, raised and trained. Historic and charming horse farms have allowed Mint Julep Experiences guests to get in insider look at the thoroughbred industry in Kentucky. The Horse Country tour includes guided transportation, admissions for two horse farm tours, lunch and bottled water. Available April 29, April 30, May 1 and May 3. Departs at 9:15 AM and returns at 5:00 PM.
Bourbon Country Tour
Taste Kentucky bourbon and enjoy the beautiful Bluegrass landscape on the Bourbon Country tour. We’ll travel to two well-known bourbon distilleries for guided tours with bourbon tastings. Learn the history and traditions of bourbon in Kentucky and sip of our favorites along the way. The Bourbon Country tour includes guided transportation, admissions for two distillery tours with tastings, lunch and bottled water. Available April 29, April 30, May 1 and May 3. Departure time and pricing varies by date.
Derby 2020 Special Events
Mint Julep Sunset Social at Hermitage Farm
Mint Julep Experiences’ newest Derby party offering is an exclusive culinary and equine experience at Hermitage Farm. The Mint Julep Sunset Social is a elevated Derby 2020 experience visiting charming and history-filled Hermitage Farm just outside Louisville. Sip a welcome cocktail upon arrival and take a sunset tour of the Hermitage thoroughbred operation. Then build your own mint julep while hearing about stallions and mares in the stud barn from Hermitage’s stallion manager. Your experience continues with a family-style Southern meal created by locals chefs with farm-fresh Kentucky ingredients. The Mint Julep Sunset Social includes guided transportation from the Omni Louisville Hotel, welcome cocktail, sunset farm tour and Q&A, mint julep cocktail and family-style meal. Available the Thursday night before Derby (after Thurby) for $355 per person. Departs at 6:15 PM and returns at 10 PM.
Custom Derby Tours & Churchill Downs Transportation
Customized Derby Itineraries
Design your day with the help of our team of Derby experts! We can build customized itineraries to Kentucky bourbon distilleries, horse farms, restaurants, cocktail bars and more on your private experience. Groups of all sizes enjoy our exclusive partnerships of at distilleries and other destinations on custom tours.
Private VIP Derby Transportation
Or hire Mint Julep Experiences as your local guide for transportation to and from Churchill Downs on Oaks and Derby days that weekend. Our fleet of luxury vehicles are available for daily private transportation including SUVs, transits, mini buses and more.