Kentucky Derby is Americas most extravagant springtime sports party, and one of her most celebrated events. While there is a horse race at the heart of theis spectacle, there are many other intriguing aspects within this Louisville tradition. It is a festival and fashion show, its about Bourbon and Horses, Mint Juleps and Riverboats, and its about time you see it! Its the chance of a lifetime/In a lifetime of chance/And its high time you joined in the dance.
Thursday, April 20, - Sunday, May 3, 2020
April 30, 2020
Your motorcoach will arrive early this morning to begin this trip of a lifetime to the Kentucky Derby. On arrival this afternoon, you check into your suburban Louisville hotel for a three night stay to begin an exciting Derby Weekend.
Tonight at the Jeptha Creed Distillery in Shelbyville, a new farm to bottle Distillery, you enjoy an evening on the patio with a Barbecue dinner and live Country Music. There will be dancing and distillery tours - plus a bourbon tasting opportunity. This is one of the most modern bourbon distilleries in Kentucky and we have a festive evening planned here as our kick-off event to the Derby.
May 1, 2020
(NOTE: The sequence of events in today's itinerary may not be as shown here.) You don't have to be a baseball fan to love Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. It's iconic, it's linked to legends and it is one of Louisville's best known tourist attractions. This tour is fascinating with interactive exhibits that are fun. Baseball is such a big part of American history and culture that even if you don't think you're a fan, you will find a connection here.
Visit Hermitage Farms, a world-class equine operation where champion thoroughbreds are born and nursed. Last January the broodmares here gave birth to 40 foals. You will see next year's babies at the age of 4 or 5 months. These soon to be racehorses will just be learning to run.
Your guides will talk about them and about the Farm's past babies that grew into champions including winners of the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks, Breeders' Cup and more than 200 other stakes races.
Lunch today will be in the banquet room of Claudia Sanders Dinner House. This restaurant is a replica of the elegant, old home opened by Colonel Sanders of KFC fame, in 1959. It was from this very building that Kentucky Fried Chicken grew into a world-wide organization.
Also included on tour today is a visit to Undulata Farms, a Saddlebred Horse Farm. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places this is where Civil War veteran Harry Weissinger and his sons once bred the great stallion, American Born. This is a private residence and horse training farm, your group will tour the first two floors of the family home, the horse training facility and actually see training in progress. At this time of year it is also possible to see a new foal up close and personal.
You will also have a chance to visit a Derby Hat Boutique where you can buy hats and accessories for both Men & Women. Having just the right Derby Hat, with the right accessories is a very important part of the Kentucky Derby Experience, you have to dress for the Win, the Place, and The Show.
This afternoon, you return to your hotel to rest up before tonight's "Off to the Races Dinner Party," you will find that gift boxes with a miniature bottle of Evan Williams Bourbon and Chocolate Bourbon Candy are waiting for you. It's another Bourbon Experience and a Spirit to lift before dinner.
This evening's "Off to the Races" dinner is a feature event partnered with the Kentucky Derby Museum at a local banquet hall. The meal is a special "Taste of Kentucky" menu. A plated meal of renowned Kentucky favorites complimented with Derby Pie for dessert.
The Derby Museum's Master of Ceremonies takes over during dinner with Derby Racing fun. There will be three pre-recorded horse races that will be projected on the big screen. You will have a race program and a stack of play money with which to wager at the row of Betting Windows in the back of the room.
Consider this a warm up to the big race tomorrow. A practice session, Its a chance to make few bets, cheer for a favorite and share a few laughs. Your will be rolling in the aisles with fun. When each race is over, there's time to cash in winnings and make fresh bets before the next race.
May 2, 2020
Today's first event is the Derby Day Riverboat Race between The Mary M. Miller (replacing the Spirit of Jefferson) and the Belle of Louisville. It doesn't get any better than this. Once onboard there is complimentary coffee and tea, or start the festivities with a Bloody Mary or Champagne Mimosa from the cash bar.
Once underway, experts will provide a few insider tips on the Derby Race. They will talk about the Horses, how they run in different conditions, who has the post and what does that mean, plus information on the trainers their Derby History and more. You also enjoy a seminar on how to place a real bet at Churchill Downs.
At the end of the "How to Bet" lesson, the two Sternwheelers will turn downstream and with those big red paddlewheels kicking up a feather trail of whitewater they race each other back to Louisville. You may want to place a creative bet or two with your travel partners.
Next is the highlight of your trip. You have a VIP Fast Access Pass to Churchill Downs and 1st floor Grandstand Seats near the Starting Line. You will be at The Derby all day, enjoy crowd watching, sample a mint julep and place a few bets. This is one of the world's greatest and most celebrated sporting events, "The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports" and you are on hand to experience it all.
The Kentucky Derby is America's most extravagant springtime sports party, and one of our most celebrated events. While there is a horse race at the heart of this spectacle, there are many other intriguing aspects within this Louisville tradition. It is a festival and fashion show, it's a Parade and a Race, its Mint Juleps and Riverboats; it's about Horses and it's about time you see it.
Also included is premium motorcoach parking, but it is still a long walk. Depending on where your seats are inside Churchill Downs you may walk close to a mile. Please be advised: you must be capable of walking to enjoy this trip.
May 3, 2020
This morning, with hat boxes and suitcases loaded, your group departs for home with another event checked off the Bucket List.B
Cost Per Person:
$2259.00 pp Double Occupancy
$2139.00 pp Triple Occupancy
$2019.00 pp Quad Occupancy
$2779.00 Single Occupancy
· 3 Nights First Class Lodging
· 3 Hotel Breakfasts
· 1 Lunch
· 2 Dinners
· The Kentucky Derby Reserved Lower Level Seats
· Derby Day Riverboat Race
- Belle of Louisville vs. The Mary M. Miller
· Bourbon, Barbecue and Country Music
· Louisville Slugger Museum
· The Hermitage Thoroughbred Nursery
· Lunch at Claudia Sanders Dinner House
· Undulata Horse Farm
· Derby Hat Boutique
· Bourbon & Chocolate Hotel Reception
· Off to the Races Dinner Party with Kentucky Derby Museum
· Hotel Taxes and Baggage Handling
· Local Tour Guide Service and Gratuities
· Tour Fully Escorted by an R&J Tours Company Representative
· All-Inclusive Motorcoach Transportation
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|R & J Lot|| R & J Lot, RT 183, Cressona, PA |
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