Public Derby Tours
The ultimate Kentucky Derby experience
The week of the Kentucky Derby is one of the most popular times to visit the Bluegrass State! Each year, thousands of visitors descend on Louisville for the horse race, mint juleps and Kentucky hospitality.
Held the first Saturday in May each year, the Kentucky Derby is a bucket list event for many people. The next Kentucky Derby is Saturday, May 2, 2020. Make the most of your time by planning a Derby Week tour visiting bourbon distilleries, horse farms and more. Public tours are available Wednesday, April 29 through Monday, May 4, but customized tours or private transportation to Churchill Downs can be arranged any day Derby week!
And don’t miss our exclusive Derby events: the Mint Julep Sunset Social at Hermitage Farm and the Derby Eve Bourbon & BBQ Throwdown at Jim Beam Distillery. The Sunset Social is a high-end culinary experience on the Thursday before Derby (aka Thurby) that includes a sunset horse farm tour, mint julep bar and farm-fresh Southern dinner. The Bourbon & BBQ Throwdown is a laidback, after-hours affair at Jim Beam that includes full tours and tastings, a Southern BBQ feast and live music.
Current offerings for PUBLIC 2020 DERBY WEEK TOURS
Best of Kentucky
Experience what makes the state of Kentucky so great with a day filled of bourbon and horses. The adventure begins with a full tour at a beloved Kentucky horse farm. Next, you'll enjoy a local, Southern-inspired lunch, followed by a full tour and tasting at Buffalo Trace Distillery. It's the best of Kentucky, all in one day!
April 29 & April 30 Hermitage Horse Farm and Buffalo Trace Distillery
May 1 Sun Valley Farm and Buffalo Trace Distillery
May 3 & May 4 Hermitage Horse Farm and Buffalo Trace Distillery
Learn about the history of bourbon and the process in which “America’s Native Spirit” is made. On this morning and afternoon adventure, you'll visit two Kentucky bourbon distilleries for tours and tastings, learning the processes, traditions and styles behind some of today's top-selling whiskeys. Also included is lunch at a local, Southern-inspired restaurant.
April 29 & April 30Buffalo Trace Distillery and Bulleit Distilling
May 1Buffalo Trace Distillery and Bulleit Distilling OR Stitzel-Weller and Barton 1792
May 3Buffalo Trace Distillery and Wild Turkey Distillery
Immerse yourself in Kentucky's Horse Country with past and future Derby stars at two thoroughbred horse farms. On this full-day adventure, you'll visit two beloved horse farms and learn the secrets of breeding and raising a viable race horse. Lunch at a local, Southern-inspired restaurant is also included.
April 29, April 30, May 1, May 3Sun Valley Horse Farm and Hermitage Horse Farm