This year, the 2016 Kentucky Derby will be held on May 6. This iconic horse race is routinely called “the most exciting two minutes in sports.” 20 three year-old thoroughbred horses race for the ultimate crown at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The 1-1/4 mile oval track becomes the center of the horse racing world. It’s watched by many millions of people in person and on TV.
But the 2016 Kentucky Derby will be more than simply a horse race. It’s held the first Saturday in May every year and is a luxury event that should not be missed. Whether you are sipping a Mint Julep drink or placing a bet on your favorite horse, there are many events to participate in on race day.
Tauck is a 90 year old travel tour company and is recognized as the oldest travel tour company in the U.S. They provide travelers premium, quality guided travel around the world. Tauck features greater than 100 incredible land and cruise itineraries across about 70 countries. The trips span all seven continents.
Tauck has put together two amazing travel itineraries for the 2016 Kentucky Derby. The highlights inlucde , which include a unique meet-and-greet with Chris McCarron, a two-time Derby winner, in addition to VIP reserved seating in the Jockey Club Suite. This year marks the 142nd running of the famous Kentucky Derby. Be treated to a VIP experience and enjoy this five-day event in the magnificent, Bluegrass Country of Kentucky.
The 2016 Kentucky Derby travel package is titled “Run for the Roses”. Here is a summary of the itinerary covering 5 days from May 4 to May 8, 2016:
· A five-day trip that offers VIP reserved seating during the races in the Jockey Club Suite
· A sightseeing component that will focus on the long history and many traditions of Lexington’s Bluegrass region
o A trip to the 130-acre Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort – the oldest continually operating distillery in America – for a unique, firsthand look (and tasting) of the time-honored art of distilling, aging and bottling fine Kentucky Bourbon
o A visit to a private Thoroughbred horse farm
· A special presentation by Chris McCarron – a popular, two-time Kentucky Derby winner
· Admission to the Kentucky Oaks: this is a smaller and more private horse race that is held each year, prior to the Kentucky Derby race on Saturday
· Nightly accommodations at the luxury Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa. The property is nestled within the rolling green meadows of Kentucky’s Bluegrass country.
Definitely one of the highlights of the “Run for the Roses” package is the chance to meet two-time, Kentucky Derby winner Chris McCarron. He was a successful horse race jockey for 28 years and an overall 40 year career in the horse racing industry. McCarron will share many stories with tour guests about his life as a professional jockey.
Some of the major milestones in the career of Chris McCarron include his six victories in Triple Crown races, plus winning the Kentucky Derby in 1987 and 1994. McCarron led his horses to nine Breeders’ Cup victories. During 1974 and 1975, he became the first jockey to win more than 1,000 races during a two year period. What an accomplishment!
The Kentucky Derby is the first race within the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing. For the horse and jockey who wins the first leg, what follows is the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes race.
As part of the “Run for the Roses” package, guest actually can customize their tour. There is a “Bluegrass Country” option with a tour of Ashland. It’s the home of the 19th-century Kentucky statesman Henry Clay. You will visit the Kentucky Horse Park & International Museum of the Horse.
Another choice is what’s titled the “Thoroughbred World” option. Spend an informative day at Churchill Downs for the 142nd running of the Kentucky Oaks race. This horse race is solely for three-year-old fillies. This iconic race will be run on Friday May 5, the day before the 2016 Kentucky Derby.
On the day of the Kentucky Derby race, your will be seated in Tauck’s reserved VIP start gate unit. Enjoy complimentary, regional cuisine in addition to an all-day open bar. Don’t worry about any unpredictable weather. Your suite is fully enclosed and air-conditioned.
Take in all Derby Day has to offer and view the race in VIP style with stunning views of the famous, 10 furlong racetrack.
The incredible “Run for the Roses: The Kentucky Derby” travel package from Tauck costs between $5,390 and $7,990. Prices are per person, double occupancy, plus airfare, and include four nights accommodations at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa in Lexington. Your package also includes all entertainment, all your meals and gratuities, daily sightseeing plus other activities, airport transfers and much more!
Enjoy a VIP experience at the 2016 Kentucky Derby with the “Run for the Roses: The Kentucky Derby” travel package from Tauck. Contact us to arrange your travel itinerary. Follow this luxury blog to keep up with the latest, luxury travel news and popular destinations.