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.
PAYMENT – $1500pp deposit due on booking, balance due 60 days before the tour begins.
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.
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; visit Dublin Castle, which was the seat of power and government for many centuries and enjoy a tour of Guinness Brewery including lunch and a few pints.
The afternoon and evening are yours to explore more of Dublin.
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.
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 Kildangan and Giltown Studs with Lunch and Curragh Gallops and Trainer tour included.
The evening at our Heritage Hotel is yours to relax and enjoy the surrounds.
Join us for our VIP private tour of 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.
After breakfast, join us in the Cinema for an in-depth look at the Derby Day races in the company of racing personalities, Curragh trainers and experts who will hopefully mark your card. Free Ladies Hair tidy up and Gents shoe shine from our Heritage guest services staff.
It’s Derby Day — Not only the valuable Irish Derby but several group races will keep you entertained from our exclusive VIP Private Suite tables with excellent track views. Private Suite – Located on the 2nd floor of the grandstand overlooking the racecourse and finishing straight with exclusive admission and balcony. Package includes 4-course lunch with a reserved seat for the day and a race card for each guest. The menu is the gold standard Derby Festival menu.
After the races join us for our exclusive Apres Gala Dinner and Stage Show with our excellent House Band who will entertain you throughout the evening.
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 balcony. Package includes 4-course lunch with a reserved seat for the day and a race card for each guest.
Following the races, we have a final night BBQ and entertainment in the hotel bar as we wind down from a hectic week of action in Ireland.
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.