Itinerary Highlights

  • Enjoy Welcome Drinks with fellow travellers
  • Lexus Melbourne Cup Eve Dinner at Crown Casino
  • See the famous Flemington Rose Gardens
  • Experience the ‘the race that stops a nation ™

Price Includes

  • Return flights to Melbourne in economy
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Racing at Flemington for AAMI Victoria Derby Day
  • Racing at Flemington for Lexus Melbourne Cup Day
  • Crown Casino Dinner


The popularity of the Lexus Melbourne Cup, Australia’s premier race, is now internationally accepted with European entries commonplace.

AAMI Victoria Derby Day, held on Saturday 4th November, is commonly considered the best day for racing purists and marks the start of the Melbourne Cup Carnival in style.  It provides the only all-Group race-day on the Australian racing calendar. On Tuesday 7th November, Lexus Melbourne Cup Day attracts well over 100,000 race-goers eager to experience the carnival atmosphere. Run over a gruelling 3,200 metres the Lexus Melbourne Cup is a race widely considered to be the best staying handicap in the world.

The jewel in the Melbourne Cup Carnival crown is the Lexus Melbourne Cup, one of the world's richest staying races, offering $8 million in prize money.

To further enjoy your visit to the Melbourne Cup Carnival, why not ask about extending your stay and taking in the Kennedy Oaks Day or the Seppelt Wines Stakes Day?

Thanks to our strong expert pedigree, we’re able to source the best rates, top seats and exceptional added value for our clients in Melbourne. You truly are in the best hands with our team, who have been taking clients on dream racing holidays Down Under for 30 years.

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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 modern Australian eatery The Essence, or how about a post races cocktail in Elements Bar and Lounge. 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.

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Day 1 - 2 Nov

Depart London on your flight to Melbourne.

Day 2 - 3 Nov

Upon arrival into Melbourne you will be transferred to the Marriott Melbourne for immediate check-in for your 5-night stay on a Bed and Breakfast basis. This evening enjoy Welcome Drinks with your Hosts and Fellow Travellers.

Day 3 - 4 Nov

AAMI Victoria Derby Day! You will be transferred to Flemington this morning for the days racing. At the conclusion of the card you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Day 4 - 5 Nov

With no scheduled activities today, you may want to spend your day relaxing or shopping. Alternatively, why not speak to your Sales Specialist about a day tour exploring the iconic Great Ocean Road, or about the opportunity to watch the famous Penguin Parade on Phillip Island?

Day 5 - 6 Nov

Enjoy a day at leisure in the vibrant city of Melbourne. This evening you will be transferred to Crown Casino for the Melbourne Cup Eve Dinner, with live entertainment, interviews and racing personalities!

Day 6 - 7 Nov

Racing at Flemington: Lexus Melbourne Cup Day! Roundtrip coach transfers are included.

Day 7 - 8 Nov

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

Day 8 - 9 Nov

Arrive back in the UK.
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Hill Stand Tickets - Included

You will be accommodated in an undercover Hill Stand seat. The Hill Stand is located opposite the Winning Post and are undercover, ideal to help you shelter from the Australian sun!

Skyline Restaurant - price on request

The Skyline Restaurant is located on level 3 of the Hill Stand adjacent to the Panorama Restaurant and opposite the Winning Post. Enjoy amazing views of the racecourse and city skyline.

Panorama Restaurant - price on request

Located on level 3 of the Hill Stand, opposite the Winning Post, this restaurant offers a superb buffet lunch and sensational views of the racecourse.

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Melbourne Cup Carnival

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Your tour includes:
  • Return scheduled economy class flights to Melbourne
  • 5 nights' accommodation at the Marriott Melbourne on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Reserved Seating in the Hill Stand at Flemington Racecourse on both AAMI Victoria Derby Day and Lexus Melbourne Cup Day
  • Melbourne Cup Eve Dinner at Crown Casino
  • Transfers throughout
  • Assistance of our local representatives

As this is not an escorted tour, our experienced local representatives will be on hand to assist you throughout your stay.

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

Tailor-made Itineraries

We can assist with race day hospitality options for both the AAMI Victoria Derby and the Lexus Melbourne Cup race itself.

As always with Spectate, you’ll be pampered with a first-rate service throughout your experience.

For your journey to and from Australia we can arrange premium lounge access, flight upgrades and personal meet and greets to ensure every element of your journey is seamless and stress-free. You'll receive 24-hour assistance and a personal concierge service to help you to get the best out of your stay.

Why Choose Us?


Customise your experience to create something truly memorable

  • Add excursions to your trip
  • Travel at your own pace
  • Choose hotels, flights etc
  • Get the best seats, closest to the action
  • Hosted tours with special celebrity guests
  • Stay in the most luxurious accommodation
  • Fully inclusive service
  • Expert hosts take care of you every step of the way
  • All transfers and fees are included

For 30 years, we have crafted and delivered the highest quality, unforgettable experiences

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