Itinerary Highlights

  • Attend the prestigious Breeders' Cup 2024
  • Hospitality at Del Mar Racetrack
  • Drive the iconic Pacific Coast Highway
  • Concierge service available

Price Includes

  • Roundtrip flights in economy
  • Luxury accommodation throughout California
  • 2 days' racing at Del Mar Racetrack
  • Transfers throughout
  • Assistance of representatives throughout


The world's best thoroughbred owners, trainers and jockeys converge each autumn to compete for the Breeders' Cup, the most prestigious horse racing event in the world.

The first Breeders’ Cup was held in Hollywood Park and consisted of a single day’s racing. Today, it’s a two-day event that attracts the world’s top competitors and offers a prize of over $30 million. Put simply, it’s a showstopper in the racing calendar and a unique venue in which to enjoy horse racing.

One of America’s most exciting sporting events, the Breeders’ Cup enjoys a different location each year, and we’re delighted to be able to take Spectate clients right to the action. In 2024 we are excited to be heading to Del Mar Racetrack in California.

We carefully create each and every Breeders’ Cup tour to get the best out of each location and offer the best experience for our clients.

We would be delighted to help tailor your trip to California; let us know your plans and we'll happily take care of all the arrangements from pre or post tour extensions, flight upgrades and airport lounge access to hand-picked sightseeing excursions.


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Fairmont San Francisco

This iconic and historic San Francisco hotel, built in 1907, sits on top of the affluent Nob Hill, a short cable car ride to Downtown, Union Square, Fisherman’s Wharf and the Financial District. Located at the only point in the city where all the cable car lines meet, the Fairmont San Francisco is the perfect choice for a centrally located stay in this cosmopolitan city.

Carmel Valley Ranch

A luxurious all-suite resort with a wide range of facilities, restaurants, a Spa and golf course. A great choice for a Carmel Valley stay for both couples and families with a kids club! Set on 500 acres in Carmel Valley, the Carmel Valley Ranch is a 139 all-suite property with great family facilities, restaurants, spa and an impressive golf course. Recently renovated suites boast cathedral ceilings, pretty fireplaces and private decks. Guests will love the 9 tennis courts (7 hard courts and 2 clay courts), two outdoor salt-water swimming pools, two fitness centres, plenty of hiking, biking and running trails and the pretty grounds consisting of a four-acre Pinot Noir vineyard, organic garden and bee apiary.

Hotel Californian

Hotel Californian is a uniquely designed boutique hotel in Santa Barbara, exhibiting Moroccan and Andalucian style elements to create a totally stunning sanctuary on the Californian coast, with upscale facilities to boot. This boutique bolthole showcases a stunning design that draws influences from Morocco and southern Spain, all white-wash walls topped with terracotta roofs, and interiors encrusted with almost a million tiles across the entire space. There are also nods to Moorish architecture through keyhole arches, plush drapes, hanging lanterns and star motifs, among many other enticing design elements.

Viceroy Santa Monica

A contemporary and glamorous hotel ideally located on Santa Monica’s Ocean Avenue set two blocks from the beach and close to Santa Monica’s famous pier and Third Street Promenade shopping and dining. The Viceroy is extremely hip, highly recommend for those looking for nightlife in Santa Monica and a trendy hotel. Accommodations are classically and luxuriously furnished and feature spacious living areas and stunning ocean, pool and city views. Leisure facilities include two outdoor plunge pools and a 24-hour fully-equipped fitness centre. Cast Lounge at Viceroy Santa Monica is a chic setting of retro-glam design and the perfect spot to relax with a cocktail or two.

The US Grant

The US Grant, A Luxury Collection Hotel, is in the heart of the historic Gaslamp Quarter just moments from shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. Opened in 1910, this grand hotel has plenty of glamorous old-world charm. Rooms and Suites boast nine-foot ceilings, modern art and luxurious furnishings. There is a compact fitness centre open 24-hours and a serene spa where you can enjoy signature massages and body treatments in a relaxing oasis in the heart of downtown. The US Grant is home to a fine art gallery and the Art Deco-styled Grant Grill serving delectable California cuisine.

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Day 1 | 20 October

Depart the UK on your scheduled flight to San Francisco in economy. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for 3 nights' accommodation.

Day 2 | 21 October

Day at Leisure in San Francisco - get out and explore this vibrant city. From Alcatraz, to the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco isn't short of famous landmarks to marvel at.

Day 3 | 22 October

Today, take a full day tour to the wine country - Sonoma & Napa Valley.

Day 4 | 23 October

Pick up your car today and begin journeying south on the famous Pacific Coast Highway (CA 1-S). Take in the views as you drive along the coast towards Carmel, where you will spend the next two nights at Carmel Valley Ranch. (Drive time approx. 2hr45/125 miles)

Day 5 | 24 October

Day at leisure in the quant seaside town of Carmel

Day 6 | 25 October

Spend a leisurely day driving south along Big Sur, one of North America’s most spectacular coastal drives. Stop by the famous Bixby Bridge for a photo stop before continuing along to Santa Barbara, where you will spend the next 2 nights at the stunning Hotel Californian. (Drive time approx. 4hr20/236 miles)

Day 7 | 26 October

Day at leisure - Santa Barbara is the ideal spot to hit the beach, go shopping or take in a surfing lesson.

Day 8 | 27 October

Spend your morning at leisure in Santa Barbara before hopping back in the car and driving to Santa Monica. On arrival, check into Casa Del Mar, the perfect base to explore Santa Monica and LA. (Drive time approx. 2hrs/85 miles)

Day 9 | 28 October

Day at Leisure

Day 10

Day at Leisure - why not take in a sightseeing tour today to see all the top attractions in the area - from Rodeo Drive, the Walk of Fame and The Grove this city isn't short of something to do.

Day 11 | 30 October

Enjoy a leisurely morning in Santa Monica today before the final leg of your road trip to San Diego today. On arrival in San Diego, drop your car off and head over to the US Grant Hotel to check in, before meeting your fellow travellers at this evening's drinks reception. (Drive time approx. 2hr30 / 130 miles)

Day 12 | 31 October

Day at Leisure

Day 13 | 01 November

You'll be transferred from your hotel to Del Mar for Breeders' Cup 2024.

Day 14 | 02 November

You'll be transferred from your hotel to Del Mar for Breeders' Cup 2024

Day 15 | 03 November

After breakfast, transfer to San Diego Airport for your onward flight home.

Day 16 | 04 November

Arrive in the UK
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Breeders' Cup Ticket - Included

Spend Friday 1st November and Saturday 2nd November at Del Mar

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California Road Trip & Breeders' Cup 2024

20 Oct - 03 November 2024 | Prices from £7,995 pp

Includes flights, transfers, accommodation and race tickets
The Breeders' Cup Tour price includes:
  • Return scheduled flights from London with British Airways in economy
  • Car Hire from San Francisco to San Diego 
  • Luxury hotels throughout California
  • 5 nights' accommodation at The US Grant Hotel
  • Hospitality tickets for Friday and Saturday at Del Mar Racetrack
  • Transfers throughout
  • Assistance of a representative throughout

The Spectate service means you'll have peace of mind from our 24-hour assistance and will have access to our personalised concierge service for a range of excursion options from private tours to adventurous activities.

With access to the entire Inspiring Travel Company USA portfolio, we can arrange any number of luxury holiday extensions or excursions to enhance your Breeders’ Cup holiday.

Tailormade Extensions

Our Breeders' Cup tour is fully escorted and have our experienced representatives on site. If you wish to extend your visit to the USA before or after The Breeders' Cup we would be delighted to assist with your arrangements.  Perhaps go shopping in New York, visit the vineyards of California or enjoy the sunshine of Florida, Mexico or the Caribbean. You might choose to head to a luxury ranch in Montana, Arizona, Wyoming or even over the border in Canada; fit in a little riding of your own and get a real taste of the authentic Wild West... whatever your American dream looks like, we’ll make it happen.

Why Choose Us?


Customise your experience to create something truly memorable

  • Add excursions to your trip
  • Travel at your own pace
  • Choose hotels, flights etc
  • Get the best seats, closest to the action
  • Hosted tours with special celebrity guests
  • Stay in the most luxurious accommodation
  • Fully inclusive service
  • Expert hosts take care of you every step of the way
  • All transfers and fees are included

For 30 years, we have crafted and delivered the highest quality, unforgettable experiences

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