Kentucky Derby

Four-Night Land-Only

April 30 - May 4, 2025

Overview & Pricing

Hotel: Lexington Marriott City Center

Activity Level

Days: 5

Travel Host:
Traveling Bulldogs Fan Travel Staff
Email Host

"We look forward to hosting you in Kentucky!"

Package Overview

Join the Mississippi State University Alumni Association, Traveling Bulldogs, and Traveling Bulldogs Fan Travel in the hills of Kentucky in celebration of the 2025 Kentucky Derby! Packages include Lexington hotel accommodations, tour welcome event, horse farm and bourbon tours, and more! Tickets are not included in this travel package, but can be added for an additional fee. 


Package Includes:

  • Four (4) nights deluxe hotel ACCOMMODATIONS at the Lexington Marriott City Center
    • Check-in: Wednesday, April 30
    • Check-out: Sunday, May 4
    • BREAKFAST daily from Thursday to Saturday
  • Wednesday evening WELCOME RECEPTION with horse industry guest speaker, food, and drinks
    • Breakfast at the American Saddlebred Museum
    • Distillery Tour
    • Motor coach transfers, LUNCH included
    • Keeneland Race Course
    • Select horse farms
    • Motor coach transfers, LUNCH included
  • Round-trip motor coach TRANSFERS to Churchill Downs on Derby day
  • Official Kentucky Derby SOUVENIRS
  • TAXES and GRATUITIES on all included items

PLEASE NOTE: Transportation to/from your hometown and Lexington is not included. Deposits are non-refundable and travel insurance is highly recommended; CLICK HERE for further information.


*Pricing per person, based on room occupancy.

Single Double Triple Quad Child
$4,579 $3,699 $3,419 $3,299 $2,239

Occupancy Rules:
Max Occupancy: 4
Max Adult: 4
Max Children: 3



Lexington Marriott City Center

121 W. Vine Street, Lexington, KY 40507


The new Lexington Marriott City Center, which opened in November 2019, is in the heart of downtown Lexington, Kentucky. With a touch of local flare, it reflects the lifestyle of travelers who seamlessly blend work and play in the mobile and global world of today. Located just minutes away from the University of Kentucky, UK Good Samaritan Hospital, Baptist Health, CHI Saint Joseph East Hospital, and Keeneland racetrack, the hotel is only two blocks away from Rupp Arena and Lexington Convention Center, as well. The sophisticated, confident, and authentic atmosphere will provide you the elegant and modern conveniences you’ve come to know with Marriott Hotels. The chef’s kitchen-style dining experience, open-plan lobby, rooftop bar and lounge, outdoor roof top pool, and firepits provide a remarkable experience all their own. The City Center destination boasts several restaurants, retail, and entertainment locations within walking distance to enjoy effortlessly during your stay.

Hotel Information

Standard Guestroom

Max Occupancy: 4 / Max Adults: 4 and Max Children: 3

Luxuriously appointed rooms are equipped with amenities that ensure a comfortable and productive stay, and include high-speed internet access and a spacious work desk for the business traveler. Connect My Device allows you to plug in and continue your technology experiences just like home. Spacious rooms allow for comfort during your stay, with mobile desk features so you can work the way you want to work.


Churchill Downs

Louisville, KY

Tickets are not included in this travel package, but can be added for an additional fee. 

Click to enlarge seating chart.

200-Level Grandstand Reserved

Sections 221-228: all-inclusive food & beverage, uncovered bleacher seat, elevated starting line and final turn view.

$1,999 per person

100-Level Reserved

Sections 100–110: all-inclusive food & beverage, covered tip-up chair, located past finish line.

$2,099 per person

300-Level Grandstand Reserved

Sections 321-325: all-inclusive food & beverage, covered tiered seating, folding chair, elevated starting line and homestretch view

$3,499 per person

300-Level Winner's Circle

Sections 318-320: all-inclusive food & beverage, covered box seating, folding chair, elevated homestretch view

$4,749 per person


Thursday Tours

Depart in the morning to head to the American Saddlebred Museum. Afterwards we head to an area distillery for a tour and an inside look at the famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Lunch is provided between the tours. Evening is at leisure to enjoy downtown Lexington.


Friday Tours

Morning departure to Keeneland for the opportunity to see morning workouts trackside. After touring Keeneland, head to a selection of horse farms for tours. Lunch is provided between the tours at North America’s oldest Thoroughbred auction company, Fasig-Tipton. Return to the hotel early afternoon. Evening is at leisure to enjoy downtown Lexington.



Wednesday, April 30

Arrival Day – Check into the Lexington Marriott City Center and meet SET Staff to pick up souvenirs and on-site travel documents. Enjoy welcome reception featuring and industry speaker, food, and open bar.

Thursday, May 1

Depart in the morning to head to the American Saddlebred Museum. The museum houses artifacts, trophies, tack & artwork tracing the history of American Saddlebred horses. Afterwards we head to an area distillery for a tour and an inside look at the famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Lunch is provided between the tours. Evening is at leisure to enjoy downtown Lexington.

Saturday, May 3

Derby Day – Saturday we head to Churchill Downs for a full day of pageantry and racing. Prior to departure please enjoy a breakfast reception.

Tickets are not included in this travel package, but can be added for an additional fee. See “Ticket” tab for more information.



What is a “Land-Only” package?

A Land-Only package includes all the items listed as “tour package features” EXCEPT for air transportation, airport/hotel transfers, and baggage handling. A Land-Only package would be appropriate should the tour participant not be able to conveniently depart/return from the same city listed in the Air package or wish to travel on their own. Please note flights and/or motor coach transportation to the destination city is not included in this type of package.

What’s included in my price?

Your final price includes room and all hotel taxes. It does not include items such as charges for meals, parking, rollaway beds, phone calls, valet and room service, or any other items of a personal nature.

What do “Single,” “Double,” “Triple,” and “Quad” mean?

Single, Double, Triple, and Quad refer to how many adults (13 and over) are sharing each room (total room occupancy). For example, if two adults wish to stay in the same room, the price would be the Double price, and this would be per person.

Do I need travel insurance?

Due to the investment of your travel package, we strongly recommend the purchase of appropriate insurance coverage. Medical insurance policies may not protect your travels away from home and often have out-of-network deductibles. Likewise, coverage through credit cards and travel suppliers can have shortfalls and not fully protect you. For additional information, please click on the Insurance link on the bottom right of this website.

What does the “Child” price mean?

Children’s prices are limited to those 12 years of age or under sharing a room with one or more adults and using existing bedding. For example, if the room is shared with one adult, the single rate applies as the adult’s price plus the child’s price. If the room is shared with two adults, the double rate applies as each adult’s price plus the child’s price.

What type of payments do you accept?

We accept all major credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. Debit cards featuring the Visa or MasterCard logo are also accepted; however, please be advised these types of cards typically have a maximum amount that you may charge daily. Please check with your financial institution.

What if I have my own tickets to the game?

Should you purchase game tickets through your athletic donor eligibility or from other sources, a ticket deduction may be made from the cost of the tour package. Deduction amounts vary per tour package and must be taken by the specific date listed in the “Payment and Terms” section associated with the tour package.

When will I receive my trip documents?

Trip documents are typically emailed two to three weeks prior to departure for regular season football weekends and specialty programs while bowl game participants will receive theirs five to seven days out.  Itineraries for special events, such as the Final Four and Bowl Games, will be sent via email just prior to leaving. If you are not the main reservation contact and would like to receive the emailed tour documents, please add your email to the reservation or contact your booking agent.

If I’m not traveling, can I make a reservation for someone else?

When completing the reservation, use the name of the person for whom you are making the reservation. When entering credit card information, you may use your credit card and billing address for payment.

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