The premier thoroughbred horse racing event in Australia is the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Featuring two of the big four days of top-class racing, more than 20 races including the Penfolds Victoria Derby and Lexus Melbourne Cup.
This is one of the greatest carnivals in the world with almost 270,000 people attending magnificent Flemington over the four days. Don’t miss all the colour and excitement of the week that stops a city.
PAYMENT – $500 Deposit due on booking, $1000 Instalment on June 1st with the balance due 60 days before the tour begins.
Arrive in Melbourne & make your way to our centrally located 4* Rendezvous Hotel, extra nights are available for early arrivals. We’ll meet up at the hotel for a drink before we head out to dinner at a great Melbourne venue to get to know everyone.
After a quiet morning, we head out to the big First Light Racing Derby Day Eve Luncheon. With high-quality racing guests and entertainment (Previous guests have included Michelle Payne, Gai Waterhouse, Daryl Braithwaite, Taxiride & Living Legend Apache Cat to name a few), this is a great way to start the week. There is also a great after-party for those keen to kick on with some racing luminaries.
We head off after breakfast on a beautiful cruise along the Yarra & Maribyrnong Rivers to Flemington racecourse including a few champagnes and nibbles. You’ll have undercover reserved seats in the Hill Stand – a prime view of the track right on the winning post with access to food & drink outlets as well as Bookies and TAB. After the massive day, we return on the boat with nibbles & drinks.
Optional hospitality upgrades are available at additional cost.
Today is a rest day for everyone to recover from a busy first few days. You may wish to head off to a winery in the Yarra Valley, visit Living Legends farm or just do some shopping and enjoy everything else Melbourne has to offer.
For those early risers, we head out early to Flemington for some trackwork and a visit to a leading stable, then back to the hotel for breakfast.
Later in the day, we head off to the Call of the Card Luncheon at Crown Casino where Australia’s biggest punters take on our best bookies to set the scene for the Cup. An all-inclusive three-course meal and drinks with interviews with leading jockeys, trainers and bookies will give the edge to find the Cup winner.
The evening is at leisure to prepare for the big day.
Today we head to Flemington for the running of the 162nd Lexus Melbourne Cup. We’ve got amazing hospitality for the day at the top of the Hill Stand with views of the winning post. Our reserved tables in the Skyline Lounge include grazing-style menu, shared platters served throughout the day and an all-day drinks package including beer, wine, sparkling and soft drinks, a fantastic spot to soak up all the atmosphere of ‘the race that stops a nation™’.
After the races, we’ll finish our final night with a few drinks at the hotel bar to unwind.
The tour concludes today. It’s been a massive week and hopefully, we’ve still got some winnings in our pockets as we head on our separate ways home or stick around to finish out the week (we can assist you with arrangements for Kennedy Oaks Day & TAB Champions Stakes Day if you wish to stay on for the other days).
2023 Melbourne Cup Carnival tickets are provided via Premium Sport Tours an Official Tourist Operator of the Victoria Racing Club.
‘The race that stops a nation’ is a ™ and © of the Victoria Racing Club Limited 2006.