The Lexus Melbourne Cup

This festival is a celebration of the Sport of Kings; the Lexus Melbourne Cup boasts one of the richest prices in Australian sport, with a purse totalling $7.3million. The AAMI Victoria Derby, marks the start of the festival and is commonly considered the best day for racing purists and provides the only all Group race day on the Australian racing calendar. Lexus Melbourne Cup Day attracts over 100,000 racegoers eager to experience the atmosphere; run over a gruelling 3,200 metres this race is known to be the best staying handicap in the world.

Please note that we can also arrange tickets for additional days racing (Kennedy Oaks Day and Seppelt Wines Stakes Day). Please ask for further details.


Melbourne Cup Carnival
7 nights from £3,595 per person


Wednesday 30 October
Depart: London Heathrow, Flight EK006 - 22:00 hrs

Thursday 31 October
Arrive: Dubai - 08:45 hrs
Depart: Dubai, Flight EK406 - 09:55 hrs

Friday 01 November
Arrive: Melbourne - 06:30 hrs
On arrival, you will be met by our local representatives and transferred to the Marriott Melbourne, where accommodation has been reserved for five nights on a bed and breakfast basis. Tonight, enjoy Welcome Drinks with your Hosts and Fellow Travellers. Should you wish to reserve a room for the night of Thursday 31 October to allow for immediate check-in please speak to our Travel Specialists.

Saturday 02 November
Racing at Flemington: AAMI Victoria Derby Day! Roundtrip transfers are included. You will be accommodated in a Hill Stand seat. The Hill Stand seats are located opposite the Winning Post and are undercover to help you shelter from the Australian sun!

Sunday 03 November
Day at leisure in Melbourne or perhaps book one of the optional day tours listed below.

Monday 04 November
Day at leisure in Melbourne. Perhaps spend the day watching the Lexus Melbourne Cup Parade in the city or maybe sightseeing? Tonight, you will be transferred to the Crown Casino for the Lexus Melbourne Cup Eve Dinner. In the presence of like-minded individuals enjoy an evening of dinner, live music and interviews with racing personalities.

Tuesday 05 November
Racing at Flemington: Melbourne Cup Day! Roundtrip transfers are included. You will be accommodated in a Hill Stand seat. The Hill Stand seats are located opposite the Winning Post and are undercover to help you shelter from the Australian sun!

Wednesday 06 November
Following check-out, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Depart: Melbourne, Flight EK407 - 22:30 hrs

Thursday 07 November
Arrive: Dubai - 05:40 hrs
Depart: Dubai, Flight EK001 - 07:45 hrs
Arrive: London Heathrow - 11:40 hrs

Business class flight supplement from: £4,400 per person

Please note, this tour will not be escorted by a Horse Racing Abroad Representative. You will be looked after in resort by our local agents.

Melbourne Cup Carnival tickets are provided via Ambassador Travel an Official Tourist Operator of the Victoria Racing Club.


Marriott Melbourne

The Melbourne Marriott Hotel is perfectly situated in the central business district, moments from Melbourne's theatre and entertainment district. The elegantly appointed rooms feature large bathrooms, many offer sweeping views of the Melbourne skyline. When you are peckish, why not visit Essence on Exhibition, a modern Australian eatery or how about a post races cocktail in the lounge bar. If you are feeling more active why not take a dip in the heated indoor pool, or enjoy an invigorating workout in the fitness centre.

Single supplement from £140 per night

Tour Highlights

• Feel Melbourne come alive with Carnival fever!
• Enjoy two days racing at Flemington including the AAMI Victoria Derby & Lexus Melbourne Cup

Additional Info

Optional Excursions - Sunday 3rd November 

Great Ocean Road Tour - £140 per person

Depart Melbourne this morning on your tour of the Great Ocean Road passing by Bells Beach, where the world's surfing championships have been held. Travel along Victoria's southern coastline to Apollo Bay, a popular seaside resort destination.After lunch continue on to the Twelve Apostles, the major natural landmark of the Great Ocean Road. Next, head to Loch Ard Gorge, where you'll stop to hear the history of this location known as the Shipwreck Coast. Listen to the story of the Loch Ard, a British ship that wrecked in 1878 with only two survivors, who managed to make their way to shore at this sheltered spot. Your last stop of the day, the seaside village of Port Campbell. Admire its picturesque setting surrounded by Norfolk pine trees and cliffs, and explore the local shops and galleries. Return to Melbourne late in the afternoon.

Legends & Champions Tour - £120 per person

Depart the hotel this morning and travel through to natural Wonderland of Mount Macedon, where you will visit one of Australia's leading stallion farms - Sun Stud, formerly known as Eliza Park. Sun Stud is a highly respected thoroughbred stud operation and features an 11-strong roster of stallions including the Bel Esprit, the sire of champion Black Caviar and Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente and the exciting newcomer Thronum. Continue on to the nearby the historical town of Woodend and enjoy lunch at Holgate Brewery house which is an independent craft brewery situated inside a 19th century country pub, for lunch. On return to Melbourne, we will stop at Living Legends, which is home to some of Australia retired champion racehorses including legendary Melbourne Cup, Japan Cup, Caulfield Cup, Australia Cup and Cox Plate winners. Closely modelled on the Home of Rest for Horses in the United Kingdom, Living Legends provides an excellent environment for these champions to thrive, while allowing people of all ages rare, up close access to these Legends. Enjoy afternoon tea at the historical Woodland Homestead before returning to your hotel later afternoon.

Price Includes

• Return scheduled flights with Emirates • 5 nights’ accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis at the Marriott Melbourne • Hill Stand reserved seating at Flemington Racecourse on both AAMI Victoria Derby Day and Lexus Melbourne Cup Day • Transfers throughout • Assistance of our local representatives.

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