The Melbourne Cup

This festival is a celebration of the Sport of Kings and boasts the richest prize in Australian sport, with a purse totalling $6.2million. 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.

Price

Melbourne
8 nights from £2,395 per person

Itinerary

Wednesday 31 October
Depart: London Heathrow, Flight EK006 - 22:00 hrs

Thursday 01 November
Arrive: Dubai - 08:45 hrs
Depart: Dubai, Flight EK406 - 10:05 hrs

Friday 02 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 01 November to allow for immediate check-in please speak to our Sports Travel Specialists.

Saturday 03 November
Racing at Flemington: AAMI Victoria Derby Day! Roundtrip transfers are included. You will be accommodated in an undercover Hill Stand seat. The Hill Stand seats are located opposite the winning post and are undercover, ideal to help you shelter from the Australian sun!

Sunday 04 November
Day at leisure in Melbourne. Or take the optional Legends and Champions tour.

Monday 05 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 06 November
Racing at Flemington: Lexus Melbourne Cup Day! Roundtrip transfers are included. You will be accommodated in an undercover Hill Stand seat. The Hill Stand seats are located opposite the winning post and are undercover, ideal to help you shelter from the Australian sun!

Wednesday 07 November
Following check-out, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Depart: Melbourne, Flight EK407 - 22:30 hrs

Thursday 08 November
Arrive: Dubai - 05:40 hrs
Depart: Dubai, Flight EK001 - 07:45 hrs
Arrive: London Heathrow - 11:40 hrs

Single room supplement: £380.00 per room per night
Business class flight supplement from: £2,280 per person

Accommodation

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.

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

Legends & Champions Tour - £95 per person

Whilst at leisure in Melbourne, why not take the optional excursion that includes a behind the scenes visit to the world-famous MCG? Explore the National Sports Museum, where the Champions Thoroughbred Racing Gallery tells the story of the country's thoroughbred racing history and is home to the Australian Racing Hall of Fame. This afternoon you will visit Living Legends, located just outside Melbourne, home to retired champion racehorses such as Fields of Omagh, Might and Power, Efficient and Apache Cat. Return to your hotel late 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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