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Cheltenham Festival Racing Tour 2004

Day 1 (March 13th) Depart US from nearest international airport.

Day 2 (March 14th) Arrive at London Gatwick airport, where you will be met by your guides, former Steeplechase jockey and trainer Gerry Russell and steeplechase trainer Peter Levendis. Coach to Kings Hotel on Brighton seafront. Rest of the day is free to sightsee. Dinner included.

Day 3 (March 15th) Breakfast at Hotel (included). Coach to Plumpton Races stopping for lunch (included) on the way. Plumpton, a beautiful little track where your guide rode in his first race. Return to Hotel, evening free to sightsee (dinner included).

Day 4 (March 16th) Breakfast at Hotel (included). Coach to Cheltenham for its day of 2004 Festival meeting. "They're off" prompts a vast roar from the stands and the waiting is over as the runners for the Supreme Novices Hurdle charge towards the first. The second race, the Irish Independent Arkle Chase, is the two-mile Championship for novices and then all eyes are on the contenders for the Smurfit Champion Hurdle. All being well, Rooster Booster will be bidding for back-to-back titles against the best British, Irish, and French racers. Three more top class races complete a brilliant occasion. Return to Hotel, stopping for Dinner (included).

Day 5 (March 17th) After breakfast at hotel (included), coach to Cheltenham. The Queen Mother Champion Chase attracts the World's fastest steeplechasers and will be won through a touch of genius or bravery. The Royal & Sun Alliance Hurdle and Chase are the Championship events for novices and the Coral Cup provides the ultimate test for punters. The program also includes the race that started this whole event, the National Hunt Chase and the Weatherbys Festival Bumper that could see a top Flat jockey making a rare appearance at Cheltenham. Return to Hotel, stopping for dinner (included).

Day 6 (March 18th) After breakfast at the hotel (included), coach to Cheltenham for final day of 2004 festival meeting. Forty years on from the day Arkle sprinted away from Mill House to win his first of three titles, Best Mate could be welcomed back to the winner's enclosure having equaled that record. A great deal needs to be achieved before that moment with leading contenders queuing up to be crowned champion. The prospect is truly compelling and the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup is just one of the seven brilliant races on the card. The day gets under way with the JCB Triumph Hurdle and closes with the Vincent O'Brien County Hurdle. Return to hotel for dinner (included).

Day 7 (March 19th) After breakfast at hotel (included), coach to Sherlock Holmes Hotel London, stopping for Pub Lunch (included). Rest of the day free to sightsee and perhaps take in a West End show.

Day 8 (March 20th) Breakfast at Hotel (included). Option 1 ($2385, $265 single supplement): Coach to airport for flight home. Includes round trip airfare from your nearest airport, hotels, admissions, parking, meals as listed on the itinerary, transportation and tour guide.

Option 2 ( $2695 double occupancy $395 single supplement): Stay a couple extra days. Includes round trip airfares, hotels, parking, admissions, meals as listed on itinerary and tour guide. Day 8 free for sightseeing.

Day 9 (March 21st) After breakfast at Hotel (included), coach to Tweezledown Point to Point, stopping for lunch (included). Enjoy an afternoon's racing at one of England's best Point to Point courses. Coach to Hotel. Dinner (included) at The Globe

Day 10 (March 22nd) After breakfast at hotel (included), coach to airport for flight home.

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