Thursday, April 29 Arrive – Bourbon, Barbecue and Country Music
Arrival Day. Arrive at your Shelbyville, KY hotel by 4:00 pm. Meet your Tour Manager that evening and travel with fellow guests by Deluxe Motorcoach to this evening’s event! Hotel will be assigned March 1.
This evening starts with a Barbecue dinner and live Country Music. There will be dancing and distillery tours – plus a bourbon tasting opportunity. We have a festive evening planned to kick-off the most exciting Derby Weekend available.
Friday, April 30 Daytime Derby Loop
Today you enjoy a Local Sightseeing Tour that includes Lo ...uisville Slugger Museum, a working Thoroughbred Horse Farm, an Icelandic Horse Farm, and lunch at the famous Claudia Sanders Dinner House with a Derby Hat Boutique filled with finery.
This evening enjoy an “Off to the Races” dinner party. We start with a delicious “Taste of Kentucky” plated dinner followed by the Derby Museum’s Master of Ceremonies and Derby Racing fun. We have three pre-recorded horse races that will be projected on the big screen. Each guest will have a race program and a stack of play money with which to wager at the row of Betting Windows. Consider this a practice session! It’s a chance to make few bets, cheer for a favorite and share a few laughs. (B,L,D)
Saturday, May 1 Riverboat Races & The Kentucky Derby
Today’s first event is the Derby Day Riverboat Cruise. You will cruise on either the Belle of Louisville or the Mary M. Miller. Enjoy complimentary coffee and tea, or start the festivities with a Bloody Mary or Champagne Mimosa from the cash bar. Once underway we have experts providing 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.
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. (B)
Sunday, May 2 Departure Day
This morning, with hat boxes and suitcases loaded, you depart for home with another event checked off the Bucket List. (B)
(B) - Breakfast included
(L) - Lunch included
(D) - Dinner included
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