Itinerary Highlights

  • Premium race viewing at Flemington
  • Lexus Melbourne Cup Eve Dinner
  • Welcome reception on arrival
  • Sightseeing in vibrant city of Melbourne
  • 5-star luxury accommodation

Price Includes

  • Roundtrip flights to Melbourne in economy
  • 5 nights' at Marriott Melbourne
  • Hill Stand reserved seating
  • Transfers throughout
  • Assistance of our local representatives


Australia is one of our favourite sporting destinations here at Spectate, and there can be few grander reasons to venture Down Under than the spectacular Melbourne Cup.

With a purse totalling over $7million, this is undoubtedly one of the top events in world racing, and we’re delighted to take our clients on a horse racing holiday to the best seats in the house, year after year.

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 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 room supplement applies.)

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Day 1 - 28 Oct

Depart London on your flight to Melbourne (via Dubai).

Day 2 - 29 Oct

Arrive in Dubai for your connecting flight to Melbourne.

Day 3 - 30 Oct

Arrive in Melbourne. You will be met on arrival and transferred to the Marriott Melbourne for 5 nights' accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis. This evening you are invited to join your host and fellow guests for Welcome Drinks.

Day 4 - 31 Oct

Racing at Flemington: AAMI Victoria Derby Day 2020. You will be accommodated in a Hill Stand seat, located opposite the Winning Post and are undercover to help you shelter from the Australian sun!

Day 5 - 01 Nov

Enjoy a day at leisure in Melbourne, or perhaps pre-book one of our suggested touring excursions (listed below).

Day 6 - 02 Nov

Today is free for you to explore Melbourne. Perhaps go along to view the Lexus Melbourne Cup Parade taking place in the city? 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.

Day 6 - 03 Nov

Racing at Flemington: Melbourne Cup Day 2020. Enjoy a view of the Winning Post from your Hill Stand seat.

Day 7 - 04 Nov

This morning, you will be transferred to Melbourne Airport for your return flight to London (via Dubai).

Day 8 - 05 Nov

Arrive in Dubai for your connecting flight to London. Arrive in London.
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Hill Stand Seating - Included

AAMI Victoria Derby Day & Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse. Seats are undercover and located opposite the Winning Post, providing spectacular views of the racecourse and Melbourne's city skyline. You will have access to premium food outlets, bars and betting facilities at the exclusive Hill Square.

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The Lexus Melbourne Cup

28 Oct - 04 Nov | 7 nights | Prices TBA

Includes Flights

Your tour includes:

  • Return scheduled flights to Melbourne in economy
  • 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

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.

Perhaps you’d like to embark on a guided tour of Melbourne’s culinary scene or enjoy front-row seats to a top theatre production. We can arrange a superb sightseeing experience personalised to your tastes – why not head out to view the incredible Great Ocean Road, or experience a tour of Australia’s studs?

Optional Excursions - Sunday 1st November

Great Ocean Road Tour - price TBA

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 will be 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 - price TBA

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 Brewhouse, which is an independent craft brewery situated inside a 19th century country pub. 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.

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  • 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

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