Melbourne Cup

02 November 2021

Overview


Held between the first two Saturdays in November each year, the Melbourne Cup Carnival consists of four days of world class racing at the magnificent Flemington Racecourse.

The week gets underway on Saturday 30th October with Derby Day which features no less than nine Group Races, including four Group 1’s. The Melbourne Cup itself, known as “the race that stops a nation”, takes place on Tuesday 2nd November and is one of the world’s richest turf races.

On Thursday 4th November the Carnival continues with Oaks Day, a day that features beauty, style and grace with racegoers dressing up in their finest attire. The week is brought to a conclusion on Saturday 6th November with Stakes Day, a day that celebrates the week that’s just been including two final Group 1 races.

In 2021 why head to Melbourne and join some of the almost 300,000 guests that attend this week long festival that stops a city!

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Tuesday 2nd November 2021

Ticket & Hotel Packages

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Melbourne Cup 6 Night Experience

Wed 27 Oct 2021 - Thu 04 Nov 2021

  • 6 Night Experience
  • Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne

    Six nights bed & breakfast accommodation

  • Also includes:
    - Return Flights
    - All Transfers
    - Derby Day Eve Luncheon
    - River Cruise
    - Call of the Card Luncheon
    - Hill Stand Seats on Derby Day
    - Panorama Restaurant on Melbourne Cup Day

£3,995.00
per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Package information


This 6 night Melbourne Cup Tour allows you to take in the first two race days of the Carnival; Derby Day and Melbourne Cup Day.

You will enjoy the Derby Day Luncheon, the day prior to the racing with special guest trainers & entertainment, before taking in the first days action from the comfort of your reserved seat in the Hill Stand, located right on the finish line.

On Melbourne Cup Day you will experience premium hospitality in the Panorama Restaurant with food & beverages included throughout the day.

In addition to the above you will also attend the Call of the Card Luncheon, enjoy a welcome dinner & drinks and make a trip to Caulfield for a stable tour.

With transfers throughout your trip and an experienced guide on hand to look after you, this is the ultimate way to experience “the race that stops a nation”.

Experience includes


  • Return indirect flights from the UK
  • Return Airport Transfers
  • 6 Nights Accommodation at The Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne
  • Breakfast daily
  • Welcome dinner and drinks
  • Derby Day Eve Luncheon & After Party with special guest trainers & entertainment
  • Return river cruise to Flemington Racecourse on Derby Day including drinks & nibbles
  • Undercover reserved seat in the Hill Stand for Derby Day (right on the finish line)
  • Caulfield Trackwork visit & stable tour
  • Call of the Card Luncheon including food & drinks
  • Premium Hospitality in Panorama Restaurant & reserved seat on Melbourne Cup Day including food & beverages
  • Services of an experienced guide
  • Transfers throughout
  • ATOL protected

Trip itinerary


Wednesday 27th October 2021
Depending on your choice of flight, depart on an indirect flight from the UK to Melbourne to land on Thursday.

Thursday 28th October 2021
Upon arrival into Melbourne you will be collected at the airport and transferred to the centrally located Rendezvous Hotel. That evening you will be met by your tour host and head out for some welcome drinks and dinner at a great Melbourne venue to enable you to meet other members on the trip.

Friday 29th October 2021
After a quiet morning, you will 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, 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.

Saturday 30th October 2021
After breakfast you will head off 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 finish line with access to food & drink outlets as well as Bookies and TAB. After the massive day, you will return on the cruise with nibbles & drinks.

Sunday 31st October 2021
Today is a rest day for you 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.

Monday 1st November 2021
For those early risers, you will head out early to Caulfield or Flemington for some trackwork and a visit to a leading stable, then back to the hotel for breakfast.

Later in the day, you will 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!

Tuesday 2nd November 2021
Today you will head to Flemington for the running of the 161st Melbourne Cup. You will enjoy amazing hospitality for the day in the Hill Stand with views of the finish line, beautiful fresh food, premium wines and beer, a fantastic spot to soak up all the atmosphere of “the race that stops the nation”.

Wednesday 3rd November 2021
It’s been a busy week and hopefully, you’ve still got some winnings in your pockets as you are collected from your hotel and transferred back to the airport to catch your indirect flight back to the UK.

If you wish to stay longer please enquire about our 4 day trip extension that includes tickets/hospitality to both Oaks & Stakes Day!

Hotel information


The Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne is one of Australia’s finest historic hotels. Located on Flinders Street a three-minute walk from Flinders Street Station overlooking the scenic Yarra River, this Melbourne city centre hotel boasts a prime location that’s well suited for those looking to explore the city as well as attend the Melbourne Cup.

The hotel combines historic significance with traditional luxury and offers 340 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites. Each includes individually controlled air conditioning, TV, an en-suite bathroom and a private electronic safe.

This award-winning hotel is within walking distance to world-class shopping, theatres, sporting venues, entertainment and dining. Federation Square and the historic Flinders Street Railway Station are directly opposite the hotel.

Straits Café offers buffet breakfast which is included daily, and guests can choose to dine for an a la carte dinner menu with international cuisine if they wish. Room service is available 24/7.

Payment information


All of our experiences are available to be booked with just a £200 per person deposit!

You can make regular payments towards your balance at any stage but we request that up to 50% of the balance is paid by 31st May 2021 the final balance is paid by 31st August 2021.

Payment Schedule
Upon Booking: £200 per person deposit
31st May 2021: 50% of the balance
31st August 2021: Final Balance

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Melbourne Cup 10 Night Experience

Wed 27 Oct 2021 - Mon 08 Nov 2021

  • 10 Night Experience
  • Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne

    Ten nights bed & breakfast accommodation

  • Also includes:
    - Return Flights
    - All Transfers
    - Derby Day Eve Luncheon
    - River Cruise
    - Call of the Card Luncheon
    - Hill Stand Seats on Derby Day
    - Panorama Restaurant on Melbourne Cup Day
    - Members Pass on Oaks Day
    - Finish Line Restaurant Hospitality on Stakes Day

£4,995.00
per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Package information


This 10 night Melbourne Cup Tour allows you to take in the all four days of the Carnival; Derby Day, Melbourne Cup Day, Oaks Day & Stakes Day.

You will enjoy the Derby Day Luncheon, the day prior to the opening days racing with special guest trainers & entertainment, before taking in the first days action from the comfort of your reserved seat in the Hill Stand, located right on the finish line.

On Melbourne Cup Day you will experience premium hospitality in the Panorama Restaurant with food & beverages included throughout the day. On Oaks Day you will have a Victoria Racing Club members pass to enjoy the racing from the new grandstand and finally on Stakes Day you will enjoy hospitality from a restaurant overlooking the finish line.

In addition to the above you will also attend the Call of the Card Luncheon, enjoy a welcome dinner & drinks and make a trip to Caulfield for a stable tour.

With transfers throughout your trip and an experienced guide on hand to look after you, this is the ultimate way to experience “the race that stops a nation”.

Experience includes


  • Return indirect flights from the UK
  • Return Airport Transfers
  • 10 Nights Accommodation at The Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne
  • Breakfast daily
  • Welcome dinner and drinks
  • Derby Day Eve Luncheon & After Party with special guest trainers & entertainment
  • Return river cruise to Flemington Racecourse on Derby Day including drinks & nibbles
  • Undercover reserved seat in the Hill Stand for Derby Day (right on the finish line)
  • Caulfield Trackwork visit & stable tour
  • Call of the Card Luncheon including food & drinks
  • Premium Hospitality in Panorama Restaurant & reserved seat on Melbourne Cup Day including food & beverages
  • Restaurant Hospitality overlooking the finishline on Stakes Day
  • Members Pass on Oaks Day
  • Services of an experienced guide
  • Transfers throughout
  • ATOL protected

Trip itinerary


Wednesday 27th October 2021
Depending on your choice of flight, depart on an indirect flight from the UK to Melbourne to land on Thursday.

Thursday 28th October 2021
Upon arrival into Melbourne you will be collected at the airport and transferred to the centrally located Rendezvous Hotel. That evening you will be met by your tour host and head out for some welcome drinks and dinner at a great Melbourne venue to enable you to meet other members on the trip.

Friday 29th October 2021
After a quiet morning, you will 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, 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.

Saturday 30th October 2021
After breakfast you will head off 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 finish line with access to food & drink outlets as well as Bookies and TAB. After the massive day, you will return on the cruise with nibbles & drinks.

Sunday 31st October 2021
Today is a rest day for you 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.

Monday 1st November 2021
For those early risers, you will head out early to Caulfield or Flemington for some trackwork and a visit to a leading stable, then back to the hotel for breakfast.

Later in the day, you will 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!

Tuesday 2nd November 2021
Today you will head to Flemington for the running of the 161st Melbourne Cup. You will enjoy amazing hospitality for the day in the Hill Stand with views of the finish line, beautiful fresh food, premium wines and beer, a fantastic spot to soak up all the atmosphere of “the race that stops the nation”.

Wednesday 3rd November 2021
Today is another rest day and a chance for you to relax after an exciting days racing! 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.

Thursday 4th November 2021
Today you will return to Flemington for Oaks Day! Today you will take advantage of a Members Pass, allowing you access to a private grandstand from which to enjoy another exciting days racing!

Friday 5th November 2021
Friday is another free day for your to head out and enjoy all the Melbourne has to offer. With so much to do in this incredible city you will not be stuck for ideas!

Saturday 6th November 2021
After breakfast you will head off to Flemington for the final time! Stakes Day brings the week to a quite brilliant conclusion with two more Group 1 races.

You will enjoy Hospitality in a restaurant overlooking the finishing line with amazing food, premium wines and beer, a fantastic spot to soak up the atmosphere as the weeks' racing comes to its conclusion.

Sunday 7th November 2021
It’s been a busy week and hopefully, you’ve still got some winnings in your pockets as you are collected from your hotel and transferred back to the airport to catch your indirect flight back to the UK.

Hotel information


The Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne is one of Australia’s finest historic hotels. Located on Flinders Street a three-minute walk from Flinders Street Station overlooking the scenic Yarra River, this Melbourne city centre hotel boasts a prime location that’s well suited for those looking to explore the city as well as attend the Melbourne Cup.

The hotel combines historic significance with traditional luxury and offers 340 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites. Each includes individually controlled air conditioning, TV, an en-suite bathroom and a private electronic safe.

This award-winning hotel is within walking distance to world-class shopping, theatres, sporting venues, entertainment and dining. Federation Square and the historic Flinders Street Railway Station are directly opposite the hotel.

Straits Café offers buffet breakfast which is included daily, and guests can choose to dine for an a la carte dinner menu with international cuisine if they wish. Room service is available 24/7.

Payment information


All of our experiences are available to be booked with just a £200 per person deposit!

You can make regular payments towards your balance at any stage but we request that up to 50% of the balance is paid by 31st May 2021 the final balance is paid by 31st August 2021.

Payment Schedule
Upon Booking: £200 per person deposit
31st May 2021: 50% of the balance
31st August 2021: Final Balance

More information Hide information

Dress Codes

What to wear

There is no dress code for general admission. For dining, enclosures and corporate events as well as any members and guests the dress code is: Gentlemen are required to wear suits of tailored slacks (tailored chinos acceptable), sportcoat or blazer, plus tie and dress shoes. Ladies are expected to maintain a suitable standard of racewear attire.

Travel Information

How to find us

Directions

Trains on Race day Special trains run direct to Flemington Racecourse on race days departing from Flinders street station and/or Southern cross station, stopping at North melbourne station, then express to Flemington Racecourse. Arrival and departure times published on the on the race day page 2 weeks prior to events.

Trains on non racedays Train to Newmarket station then either walk (10 mins) or take no.57 tram to flemington drive (stop 30)

Buses Catch route 472 bus from Williamstown, Footscray or Moonee ponds to Fisher parade, enter Flemington racecourse via Riverbank entrance. Alternatively catch route 404 bus from Footscray or Moonee Ponds to Smithfield Road, enter Flemington racecourse via stables drive entrance.

Helicopter Those looking to hire a helicopter should call 1300 724 927.

Ferries Ferry services for groups operate from the city centre to Flemington along the Maribyrnong River. For further information contact (03) 9426 4666

Parking

Parking - Melbourne Cup Carnival: Limited public car parking is available in the centre car park. Enter off Smithfield Road at the Stables Drive entrance. $25 per car

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