November in Australia signals the coming of summer, and is a time of lively events and celebrations. VIP treatment at the Melbourne Cup Carnival; a drive through a tropical forest abundant with ancient ferns; inventive cuisine crafted by leading chefs; luxury hotels offering dynamic views and impeccable hospitality; and, above all, intelligence, inspiration, and a sense of joy and wonder you could never imagine. These are the experiences you'll find on this exceptional vacation that promises the progressive luxury experience of Lexus.
Established in 1861, the Melbourne Cup Carnival is a historic Australian event passed down from the English aristocratic pastime of thoroughbred horse racing. It has become a sensation, broadcast in over 120 countries to over 700 million viewers who avidly follow the event. Races are held at Flemington Racecourse over the course of four days. On the third day-Crown Oaks Day-spectators sport the latest racecourse fashions, creating a truly carnival-esque atmosphere. Mingle with celebrities from around the world and enjoy an unforgettable affair.
Take a drive in a Lexus northeast from Melbourne for an overnight trip to Yarra Valley, a hilly region that is home to sprawling vineyards. The route begins at your hotel in the Melbourne Central Business District and winds through lush, ancient forests that are sure to instill you with a sense of adventure.
Located roughly 7 km east of central Sydney are the golden sands of Bondi Beach. Every year, from October to November, the beach turns into one of the largest outdoor art exhibitions in the world-Sculpture by the Sea. Over a hundred sculpture works by artists from around the world line the 2 km stretch of Bondi-Tamarama coastline, offering a singular artistic experience in a stunning natural setting.
A meal is more than the food served-it is an occasion to be shared and remembered with those sitting at the table with you. Throughout the tour, you and your travel companions will experience dishes crafted with plenty of imagination and centered on ingredients locally grown or produced in Australia at establishments handpicked by Lexus. Enjoy these unforgettable delights while taking in Australia's picturesque scenery.
At the end of each day, you'll need the perfect place to rest your head and recall the fantastic moments you have experienced. That's why we've selected accommodations that will help you get the most out of each location. Each offers a variety of ways to spend your time, from fitness centers to spas.
Nov. 3 - 8, 2014 (6 days)
*Participants must gather at 11:30 a.m. on November 3 at Park Hyatt Sydney. The tour ends at 2 p.m. on November 8
at Grand Hyatt Melbourne.
(Rooms at Park Hyatt Sydney will be available from 3 p.m. on November 2.)
Booking period: Jul. 23 - Aug. 5, 2014
Booking period: Aug. 6 onwards
■ If booking for 1 or 3 people, please contact us. Contact information is at the bottom of the page.
(You cannot add more people once you have booked.)
■ Once you book, you cannot change participant details or transfer bookings to a third party.
Bookings that do not include information on all participants will be considered invalid.
■ Click here to view the schedule following booking.
Minimum group size
1. Participants must be 18 years or older on Nov. 3, 2014.
2. Participants must be able to communicate in either English or Japanese.
3. Participants must separately apply for and receive a tourist visa required for staying in Australia.
4. By the start date of the tour, participants must have obtained a driver's license valid in Australia
or an International Driving Permit.
5. Click here to view details on other requirements.
(Start in Sydney, end in Melbourne)
Per person per double occupancy
A$7,900 (Australian dollars)
5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
November 3 - 4 (2 nights): Sydney
Park Hyatt Sydney
(Opera View Twin or Double Room; 2 people per room)
Rooms will be available from 3 p.m. on November 2.
November 5 - 6 (2 nights): Melbourne
Grand Hyatt Melbourne
(Deluxe Twin or Double Room; 2 people per room)
November 7 (1 night): Yarra Valley
Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort & Spa
(Privilege Spa Twin or Double Suite; 2 people per suite)
Since there is a limited number of rooms, we may be unable to guarantee your bed preference.
Included in tour price
■ Airfare from Sydney to Melbourne on November 5 via Qantas Airlines, as detailed in the itinerary (Economy)
■ Luggage transportation by Qantas Airlines (within limits set by the airline)
■ Accommodation and use of chartered bus for transportation, as detailed in the itinerary
■ Meals (5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners)
■ VIP pass to the Melbourne Cup Carnival on November 6 (Crown Oaks Day)
■ Relevant documents (e.g. travel guide, itinerary)
■ Local guide fees
■ November 6: Chauffeured ride in a Lexus between Grand Hyatt Melbourne and Flemington Racecourse
■ November 6: Lexus chauffeur hire
■ November 6: Food and drinks at Lexus Design Pavilion
■ November 7 - 8: Lexus rental (fuel included) for driving portion of the tour
Not included in tour price
Anything not mentioned in the above sections "Included in tour price" and "Complimentary," including:
■ Application fee for tourist visa required for staying in Australia
■ Application fee for Australian driver's license or International Driving Permit
■ Tour option costs
■ Tips, phone charges, and other personal costs
Options for Yarra Valley
portion of the tour
Participants may select one of the following options:
A: Free time
B: Winery tour (Cost: A$40 per person)
C: Healesville Sanctuary (Cost: A$48 per person)
D: Golf (Cost: A$180 per person)
Schedules may change due to circumstances related to the tour organizers.
|Sydney||11:30 a.m.||Gather at Park Hyatt Sydney
(You must travel to the hotel by your own means. Rooms will be available from 3 p.m. on November 2.)
|Morning||Water taxi||A cruise to Watsons Bay in a water taxi while enjoying views of the Sydney waterfront|
|Afternoon||A welcome lunch at Doyles on the Beach in Watsons Bay||Lunch: ○|
|Travel to Bondi Beach for a leisurely exploration of the temporary art event Sculpture by the Sea
Option: Purchase headdresses and hats at Hatmaker for the Melbourne Cup Carnival*1 (Estimated return time to the hotel: 5:30 p.m.)
|Night||Dinner at The Dining Room in the hotel
(At your own leisure)
|Sydney||All day||Free time*2||Breakfast: ○|
|Lexus special: Dinner at the French-Japanese restaurant Tetsuya's||Dinner: ○|
|Travel from the hotel to the airport||Breakfast: ○|
|Morning||Plane||Fly to Melbourne via Qantas Airlines||Lunch:
Light in-flight meal
|Travel from the airport to Grand Hyatt Melbourne|
|Night||Foot||Dinner at Taxi Kitchen||Dinner: ○|
|Melbourne||All day||Lexus||VIP pass entry to the Melbourne Cup Carnival on Crown Oaks Day
(Lexus chauffeur service to the venue)*3
|Drinks and a light lunch at the venue's Lexus Design Pavilion||Lunch: ○|
|Melbourne||Morning||Lexus||Driving in a Lexus*4*5
An exhilarating road trip from Melbourne to Yarra Valley
|Yarra Valley||Afternoon||Lunch at Piggery Cafe
Check into Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort & Spa (ETA: 2:30 p.m.)
|You will have a choice of one of the following options:*6
A: Free time
B: Winery tour
C: Healesville Sanctuary
|Night||Dinner at Rae's Restaurant within the resort
(At your own leisure)
|Yarra Valley||Morning||Lexus||Driving in a Lexus*4*5
An exhilarating road trip from Yarra Valley to Melbourne
|Melbourne||Afternoon||Farewell lunch at The Point
(Cars will be picked up at the restaurant and returned.)
|Travel to Grand Hyatt Melbourne, where the tour ends|
・General time guidelines: Early morning (4 ? 7 a.m.); Morning (7 a.m. ? Noon); Afternoon (Noon ? 4 p.m.); Evening (4 ? 6 p.m.); Night (6 ? 11 p.m.); Late night (11 p.m. ? 4 a.m.)
・Arrival and departure times may be affected by traffic and airline scheduling.
・Activities in blue texts are organized by Lexus International.
*1. Personal coordination with Hatmaker head designer Jonathan Howard requires advanced booking. Headdresses and hats may be purchased at your own cost.
*2. Optional activities are offered at extra cost.
*3. All cars are nonsmoking. You cannot request a specific Lexus model. A driver will chauffeur you to the racecourse.
*4. All cars are nonsmoking. You may request a specific Lexus model, but we may be unable to meet your request.
*5. You will not be allowed to drive if you meet any of the following conditions:
You do not have a valid driver's license; you are under the influence of alcohol; you have taken drugs that may inhibit your ability to drive;
you are in poor physical condition; you require the use of driver assistance devices; or the tour organizers decide that you pose a safety risk.
If you are prevented from driving for any reason, you will not be compensated for that portion of the tour, and you will have to use
other means of transportation at your own cost.
*6. Options B, C, and D may be selected at extra cost.