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Derby Week 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.
Typically held the first Saturday in May, the Kentucky Derby is an iconic Kentucky tradition. Make the most of your time in Derby Country by planning a full Derby week itinerary visiting bourbon distilleries, horse farms and attending Derby-themed events. Public Derby tours are available Wednesday through Monday of Derby week, but customized Derby experiences or private transportation to Churchill Downs can be arranged any day of Derby week!
Exclusive Derby Week Events
- Mint Julep Sunset Social at Hermitage Farm: 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.
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!
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.
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.