The Breeders' Cup, Del Mar

In 2017 the Breeders’ Cup will make its debut at another iconic racing venue: Del Mar, where the turf meets the surf! We are delighted to be offering packages to San Diego where you can enjoy the many attractions the coastal city offers whilst basking in the Southern Californian sunshine.

The Breeders’ Cup World Championships, thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious global event, annually attracts the best horses from around the world. It is the richest prize-money event in sports, consisting of 13 championship races and purses totalling $26 million.

2016 saw the 33rd running of the two-day thoroughbred extravaganza that is the Breeders’ Cup with records crowds of just over 70,000. The Breeders’ Cup Classic saw battle between reigning champion California Chrome and young buck Arrogate from the stable of Bob Baffert. Odds on favourite California Chrome was run down in deep stretch by Arrogate giving Baffert a third consecutive victory in the Classic, an unprecedented achievement at the World Championships. The Breeders’ Cup Turf was won by Highland Reel who gained a huge lead on the run down the backstretch and held off favourite Flintshire by 1¾ lengths. Defending champion, and victor of the Arc 2016, Found, came home in third.

Price

5 nights Manchester Grand Hyatt from £3,295 per person
5 nights Hotel Del Coronado from £3,495 per person
5 nights US Grant from £3,795 per person
5 nights Manchester Grand Hyatt & 4 Nights Bellagio Las Vegas from £3,770 per person

Itinerary

Tuesday 31 October
Depart: London Heathrow Flight BA273 13:45 hrs
Arrive: San Diego 18:00 hrs
On arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred to your chosen hotel where accommodation has been reserved for five nights on a room only basis.

Wednesday 01 November
Tonight enjoy Welcome Drinks with your Host and Fellow Travellers.

Thursday 02 November
Day at leisure to relax and acclimatise.

Friday 03 November
Racing at Del Mar for the Breeders’ Cup

Saturday 04 November
Racing at Del Mar for the Breeders’ Cup

Sunday 05 November
Day at leisure until an afternoon transfer to the airport for your homeward flight.
Depart: San Diego Flight BA272 19:30 hrs

Monday 06 November
Arrive: London Heathrow 14:00 hrs

THE BREEDERS' CUP & LAS VEGAS
For those who would like to combine the Breeders’ Cup with a short visit to Las Vegas, we can offer 4 nights on a room only basis at the famous Hotel Bellagio in Las Vegas. On Sunday 05 November a deluxe coach will transfer you from San Diego to Las Vegas. You then can enjoy all that Las Vegas has to offer until your departure on Thursday 09 November.

Sunday 05 November
Mid-morning departure by luxury air-conditioned coach from San Diego to the Bellagio, Las Vegas. The journey will take approximately 6 hours, including a stop en-route.

Accommodation has been arranged at the Hotel Bellagio for four nights on a room only basis.

Monday 06 - Wednesday 08 November
Days at leisure to enjoy the spectacle of this fairytale city.

Thursday 09 November
Depart: Las Vegas Flight BA274 20:40 hrs

Friday 10 November
Arrive: London Heathrow 14:35 hrs

Flight Upgrades, subject to availability:
World Traveller Plus from: £470
Club Class from: £2,750

TRANSFER TO LAS VEGAS
Included in the price of the tour is the transfer from San Diego to the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas – a “door-to-door” service. This deluxe coach transfer avoids check-in times, flight delays and baggage handling. The coach is equipped with WC and DVD player, on which a racing film will be shown.

However, should you wish to fly to Las Vegas the supplementary cost, to include private car transfer from your San Diego Hotel to San Diego Airport, would be approx £150.00 per person. Please note: you should make your own way by taxi from Las Vegas airport to the Bellagio Hotel.

Accommodation

Manchester Grand Hyatt


Ideally situated on San Diego Bay between the convention Centre and the Seaport Village, the hotel offers a spectacular waterfront setting complete with restaurants, shopping and bars all around. The hotel is located in the heart of Downtown and only a short walk to the ever popular Gaslamp Quarter.  The Top of the Hyatt bar situated on the 40th floor offers panoramic views of the city and is the perfect location for a nightcap. The standard rooms we have secured are spacious and well equipped and offer stunning views of the city. 

Accommodation is on a room only basis

Single room supplement £160 per night
 

US Grant


A national icon since 1910, the US Grant is sure to deliver a memorable stay! Situated in the heart of the city within walking distance of the Gaslamp Quarter guests can easily experience the wide array of restaurants on offer right on the doorstep. The light and bright rooms offer a classic design with contemporary furnishings. The Grant Grill Lounge provide an oasis of calm after a busy days racing and serves a tantalising selection of cocktails.

Accommodation is on a room only basis

Single room supplement: £300 per room per night


Hotel Del Coronado


Situated on the beach, the Hotel Del Coronado is ideally situated along California's Pacific coastline and offers luxurious accommodation in a charming Victorian-style. The rooms have a classic-yet-modern style which reflect the beachfront setting. A plethora of restaurants and bars are located at the hotel with many more situated nearby. Downtown San Diego is a 15-minute cab ride away.  

Accommodation is on a room only basis

Single room supplement: £240 per room per night


Bellagio, Las Vegas


This beautiful Italian renaissance style 5* property is an oasis of sheer elegance with state of the art comfort throughout.  The Bellagio nestles alongside a magnificent lake adorned with spectacular fountains and surrounded by lush gardens.  The fountains are enhanced at night by colour, light & classical music.  The hotel offers a grand Casino, elegant shopping promenade, fine dining establishments and a theatre reminiscent of the Paris Opera House.   Each guest room is elegantly appointed with European style furnishings, art & antiquities yet complemented with every modern day convenience; satellite T.V., stereo, room safe, telephone and en-suite marble bathroom.

Accommodation is on a room only basis

Single room supplement: £100 per room per night


 

Tour Highlights

Del Mar
Del Mar Racetrack is the second largest horse racing venue in the western United States, after Santa Anita. Situated on the 340-acre Del Mar Fairgrounds site located just 20 miles north of San Diego, Del Mar has a permanent seating capacity of nearly 15,000 with a total capacity nearer 35,000. Del Mar Racetrack, built in 1937 by a partnership including Bing Crosby, Gary Cooper and Oliver Hardy, quickly became a summer playground of Hollywood stars during the 1940's. The track famously played host to the match-race between Seabiscuit and Ligaroti in 1938.

San Diego
Downtown San Diego has a vibrant evening atmosphere which, combined with the beautiful beaches overlooking the Pacific, just oozes Southern Californian charm. If exploring is more your thing, why not try a Trolley Tour around the Old Town or take a stroll around the museums within Balboa Park? Of course no visit would be complete without taking a trip to the USS Midway Museum to learn about the rich naval heritage of the city. When sightseeing becomes too much we’d suggest a visit to the many craft beer breweries. With San Diego the craft beer capital of America, it would seem wrong to return home without sampling the many spoils on offer! Then there's always San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld…..

The Races
Friday 03 November 2017 – the following races will be run: $½ million Marathon , $1 million Juvenile Turf, $1 million Dirt Mile, $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf, $2 million Distaff and 5 other supporting races.

Saturday 04 November 2017 – the most prestigious day of the Championship – the following races will be run: $2 million Juvenile Fillies, $2 million Filly & Mare Turf, $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint, $1 million Turf Sprint, $2 million Juvenile, $3 million Turf, $1½ million Xpressbet Sprint, $2 million Mile, $5 million Classic and 3 other supporting races.

Clubhouse Terrace Restaurant
Clubhouse guests will enjoy shaded outdoor dining, luncheon included, with excellent views of racing from the Clubhouse turn. Situated just past the finish line are five floors of Clubhouse seating and dining offering excellent views of racing. A large video board is placed opposite these sections for added viewing of the stretch run and finish line. All seats are conveniently located to wagering facilities, restrooms and concessions.

Clubhouse Reserved Seats
Located on the 2nd floor level of the Clubhouse guests will enjoy shaded, open-air reserved stadium-style seating. Situated just past the finish line guests will enjoy commanding views of racing! Conveniently located to concessions, wagering and restrooms.

Should you choose to take Clubhouse Reserved Seats instead of Clubhouse Terrace Restaurant, a reduction of £500 per person applies to your tour price.

Additional Info

TAILOR-MADE TOUR EXTENSIONS
The featured Breeders' Cup tours to Los Angeles and Las Vegas are fully escorted and have our Horse Racing Abroad representatives on site. If you wish to extend your visit to the USA before or after The Breeders' Cup we should be delighted to assist with your arrangements, which would be unescorted. Maybe go shopping in New York, visit the vineyards of California or enjoy the sunshine of Florida, Mexico or the Caribbean. Please contact our reservations department for further details.

Price Includes

• Return scheduled flights by British Airways • 5 nights room only accommodation based on twin/double occupancy at your chosen hotel • Transfers throughout by air-conditioned coaches • Clubhouse Terrace Restaurant OR Clubhouse Reserved Seats at Del Mar for Breeders’ Cup Days • Assistance of our representatives throughout

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