April 29 - May 3, 2020
Overview & Pricing
Join the FSU Alumni Association and FSU Alumni Travel in the hills of Kentucky in celebration of the 2020 Kentucky Derby! Packages include Lexington hotel accommodations, tour welcome event, tickets to Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, horse farm and bourbon tours, and more!
- Four (4) nights deluxe hotel ACCOMMODATIONS at the Lexington Marriott City Center
- Check-in: Wednesday, April 29
- Check-out: Sunday, May 3
- Please note the hotel is located in Lexington, not Louisville.
- Wednesday evening WELCOME RECEPTION with horse industry guest speaker, heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks
- BREAKFAST daily from Thursday to Saturday
- THURSDAY TOURS
- Dawn at the Downs
- Admission to the Kentucky Derby Museum
- Distillery Tour
- Motorcoach transfers, lunch and beverages
- FRIDAY TOURS
- Select horse farms
- Motorcoach transfers, lunch and beverages
- Roundtrip motorcoach TRANSFERS to Churchill Downs on derby day
- SECOND FLOOR reserved seating in Sections 221-228 (uncovered) on the front stretch at Churchill Downs (optional ticket upgrades are available)
- Official Kentucky Derby SOUVENIRS
- Event LANYARD, CREDENTIAL and TICKET HOLDER
- On-site SET TRAVEL HOSTS and HOTEL HOSPITALITY DESK
- TAXES and GRATUITIES on all included items
PLEASE NOTE: Air transportation to/from Lexington is not included. Note the hotel is located in Lexington, not Louisville, when making flight arrangements. In addition, a pre-tour extension is available! Please see the “Misc” tab for more information.
*Pricing per person, based on occupancy.
*Extra nights. Price per person.
Max Occupancy: 4
Max Adult: 4
Max Children: 3
Lexington Marriott City Center
121 W Vine Street - Lexington, KY 40507
The brand-new Lexington Marriott City Center, opening 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, KentuckyOne Health 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, roof top 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.
Max Occupancy: 4 / Max Adults: 4 & Max Children: 3
Luxuriously appointed rooms with amenities that ensure a comfortable and productive stay, equipped with 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 to allow for comfort during your stay, with mobile desk features to work the way you want to work.
Second Floor Reserved Seating 221-228
Second Floor Reserved Seating (Uncovered) located on the front stretch at Churchill Downs.
Please note: Sections 221-225 are bleacher seating. Sections 226-228 are tip-up chair seating. Please submit a request if you have a preference.
INCLUDED IN PACKAGE
Second Floor Reserved Seating 221-225
Upgrade to Second Floor Reserved Seating (Covered), Sections 221-225. Sections 221-225 are bleacher seating.
Please note this is a ticket upgrade, and you will be charged an additional $375 per person.
$375 per person
Third Floor Grandstand Reserved Seating 322-325
Upgrade to Third Floor Grandstand Reserved Seating (Sections 322-325). Sections 322-325 are actual chairs, and will be under cover.
Please note this is a ticket upgrade, and you will be charged an additional $975 per person.
$975 per person
Third Floor Clubhouse Reserved Seating 320-321
Upgrade to third floor clubhouse sections 320-321. Sections 320-321 are clubhouse box seats with 6 chair back seats per box, and will be under cover. Additional food vendors, betting windows and restrooms available in club level.
Please note this is a ticket upgrade, and you will be charged an additional $1,425 per person.
$1,425 per person
Third Floor Clubhouse Reserved Seating 317-319
Upgrade to third floor clubhouse sections 317-319, finish line seating. Sections 320-321 are clubhouse box seats with 6 chair back seats per box, and will be under cover. Additional food vendors, betting windows and restrooms available in club level.
Please note this is a ticket upgrade, and you will be charged an additional $1,975 per person.
$1,975 per person
Thursday tours include breakfast at Dawn at the Downs, admission to the Kentucky Derby museum, a distillery tour, motorcoach transfers and lunch and drinks.
INCLUDED IN PACKAGE
Friday tours include Keeneland race track, select horse farms, motorcoach transportation and lunch and drinks.
INCLUDED IN PACKAGE
Join us for an exclusive tour of the Kentucky countryside with our optional Kentucky Derby Pre-Tour Extension! Taking place April 27-29, this tour includes:
-Two-nights accommodations at the Lexington Marriott City Center, including daily breakfast
-In-depth visit of Keeneland Racecourse, meeting trainers and industry elite to learn the horses full track routine
-Visit to Kentucky Horse Park
-A majestic drive down Old Frankfort Pike, routinely named one of the most picturesque roads in America
Please note this pre-tour extension is optional, and available for an additional fee. If you are interested in purchasing, you will have the opportunity at the end of the reservation process to note. A Sports & Entertainment Travel representative will then reach out with further details, including pricing information.
$949 additional,per person,double occupancy
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, telephone, valet and room service, or any other items of a personal nature.
What does “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. If you are making a phone reservation, we also will accept personal checks.
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 tour documents?
Tour 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, 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.