Welcome the legendary Kentucky Derby. The hypnotic drawl and extravagant hats of the Southern aristocracy lulls one into a dreamlike trance, until suddenly the spell is broken as 20 of the fastest horses in the world burst out of the gates. A mighty roar erupts from the crowd as 80 hoofs carrying up to a half-ton of thoroughbred muscle pound around a 1 ¼ mile dirt track over the space of roughly 90 seconds in pursuit of the single most coveted trophy in horse racing. This itinerary offers you an excellent view of the entire track from an elevated perspective with seating for a stunning Finish Line view, access to a luxurious in-track climate controlled venue including live entertainment, premium open bar, all-you-can-eat buffets, wagering kiosks, simulcast TV coverage, celebrity Jockey appearances, VIP entrances, an official gift bag and more! Upgrade this package to Clubhouse Gold Premium to include private airport transfers, transfers to the track with a small vehicle, downtown accommodations as well as the entrance to the Taste of Derby party.
Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.
Optional event: Kick off this Kentucky Derby weekend by attending the annual Taste of Derby. Presented by Yum! Brands, this celebration combines cuisine, racing and tons of style. The evening highlights dishes from popular horse racing destinations across the country. Chefs local to these cities prepare tastes of their signature dishes and pair them with delectable wines allowing guests to sample an array of flavors. While sampling these delicacies, guest can mingle with horseracing celebrities. Live entertainment will top off the extraordinary evening! Partial proceeds of this event will also go to benefit hunger relief organizations. Contact your sales represnetative to include this event in your itinerary.
Upon your arrival to the track you will receive an exclusive package with your 3rd floor Clubhouse Gold tickets, access to a the Premium service-in-track Hospitality, VIP Fast Access Pass, and an Offical Kentucky Derby® 140 Gift Bag.
Meet your driver for a shared transfer to and from Churchill Downs Track.
An excellent view of the entire track from an elevated perspective with seating for a stunning Finish Line view, access to a luxurious in-track climate controlled venue including live entertainment, open premium bar, gourmet food buffets, Wagering Kiosks, simulcast TV coverage self service wagering facilities, celebrity jockey appearance, VIP entrances, an Official gift bag and more!
The Kentucky Oaks event is as old as the “Run for the Roses” but features fillies and lilies and lots of things women love. The Kentucky Oaks is famous for Grade I stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbred fillies staged annually in Louisville. Known as the “Lilies for the Fillies”, the winner receives a large garland of lilies and silver Kentucky Oaks Trophy. With a chilled mint julep in your hand, you will bask in the unforgettable atmosphere with beautiful ladies wearing fancy hats juxaposed by horses charging towards their stake to victory.
Tonight we recommend drinks and dinner at Maker’s Mark Bourbon House & Lounge, which fuses a swanky environment with an innovative menu in a non-intimidating way. Taking cues from the hipster handbook, the lounge capitalizes on slick minimalism with its use of blond and dark-wood fixtures, flat-screen TV’s, a double-decker fireplace, sleek red-tiled pillars, and a back-lit bar that pays homage to all of Kentucky’s bourbons. The menu demonstrates a strong Asian influence paired with local ingredients, and dishes range from Black-skillet-seared scallops to “naked” lobster ravioli and grilled double-cut New Zealand lamb chops paired with a basil-mint pesto and polenta cake.
This exclusive Kentucky Derby® experience is inclusive of an in-suite full hospitality venue located in the Secretariat Lounge located un the 2nd floor Clubhouse area. This venue provides an opportunity to meet and greet with some celebrity past and present jockey's. An Open Bar is available offering non–alcoholic beverages (Alcoholic beverages for purchase, are not included) between 8AM and 6PM, married along with some Gourmet Food Buffets from 11AM to 4PM. Private self-service Wagering Stations and simulcast TV coverage is also made available in this venue.
We will arrive early to allow for plenty of time to enjoy the parade of hats on display. From the fantastic to the sublime the quirky to the extravagant, there are no rules or limits. The more refined and elegant ladies sport classy, fashionable styles in the clubhouse and paddock, while the eccentric and downright outrageous headgear is reserved for the infield. Sit back and watch the action from the your seats until the moment of the race, when an audience of over 150,000 suddenly falls silent in hushed anticipation of the starting bell. After the adrenaline-rush of watching the winner cross the finish line right before your eyes, take some time to enjoy the post-race scene before returning to your hotel by transfer.
For more than 200 years, Kentucky’s legendary distilleries have crafted the world’s finest Bourbons, using secret recipes and a time-honored process passed down from generation to generation. Discover the art and science of the Master Distiller…savor the distinct, mellow flavor…and see how Kentucky’s perfect natural mix of weather and pure limestone water produces the classic taste and deep amber color. Visit some distilleries like...
Maker’s Mark Distillery: Maker's Mark is aged for around 6 to 7 1/2 years, being bottled and marketed when expert tasters agree that it is ready. Maker's Mark is one of the few distillers to rotate the barrels from the upper to the lower levels of the aging warehouses during the aging process to benefit from the differences in temperature during the process. A tasting of bourbons will be served.
Heaven Hill Distillery: Shortly after Prohibition ended in the United States, Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc., was founded in Bardstown, Kentucky by the Shapira family to produce and market Bourbon and premium American whiskeys. According to industry analysts, Heaven Hill is now the seventh largest spirits supplier in the United States and is the second largest holder of aging Bourbon whiskey in the world with an inventory in excess of 800,000 barrels. Actual distillery locations subject to change.
So much history and activity swirl around the Hampton Inn® hotel in Louisville-Downtown. From the Louisville Slugger factory, an American tradition since 1884, to the Belle of Louisville, perhaps the most famous steamboat plying the water, you can see it all from the Hampton Inn hotel in Louisville-Downtown. Be sure to check out the hopping entertainment district, Fourth Street Live!, and the newest museum in town, the stunningly modern and cool Muhammad Ali Center. Located 5 miles from Churchill Downs®, you will enjoy a warm welcome and find everything you need for a great vacation at even better value at the Hampton Inn Louisville Downtown hotel. Surf the web in the free business, work out in the free fitness center or refresh in the indoor pool. After a busy day, unwind in a comfy guest room and watch TV, catch up with work using free high-speed internet access or recharge on a clean and fresh Hampton bed®.
The Hampton Inn Louisville East hotel is located near both Churchill Downs® and the Muhammed Ali Center. Explore the local history by taking a ride on a riverboat, visiting a glass-making factory, or having dinner in one of the 2,500 restaurants in town. The Hampton Inn Louisville East hotel features 77 beautifully appointed guestrooms, a business center, exercise room and indoor pool. The property also offers guests a complimentary beverage and breakfast area as well as an on -site convenience store for anything you may have forgotten at home.
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