Melbourne Cup Carnival & Treasures of the Murray River

Includes a 3 night Paddlewheeler cruise of Murray River

Includes reserved seats on Derby Day & Melbourne Cup Day

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Embrace the exhilarating atmosphere of the Melbourne Cup Carnival during a hotel stay in Melbourne before savouring a cruise along the mighty Murray River. 

Begin your holiday with a five night hotel stay in Melbourne, Australia’s sporting capital. During your stay, you’ll have plenty of time to uncover the delights of this remarkable city. Enjoy reserved seating with your 2-day ticket to the renowned Melbourne Cup Carnival and Derby Day experience, two of the most anticipated days of racing, fashion and hospitality on the Australasian racing calendar. Experience the thrill of a historic win as the majestic horses compete to cross the finish line, indulge in delicious food, dance to live musical entertainment, laugh with friends and dive into the fun. A Mornington Peninsula tour will also allow you to delve deeper into the city’s lush surroundings. 

Following your Melbourne adventure, you’ll fly to Adelaide, nicknamed the City of Churches and regarded as being one of the most liveable cities in the world. A full day tour will take you to South Australia’s premium wine region where you’ll sample some of the Barossa Valley’s finest wines. You’ll also explore the German town of Hahndorf, with its original German-style architecture, art galleries and charming boutiques. 

Next, you’ll embark the paddlewheeler PS Murray Princess, for your unforgettable cruise along the beautiful historic Murray River. Wind through the serene waters between Walker Flat and Murray Bridge as you drink in the spectacular riverlands, admiring the views of the ever-changing flora and fauna. Highlights of your three night adventure include close encounters with river birdlife on board the ‘Dragon-Fly’ boat, marvelling at the astounding landscapes during a nature walk and savouring fantastic flavours of this famous region.

Package Includes

All flights, taxes & transfers 

Event 

  • 2 day reserved seating tickets to the Melbourne Cup Carnival* and Derby Day

River Cruise

  • 3 night Murray River cruise on board PS Murray Princess with all meals and sightseeing
  • Tour of Murray River Bridge and historic Roundhouse
  • Take a guided nature walk at Salt Bush Flat
  • Taste Riverland food and wine
  • Dragon-fly flat-bottomed boat wildlife tour

Hotel Stays

  • 5 night four-star hotel stay in Melbourne with breakfast
  • 2 night four-star hotel stay in Adelaide with breakfast

Fully Escorted Tours

  • Full day Mornington Peninsula tour with lunch
  • Full day Barossa Valley and Hahndorf tour with lunch and wine tastings

*Melbourne Cup Carnival Package including event tickets is supplied by Events Travel an Authorised Tour Operator

At a glance

10 nights
Departing 29 Oct 21
All flights and taxes

Prices from

Stateroom
$4,999 pp
Price based on 29 Oct 2021 departure
Inside
$3,999 pp
Price based on 29 Oct 2021 departure
Outside
$4,499 pp
Price based on 29 Oct 2021 departure

Here to help

Call to book:

1800 924 450

Holiday code:

AUS2548

Opening hours:

AWST: Mon to Fri 7am - 5pm | Sat & Sun 7am - 2pm

The Mighty Murray River

The mighty Murray River is the third longest river in the world and stretches 2700km from the mountains of the Great Dividing Range in Victoria to Adelaide. Beginning with a mountain stream, Murray River formed into a meandering river encased in majestic forests of red gum and homes a plethora of wildlife including over 350 varieties of birds.

Your Itinerary

Melbourne, Australia, in early morning light.  Yarra River, towards Flinders Street Station.
DAY 1 | 29 Oct 2021
Melbourne - Hotel Stay

Explore the magic of Melbourne, the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of Victoria, and Australia’s coffee capital! With its diverse range of world-class dining, art galleries and sports, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Wander through the cobbled laneways in the centre and admire the fantastic street art and unique shopping boutiques or visit the Melbourne Cricket Ground for a glimpse into Australia’s sporting capital.

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DAY 2 | 30 Oct 2021
Melbourne - Derby Day and Hotel Stay

Don your finest attire for a fabulous day of glitz, glamour, fashion and sport at Derby Day, one of the most prestigious days of spring racing. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of this glamorous event which features four exceptional Group 1 races. Witness the incredible action on the track as powerful thoroughbreds thunder through the pastures towards the finish line. These events are also equalled by the fashion attractions around the grounds, the cherished tradition of the Myers Fashions on the Fields competition will take centre stage with a black and white theme.

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DAY 3 | 31 Oct 2021
Melbourne - Hotel Stay

Melbourne is famous for its markets, where you’ll find everything from local produce to arts and crafts and vintage fashion. Soak up the atmosphere of the Queen Victoria Market, the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere. Sample some local produce from one of the many food stalls. Head to Yarra Valley, where you could enjoy a kayak journey through the emerald waters and savour world-class wine or admire the 82 iconic brightly coloured wooden beach huts in Brighton. From here, you’ll have incredible views of Port Philip Bay and towards the mesmerising city skyline.

The famous Cape Schanck boardwalk runs towards the sea and rock formation known as London Bridge, in Victora. Australia
DAY 4 | 1 Nov 2021
Melbourne - Hotel Stay and Tour

Today, a full day tour will allow you to delve into the delights of the stunning Mornington Peninsula, nestled on the suburbs of Melbourne. It’s the perfect place to explore beautiful coastlines, enjoy close encounters with wildlife and sample delectable local food and wine. You’ll begin your tour with a photo stop at Arthurs Seat before savouring a delicious wine tasting. Next, you’ll admire breathtaking views as you travel via Flinders and Cape Schanck to St. Andrews Beach Brewery where you’ll stop for a delicious lunch. You’ll then enjoy a scenic journey back to your hotel.

Cross Counter (GB) ridden by Kerrin McEvoy wins the Lexus Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse on November 06, 2018 in Fle…
DAY 5 | 2 Nov 2021
Melbourne - Melbourne Cup Carnival and Hotel Stay

During your hotel stay in Melbourne, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the excitement of the Melbourne Cup Carnival*. Experience the thrill of a historic win as the majestic horses compete to cross the finish line, indulge in delicious food, dance to live musical entertainment, laugh with friends and dive into the fun. With so many places to take in the action, you'll have a hard time choosing between the famous Flemington Front Lawn, the energy of Hill Square or festival-like atmosphere in The Park. Make sure you don’t miss the main race at 3pm!

In 2013 Adelaide was ranked as the fifth-most liveable city in the world. Estimated resident population is about 1.3 million
DAY 6 | 3 Nov 2021
Adelaide - Hotel Stay

Adelaide is known for its relaxed pace of life, culture, art, wineries and entertainment and with the captivating coastline within reach, it’s the perfect destination to enjoy a fabulous city break. The Art Gallery of South Australia and the South Australian Museum offer insights into Australia’s natural and artistic heritage. Explore the city’s heart with a visit to Victoria Square; its vibrant 19th century Central Market which ripples with energy, soak up the sun in historic Glenelg or enjoy a walk along Port Adelaide where you could dip in to one of the harbourside eateries.

Early morning light as the sun rises over beautiful lush green vineyards
DAY 7 | 4 Nov 2021
Adelaide - Hotel Stay and Tour

Today you’ll embark on a tour to South Australia’s premium wine region to sample some of the Barossa’ Valley’s finest wines. Soak up the breathtaking sights of sprawling vineyards with a stop at the multi award-winning Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre, where you’ll sample delicious wines and enjoy a walking tour. Next, you’ll travel to Mengler Hill Lookout for beguiling views of the valley before continuing on to Saltram Wine Estate for a further wine-tasting tour. Following a tasty lunch, you’ll journey through the landscapes of Adelaide Hills to Hahndorf, Adelaide’s oldest German settlement, and browse its charming galleries.

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DAY 8 | 5 Nov 2021
Mannum - Embark PS Murray Princess

Spend some time at leisure this morning before you transfer to Mannum Wharf port where you’ll embark the PS Murray Princess for a unique cruise experience along the Murray River. Embrace the character and charm of yesteryear as you savour your elegant surroundings. This remarkable vessel was built specifically for the Murray River and offers a true taste of a bygone era to anyone who cruises with her. You’ll head downriver as you tuck into a delicious Welcome Dinner. As you cruise under floodlight, you may spot nocturnal wildlife grazing at the riverbank before mooring at Mundurra.

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DAY 9 | 6 Nov 2021
Murray River Cruise

In 1879, the first bridge to span the mighty Murray River was built at Edwards Crossing, which quickly became the bustling township of Murray Bridge. Following a hearty breakfast, you’ll embark on a guided tour of Murray Bridge and explore the town’s historic Roundhouse. The unusual hexagonal shaped historical residence captures the history of this remarkable region and enhances magnificent views of the river. Back on board, you’ll enjoy a special presentation of the bounty of food and wine produced in the Riverland and continue your journey upriver where you’ll moor at Salt Bush Flat.

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DAY 10 | 7 Nov 2021
Murray River Cruise

This morning, you’ll enjoy a spot of exercise as you join your guide for a nature walk around the spectacular scenery of Salt Bush Flat, learning the secrets of the local flora and fauna. Back on board, you’ll head downriver to River View Lodge where you’ll embark on a wildlife tour. In small groups, you’ll wind through the maze of river and observe the majestic views of river birdlife, including darters, herons and egrets before enjoying an afternoon of bocce or fishing challenges. Savour a final night celebration of the farewell Captain’s Dinner and Dance.

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DAY 11 | 8 Nov 2021
Mannum - Disembark PS Murray Princess

Arriving back in Mannum after breakfast, you’ll disembark at the Mannum Wharf and transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

Welcome aboard the PS Murray Princess

With all the character and charm of yesteryear, the PS Murray Princess is the largest inland paddlewheeler in the southern hemisphere. Built specifically for the Murray River, this enchanting vessel offers a true authentic experience for anyone who cruises with her. Guests can expect a taste of a bygone era, with the grandeur and convenience of modern-day cruising. Accommodating up to 120 passengers, she evokes a sense of intimacy and offers passengers a unique river boat cruise experience through the captivating landscapes of Australia’s Outback. In addition to 60 suites, the vessel also has five passenger decks all named after the Murray River’s great pioneers, features include the dining room, a fully equipped gym, a library, gift shop, two bars and two lounges.

Entered Service: August 1986

Tonnage: 1,500

Number of Decks: 5

Passenger Capacity: 120

Number of Cabins: 60

Wheelchair Accessible Cabins: Yes

Entered Service: August 1986

Tonnage: 1,500

Number of Decks: 5

Passenger Capacity: 120

Number of Cabins: 60

Wheelchair Accessible Cabins: Yes

Catch some of the sun’s glorious rays from atop the sun deck and enjoy captivating views at sunset as the amber sun descends over the landscapes.

Sit back and relax as you enjoy the hypnotising view of the paddlewheel in action from the two-storey viewing window.

Savour delicious seasonal menus, including local fresh produce, from salmon and scotch fillet to chicken and lamb shanks, in the single-sitting dining saloon.

Prices & Departures

  All flights included
regional flights available at a supplement
Departing
Departing 29 October 2021
Stateroom
Stateroom $4,999
Inside
Inside $3,999
Outside
Outside $4,499
Departing
Departing 29 October 2021
Stateroom
Stateroom $4,999
Inside
Inside $3,999
Outside
Outside $4,499
Departing
Departing 29 October 2021
Stateroom
Stateroom $4,999
Inside
Inside $3,999
Outside
Outside $4,499
Departing
Departing 29 October 2021
Stateroom
Stateroom $4,999
Inside
Inside $3,999
Outside
Outside $4,499
Departing
Departing 29 October 2021
Stateroom
Stateroom $4,999
Inside
Inside $3,999
Outside
Outside $4,499

CALL TO BOOK: 1800 924 450

HOLIDAY CODE: AUS2548