Royal Ascot is the centerpiece of the British racing calendar. Held annually since 1911, the 5 day festival is the Queen's favourite event, and one that she opens each day with a carriage ride along the famous finishing straight. Our Royal Ascot Experiences feature all inclusive Royal Enclosure tickets to Tuesday (the opening day of the meeting featuring 3 group1 races) and Thursday (known as Ladies Day with the Gold Cup, the highlight of the meet). We stay in an idyllic English Country House hotel that dates from 1859 and overlooks the River Thames just minutes from the racecourse. We spend a day visiting Newmarket home of English horse racing where we'll go behind the scenes at one of Europe's top stables (meeting a champion trainer) as well as the National Stud. If you're not sure which horses to back we have International racing expert and host of both English TV's Royal Ascot and Australian TV's Melbourne Cup coverage, Francesca Cumani on hand to give you her tips for the week along with stories from a life in racing.