The Melbourne Cup

The popularity of the Melbourne Cup, Australia’s premier race, is now internationally accepted with European entries commonplace. Horse Racing Abroad have been associated with Victoria Racing Club for many years and we are proud to be the only tour operator who is allocated seats in the Members’ Grandstand. We have the finest reserved seating with views of the finishing straight and the winning post. Numerous bars, eateries, Tote windows and TV screens are situated within the grandstand behind the reserved seating area.

Price

Melbourne & Sydney
12 nights from £3,995.00 per person

Melbourne
8 nights from £3,195.00 per person

Itinerary

MELBOURNE & SYDNEY

Wednesday 26 October
Depart: London Heathrow, Flight EK006 - 22:15 hrs

Thursday 27 October
Arrive: Dubai - 08:05 hrs
Depart: Dubai, Flight EK406 - 10:15 hrs

Friday 28 October
Arrive: Melbourne - 06:35 hrs
On arrival you will be met by our local representatives and transferred to the Park Hyatt, Melbourne, where accommodation has been reserved in a Park Room for five nights on a bed and breakfast basis.
(Should you wish to reserve a room for the night of Thursday 27 October to allow for immediate check-in please speak to our Sports Travel Specialists.

Saturday 29 October
Racing at Flemington: AAMI Victoria Derby Day! Roundtrip transfers are included.

Sunday 30 & Monday 31 October
Days at leisure in and around Melbourne – time to discover the city and take optional excursions or tours.

Tuesday 01 November
Racing at Flemington: Emirates Melbourne Cup Day! Roundtrip transfers are included.

Wednesday 02 November
You will be transferred from the Park Hyatt, Melbourne for your internal flight to Sydney. On arrival in Sydney transfer to the Four Seasons Hotel where accommodation has been reserved for four nights in a Deluxe City View Room on a bed and breakfast basis.

Thursday 03 & Friday 04 November
Days at leisure in and around Sydney – time to discover the city and take optional excursions or tours.

Saturday 05 November
Racing at Royal Randwick with lunch. Roundtrip transfers are included. (At the time of publication, the race schedule has yet to been confirmed. Racing may take place at any of the 4 racecourses in Sydney).

Sunday 06 November
Following check-out, transfer to the airport for your return flight to London.
Depart: Sydney, Flight EK413 - 21:45 hrs

Monday 07 November
Arrive: Dubai - 05:15 hrs
Depart: Dubai, Flight EK001 - 07:45 hrs
Arrive: London Heathrow - 11:35 hrs

Single room supplement: £155 per room per night
Business Class flight supplement from: £4,150.00 per person

MELBOURNE
We are also offering a shorter tour that does not continue to Sydney. For those of you who would prefer just to travel to Melbourne we have arranged five nights’ accommodation at Park Hyatt (as above), with outbound flights as above and return flights on Emirates from Melbourne to London Heathrow, as detailed below. The remainder of the itinerary is as per the Melbourne section commencing 26 October.

Wednesday 02 November
Following check-out, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Depart: Melbourne, Flight EK407 - 22:25 hrs

Thursday 03 November
Arrive: Dubai - 05:30 hrs
Depart: Dubai, Flight EK001 - 07:45 hrs
Arrive: London Heathrow - 11:35 hrs

Single room supplement: £165.00 per room per night
Business class flight supplement from: £3,900.00 per person

Accommodation

The Park Hyatt, Melbourne


Overlooking St. Patrick's Cathedral and Fitzroy Gardens, the Park Hyatt Melbourne offers exclusive, luxury accommodation in the heart of the city. A welcoming ambience and exceptional levels of service can be expected. The Park Hyatt Melbourne is renowned for having some of the largest rooms and suites in Melbourne, decorated with rich art deco inspired furnishing.  The hotel offers a variety of facilities such as the award-winning 'radii' restaurant and bar, the decadent Lounge and Melbourne's finest day spa.

Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney



Stunningly situated, overlooking Sydney Harbour in the historic Rocks district, a short walk from the city's shopping and business centres, Four Seasons is vibrant and elegant with dramatic harbour front views. Each room is elegantly furnished and equipped to the highest standard. The hotel offers a variety of dining and has a highly popular and relaxing lounge bar.

Deluxe Full Harbour View Room upgrade from: £95 per room per night

Tour Highlights

• Feel Melbourne come alive with Carnival fever!
• Enjoy two days racing at Flemington including the AAMI Victoria Derby & Emirates Melbourne Cup
• Discover Sydney from Bondi Beach to the Blue Mountains!
• A day’s racing at Royal Randwick in Sydney *subject to confirmation

Additional Info

The AAMI Victoria Derby Day: Saturday 29 October 2016
Victoria Derby Day, commonly considered the best day for racing purists, marks the start of the Melbourne Cup Carnival in style. It provides the only all-Group race-day on the Australian racing calendar. The feature race, the AAMI Victoria Derby, is a classic Group 1 staying test for three-year-olds over 2,500 metres. In 2015, Tarzino romped home in the $1.5 million fixture with Craig Newitt at the reigns. John O’Shea riding Godolphin’s Etymology, challenged late and took a well deserved second place.

The Emirates Melbourne Cup Day: Tuesday 01 November 2016
Historically known as the ‘The Race That Stops the Nation™’, the Emirates Melbourne Cup is frequented by well over 100,000 race-goers eager to experience the carnival atmosphere this spectacular event is renowned for. Run over a gruelling 3,200 metres the Emirates Melbourne Cup is a race widely considered to be the best staying handicap in the world. The festival is a celebration of the Sport of Kings and boasts the richest prize in Australian sport, with a purse totalling $6.2 million. Michelle Payne made history last year at the 155th running of Australia’s greatest race by becoming the first female jockey to secure victory with the Prince of Penzance.

Price Includes

Melbourne & Sydney Tour • Return scheduled flights with Emirates • Flight between Melbourne & Sydney with Virgin Australia • 5 nights’ accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis at The Park Hyatt Melbourne in a Park Room. • 4 nights’ accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis at the Four Seasons Sydney Hotel in Deluxe City View Room. • Reserved seating in the Members’ Grandstand at Flemington Racecourse on both Victoria Derby Day and Melbourne Cup Day • Racing at Royal Randwick (subject to confirmation) with lunch. • Transfers throughout • Assistance of our local representatives.

Melbourne only Tour • Return scheduled flights with Emirates • 5 nights’ accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis at The Park Hyatt Melbourne in a Park Room. • Reserved seating in the Members’ Grandstand at Flemington Racecourse on both Victoria Derby Day and Melbourne Cup Day • Transfers throughout • Assistance of our local representatives.

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