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2023 IRISH DERBY FESTIVAL

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  • 26 June to 3 July 2023
  • Ireland
  • 8 Days 7 Nights
  • 20 People
Tour Details

Few sights invoke more passion in a racing lover than that of horses pounding across the springy open plains of The Curragh, crisp clouds of breath puffing out into the early morning air.

This is your chance to experience the best of Irish hospitality and racing at the three day Irish Derby festival. Enjoy a couple of nights in Dublin discovering this ancient and modern city, before heading to The Curragh to discover what makes Irish racing so strong.

Price Includes

  • 3 Nights Accommodation at 4* Hotel in Dublin
  • 4 Nights Accommodation at 4* Hotel in Naas
  • Breakfast included daily
  • Welcome drinks and dinner at a fabulous Irish restaurant
  • City tour of ancient and modern Dublin
  • Irish National Stud & Coolmore Stud visits
  • Return luxury transport to and from the Curragh
  • Curragh Gallops & Jessica Harrington stable tour
  • Lunch at famous Mickey Ryan's Pub
  • Racecourse hospitality all 3 days including 3 course luncheons (Drinks excluded)
  • Transfers throughout
  • Services of Experienced Tour Host

Price Excludes

  • Airfares
  • Airport Transfers
  • Travel Insurance (Highly Recommended)
  • Items of a personal nature
Price
Double Room Per Person
$5495
Twin Room Per Person
$5495
Single Room
$6995

PAYMENT  – $500pp deposit due on booking, balance due 60 days before the tour begins.

Itinerary

MONDAY 26 JUNE 2023Welcome Dinner

Arrive in Dublin and make your way to our centrally located four-star hotel in Dublin. We’ll meet late afternoon for a drink before we head out for a welcome dinner and drinks to get to know everyone and enjoy some Irish hospitality.

TUESDAY 27 JUNEGuided Dublin Tour

After breakfast, we’ll be taken on a guided tour of ancient and modern Dublin to get the lay of the land and learn about the amazing history of the Irish capital. We’ll drive through the streets of Dublin to see historic buildings such as Trinity College, where the Book of Kells is housed; learn the troubled history of Ireland; drop into Teeling Distillery for a taste and of course lunch and a Guinness at a great pub.

The afternoon and evening are yours to explore more of Dublin.

WEDNESDAY 28 JUNEFree Day

We have a free day today for everyone to explore more of Dublin, with a tour to Jameson Whiskey Distillery, Croke Park Stadium or Trinity College & the Book of Kells on the recommended list.

We’ll meet late afternoon at a traditional Irish Pub to enjoy a few pints to soak up the atmosphere of the city.

THURSDAY 29 JUNEStuds & Gallops Tour

After checking out of our Dublin Hotel, we’re off to the countryside to the heart of Irish racing, The Curragh. Few sights encapsulate the essence of County Kildare more than that of horses pounding across the springy open plains of The Curragh, crisp clouds of breath puffing out into the early morning air. The horse – ‘capall’ in Irish – has been an intrinsic part of life in the county for thousands of years and today this landscape of deep-green pastures comprises the heart of Ireland’s world-famous bloodstock and racing industries.

We’ll enjoy a tour of the amazing Coolmoore Stud and see their amazing stallion. We’ll also drop in for lunch at the famous Mickey Ryan’s Hotel.

The evening is yours to do the form for the next few days.

FRIDAY 30 JUNEDay 1 - Irish Derby Festival

Join us for our VIP private tour of Jessica Harrington’s amazing stables and training facilities, as well a visit to the iconic Irish National Stud, just a few minutes away in Kildare. After the guided tour you are free to explore the Japanese Gardens and Museum.

Then we’re off to the opening day of the Festival weekend which features a host of group races for you to enjoy from our VIP hospitality tables in the Oaks Restaurant with excellent racing views. You will be served a delicious 3-course lunch with reserved tables for the day.

Situated in the heart of the grandstand on level 2, the Oaks restaurant is a bright, elegant room with oak panel flooring and glass walls that allow you to experience the race day atmosphere while enjoying world-class hospitality. Restaurant guests have access to an adjacent reserved balcony overlooking the parade ring and champagne bar terrace below. It is just a short walk through the grandstand from the Oaks restaurant to the upper tier of terrace seating providing excellent views of the race track.

SATURDAY 1 JULYDay 2 - Irish Derby Festival

It’s Derby Day — Not only the valuable Irish Derby but several group races will keep you entertained as we venture back to the Oaks Restaurant with excellent racing views. You will be served a delicious 3-course lunch with reserved tables for the day.

Situated in the heart of the grandstand on level 2, the Oaks restaurant is a bright, elegant room with oak panel flooring and glass walls that allow you to experience the race day atmosphere while enjoying world-class hospitality. Restaurant guests have access to an adjacent reserved balcony overlooking the parade ring and champagne bar terrace below. It is just a short walk through the grandstand from the Oaks restaurant to the upper tier of terrace seating providing excellent views of the race track.

An optional visit to a great local Irish Pub for dinner to celebrate the big day.

SUNDAY 2 JULYDay 3 - Irish Derby Festival

We’re back for the final day of the Derby Festival with more top-quality racing. We have more premium hospitality in the St Leger Restaurant – Located on the 2nd floor of the grandstand overlooking the racecourse and finishing straight with a balcony. The package includes 3-course lunch with a reserved seat for the day and a race card for each guest.

Following the races, we have a final night in town to celebrate the end of a great tour.

MONDAY 3 JULY 2023Tour Concludes

After breakfast, the tour concludes with airport transfers as we all head our separate ways back to Australia or onto our next adventure….hopefully with some winnings from the week.

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