The wind is still, the sun is shining and the subtle scent of mint perfume is the air... 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 package includes race tickets with a close view of the track, across from the eight pole, boasts a ground level view of the starting line and final stretch. Your experience continues with access to an in-track Hospitality venue featuring a complimentary one-time lunch buffet, snacks for purchase, a cash-basis bar, wagering kiosks, simulcast TV coverage, a meet & greet with a celebrity Jockey on Derby day, an official gift bag, transportation, VIP entrances and more!
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.
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.
Upon your arrival to the track you will receive an exclusive package with your Grandstand Green tickets, access to the 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.
A close view of the track, across from the eight pole, boasts a ground level view of the starting line and final stretch. Your experience continues with access to an in-track Hospitality venue featuring a complimentary Derby fare lunch, snacks for purchase, a cash-basis bar, a meet & greet with a celebrity jockey on Derby day, an Official gift bag, transportation, VIP entrances and more!
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-track hospitality venue. This venue provides an opportunity to meet and greet with some celebrity past and present jockey's. A Cash Bar is available between 8AM and 6PM, married along with Lunch featuring Derby Fares and snacks for purchase 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.
Experience why Kentucky is world famous! This fun and informative tour takes you through the heart and soul of Kentucky's Bluegrass horse country. See a world class private farm that are home to current and future Derby stars and studs. Some of the Farms visited include...
WinStar: Home of three time sire of the year Distorted Humor and two time Breeders’ Cup Classic Winner Tiznow.Pin Oak Farm: Home of Bob and John (G1 winner), Sky Classic (4-time champion).Ashford Stud: Home of Giants Causeway and Fusaichi Pegasus.Adena Springs: Home of Awesome Again, El Prado, Horse of the Year Ghostzapper, Macho Uno, Congaree and Kentucky Derby Winner Giacomo.Darley America: Based at the historic Jonabell Farm, home of Street Cry and Kentucky Derby Winner Street Sense.Normandy Farm: Unique L-shaped barn built to replicate a barn in Normandy, home to famous Thoroughbred mares & foals.
Some of the Distilleries visited include...
Buffalo Trace Distillery: This distillery dates back more than 200 years and was recently named to the National Historic Register. It stands on the site of an ancient buffalo trace, a pathway across the Kentucky River. Buffalo Trace has won more international awards in the last decade than any other distillery. Blanton’s, the first singlebarrel bourbon, is made there. A tasting of bourbons will be served. The actual horse farm and distillery locations may be subject to change.
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. Hampton Inn and Suites Louisville-East is located minutes from Louisville’s most famous attractions including Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby. Start your day right with Hampton’s free hot breakfast. After an exciting day, retire to a comfy guest room and unwind on a clean and fresh Hampton bed®, re-energize in the fitness center or relax in the pool.
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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