The Melbourne Cup

As a result of our many years’ association with the Victoria Racing Club, we are proud to be the only tour operator who is allocated seats in the Members’ Grandstand where we can offer the finest reserved seating with views of the finishing straight and the winning post. Numerous bars, eating establishments, Tote windows, TV screens and Bookmaking boards are situated within the grandstand behind the reserved seating area.

Price

TOUR MEL 1 - Sydney & Melbourne
12 Nights - £3,795.00 per person

TOUR MEL 2 - Melbourne
8 Nights - £2,950.00 per person

Itinerary

MELBOURNE & SYDNEY Wednesday 29 October
Depart: London Heathrow, Flight EK 006 - 22.00 hrs

Thursday 30 October
Arrive: Dubai - 08.45 hrs
Depart: Dubai, Flight EK 406 - 10.10 hrs

Friday 31 October
Arrive: Melbourne - 06.35 hrs
On arrival you will be met and transferred to the Grand Hyatt, Melbourne where accommodation has been reserved for five nights on a room only basis.
(Although we shall request early check-in, this cannot be guaranteed. Should you wish to reserve a room for the night of Thursday 30 October please speak to our sales staff for further information.)

Saturday 01 November
Racing at Flemington: AAMI Victoria Derby Day!

Sunday 02 & Monday 03 November
Two days at leisure in and around Melbourne – time to discover the city and take optional excursions/tours (to be advised closer to departure).

Tuesday 04 November
Racing at Flemington: Emirates Melbourne Cup Day!

Wednesday 05 November
Depart the Grand 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, on a room only basis, in Harbour View rooms.

Thursday 06 Friday & 07 November
Days at leisure in and around Sydney – time to discover the city and take optional excursions/tours.

Saturday 08 November
Racing at Royal Randwick with a luncheon facility.

Sunday 09 November
Following check-out, transfer to the airport for your return flight to London.

Depart: Sydney, Flight EK 413 - 21.45 hrs


Monday 10 November
Arrive: Dubai - 05.15 hrs
Depart: Dubai, Flight EK 001 - 07.45 hrs
Arrive: London Heathrow - 11.35 hrs

Single Room Supplement for the tour: £1,370.00 Club Class Supplement from: £4,150.00 p.p.

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 Grand Hyatt (as above), with outbound flights as above and return flights on Emirates Airlines from Melbourne to London Heathrow or Manchester shown below: The remainder of the itinerary is as per the Melbourne section of Tour MEL 1 commencing 29 October.

Wednesday 05 November
Following check-out, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Depart: Melbourne, Flight EK 407 - 22.25 hrs

Thursday 06 November
Arrive:Dubai - 05.30 hrs Depart: Dubai, Flight EK 001 - 07.45 hrs Arrive: London Heathrow - 11.35 hrs

Accommodation

The Grand Hyatt, Melbourne


Grand Hyatt Melbourne is a luxurious 5-star hotel set in a prime location in the centre of Melbourne. Local places of interest include Melbourne Town Hall, Federation Square and St Paul's Cathedral. All rooms have contemporary furnishings and are equipped with all modern technology.  The hotel facilities also include an indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, fitness centre, sauna and spa.  Please note that the Grand Hyatt is a smoke free hotel.

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. We have secured Harbour View rooms located on the 10th to 32nd floors that are spacious and offer stunning panoramic views of Sydney Harbour. 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.

Tour Highlights

• Feel Melbourne come alive with Carnival fever!
• Two days of superb racing at Flemington to include the Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby & Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup.
• Enjoy all that Sydney has to offer from the Opera House to the Blue Mountains!
• A day’s racing at Royal Randwick Melbourne Tour Includes:
Return scheduled flights with Emirates Airlines
• 5 nights’ accommodation, based on twin/double occupancy, on a room only basis at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne
• Reserved seating in the Members’ Grandstand at Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, on both Victoria Derby Day and Melbourne Cup Day
• Transfers throughout
• Assistance of our agents
• Airport Passenger Duty & Taxes

Single Room Supplement for the tour: £840.00 Club Class Supplement from: £3,900.00 p.p.

Additional Info

The Victoria Derby Day: Saturday 01 November Victoria Derby Day provides a sizzling start to the racing week with 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 2013 Polanski, ridden by Hugh Bowman, hit the front early in the straight and stayed on to win from Complacent and Thunder Fantasy. The win was Bowman's third Derby victory in the last four years. The Melbourne Cup: Tuesday 04 November The Melbourne Cup: ‘The Race That Stops the Nation’ - The race is much more than a gruelling 3,200 metres handicap race; it is a celebration of the Sport of Kings and the richest handicap race in the world. Fiorente won the 2013 Melbourne Cup for Australian trainer Gai Waterhouse as British-trained runners Red Cadeaux and Mount Athos finished second and third. The 6-1 favourite, who was second last year, swooped late under Damien Oliver to beat the 2011 runner-up Red Cadeaux.

Price Includes

• Return scheduled flights with Emirates Airlines • Flight between Melbourne & Sydney • 5 nights’ accommodation, based on twin/double occupancy, on a room only basis at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne • 4 nights’ accommodation, based on twin/double occupancy, on a room only basis at the Four Seasons Sydney Hotel in Harbour View Rooms • Reserved seating in the Members’ Grandstand at Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, on both Victoria Derby Day and Melbourne Cup Day • Racing at Royal Randwick with luncheon facility • Transfers throughout • Assistance of our agents • Airport Passenger Duty & Taxes

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